Max Belyeu powers Texas to series-clinching win vs. Baylor

Texas baseball racked up a few home runs and 14 hits in a double-digit win to clinch the series against Baylor this weekend.

Max Belyeu, Texas baseball
Max Belyeu, Texas baseball / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /

A career day at the plate for Texas baseball sophomore Max Belyeu powered his team to a dominant 11-1 series-clinching win in Big 12 play over the Baylor Bears on March 24. Belyeu belted a career-high three home runs, including a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, to drive in a half dozen of the 11 runs Texas scored in the series finale against the Bears.

Max Belyeu hits three home runs as Texas baseball dominates Baylor 11-1 in the series finale

Entering today's game against Baylor, Belyeu had four career home runs and a 13 runs batted in. He nearly accounted for half of his career home runs and one-third of his career RBIs in one game with the home run explosion to cap this weekend for the Longhorns at the plate.

Texas dominated Baylor in the series' final two games this weekend to clinch. After dropping the series opener on March 22 by way of a narrow 4-3 defeat in extra innings, the Longhorns turned it up a notch with the bats and on the mound against the Bears in the last couple of days.

The Longhorns beat Baylor by a combined score of 21-3 while scoring double-digit runs in both games to go 2-for-2 with Big 12 series wins this season. Texas's first Big 12 series victory came on the road two weekends ago in Lubbock against the No. 17 Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Belyeu wasn't the only Texas player that showed up at the plate in Texas's convincing wins in the last 48 hours over Baylor. Jared Thomas, Kimble Schuessler, and Will Gasparino all had multi-hit and multi-RBI games in the last two days to give the Texas pitchers plenty of run support against a struggling Baylor lineup.

In the last two days, this has looked like the most complete version of itself that Texas has showed out as so far this season.

Junior left-hander Ace Whitehead and sophomore right-hander Max Grubbs were tremendous for the Longhorns on the mound this weekend. Whitehead pitched a complete-game with just two earned runs in the 10-2 win over the Bears on March 23.

Grubbs got his third win of the season and second win in a row while limiting Baylor to just one run scored over seven innings on the mound on Sunday afternoon.

The win over Baylor on March 24 moves Texas's record on the season to 15-9 (4-2 Big 12). Texas is now tied for third-place in the Big 12 with the West Virginia Mountaineers after its first two series in conference play.

Baylor falls to 8-15 (3-6 Big 12) as the Bears continue to struggle away from home this season. The Bears are just 1-9 in road and neutral site games this season compared to 7-6 at home.

Texas has a chance next weekend to potentially take over the top spot in the Big 12 standings when it travels to Manhattan to face the first-place Kansas State Wildcats in a three-game series, starting on March 28.

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