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HOUSTON — Baylor knows it can always turn to junior shortstop Nick Loftin when it needs a big hit.
Take this past weekend’s Shriners College Classic as a prime example. The Bears’ situation against LSU looked rather bleak entering the sixth inning of Saturday’s contest and middle game of the tournament. The Tigers had a commanding 4-0 lead and righthander Landon Marceaux looked to be in total control.
That was until Loftin, one of the nation’s premier players and prospects, saw Marceaux for a third time on the afternoon. In the first two at bats, Marceaux had struck out the All-American shortstop and gotten a ground out in his second at bat. But on the third? It was a much, much different story.
With a runner on second base, Loftin uncorked the most impressive home run of the weekend — a two-run shot that cleared the train tracks in left field and exited the ballpark entirely. It sent oohs and ahs throughout the crowd.
Loftin’s majestic home run sparked the Bears and they went on to beat LSU 6-4 and finished the weekend with an unblemished 3-0 record. Loftin finished the weekend 4-for-11 (.364) with four RBIs, a home run and a double.
Even Loftin himself was impressed with the power he showed on that specific home run.
“I’ve never really seen anything go that far before,” Loftin said with a laugh. “It was really cool to see, but it was a good team win.”
While Loftin much prefers to talk about his team and teammates and not himself, there must be times where even he takes a step back and marvels at his own talents.
And moments like the one against LSU this past weekend have become standard procedure for Loftin throughout his Baylor career. When BU needs a bit hit, it always knows who to call.
“I mean, he’s a kid who, from the first day he stepped on campus, his swing has always worked, and that’s what I really like about him,” Baylor coach Steve Rodriguez said. “He’s done some things to change his approach a little bit, and even with that, he’s still a phenomenal hitter. He’s done a great job of turning himself into a great baseball player. His barrel to ball skills are unreal, and defensively, you kind of saw what he could do out there this past weekend.”
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