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Week Six Rewind
1:40 P.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010


Baylor baseball split its four games during the season's sixth week.  While the Bears won a pair of one-run games, they also dropped a one-run game and dropped the pivotal series finale to Kansas in 14 innings.

It wasn't a great week, but it wasn't a bad one either.  If Baylor had somehow managed to win the 14-inning marathon, we'd be talking about what an awesome week the Bears had.  Taking two out of three against the team picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference would've been impressive.

However, it didn't happen, and now the Bears are stuck with a conference record (1-3) that doesn't reflect how well they've played. Baylor could easily be 5-0 in conference play right now.

One bad inning cost the Bears in the opener at Oklahoma and one bad rainstorm cost them in the second game against the Sooners. Another bad inning cost them in the opener against the Jayhawks, and one inning of bad breaks cost them in the finale.

It's easy to point to the top of the 14th in Sunday's game as the reason the Bears lost, but what might go unnoticed is that Baylor had a 6-4 lead after five innings. Kansas got the sixth inning started with an infield single, then got another runner on with a tapper that found its way past Joey Hainsfurther at third base.

Still, Jon Ringenberg almost escaped the inning, but Robby Price tied the game with a two-out, two-run single. Baseball can be a cruel game. Ringenberg pitched well in the sixth inning, but the two hits that got the inning started weren't well hit and would've been outs if they hadn't found just the right spots on the infield. The Bears will get their share of breaks over the course of the season, but that doesn't make this loss hurt any less.

Through six weeks, our Bears are 13-9. According to Boyd's World, Baylor's RPI is 64. While 64 teams make it into the NCAA tournament field, automatic bids make it tough to earn a spot with a 64 RPI. Baylor will probably need to improve that number, and the Bears will have plenty of opportunities with the upcoming schedule.

Baylor still has three games against each of the following teams with RPIs that are currently better than its own: Texas Agricultural & Mechanical (13), Texas (14), Kansas State (26), Nebraska (47) and Texas Tech (55). The Bears also have two games each against TCU (32) and Texas State (38).

With 29 games remaining on the regular season schedule, 19 of those games are against teams with top-55 RPIs. The Bears have played just seven games against teams in the top 55 to this point in the season, so obviously what they do over the last 29 games will be much more important to their tournament resume than what's been done in the first 22 games.

If the Bears can get things going with a series win at Missouri this weekend, that could go a long way toward finishing the season strong and earning another regional berth.


Max Muncy, Freshman, First Baseman, Keller, Texas (Keller HS)
True freshman first baseman provided most of the power in Baylor's lineup during the weekend series against Kansas ... Hit .333 (5-for-15) with five runs, two home runs and seven RBI ... Slugged .733 and posted a .444 on-base percentage ... Came up to bat with the Bears trailing in the third inning of all three games of weekend series against Kansas ... Muncy delivered a hit that erased the deficit and gave Baylor a lead all three times ... Hit two-run single in third inning of series opener that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead ... Two-run homer in third inning of second game against Jayhawks turned another 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 Baylor lead ... Three-run homer in third inning of series finale turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead ... That homer extended his hitting streak to a career-long six games.

Others who were considered:
Tyler Collins
- another true freshman who started all four games during the week ... Led team with .429 (6-for-14) batting average, doubled, scored twice, walked twice and did not strikeout during the week ... Collins had made just one collegiate start entering the week, but he started in right field against UTSA and singled in all three trips to the plate ... Moved up to sixth in the lineup for Friday's game and delivered a RBI double in third inning ... Singled twice and scored a run in Bears' win against Kansas on Saturday ... Though he went 0-for-4 and saw his four-game hitting streak come to an end in the series finale, Collins reached base safely twice by drawing walks.

Joey Hainsfurther - extended his hitting streak to a career-long 10 games with hits in all four games during the week ... Hit .412 (7-for-17) with a six RBI and three runs scored during the week ... Started at third base and hit third in the order in all four games ... Went 2-for-3 with one RBI against UTSA ... Walked, singled, scored a run and drove in a run in series opener against Kansas ... Had one-out single in ninth inning that cut deficit to one as Bears attempted to rally, but was stranded at first base ... Went 3-for-4 with a double, one run and two RBI in Saturday's win against Kansas ... Delivered game-winning sacrifice fly in eighth inning of that game ... Knocked a two-run single in third inning of series finale against Jayhawks.


Josh Turley, Freshman, LHP, Texarkana, Texas (Texas HS)
True freshman went 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 6.2 innings over three appearances on the week ... Struck out four and allowed just one run on seven hits ... Improved to 3-0 on the season when he picked up win with one strikeout in a perfect inning of relief against UTSA on Wednesday ... Worked 2.2 innings of relief and allowed just one run on three hits in series opener against Kansas on Friday ... Pitched 3.0 shutout innings of relief in series finale against Jayhawks on Sunday ... With game tied at 6-6, held Jayhawks scoreless over seventh, eighth and ninth innings ... Turley now ranks seventh in the Big 12 with a 2.08 ERA in 26.0 innings on the season.

Others who were considered: 
Brooks Pinckard - allowed just one hit in 5.1 innings of relief on the week ... Extended streak of outings without allowing an earned run to seven and streak of innings pitched without allowing an earned run to 11.0. ... Notched sixth save of season in just his sixth appearance in Saturday's win over Kansas ... Came on in a non-save situation for the first time all year in the series finale ... Worked a career-long 4.1 innings and allowed just one hit, but four unearned runs gave him a tough-luck loss.

Here's what local print media outlets had to say throughout the week:

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Staff Report - Bears Pocket Rain-Shortened Win Over UTSA (Thursday)
Brice Cherry - After Battling Weather, Baylor Baseball Welcomes Kansas in Home Big 12 Opener (Friday)
Will Parchman - Baylor Baseball Drops Another Offensive Battle in Big 12, 9-8 (Saturday)
Will Parchman - Baylor Baseball Rallies to Beat Kansas, Tie Series (Sunday)
Will Parchman - Baylor Baseball Falls to Kansas in 14 Innings (Monday)

From The Baylor Lariat:
Chris Derrett - Bears Defeat Roadrunners in Rain-Shortened Game (Thursday)

That's all for now, but don't forget to follow The Kaye Zone on Twitter.

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More on Logan Vick and a Pair of Former Bears
11:30 A.M. FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010


If you don't know about Logan Vick by now, you've probably been too busy watching March Madness. We don't want to discourage that. However, as you prepare for tonight's Sweet 16 game, we suggest you take a timeout to read up on what you've been missing.

John Turner of the Kerrville Daily Times wrote a feature on Vick that was published today. Click here to see the front-page layout.

Here are some notes on what Vick has accomplished in his first 19 games wearing the green and gold:

That's a pretty solid start to a collegiate career. He's also a big part of the reason the Bears have opened some eyes this season.

William Knox at The College Baseball Blog predicts that Baylor will take two of three from Kansas this weekend. Kansas was picked to finish second in the league by the Big 12 coaches, so taking two of three would be a very nice weekend.

For the first time this season, the Bears have made their way into Kendall Rogers' (! Sports NCAA Baseball) NCAA Regional Projections.

According to Rogers' projections, the Bears would be a No. 3 seed in the Louisville, Ky. Regional, where they would get a rematch with No. 2 seed Western Kentucky in the first game. Six Big 12 teams are projected to make the tournament field, with three of them hosting regionals. It's nice to see the league getting some respect despite the fact that many thought it would be a down year for the Big 12.

In news regarding former Bears, check out this story in the Southeast Missourian on Dr. Ross Bennett (BU 2000-03). Look for a similar story on Shawn Tolleson about 15 years down the road.

There was also a story in the March 13 edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on how former Bear David Murphy (BU 2001-03) is biding his time on the Texas Rangers' bench. We hope you had the pleasure of meeting David at the Meet the Team Dinner. After seeing so many negative stories about athletes, it's refreshing to see a quote like this:

"Ever since I've gotten a taste of major league baseball, it's been evident that winning is more fun and important than individual success. I trust in my ability. But I also have faith in everything. Everything happens for a reason, and being with the Rangers is the best case for me."

Late addition:  Kendall Rogers of! Sports NCAA Baseball ranks the Bears fourth in the Big 12 in his latest Calling All Conferences. He also says this weekend's series between Baylor and Kansas is the best in the conference because we'll learn a lot about both teams. Like Knox of The College Baseball Blog, Rogers predicts the Bears will take two of three from KU.

That's all for now, but don't forget to head out to the Ballpark early today. First pitch is at 3 p.m., and that will leave plenty of time to get home and watch the Bears advance to their first-ever Elite 8. Don't forget to follow The Kaye Zone on Twitter. Sic em.

Week Five Rewind
3:40 P.M. MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010


Baylor baseball had a rough week, to say the least. It's not often that you can outscore your opponent 11-7 and still go home with an 0-1 record. That's what the Bears did this week.

OK, officially, the Bears were outscored 7-6. Since forecasters in Norman were predicting as much as 10 inches of snow on Saturday (it didn't get anywhere close to that), the teams agreed to try to play two games on Friday.

Oklahoma took advantage of a costly error to plate five unearned runs against the Bears, and though Baylor battled back, it was just a little too late, as OU escaped with the potential tying run on second base.

Still, the Bears bounced back and were leading 5-0 in the bottom of the third in the second game. Logan Verrett was dealing and had four strikeouts through his first 2.0 innings pitched. That's when the Bears' luck got even worse. The skies opened up, and the rain wouldn't stop for nearly an hour.

After a delay that lasted right about an hour, the field was deemed unplayable. The worst break of all was that the outfield at L. Dale Mitchell Park has no semblance of a drainage system. We're guessing if this game had been at Baylor Ballpark, it would've been finished. However, the lake that was forming in left field was too much.

The teams were going to try to resume the game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, but it looked unlikely. When the team headed to the park Sunday morning, it was obvious no games would be played. The tarp was covered in snow and ice was all over the concourse. It sure didn't look like a place where anyone would want to play baseball.

So with that, the Bears went home feeling unsatisfied. Now, if the Bears and Sooners finish tied in the standings, OU will have the better spot because they won the only game against Baylor, despite what we witnessed - Baylor outscored the Sooners 11-7. This weekend's series against Kansas can't get here soon enough.

There were some positives to take from the weekend. A Baylor offense that was supposedly a question mark entering the season produced 11 runs in 12 innings. The Baylor pitching staff was extremely good, holding the Sooners to two earned runs in 11 innings. Those numbers won't often equate to 0-1 weekends.

Since the Bears played only one game during the week, there will not be a Player or Pitcher of the Week.

Here's what local print media outlets had to say throughout the week:

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Brice Cherry - Baylor Baseball Takes Season's First Road Trip in Big 12 Opener (Friday)
Staff Report - Baylor Baseball Falls in Big 12 Opener; Series Delayed to Sunday (Saturday)
Staff Report - Weather Cancels Baylor-Oklahoma Weekend Baseball Series (Monday)

That's all for now, but don't forget to follow The Kaye Zone on Twitter.

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Week Four Rewind
2:05 P.M. MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010


Baylor posted a perfect 4-0 record in week four, extending its winning streak to seven games and continuing the momentum it built after winning the final three games last week.

With Sunday's win, the Bears improved their record to 11-6 overall. The seven-game winning streak is also the team's longest since opening the 2008 season with seven straight victories. The last time the Bears had an eight-game win streak was April 26-May 13, 2003.

The Bears open conference play this weekend at Oklahoma. Here's how the Bears entered conference play, as well as their winning/losing streaks, in each of the last 10 seasons:

What does that tell us? Well, Baylor is on its longest winning streak entering conference play since the Bears won seven in a row entering the 2009 Big 12 season.

Here are some notes from the fourth week:


Joey Hainsfurther, Sophomore, Infielder, Dallas, Texas (Highland Park HS)
Sophomore infielder hit .688 (11-for-16) with 10 RBI, seven runs scored and six extra-base hits on the week ... Slugged 1.250 with 20 total bases in 16 at-bats ... Helped Bears win all four games, extending winning streak to seven ... Had multiple hits, drove in at least one run and scored at least once in all four games ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, one run, one RBI and a sacrifice bunt in win over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs and one RBI in series-opening win over Illinois-Chicago ... Scored go-ahead runs in first and third innings, and drove in game-tying run with triple in third ... Posted second four-hit game of the season in 4-for-5 effort the following day ... Doubled, scored twice and drove in four runs in Saturday day ... Went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, two runs and four RBI in final game of week ... Finished week with hits in each of last six at-bats.

Others who were considered:
Logan Vick
- true freshman has started every game in left field. Vick has hit leadoff in 15 of Baylor's 17 games, and he has hit safely in all 15 of those contests. He started the year with an eight-game hitting streak, was moved into the three-spon in the lineup and went 0-for-3 with two walks in each of the next two games, and then returned to the top of order and started his current seven-game hitting streak. Perhaps even more impressive, he has reached base safely (by hit, walk or hit by pitch) at least two times in each of Baylor's last 12 games. For the last week, Vick hit .329 (6-for-14) with seven runs and four RBI. With three doubles, one triple and the first two home runs of his career, all six of his hits went for extra bases. He also drew five walks, struck out just twice and went 2-for-2 stealing bases. That kind of performance would've made him the team's player of the week in almost any other week.

Brooks Pinckard - it seems like his name is coming up every week. In addition to notching his fifth save in as many tries, Pinckard had another strong week at the plate. He hit .438 (7-for-16), scored seven runs, doubled twice and stole his 15th consecutive base without being caught. His 11-game hitting streak was snapped on Sunday, but it remains the longest by a Bear this season.


This one very nearly went to Shawn Tolleson for the third consecutive week, but Logan Verrett's performance was so important to the Bears' season that he takes this week's honor.

Willie Kempf, Senior, RHP, Castroville, Texas (Medina Valley HS)
Senior captain went 2-0 and allowed just three hits in 7.1 innings on the week ... Pitched final 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit with five strikeouts in Tuesday win over Louisiana Tech ... Allowed just two hits in 5.0 innings in Sunday start against Illinois-Chicago, helping Bears complete the sweep and extend winning streak to seven games.

Others who were considered: 
Craig Fritsch - though he only pitched 3.0 innings during the week, they were three impressive innings. He came on in the seventh inning of Saturday's game with two runners on, no outs and the Bears ahead 3-1. After a sacrifice bunt, UIC had the potential tying run in scoring position with one out, but Fritsch got a strikeout and a groundout to escape the jam. He stranded five more runners over the next two innings to earn his first save of the season.

Logan Verrett - picked up second win of the season with a strong 6.0-inning outing in Saturday's win over Illinois-Chicago. Struck out eight and held the Flames scoreless over his last five innings. Verrett has gone 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA, 19 strikeouts, five walks and 11 hits allowed over 13.0 innings in his last two starts.

Here's what local print media outlets had to say throughout the week:

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Brice Cherry - Baylor Baseball Roughs Up Louisiana Tech, 12-4 (Wednesday)
Will Parchman - Baylor Baseball Wins on Outfielder's Error (Saturday)
Jason Orts - Baylor Baseball Smashes Illinois-Chicago, 10-1 (Sunday)
Jason Orts - Baylor Baseball Steamrolls UIC to Keep Streak Alive (Monday)

That's all for now, but hopefully you're already making plans to head to either New Orleans or Norman this weekend. Don't forget to follow The Kaye Zone on Twitter.

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Taking Stock at the Quarter Pole
11:55 A.M. FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010


The Baylor baseball team has played 14 games so far in 2010. The Bears have 53 games on the schedule. Assuming, for argument's sake, that the Bears finish the year as one of the eight teams to qualify for the Big 12 tournament (they've never been left out), that would guarantee them three more games.

That makes the schedule 56 games. Of course we hope the season goes longer than 56 games with the Big 12 title game, regionals, super regionals and the last College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium, but we're going to assume 56 games for this blog. Why? Because the math works. If the season is 56 games, we're exactly one-quarter of the way through the season.

Before we jump in too far, we should note that Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports listed the Bears fifth in the Big 12 Conference in his latest "Calling Conferences: Team Power Rankings" column. Rogers says, "The Bears finally seem to have things headed the right direction. Their offense has been a surprise."

Baylor was listed eighth last week, so the Bears' current four-game winning streak has definitely been noticed.

In other news, Raynor Campbell picked up two more national awards for his performance last week. Campbell was named to the College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup on Wednesday morning, and later in the day he picked up his fourth weekly award when named him its National Player of the Week.

Campbell had previously been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week and "Louisville Slugger" National Player of the Week, as presented by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Seven different Baylor players had earned national weekly awards in the past, but Campbell became the first to earn more than one, and the first Baylor infielder to EVER earn a national player of the week award.

The others were: Jon Topolski (1998), Kyle Evans (2000), Jared Theodorakos (2002), Cory VanAllen (2004), Josh Ford (2004), Mark McCormick (2005) and Mike Pankratz (2006).

Pretty impressive. Now let's get back to the original point of this blog - taking stock at the quarter pole. We realize it's unrealistic to expect everyone on the team to keep pace with what they've done through the first 14 games.

Campbell probably won't continue to hit .442, but not too many people expected the Baylor men's basketball team to beat Texas four consecutive times, including 15-point and 19-point victories. Anything is possible.

By the same token, we don't expect Logan Verrett to lose two out of three decisions the rest of the year. He's turned in the Bears' three longest starts of the season, and his last start was absolutely dominant.

Without further ado, here are some things that would happen if the Bears stayed on this exact same pace for the remainder of the season:

First pitch against Illinois-Chicago is less than seven hours away, so here's your to-do list: Sport your green and gold with pride ... Smile every time you walk by a co-worker who is a Texas fan ... Set your DVR ... Head out to Baylor Ballpark. The second quarter of the season starts today. Don't forget to follow The Kaye Zone on Twitter.

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Week Three Rewind
3:20 P.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010


Week three started off with three consecutive tough losses, extending the Bears' losing streak to five-games - tied for the longest home losing streak in Baylor Ballpark history. Losing Friday night's game against Oral Roberts, when only one of the runs Shawn Tolleson allowed was earned, was especially difficult.

However, the Bears finished the weekend incredibly strong, taking both games of Saturday's doubleheader before rallying from five and three runs down to win the series on Sunday.


Raynor Campbell, Senior, Third Baseman, Katy, Texas (Taylor HS)
Senior infielder hit .500 (12-for-24) with three doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI on the week ... Helped Bears take three of four from Oral Roberts ... In series finale, hit RBI single to tie game, then hit game-winning two-run homer in sixth and gave Baylor pitchers two insurance runs with another homer in the eighth ... Collected at least one RBI in all six games during the week, including multi-RBI efforts in five games ... Drove in runs in 12 different plate appearances during the week ... With Baylor offense struggling after a loss on Friday night, Campbell was moved into the clean-up spot for the first time since his fourth collegiate game on Feb. 13, 2007 ... In three games batting clean-up, Campbell homered three times, collected 10 RBI and stole a pair of bases.

Others who were considered:
Max Muncy
- true freshman has started every game at first base and his hit either third, fourth or fifth in the order in all 13 games. Muncy hit .385 (10-for-26) with one homer, five RBI and five runs scored on the week.

Brooks Pinckard - in addition to notching his fourth save of the season, Pinckard also had a strong week at the plate. He hit .400 (8-for-20), scored eight runs, collected five RBI, doubled twice, tripled, walked eight times and went 4-for-4 stealing bases. His performance would've been worthy of Player of the Week honors in nearly any other week, but it's tough to match what Campbell did.


This one very nearly went to Shawn Tolleson for the third consecutive week, but Logan Verrett's performance was so important to the Bears' season that he takes this week's honor.

Logan Verrett, Sophomore, RHP, Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS)
With Baylor in a five-game losing streak - the Bears' longest home losing streak since 1994 - Verrett came up with the Bears' best pitching performance of the season ... Went the distance and struck out a career-best 11 batters while walking just two and allowing five hits against Oral Roberts ... Turned in Big 12's first complete game of the season ... Allowed a pair of unearned runs due to a two-out error that kept the fifth inning alive ... The only two batters to advance past second base against Verrett did so after the error ... Worked 7.0 innings for third consecutive start ... By throwing full 7.0 innings in 14-2 run-rule win, Verrett saved the Baylor bullpen for second game of doubleheader and Sunday's series finale ... Bears won both of those games on the backs of five different relievers.

Others who were considered: 
Josh Turley - only Bear to make three appearances during the week. He earned his second win of season and posted a 3.68 ERA in 7.1 innings. The most impressive part?  He struck out eight and didn't issue a single walk. He clinched the series win by allowing just one run over the final four innings of Baylor's win over Oral Roberts on Sunday.

Shawn Tolleson - he pitched well enough to win on almost any other night. Though Tolleson would've liked to pitch more than 5.1 innings, he gave the Bears a dominating performance while he was on the mound. The junior struck out 10 against just three walks, but four errors led to five unearned runs that led to him taking a tough-luck loss.

Here's what local print media outlets had to say throughout the week:

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Brice Cherry - Bears Bow to BYU, 7-5 (Wednesday)
Brice Cherry - Louisiana Tech Blasts Baylor Baseball for 14-6 Win (Thursday)
Brice Cherry - Baylor Baseball Falls To Oral Roberts, 6-5 (Saturday)
Brice Cherry - Baylor Baseball Takes Twinbill from Oral Roberts (Sunday)
Staff Report - Bears Take Oral Roberts Series with Offense in 12-8 Win (Monday)

From The Baylor Lariat:
Chris Derrett - Baseball's Losing Streak Continues Against BYU (Wednesday)
Justin Baer - La. Tech Bulldogs Wallop Bears, 14-6 (Thursday)

That's all for now, but we're less than an hour away from first pitch in a rematch with Louisiana Tech. Baylor welcomes Illinois-Chicago for a three-game set this weekend in its final tune-up before opening conference play on the road at Oklahoma the following weekend. Don't forget to follow The Kaye Zone on Twitter.

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Raynor Campbell's To-Do List from Last Week
4:50 P.M. MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010


To say that Raynor Campbell had a good week would be like saying the Baylor men's basketball team beating Texas for the third consecutive time was sweet. They're both ridiculous understatements.

Here's Campbell's to do list from last week:
Hit .500 - check (he went 12-for-24).
Hit safely in all six games - check.
Double three times - check.
Hit four home runs - check.
Swing such a hot bat that I get moved to the clean-up spot - check.
Drive in 10 runs in three games batting fourth - check.
Collect 17 total RBI - check.
Drive in at least one run in 12 different plate appearances - check.
Steal two bases and reach on a bunt single to show I'm not all about power numbers - check & check.
Have five multi-hit games - check.
Have five multi-RBI games - check.
Lead Baylor to wins in both games of Saturday's doubleheader - check.
Cap weekend with game-winning homer - check.
Add another homer just for fun in my next at-bat - check.
Collect Baylor's first five-RBI game this season - check.
Be named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week - check.
Win Baylor's first Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week since 2004 - check.
Become first Baylor infielder EVER to win a national player of the week award - check.
Move into the top 10 in seven statistical categories in the Big 12 rankings - check.
Take over top spot in Big 12 in RBI and home runs - check & check.
Help Bears get back on track with a three-game winning streak - CHECK.

Not a bad seven days. Here's where Campbell ranks in Big 12 offensive categories:

Batting Average - eighth (.442)
Hits - tied for fourth (19)
Home Runs - tied for first (four)
Doubles - tied for 10th (four)
RBI - tied for first (20)
Stolen Bases - tied for second (six)
Slugging Percentage - second (.814)

Did we mention that Campbell hadn't hit in the clean-up spot since his fourth collegiate game on Feb. 13, 2007? He played in 156 games without hitting in the fourth spot before moving back there on Saturday.

We would go on, but we need to leave a few things for Campbell to shoot for this week. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the Week Three Rewind, and don't forget to follow The Kaye Zone on Twitter.

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Week Two Rewind
11:15 A.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010


Going into the fifth-annual QTI Baylor Classic, we knew the weekend would be a tough one with four regional teams from 2009. A 2-1 record would've been a strong weekend, and while 1-2 isn't ideal, it still leaves the Bears in good shape.

Western Kentucky is a very strong team. The Hilltoppers won all three games this weekend by outscoring opponents 15-6.  They may not get the respect of schools from the big six conferences, but there's a reason they came within a game of winning the NCAA Oxford, Miss. Regional last season.

While losing the Texas Agricultural & Mechanical isn't ever fun to see, it shouldn't be viewed any differently than any other non-conference game. The Bears lost because they couldn't hit John Stilson. He threw 4.0 innings of hitless relief, thanks mostly to a fastball that touched the upper 90s.

Seeing Stilson for four innings in a non-conference game could be huge for the Baylor lineup when the Bears and Ags meet in April.

Let's not forget Friday's win over Texas State. That's a team that won 41 games last season and was fresh off a three-game sweep at Houston. Coming from one run down to win that game 3-2 was big for the Bears.


Raynor Campbell, Senior, Third Baseman, Katy, Texas (Taylor HS)
Despite the fact that he went to the rival high school of TKZ's alma mater, senior third baseman Raynor Campbell earns this week's Player of the Week honor. Campbell hit .364 (4-for-11) with two RBI. He drew one walk, struck out just once and recorded two of Baylor's three stolen bases. Campbell also drove in the game-tying run with a RBI single in the sixth-inning of Baylor's win over Texas State. With two on and one out and the Bears trailing by two in the fourth inning against Western Kentucky, Campbell hit a missile that happened to find the glove of the WKU shortstop, leading to an inning-ending, rally-killing double play. We're guessing it won't be long until those start to find holes for the Bears.

Others who were considered:
Logan Vick
- true freshman has hit in leadoff spot and started all seven games in left field. He extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 4-for-12 with three runs scored on the weekend.

Dan Evatt - turned in the Bears' first three-hit game of the season and drove in both of Baylor's runs with a two-run single against Western Kentucky.


Another tough call. This one could've gone to almost anyone who stepped on the mound for the Bears this weekend, but Shawn Tolleson takes it because of how he turned what could have been a bad start into a really solid one.

Shawn Tolleson, Junior, RHP, Fairview, Texas (Allen HS)
While he didn't get the win in Friday night's start, he should get the majority of the credit. Tolleson held a strong Texas State lineup to just two runs on five hits over 6.0 innings. He struck out six and walked just two. The Bears didn't take the lead for good until the eighth inning, so Tolleson did not factor in the decision, but his performance was key to the Bears starting the weekend with a win. He's set the tone for the entire Baylor pitching staff through the first two weeks.

Others who were considered: 
Josh Turley - earned first collegiate win by holding Texas State to one hit over 2.0 shutout innings of relief. Any time a freshman can provide two innings of shutout relief, it's impressive, but it's even more eye-opening when he's able to do so in a game that's tied at 2-2, when one bad pitch could cost his team the game. Turley also worked 1.2 innings against Western Kentucky on Sunday. He gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced, but allowed just one hit after that.

Kolt Browder - he looked nothing like a redshirt freshman making his first collegiate appearance. Browder held the Hilltoppers to just one hit over 3.0 innings of shutout relief on Sunday. Though the Bears were unable to mount a rally, Browder did his job by keeping WKU from adding to its lead.

Brooks Pinckard - its tough to be considered when you only pitched one inning during the week, but Pinckard's inning was huge. Holding just a one-run lead against Texas State, he worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his third save in as many games. No Baylor pitcher had saved three consecutive games since Nick Cassavechia did so in the 2007 Big 12 tournament. While the conditions weren't ideal, and Pinckard needed 10 pitches to retire the first batter he faced, he got the job done.

Here's what local print media outlets had to say throughout the weekend:

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:
Brice Cherry - Baylor Baseball Schedule One of Nation's Toughest (Friday)
Brice Cherry - Baylor Baseball Warms Up With Win (Saturday)
Brice Cherry - Aggies Win Heated Affair With Baylor Baseball, 4-2 (Sunday)
Staff Report - Western Kentucky's Early Lead Holds Against Baylor Baseball, 6-2 (Monday)

The staff report from Sunday has a well-timed photo from Rod Aydelotte that shows Raynor Campbell taking a throw on the chin.

From The Baylor Lariat:
Lariat Staff - Baseball Falls to Texas A&M at QTI Baylor Classic (Saturday)
Chris Derrett and Daniel Cernero - Hitting Woes Hamper Baseball's Weekend (Tuesday)

That's all for now, but we're about seven hours away from beginning a stretch of six games in six days. Baylor takes on BYU tonight at 6:30, then plays Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and finishes the week with a four-game set against Oral Roberts this weekend. Don't forget to follow The Kaye Zone on Twitter.

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