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Week 10 Rewind
11:20 A.M. TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball went 1-3 during a tough week, dropping its lone midweek game against UNLV and taking only the middle game of a three-game set against Missouri.

The Bears used six pitches in a 7-4 loss to UNLV on Tuesday. Dillon Newman didn't allow a run in 1.1 innings of relief to end the game, but each of the first five pitchers gave up multiple hits and at least one run. Brooks Pinckard was the most effected, allowing only two hits and one run in 3.0 innings of relief.

In Thursday's series opener against Missouri, the Bears held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Bears didn't record an out on what looked like an inning-ending double play, and Missouri took advantage to score what would prove to be the game-winning runs in a two-run sixth. Josh Turley pitched well enough to win, allowed three earned runs while striking out seven and walking none in 6.1 innings, but the Bears' only offensive production came on solo home runs from Cal Towey and Max Muncy.

Baylor evened the series with a 6-3 win on Good Friday, thanks in large part to a solid outing from Logan Verrett, just five days removed from a complete-game at Texas A&M on the previous Sunday. Verrett allowed three runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings while walking one and striking out seven. That was good enough to get the win, as the Baylor bats broke out for four runs in the fifth. Dan Evatt broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double, and Josh Ludy and Landis Ware added RBI doubles later in the inning. Dillon Newman, Brooks Pinckard and Max Garner combined on 3.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief to close out the win.

Sunday's loss was closer than the final score showed, but the Bears couldn't get anything going after Missouri built its lead to 5-1 with a three-run sixth. Josh Ludy tied the game at 1-1 with a solo homer in the fourth, but the Tigers answered with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Trent Blank allowed only two earned runs in 5.1 innings, but an error led to a pair of unearned runs in the sixth, and Baylor's bullpen gave up five runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

Baylor begins a stretch with eight of nine games on the road this week. The Bears open at UTSA on Tuesday, then travel to Lincoln, Neb. for their last-ever Big 12 series against Nebraska. Baylor last won a series in Lincoln when the teams first met in Big 12 Conference play in 1997. Following the Nebraska series, Baylor has an eight-day break for finals before taking on TCU in Fort Worth on May 10.

RESULTS:
Tuesday - UNLV 7, Baylor 4
Friday - Missouri 4, Baylor 2
Saturday - Baylor 6, Missouri 3
Sunday - Missouri 10, Baylor 1

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dan Evatt, Junior, OF, Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS)
Hit .357 (5-for-14), doubled twice, hit one home run, scored two runs and collected four RBI ... Led team with 10 total bases and .714 slugging percentage ... Drew a pair of walks to raise on-base percentage to .412 and also stole a base ... Came up a triple short of cycle in midweek game against UNLV ... Homered against UNLV was fourth in five-game span ... Hit two-run double to break 2-2 tie and provide eventual winning runs in Saturday's win over Missouri ... Also gave Bears early lead with sacrifice fly in first inning of Saturday's game.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Max Garner, Sophomore, RHP, Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)
Pitched twice in relief, tossing 3.1 innings and allowed only one hit for .100 opponents' batting average ... Recorded one save and struck out three while issuing one walk ... In Friday's series opener against Missouri, worked 2.2 innings of one-hit, shutout relief to hold deficit at two runs ... Struck out two, walked one and worked around a leadoff double in scoreless eighth inning ... With potential tying run on deck and one out in ninth inning, came out of bullpen to get final two outs on four pitches in Saturday's win.

  • Baylor is 21-3 this season when scoring four or more runs and 0-17 when scoring three or fewer.
  • Baylor has grounded into only 10 double plays this season. The Bears have turned 39 double plays this season and have been doubled up only 18 times.
  • Baylor is 69-for-82 stealing bases this season, and the Bears' 84.1 percent success rate leads the Big 12 Conference.
  • Baylor batters have hit 17 home runs in their last 13 games after hitting only 7 in the first 28 games of the season.
  • Baylor has hit 16 home runs in Big 12 play, five more than any other team in the conference.
  • Brooks Pinckard became the fifth player in program history with 30 or more stolen bases in a season with his 30th steal on Sunday. Pinckard has been successful on 19 straight attempted steals, and he's 30-for-32 on the season and 59-for-65 stealing bases in his career.
  • Pinckard's 30 stolen bases this season are fifth on Baylor's single-season list. He needs 10 steals to tie the program record for steals in a season (40, Mike Robison, 1991) and 12 steals to tie the Big 12 Conference single-season record.
  • Pinckard has 10 steals in Big 12 play this season, tying him for fourth on Baylor's single-season Big 12 steals list. His 23 career steals in Big 12 play place him alone in third place on Baylor's career Big 12 steals list, and he needs three steals to tie Eric Nelson (26 from 1997-99) for the most career steals in Big 12 play by a Baylor player.
  • Pinckard Big 12 ranks: t-4th triples (4), 1st stolen bases (30) and t-9th saves (3). League play: 1st triples (3) and 2nd stolen bases (10).
  • Logan Verrett struck out seven in Saturday's win, giving him 129 career strikeouts in Big 12 play. He passed Willie Kempf (128) and moved into a tie for fifth with Kip Wells (129) on Baylor's career Big 12 strikeouts list.
  • Verrett has 226 career strikeouts. He needs two more to crack Baylor's career top-10 (Kendal Volz, 228).
  • Verrett Big 12 ranks: 8th innings (63.1), 6th strikeouts (65). League play: 9th innings (37.2), 8th strikeouts (34).
  • Max Garner recorded his fourth save of the season and his third in Big 12 play in Saturday's win. He's tied for eighth on Baylor's single-season Big 12 saves list.
  • Garner Big 12 ranks: 8th saves (4), t-5th saves in league play (3). Garner is 2.1 innings shy of the minimum to qualify, but his 1.72 ERA in Big 12 games would rank seventh in the league.
  • Max Muncy failed to reach base safely on Sunday, snapping his streak of games reaching base safely at 19 overall games and 21 straight Big 12 games dating back to last season.
  • Muncy Big 12 ranks: t-8th hits (51), 8th RBI (31), 10th total bases (78), t-5th walks (26).
  • Muncy Big 12 ranks (league play): 9th batting average (.348), 7th hits (24), t-6th home runs (3), 2nd total bases (40), 2nd walks (13), 5th on-base percentage (.458), 6th slugging percentage (.580).
  • OF Dan Evatt ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 6 home runs and he's tied for second with 4 home runs in league play.
  • RF Cal Towey started the season in a 4-for-31 slump, but he's hit .328 (21-for-64) with three doubles, two triples, four home runs, 10 runs and nine RBI in the last 19 games. He's posted a .449 on-base percentage and a .625 slugging percentage over that span.
  • Towey Big 12 ranks: 10th walks (23), 9th on-base percentage (.431). League play: t-2nd home runs (4), 7th on-base percentage (.444), 2nd slugging percentage (.620).

That's all for now, but don't forget to follow Baylor Baseball on Twitter.

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Week Nine Rewind
3:20 P.M. TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball went 2-2 during the season's ninth week. The wins were both on the road, giving Baylor a 6-6 road record this year. By comparison, the Bears went 5-12 on the road in 2010.

Baylor got off to a strong start by coming from behind to win 9-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday at UT Arlington. Making his first start since March 20 after battling a hamstring injury, Logan Vick returned and homered in his second at-bat, but the Bears trailed 3-1 in the top of the sixth after UTA plated three unearned runs in the fifth. Baylor responded quickly, scoring three runs of its own in the top of the sixth, and after UTA tied the game with a run in the seventh, Max Garner held the Mavericks at bay until the Bears' offense came to life in the 10th with five runs.

Friday night's series opener in the Battle of the Brazos was a tough start to the weekend. The Bears were held to seven singles and scored their only run of the game on Wes Mercurio's two-out pinch-hit single in the ninth.

The Bears bounced back in a big way to take Saturday's game 12-1 in College Station. That win was eerily similar to the middle game of the series last season, when Logan Verrett struck out 13 batters in a 13-1 Baylor win. Last season's 13-1 win was the Bears' largest ever against their Brazos River rival, and this season's 12-1 win was Baylor's largest ever over a top-five opponent.

Trent Blank battled through 5.1 innings and allowed only one run - similar to his last outing when he held another top-10 team to one run in 5.0 innings at Texas on Sunday - and Garner took care of the rest, tossing 3.2 innings of one-hit shutout relief. The Bears got plenty of offense with a pair of home runs and five RBI from Dan Evatt and another home run from Vick.

Sunday's series finale was again similar to last season's, only this time the Bears were on the short end. The Sunday game has decided the series in each of the last two seasons, and both times the final score has been 2-1 with the home team prevailing. The Bears took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Max Muncy singled home Vick who led off with a double, but that would be the only run to cross the plate for the Bears.

Logan Verrett made that lead stand up until the bottom of the seventh when an error led to an unearned run to tie the game, and another unearned run in the eighth proved to be the game-winning run for A&M. Verrett allowed only a pair of unearned runs and struck out seven, but he became the first Baylor pitcher to take a loss in a complete game since Kendal Volz did so against Oklahoma on April 24, 2009.

Baylor has all four games at home this week before hitting the road for eight of the nine games. The Bears host UNLV at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Missouri. Due to the Easter holiday, the series against Missouri will start a day early. Thursday's game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., while the game on Good Friday is slated for 3 p.m. and Saturday's series finale is at noon.

RESULTS:
Tuesday - Baylor 9, UT Arlington 4 (10 innings)
Friday - Texas A&M 5, Baylor 1
Saturday - Baylor 12, Texas A&M 1
Sunday - Texas A&M 2, Baylor 1

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dan Evatt, Junior, OF, Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine HS)
Hit three home runs, collected eight RBI and scored four runs in four starts during week ... Also drew five walks and struck out just twice ... Posted .529 on-base percentage and 1.083 slugging percentage ... Also had one sacrifice bunt ... Drew three walks and hit three-run homer in 10th inning in Tuesday win at UT Arlington ... Homered twice, walked twice, drove in five runs and scored three times in Saturday's win at No. 5 Texas A&M ... Two-run homer in second inning proved to be game-winner ... Has four home runs in only 26 at-bats in Big 12 play.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Max Garner, Sophomore, RHP, Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)
Pitched twice during week, allowing only two hits in 5.2 innings of shutout relief, holding opponents to .111 batting average ... Picked up second win of season by pitching 2.0 innings of shutout relief at UT Arlington ... Came out of bullpen to start eighth inning with game tied 4-4 ... Pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings ... In Saturday's win at Texas A&M, came out of bullpen with tying run on deck and one out in sixth inning ... Faced the minimum in 3.2 innings of one-hit, shutout relief against Aggies to pick up third save of season ... Struck out four, including three of last four batters faced ... Threw only 33 pitches in career-long-tying 3.2 innings ... Lowered ERA to 2.83 and tied team lead with three saves ... Leads team with 16 appearances out of bullpen.

  • Baylor is 20-2 this season when scoring four or more runs and 0-15 when scoring three or fewer.
  • Baylor's 12-1 win Saturday at Texas A&M was its largest ever against a top-5 opponent and the second-largest margin of victory ever in the "Battle of the Brazos." Baylor's 13-1 win against Texas A&M on April 10 last season was the Bears' biggest win over the Aggies.
  • Baylor has grounded into only seven double plays this season and has grounded into only one double play in its last 13 games. Baylor has turned 33 double plays this season, while the Bears have been doubled up only 15 times.
  • Baylor is 63-for-74 stealing bases this season, and the Bears' 85.1 percent success rate leads the Big 12 Conference.
  • Baylor improved to 4-2 in extra-inning games this season with Tuesday's 10-inning win at UT Arlington. Josh Ludy had the game-winning hit with a RBI triple for his fourth hit in the game.
  • Ludy had the first four-hit game by a Baylor player since he had four hits at Texas Tech on May 16, 2010.
  • Brooks Pinckard has been successful on 17 straight attempted steals. He's 28-for-30 on the season and 57-for-63 stealing bases in his career.
  • Pinckard's 28 stolen bases this season are tied for sixth with Matt Trozzo (1993) and Jaime Bubela (2000) on Baylor's single-season list. He needs 12 steals to tie the program record for steals in a season (40, Mike Robison, 1991) and 14 steals to tie the Big 12 Conference single-season record.
  • Pinckard has eight steals in Big 12 play this season, tying him for seventh on Baylor's single-season Big 12 steals list. His 21 career steals in Big 12 play place him alone in third place on Baylor's career Big 12 steals list.
  • Baylor hit two home runs on Tuesday and three on Saturday. The Bears have five multi-home run games this season.
  • Dan Evatt homered twice in Saturday's win at Texas A&M. He joins Cal Towey as the only Bears with multi-home run games this season. It was also the first career multi-home run game for Evatt and he drove in a career-high five runs.
  • Max Muncy has hit safely in 13 of 15 Big 12 Conference games and has reached base safely in every conference game this season. He has reached base safely in 16 consecutive games overall and in 19 consecutive Big 12 games dating back to the 2010 season.
  • RF Cal Towey started the season in a 4-for-31 slump, but he's hit .385 (20-for-52) with three doubles, two triples, three home runs, nine runs and eight RBI in his last 15 games. He's posted a .515 on-base percentage and a .692 slugging percentage over that span.
  • Evatt's game-winning home run on Saturday was the first this season allowed by Texas A&M RHP Michael Wacha. The Bears scored five runs against Wacha in 6.1 innings, raising his ERA for 1.23 to 1.81.
  • LF Logan Vick missed 13 straight starts with a hamstring injury but he returned to start all four games this week. Vick homered in his second at-bat back on Tuesday and homered against on Saturday.
  • Vick started in right field for the first time in his career on Sunday. His previous 83 starts had all been in left field.
  • RHP Trent Blank picked up the win on Saturday's by holding Texas A&M to one run on four hits in 5.1 innings. It was the second straight week he held a top-10 team to one run in 5-plus innings, as he left in line for the win but got no decision after allowing one run in 5.0 innings at Texas last Sunday.
  • LHP Josh Turley pitched 7.0 innings in Friday's start against Texas A&M, marking the third time in his last four starts he's gone at least 7.0 innings.
  • RHP Logan Verrett held Texas A&M to a pair of unearned runs in a complete game on Sunday. It was the second complete game of the season for Verrett and the third of his career. Two of the three have come against Texas A&M, as he struck out 13 and allowed one run in a win over the Aggies on April 10 last season.
  • Verrett struck out seven, giving him 122 career strikeouts in Big 12 play. He now ranks seventh on Baylor's career Big 12 strikeouts list.
  • Verrett became the first Baylor pitcher to take a loss in a complete game since Kendal Volz did so on April 24, 2009 against Oklahoma.

That's all for now, but don't forget to follow Baylor Baseball on Twitter.

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Week Eight Rewind
1:00 P.M. TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball dropped three of four games during the week, including an extra-inning contest on the road on Tuesday and a 5-2 loss at No. 8 Texas on Sunday in which the Bears held a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

Baylor got strong pitching in Tuesday's game against Sam Houston State, but a tough break came back to bite the Bears. However, it could've been a lot worse. Reliever Max Garner came on to start the eighth inning with Baylor leading 2-0. After a leadoff double, Garner took a line drive off his pitching elbow that hit so hard it rolled all the way out to left fielder Dan Evatt. The ball was clocked at 98 mph off the bat, and as Garner was rolling on the ground in pain, it looked like his season could be over.

Instead, just four days later, Garner came out of the bullpen to get what was probably Baylor's biggest out of the season and strand the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base in a win over No. 8 Texas. After all Garner's been through, it really shouldn't be a surprise that he was able to do such a thing, but seeing that ball strike his elbow on Tuesday, it certainly didn't look possible at the time.

Lost in Texas' late rally was Josh Turley turning in the best outing of his career. Turley allowed only two runs through the first eight innings and retired 10 straight batters before hitting the leadoff man with a pitch in the ninth. His 8.0 innings and 114 pitches were both career highs.

Friday night's game was a whole different kind of bad luck, and this time it was Logan Verrett on the receiving end. Verrett held Texas to only an unearned run through the first five innings, but Texas got a double out of what looked like a routine flyball leading off the sixth when the ball was lost in the lights. That was just the start of the bad luck, and two errors later, Texas had scored nine runs in the inning. Verrett allowed six earned runs in 5.1 innings, but if the ball lost in the lights had been caught, only one run would've been earned.

Baylor took a 2-0 lead in Sunday's game on a clutch two-out, two-run single on a 0-2 pitch to Landis Ware in the second inning. Trent Blank made that lead stand up, allowing only one run through 5.0 innings, but the Baylor bullpen was unable to keep Texas off the board, and the Bears' offense was held hitless after Ware's single.

This week, Baylor travels to UT Arlington for a 6:30 p.m. game on Tuesday. The Bears return home to host Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. Friday before the wrapping up the Battle of the Brazos with games in College Station on Saturday and Sunday. With Saturday's game in College Station, the Bears will be playing their fourth game in four different cities.

RESULTS:
Tuesday - Sam Houston State 3, Baylor 2 (10 innings)
Friday - Texas 11, Baylor 3
Saturday - Baylor 7, Texas 6
Sunday - Texas 5, Baylor 2

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Josh Ludy, Junior, C, Portland, Ind. (Jay County HS)
Started all four games, three as designated hitter and one as catcher ... Led team in hits (5), batting average (.385), doubles (2), RBI (3) and on-base percentage (.500) ... Also stole a base, scored twice, walked twice and was hit by a pitch ... Went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and a stolen base at Sam Houston State on Tuesday ... In Saturday's win over No. 8 Texas, wen 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored ... Scored go-ahead run to break 1-1 tie after singling with one out in fourth ... Extended Baylor's lead to 7-2 with a two-run single in seventh that provided eventual winning runs ... In Sunday's game at Texas, was hit by a pitch, drew a walk and scored first run of game ... Was one of two Baylor players to reach base safely twice in the game.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Josh Turley, Sophomore, LHP, Texarkana, Texas (Texas HS)
Became first Baylor pitcher to beat Texas in Waco since Bears swept series in 2005 ... Pitched career-long 8.0 innings and threw career-high 114 pitches against No. 8 Longhorns ... Allowed only two runs through first eight innings and left game with 7-2 lead after hitting leadoff batter with a pitch in ninth ... Struck out five, walked one and finished with three runs allowed on seven hits ... Retired 10 straight batters heading into ninth inning ... Worked out of jams with minimal damage in each of first three innings ... Texas had runners on third with one out in first three innings, but Turley allowed only one run to score - on a squeeze bunt in second ... Got double play to escape jam in first and struck out consecutive batters to work out of jam in third ... Held Texas to two baserunners from fourth through eighth innings.

  • Baylor is 18-2 this season when scoring four or more runs and 0-13 when scoring three or fewer.
  • Baylor has grounded into only six double plays this season and hasn't grounded into a double play in its last nine games. The last time the Bears did so was March 27 vs. Kansas State. Baylor has turned 31 double plays this season, while the Bears have been doubled up only 12 times.
  • Brooks Pinckard has been successful on 16 straight attempted steals. He's 27-for-29 on the season and 56-for-62 stealing bases in his career.
  • Baylor is 60-for-69 stealing bases this season (87.0 percent success rate). The Bears are four steals behind Big 12 leader Texas Tech, but Baylor has been caught stealing only nine times and its success rate is highest in the league.
  • Pinckard's 27 stolen bases this season place him alone in eighth on Baylor's single-season list. He needs 13 steals to tie the program record for steals in a season (40, Mike Robison, 1991).
  • Pinckard has seven steals in Big 12 play this season, tying him for ninth on Baylor's single-season Big 12 steals list. His 20 career steals in Big 12 play place him alone in third place on Baylor's career Big 12 steals list.
  • Baylor hit three home runs on Friday, its third multi-home run game of the season.
  • Cal Towey homered in consecutive at-bats in Friday's game, becoming the only Baylor player this season with a multi-home run game.
  • Max Muncy has hit safely in 10 of 12 Big 12 Conference games and has reached base safely in every conference game this season. He has reached base safely in 16 consecutive Big 12 games dating back to the 2010 season.
  • Muncy's Big 12 overall ranks: t-5th in home runs (4), t-5th in RBI (27), t-9th in total bases (62).
  • Muncy's Big 12 ranks (league play): 10th in batting average (.348), t-8th in RBI (10), t-3rd in total bases (28), t-5th in walks (8), t-8th in on-base percentage (.455), 5th in slugging percentage (.609).
  • RF Cal Towey started the season in a 4-for-31 slump, but he's hit .405 (15-for-37) with two doubles, a triple, three home runs, six runs and six RBI in his last 11 games. He's posted a .522 on-base percentage and a .757 slugging percentage over that span.
  • Towey is second in the Big 12 in on-base percentage (.537) and slugging percentage (.767) in conference play.
  • Towey's Big 12 ranks (league games only): 8th in batting average (.367), t-2nd in home runs (3), 2nd in on-base percentage (.537), second in slugging percentage (.767).
  • Towey had a career-high 11 total bases in Friday's game against Texas. He tripled and homered against Taylor Jungmann and hit another home run against UT reliever Nathan Thornhill. Muncy also homered against Jungmann, who had only given up one home run on the season.
  • LF Logan Vick missed 12 straight games with a hamstring injury, but he pinch hit in the ninth inning of Sunday's game. It was the first time he's played since March 20.
  • RHP Trent Blank left in line for the win after allowing one run in 5.0 innings in Sunday's start at Texas, but he did not factor in the decision.
  • LHP Josh Turley pitched a career-long 8.0 innings and threw a career-most 114 pitches in Saturday's win over Texas. He retired 10 straight batters before hitting the leadoff batter in the ninth.
  • Turley became the first Baylor pitcher to beat Texas in Waco since the 2005 season.
  • RHP Logan Verrett held Texas to only an unearned run through his first 5.0 innings in Friday night's game, but a ball lost in the lights leading off the sixth led to a big inning. If the ball had been caught, only one of Texas' runs in the inning would've been earned.
  • RHP Jon Ringenberg left in line for the win in Tuesday's game at Sam Houston State after holding the Bearkats scoreless on one hit with four strikeouts in 3.0 innings of a predetermined short start. With a win, Ringenberg would've improved to 10-0 for his career and taken over the top spot on Baylor's career winning percentage list (minimum 10 decisions).
  • C Josh Ludy went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and a walk in Tuesday's game at Sam Houston State. Ludy was the only Baylor player to hit at least .300 during the week, as he hit .385 (5-for-13) with two doubles and three RBI.
  • SS Landis Ware put Baylor in front 2-0 with a two-out, two-run single on a 0-2 pitch from Cole Green in Sunday's series finale.

That's all for now, but don't forget to follow Baylor Baseball on Twitter.

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Week Seven Rewind
1:00 P.M. TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball fell out of the Baseball America rankings for the first time this season after posting a 1-4 record in week seven. The Bears dropped a pair of midweek contests, then lost the first two games at Kansas before rebounding to pound a season-high four home runs and take the series finale 12-4.

Baylor got good enough pitching to win all three games at Kansas, but the Bears' bats were cold in the first two. Fortunately, they broke out in time to salvage Sunday's game and build some confidence heading into a pair of tough Big 12 series against Texas and Texas A&M.

This week, the Bears travel to Sam Houston State to take on the Bearkats at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday will be practice days before the Bears host the first two games of the annual split-series against Texas. Typically, the annual split series with Texas and Texas A&M are played with the first game at one site and the final two at the other, but Baylor and Texas agreed to play the first two games in Waco this season due to a scheduling conflict in Austin.

RESULTS:
Tuesday - UTSA 4, Baylor 2
Wednesday - Lamar 7, Baylor 3
Friday - Kansas 6, Baylor 2
Saturday - Kansas 4, Baylor 3
Sunday - Baylor 12, Kansas 4

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cal Towey, Sophomore, RF, Seatlle, Wash. (Eastside Catholic HS)
Started all five games in right field ... Hit .444 (8-for-18) with two doubles, one home runs, four RBI and four runs scored ... Drew one walk and was hit-by-pitch twice, giving him .524 on-base percentage for week ... Also had a sacrifice bunt and ranked second on team with .722 slugging percentage ... Raised batting average from .211 to .286 ... Has 12 hits in last seven games ... After starting season in 4-for-31 slump, has hit .480 (12-for-25) with two doubles, a home run, four RBI and four runs scored in last seven games ... Tied career high with three hits in Sunday's series finale ... Hit RBI single to give Baylor 1-0 lead in first inning ... Extended lead to 4-0 with home run to straight-away center field in third ... Was hit by a pitch, singled, and was hit by a pitch again, giving him six straight plate appearances reaching base safely dating back to drawing a walk in final plate appearance of Saturday's game ... Walked, doubled and laid down sacrifice bunt on Saturday ... Had two hits in each of Baylor's midweek games.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Brad Kuntz, Freshman, LHP, Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)
Allowed one run on four hits in 7.0 innings over two relief appearances during the week ... Held opponents to .160 batting average, struck out six and walked two ... Recorded first career save by pitching 3.0 innings of relief and allowing one run in series finale at Kansas ... Retired eight of first nine batters faced against Jayhawks ... Pitched career-long 4.0 innings of two-hit, shutout relief vs. UTSA ... Retired eight straight and 12 of 14 batters faced, allowing only a pair of singles ... Struck out two vs. Roadrunners.

  • Baylor has posted a winning record in seven of its last nine regular season weekends, dating back to the 2010 season. The Bears have series wins over Kansas State, Oral Roberts, Louisiana Tech and at Georgia in 2011. The Bears also won two of three at the 2011 Houston College Classic and closed the 2010 season with series wins against Oklahoma State and at Texas Tech.
  • Baylor lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Bears were 8-0 following a loss before dropping a pair of midweek games.
  • Baylor is 17-2 this season when scoring four or more runs and 0-10 when scoring three or fewer.
  • Baylor has turned 28 double plays this season, while the Bears have been doubled up only 12 times.
  • The Bears lost a series to Kansas for just the third time in 15 Big 12 seasons, but they avoided being swept by Kansas for the first time in program history by winning the series finale. Baylor is 42-10 in the all-time series against the Jayhawks, including a 17-7 mark in games played in Lawrence.
  • Brooks Pinckard is tied with SFA's Bryson Myles for the national lead with 26 stolen bases.
  • Pinckard leads the Big 12 with 26 stolen bases - eight more than the next closest player. He also ranks tied for sixth in hits (38) and runs (23) and tied for fifth in saves (3). His six steals in Big 12 play are two more than any other player in the league.
  • Pinckard moved up in numerous categories of the Baylor record book. He's now tied with Jack Stubbs (1992) for the eighth-best single-season steals total in program history. He moved into sole possession of seventh place on Baylor's career steals list (55-for-61), and he's tied for third on Baylor's career Big 12 stolen bases list with 19.
  • Baylor is 56-for-64 stealing bases this season (87.5 percent success rate). The Bears are one steal behind league leaders Kansas State and Missouri, but they've been caught stealing three and 12 fewer times, respectively.
  • Baylor hit four home runs on Sunday - prior to that, the Bears had only one multi-home-run game this season (2 vs. Texas Tech on March 19). Jake Miller, Max Muncy, Cal Towey and Dan Evatt all went deep for the Bears. It was the first homer of the season for Miller, Towey and Evatt, while Muncy leads the team with three.
  • Max Muncy had his hitting streak in Big 12 games snapped at 10 with a hitless series opener at Kansas. His streak tied for the seventh-longest multiple-season Big 12 streak in program history. Muncy also had a streak of nine straight games producing a run (RBI or run scored) snapped.
  • Muncy has hit safely and reached base multiple times in eight of nine Big 12 games this season. He batted second in the lineup in Sunday's series finale - the highest he's ever hit in the Baylor lineup.
  • Muncy homered twice during the week, both times into stiff winds. He homered into a 19 mph wind on Tuesday vs. UTSA and into a 30 mph wind on Sunday vs. Kansas.
  • Muncy drew three walks in Sunday's game and had seven during the week. He leads the team with 18 walks on the season. Muncy also leads the team in batting average (.342), RBI (24), hits (39) and slugging (.491).
  • Muncy ranks 12th in the Big 12 in batting average (.342), fifth in hits (39), tied for seventh in RBI (24), ninth in total bases (56) and tied for sixth in walks (18).
  • In Big 12 play, Muncy is tied for the league lead in batting average (.400), tied for third in hits (14), fifth in total bases (22), tied for third in walks (7), second in on-base percentage (.512) and seventh in slugging (.629).
  • RF Cal Towey started the season in a 4-for-31 slump, but he's hit .480 (12-for-25) with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and four RBI in his last seven games.
  • Towey reached base safely in his first five plate appearances in Sunday's game - he homered to straightaway center field, singled twice and was hit by a pitch twice.
  • LF Logan Vick sat out all five games this week with a hamstring injury. He's listed as day-to-day. Vick started in left field and hit in the top three in the lineup in all 80 games of his career before missing the last nine games with the injury.
  • RHP Trent Blank retired the leadoff batter in all six of his innings of work on Sunday. He allowed three runs in 6.0 innings and improved to 2-1 on the season with the win.
  • LHP Josh Turley got a no-decision after allowing three runs in 5.2 innings in Saturday's game. He struck out five and walked just one.
  • RHP Logan Verrett pitched into the seventh inning for the fifth time in his last six starts in Friday's series opener at Kansas. He took the loss after allowing three earned runs in 6.2 innings.
  • Freshman LHP Brad Kuntz picked up the first save of his career in Sunday's game. He retired the first six batters he faced, allowed one run and struck out four in 3.0 innings to close out the win.
  • Kuntz has allowed one run on five hits in 9.0 innings over his last three appearances, striking out eight and walking two. He pitched 4.0 innings of two-hit, shutout relief on Tuesday vs. UTSA.
  • RHP Tyler Bremer took the loss despite allowing only one earned run in 5.0 innings vs. UTSA. Bremer has allowed two earned runs over 10.0 innings in his last four outings.
  • RHP Dillon Newman and 2B Nate Goodwin made their first career starts in Wednesday's game vs. Lamar. Goodwin reached base twice with a hit by pitch and a walk, while Newman allowed one run in 2.0 innings.
  • 1B/OF Dan Evatt broke out of a 1-for-18 start to the season with five hits in nine at-bats over the last three games of the week. He walked three times, scored three runs and collected two RBI.
  • C Josh Ludy hit a two-run double to give Baylor a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on Saturday. Ludy also had a RBI double in Friday's series opener and went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the series finale.
  • C Joey Hainsfurther had three hits, walked four times and scored four runs in the Kansas series.

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