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Week Six Rewind
5:55 P.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball jumped two spots to No. 19 in the latest Baseball America Top 25 after going 3-1 during the season's sixth week. That marks the Bears' seventh straight ranking, as Baylor has been ranked anywhere from No. 14 to No. 21 by BA this season.

The Bears used five pitchers in a 6-1 win over UT Arlington on Tuesday, then took the bookends of the weekend series against Kansas State to record their fifth winning weekend in six weeks of the 2011 season.

Baylor used a two-run rally in the ninth to its fifth walk-off win of the season on Friday night. Landis Ware tied the game at 4-4 with a RBI single, and after stealing second base, he came around to score the winning run on Chris Slater's double. It was the second walk-off hit for Slater this season - one more than Baylor had as a team last season.

In Saturday's game, the Bears erased a 3-0 deficit only to see Kansas State tack on three more runs in the decisive eighth inning. K-State won the game 6-3, setting up Sunday's rubber match that would determine the series winner.

Baylor again had to erase a deficit, but this time the Bears scored three runs in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead, and though Kansas State tied the game at 3-3 in the eighth, Jake Miller delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom half of the inning that proved to be a game- and series-winning hit. It was the Bears' eighth come-from-behind win out of 16 victories this season.

Baylor also improved to 8-0 on the season following a loss. The last time Baylor lost two consecutive regular-seasno games was when they dropped a pair of games at Texas on May 1-2, 2010.

This week, the Bears have a busy schedule with five games in a six-day span. BU takes on UTSA at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and concludes its 14-game homestand with Lamar at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Bears then hit the road to Lawrence, Kan. for a three-game Big 12 Conference series against Kansas over the weekend.

RESULTS:
Tuesday - Baylor 6, UT Arlington 1
Friday - Baylor 5, Kansas State 4
Saturday - Kansas State 6, Baylor 3
Sunday - Baylor 4, Kansas State 3

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chris Slater, Senior, OF, Plano, Texas (Plano East HS)
Hit .438 (7-for-16) with four doubles, one triple, four RBI and four runs scored to help Baylor to 3-1 week ... Posted .471 on-base percentage and slugged .813 during week ... Went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one run and one RBI in Tuesday's win over UT Arlington ... Had two hits, scored a run and drove in winning run with walk-off double in series opener vs. Kansas State ... Doubled to start three-run rally to tie game in sixth inning of Saturday's game ... Delivered two-run triple and came around to score game-tying run as Bears erased 3-0 deficit in fifth inning of series finale ... Also drew a walk in Sunday's game.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Trent Blank, Junior, RHP, Columbia, Ill. (Columbia HS)
Though he didn't factor in the decision, Blank played a major role in giving the Bears the series won over Kansas State by holding the Wildcats to two runs in 5.0 innings of work in Sunday's series finale ... Allowed five hits - all singles - walked two and struck out two ... Left game in line for win with Bears leading 3-2, but got no-decision after K-State tied the game in the eighth.

  • Baylor has posted a winning record in seven of its last eight 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 has not lost back-to-back games this season. The Bears are 8-0 following a loss.
  • Baylor is 16-2 this season when scoring four or more runs and 0-6 when scoring three or fewer.
  • The Bears have won 12 of 15 series against Kansas State in Big 12 play. Baylor is 34-17 all-time against the Wildcats, including a 23-3 mark in Waco.
  • Baylor has five walk-off wins this season. The Bears' only walk-off win in 2010 came on May 21 vs. Oklahoma State.
  • Baylor used five pitchers and didn't walk a batter in Tuesday's win vs. UT Arlington. It was the first time BU didn't walk a batter in a game since doing so against Sam Houston State on April 20, 2010.
  • The Bears won Friday's game on a walk-off double from senior OF Chris Slater. It was the second time Slater has delivered a walk-off hit this season. He had a walk-off single to beat Florida International in the 11th inning on March 15.
  • Baylor is 33-10 in its last 43 games at Baylor Ballpark.
  • Baylor is 47-for-54 stealing bases this season (87.03 percent success rate).
  • Big 12 teams have hit 92 home runs this season. The conference had combined for 214 homers at the same point in 2010.
  • Max Muncy has hit safely in 10 straight Big 12 Conference games dating back to the last four conference games of the 2010 season.
  • Muncy has multi-hit games in five of six Big 12 contest this season.
  • Muncy is hitting .480 (12-for-25) with three doubles, one triple, six RBI and four runs scored in six Big 12 games. He has a .536 on-base percentage and is slugging .680 in league action.
  • Baylor has turned 23 double plays this season, while the Bears have been doubled up only 10 times.
  • RF Cal Towey started the season in a 3-for-20 slump, but he broke out of it by going 5-for-14 during the week, including multi-hit games in two games of the Kansas State series. Towey started last season in a 1-for-24 slump before hitting .395 (32-for-81) over his final 29 games.
  • CF Brooks Pinckard recorded his 11th bunt single of the season in Tuesday's win over UT Arlington, giving him the most by a Baylor player since Raynor Campbell had 12 bunt singles in 2007.
  • Pinckard stole his 22nd base of the season on Tuesday. The last time a Baylor player had more than 22 steals in a season was when Anthony Hensley swiped 32 bags in 2000.
  • Pinckard ranks 10th on Baylor's career steals list (51-for-57).
  • Pinckard leads the Big 12 with 22 stolen bases - five more than the next closest player. He also ranks 15th in batting average (.346), fourth in hits (36), tied for third in runs (22), ninth in total bases (49) and tied for fifth in saves (3).
  • Pinckard has more stolen bases (22) this season than 109 Division I teams, including No. 3 South Carolina, No. 9 Fresno State and No. 11 Stanford.
  • OF Chris Slater had four doubles and a triple during the week, accounting for half of Baylor's 10 extra-base hits.
  • LF Logan Vick sat out all four games this week with a hamstring injury. He's listed as day-to-day. Vick had started in left field and hit in the top three in the lineup in all 80 games since arriving in Waco.
  • RHP Tyler Bremer worked 2.0 innings of one-hit relief twice during the week.
  • RHP Jon Ringenberg improved to 9-0 for his career with a win in Tuesday's game. With his next win or loss, Ringenberg will take over the top spot on Baylor's career winning percentage list with the minimum of 10 decisions.
  • RHP Max Garner pitched in three of four games during the week and recorded his first career win with 2.0 innings of shutout relief in Friday night's game. He is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 19.1 innings over 10 relief appearances this season. Garner sat out the entire 2010 season and had to withdraw from school due to medical issues.
  • LHP Josh Turley pitched 7.0 innings and allowed three runs in the second game of the K-State series. It was the second-longest outing of his career.
  • RHP Logan Verrett pitched 7.0 innings and allowed four runs in Friday night's game. He struck out seven, giving him five straight games with at least six strikeouts. Verrett allowed all four runs in the third inning, and then put up zeroes in each of the next four frames.
  • RHP Trent Blank left Sunday's game in line for the win after allowing two runs in 5.0 innings, but he didn't factor in the decision. Pinckard picked up the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

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

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Week Five Rewind
3:25 P.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball fell seven spots to No. 21 in the latest Baseball America Top 25. The Bears went 2-2 on the week, but all four games could've gone either way, so while a 2-2 record isn't ideal, it's a middle ground on how the week could've gone. It could've been an 0-4 or 4-0 week with just one different play in each game.

The Bears opened the week by overcoming a 6-1 deficit to win in 11 innings on Chris Slater's walk-off single against Florida International on Tuesday. That win gave head coach Steve Smith his 600th career victory - all of which have come at Baylor.

Baylor continued its 14-game homestand by hosting Texas Tech over the weekend. On Friday night, Baylor nearly pulled off another comeback, but Barrett Barnes made a diving catch for the final out in Tech's 6-5 win. If the ball had fallen, Joey Hainsfurther would've given the Bears another walk-off win, as two runs would've definitely scored to give Baylor a 7-6 win. The game was literally decided by inches.

On Saturday, Baylor rebounded to even the series with a 14-13 win that featured a much more dramatic finish than it should've The Bears led 13-4 going to the ninth, and with many of the starters out of the game (including closer Brooks Pinckard), Baylor allowed the Red Raiders to score nine runs to tie the game at 13-13. However, Josh Ludy came up with a clutch two-out RBI single in the bottom half to give Baylor its fourth walk-off win of the year.

In Sunday's rubber match, Trent Blank came up one out short of the longest outing of his career, allowing four runs in 6.1 innings. He left the game in line for the win, as the Bears led 6-3 after six innings and 6-5 headed to the ninth, but the Tech bats got hot in the ninth to tie the game and won it with four in the 10th. It was definitely a disappointing way to start conference play, but it just goes to show how small the difference is between going 2-1 or 1-2 in a weekend series, or for that matter, the difference between 3-0 and 0-3.

Baylor enters the sixth week of the season looking to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this year. The Bears are 6-0 following a loss, and they will put that record on the line tonight when they host UTA at 4 p.m. Baylor continues its 14-game homestand with a Big 12 Conference series against Kansas State this weekend.

RESULTS:
Tuesday - Baylor 7, Florida International 6 (11 innings)
Friday - Texas Tech 6, Baylor 5
Saturday - Baylor 14, Texas Tech 13
Sunday - Texas Tech 10, Baylor 6 (10 innings)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Max Muncy, Sophomore, 1B, Keller, Texas (Keller HS)
Hit .438 (7-for-16) with three runs, four RBI and two doubles on the week ... Drew four walks and struck out just twice, posting a .571 on-base percentage ... Was successful on both stolen base attempts ... After Texas Tech scored in the first inning of all three weekend games, Muncy tied the game with a run-scoring hit all three times ... Played errorless defense in 33 chances.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Max Garner, Sophomore, RHP, Austin, Texas (Lake Travis HS)
Allowed only one hit in 5.0 innings over two appearances during the week ... Held opponents to .067 batting average ... Struck out five and walked two ... Came on with Baylor trailing 6-5 in top 7th against Florida International ... Worked 3.0 hitless innings and struck out three, allowing Bears to come back to tie game in bottom ninth ... Faced the minimum in seventh, eighth and ninth innings ... Allowed one run on one hit in 2.0 innings in Friday night game vs. Texas Tech.

  • Baylor had won six straight regular season weekend sets dating back to the 2010 season before dropping Sunday's series finale in 10 innings against Texas Tech.
  • Baylor head coach Steve Smith recorded his 600th career victory when the Bears overcame a 6-1 deficit to win 7-6 in 11 innings against Florida International on Tuesday.
  • Baylor has not lost back-to-back games this season. The Bears are 6-0 following a loss.
  • Baylor had two walk-off wins during the week, giving it four for the season. Four different Baylor batters have recorded walk-off hits.
  • Baylor is 30-9 in its last 39 games at Baylor Ballpark.
  • Baylor is 42-for-49 stealing bases this season.
  • Brooks Pinckard leads the team in batting average (.372), hits (32), runs (20), doubles (6), triples (2), total bases (45), slugging (.523), on-base percentage (.465), hit-by-pitch (4), stolen bases (20) and saves (3). He also has the Bears' two longest hitting streaks this season (9 & 8 games) and is one behind the team leader in walks (11).
  • Pinckard went 6-for-6 stealing bases during the week. He is 20-for-22 stealing bases this season and 49-for-55 in his Baylor career. Pinckard's 49 career steals rank 10th all-time at Baylor.
  • Pinckard has more stolen bases and attempts (20-for-22) than all of Baylor's opponents combined (15-for-21).
  • Pinckard stole three bases in Saturday's game and became the first Baylor player to do so since Chase Gerdes stole three against Dallas Baptist on May 16, 2006.
  • Pinckard stole home in Saturday's game, marking the first time a Baylor player has done so since Lucas Hileman on March 21, 2009 against Texas Tech.
  • Pinckard also became the first Baylor player to steal 20 or more bases in a season since Fortenberry stole 22 in 2006.
  • Pinckard struck out four batters in the 10th inning of Sunday's game, marking the first time on record a Baylor pitcher has done so.
  • Max Garner, who sat out all of last season for medical reasons, pitched 5.0 innings of one-hit relief over two appearances during the week. He has a 2.93 ERA and one save in 15.1 innings over seven outings this season.
  • Chris Slater hit an inside-the-park home run in Saturday's win vs. Texas Tech. It was Baylor's first inside-the-park home run since Seth Fortenberry against Oklahoma State on April 9, 2006.
  • A day after being named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, Slater recorded a walk-off single in the 11th inning of Tuesday's game vs. Florida International.
  • Landis Ware recorded three sacrifices on the weekend, making him Baylor's career leader in total sacrifices in Big 12 play (14).

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

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Week Four Rewind
5:35 P.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball jumped three spots to No. 14 in Baseball America's latest Top 25 thanks to a perfect 5-0 record last week. It's the Bears best ranking since checking in at No. 9 on April 20, 2009.

The Bears opened the week with a 6-4 win at Texas State on Tuesday, then returned home to win all four games of a weekend set against Louisiana Tech. It was the first time Baylor swept a four-game series since taking a pair of doubleheaders against Lubbock Christian in 1989.

In addition to the team's success, a pair of Bears picked up individual accolades. Logan Verrett (Pitcher of the Week) and Chris Slater (Player of the Week) swept the Big 12 Conference weekly awards. It was the second time in program history the Bears took both awards in the same week.

Verrett was also named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Pro-Line Athletic National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Verrett is the sixth Baylor player to be so honored by Collegiate Baseball and the second to earn the NCBWA award.

Baylor enters the fifth week of the season riding a six-game winning streak. The Bears host Florida International at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before opening Big 12 Conference play when they welcome Texas Tech for a three-game series starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

RESULTS:
Tuesday - Baylor 6, Texas State 4
Thursday - Baylor 8, Louisiana Tech 4
Friday - Baylor 7, Louisiana Tech 0
Saturday - Baylor 12, Louisiana Tech 8
Sunday - Baylor 6, Louisiana Tech 2

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chris Slater, Senior, OF, Plano, Texas (Plano East HS)
Hit .600 (12-for-20) with two doubles, one triple, one walk, seven RBI and seven runs scored, helping Baylor secure its first 5-0 week since May of 2006 ... Had four consecutive three-hit games ... Entered week hitting .158 (3-for-19) for the season, raised average to .385 (15-for-39) ... Scored at least one run in all five games ... Went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt and a run scored in Tuesday win at Texas State ... Drove in three runs, scored twice, doubled and drew an intentional walk as part of 3-for-4 game vs. Louisiana Tech on Thursday ... Went 3-for-4 with triple in Friday's win over Bulldogs ... Doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice in 3-for-5 game in third game of series vs. Louisiana Tech ... Scored a run and had one RBI in series finale.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Logan Verrett, Junior, RHP, Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS)
Tied Baylor Ballpark record with 14 strikeouts in complete-game one-hitter vs. Louisiana Tech ... Allowed infield single leading off game, then held next 27 Louisiana Tech batters without a hit (LTU offense entered game hitting .306 as a team) ... Faced one batter over the minimum after two-out walk in eighth ... Only one baserunner reached second base against Verrett ... Finished as strong as he started, striking out last four batters of the game ... Threw 80 of 110 pitches for strikes in game that last 1 hour and 53 minutes ... Went to a three-ball count just twice in the game ... Only threw two balls to six batters in the game ... Had two called third strikes and 12 swinging strikeouts ... Pitched most of the game with a minimal lead, as Baylor had just two runs through his first eight innings pitched ... Fewest hits allowed by a Baylor pitcher in a 9-inning game since Jared Theodorakos' one-hitter on Feb. 16, 2002 ... Tied Baylor Ballpark record for strikeouts (Oral Roberts' Michael Jarmon had 14 on Feb. 25, 2007) ... Baylor's first 9-inning complete-game shutout since Shawn Tolleson at Kansas State on April 13, 2008.

  • Baylor has won six straight regular season weekend sets dating back to the 2010 season: at Texas Tech and vs. Oklahoma State in 2010, vs. Oral Roberts, at Georgia, at Houston College Classic and vs. Louisiana Tech in 2011.
  • Baylor is 28-7 in its last 35 games at Baylor Ballpark.
  • Baylor posted its first 5-0 week since May 2006.
  • Baylor pitchers combined to put up zeroes in 39 of 45 innings during the week. Four doubles were the only extra-base hits allowed by the Bears during the week, as they held opposing hitters to a .177 batting average.
  • Baylor is 29-for-34 stealing bases this season.
  • Baylor head coach Steve Smith is one win away from the 600th of his career. He has a 599-392-1 record in 17 seasons, all as Baylor head coach.
  • Logan Verrett tied a Baylor Ballpark record when he struck out 14 in a one-hitter vs. Louisiana Tech on Friday. Verrett already held the previous record for strikeouts by a Baylor pitcher at the ballpark (13 vs. Texas A&M on April 10, 2010).
  • Verrett allowed the fewest hits in a 9-inning game by a Baylor pitcher since Jared Theodorakos tossed a one-hitter on Feb. 16, 2002.
  • Verrett had 12 swinging strikeouts among his 14, including each of the last four batters of the game.
  • Verrett faced just one batter over the minimum and allowed only one runner to reach second base.
  • Verrett allowed only four balls out of the infield - all flyouts.
  • Verrett faced only two three-ball counts and went to two balls on only six batters in the game.
  • Verrett's strikeout total was the highest by a Baylor pitcher since Jason Jennings struck out 14 at Kansas on April 2, 1999.
  • Verrett's 9-inning complete-game shutout was the first for Baylor since Shawn Tolleson at Kansas State on April 13, 2008.
  • Verrett has rebounded from losing his first start to go 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 27 strikeouts against five walks in 21.2 innings over his last three starts. He's held opposing hitters to a .181 batting average in that span.
  • Chris Slater had four consecutive three-hit games during the week. He was 3-for-19 on the season entering the week.
  • Josh Turley pitched 7.1 innings and allowed only six singles in Sunday's start. His outing was 3.0 innings longer than his previous career long of 4.1 innings which was set in Baylor's win vs. Rice on March 6.
  • Turley also established a new career high with seven strikeouts. He didn't allow anyone to reach second base until the seventh inning.
  • Brooks Pinckard went 3-for-4 stealing bases during the week. He is 14-for-16 stealing bases this season and 43-for-49 in his Baylor career.
  • Pinckard has more stolen bases and attempts (14-for-16) than all of Baylor's opponents combined (10-for-15).
  • Pinckard, Steve DalPorto and Jake Miller all have active six-game hitting streaks. Josh Ludy currently has a five-game hitting streak.
  • Pinckard posted a .542 on-base percentage for the week. He went 8-for-19 at the plate, walked three times, was hit by a pitch twice and struck out just once.
  • In his second start for Baylor, Tyler Bremer allowed one earned run on three hits in 5.1 innings vs. Louisiana Tech (3/10) to get his first win as a Bear.
  • Max Garner, who sat out all of last season for medical reasons, allowed only one hit and struck out four in 4.0 innings over two appearances during the week. Garner recorded the first save of his career by allowing only a single in 3.2 innings of shutout relief on Thursday.
  • Jon Ringenberg started at Texas State on Tuesday and pitched 3.0 perfect innings to get the win in a pre-determined short start. It was his first outing in 10 days.
  • Freshman Dillon Newman worked 3.0 innings of two-hit, shutout relief vs. Louisiana Tech (3/12) to get his first win. Newman also doubled in his first collegiate plate appearance when he was forced to hit after the Bears forfeited the DH.
  • Wes Mercurio hit a pinch-hit two-run triple vs. Louisiana Tech (3/12). He's 3-for-5 on the year, with all three of his hits going for extra bases (double and home run at Georgia, triple vs. LTU).
  • DalPorto hit .438 (7-for-16) with seven runs scored and three walks against just two strikeouts during the week.
  • Freshman right-hander Trae Davis has allowed only three singles in 11.0 innings pitcher over seven outings, giving opponents a .088 batting average. Davis is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA on the season.

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Week Three Rewind
5:15 P.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball dropped one spot to No. 17 in Baseball America's latest Top 25 poll after going 2-2 for a second consecutive week. Most teams would probably fall a little lower in the rankings after going 4-4 over a two-week span, but the Bears have played one of the nation's toughest schedules to this point, and the rankings account for that.

The week got off to a rough start when Texas State jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 13-2 win at Baylor Ballpark. However, the Bears bounced back to win two of three games in the Houston College Classic. Baylor knocked off Houston, 5-2, behind a second consecutive strong outing from ace Logan Verrett.

The Bears got some strong relief work from Dillon Newman and Trae Davis in Saturday's game against Utah, but the Utes held the Baylor offense to one hit after the fourth inning and held on to win 4-3. For the fifth consecutive time, Baylor bounced back from a loss to win its next game, as the Bears won a back-and-forth battle with No. 21 Rice in Sunday's finale.

While the loss to Utah doesn't look good because the Utes carried a 1-5 record into the game, it's important to note the strength of schedule Utah played in its first six games. The Utes were swept in a three-game set at No. 20 California, lost a pair of games at Arkansas (unranked in BA poll, but No. 14 in coaches poll) and got their first win against No. 22 Texas A&M the day before playing the Bears. Also of note, three of their five losses were one-run defeats and each of their first seven games came against teams ranked in at least one top 25 poll.

The encouraging thing is that the Bears have won all three weekend sets. Also encouraging is the fact that the Bears have gone to all three Sunday games with a chance to either win or lose the series and have come through each time. Now it's time to start getting some midweek wins.

RESULTS:
Tuesday - Texas State 13, Baylor 2
Friday - Baylor 5, Houston 2
Saturday - Utah 4, Baylor 3
Sunday - Baylor 12, No. 21 Rice 8 (10 innings)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Landis Ware, Senior, SS, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS)
Hit .578 (7-for-13) with a double, two runs and four RBI ... Scored game-winning run after leading off 10th inning with double in Sunday game vs. No. 21 Rice ... Had multi-hit games in all three games at Houston College Classic ... Went 2-for-2 with a walk, sacrifice fly and two RBI in win vs. Houston ... Had half of Baylor's hits in 2-for-3 effort with one RBI vs. Utah ... Went 3-for-5 with double, two runs, one RBI and stolen base in win vs. No. 21 Rice ... Named to Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team ... Also named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week ... Played errorless defense in 16 chances at shortstop during week.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Logan Verrett, Junior, RHP, Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS)
Picked up win in second consecutive outing, tossing 6.2 innings against Houston in the first game of the Houston College Classic ... Allowed two runs - one of which was earned - one seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts ... Named to Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team ... Has allowed three earned runs in last 12.2 innings.

  • Baylor has won five straight three-game sets dating back to the 2010 season: at Texas Tech and vs. Oklahoma State in 2010, vs. Oral Roberts, at Georgia and at Houston College Classic in 2011.
  • Baylor is 24-7 in its last 31 games at Baylor Ballpark.
  • Baylor overcame a deficit three times in Sunday's win vs. No. 21 Rice.
  • Max Muncy's 10th-inning walk-off grand slam vs. Rice was the first walk-off homer by a Baylor player since Feb. 27, 2007 when Raynor Campbell hit a walk-off HR vs. UT Arlington.
  • Muncy had the first six-RBI game by a Baylor player since Aaron Miller drove in six vs. Illinois on Feb. 29, 2008. Muncy is tied for fourth in the Big 12 in RBI (12).
  • Freshman Trae Davis improved to 3-0 with a scoreless 10th inning in relief vs. Rice. Davis has half of Baylor's wins and has allowed three hits in 8.2 innings of relief (.115 opponents' batting average).
  • Davis is tied for second in the Big 12 Conference in appearances (6).
  • Baylor is 24-for-28 stealing bases this season. Brooks Pinckard (11-for-12) has attempted as many steals as all Baylor opponents combined (9-for-12).
  • Brooks Pinckard had his hitting streak snapped at nine games, but he hit .375 (6-for-16) with a triple, six runs and four walks during the week.
  • Pinckard went 4-for-5 stealing bases during the week. He's now 11-for-12 on the season and 40-for-45 in his career.
  • Pinckard leads the Big 12 in stolen bases (11), ranks seventh in hits (18) and tied for fourth in saves (2).
  • In 13 plate appearances during the week, Cal Towey drew seven walks, laid down two sacrifice bunts and had a single.
  • Logan Verrett earned a win with 6.2 innings and one earned run allowed vs. Houston. He struck out seven and walked two.
  • Pinckard pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to record his second save of the season in the win over Houston. Pinckard ranks fifth on Baylor's all-time list with 15 career saves.
  • No Baylor player had tripled all season before the Houston College Classic, where the Bears hit five triples.
  • Logan Vick had reached base safely in all 40 career games at Baylor Ballpark prior to going 0-for-3 on Tuesday.
  • Jake Miller had his first-ever three-hit game Friday vs. Houston.
  • Baylor is 5-0 this season following a loss.

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Weekend Twitter Review
11:25 A.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

DAVID KAYE

There are tons of reasons why it's great for Baylor to participate in the Houston College Classic every other year. As one of the best tournaments in college baseball, it naturally attracts quite a few scouts. In fact, Baseball America's Aaron Fitt reported that there were at least eight major league scouting directors among dozens of scouts in attendance on Friday.

The tournament also attracts national college baseball writers. Fitt and Perfect Game Cross Checker's Kendall Rogers were each in attendance at the tournament. Below are some of the tweets they sent out this weekend pertaining to Baylor.

Baseball America's Aaron Fitt:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Game Cross Checker's Kendall Rogers:

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Week Two Rewind
2:05 P.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011

DAVID KAYE

Baylor baseball remained No. 16 in Baseball America's Top 25 after going 2-2 during the second week of the 2011 season. The Bears lost to No. 4 TCU in a 2-0 pitchers' duel on Tuesday, but they rebounded to win two of three in a weekend series at Georgia.

The loss against TCU was the first time the Bears had been shutout at Baylor Ballpark since April 26, 2006, but the Bears have still won 24 of their last 30 games in Waco. It would've been easy to let that game carry over on the trip to Athens, Ga., where the Bears faced a Georgia team in need of wins after getting off to a 1-3 start.

Despite stranding 11 runners in the series opener, Baylor pulled out a 4-2 win with some impressive pitching from Logan Verrett, Trae Davis and Brooks Pinckard. However, the Bears again stranded 11 runners - nine in scoring position - in Saturday's game, and this time it cost them the game in a 4-3 loss. Sunday's series finale was an entirely different story, as the Bears took advantage of a nine-run third inning and jumped out to a 15-0 lead that they rode to a 19-12 series-clinching win.

Baseball is all about winning series, and the Bears are 2-0 in that category so far in 2011. Next weekend will be a real test when Baylor travels to the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. BU faced Houston (Friday at noon), Utah (Saturday at noon) and No. 21 Rice (Sunday at 2:30 p.m.).

RESULTS:
Tuesday - TCU 2, Baylor 0
Friday - Baylor 4, Georgia 2
Saturday - Georgia 4, Baylor 3
Sunday - Baylor 19, Georgia 12

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Brooks Pinckard, Junior, CF, Buda, Texas (Hays HS)
Hit safely in all four games during week, extending hitting streak to seven games ... Went 5-for-5 stealing bases in series at Georgia ... Hit .368 (7-for-19) with two doubles, two runs and four RBI ... Double in seventh inning in Tuesday's game was one of Baylor's only two hits ... Went 2-for-4 with double, two stolen bases, run scored and was hit by pitch in series opener at Georgia ... Had bunt single, walked and stole two bases again in middle game of Georgia series ... Had three singles, including another bunt single, stole a base, scored one run and added three RBI in series finale to help Bears clinch fourth consecutive series win ... Also pitched scoreless inning in series opener to notch first save of season ... Tied for Big 12 lead with seven stolen bases.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Logan Verrett, Junior, RHP, Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen HS)
Picked up win in series opener at Georgia, allowing just two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6.0 innings ... Faced just three batters over the minimum before allowing a walk and a home run to leadoff seventh inning ... Needed just 76 pitches and left game with 3-2 lead ... Retired eight of first nine batters faced ... Did not allow a hit in first, fourth, fifth or sixth innings, facing minimum of three batters in each of those frames.

  • Baylor has won four straight series dating back to the 2010 season: at Texas Tech in 2010, vs. Oklahoma State in 2010, vs. Oral Roberts in 2011 and at Georgia in 2011.
  • Baylor's nine-run third inning on Sunday was the most the Bears have scored in an inning since scoring 10 in the third against Northwestern State on April 7, 2009.
  • RHP Brooks Pinckard recorded his 14th career save on Friday night, moving into sole possession of fifth place on Baylor's career saves list.
  • Baylor went 7-for-7 stealing bases in the series opener vs. Georgia. It was the first time Baylor stole seven or more bases in a game since the Bears stole eight against Dallas Baptist on May 16, 2006.
  • Baylor went 13-for-13 stealing bases in the series and has been successful on 18 of 19 attempts this season.
  • Pinckard went 5-for-5 stealing bases in the series and had the sixth and seventh multiple-steal games of his career. Pinckard is 36-for-40 stealing bases in his career.
  • Baylor stranded 11 runners on base, including nine in scoring position, in its one-run loss on Saturday.
  • Landis Ware and Pinckard both stole bases in each of the three games at Georgia.
  • Logan Vick went 3-for-4 with three RBI in seven plate appearances on Sunday. He drove in a run all three times he made an out, including a pair of sacrifice flies in the third inning.
  • Pinckard (seven games) and Jake Miller (career-best six games) both have active hitting streaks.
  • Wes Mercurio hit the first pitch of his first plate appearance in 2011 off the scoreboard beyond the right-field wall for a pinch-hit three-run homer in the series finale at Georgia. It was Baylor's first pinch-hit homer since Miller did so on April 6, 2010.
  • Eight different Baylor players had multi-hit games and 11 batters recorded hits as part of a 21-hit barrage in Sunday's series finale.
  • Logan Verrett faced just three batters over the minimum in his first six innings in Friday's series opener. He allowed a two-run homer in the seventh, but got the win after allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts in 6.0-plus innings.
  • Trae Davis came on with the Bears' leading 3-2 and worked a pair of hitless innings in Friday's game. He has allowed one hit in 5.2 innings pitched on the season.
  • Josh Turley took his first loss in 28 career appearances when he allowed two runs in 4.0 innings of Tuesday's 2-0 loss to TCU. It was the first time Baylor had been shutout at Baylor Ballpark since April 26, 2006.
  • Turley went 2-for-5 with a double in the Georgia series in his first at-bats of the season.
  • Vick drew a walk in the game against TCU and has reached base safely in all 40 career games at Baylor Ballpark.
  • Baylor is 24-6 in its last 30 games at Baylor Ballpark.
  • Baylor is second in the Big 12 with nine double plays turned. The Bears have turned at least one double play in six of seven games this season.

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