Reactions from Baylor's 5-4 comeback win
Bears extend school record with 21st consecutive home win
Senior strikes out career-high nine batters in longest outing of career
Freshman Ryan Smith becomes 10th Baylor pitcher to record win during streak
Bears' senior tosses 5.0 shutout innings in first career start on mound
BU baseball vs Kansas
Five-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2013-14, Spring 2012-13)
Made eight total appearances ... Big 12 Commisioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2013) ... Pitched 4.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits with two strikeouts, to register first career win vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (4/30) ... Pitched three innings, giving up on earned run on four hits with one strikeout against No. 12 TCU (5/16).
Made four relief appearances, striking out two and allowing zero hits in three innings pitched ... Big 12 Commisioner's Honor Roll (Spring 2013) ... Three of four appearances were scoreless efforts ... Threw one scoreless inning at UC Irvine (Feb. 16), at Dallas Baptist (April 23) and at UT Arlington (April 30) ... Finished the season with a 3.00 ERA.
Pitched in seven games, all out of bullpen ... Big 12 Commisioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2011, Spring 2012) ... Pitched 1-2-3 ninth innings in three appearances and 1-2-3 eighth inning in another ... Made three of first four appearances on the road, including a career-long 2.1-innings outing at TCU (3/6) with one run allowed and a career-high four strikeouts ... Struck out four of first five batters faced vs. TCU and stranded pair of inherited runners ... Had four outings where only work was a 1-2-3 inning â?" 3/3 vs. Lamar, 3/21 at Sam Houston State, 4/10 vs. Louisiana- Monroe and 5/15 vs. UTSA.
Pitched and played first base for coach Dale Westmoreland at Magnolia (Texas) High School ... Four-year letterwinner ... Helped MHS to playoffs in each of last three seasons ... Team advanced to Region III finals in final season ... Rated No. 55 high school prospect in Texas and in top 500 nationally by Perfect Game ... Named second-team all-region pitcher as senior ... Earned second-team All-District 17-4A honors in 2010 and second-team All-Distrcit 18-4A honors as sophomore in 2009 ... Played in Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star games in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Teammate of Baylor infielder Duncan Wendel.
Full name is Joseph Walker Kirkland ... Born June 18, 1992, in Columbia, S.C. ... Son of Randy and Kathy Kirkland ... Health Science Studies major.