Baseball Opens 2012 Season vs. Oral Roberts

Baylor (0-0) vs. Oral Roberts (0-0)
Feb. 17-19 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
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FRI. | 4:05 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Josh Turley
4-5, 3.39 ERA, 95.2 IP, 63 K
ORU - RHP Drew Bowen

6-2, 1.73 ERA, 67.2 IP, 53 K
SAT. | 2:05 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Max Garner
2-4, 3.12 ERA, 49.0 IP, 42 K
ORU - RHP Alex Gonzalez

8-7, 3.41 ERA, 105.2 IP, 100 K
SUN. | 1:05 P.M.

Probable Starters:

ORU - RHP Kurt Giller

Did not pitch in 2011

Baylor opens the 2012 season by hosting Oral Roberts for a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark. The season opener is scheduled for Friday at 4:05 p.m., followed by Saturday's 2:05 game and Sunday's series finale at 1:05 p.m.

This marks the second consecutive year the teams have met for a three-game series in Waco to open the season. ORU won the opener last season, but the Bears bounced back to win the series by taking the final two games.

All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio. Tom Barfield provides the play-by-play with Lark Smith adding color commentary. Live streaming audio and GameTracker also are available for all Baylor baseball games online at, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.

Live streaming video is available for the Friday and Sunday games against ORU. For more information, follow the Baylor All-Access link at

Overall:  Baylor leads 20-19
Waco:  Baylor leads 16-13
Tulsa:  ORU leads 6-4
Neutral Site:  Never Met
Smith vs. ORU:  13-8
First Meeting:  4/21/1978
Last Meeting:  2/20/2011



BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 619-415-1 (18th season)

   Record at Baylor: 619-415-1 (18th season)


   Alma Mater: Oklahoma State
   Career Record: 329-142 (9th season)

   Record at ORU: 329-142 (9th season)



1660 ESPN RADIO (Waco)

   Tom Barfield (pxp) and Lark Smith (color) 

Baylor leads the all-time series 20-19 after winning two of three from Oral Roberts to open the 2011 season. The Bears hold a 16-13 advantage in games played in Waco. Baylor and ORU will be meeting in Waco for the third consecutive season. In 2010, ORU won the opener of a four-game set before the Bears rebounded to win the last three games, and last season the Bears dropped the opener but again rallied to win the series with wins in the next two games.

Baylor is 24-21 all-time against teams currently playing as members of the Summit League. The Bears hold a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series with Centenary and a 20-19 lead in the all-time series against Oral Roberts. ORU is the only Summit League team on the Bears' 2012 schedule.

• SERIES: Baylor leads the all-time series against ORU 20-19, with BU holding a 16-13 lead in games in Waco.
• The Bears are 13-8 against Oral Roberts during the Steve Smith era.
• Baylor is ranked No. 28 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 29 (Perfect Game) and No. 32 (NCBWA) in preseason polls.
• Smith and ORU head coach Rob Walton coached together on the 2005 USA Baseball National Team.
• Baylor holds a 24-21 all-time record against teams currently playing in the Summit League.
• Baylor is 10-7 in season openers under Smith, including wins in 3 of the last 4. The Bears are 8-3 when opening the season at home during the Smith era.
• Baylor is 12-5 in its first home game of a season during Smith's tenure.
• Baylor returns 20 of 25 letterwinners from last season's 31-28 Houston Regional runner-up team.
• The Bears were picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason coaches' poll, behind Texas A&M, Texas and Oklahoma.
• Since the start of the 2003 season, Baylor is 24-16 in extra-inning games.
• Baylor has ranked in the nation's top 25 in attendance in all 13 years since Baylor Ballpark opened in 1999.
• Eight players on Baylor's roster have been selected in previous MLB Drafts.
• Baylor is 1 of 14 programs nationally to play in 12+ NCAA Tournaments since 1998.
• Baylor has won 3 straight series (at Nebraska, at No. 19 Oklahoma State, vs. No. 13 Oklahoma).
• The Bears were 28-6 last season when scoring 4+ runs in a game and 3-22 when scoring 3 or fewer.
• Baylor has had a winning record in 10 of its last 15 regular season weekends.
• Baylor was the only Big 12 team to play the entire 2011 season without sweeping a series or being swept.
• The Bears split the first two games in eight of nine Big 12 series in 2011.
• Baylor is 38-18 in its last 56 games at Baylor Ballpark, including a 19-12 mark in Big 12 Conference games.
• Baylor's 2012 schedule is rated the 13th-toughest nationally (No. 1 in Big 12) by Boyd's World.
• Since Baylor Ballpark opened in 1999, Baylor is a combined 31-8 in its first home weekend of a season.
• Baylor has played its first home series of a season against Oral Roberts three times since 2002 (Bears are 7-2).
• Baylor has only been swept in a 3-game home series one time since 2005 (April 24-26, 2009 vs. Oklahoma).
• The Bears have never had a losing season at Baylor Ballpark (300-128 all-time record).
• Baylor's 56-game 2012 schedule features 28 games against teams who played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
• Baylor's first 8 games of the 2012 season are all against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams.

Baylor is 10-7 in season openers under head coach Steve Smith, including wins in three of the last four seasons (Purdue in 2008, Pacific in 2009 and Duke in 2010). The Bears are 5-3 in their last eight season openers after dropping four straight from 2001 to 2004.

This is the 12th time in Smith's 17-year tenure that Baylor has opened its season at home; the Bears are 8-3 in season openers at home during the Smith era.

The Bears are 12-5 in home openers under head coach Steve Smith. Baylor has won five of its last six such games. Since 1960, Baylor is 39-13 in its first home game of a season. The Bears won nine consecutive home openers from 1991 to 1998.

Baylor didn't lose consecutive games until its 25th and 26th games of the 2011 season. The Bears were 18-9 following a loss in 2011, and prior to dropping a pair of midweek games at the end of March, the Bears hadn't lost consecutive regular-season games since losing a pair of games at Texas on May 1-2, 2010.

In fact, the Bears hadn't lost two in a row with both games at Baylor Ballpark in more than a year before dropping a pair of midweek games against UTSA (3/29) and Lamar (3/30). The last time that happened was when BU had a five-game losing streak from Feb. 27 through March 5, 2010. All five of those losses came against different teams, and the Bears snapped out of the losing streak by winning eight in a row.

Starting with that eight-game winning streak, the Bears have gone 38-18 on their home field, including a 19-6 mark in non-conference games.

Baylor takes on TCU at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark. This marks the second straight season the Bears have played their first three games against Oral Roberts and their fourth against TCU. Last season, No. 4 TCU beat the Bears 2-0 on Feb. 22 by limiting Baylor to two hits in the game.



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