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Baylor Baseball Opens Home Slate Tuesday Against Texas State

Feb. 18, 2013


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Baylor (0-3) vs. Texas State (1-2)
February 19, 2013 | 6:35 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS  (2012 STATISTICS)
Baylor: 
RHP Sean Spicer, So. (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K)

TXST: 
RHP Andrew Boes, Fr. (2013) (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
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WACO, Texas - Baylor baseball opens its 2013 home schedule on Tuesday as the Bears welcome Texas State to Baylor Ballpark for a 6:35 p.m. CT first pitch. Baylor leads the all-time series over the Bobcats 46-18 and 34-14 in Waco. The Bears, who received votes in the February 18th NCBWA Top 30 Poll, won the last meeting on February 22, 2012 in Round Rock at The Dell Diamond with a 5-1 victory. The game marked the first neutral site contest of the series, which dates all the way back to 1919.

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 video, audio and GameTracker also are available for all Baylor baseball games online at www.BaylorBears.com, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.

SERIES INFORMATION
Dates: February 19, 2013
Times: 6:35 p.m. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco) Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)

SERIES
Overall: Baylor leads 46-18
Waco: Baylor leads 34-14
San Marcos: Baylor leads11-4
Neutral Site: Baylor leads 1-0
Smith vs. TXST: 32-13
First Meeting: 3/26/1919
Last Meeting: 2/22/2012

MULTIMEDIA
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
Video: www.BaylorBears.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

BAYLOR BEARS
2013 Record: 0-3
2013 Big 12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 668-435-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 668-435-1 (19th season)

STATISTICAL LEADERS
AVG: Logan Brown, Duncan Wendel (.600)
2B: Nate Goodwin (2)
HR: Nathan Orf (1)
RBI: Nathan Orf (3)
SB: Adam Toth (1-1)

TEXAS STATE BOBCATS
2013 Record: 1-2
2013 WAC Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Ty Harrington
Career Record: 449-333 (14th season)
Record at TXST: 449-333 (14th season)

STATISTICAL LEADERS
AVG: J.D. Stinnett (.400)
2B: Cory Geisler, Andrew Stumph (1)
HR: None
RBI: Brooks Orton (3)
SB: Four players (1-1)

QUICK HITS
-Baylor was ranked 23rd in USA Today/ESPN Preseason Coaches' Poll and 27th in NCBWA Preseason Poll.
-Baylor received votes in the February 18th NCBWA Top 30 Poll.
-Baylor was picked 4th in the Big 12 Preseason Poll behind Oklahoma, TCU and Texas.
-Senior RHP Max Garner was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List.
-Baylor's 2013 schedule is rated the 34th-toughest nationally (No. 1 in Big 12) by Boyd's World.
-BU's 2013 non-conference schedule is rated the 13th-toughest nationally (No. 1 in Big 12) by Boyd's World.
-Baylor plays 17 games against NCAA Tournament teams from 2012 this season.
-Baylor is 13-5 in its first home game of a season during Smith's tenure.
-Baylor is 46-18 all-time against Texas State and 34-14 in Waco as the series dates back to 1919.
-Baylor is 200-75 against teams currently in the Western Athletic Conference.
-Baylor is 11-8 in season openers under Smith, including wins in 4 of the last 6.
-Baylor opened up the season away from Baylor Ballpark for the first time since 2007.
-The last time Baylor started a season 0-3 was in 2007.
-Baylor has been swept in a series only three times since 2010.
-Baylor has ranked in the nation's top 25 in attendance in all 13 years since Baylor Ballpark opened in 1999.
-BU returns 20 letterwinners from 2012 team that played in its 4th Super Regional (1999, 2003, 2005, 2012).
-Smith was named 2012 Midwest Region Coach of the Year by the ABCA for the 1st time and was named 2012 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year for the 5th time.
-Baylor is one of only 14 schools in the nation with at least 13 regional appearances since 1998.
-Baylor had four 2012 players named All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball, the most ever by a Big 12 team. Josh Turley was named to the 2nd team, while Trent Blank, Josh Ludy and Logan Vick earned third-team honors.
-BU (128) broke Texas' (123 in 2003-04) national record for most wins among "Big Four" sports in 2011-12.
-Baylor had 6 players selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, including all 3 weekend starting pitchers in 2012.
-Three players on Baylor's roster have been selected in previous MLB Drafts.
-BU clinched the regular season Big 12 Championship on May 5, 2012, earliest by any team in league history.
-BU finished with 2nd-best Big 12 Conference winning percentage by any team in league history (.833) in 2012.
-Baylor's Big 12 title was its third overall (2000, 2005, 2012). The Bears also won the league outright in 2000.
-Baylor's outright Big 12 title was its second outright conference championship in the last 89 years.
-Baylor won 7 of 8 Big 12 series last season, including its first series win vs. Texas since 2005.
-Baylor finished the 2012 season ranked No. 9 or 10 in all four national college baseball polls, marking the 3rd time in program history that BU has finished in the top 10.
-The 2012 Bears were No. 1 for two weeks in the Collegiate Baseball poll -- Baylor's first-ever No. 1 ranking.
-Baylor's school-record 24-game winning streak (3/16--4/22) was the 2nd-longest streak in Division I last season.
-Baylor's 49 wins are the 2nd-most in school history and one shy of the school record (50 in 1999).
-Head coach Steve Smith broke Baylor's all-time wins record with his 650th career victory on April 17, 2012.

BAYLOR VS. TEXAS STATE SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 46-18 all-time against Texas State, including a 34-14 edge in Waco. The Bears have also gone 11-4 in San Marcos in the series. In the last meeting, BU won the series' first neutral site game last season on Feb. 22 in a 5-1 decision at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The series between the two teams dates all the way back to 1919.

BAYLOR VS. WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Baylor is 201-75 against teams that are current members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Bears own a winning record over all five teams they have played from the WAC: UT Arlington (78-29), Texas State (46-18), Dallas Baptist (41-21), UT San Antonio (28-4) and Louisiana Tech (8-3).

BAYLOR RANKED IN TOP 30 IN TWO PRESEASON POLLS
Baylor entered the season ranked 23rd in USA Today/ESPN Preseason Coaches' Poll and 27th in NCBWA Preseason Poll. Four Big 12 teams were ranked in at least one of the four national preseason polls. League newcomer TCU was ranked as high as No. 12 (USA Today Coaches' Poll) while Oklahoma's highest spot was No. 14 (Collegiate Baseball). Baylor was also ranked with a No. 23 spot on the USA Today list while Texas was ranked No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball. The USA Today Coaches' Poll had five league teams ranked or receiving votes - TCU (No. 12), Oklahoma (No. 16), Baylor (No. 23), and Oklahoma State and Texas received votes.

BIG 12 COACHES PICK BAYLOR FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL
Baylor baseball was picked fourth in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll for the third straight year. It's the 14th time in the last 15 seasons Baylor has been picked to finish in the conference's top half. Oklahoma was the preseason favorite for the second time in league history. For the 11th time in 16 seasons the preseason favorite did not win the regular season title in 2012. Baylor was the only Big 12 team not to finish within one spot of where it was picked in the preseason poll.

BAYLOR'S SCHEDULE RANKS AMONG TOUGHEST
Baylor's 2013 schedule is rated the 34th-toughest nationally (No. 1 in Big 12) by Boyd's World. The Bears' non-conference schedule is rated the 13th-toughest nationally (No. 1 in Big 12), and overall, BU plays 17 games against NCAA Tournament teams from 2012 this season.

BEARS IN SEASON OPENERS
Baylor is 11-8 now in season openers under head coach Steve Smith, including wins in four of the last six seasons (Purdue in 2008, Pacific in 2009, Duke in 2010 and Oral Roberts in 2012). The Bears are 6-4 in their last nine season openers after dropping four straight from 2001 to 2004. Baylor is 4-4 when opening the season away from Baylor Ballpark in Smith's 18-year tenure.

GARNER NAMED TO NCBWA STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Baylor senior RHP Max Garner was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List on Feb. 7. Garner is one of 75 players on the initial watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. Garner earned 2012 first-team All-Big 12 honors from league's coaches as relief pitcher after leading the Big 12 with 10 saves, despite not recording first save until team's 30th game of season. His 10 saves tied for seventh-most saves in a single season in Baylor history. Garner is the fifth pitcher in program history to lead team in saves outright in two consecutive seasons and the first Baylor pitcher to ever lead a conference in saves outright.

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