Feb. 20, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball will play its first three-game home series of the season this weekend as Austin Peay comes to town for the teams' first-ever meeting. Games between BU (2-2) and APSU (1-3) are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Bears enter the series after getting back to .500 with a 5-2 win over UT Arlington on Tuesday in BU's home opener. Mitch Price delivered a two-run single in the sixth inning to provide the winning runs and improve the Bears to 15-5 in home openers under head coach Steve Smith. The Governors come to Waco after a 14-4 loss at home to Southern Illinois on Tuesday.
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 www.BaylorBears.com, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.
Dates: Feb. 21-23, 2014
Times: 6:30 PM | 3 PM | 1 PM CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
Overall: First meeting
Clarksville: Never met
Waco: First meeting
Neutral Site: Never met
Smith vs: First meeting
First Meeting: Feb. 21, 2014
Last Meeting: Never met
Streak: First meeting
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2014 Record: 2-2
2013 Big 12 Record: 12-11 (5th)
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 697-462-1 (20th season)
BU: 697-462-1 (20th season)
AVG: Darryn Sheppard (.438)
2B: Brett Doe (2)
HR: Brown, Porter, Sheppard (1)
RBI: Grayson Porter (4)
SB: Langford, Toth, Tunnell (1)
AUSTIN PEAY STATE GOVERNORS
2014 Record: 1-3
2013 OVC Record: 22-7 (2nd)
Head Coach: Gary McClure
Career: 800-694-4 (27th season)
APSU: 800-694-4 (27th season)
AVG: Robles, Smith (.500)
2B: Ridge Smith (4)
HR: Robles, Torres (1)
RBI: Ridge Smith (7)
SB: Hager, Hamilton, Torres (1)
BAYLOR LOOKS TO KEEP UP SUCCESS VS. OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
Baylor and Austin Peay will meet for the first time ever this weekend, but the Bears own a 2-0 record against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference. BU's two results are a 7-3 win over Eastern Illinois on May 28, 1999, in the NCAA Waco Regional and a 7-6 win over Murray State on May 30, 2003, in the NCAA Hattiesburg Regional.
BAYLOR SUCCEEDING IN HOME OPENERS UNDER HEAD COACH Steve Smith
Baylor is 15-5 in home openers under head coach Steve Smith and has won eight of its last nine after Tuesday's 5-2 win over UT Arlington. The lone loss in the stretch came to Oral Roberts on Feb. 18, 2011, but the Bears bounced back to win the next two games and take the series. Last season, the Bears defeated Texas State 6-3 on Feb. 19, 2013. BU's other home opening wins since 2006 include triumphs over Oral Roberts in 2012, Duke in 2010, Pacific in 2009, Purdue in 2008, Texas State in 2007 and Stephen F. Austin in 2006.
BAYLOR PLAYS GAME NO. 500 AT BAYLOR BALLPARK MARCH 5
Baylor's March 5th game against Lamar will mark the 500th game played at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears own a 350-144 record since the park opened in 1999. In its 16th year, the park has hosted four NCAA Regionals and three NCAA Super Regionals as the Bears are 14-8 in postseason play during that stretch. Baylor's best season record-wise at Baylor Ballpark came in 2012, when the Bears were 34-6 at home.
BAYLOR HEAD COACH Steve Smith NEEDS THREE WINS FOR 700 IN HIS CAREER
Baylor head coach Steve Smith stands three wins shy of his 700th career win, all have come with the Bears. The 20th-year coach is the Baylor all-time wins leader in any sport and looks to be the 36th active coach in NCAA Division I with 700 or more wins. Among active NCAA Division I coaches with at least five years experience, Smith ranks 50th with a .601 winning percentage and 36th with 697 wins. In Smith's 19 full seasons, Baylor has made 13 NCAA Regional appearances, four NCAA Super Regional appearances and one College World Series appearance (2005). He's coached 146 academic all-conference players, 113 all-conference players, 81 MLB Draft picks, 46 All-Americans and 12 academic All-Americans.