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No. 23 Baylor Hosts No. 2 UCLA in Weekend Three-Game Set

Feb. 21, 2013

UCLA at Baylor
Feb. 22-24, 2013 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark
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FRI. | 6:35 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
UCLA - RHP Adam Plutko
0-0, 2.70 ERA, 6.2 IP, 6 K
BU - RHP Max Garner

0-1, 7.36 ERA, 3.2 IP, 3 K
SAT. | 3:05 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
UCLA - RHP Nick Vander Tuig
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 3 K
BU - RHP Dillon Newman

0-0, 5.79 ERA, 4.2 IP, 2 K
SUN. | 1:05 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
UCLA - LHP Grant Watson
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 8 K

WACO, Texas– No. 23 Baylor baseball welcomes No. 2 UCLA to Baylor Ballpark this weekend for a three-game series. Friday’s opener is slated for a 6:35 p.m. CT first pitch, while the teams will play Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Baylor is coming off its first win of the season after a 6-3 decision against Texas State on Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. UCLA enters the weekend following a 2-1 showing at home against Minnesota. BU and UCLA have met just four times prior as the Bruins took two of three in Los Angeles last season. The Bears’ other win in the series came in 2009 at the Houston College Classic.

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, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.

Dates: February 22-24, 2013
Times: 6:35 p.m. | 3:05 p.m. | 1:05 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)

Overall: Tied 2-2
Waco: Never met
Los Angeles: UCLA leads 2-1
Neutral Site: Baylor leads 1-0
Smith vs. UCLA: 2-2
First Meeting: 2/28/2009
Last Meeting: 2/26/2012

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2013 Record: 1-3
2013 Big 12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 669-435-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 669-435-1 (19th season)
AVG: Logan Brown, Nathan (.500)
2B: Goodwin, Langford, Miller (2)
HR: Nathan Orf (1)
RBI: Nathan Orf (5)
SB: Nathan Orf, Adam Toth (1)

2013 Record: 2-1
2013 Pac-12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: John Savage
Career Record: 365-292-1 (12th season)
Record at UCLA: 277-208 (9th season)
AVG: Kevin Kramer (.545)
2B: Bono, Kramer, Moore (2)
HR: Eric Filia (1)
RBI: Kevin Kramer (7)
SB: Brian Carroll (1)

-Baylor is coming off its first win of the season to improve to 47-18 all-time against Texas State.
-Baylor hitting streaks: Duncan Wendel (3), Lawton Langford (3), Logan Brown (3).
-Baylor on-base streaks: Lawton Langford (3), Nate Goodwin (3), Logan Brown (3), Duncan Wendel (3).
-Baylor has had nine or more hits in three of its four games.
-Baylor has hit multiple doubles in all four games.
-Baylor pitchers have struck out at least five batters in all four games.
-Baylor is hitting .358 with two outs -- nine of BU’s 13 runs on the season have come with two outs.
-Nathan Orf has multiple hits in three of four games and is 7-for-9 in his last two games at the plate.
-Baylor pitchers have surrendered just one total run in the final three innings.
-Trae Davis has a scoreless appearance streak of six, dating back to last season -- 7.2 innings, 7 runners, 5 Ks.
-Ryan Smith started Baylor’s first game of the season and earned the save in BU’s first win four days later.
-Baylor is 180-263-1 all-time versus opponents ranked by Baseball America.
-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 14-5 in its first home game of a season during Smith’s tenure.
-Baylor is 2-2 all-time against UCLA, 0-0 in Waco and 1-2 in Los Angeles.
-Baylor is 21-21 against teams currently in the Pac-12 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).

Baylor will welcome UCLA to Waco for the first time in the two programs’ history. The teams’ initial tilt came in 2009 at the Houston College Classic on Feb. 28, which was a 5-1 win for the Bears as Kendal Volz out-dueled future No. 1 overall MLB Draft pick Gerrit Cole. Last season, Baylor made its first-ever trip to UCLA for a three game series Feb. 24-26 and went 1-2. BU jumped all over UCLA in the opener with a 15-3 win but then fell 9-3 and 8-6 in the final two.

Baylor is 21-21 all-time against teams currently playing as members of the Pacific-12 Conference, and the Bears have played against nine different Pac-12 teams. Baylor has played Arizona (4-7), Arizona State (4-6), California (1-3), Oregon State (1-0), Stanford (1-0), UCLA (2-2), Utah (0-1), USC (6-2) and Washington State (2-0). The only current baseball-playing members of the Pac-12 that the Bears haven't met are Oregon and Washington.

Twelve of Baylor's 42 all-time meetings against Pac-12 teams have come in the NCAA Tournament. Baylor has played tournament games against Arizona (1-1), Arizona State (2-0), California (1-3), Oregon State (1-0), Stanford (1-0) and USC (0-2). The Bears' win against Oregon State came back in 2005 and was their first ever at the NCAA College World Series.

Baylor earned its first win Tuesday in a 6-3 decision over Texas State. The victory improved BU to 14-5 in first home games of a season under Steve Smith and 47-18 all-time against Texas State (35-14 in Waco). The Bears also improved to 202-75 against teams currently playing in the Western Athletic Conference.

The win was fueled by a four-run second inning and six solid innings of relief by the BU bullpen. Sean Spicer made the start on a pitch count and earned his first career win, using his 63 pitches to navigate a career-high three innings of work and tally a career-best three strikeouts while giving up only an unearned run. Orf paced the offense with a 3-for-4 performance, driving two runs, scoring one and added a steal.

Baylor enters the UCLA series with a 180-263-1 all-time record against teams ranked by Baseball America. BU’s last win against a ranked foe was April 28, 2012 in a 15-5 win over No. 25 New Mexico as the Bears went 7-2 against ranked teams last season. Against ranked opponents, Baylor is 69-100-1 in non-conference play, 21-29-1 in February, 99-96-1 at home, 149-221-1 in regular season play and 10-17 in extra innings.




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