Baseball Hits Road to No. 22 UCLA

Cal Towey has started at third base and hit second in the lineup in all five games in 2012.

No. 25 Baylor (5-0) at No. 22 UCLA (2-2)
Feb. 24-26 | Los Angeles Calif. | Jackie Robinson Stadium (1,820)
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FRI. | 8 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Josh Turley
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.2 IP, 2 K
UCLA - RHP Adam Plutko

0-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.0 IP, 10 K
SAT. | 4 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Max Garner
0-0, 5.40 ERA, 3.1 IP, 3 K
UCLA - RHP Nick Vander Tuig

1-0, 7.20 ERA, 5.0 IP, 1 K
SUN. | 3 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Brad Kuntz
1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5.0 IP, 6 K
UCLA - RHP Zack Weiss

0-1, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 1 K

Baylor puts its perfect 5-0 record on the line when the Bears travel to Los Angeles, Calif. for a three-game series against No. 22 UCLA. First pitch in Friday's game is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT, followed by Saturday's 4 p.m. game and Sunday's 3 p.m. series finale.

Baylor is looking to improve on its best start since 2008 (7-0). The trip to UCLA wraps up an eight-game, season-opening stretch with all eight games against teams who played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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.

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



BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 624-415-1 (18th season)

   Record at Baylor: 624-415-1 (18th season)

UCLA: John Savage

   Alma Mater: Nevada, 1991
   Career Record: 317-277-1 (11th season)

   Record at UCLA: 229-193 (8th season)



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   Tom Barfield (pxp) and Lark Smith (color) 

Baylor won the lone game in the series, 5-1, on Feb. 28, 2009 at the Houston College Classic. The Bears' Kendal Volz out-dueled future No. 1 overall MLB Draft pick Gerrit Cole. Baylor also turned a triple play in that game.

Baylor is 20-19 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 (1-0), 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 39 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

• SERIES: Baylor leads the all-time series against UCLA 1-0. The only series meeting was a 5-1 Baylor win on Feb. 28, 2009 at the Houston College Classic.
• The Bears are 20-19 all-time against teams currently playing in the Pac-12 Conference.
• Baylor entered Baseball America's Top 25 Poll at No. 25 this week after a three-game sweep of Oral Roberts.
• Baylor has been ranked in at least one in-season BA Top 25 poll in 14 of the last 16 seasons.
• Baylor jumped two spots to No. 26 in Collegiate Baseball's Top 30 poll and advanced four spots to No. 25 in Perfect Game's Top 50 rankings. The first in-season USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches' Poll comes out Feb. 27.
• Baylor's 7 runs allowed through 5 games is the best start since the 1970 team allowed 6 runs in its 5-0 start.
• Baylor homered in its last six regular season games in 2011, but since then the Bears have not hit a home run in 11 consecutive games.
• Three Baylor pitchers combined to carry a no-hitter through 7.2 IP against TCU on Tuesday.
• Baylor's 2012 schedule is rated the 13th-toughest nationally (No. 1 in Big 12) by Boyd's World.
• Baylor's 56-game 2012 schedule features 28 games against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams.
• Baylor's first 8 games of the 2012 season are all against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams.
• Baylor's 5-0 start is its best since starting the 2008 season 7-0.
• Baylor's bullpen went 18.0 innings before allowing its first run this season (9th inning vs. TCU).
• Nine Baylor relievers have combined for 20 K, 8 BB, 8 hits and a .104 opponents' batting average over 24.0 IP.
• The Bears were 28-6 last season when scoring 4+ runs in a game and 3-22 when scoring 3 or fewer -- Baylor has already won twice this season when scoring 3 or fewer runs this season.
• Baylor has had a winning record in 11 of its last 16 regular season weekends.
• Baylor has won 4 straight series (at Nebraska, at No. 19 Oklahoma State, vs. No. 13 Oklahoma, vs. ORU).
• Baylor's 3-game sweep of Oral Roberts was its first series sweep since May 21-23, 2010.
• Since the start of the 2003 season, Baylor is 24-16 in extra-inning games.
• Baylor returned 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.
• Baylor is 42-18 in its last 60 games at Baylor Ballpark, including a 23-6 mark in non-conference games.
• 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 ranked in the nation's top 25 in attendance in all 13 years since Baylor Ballpark opened in 1999.

Baylor returns home for a five-game homestand. The Bears host Sam Houston State Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. Baylor hosts the QTI Baylor Classic next weekend, with Lamar and UC Irvine coming to Baylor Ballpark. The Bears play UC Irvine on Friday (6:05 p.m.), Lamar (2:05 p.m.) and UC Irvine (6:05 p.m.) on Saturday and close out the tournament with Lamar (3:05 p.m.) on Sunday.



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