Feb. 24, 2014
|Feb. 25-26, 2014 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
|Tue. vs UIW | 6:30 PM
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UIW - LHP Cole Hybner
(0-0, 24.00 ERA)
BU - LHP Daniel Castano
(1-0, 1.42 ERA)
|Wed. vs TAMUCC | 6:30 PM
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TAMUCC - RHP Kevin Landgrebe
(1-0, 3.18 ERA)
BU - TBA
WACO, Texas– Baylor baseball finishes its season-long, six-game home stand this week with games against Incarnate Word and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Bears face UIW on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT and TAMUCC on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Baylor has never met Incarnate Word before and owns a 7-0 edge in the all-time series against TAMUCC. The Bears have won four in a row and are coming off a weekend series sweep of Austin Peay. UIW comes to Waco after losing three of four games at the Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio as the Cardinals fell to Gonzaga, Santa Clara and Notre Dame before winning the last game against Gonzaga. TAMUCC enters the week after going 1-3 at the Kleberg Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi. The Islanders split with BYU before losing the final two games of the weekend to UTSA and TCU.
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. 25-26, 2014
Times: 6:35 PM | 6:35 PM CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
SERIES HISTORY (UIW / TAMUCC)
Overall: First meeting/BU leads 7-0
San Antonio/CC: Never met/Never met
Waco: First meeting/ BU leads 7-0
Neutral Site: Never met/Never met
Smith vs: First meeting/BU leads 7-0
First Meeting: N/A/April 26, 2000
Last Meeting: Never met/April 18, 2012
Streak: First meeting/ BU won 7
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2014 Record: 5-2
2013 Big 12 Record: 12-11 (5th)
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 700-462-1 (20th season)
BU: 700-462-1 (20th season)
INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS
2014 Record: 2-5
2013 LSC Record: 12-16 (6th)
Head Coach: Danny Heep
Career: 532-341 (17th season)
UIW: 532-341 (17th season)
TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI ISLANDERS
2014 Record: 3-6
2013 Southland Record: 17-10 (2nd)
Head Coach: Scott Malone
Career: 135-158-1 (6th season)
TAMUCC: 135-158-1 (6th season)
BAYLOR HEAD COACH Steve Smith EARNS 700TH CAREER WIN
Baylor head coach Steve Smith earned his 700th career win on Sunday vs. Austin Peay with a 12-1 decision in seven innings. The milestone win made Smith the 36th active coach in NCAA Division I baseball with 700 or more wins. He's Baylor's all-time wins leader in all sports. Of Baylor's all-time 18 NCAA Regionals, five conference championships, four Super Regionals and three College World Series appearances, only five Regionals, two conference titles and two CWS appearances have been accomplished without Smith at the helm. His career 700-462-1 record and .602 winning percentage have him ranked in the top 50 of active coaches with at least five years experience as a head coach in NCAA Division I baseball.
BAYLOR SETS NEW HBP MARK FOR ONE INNING
Baylor set a program record for HBPs in one inning on Sunday vs. Austin Peay as five batters were hit in the fifth inning (four in a row). The previous record was four vs. Kansas State on April 10, 2005. In the inning, BU scored seven runs on just one hit as there were five HBPs, two errors, a walk and wild pitch.
BAYLOR'S HEART OF THE ORDER PRODUCING
Baylor's 2-3-4 hitters Lawton Langford, Darryn Sheppard and Grayson Porter have gotten off to a good start as all three have reached base in each of the team's first seven games. Langford (14) and Porter (career-high nine) have on-base streaks that date back to the end of 2013. Through the first seven games, the trio has combined to go 22-for-69 (.319) with 24 runs, two doubles, a triple, three homers, 18 RBI, 35 total bases, 16 walks and three stolen bases.
BAYLOR KEEPS UP SUCCESS VS. OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
In the teams' first-ever series, Baylor took a 3-0 lead in the all-time series against Austin Peay and improved to 5-0 all-time against teams currently part of 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'S ROTATION ENJOYS STELLAR WEEKEND VS. AUSTIN PEAY
During Baylor's 3-0 series sweep of Austin Peay over the weekend, the team's three starting pitchers -- Dillon Newman, Brad Kuntz and Austin Stone -- all performed very well as they went 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA while allowing just four runs (two earned) on eight hits and four walks with 21 strikeouts in 17.0 innings, and held APSU to a .136 batting average against.
Newman set a career-high with nine strikeouts, breaking his record of eight vs. California on March 1, 2013, in getting his first win of the season on Friday. He threw six innings while allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. After missing all of the 2013 season to injury, Kuntz was back in the groove in his second start of the year on Saturday. Not only did he set career-highs of six innings pitched and seven strikeouts, he retired APSU in order in every inning but the third. The one unearned run he gave up in the third proved to be insignificant as the Bears were already up 4-0 at the time. In getting his first win since April 18, 2012, vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Kuntz gave up just two hits and a walk. It marked the third time in Kuntz's career he's had a five-plus-inning start while giving up two or fewer hits. Stone picked up his first win of the season by throwing five innings while allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
BAYLOR FINDS EARLY SUCCESS IN NEW CLOSER Josh Michalec
Senior RHP Josh Michalec picked up two more saves in the week to make him a perfect 3-for-3 in career save chances. In 3.1 innings of work thus far, he has allowed just a hit and walk with four strikeouts. His saves have come on Feb. 14 in the season opener at Arizona State, Feb. 18 in the home opener vs. UT Arlington and Feb. 21 in the series opener vs. Austin Peay. Last season, Michalec posted a 4-5 record and 2.64 ERA out of the bullpen as his 22 appearances covered 47.2 innings. He allowed 17 runs (14 earned) on 37 hits and 19 walks with 36 strikeouts. Prior to the 2013 season, Michalec had combined to throw 5.1 innings in his first two seasons with Baylor.
BAYLOR BALLPARK'S HOME SWEET HOME ADVANTAGE
In Baylor's first four home games of the 2014 season, it outscored its opponents 37-6 with a 4-0 record and team .325 batting average while BU's pitchers racked up 34 strikeouts in 34.0 innings, allowing just 15 hits and eight walks. Since the park opened in 1999, Baylor owns a 350-143 record at Baylor Ballpark and has never had a losing season in the stadium. The closest BU came to a losing season was in 2011, when the Bears were 16-14 at Baylor Ballpark.