Feb. 25, 2013
Pepperdine (6-2) at Baylor (2-5)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
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WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball hosts No. 29 Pepperdine at Baylor Ballpark Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT. The game will mark the first between the two programs that own all-time winning percentages of over .580.
Baylor is 4-1 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference. The Bears have only faced Loyola Marymount (2-1) and San Francisco (2-0), and the last time BU faced a WCC foe was in 2007. Baylor's first year of baseball was 1902, while Pepperdine's was 1939. Baylor is 2,132-1,527-6 (.583) all-time and Pepperdine is 1,943-1,375-22 (.586).
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.
Dates: February 26, 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)
Overall: Never met
Waco: Never met
Malibu: Never met
Neutral Site: Never met
Smith vs. PEPP: Never met
First Meeting: 2/26/2013
Last Meeting: Never met
2013 Record: 2-5
2013 Big 12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 670-437-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 670-437-1 (19th season)
AVG: Nathan Orf (.517)
2B: Goodwin, Langford, Miller, Price (2)
HR: Orf, Towey (1)
RBI: Cal Towey (6)
SB: Adam Toth (3)
2013 Record: 6-2
2013 WCC Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Steve Rodriguez
Career Record: 305-231 (10th season)
Record at PEPP: 305-231 (10th season)
AVG: Ranny Lowe (.393)
2B: Nate Johnson (5)
HR: Amezquita, Meyer (1)
RBI: Sam Meyer (10)
SB: Ranny Lowe (2)
BAYLOR VS. PEPPERDINE SERIES HISTORY
Baylor will welcome Pepperdine to Waco for the first time and first-ever meeting between the two programs. Baylor's first year of baseball was 1902, while Pepperdine's was 1939. Baylor is 2,132-1,527-6 (.583) all-time and Pepperdine is 1,943-1,375-22 (.586).
BAYLOR VS. WEST COAST CONFERENCE
Baylor is 4-1 all-time against current members of the West Coast Conference. The Bears have only faced Loyola Marymount (2-1) and San Francisco (2-0). The last time BU faced a WCC foe was in 2007 when the Bears beat San Francisco 5-1 on March 9th and 5-4 on March 2nd. Baylor opened the 2004 season with a three-game series win at home against Loyola Marymount, which was ranked 13th in the country by Baseball America at the time. BU dropped the opener 8-7 on Feb. 14th but won a double header on Feb. 15th with 5-4 and 1-0 (seven innings) decisions.
BAYLOR COMING OFF COMPETITIVE SERIES VS. NO. 2 UCLA
No. 23 Baylor lost its home series 2-1 against No. 2 UCLA last weekend but both losses were one-run decisions and the win was a 5-0 shutout. The Bears were down 4-1 in the seventh inning of the opener but fought back and had the winning run at second base in the ninth before losing 4-3. Dillon Newman, Kolt Browder and Ryan Smith combined to hold UCLA scoreless in the second game and took the lead on a two-run homer by Cal Towey in a 5-0 win. In the finale rubber match, Baylor bounced back from a 4-0 fifth-inning deficit to tie it in the eighth before allowing an unearned run in the ninth in a 5-4 loss. BU is now 3-4 all-time against UCLA and 22-23 against teams currently in the Pac-12 Conference.
BAYLOR POSTS 17TH ALL-TIME SHUTOUT OF TEAM RANKED BY BASEBALL AMERICA
Baylor's 5-0 win over Baseball America's 12th-ranked UCLA team last Saturday marked the 17th shutout by Baylor of a team ranked by the publication. Dillon Newman, Kolt Browder and Ryan Smith combined to hold UCLA to five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in a combined shutout. Newman (1-0) earned the win and provided the front end of the shutout, throwing a career-high-tying five innings. His final line included four hits and a walk with two strikeouts as 60 of his 87 pitches were strikes. BU shutout ranked foes twice last season and has done so seven times in the last 10 seasons.
BAYLOR PITCHERS FIND THEIR GROOVE
Baylor entered last week's four-game schedule with an ERA of 9.75. Against Texas State and three game against No. 2 UCLA, the BU staff posted an outstanding 1.75 ERA. The fine week of pitching lowered Baylor's season ERA nearly four points to 4.95.
ORF CONTINUES TORRID PACE AT THE PLATE
Nathan Orf leads the Big 12 in hits (15) and ranks second in batting average. In last week's four games, he posted a stellar .600 (9-for-15) batting average in four games, tallying 10 total bases with two RBI, two runs scored, a double and one stolen base. His slugging percentage was .667 and on-base percentage was .647. In Baylor's first win of the season against Texas State, Orf went 3-for-4 with two RBI and one double, run scored and steal. In the first of a three-game set against No. 2 UCLA, he was 3-for-4 again with a walk. In Game Two, he went 1-for-3 with a run and walk. In the finale, he was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to five games. In seven games this season, Orf has five multi-hit games and 24 for his career.