Feb. 27, 2012
No. 25 Baylor (6-2) vs. Sam Houston State (4-3)
Baylor: RHP Tyler Bremer, Sr. (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)
SHSU: LHP Brandon Bergen, Fr. (0-0, 1.69 ERA, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
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Baylor baseball returns home to begin a five-game homestand at Baylor Ballpark by hosting Sam Houston State at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday. All tickets for the game are just $3, including available reserved seats.
The Bears, ranked No. 25 by Baseball America and No. 21 in the USATODAY/ESPN Coaches' Poll, are off to a 6-2 start. Baylor's first eight games of the 2012 season were all against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams.
Following the game against the Bearkats, Baylor hosts UC Irvine and Lamar for four games over the weekend in the QTI Baylor Classic.
All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio. Live streaming audio and GameTracker 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.
Live streaming video is available for weekend games at Baylor Ballpark. Tuesday's game will not be streamed live, but three of Baylor's four games in this weekend's QTI Baylor Classic will have live video on BaylorBears.com.
SAM HOUSTON STATE
Overall: Baylor leads 57-39
Waco: Baylor leads 33-14
Huntsville: SHSU leads 25-24
Neutral Site: Never Met
Steve Smith vs. SHSU: 10-4
BAYLOR: Steve Smith
Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986
Career Record: 625-417-1 (18th season)
Record at Baylor: 625-417-1 (18th season)
SAM HOUSTON STATE: David Pearce
Career Record: 4-3 (1st season)
Record at SHSU: 4-2 (1st season)
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BAYLOR VS. SAM HOUSTON STATE SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 57-39 all-time against Sam Houston State, but the Bears hold a 33-14 advantage in games played in Waco. The Bears are 10-4 against the Bearkats during head coach Steve Smith's tenure. Sam Houston State won last year's meeting, 3-2, in 10 innings on April 5 at Don Sanders Stadium in Huntsville.
BAYLOR VS. SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Baylor is 308-135-1 all-time against teams currently playing in the Southland Confernece. The Bears have played 10 different Southland teams: Lamar (41-29-1), McNeese State (8-7), Nicholls State (7-2), Northwestern State (11-7), Sam Houston State (57-39), Stephen F. Austin (27-0), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5-0), Texas State (46-18), UT Arlington (78-29) and UTSA (28-4).
Tuesday's game will be the second of 13 games against Southland Conference teams in 2012. Baylor plays at home and on the road against four different Southland teams: Sam Houston State, UT Arlington, UTSA and Texas State. The Bears host TAMU-Corpus Christi for two midweek games in April and Lamar plays Baylor twice as part of the QTI Baylor Classic in March. Baylor is 1-0 so far this season against Southland teams, knocking off Texas State, 5-1, on Wednesday at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
HOT START AGAINST STRONG COMPETITION
Baylor plays half of its 2012 schedule (28 of 56 games) against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams. The Bears' first eight games of the season were all against teams that played in last year's tournament, and the Bears posted an impressive 6-2 record in those games.
Baylor opened the season with a three-game sweep of perennial NCAA Tournament team Oral Roberts, including wins in both games of a double-header after rain postponed the second game of the series. The Bears then rolled to a 7-1 win over No. 15 TCU on Feb. 21, with three pitchers combining to carry a no-hitter through 7.2 innings.
The Bears continued their hot streak with a 5-1 win over Texas State at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock, and they extended their winning streak to six with a 15-3 win at No. 22 UCLA on Feb. 24. The Bears finally cooled off with losses in their last two games at UCLA, including losing a two-run lead in the eighth inning of the series finale.
Four of the eight games during the season-opening stretch were away from Baylor Ballpark, and the Bears went 2-2 in those games. In the four home games during the stretch, Baylor pitchers allowed only six total runs, posting a 1.00 ERA.
VICK AND BLANK EARN BIG 12 WEEKLY HONORS
Baylor's Logan Vick was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, while teammate Trent Blank earned the league's Pitcher of the Week award, the conference office announced Feb. 27.
This marked the third time in program history the Bears have had the Big 12's Player and Pitcher of the Week at the same time. Chris Slater and Logan Verrett were honored on March 14 last season, and Josh Ford and Mark McCormick earned the awards on March 22, 2004.
The weekly awards were the first career honors for both Vick, a junior outfielder from Kerrville, Texas, and Blank, a senior right-handed pitcher from Columbia, Ill.
Blank went 2-0 and allowed only one hit - a single - in 7.0 innings over two appearances during the week. He earned both wins against ranked opponents, knocking off No. 15 TCU at home on Feb. 21 and going on the road to beat No. 22 UCLA on Feb. 24.
Blank threw 4.0 no-hit innings in a pre-determined short start against the Horned Frogs. He struck out two, threw 62 pitches and helped the Bears carry a no-hitter through 7.2 innings in a 7-1 win. Three days later, Blank tossed 3.0 innings of shutout relief on only 30 pitches in a 15-3 win at UCLA.
Vick hit .400 (8-for-20) with four doubles, a home run, five RBI, four runs scored and one stolen base to help the Bears to a 3-2 record for the week. He drew four walks and struck out just once, posting a .480 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage for the week.
Vick had a single, a sacrifice fly and a walk in the win over TCU, and he walked twice in Baylor's win against Texas State at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Vick doubled in four consecutive at-bats in the Bears' series-opening win at UCLA, coming one double shy of Jeremy Dodson's school and NCAA Division I record for doubles in a game set on March 24, 1998 against Hardin-Simmons. Vick also singled and stole a base in the second game at UCLA and hit a solo home run and a single in the series finale.
SERIES: Baylor leads the all-time series against Sam Houston State, 57-39, including a 33-14 record in games played in Waco and a 10-4 mark during the Steve Smith era.
The Bears are 308-135-1 all-time against teams currently playing as members of the Southland Conference.
Baylor remained at No. 25 in Baseball America's Top 25 Poll for the second straight week.
Baylor has been ranked in at least one in-season BA Top 25 poll in 14 of the last 16 seasons.
Baylor jumped from receiving votes (29th) to No. 21 in the first in-season USATODAY/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
Baylor snapped a 13-game homerless drought with three home runs in the first three innings of Sunday's series finale at UCLA.
Three Baylor pitchers combined to carry a no-hitter through 7.2 IP in a 7-1 win vs. No. 15 TCU on Feb. 21.
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 went 6-2 in its first 8 games of the season -- all against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams.
Baylor's 6-0 start was 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).
11 Baylor relievers have combined for 27 strikeouts, 21 hits and a .169 opponents' batting average over 36.0 IP.
The Bears were 28-6 last season when scoring 4+ runs in a game and 3-22 when scoring 3 or fewer -- This season, Baylor is 4-1 when scornig 4+ runs and 2-1 when scoring 3 or fewer.
Baylor has had a winning record in 11 of its last 17 regular season weekends.
Baylor had won 4 straight series (at Nebraska, at No. 19 Oklahoma State, vs. No. 13 Oklahoma, vs. ORU) before dropping the final two games of a three-game set at No. 22 UCLA.
Logan Vick and Trent Blank earned Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Weekon Monday, marking the 3rd time in program history the Bears have won both weekly honors on the same day.
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 puts its four-game winning streak at Baylor Ballpark on the line with five consecutive games at home this week. Following Tuesday's 5:05 p.m. game against Sam Houston State, the Bears host Lamar and UC Irvine for the QTI Baylor Classic. Baylor takes on UC Irvine at 6:05 p.m. Friday, then it plays Lamar (2:05 p.m.) and UC Irvine (6:05 p.m.) on Saturday, and the Bears close out the tournament with a 3:05 p.m. game against Lamar on Sunday.