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Baseball Opens Six-Game Home Stand Against Louisiana Tech

Cal Towey was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday.

March 4, 2013

Louisiana Tech (3-8) at Baylor (5-6)
March 5-6, 2013 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
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TUES. | 6:35 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Sean Spicer, R-So.
1-0, 6.23 ERA, 4.1 IP, 3 K
LTU - RHP Omar Ugarte, Jr.

1-1, 6.48 ERA, 8.1 IP, 13 K
WED. | 4:05 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Sterling Wynn, Fr.
0-0, 5.79 ERA, 4.2 IP, 4 K
LTU - LHP Ben Carlisle, R-Jr.

0-0, 6.35 ERA, 5.2 IP, 4 K

WACO, Texas - With its next six games at home, Baylor baseball will welcome Louisiana Tech to Baylor Ballpark for a two-game set. The first game will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT and the second will start at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Baylor leads the all-time series 8-3 against Louisiana Tech and has won five straight in a series that dates back to 1983. BU is 5-3 in Waco and swept a four-game set in the 2011 season from March 10-13, 2011 at Baylor Ballpark in the teams’ last meeting.

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.

Dates: March 5-6, 2013
Times: 6:37 p.m. | 4:05 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)
TV: FSN Southwest
Talent: John Morris (pxp); Pat Combs (color)

Overall: 8-3
Waco: 5-3
Ruston: Never met
Neutral Site: 2-0
Smith vs. : 6-3
First Meeting: March 3, 1983
Last Meeting: March 13, 2011

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Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

2013 Record: 5-6
2013 Big 12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 673-438-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 673-438-1 (19th season)

AVG: Nathan Orf (.512)
2B: Miller, Towey (3)
HR: Brown, Orf, Towey (1)
RBI: Cal Towey (14)
SB: Adam Toth (3)

2013 Record: 3-8
2013 WAC Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Wade Simoneaux
Career Record: 266-306-1 (11th season)
Record at BU: 266-206-1 (11th season)

AVG: Tyler Ervine (.372)
2B: Bre’shon Kimbell (3)
HR: Ervine, Neel (1)
RBI: Gebhardt, Kimbell (6)
SB: Ryan Jones (1)

With wins over California and No. 12 Rice and a loss to Houston, Baylor came away with its third straight 2-1 showing at the College Classic. BU had the most (4) All-Tournament selections in the event that featured No.1 North Carolina, No. 12 Rice, No. 30 Texas A&M, California and Houston. Cal Towey took home Most Outstanding Player with a .500 average and six RBI, while Max Garner, Dillon Newman and Nathan Orf also earned All-Tourney nods. BU picked up its second shutout of the season in a three-hit 9-0 win over Cal and gathered its third win over a ranked team in its last six games (No. 2 UCLA, No. 29 Pepperdine and No. 12 Rice). The Bears improved to 13-11 all-time at the 13-year-old AFCC.

Four Bears earned All-Tournament honors at the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic, led by Cal Towey, who enjoyed a workman’s effort in the AFCC that earned him the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Towey went 6-for-10 with six RBI, four runs, three walks, two doubles and a triple. Nathan Orf made the grade after going 5-for-10 with five runs, three RBI, a double and walk. Dillon Newman picked up the honor after allowing three hits in seven innings in a shutout win over California. Max Garner also garnered the honor after an 8.1-inning win against No. 12 Rice, allowing just two runs with eight strikeouts.

For the fourth time and first since Feb. 27, 2012, Baylor swept the Big 12 weekly awards on Monday as Cal Towey and Max Garner were named Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Both Bears earned the honor for the first time in their careers. In four games last week, Towey paced Baylor by hitting .500 (7-for-14) with 11 total bases, eight RBI, four runs, three walks, two doubles and a triple while slugging .786 and posting a .611 on-base percentage. Along the way, he extended his career-high streak of games with an RBI to seven and has multiple RBI in six of his last seven games, and lengthened his hitting streak to six games and his on-base streaks to seven games. He has multiple RBI in a career-high four straight games. Over his seven game RBI streak he is 10-for-22 with 13 RBI, five runs, five walks, two doubles, a triple, homer and steal.

Garner was outstanding in a 9-2 win against No. 12 Rice at the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic. In a career-high 8.1-inning start, and the longest start by a BU pitcher this season, Garner gave up only two runs on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. He shutout the Owls for 8.1 innings before giving up a two-run homer on his last pitch and leaving with a standing ovation at Minute Maid Park.

Baylor Athletics announced on Monday that five of its home games this season will air on FOX Sports Southwest. FSN Southwest's list of TV broadcasts includes games against Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma and Texas. The first game to air will be tomorrow's 6:30 p.m. CT contest against Louisiana Tech at Baylor Ballpark. The entire three-game series on April 12-14 with Oklahoma will also be aired. The final broadcast will be the last game of the Texas series on April 28.

In order to accommodate travel arrangements for Illinois, the teams have agreed to play a doubleheader on Saturday to conclude the three-game series. The first game will start at 2 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. The doubleheader gives BU its second on the schedule as it will also play two games on March 16 in Houston against New Orleans and Houston.

Baylor leads the all-time series 8-3 against Louisiana Tech and has won five straight in a series that dates back to 1983. BU is 5-3 in Waco and swept a four-game set in the 2011 season from March 10-13, 2011 at Baylor Ballpark in the teams’ last meeting.

Baylor is 202-75 against teams that are current members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Bears own a winning record over all five teams they have played from the WAC: UT Arlington (78-29), Texas State (47-18), Dallas Baptist (41-21), UT San Antonio (28-4) and Louisiana Tech (8-3).




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