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Baseball Begins Seven-Game Home Stand vs. George Washington
March 8, 2018

GAMES 11-13
March 9-11 | Baylor Ballpark | Waco, Texas | Twitter
March 9: 6:35 PM CT | Video | Radio | Live Stats
March 10: 3:05 PM CT | Video | Radio | Live Stats
March 11: 1:05 PM CT | Video | Radio | Live Stats | FSSW
Baylor Game/Series Notes

Radio: ESPN Central Texas/Baylor All-Access
Talent: Derek Smith (pxp), Steve Johnigan (analyst)
Live Stats:
Twitter: @BaylorBaseball | #SicGW 
Pitching Matchup: BU LHP Cody Bradford (1-1, 3.06 ERA) vs. GW LHP Jacob Meyer (0-0, 3.38 ERA)
GAME 12 | MARCH 10
Radio: ESPN Central Texas/Baylor All-Access
Talent: Derek Smith (pxp), Steve Johnigan (analyst)
Live Stats:
Twitter: @BaylorBaseball | #SicGW 
Pitching Matchup: BU RHP Hayden Kettler (1-2, 2.45 ERA) vs. GW RHP Elliott Raimo (1-1, 1.74 ERA)
GAME 13 | MARCH 11
Video: | FSSW
Radio: ESPN Central Texas/Baylor All-Access
TV Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Combs (color)
Radio Talent: Derek Smith (pxp), Steve Johnigan (analyst)
Live Stats:
Twitter: @BaylorBaseball | #SicGW 
Pitching Matchup: BU LHP Tyler Thomas (0-0, 1.08 ERA) vs. GW RHP Nathan Woods (0-2, 3.00 ERA)


5-5, 0-0 Big 12
Ranking: NR
2017 Big 12 Record: 12-12 (4th)
Head Coach: Steve Rodriguez
Career Record: 349-355 (15th season)
BU Record: 64-57 (3rd season)


7-6, 0-0 Atlantic 10
Ranking: NR
2017 A10 record: 14-10 (4th)
Head Coach: Gregg Ritchie
Career Record: 140-150 (6th season)
GW Record: 140-150 (6th season)

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

Maybe all it took was for the Baylor baseball team to finally get in a midweek game, but the Bears (5-5) seem to be finding their rhythm at an opportunistic time.

Baylor had lost four of its last five games before beating Louisiana Tech, 6-1, in Sunday's final game at the Frisco College Baseball Classic and then exploding for a season-high 17 hits in beating UT-Arlington, 9-1, Tuesday at the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park.

Back home for the first time since a season-opening series against Houston Baptist, the Bears will host George Washington (7-6) for three games at Baylor Ballpark as part of a seven-game home stand that includes the conference-opening series the following weekend against fifth-ranked Texas Tech.

"I really want to see this team reach its potential before we get to conference play," said junior outfielder/DH Richard Cunningham, who is hitting .346. "I think we've shown signs of it, but we're still at the tip of the iceberg. This team still has a lot more to show."

After getting its first two midweek games rained out or postponed, Baylor coach Steve Rodriguez said it was just "great to see our guys go out there and hit the ball well against UT-Arlington."

"At the same time, we've got another opponent, and the big test is just being able to come back out and try to make adjustments," he said. "Our guys have to just continue to do their job, making sure they have good at-bats, take quality pitches and hopefully hit something hard."

Friday's 6:35 p.m. series opener will be a good test to see how sophomore lefty Cody Bradford (1-1, 3.06 ERA) bounces back from a disappointing showing in last Friday's 8-2 loss to Cal. He gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks with no strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

"Last week was kind of a little brain fart," Bradford said. "It was just little mechanical problems that kind of went wrong right off the bat. And I didn't make adjustments very well. So, I'm excited to get back out there and return to the old ways."

Sophomore right-hander Hayden Kettler (1-2, 2.45) will go against GW's Elliott Raimo (1-1, 1.74) in Saturday's 3:05 p.m. game, with freshman lefty Tyler Thomas (0-0, 1.08) slated for his second start in Sunday's 1:05 p.m. series final and will be opposed by the Colonials' Nathan Woods (0-2, 3.00).

With various injuries, Rodriguez said the Bears are trying to "band-aid it together the best we can."

"At the same time, what a great opportunity for some young kids who probably never thought they were going to get this chance," he said. "So now, for us to be able to come in here the weekend before conference starts, swing the bats the way we are, hopefully we have another great weekend and continue it on into conference."

Even with a surge the last few games, the Bears are still hitting just .260 as a team with seven home runs and averaging four runs per game. Other than Cunningham, leading the way are sophomore first baseman Andy Thomas (.378), sophomore third baseman Davis Wendzel (.361, two homers, five RBI) and freshman Nick Loftin (.316).

"The biggest thing for those young guys is just to make sure to understand how long of a season it is and to maintain that consistency," Rodriguez said. "It's pretty tough. . . . We're just going to control what we can control, our guys are going out there and giving that effort and the focus that they have, with the intent of playing the game the way it's supposed to be played. That makes me happy."

Sunday's series finale will be televised by FOX Sports Southwest-plus.

WACO, Texas - Baylor baseball begins a seven-game home stand with a three-game weekend series vs. George Washington. Games are set for Friday at 6:35 p.m. CT, Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on FOX Sports Southwest.

All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Central Texas (1330 AM/100.9 FM in Temple, Belton and Killeen). Derek Smith provides the play-by-play with Steve Johnigan adding color commentary. Live streaming audio, video and GameTracker also are available for all Baylor baseball home games online at

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*In Baylor's last three games, the offense is hitting .318 with 19 runs, 35 hits, six doubles, one triple, one home run, 15 RBI and 18 walks. During that span, the pitching has a 1.73 ERA, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 21 hits and 13 walks with 21 strikeouts in 26 innings.

*Baylor went 3-4 on its seven-game swing away from Baylor Ballpark and begins a seven-game home stand.

*Baylor has finished its home schedule with a .500 record or better (2-1 in 2018) in all 19 seasons at Baylor Ballpark (since 1999) and is 418-194 all-time at the park.

*Baylor posted season highs of 17 hits and nine runs in Tuesday's win at UT Arlington.

*So. catcher Shea Langeliers was named to the 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch list on March 6. He is one of three from the Big 12 on the list for the award that honors the top D1 catcher.

*Senior preseason All-American/NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List closer Troy Montemayor ranks third among active NCAA DI leaders in career saves (29), tied for 41st in career relief appearances (66) and tied for 48th in career appearances (67).

*In its first 10 games, Baylor's pitching staff has posted a 2.90 ERA and .214 opponent batting average, allowing 37 runs (28 earned) on 64 hits and 55 walks with 74 strikeouts in 87 innings. BU's starting staff of Jacob Ashkinos, Cody Bradford, Kyle Hill, Hayden Kettler and Tyler Thomas has been even better in their seven starts, notching a 2.82 ERA and .227 opponent batting average, giving up 22 runs (16 earned) on 41 hits and 29 walks with 43 strikeouts in 51 innings.

*Baylor underclassmen have account for 58.1 percent of the team's runs (24, 60.0), hits (51, 58.6), extra base hits (15, 60.0), RBI (17, 48.5) and walks (28, 63.6) on offense, while posting a 2.76 ERA on the mound and accounting for 68.9 percent of the team's wins (3, 60.0), innings pitched (65.1, 75.0) and strikeouts (53, 71.6).

*Among NCAA leaders, Baylor ranks 18th (first in Big 12) in double plays per game (1.2), 18th (second in Big 12) in hits allowed per nine innings (6.62) and 33rd (second in Big 12) in ERA (2.90).

*Among NCAA individual leaders, Richard Cunningham is 21st (second in Big 12) in toughest to strike out (26.0), Troy Montemayor is 24th (second in Big 12) in saves (3) and Davis Wendzel is 45th (fourth in Big 12) in doubles per game (0.50).




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