March 11, 2013
Houston (12-4) at Baylor (7-9)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
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WACO, Texas- Baylor will host Houston on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CT as the Bears look to improve upon their 4-0 record in midweek games at Baylor Ballpark. The contest will close a six-game home stand before Baylor plays eight of its next nine games on the road.
Baylor fell to Houston two weekends ago in the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park, marking its only loss in the event. The Bears lead the all-time series, though, 87-61, including a 35-27 edge in Waco.
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: March 12, 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)
Neutral Site: 8-4 (also 4-4 in unknown sites)
Smith vs: 21-16
First Meeting: 1951
Last Meeting: March 2, 2013
2013 Record: 7-9
2013 Big 12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 675-441-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 675-441-1 (19th season)
2013 Record: 12-4
2013 C-USA Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Todd Whitting
Career Record: 56-71-1 (3rd season)
Record at UH: 56-71-1 (3rd season)
AVG: Michael Pyeatt (.400)
2B: Josh Vidales (4)
HR: Barker, Montemayor (2)
RBI: Caleb Barker (19)
SB: Vidales, Survance (3)
BAYLOR SUFFERS UNLIKELY SWEEP
Baylor's 0-3 series last weekend against Illinois at Baylor Ballpark marked the first time in nine years that the Bears had been swept at home by a non-conference opponent -- UC Irvine was the last to do so on March 5-7, 2004. It had also been 13 years since BU dropped a home doubleheader to a non-conference opponent -- Oral Roberts was the last to do so on March 11, 2000.
BAYLOR VS. HOUSTON SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 87-61 in the all-time series against Houston, including a 35-27 mark in games played in Waco and a 21-16 record during the Steve Smith era. Baylor is 8-4 against U of H in neutral site games and 4-4 in unknown site games. The Bears have won four of the last five series meetings against Houston. The only loss in that stretch came earlier this season on March 2 in a 15-4 seven-inning decision at the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
BAYLOR VS. CONFERENCE USA
Baylor is 228-153-1 all-time against current members of Conference USA. The Bears have faced Houston (87-61), Memphis (6-2), Rice (128-87-1), Southern Mississippi (3-1), Tulane (3-2) and UAB (1-0).
BAYLOR'S ADVANTAGE AT BAYLOR BALLPARK
Baylor is 5-5 at home and has lost three straight after winning three straight. However, Baylor is 339-139 in games played at Baylor Ballpark overall. In home games this season, Baylor pitchers are holding opponents to a .204 average with a 2.74 ERA.
ORF EXTENDS ON-BASE STREAK TO 14 GAMES
Nathan Orf has reached base safely in 14 straight games and 15 of 16 this season. The only game he did not reach safely in was the second game of the year on Feb. 16 at UC Irvine. He has had a hit in 12 games this season and has a team-high eight multi-hit games, which rank second in the Big 12. Two of the games during his streak have been helped by HBPs. He's reached base at least twice in a game 14 times. He leads the Big 12 in on-base percentage at .542.
TOWEY'S NINE-GAME RBI STREAK ENDS
Baylor senior third baseman Cal Towey's RBI streak ended at nine games in the series opener Friday against Illinois. During the streak he hit .414 (12-for-29) with 15 RBI, eight runs, six walks, two doubles, a triple, homer and steal. He ranks second in the Big 12 in RBI (17) and had multiple RBI in six of the nine games during the streak. He ranks second in the Big 12 with six multi-RBI games. In the NCAA, he ranks 58th in RBI.
GARNER, NEWMAN THORWING DEEP INTO GAMES
Senior RHP Max Garner and junior RHP Dillon Newman have each set new career highs in innings pitched in their last two starts. Garner went a career-long nine innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts against Illinois. That followed an 8.1-inning then-career-high performance against Rice. Since a rough first start at UC Irvine, Garner has thrown 22.1 innings over his last three starts, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 18 hits and seven walks with 17 strikeouts to lower his ERA on the season to 2.86.
Newman tossed eight innings against Illinois, letting the first two batters of the game get to him with a double and home run, but after that he was lights out, retiring 19 straight batters. After giving up just the two runs, he only gave up two hits the rest of the way and struck out five in an efficient 92-pitch effort with no walks and no decision. The outing came after a seven-inning performance against California. Over his last three starts, Newman has thrown 20 innings, allowing two runs on 11 hits and one walk with 15 strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 1.82. In the NCAA, Newman ranks fifth in walked allowed per nine innings (0.36), eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (17.00) and 24th in WHIP (0.73).