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Baseball Opens Big 12 Play at Home vs. Texas Tech this Weekend

March 13, 2014

No. 23 Texas Tech at Baylor
March 14-16, 2014 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
SERIES NOTES Get Acrobat Reader
FRI. | 6:30 P.M.
FCS | Listen | Stats

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
1-1, 4.19 ERA
TTU - RHP Dominic Moreno

1-2, 1.69 ERA
SAT. | 12:00 P.M.
FS1 | Listen | Stats

Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Brad Kuntz
2-0, 1.71 ERA
TTU - LHP Chris Sadberry

2-0, 2.21 ERA
SUN. | 1:00 P.M.
FSSW | Listen | Stats

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Austin Stone
2-1, 1.61 ERA

WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball begins its Big 12 Conference schedule this weekend as the Bears welcome Texas Tech to Baylor Ballpark. All three games will be televised and are set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday on FOX College Sports, noon Saturday on FOX Sports 1 and 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX Sports Southwest.

Baylor (8-8) heads into the weekend off a 7-2 loss at No. 30 Houston on Tuesday after taking two of three from No. 3 Cal State Fullerton last weekend at home. Texas Tech (15-3) enters the series on a seven-game winning streak after a neutral site win over No. 10 Rice, home win over New Mexico, four home wins vs. New Mexico State last weekend and another home win against Abilene Christian on Tuesday. TTU leads narrowly leads the all-time series 77-75 but the Bears owns a 47-27 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.

Date(s): March 14-16, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. | Noon | 1 P.M. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
TV: FCS (Fri.) | FS1 (Sat.) | FSSW (Sun.)
Fri. Talent: Jay Lockett (pxp), Pat Combs (color)
Sat. Talent: Dave Barnett (pxp), Pat Combs (color)
Sun. Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Combs (color)

Overall: TTU leads 75-77
Waco: BU leads 47-27
Lubbock: TTU leads 47-24
Neutral Site: BU leads 4-3
Smith vs: TTU leads 28-36
First Meeting: 1928
Last Meeting: May 25, 2013
Streak: BU has lost one

Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Audio: BaylorBears.com
Video: N/A due to TV rights
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

2014 Record: 8-8
2013 Big 12 Record: 12-11 (5th)
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 703-468-1 (20th season)
BU: 703-468-1 (20th season)

AVG: Mitch Price (.294)
2B: Mitch Price (4)
HR: Porter, Sheppard (2)
RBI: Porter, Price (11)
SB: Adam Toth (5)

2014 Record: 15-3
2013 Big 12 Record: 9-15 (8th)
Head Coach: Tim Tadlock
Career: 41-33 (2nd season)
TTU: 41-33 (2nd season)

AVG: Gutierrez, Kirsch (.390)
2B: Adam Kirsch (10)
HR: Gutierrez, Kirsch, Neslony (2)
RBI: Adam Kirsch (17)
SB: Zach Davis (3)

Since the Big 12's inaugural season in 1997, Baylor has done well in the league's first game, home game, series and home series. In Big 12 opening games, the Bears are 9-8 with their last win coming on March 16, 2012, against Texas Tech. In Big 12 home opening games, BU is 10-7 with its last win coming on March 16, 2012, against TTU as well. In Big 12 opening series, Baylor is 12-5 and has won its last two. The last league opening series lost for BU came March 18-20, 2011, against TTU. In Big 12 home opening series, the Bears are 14-3 and have won two straight. The last league home opening series loss for BU was March 18-20, 2011, against TTU.

As one of the league's founding members in 1997, Baylor owns a 478-531-4 record against the current members of the Big 12 Conference. The Bears own a 259-194 all-time record in regular season play. BU's all-time record against current league foes is as follows: Kansas (45-13), Kansas State (41-19), Oklahoma (37-40), Oklahoma State (35-38), TCU (138-112), Texas (105-231-4), Texas Tech (75-77) and West Virginia (2-1).

Baylor has several players ranking amongst the top 10 in several stat categories. On the mound, Austin Stone (1.61) and Brad Kuntz (1.71) rank fourth and eighth in ERA, respectively. The duo also ranks tied for third with two wins each. Kuntz (.182) and Stone (.195) also rank second and fourth in opponent batting average, respectively. Josh Michalec leads the league with six saves. At the plate, Darryn Sheppard and Grayson Porter are tied for sixth in the league with two home runs apiece. Adam Toth ranks tied for fifth with five steals. Lawton Langford is tied for the league lead with 16 walks and ranks fourth in on-base percentage (.486).

Baylor has gone 3-4 against ranked teams this season. The Bears opened the season with a 9-7 comeback win over No. 19 Arizona State before losing the next two games of the series on Feb. 14-16 in Tempe, Ariz. Last weekend, Baylor took two of three from No. 3 Cal State Fullerton at Baylor Ballpark. On Tuesday, BU fell 7-2 on the road to No. 30 Houston.

Baylor is 49-53 all-time in TV games and 2-0 this season. The Bears' two TV wins both came against ranked foes. The first was a 9-7 comeback win at No. 19 Arizona State on Feb. 14 on the Pac-12 Network. The second was a 5-4 series rubber match win on March 9 against No. 3 Cal State Fullerton on FOX Sports Southwest. Since 2011, BU is 19-12 in TV games. Overall, the Bears are 14-23 on the FOX family of networks.

In Baylor's first eight home games of the 2014 season, it has outscored its opponents 46-23 with a 7-1 record and team .264 batting average while BU's pitchers have racked up 53 strikeouts in 70.0 innings, allowing just 43 hits and 24 walks. Since the park opened in 1999, Baylor owns a 356-145 record at Baylor Ballpark and has never had a losing season in the stadium. The closest BU came to a losing season was in 2011, when the Bears were 16-14 at Baylor Ballpark. The last time Baylor started its home season with five or more straight wins was in 2012 (6-0) as the Bears won their first five home games this season.




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