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Baseball Ready for Pair of Games Against Sam Houston State

March 18, 2013


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Sam Houston State (9-9) at Baylor (9-11)
March 19-20, 2013 | Waco, TX | Baylor Ballpark | Huntsville, TX | Don Sanders Stadium
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TUES. | 6:35 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Sean Spicer, R-So.
1-0, 3.46 ERA, 13.0 IP, 8 K
SHSU - LHP Caleb Smith, Jr.

0-3, 3.54 ERA, 20.1 IP, 24 K
WED. | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - TBA

SHSU - RHP Tyler Eppler, So.

1-0, 5.11 ERA, 12.1 IP, 6 K

WACO, Texas - Baylor plays its last two games before opening Big 12 play this weekend as the Bears host Sam Houston State on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CT and travel to Huntsville, Texas to take on the same Bearkats on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Baylor won both games against SHSU last season and is looking to get back to .500 before conference play. At Baylor Ballpark on Feb. 28, 2012, BU took a 6-2 decision. Three weeks later, the Bears won 10-3 at Don Sanders Stadium on March 21, 2012. BU is 293-141-1 all-time against teams currently playing in the Southland Conference and is coming off a 2-1 weekend in Houston.

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.

SERIES INFORMATION
Dates: March 19-20, 2013
Times: 6:35 PM | 6:00 PM
Location: Waco, Texas | Huntsville, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark | Don Sanders Stadium
Radio: Baylor IMG College Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)

SERIES
Waco: 34-14
Huntsville: 25-25
Neutral Site: 0-0
Smith vs: 12-4
First Meeting: March 7, 1952
Last Meeting: March 21, 2012

MULTIMEDIA
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com (Tues. only)
Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
Video: www.BaylorBears.com (Tues. only)
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

BAYLOR BEARS
2013 Record: 9-11
2013 Big 12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 677-443-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 677-443-1 (19th season)

STATISTICAL LEADERS
AVG: Nathan Orf (.389)
2B: Cal Towey (5)
HR: Porter (2)
RBI: Cal Towey (18)
SB: Logan Brown (9)

SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS
2013 Record: 9-9
2013 Southland Record: 0-0
Head Coach: David Pierce
Career Record: 49-31 (2nd season)
Record at SHSU: 49-31 (2nd season)

STATISTICAL LEADERS
AVG: Jessie Plumlee (.351)
2B: Carter Burgess (6)
HR: Hayden Simerly (4)
RBI: Plucheck, Azar, Simerly (13)
SB: Luke Plucheck (4)

BAYLOR GOES 2-1 IN HOUSTON
Baylor improved to 4-2 all-time against New Orleans in the teams’ first meeting in 25 years as the Bears posted a 10-0 seven-inning win last Friday and an 8-3 win Saturday at Houston’s Cougar Field. The Bears then fought hard in a tough-luck 3-2 loss to Houston, the third to the Cougars this season, to cap a Saturday doubleheader. The wins got BU back on track after losing four straight entering last weekend.

BAYLOR VS. SAM HOUSTON STATE SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 59-39 all-time against Sam Houston State, including a 34-14 mark in Waco, 25-25 in games played in Huntsville and a 12-4 record during the Steve Smith era. The Bears won both games last year against the Bearkats, winning 6-2 on Feb. 28, 2012 at Baylor Ballpark and 10-3 on March 21, 2012 at Don Sanders Stadium.

BAYLOR VS. SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Baylor is 293-141-1 all-time against teams currently playing in the Southland Conference. The Bears have played 10 different Southland teams: Lamar (41-31-1), McNeese State (8-7), Nicholls State (7-2), Northwestern State (11-7), Oral Roberts (24-20), Sam Houston State (59-39), Stephen F. Austin (27-0), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-0), UT Arlington (80-30) and UTSA (29-5).

BAYLOR ADDS SIX MORE TV GAMES TO 2013 SLATE
Baylor Athletics announced on Monday that six more of baseball's games this season will air on TV. The additions give the Bears a total of 12 TV dates over their last 25 games of the 2013 regular season. FOX College Sports (FCS) and FOX Sports Southwest Plus (FSN Southwest Plus) will broadcast the additional games. FCS will carry Baylor's March 30th game at home against Kansas State along with the May 16th and 18th contests at Texas Tech. FSN Southwest Plus will air the entire three-game series at TCU on April 19-21.

NEWMAN TOSSES ONE-HITTER VS NEW ORLEANS
Baylor junior right-hander Dillon Newman was nearly flawless in a seven-inning one-hitter against New Orleans in a 10-0 win at Houston's Cougar Field last Friday afternoon. Giving BU its first one-hitter since Logan Verrett did so on March 11, 2011 in Waco against Louisiana Tech, Newman allowed just two base runners and both were eliminated on double plays as he faced the minimum 21 hitters in seven innings. He allowed a one-out walk to Zach Pohto in the first and a one-out single to Reese Kanter in the second. After that, Newman retired the final 16 hitters he faced, which impressively enough, were three shy of the 19 straight he retired in his last outing.

Improving to 3-0 with the win, Newman's final line on the day was seven innings, one hit and walk given up, and six strikeouts as 47 of his 69 pitches were strikes. In his five starts this season, he has given up three runs or less each time and has a minimal 1.42 ERA.

BAYLOR’S ADVANTAGE AT BAYLOR BALLPARK
Baylor is 5-6 at home and has lost four straight after winning three straight. However, Baylor is 339-140 in games played at Baylor Ballpark overall. In home games this season, Baylor pitchers are holding opponents to a .202 average with a 2.85 ERA.

GARNER, NEWMAN THROWING EFFECTIVELY
Senior RHP Max Garner and junior RHP Dillon Newman have each set new career highs in innings pitched twice this season and have yet to give up more than three runs in each of their five 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 28 innings over his last four starts, allowing 11 runs (eight earned) on 28 hits and nine walks with 23 strikeouts to lower his ERA on the season to 3.18.

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. Then he posted the one-hitter against New Orleans. Over his last four starts, Newman has thrown 27 innings, allowing two runs on 12 hits and two walks with 21 strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 1.42. He’s walked just two batters in 31.2 innings.

ASHBY DELIVERING OUT OF THE BULLPEN
Entering his junior season, Doug Ashby had thrown 6.2 innings over his first two seasons. The lefty specialist has grown into a nice role for Baylor this season and already has six appearances over 6.1 innings of work -- all scoreless. His best work came in a 2.2-inning effort in which he allowed just a walk and struck out three to earn his first career win against Louisiana Tech on March 6th. For the season, he’s allowed just two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

ORF’S ON-BASE STREAK ENDS AT 15 GAMES
Nathan Orf had reached base safely in 15 straight games before failing to do so last Friday against New Orleans. But he has reached base safely in 18 of 20 games this season. The only other 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 15 games this season and has a team-high eight multi-hit games. Two of the games during his streak were helped by HBPs. He’s reached base at least twice in a game 15 times.

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