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Baseball Ends Home Stand with Series vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State this Weekend

March 20, 2014


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No. 20 Oklahoma State at Baylor
March 21-23, 2014 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
SERIES NOTES Get Acrobat Reader
FRI. | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Brad Kuntz
3-0, 1.73 ERA
OSU - RHP Jon Perrin

2-0, 2.92 ERA
SAT. | 2:00 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Austin Stone
2-1, 1.29 ERA
OSU - TBA


SUN. | 1:00 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
2-1, 3.08 ERA
OSU - TBA

WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball ends a season-long, seven-game home stand this weekend as No. 20 Oklahoma State comes to Baylor Ballpark. All three games will be televised and are set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday on FOX College Sports, 2 p.m. Saturday on FOX College Sports and 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX Sports Plus.

Baylor (11-9, 2-1 Big 12) will be playing its second Big 12 series while the Cowboys (15-6) will be playing their first league series of the season. The Bears are coming off a 2-1 series win last weekend vs. No. 23 Texas Tech and a 9-3 win on Tuesday against Houston Baptist. OSU enters the weekend after taking two of three games at home from Texas-Pan American last weekend and beating Missouri State 6-0 on the road on Tuesday. OSU holds a slight 35-38 edge in the all-time series vs. BU, but the Bears own an 18-12 advantage 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.

SERIES INFO
Date(s): March 21-23, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. | 2 P.M. | 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 | FCS | FS-Plus
Fri./Sun. Talent: Pat Combs (pxp), Jay Lockett (color)
Sat. Talent: John Morris (pxp), Jay Lockett (color)

SERIES HISTORY
Overall: OSU leads 35-38
Waco: BU leads 18-12
Stillwater: OSU leads 17-14
Neutral Site: OSU leads 9-3
Smith vs: BU leads 30-25
First Meeting: April 20, 1925
Last Meeting: March 23, 2013
Streak: BU has lost one

MULTIMEDIA
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Audio: BaylorBears.com
Video: No video due to TV rights
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

BAYLOR BEARS
2014 Record: 11-9
2014 Big 12 Record: 2-1
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 706-469-1 (20th season)
BU: 706-469-1 (20th season)

STAT LEADERS
AVG: Lawton Langford (.302)
2B: Dodson, Price, Sheppard (4)
HR: Porter, Sheppard (2)
RBI: Porter, Price (12)
SB: Adam Toth (6)

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
2014 Record: 15-6
2014 Big 12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Josh Holliday
Career: 56-25 (2nd season)
OSU: 56-25 (2nd season)

STAT LEADERS
AVG: Zach Fish (.347)
2B: Fish, Walton (8)
HR: Tanner Krietemeier (6)
RBI: Tanner Krietemeier (19)
SB: Gage Green (9)

BAYLOR BUSTS OUT BATS VS. HOUSTON BAPTIST
Baylor improved to 3-1 in the all-time series vs. Houston Baptist with a 9-3 win Tuesday as all four games have been played in Waco. With their third straight win over HBU, the Bears also moved to 2-0 against the Southland Conference this season (also beat Lamar) and 203-111-1 all-time against current members of the league. Baylor's 14 hits and nine runs vs. HBU were the most it has had since knocking 20 hits on Feb. 22 vs. Austin Peay and scoring 12 runs on Feb. 23 vs. Austin Peay.

BAYLOR VS. OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES
Baylor narrowly trails the all-time series against Oklahoma State, 35-38, but leads 18-12 in Waco. Under BU Head Coach Steve Smith, the Bears have gone 30-25 vs. the Cowboys. Last season, the teams only met twice in Stillwater as weather forced the series finale to be scratched. OSU won the first game 5-0 on March 22, 2013, before BU bounced back for a 5-3 win on March 23, 2013, to push the series. The last time the Cowboys came to Waco, Baylor swept the series on March 30-April 1, 2012. BU has won 12 of the last 18 meetings. The last time OSU topped BU in a series was March 31-April 1, 2007, in Stillwater as BU took two of three in 2008 in Waco, split in Stillwater in 2009, swept in Waco in 2010 and took two of three in Stillwater in 2011.

BAYLOR AGAINST THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
As one of the league's founding members in 1997, Baylor owns a 480-532-4 record against the current members of the Big 12 Conference. The Bears own a 261-195 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 (77-78) and West Virginia (2-1).

BAYLOR AGAINST RANKED TEAMS IN 2014
Baylor is 5-5 against ranked teams this season and has won two of its three series vs. ranked teams. BU has claimed series over No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 3 Cal State Fullerton - both in 2-1 decisions. The lone series loss came in a 2-1 decision at No. 19 Arizona State. Against top 25 teams, Baylor is 5-4. Baylor picked up its second shutout of a ranked opponent this season with its 1-0 win over No. 23 Texas Tech last Friday. The Bears beat No. 3 Cal State Fullerton 1-0 on March 8 in Waco for the first.

BAYLOR IN TV GAMES
Baylor is 4-1 this season in TV games with all four wins and all five games being vs. ranked teams. The Bears opened the season with their debut on the Pac-12 Network and earned a comeback win over No. 19 Arizona State on Feb. 14. BU earned a 5-4 win on March 9 in the series rubber match vs. No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on FOX Sports Southwest. The Bears then took two of three games from No. 23 Texas Tech last weekend with games airing on FOX College Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Southwest, respectively. Since 2011, BU is 21-13 in TV games. The Bears are 51-54 all-time in TV games.

BAYLOR BALLPARK'S HOME SWEET HOME ADVANTAGE
In Baylor's first 12 home games of the 2014 season, it has outscored its opponents 59-34 with a 10-2 record. BU's pitchers have racked up 78 strikeouts in 106.0 innings, allowing just 71 hits and 42 walks with a 1.44 ERA. Since the park opened in 1999, Baylor owns a 359-146 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. BU is off to its best start at home (10-2) since 2009 (11-2).

Dillon Newman NAMED BIG 12 PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Starting pitcher Dillon Newman was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. The senior right-hander earned the honor for the first time in his career and is the third BU player to garner a weekly league honor this season.

The Belton, Texas, native returned to ace form in a 1-0 win last Friday vs. No. 23 Texas Tech. Newman's outstanding effort on the mound was a huge factor in Baylor snapping TTU's seven-game winning streak in which the Red Raiders had scored at least five runs in each of their last six games. In earning the win, Newman (2-1) gave up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a season-high seven innings pitched. Along the way he retired 13 consecutive TTU hitters in his second quality start of the season. On the year, Newman is 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA as he's given up nine earned runs on 28 hits and eight walks with 27 strikeouts.

Newman joins teammates closer Josh Michalec and outfielder Darryn Sheppard on the list of BU players to earn a weekly award from the league office this season. Michalec was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week last week to give the Bears back-to-back pitchers of the week for the first time since 2005, when Abe Woody (May 16, 2005) and Mark McCormick (May 23, 2005) did so. Michalec and Woody are the only two BU relievers to ever win the honor. Sheppard was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 17 after his first collegiate weekend of play.

Josh Michalec THRIVING IN FIRST CHANCE AT CLOSER ROLE
Closer and last week's Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Josh Michalec ranks second in the country in saves (8) and has closed out eight of Baylor's 10 wins on the season - the other two wins were 15-1 and 12-1 over Austin Peay. Michalec is now a perfect 8-for-8 in career save chances as all of his career saves have come in 2014. Prior to his one-inning save last Saturday vs. No. 23 Texas Tech, each of his last four saves had been multi-inning efforts. He trails only UC Irvine's Sam Moore (9) for the NCAA lead in saves.

Brad Kuntz REBOUNDING INTO FORM AFTER SITTING OUT LAST SEASON
Since a rough first start of the season at No. 19 Arizona State in his first start in over a year due to injury, Brad Kuntz has rebounded extremely well. In that no-decision at ASU, he gave up four runs in 3.1 innings. Since then, he's thrown at least five innings in each of his five starts while giving up one run or less. Over that stretch he's thrown 22.2 innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on 12 hits and 12 walks with 20 strikeouts, earning three wins in the process. Two of those wins have come against ranked foes in No. 3 Cal State Fullerton and No. 23 Texas Tech. Against Fullerton, he earned a win as he threw six shutout innings while allowing two hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Against Tech, he earned a win as he threw five innings while giving up one run on three hits and five walks with five strikeouts.

Lawton Langford GETTING ON BASE AT HIGH RATE
Senior middle infielder Lawton Langford had reached base in 19 straight games dating back to last season before the streak ended in the series opener vs. No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on March 7. Langford leads the team with a .302 batting average, .483 on-base percentage and 19 walks. As of March 17, his walk total (17) ranks 18th in the NCAA and his 0.89 walks per game rank 35th in the country.

Daniel Castano MAKING MARK AS STARTER
Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his three starts, Castano is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA as he's given up five runs (three earned) on 12 hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 13.2 innings. On Tuesday against Houston Baptist, he earned his second win, first as a starter, by throwing a game-score-shortened four hitless, walkless, shutout frames.

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