Baseball Hosts K-State for Military Appreciation Weekend

March 24, 2011

No. 21 Baylor (14-7, 1-2 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (12-7, 0-3 Big 12)
Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
FRIDAY, MARCH 25 | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Logan Verrett
3-1, 3.03 ERA, 29.2 IP, 36 K
KSU - LHP Kyle Hunter

2-1, 2.12 ERA, 29.2 IP, 34 K

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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Josh Turley
1-1, 4.26 ERA, 25.1 IP, 19 K
KSU - RHP Matt Applegate

3-1, 2.53 ERA, 32.0 IP, 22 K

SUNDAY, MARCH 27 | 12:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Trent Blank
1-1, 6.26 ERA, 23.0 IP, 10 K
KSU - RHP K. Bahramzadeh

1-0, 2.70 ERA, 16.2 IP, 13 K

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Baylor's 21st-ranked baseball team welcomes Kansas State to Baylor Ballpark for a three-game Big 12 Conference series during Military Appreciation Weekend. First pitch in Friday's series opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., with Saturday's game at 3 p.m. and Sunday's series finale slater for 1 p.m.

Baylor is coming off a 6-1 win over UT Arlington that kept its streak intact of not losing consecutive regular-season games since May 1-2, 2010, when the Bears lost two straight at Texas. Baylor is 7-0 this season following a loss.

This weekend is Military Appreciate Weekend at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears will wear their digital camo hats, and all military personnel can purchase up to four tickets for $3 each for all three games of the series. Free cinch bags will be given away to fans by SW Dairy Farmers on Friday. Saturday is Heart of Texas Community Day, starting at 1 p.m., where fans will be given free tickets to the baseball and softball games while supplies last.

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, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.

Live streaming video is available for all three games of the series against Kansas State. For more information, follow the Baylor All-Access link at

Overall:  Baylor leads 32-16
Waco:  Baylor leads 21-2
Manhattan:  Kansas State leads 11-10
Neutral Site:  Kansas State leads 3-1
Big 12 Era:  Baylor leads 31-15
Big 12 Series:  Baylor has won 11 of 14
Smith vs. KSU:  31-15
First Meeting:  3/28/1966
Last Meeting:  5/26/2010



BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 602-394-1 (17th season)

   Record at Baylor: 602-394-1 (17th season)

   Career Record: 660-266-3 (17th season)

   Record at KSU: 242-175-3 (8th season)



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• SERIES: Baylor and Kansas State have met 48 times and the Bears hold a 32-16 advantage in the series.
• Baylor is 21-2 all-time against K-State in Waco, and the Bears have won 11 of 14 Big 12 series against KSU.
• Baylor fell seven spots to No. 21 in the latest Baseball America Top 25. The Bears were jumped by No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 10 Fresno State, No. 16 California, No. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 18 North Carolina, No. 19 Clemson and No. 20 Tulane. Baylor has been ranked in all six Baseball America polls this season.
• Baylor stole more bases last weekend (8) than the rest of the Big 12 Conference combined (6) in league play.
• Baylor entered this week tied for ninth nationally with 42 stolen bases (NCAA Stats on March 21).
• Baylor has not lost consecutive games this season; the Bears are 7-0 following a loss.
• Baylor is 31-9 in its last 40 games at Baylor Ballpark, including a 14-6 mark in Big 12 Conference games.
• Baylor is 188-110 (.631) in the month of March during the Smith era. The Bears have had a losing record in the month of March only twice in Smith’s 16 seasons (2004 & 2007).
• Baylor has four walk-off wins this year after recording only one walk-off win during the 2010 season.
• Baylor is 3-1 in extra-inning games this season. The Bears got a walk-off double from Jake Miller in the 10th inning vs. Oral Roberts (2/20), a walk-off grand slam from Max Muncy in the 10th vs. Rice (3/6) and a walk-off single from Chris Slater in the 11th inning vs. Florida International (3/15).
• Baylor had won six straight regular season weekend sets before dropping the series finale against Texas Tech in 10 innings on Sunday. Baylor has had a winning record in four of five weekends this season.
• Baylor head coach Steve Smith recorded his 600th career victory when Baylor beat FIU on March 15.
• Baylor has ranked in the nation’s top 25 in attendance in all 12 years since Baylor Ballpark opened in 1999.
• For the second time in program history, Baylor players won both Big 12 Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week. Logan Verrett (Pitcher) & Chris Slater (Player) took the honors on March 14.
• Eight players on Baylor’s roster have been selected in previous MLB Drafts, tied for third-most in the Big 12.
• Slater’s inside-the-park home run on March 19 was the first by a Baylor player since April 9, 2006.
• Verrett was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (3/14) by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
• The Bears were picked fourth in the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll, behind Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M.
• Baseball America projected Baylor to finish third in the Big 12 and ranked BU No. 16 nationally in the preseason.
• Baylor’s nine-run third inning in the series finale at Georgia was the most the Bears have scored in an inning since scoring 10 in the third against Northwestern State on April 7, 2009.
• Since the start of the 2003 season, Baylor is 23-14 in extra-inning games, including 3-1 this season.
• The Bears went 7-for-7 stealing bases in the series opener at Georgia, the first time Baylor stole seven or more bases in a game since stealing eight against Dallas Baptist on May 16, 2006.

• LHP Crayton Bare has pitched in nine games out of the bullpen in 2011 after pitching in just four games in 2010.

• RHP Kolt Browder has allowed seven hits and struck out 11 in 9.0 innings over nine relief appearances.

• 2B Steve DalPorto has started 18 of Baylor’s 21 games at second base and once at shortstop in 2011.
• DalPorto had his career-long hitting streak snapped at eight games in the middle game of the Texas Tech series (3/19).

• Freshman RHP Trae Davis picked up a pair of wins pitching out of the bullpen in the season’s opening weekend.
• Davis is tied for sixth in the Big 12 Conference with three wins. All three of his wins have come in relief.

• C Joey Hainsfurther moved from third base to catcher for the 2011 season. He had never caught a collegiate game before, but has started behind the plate in 13 of Baylor’s first 21 games this season. The Bears are 10-3 when he starts behind the plate.
• Hainsfurther tied the Bears’ game vs. Rice (3/6) in the Houston College Classic with a two-run triple in the 7th.

• C Josh Ludy is the only Baylor player with multiple home runs this season.
• Ludy has started behind the plate eight times and as DH in nine games.

• OF Wes Mercurio hit the first pitch he saw in 2011 for a three-run pinch hit homer in the series finale at Georgia.

• 3B Jake Miller’s 10th-inning walk-off double in the series finale vs. Oral Roberts was the first extra-inning, walk-off hit by a Baylor player since Dustin Dickerson’s 11th-inning walk-off single vs. Missouri on April 11, 2009.
• Miller has started 20 of Baylor’s 21 games at third base this season.
• Miller had his career-long hitting streak snapped at seven games in the series opener vs. Texas Tech (3/18).

• 1B Max Muncy has started all 21 games at first base and hit either third or cleanup in every game.
• Muncy is tied for sixth in the Big 12 Conference with 20 RBI.
• Muncy had multi-hit games and had at least one RBI in all three games of the series at Georgia.
• Muncy’s 10th-inning walk-off grand slam vs. Rice was BU’s first walk-off HR since Raynor Campbell on Feb. 27, 2007.
• Muncy’s six RBI vs. Rice were the most by a BU player since Aaron Miller had six vs. Illinois on Feb. 29, 2008.
• Muncy had a run-scoring hit to tie the game in the bottom of the first in all three games of the Texas Tech series.

• CF/RHP Brooks Pinckard has been named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award preseason watch list.
• Pinckard leads the nation with 22 steals. He’s on pace to shatter the Baylor single-season record (40; Mike Robison, 1991).
• Pinckard ranks fifth on Baylor’s all-time saves list with 16 career saves.
• Pinckard hit a game-winning homer in the seventh inning of the second game vs. Oral Roberts (2/19).
• Pinckard leads the team and is third in the Big 12 with 34 hits.
• Pinckard has never grounded into a double play in 379 career at-bats.
• Pinckard has successfully stolen more bases (22) than Baylor’s opponents have attempted (21).
• Pinckard is 51-for-57 stealing bases in his career and his 51 steals are the 10th-most in program history.
• Pinckard has started all 21 games in center field and hit leadoff (19 games) or second in the order (twice).

• RHP Jon Ringenberg (9-0 career record) has never taken a loss in 27 career appearances, including 15 starts.
• Win or loss, Ringenberg’s next decision will make him the program’s career winning percentage leader (min. 10 decisions).

• OF Chris Slater is one of 30 semifinalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award (one of three from Big 12).
• Slater was named Big 12 Player of the Week (3/14) after having four consecutive three-hit games.
• Slater hit a walk-off single to beat Florida International in 11 innings on March 15.
• Slater hit an inside-the-park home run vs. Texas Tech (3/19), the first by a BU player since Seth Fortenberry on April 9, 2006.

• RF Cal Towey drew a total seven walks in a three-game span (3/1-3/5).
• Towey is tied for the team lead in walks (12) despite having only 43 plate appearances on the season.

• LHP/DH Josh Turley has taken only one loss in 32 career appearances.
• Turley hit a pinch-hit double in his first plate appearance of the season in the series opener at Georgia.

• RHP Logan Verrett was named to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list, one of six Big 12 players on the list.
• Verrett tied a Baylor Ballpark record by striking out 14 in a complete-game one-hitter vs. Louisiana Tech (3/11).
• Verrett was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week and National Player of the Week (3/14).
• Verrett earned Houston College Classic All-Tournament honors after his win vs. Houston; 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 K.
• Verrett has 197 career strikeouts and needs 31 to crack the top 10 in program history.
• Verrett currently holds the Baylor record for strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.93).
• Verrett is third on Baylor’s career strikeouts per nine innings list (10.15).
• Verrett ranks seventh in program history for fewest walks allowed per nine innings (2.58).
• Verrett ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 36 strikeouts. He trails John Stilson (39), Michael Wacha (37) & Michael Rocha (37).

• LF Logan Vick sat out Tuesday’s game with a hamstring injury, snapping his streak of 80 consecutive games started in LF.
• Vick reached base safely in all 40 career games at Baylor Ballpark before going 0-for-3 vs. Texas State (3/1).
• Vick went 3-for-4 and drove in runs in all three plate appearances in which he made an out in the series finale at Georgia (2/27).
• Vick has drawn 70 walks in 80 career games; he’s taken multiple walks in a game in 21 contests.
• When leading off an inning, Vick has a .485 on-base percentage for his career (64-for-132).

• SS Landis Ware is Baylor’s most experienced player with 152 games played and 134 career starts.
• Ware has started at shortstop in 20 of Baylor’s 21 games in 2011.
• Ware earned Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors after going 7-for-10 in the Houston College Classic.
• Ware was named to the 2011 Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team.
• Ware led off the bottom of the 10th with a double and scored the winning run vs. Rice (3/6).
• Ware was named Big 12 Player of the Week after going 7-for-10 in the Houston College Classic.
• Ware was selected to the Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team.


1. Mike Robison, 1991 40 1. Mike Robison, 1988-91 115 1. Eric Nelson, 1997-99 26
2. Mike Robison, 1990 33 2. Matt Trozzo, 1991-94 87 2. Anthony Hensley, 1999-00 24
Matt Trozzo, 1994 33 3. Jon Topolski, 1996-99 74 3. Jamie Bubela, 1999-00 19
4. Anthony Hensley, 2000 32 4. Mike Bohny, 1991-94 61 Chase Gerdes, 2004-07 19
5. Anthony Hensley, 1999 29 Anthony Hensley, 1999-00 61 5. James Blair, 1997-98 17
6. Matt Trozzo, 1993 28 6. Eric Nelson, 1996-99 60 Brooks Pinckard, 2009-11 17
Jaime Bubela, 2000 28 7. Tony Huey, 1984-87 54 7. Ben Booker, 2006-09 16
8. Jack Stubbs, 1992 26 James Blair, 1996-98 54 8. Jon Topolski, 1997-99 13
9. Trent Weaver, 1989 25 9. Chase Gerdes, 2004-07 53 Seth Fortenberry, 2003-06 13
James Blair, 1998 25 10. Brooks Pinckard, 2009-11 59   Raynor Campbell, 2007-10 13
Brooks Pinckard, 2011 22  

Baylor is 31-9 in its last 40 games at Baylor Ballpark, including 17-3 in non-conference games.

The Bears had a 10-game winning streak in non-conference home games snapped when they lost the season opener to Oral Roberts. Before the streak was snapped, ORU was the last non-Big 12 team to beat the Bears in Waco when it took the opener of a four-game set on March 5, 2010. Baylor came back to win the remaining games in the series both times.

Five of Baylor’s nine losses in Waco since dropping the series opener to ORU in 2010 came in extra innings and/or were one-run defeats (vs. Kansas, 12-6 in 14 innings on 3/28/10, vs. No. 2 Texas, 4-2 in 10 innings on 4/30/10, vs. Kansas, 9-8 on 3/26/10, vs. Texas Tech, 6-5 on 3/18/11 and vs. Texas Tech, 10-6 in 10 innings on 3/20/11). The Bears’ other losses were to Nebraska (6-2 on 4/24/10), Oral Roberts (2/18/11), No. 4 TCU (2/22/11) and Texas State (3/1/11).

Despite going 1-5 in extra-inning games in 2010, Baylor is 23-14 in such games since the start of the 2003 season. Baylor was 4-1 in extra-inning games in 2009, 1-3 in 2008, 2-1 in 2007, 0-1 in 2006, 6-1 in 2005, 1-0 in 2004 and 5-1 in 2003. Baylor is 3-1 in extras so far in 2011.

The Bears won all four regular season games that went to extra innings in 2009, but fell to No. 2 national seed LSU 3-2 in 10 innings in the second game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.

Six of the 23 wins over the past eight seasons have come on an opponent’s home field (Arizona twice, Arizona State, Texas, Vanderbilt and UT Arlington). Four of the 23 wins were either neutral-site games or games at Baylor Ballpark in which the Bears were the visitor. Four of the 22 wins have come in postseason play, including two at the Big 12 Tournament and one at the College World Series.

Baylor wraps up its season-long 14-game homestand with a pair of midweek games. The Bears host UTSA at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Lamar at 4 p.m. Wednesday. All tickets for Tuesday’s game are $3, while Wednesday will be Dollar Hot Dog Night. The Bears travel to Lawrence, Kan. for their next Big 12 series, taking on Kansas on Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).



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