March 24, 2014
Baylor (13-10) at UT Arlington (8-16)
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WACO, Texas- No. 29 Baylor baseball begins its second-longest road trip of the season on Tuesday against UT Arlington at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Bears (13-10) and Mavericks (8-16) will meet for the second time this season and 114th time overall.
Back on Feb. 18, BU won its home opener in a 5-2 decision against UT Arlington for its fifth straight win in the series. The Bears lead the all-time series vs. UTA 83-30 and 32-18 in Arlington. Baylor enters the game after taking two of three from No. 20 Oklahoma State over the weekend and has won seven of its last 10 games. UTA comes into the game following a 2-1 series loss at home to Arkansas State but has won three of its last five games.
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Date(s): March 25, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. CT
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: Clay Gould Ballpark (1,600)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
Overall: BU leads 83-30
Waco: BU leads 51-12
Arlington: BU leads 32-18
Neutral Site: Never met
Smith vs: BU leads 37-10
First Meeting: Feb. 26, 1973
Last Meeting: Feb. 18, 2014
Streak: BU has won five
Live Stats: UTAMavs.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2014 Record: 13-10
2014 Big 12 Record: 4-2
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 708-470-1 (20th season)
BU: 708-470-1 (20th season)
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
2014 Record: 8-16
2014 Sun Belt Record: 1-5
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career: 187-185 (8th season)
UTA: 187-185 (8th season)
AVG: Matt Shortall (.367)
2B: Matt Shortall (9)
HR: McCall, Shortall (4)
RBI: Matt Shortall (21)
SB: Bottger, Miller, Sibley (2)
BAYLOR LEADS SERIES VS. UT ARLINGTON
In a series that dates back to 1973, Baylor leads UT Arlington 83-30 overall and 32-18 in Arlington. Under Steve Smith, the Bears are 37-10 against UTA and have won five straight. The teams met twice last season as BU won in Waco and in Arlington. On April 9, 2013, Baylor won 14-4 at Baylor Ballpark. The Mavericks jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the second inning before the Bears responded with seven in the sixth, five in the seventh and two in the eighth to cruise to victory with 21 hits. On April 30, 2013, Baylor won 6-4 in Arlington. The Bears again overcame an early deficit after trailing 2-0 in the first inning. BU knotted the game with two runs in the third, one run in the fourth and sixth and two more in the eighth that proved to be valuable insurance runs as UTA scored a pair in the bottom of the ninth. In BU's home opener this season on Feb. 18, the Bears claimed a 5-2 decision. Trailing 2-1 entering the sixth, the Bears scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh. Mitch Price had the game-winning hit on a 2-run single in the sixth. Sean Spicer, Doug Ashby, Ryan Smith and Josh Michalec combined to hold UTA scoreless over the final 4.2 innings, allowing just a hit and walk with four strikeouts.
BAYLOR VS. THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE
Baylor is 145-56 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference and owns a .500 or better record against the eight teams the Bears have met from the league. Baylor's record against the league's current teams is as follows: Arkansas State (0-1), Arkansas-Little Rock (3-0), Louisiana-Lafayette (1-1), Louisiana-Monroe (7-3), South Alabama (1-1), Texas State (48-19), UT Arlington (83-30) and Western Kentucky (2-1).
BAYLOR WINS OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES
Baylor took the first two games of last weekend's series vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State as all three games ended with the score of 4-1. BU moved to 37-39 in the all-time series against Oklahoma State and 20-13 in Waco. The Bears had won 10 straight games against OSU in Waco as the last Cowboys win came in a 6-5 decision on March 14, 2008. The last time OSU won a series in Waco was June 4-6, 1999 in the NCAA Waco Regional. The last time OSU topped BU in a series was March 31-April 1, 2007, in Stillwater.
BAYLOR RANKED FOR FIRST TIME IN 2014
Baylor received votes in the USA Today preseason poll and is now ranked by one of college baseball's major polls for the first time all season and first time since beginning the 2013 campaign ranked 23rd in the USA Today preseason poll. In the latest Collegiate Baseball top 30 poll, the Bears are No. 29. The last time Baylor was ranked by an in-season poll was in 2012 when the Bears were ranked in the top five by all four major polls for the week of June 4th, 2012.
BAYLOR AGAINST RANKED TEAMS IN 2014
Baylor is 7-6 against ranked teams this season and has won three of its four series vs. ranked teams, including three series wins in a row vs. ranked teams. BU has claimed series over No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 20 Oklahoma State - all in 2-1 decisions. The lone series loss came in a 2-1 decision at No. 19 Arizona State. The last time Baylor took three straight series from ranked opponents was Feb. 18-March 20, 2005 (Oral Roberts, at Vanderbilt, vs. Texas) - only other time in school history. Against top 25 teams, Baylor is 7-5. Baylor picked up its second shutout of a ranked opponent this season with its 1-0 win over No. 23 Texas Tech March 14. The Bears beat No. 3 Cal State Fullerton 1-0 on March 8 in Waco for the first. No other school in the Big 12 has played more than eight games against top 25 teams while Baylor has seven top 25 wins and has played 13 of its 23 games against ranked foes.
BAYLOR RACKING UP SERIES WINS
The series win vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State last weekend was Baylor's fourth straight series win, third straight against a ranked foe and second straight Big 12 series win. BU won four series all of last season, and all four were Big 12 series. The last time Baylor won four straight series was March 30-April 22, 2012 (Oklahoma State, at Missouri, at Kansas State, vs. Texas A&M). The last time Baylor won two straight series in Big 12 play was April 5-14, 2013 (West Virginia, Oklahoma).
BAYLOR IN TV GAMES
Baylor is 6-2 this season in TV games with all six wins and all eight 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 took two of three games from No. 23 Texas Tech March 14-16 with games airing on FOX College Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Southwest, respectively. BU then took two of three from No. 20 Oklahoma State last weekend with games airing on FOX College Sports (first two) and FOX Sports Plus (finale). Since 2011, BU is 23-14 in TV games. The Bears are 53-55 all-time in TV games.
Austin Stone NAMED BIG 12 PITCHER OF THE WEEK IN HISTORIC FASHION
Starting pitcher Austin Stone was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. The Bears are now the first-ever Big 12 school to win the honor in three straight weeks.
First, it was closer Josh Michalec that was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on March 10. Then, it was Dillon Newman on March 17. Now, Stone follows suit to earn the honor for the first time in his career. BU's three pitcher of the week winners mark the most it has had in a season since garnering six in 2005 and are tied for the second-most in single season program history (2000, 1999).
The junior Port Neches, Texas, native was phenomenal in a three-hitter win vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State last Saturday as he turned in Baylor's first nine-inning start since Max Garner vs. Illinois on March 9, 2013, and first complete game win since Josh Turley at Kansas State on April 13, 2012. With his first career complete game Stone had a season-high seven strikeouts while allowing just three hits and an unearned run to clinch the Bears' second straight Big 12 series win and third straight series win against a ranked team.
In his last three starts, Stone is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (allowed three unearned runs), 10 hits given up and seven walks given up with 14 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. The two wins have come against No. 3 Cal State Fullerton and No. 20 Oklahoma State. Overall, Stone is 3-1 on the season with a 0.97 ERA as he's allowed nine runs (four earned) on 21 hits and 13 walks with 24 strikeouts in 37.0 innings while keeping opponents to a .162 batting average. Amongst NCAA leaders, Stone's ERA is 35th and his 5.11 hits allowed per nine innings is 44th. In the Big 12, Stone's ERA and opponent batting average are the best in the league.
Stone's accolade gives Baylor its fourth weekly league honor of the season as Darryn Sheppard was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 17.
Josh Michalec THRIVING IN FIRST CHANCE AT CLOSER ROLE
Closer and March 10th Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Josh Michalec ranks in a tie for first in the country in saves (9) with UC Irvine's Sam Moore and has closed out nine of Baylor's 13 wins on the season. Michalec is now a perfect 9-for-9 in career save chances as all of his career saves have come in 2014 with five coming in multi-inning efforts.
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 six starts while giving up one run or less. Over that stretch he's thrown 29.2 innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on 20 hits and 13 walks with 28 strikeouts, earning four wins in the process (three in a row). During his three-game winning streak he has beaten ranked foes in No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 20 Oklahoma State. 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. Against OSU, he threw a career-high seven innings with a career-high eight strikeouts to open the series with a win as he gave up eight hits, one walk and one unearned run.