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Baseball Opens 11-Game Home Stand with K-State Series

Duncan Wendel is coming off a two-hit performance on Tuesday at UTSA.

March 27, 2013

Kansas State at Baylor
March 28-30, 2013 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
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THUR. | 6:35 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
3-1, 2.33 ERA, 38.2 IP, 27 K
KSU - LHP Joe Flattery

2-2, 4.25 ERA, 36.0 IP, 19 K
FRI. | 6:35 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Max Garner
1-3, 3.12 ERA, 40.1 IP, 32 K
KSU - RHP Nate Williams

3-3, 3.37 ERA, 34.2 IP, 30 K
SAT. | 1:06 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Austin Stone
0-2, 5.14 ERA, 14.0, 14 K
KSU - RHP Matt Wivinis
4-0, 4.46 ERA, 38.1, 29 K

WACO, Texas - A season-long, 11-game home stand for Baylor begins this weekend with a three-game set against Kansas State at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears' first home Big 12 series of the season has games scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT on Thursday, 6:35 p.m. on Friday and 1:06 p.m. on Saturday.

BU owns a six-game winning streak in the series against K-State and has won 13 of the 16 all-time series. Baylor is 23-3 against the Wildcats in Waco and took all five games in the series last season with a sweep in Manhattan and two wins in the Big 12 Conference Championship. In the Bears' Big 12 opening series they split two games at No. 20 Oklahoma State, while K-State took two of three at home against West Virginia two weekends ago.

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.

Dates: March 28-30, 2013
Times: 6:35 PM | 6:35 PM | 1:06 PM CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)
TV: Fox College Sports (Saturday only)
Talent: Daron Sutton (pxp); Preston Wilson (color)

Overall: 39-17
Waco: 23-3
Manhattan: 13-11
Neutral Site: 3-3
Smith vs: 38-16
First Meeting: March 28, 1966
Last Meeting: May 25, 2012

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Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

2013 Record: 11-14
2013 Big 12 Record: 1-1
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 679-446-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 679-446-1 (19th season)

AVG: Nathan Orf (.374)
2B: Cal Towey (7)
HR: Grayson Porter (2)
RBI: Cal Towey (20)
SB: Logan Brown (11)

2013 Record: 17-8
2013 Big 12 Record: 2-1
Head Coach: Brad Hill
Career Record: 728-323-3 (19th season)
Record at KSU: 310-232-3 (10th season)

AVG: Ross Kivett (.394)
2B: Ross Kivett (9)
HR: Shane Conlon (4)
RBI: Ross, Santigate, King (18)
SB: Ross Kivett (13)

Baylor suffered a tough-luck 5-3 loss on Tuesday night to UTSA at Wolff Stadium, home of the San Diego Padres' AA team the San Antonio Missions. Just their third loss in eight midweek games, the Bears fell behind early 3-0 in the first inning, rallied back to tie it but did not get over the hump as two UTSA runs in the sixth were the difference. BU LHP freshman starter Sterling Wynn recovered after giving up the three runs to post three straight scoreless frames en route to throwing a season-high innings for the second straight start. He followed the four-inning, one-run outing at Sam Houston State last Wednesday with a 4.2-inning performance against UTSA, retiring nine straight and striking out a season-high five. The loss was BU's first in four games against the WAC.

Baylor is 39-17 in the all-time series against Kansas State, including a 38-16 record during the Steve Smith era and 23-3 mark in Waco. The Bears have won six straight and 13 of 16 all-time Big 12 series against K-State -- all three series losses came in Manhattan (2002, 2006, 2010).

The teams met five times last season with Baylor coming out on top each time. The Bears swept a three-game series in Manhattan on April 13-15, 2012, winning 5-2, 14-12 and 12-11 in 11 innings. BU also won both games against K-State in the Big 12 Conference Championship. In BU's first game of the tournament, the Bears run-ruled K-State 11-1 in seven innings on May 23, 2012. Two days later after a loss to Oklahoma, Baylor beat the Wildcats 11-2 before falling again to OU.

Baylor went 1-1 in its Big 12 opening weekend at No. 20 Oklahoma State as Sunday's game was cancelled due to weather. On Friday, a 0-0 tie in the sixth inning was broken by OSU's Zach Fish after he hit a three-run homer en route to a 5-0 win for the Cowboys, who were the first to scratch more than three runs (5) off Dillon Newman this season in his sixth start. On Saturday, BU fell behind 1-0 in the fifth but bounced back to take a 3-1 lead in the sixth. After OSU tied the game with a runs in the sixth and seventh, the Bears scored on a 12th-inning Logan Brown double and went on to win 5-3.

Baylor is 9-8 all-time in Big 12 season openers. Prior to losing Friday's opener at No. 20 Oklahoma State 5-0, the Bears won last year's opener in a 9-4 decision at home over Texas Tech. Last season's win snapped a five-game losing streak in Big 12 openers and gave BU its first such win since 2006. Baylor is 248-184 all-time in Big 12 play.

Crayton Bare was phenomenal in two relief outings for Baylor last week as he earned a win and posted 8.2 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and five walks with 11 strikeouts while surrendering only a .154 batting average to opponents. His first appearance of the week came at home against Sam Houston State and was one out shy of a career high innings pitched as he allowed only two hits and three walks over five innings with a career-high eight strikeouts. In a 12-inning win at No. 20 Oklahoma State, Bare worked out of two jams to earn BU's first Big 12 win, allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Bare has held opponents scoreless over his last four appearances, covering 11.2 innings while allowing six hits and seven walks with 12 strikeouts. The senior lefty has already eclipsed his career-high innings total with 22.2 this season and sports a solid 3.57 ERA with 19 strikeouts and a 1-1 record in 11 outings.




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