March 31, 2014
WACO, Texas– Baylor baseball hosts Incarnate Word for a pair of midweek games this week before facing Texas in Austin in Big 12 play this weekend. The Bears (13-13) and Cardinals (7-17) will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT and Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The two teams have never met before, but Baylor is 2-0 this season against Southland Conference opponents. The Bears are coming off a 2-0 series loss at West Virginia over the weekend. The Cardinals head into the contests after losing two of three games at Abilene Christian last weekend.
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.
Date(s): April 1-2, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. | 4:00 P.M. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
Overall: First meeting
Waco: First meeting
San Antonio: Never met
Neutral Site: Never met
Smith vs: First meeting
First Meeting: N/A
Last Meeting: N/A
Streak: First meeting
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2014 Record: 13-13
2014 Big 12 Record: 4-4
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 708-473-1 (20th season)
BU: 708-473-1 (20th season)
AVG: Brett Doe (.309)
2B: Six tied (4)
HR: Porter, Sheppard (2)
RBI: Mitch Price (13)
SB: Adam Toth (6)
INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS
2014 Record: 7-17
2014 Southland Record: 1-2
Head Coach: Danny Heep
Career: 537-351 (17th season)
UIW: 537-351 (17th season)
AVG: Slade Brown (.347)
2B: Slade Brown (5)
HR: Jesse Hoover (1)
RBI: Brown, Hoover (15)
SB: Mark Whitehead (7)
BAYLOR'S FOUR-SERIES WINNING STREAK ENDS
The 2-0 series loss last weekend at West Virginia marked the end of Baylor's four-series winning streak. During the run, the Bears topped Austin Peay (3-0), No. 3 Cal State Fullerton (2-1), No. 23 Texas Tech (2-1) and No. 20 Oklahoma State (2-1). 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).
BAYLOR BALLPARK'S HOME SWEET HOME ADVANTAGE
In Baylor's first 15 home games of the 2014 season, it has outscored its opponents 68-40 with a 12-3 record -- its best start at home since doing the same in 2009. BU's pitchers have racked up 102 strikeouts in 133.0 innings, allowing just 94 hits and 48 walks with a 1.49 ERA. Since the park opened in 1999, Baylor owns a 361-147 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. Baylor has won 11 straight Big 12 home series. The last series loss at home in league play for BU came April 21-23, 2011, against Missouri.
BAYLOR VS. THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Baylor is 2-0 already this season against the Southland Conference as the Bears topped Lamar on March 5 and Houston Baptist on March 18 - both at Baylor Ballpark. BU is 203-111-1 overall against current members of the league and still has games to play against Sam Houston State (April 8) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (April 30).
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. Baylor's seven wins vs. top 25 teams are tied for the most in the Big 12 as BU has played 13 of its 26 games against ranked foes.
BAYLOR IN TV GAMES
Baylor is 6-3 this season in TV games with all six wins and eight of the nine games being vs. ranked teams -- BU is 6-2 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 on March 21-23 with games airing on FOX College Sports (first two) and FOX Sports Plus (finale). Last weekend, the West Virginia finale aired on FOX Sports 2. Since 2011, BU is 23-15 in TV games. The Bears are 53-56 all-time in TV games.
BAYLOR AGAINST THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
As one of the league's founding members in 1997, Baylor owns a 482-535-4 record against the current members of the Big 12 Conference. The Bears own a 263-198 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 (37-39), TCU (138-112), Texas (105-231-4), Texas Tech (77-78) and West Virginia (2-3).
Josh Michalec THRIVING IN FIRST CHANCE AT CLOSER ROLE
Closer and March 10th Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Josh Michalec ranks third in the country in saves (9) 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.
Lawton Langford WALKING AT HIGH RATE
Lawton Langford has displayed great patience at the plate all year long as he ranks eighth in the nation in both walks (24) and walks per game (0.92). He's had multiple walks in seven games with the max being three on Feb. 23 against Austin Peay. Only 10 times in 26 games has he failed to draw a walk.
Brad Kuntz'S WINNING STREAK ENDS
Brad Kuntz's three-game winning streak came to a close as prior to the loss last Friday at West Virginia he had beaten No. 3 Cal State Fullerton, No. 23 Texas Tech and No. 20 Oklahoma State. His streak of games with one-run or less came to a close as well at six starts. During that stretch he was 4-0 while allowing four runs (three earned) on 20 hits and 13 walks with 28 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.
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.