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Baseball Set to Face West Virginia for First Time

April 4, 2013

West Virginia at Baylor
April 5-7, 2013 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
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FRI. | 6:35 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
3-2, 2.42 ERA, 44.2 IP, 31 K
WVU - LHP Harrison Musgrave

4-1, 3.70 ERA, 41.1 IP, 32 K
SAT. | 3:05 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Max Garner
1-3, 4.15 ERA, 43.1 IP, 32 K
WVU - RHP Corey Walter

2-2, 4.01 ERA, 33.2 IP, 22 K
SUN. | 1:05 P.M.

Probable Starters:

WVU - LHP John Means
3-1, 1.86 ERA, 38.2, 27 K

WACO, Texas - Baylor will welcome West Virginia to Baylor Ballpark this weekend for the teams’ first-ever meeting. The Bears’ second Big 12 home series of the season is set for a 6:35 p.m. CT first pitch on Friday, 3:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Both teams enter the weekend with three Big 12 wins and winning streaks. Baylor has won three straight while the Mountaineers have won seven. The Bears will be looking to stay as one of three (Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) Big 12 teams that has yet to lose a conference series this season and hope to improve upon a 3-1 record during their 11-game home stand.

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: April 5-7, 2013
Times: 6:35 PM | 3:05 PM | 1:05 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)

Overall: First Meeting
Waco: 0-0
Morgantown: 0-0
Neutral Site: 0-0
Smith vs: 0-0
First Meeting: April 5, 2013
Last Meeting: N/A

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Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

2013 Record: 14-15
2013 Big 12 Record: 3-2
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 682-447-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 682-447-1 (19th season)

AVG: Nathan Orf (.385)
2B: Cal Towey (9)
HR: Grayson Porter (4)
RBI: Cal Towey (26)
SB: Logan Brown (12)

2013 Record: 16-13
2013 Big 12 Record: 3-3
Head Coach: Randy Mazey
Career Record: 202-173-2 (7th season)
Record at WVU: 16-13 (1st season)

AVG: Jacob Rice (.377)
2B: Rice, McBroom (11)
HR: Frazer, McBroom (6)
RBI: Frazer, McBroom (24)
SB: Brady Wilson (13)

Baylor used a four-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 6-1 win on Wednesday at Baylor Ballpark. Logan Brown drew a bases-loaded HBP and Cal Towey followed with a three-run double to put the Bears ahead for good in the fourth. The relief duo of Sean Spicer (2-2) and Doug Ashby finished the last 5.2 innings without allowing a run. The win moved Baylor to 6-3, 5-2 at home, in midweek games and gave the Bears their fifth straight win over DBU. The Bears also improved to 44-21 all-time versus DBU and 33-15 in Waco while moving to 211-78 all-time against current members of the Western Athletic Conference and 4-1 this season.

Baylor has never faced West Virginia and neither has BU Head Coach Steve Smith at any level of coaching.

Baylor has its offense clicking over the last five games, hitting .301 with 28 runs, 26 RBI and 11 extra base hits while knocking 10 or more hits three times. Four players in particular have been hot during the five-game stretch: Jake Miller, Nathan Orf, Grayson Porter and Cal Towey. Miller is hitting .353 with five runs, three RBI and two walks. Orf is hitting .455 with three runs, three walks, two RBI, two doubles and one steal. Porter is hitting .316 with eight RBI, five runs, two homers, two walks, two steals and a double. Towey is hitting .388 with eight RBI, four runs, four doubles, three walks, a steal and triple over his last eight games.

Grayson Porter was named Big 12 Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday, marking the first such award for the junior outfielder and third BU weekly conference accolade this season. Enjoying breakout week, he hit .375 (6-for-16) with eight RBI, four runs, two homers, two steals and a double to compile a .813 slugging percentage and .368 on-base percentage in four games.

With an RBI in all four games during the week, Porter started off with a 2-for-4 game last Tuesday against UTSA as he had a double, run scored and RBI. In last Thursday's series opener against Kansas State, he had a sacrifice fly. He then erupted last Friday, hitting a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and a walk-off two-run homer in the 13th. His 3-for-6 day produced five RBI, two runs scored and a steal. His hit, homer, run, steal and RBI totals were all career highs. The two homers were the first by a Baylor player this season and since Logan Vick did so on June 9, 2012 against Arkansas in the Waco Super Regional. The five RBI were the most by a Baylor player this season and since Max Muncy did so against Kansas State on March 24, 2012. Porter ended the weekend last Saturday by going 1-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, walk and steal.

Receiving the most playing time of his career this season, the Linden, Texas native has a career-high 12 hits, 12 RBI, 11 runs and four homers, which lead the team and rank fifth in the Big 12.

Baylor’s newfound ace Dillon Newman (3-2, 2.42 ERA) has been nothing short of dependable through seven starts this season. He’s given up more than three runs just one time, has a one-hitter under his belt and has allowed just two walks in 44.2 innings. His 0.4 walks per nine innings ranks third in the NCAA, 15.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio is fourth and his 0.78 WHIP is 16th. Newman has thrown six or more innings five times and seven or more four times and has yet to throw over 100 pitches in a start.

He doesn’t have the same amount of work as the trio mentioned above, but Doug Ashby has been just as effective. In his third year with the program, the side-arming lefty has given up just one run in 13.1 innings for a stellar 0.68 ERA while giving up just seven hits and six walks with 10 strikeouts. None of the hits given up have been for extra bases and he’s given up a hit in only four of his 11 appearances. He started the season holding opponents scoreless in his first nine outings over 9.1 innings. He has twice gone a career-high 2.2 innings and has faced one batter in three outings.

Nathan Orf had reached base safely in 15 straight games before failing to do so on March 15 against New Orleans. But he has reached base safely in 27 of 29 games this season and has his second 10-game or better hitting streak this season at a season-high 11. On his current streak, he’s hitting .364 with six RBI, five runs, three doubles, three walks and a steal, and has three-straight multi-hit games. The only other game he did not reach safely in was the second game of the year on Feb. 16 at UC Irvine. He has had a hit in 25 games this season and has a team-high 12 multi-hit games. He recently picked up his 100th career hit on March 19 against Sam Houston State. He ranks third in the Big 12 in hitting (.385), fourth in on-base percentage (.477) and fifth in hits (42).

Lawton Langford has eclipsed Nathan Orf’s on-base streak set earlier this season (15) with a 20-game run of his own to raise his on-base percentage to .400. He is four shy of tying his career long streak of 24 from last season. In 27 games this season, Langford has failed to reach base safely just one time, and that was on Feb. 24 against UCLA when he came in as a sub for one at-bat. During the streak, he has 18 hits, 15 walks, 14 runs, seven RBI, four HBP and two steals.




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