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Baseball Takes on No. 8 Texas

Logan Verrett

Logan Verrett

April 7, 2011


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Baylor (17-13, 4-5 Big 12) vs. #8 Texas (21-7, 7-2 Big 12)
Waco, Texas/Austin, Texas | Baylor Ballpark/Disch-Falk Field
FRIDAY, APRIL 8 | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Logan Verrett
3-2, 3.53 ERA, 43.1 IP, 47 K
UT - RHP Taylor Jungmann

6-0, 0.94 ERA, 57.2 IP, 45 K

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 | 3 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Josh Turley
1-1, 4.26 ERA, 38.0 IP, 24 K
UT - LHP Hoby Milner

3-1, 2.35 ERA, 38.1 IP, 32 K

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 | 1 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Trent Blank
2-1, 5.56 ERA, 34.0 IP, 15 K
UT - RHP Cole Green

2-2, 3.27 ERA, 41.1 IP, 48 K

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Baylor takes on in-state rival Texas for the teams' annual split-series this weekend. The Bears and Longhorns play the first two games at Baylor Ballpark before the series finale in Austin on Sunday. Friday's series opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Saturday's game is at 3 p.m. and Sunday's game at Disch-Falk Field is slated for 1 p.m.

The Bears are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak in regular-season games against Texas. Baylor dropped the series opener in Waco, 4-2, in 10 innings last season, and the Longhorns clinched the series with a 2-1 win in 14 innings the following day in Austin. Texas completed the sweep with a 4-1 win on May 2.

Baylor last beat Texas in Waco on March 20, 2005, when it completed a three-game sweep of the Longhorns on its way to the College World Series. Since then, Texas has won eight straight games against the Bears at Baylor Ballpark.

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.

Live streaming video is available for both games of the series against Texas at Baylor Ballpark. For more information, follow the Baylor All-Access link at www.BaylorBears.com.

SERIES INFORMATION
TEXAS LONGHORNS
Overall:  Texas leads 227-99-4
Waco:  Texas leads 90-54-3
Austin:  Texas leads 132-37-1
Neutral Site:  Baylor leads 8-5
Big 12 Era:  Texas leads 31-22
Big 12 Series:  Baylor has won seven of 14
Smith vs. UT:  27-34
First Meeting:  4/4/1903
Last Meeting:  5/2/2010

 

COACHES

BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 605-400-1 (17th season)

   Record at Baylor: 605-400-1 (17th season)

TEXAS: Augie Garrido 
   Career Record: 1,739-800-9 (42nd season)

   Record at UT: 588-276-2 (14th season)

 

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BAYLOR VS. TEXAS SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 99-227-4 all-time against Texas. The Bears are 54-90-3 in games played in Waco, 37-132-1 in games played in Austin and 8-5 in neutral-site games. Baylor's record is much better against the Longhorns during the Big 12 era at 22-31, and the Bears are 27-34 against UT during the Steve Smith era. UT has won three straight against the Bears, and Baylor hasn't defeated the Longhorns at Baylor Ballpark since sweeping the series in 2005.

The teams have each won seven series in 14 seasons of Big 12 Conference play. Baylor won the first six series from 1997 through 2002 and took a series sweep in 2005. Texas won the series in 2003 and 2004 and has taken each of the last five series.

Baylor swept Texas in 1998 and 2005, and the Longhorns swept the Bears in `03, `06, `07, `09 and `10.

PINCKARD FASTER THAN 105 DIVISION I TEAMS
When NCAA baseball statistics were released on Tuesday, Brooks Pinckard was tied with SFA's Bryon Miles for the national lead with 26 stolen bases. That total was more than 105 Division I teams, including No. 3 South Carolina, No. 9 Fresno State, No. 11 Stanford, No. 18 Southern Mississippi, No. 21 Alabama and No. 23 Oklahoma State.

Pinckard's stolen base total is already tied for the eighth-best in a single season in program history.

CARDIAC CUBS WALKING OFF WITH WINS
Baylor has five walk-off wins in 2011 after recording only one such victory last season. Baylor's only walk-off win in 2010 came in its 50th game of the season, when Brooks Pinckard knocked a two-run single to clinch the Bears' spot in the Big 12 Championship by winning the series opener against Oklahoma State on May 21.

Baylor won seven games with runs in its final at-bat in 2010, but the Bears have already scored the winning runs in their final at-bat in six games this season.

Jake Miller - 10th inning walk-off double vs. Oral Roberts (2/20)
Max Muncy - 10th inning walk-off grand slam vs. Rice (3/6)
Chris Slater - 11th inning walk-off single vs. Florida International (3/15)
Josh Ludy - 9th inning walk-off single vs. Texas Tech (3/19)
Chris Slater - 9th inning walk-off double vs. Kansas State (3/25)
Jake Miller - 8th inning single vs. Kansas State (3/27)

COMEBACK WINS IN BUNCHES
Baylor has come from behind to win eight games in 2011, including overcoming a five-run deficit on March 15 against Florida International to give head coach Steve Smith his 600th career victory. The Bears trailed by multiple runs in seven of the eight comeback wins.

• vs. Oral Roberts (2/20) - trailed 4-2 in bottom 7th
• vs. Rice (3/6) - trailed 7-5 in bottom 7th
• vs. Louisiana Tech (3/12) - trailed 7-5 in bottom 4th
• vs. Florida Int'l. (3/15) - trailed 6-1 in bottom 5th
• vs. Texas Tech (3/19) - trailed 2-0 in bottom 1st
• vs. UT Arlington (3/22) - trailed 1-0 in bottom 3rd
• vs. Kansas State (3/25) - trailed 4-2 in bottom 4th
• vs. Kansas State (3/27) - trailed 2-0 in bottom 5th

BOUNCE BACK BEARS
Baylor didn't lose consecutive games until its 25th and 26th games of the season. The Bears are 9-3 following a loss in 2010, and prior to dropping a pair of midweek games to end March, the Bears hadn't lost consecutive regular-season games since losing a pair of games at Texas on May 1-2, 2010.

In fact, the Bears hadn't lost two in a row with both games at Baylor Ballpark in more than a year before dropping a pair of midweek games against UTSA (3/29) and Lamar (3/30). The last time that happened was when BU had a five-game losing streak from Feb. 27 through March 5, 2010. All five of those losses came against different teams, and the Bears snapped out of the losing streak by winning eight in a row.

Starting with that eight-game winning streak, the Bears have gone 33-12 on their home field, including an 18-5 mark in non-conference games.

WEEKEND SET SUCCESS
Despite losing last weekend's series at Kansas, the Bears have posted a winning record in seven of their last nine regular-season weekends, including five of seven weekends this season.

• 2-1 in three-game series at Texas Tech (May 14-15, 2010)
• 3-0 in three-game series vs. Oklahoma State (May 21-23, 2010)
• 2-1 in three-game series vs. Oral Roberts (Feb. 18-20, 2011)
• 2-1 in three-game series at Georgia (Feb. 25-27, 2011)
• 2-1 in three games at Houston College Classic (March 4-6, 2011)
• 4-0 in four-game series vs. Louisiana Tech (March 10-13, 2011)
• 1-2 in three-game series vs. Texas Tech (March 18-20, 2011)
• 2-1 in three-game series vs. Kansas State (March 25-27, 2011)
• 1-2 in three-game series at Kansas (April 1-3, 2011)

MARCHING ON
Baylor is 190-113 (.627) in the month of March during head coach Steve Smith’s 17 seasons at the helm. The Bears have had only two losing months of March in those 17 seasons (2004 & 2007).

With a 12-7 record this March, Baylor clinched its fifth straight winning March. The Bears won their most games in the month of March since going 12-6 during the 2006 season.

CONTINUITY IS KEY
Baylor's starting lineup hasn't changed much since the start of the season. The Bears have used the same player in nearly every game in six different positions, and Baylor has split the other two positions among two players. The only position where the Bears have started more than two different players multiple times is at designated hitter.

Joey Hainsfurther (18 starts) and Josh Ludy (12 starts) have split catching duties, while Chris Slater (13 starts) and Cal Towey (17 starts) have shared time in right field.

Max Muncy has started every game at first base. In fact, Muncy has started at first base in 89 of 90 games since the start of his Baylor career.

Steve DalPorto (25 starts), Lawton Langford (four starts) and Nate Goodwin (one start) have manned second base, while third baseman Jake Miller has started all but one game and center fielder Brooks Pinckard has started all but two. Landis Ware (28 starts) and DalPorto (two starts) have manned the shortstop position. Logan Vick started the first 80 games of his career in left field before being sidelined for the last 10 contests with a hamstring injury. Slater (seven starts), Dan Evatt (two starts) and Josh Turley (one start) have filled in for Vick.

The Bears have used five different players in the DH spot: Ludy (14 starts), Hainsfurther (eight starts), Dan Evatt (six starts), Josh Turley (two starts) and Slater (one start).

BEARS TOUGH TO BEAT IN WACO
Baylor is 33-12 in its last 45 games at Baylor Ballpark, including 15-7 mark in Big 12 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 12 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 (4/24/10), Oral Roberts (2/18/11), No. 4 TCU (2/22/11), Texas State (3/1/11), Kansas State (3/26/11), UTSA (3/29/11) and Lamar (3/30/11).

EXTRA SPECIAL
Despite going 1-5 in extra-inning games in 2010, Baylor is 23-15 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 3-2 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.

Brooks Pinckard STOLEN BASE TRACKER
(BAYLOR RECORD BOOK)

  SINGLE SEASON #  
  CAREER  #  
  BIG 12 CAREER  #
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. B. Pinckard, 2009-pres 19
4. Anthony Hensley, 2000 32

4. Mike Bohny, 1991-94 61


Jamie Bubela, 1999-00 19
5. Anthony Hensley, 1999 29


Anthony Hensley, 1999-00 61

Chase Gerdes, 2004-07 19
6. Matt Trozzo, 1993 28

6. Eric Nelson, 1996-99 60

6.
James Blair, 1997-98  17
Jaime Bubela, 2000 28 7. B. Pinckard, 2009-pres. 55 Ben Booker, 2006-09 16
8.
B. Pinckard, 2011 26

8. Tony Huey, 1984-87 54

7. Jon Topolski, 1997-99 13
9. Jack Stubbs, 1992 26


James Blair, 1996-98 54

8. Seth Fortenberry, 2003-06 13
10. Trent Weaver, 1989 25

10. Chase Gerdes, 2004-07 53


Raynor Campbell, 2007-10 13

James Blair, 1998 25



 


 

QUICK HITS
• SERIES: Texas leads the all-time series 227-99-4, including a 34-27 mark during the Big 12 era.
• Baylor fell out of Baseball America's Top 25 for the first time this season after dropping two of three games at Kansas last weekend. The Bears had been ranked in each of BA's first seven polls of 2011.
• Baylor's 59 stolen bases are one behind league leader Missouri, but the Bears have been caught stealing only eight times - the fewest of any team in the league - and have attempted 13 fewer steals than Missouri.
• Baylor is 33-12 in its last 45 games at Baylor Ballpark including a 15-7 mark in Big 12 Conference games.
• Baylor has a 183-126 (.592) record in the month of April during the Steve Smith era.
• Baylor has come from behind to win eight games this season, and the Bears have six last at-bat wins.
• Baylor lost consecutive games for the first time in 2011 last week; the Bears are 9-3 following a loss.
• Baylor has five walk-off wins this year after recording only one walk-off win during the 2010 season.
• 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 five of seven weekends this season.
• Baylor head coach Steve Smith recorded his 600th career victory when Baylor beat FIU on March 15.
• When NCAA stats were released on Tuesday, Brooks Pinckard had more stolen bases (26) than 105 Division I teams, including No. 3 South Carolina, No. 9 Fresno State, No. 11 Stanford and No. 23 Oklahoma State.
• Baylor has ranked in the nation's top 25 in attendance in all 12 years since Baylor Ballpark opened in 1999.
• 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.
• 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.

INDIVIDUAL QUICK HITS
• LHP Crayton Bare has pitched in 12 games out of the bullpen in 2011 after pitching in just four games in 2010.

• RHP Kolt Browder has allowed eight hits and struck out 11 in 9.1 innings over 10 relief appearances (.235 OBA).

• 2B Steve DalPorto has started 26 of Baylor's 30 games at second base and twice 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), but he also had a five-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 16 of the last 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 15th in the Big 12 Conference with three wins. All three of his wins have come in relief.

• RHP Max Garner missed all of last season due to a medical issue that forced him to withdraw from school, but he has made 13 relief appearances in 2011. His 22.2 IP this season are more than twice as many as the 9.2 innings he pitched in 2009.
• Garner recorded his first career save by pitching 3.2 innings of one-hit, shutout relief with 4 Ks vs. Louisiana Tech (3/10).
• Garner picked up his first career win by working scoreless 8th and 9th innings in the series opener vs. Kansas State (3/25).
• Garner has allowed only five runs over his last 10 relief appearances totaling 16.1 innings.

• 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 18 of Baylor's first 29 games this season. The Bears are 12-6 when he starts behind the plate.
• Hainsfurther reached base safely eight times in the Kansas series, drawing four walks with three hits and a hit-by-pitch.
• 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 one of two Baylor players multiple home runs this season.
• Ludy has started behind the plate 12 times and as DH in 13 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 had a 10th-inning walk-off double in the series finale vs. Oral Roberts (2/20).
• Miller has started all but one game at third base this season.
• Miller hit what would prove to be a game-winning RBI single in the 8th inning of the series finale vs. Kansas State (3/27).
• 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 30 games at first base and hit either second, third or cleanup in every game.
• Muncy ranks t-fifth in the Big 12 in hits (39), t-seventh in RBI (24) and t-ninth in home runs (3).
• Muncy's 10-game hitting streak in Big 12 games was the seventh-longest by a Baylor player over two Big 12 seasons.
• 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.
• 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.

• RHP Dillon Newman has pitched 17.2 innings over six relief appearances, averaging nearly 3.0 innings per game in relief.
• Newman has allowed four runs over his last 16.1 innings of work. He made his first career start vs. Lamar (3/30).

• CF/RHP Brooks Pinckard has been named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award preseason watch list.
• Pinckard is second in the nation with 26 steals. He's on pace to break the BU 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 ranks t-seventh in Big 12 in hits (38), t-13th in runs (23), first in steals (26) and t-fifth in saves (3).
• Pinckard has never grounded into a double play in 412 career at-bats.
• Pinckard has successfully stolen more bases (26) than Baylor's opponents combined (24).
• Pinckard is 55-for-61 stealing bases in his career and his 55 steals are seventh-most in program history.
• Pinckard has started all but two games in center field and hit leadoff (26 games) or second in the order (twice).

• RHP Jon Ringenberg (9-0 career record) has never taken a loss in 31 career appearances, including 16 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's walk-off double in the series opener vs. K-State (3/25) was his second walk-off hit this season.
• Slater also hit a walk-off single to beat Florida International in 11 innings on March 15.
• Slater accounted for half of Baylor's 10 extra-base hits during the week of March 21-27 (four doubles, one triple).
• 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 has hit safely in six of his last eight games and has 12 hits during the stretch, including a home run at Kansas (4/3).
• Towey leads the team in on-base percentage (.456) and ranks third in walks (16) despite having only 82 plate appearances.

• LHP/DH Josh Turley has taken only one loss in 34 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 208 career strikeouts and needs 20 to crack the top 10 in program history.
• Verrett currently holds the Baylor record for strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.85).
• Verrett is third on Baylor's career strikeouts per nine innings list (9.94).
• Verrett is tied for sixth in the Big 12 with 47 strikeouts. He is six behind the league leaders.

• LF Logan Vick sat out the last 10 games 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 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 161 games played and 142 career starts.
• Ware has started at shortstop in 28 of Baylor's 30 games in 2011.
• Ware earned Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors after going 7-for-10 in the Houston College Classic.
• 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.

UP NEXT
Baylor goes back out on the road for a game at UT Arlington at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Bears beat the Mavericks 6-1 when the teams met on March 22 this season in Waco. Following the midweek game at UTA, Baylor returns home to host the first game of the annual split-series against Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Bears and Aggies play the final two games of the series in College Station, with Saturday's game at 6:35 p.m. and Sunday's finale at 1:05 p.m.


 

 

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