April 7, 2014
Baylor (15-16) at Sam Houston State (21-11)
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WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball begins its week of play with a 6:30 p.m. CT tilt at Sam Houston State on Tuesday. The game will mark the 101st all-time meeting between the Bears (15-16) and Bearkats (21-11).
Baylor owns a 60-40 edge in the overall series vs. SHSU, is 13-5 under Steve Smith and 26-25 in Huntsville. The two teams split their two games last year as each team won on the road. The Bears have won three of the last four meetings. BU enters the game after being swept at No. 8 Texas over the weekend. The Bearkats come into the game following a 2-1 series win at Oral Roberts.
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Date(s): April 8, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. CT
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Stadium: Don Sanders Stadium (1,164)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
Overall: BU leads 60-40
Waco: BU leads 34-15
Huntsville: BU leads 26-25
Neutral Site: Never met
Smith vs: BU leads 13-5
First Meeting: March 7, 1952
Last Meeting: March 20, 2013
Streak: BU has won one
Live Stats: GoBearKats.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2014 Record: 15-16
2014 Big 12 Record: 4-7
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 710-476-1 (20th season)
BU: 710-476-1 (20th season)
SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS
2014 Record: 21-11
2014 Southland Record: 6-6
Head Coach: David Pierce
Career: 99-55 (3rd season)
SHSU: 99-55 (3rd season)
AVG: Colt Atwood (.353)
2B: Carter Burgess (10)
HR: Anthony Azar (7)
RBI: Ryan O'Hearn (27)
SB: Ryan Farney (9)
BAYLOR VS. SAM HOUSTON STATE SERIES
Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Sam Houston State 60-40 overall, 13-5 under Steve Smith and 26-25 in Huntsville. The teams met twice last season at each team's home park and split with each team winning on the road. SHSU topped BU 4-2 in Waco on March 19, 2013, before the Bears bounced back on March 20, 2013, to win 4-1 in Huntsville. Baylor has won three of the last four meetings in the series.
BAYLOR VS. THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Baylor is 4-0 against the Southland Conference this season and 205-111-1 overall against current members of the league. The Bears have already topped Lamar, Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word (twice) earlier this season.
BAYLOR SWEPT AT TEXAS
Baylor's 3-0 series loss at Texas over the weekend marked UT's first series win over BU since 2011 and first sweep for UT since 2010. The last time Baylor was swept in a Big 12 series was May 3-5, 2013, at Kansas. In 18 seasons of Big 12 regular season play BU and UT have split series wins at nine apiece.
Dillon Newman FINDING HIS GROOVE LATELY
Over Dillon Newman's last four starts, he has gone 2-1 with three runs allowed on 17 hits and six walks with 15 strikeouts in 21.0 innings. On March 14 vs. No. 23 Texas Tech, he threw seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts in a win. On March 23 vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State, he threw two shutout innings with two strikeouts before a rain delay washed away his start. On April 1 vs. Incarnate Word, he threw six innings of two-run ball while striking out four. On Sunday at No. 8 Texas, he tossed six innings of one-run ball with two strikeouts and did not give up a hit until the fifth inning.
Brad Kuntz RESPONDS AFTER WINNING STREAK ENDS
Brad Kuntz's three-game winning streak came to a close as prior to the loss on March 28 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. In his first outing after the loss, he took a tough-luck no-decision last Friday at No. 8 Texas as he threw a career-high eight innings and tallied five strikeouts (four looking) while giving up just two runs (one earned).
Daniel Castano MAKING MARK AS STARTER
Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first four collegiate starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA while allowing six runs (three earned) on 14 hits and five walks with nine strikeouts in 20.2 innings and has held hitters to a .189 batting average. In a win last Wednesday vs. Incarnate Word, Castano set new career highs of seven innings pitched and five strikeouts as he allowed an unearned run on just two hits and two walks.
Josh Michalec THRIVING IN FIRST CHANCE AT CLOSER ROLE
Closer and March 10th Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Josh Michalec ranks second in the country in saves as of April 7 and has closed out 11 of Baylor's 15 wins on the season. Prior to the series opener at No. 8 Texas, Michalec was a perfect 11-for-11 in career save chances as all of his career saves have come in 2014 with six 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 as of April 7 in walks per game (0.90) and ninth in walks (28). He's had multiple walks in nine games with the max being three on Feb. 23 against Austin Peay. Only 13 times in 31 games has he failed to draw a walk.