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Baseball Hosts UT Arlington Tuesday

April 8, 2013


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UT Arlington (16-14) at Baylor (16-16)
April 9, 2013 | 6:35 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
Baylor: 
RHP Sean Spicer, So. (2-2, 4.29 ERA, 21.0 IP, 17 H, 13 R, 10 ER, 19 BB, 12 K)

UTA: 
RHP Daniel Milliman, Jr. (1-2, 3.68 ERA, 14.2 IP, 15 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 10 K)

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WACO, Texas- Baylor continues an 11-game home stand by hosting UT Arlington on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CT. At .500 for the first time since March 8, the Bears will look to improve upon their 5-2 record during the season-long home stretch.

Baylor won two of three games last season against UT Arlington and leads the all-time series 80-30, 49-12 in Waco and 34-10 under Steve Smith. Last year, UTA topped BU 5-4 in Arlington on March 13, 2012 before the Bears evened the season series with a 6-4 win at home on April 25. Baylor then got the better of UTA with an 11-6 win to advance in the NCAA Waco Regional on June 2.

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.

SERIES INFORMATION
Dates: April 9, 2013
Times: 6:35 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)

SERIES
Overall: 80-30
Waco: 49-12
Arlington: 31-28
Neutral Site: 0-0
Smith vs: 34-10
First Meeting: February 26, 1973
Last Meeting: June 2, 2012

MULTIMEDIA
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
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Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

BAYLOR BEARS
2013 Record: 16-16
2013 Big 12 Record: 5-3
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 684-448-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 684-448-1 (19th season)

STATISTICAL LEADERS
AVG: Nathan Orf (.397)
2B: Cal Towey (9)
HR: Grayson Porter (5)
RBI: Cal Towey (28)
SB: Brown, Toth (12)

UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
2013 Record: 16-14
2013 WAC Record: 6-3
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 164-155 (6th season)
Record at UTA: 164-155 (6th season)

STATISTICAL LEADERS
AVG: Matt Shortall (.377)
2B: Matt Shortall (11)
HR: Matt Shortall (6)
RBI: Matt Shortall (24)
SB: Six Tied (3)

BAYLOR TAKES FIRST-EVER SERIES AGAINST WEST VIRGINIA
Baylor moved back to .500 for the first time since March 8 with a 2-1 series win in the first-ever meeting with West Virginia over the weekend. The Bears bounced back from a 9-8 loss on Friday, after overcoming a 6-0 fifth-inning deficit, and won the final two games in convincing fashion. On Saturday, BU pounded out eight runs on 13 hits behind Max Garner’s six shutout innings for his first win since March 3 and first scoreless start of the season. On Sunday, the Bears erupted for their best inning of the season, scoring nine runs in the second inning en route to an 11-1 run-rule win. Austin Stone earned his second win in Big 12 play with a career-high six scoreless innings.

BAYLOR VS. UT ARLINGTON SERIES HISTORY
Baylor won two of three games last season against UT Arlington and leads the all-time series 80-30, 49-12 in Waco and 34-10 under Steve Smith. Last year, UTA topped BU 5-4 in Arlington on March 13, 2012 before the Bears evened the season series with a 6-4 win at home on April 25. Baylor then got the better of UTA with an 11-6 win to advance in the NCAA Waco Regional on June 2.

BAYLOR VS. WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Baylor is 211-78 against teams that are current members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Bears own a winning record over all five teams they have played from the WAC: UT Arlington (80-30), Texas State (48-18), Dallas Baptist (44-21), UT San Antonio (29-6) and Louisiana Tech (10-3). The Bears are 4-1 against the WAC this season with wins over Texas State, Louisiana Tech (2) and Dallas Baptist, and a loss to UTSA.

BAYLOR’S ADVANTAGE AT BAYLOR BALLPARK
Baylor is 10-9 at home and has won three straight. Baylor is 344-143 in games played at Baylor Ballpark overall. In home games this season, Baylor pitchers are holding opponents to a .229 average with a 2.83 ERA.

BAYLOR OFFENSE GETTING HOT AT RIGHT TIME
Baylor has its offense clicking over the last eight games, hitting .325 with 55 runs, 51 RBI, 45 walks, and 18 extra base hits while knocking 10 or more hits six times. For the season, the Bears are hitting .270 and averaging 4.9 runs per game -- during the last eight games, BU is averaging 6.9 runs per game. The offense put a fitting cap on the weekend by exploding for nine runs in the second inning in Sunday’s 11-1 win over West Virginia -- the most runs BU has scored in an inning since doing the same at Georgia on Feb. 27, 2011.

PORTER DRIVING IN RUNS AT HIGH RATE
Grayson Porter has been on an RBI binge lately, tallying 16 over his last eight games while hitting .345 with eight runs, five walks and three homers. For the season he has 20 RBI on only 16 hits in just 23 games. His five home runs are a career-high and equal the rest of the BU hitters combined. For the season, Porter ranks fifth in the Big 12 in homers (5) and 74th in the NCAA. In Big 12-only games, he has been even better as he leads the conference in homers (3), RBI (15) and slugging percentage (.773) while hitting .364 in only six games.

STONE RISING UP IN BIG 12 PLAY
Prior to Big 12 play, Austin Stone was 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 14 innings of work through seven appearances and four starts. But he’s been a different pitcher in Big 12 action. He first came in to relieve Bobby McCormack on March 30 against Kansas State and posted 4.1 innings while allowing three unearned runs on six hits and a walk. The effective outing gave him his first win of the season. Seven days later, he started against West Virginia on Sunday and turned in six innings of one-run ball on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. The career-long outing earned him his second straight win and lowered his season ERA to 3.33. His Big 12 totals are 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 10.1 innings. His Big 12 wins are tied for the league lead and his ERA is sixth.

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