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Baseball Finishes Home Stand vs. No. 8 Oklahoma

Duncan Wendel is hitting over .300 in his last nine games.

April 11, 2013

No. 8 Oklahoma at Baylor
April 12-14, 2013 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
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FRI. | 6:35 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
3-2, 3.12 ERA, 49.0 IP, 38 K
OU - RHP Jonathan Gray

6-1, 1.19 ERA, 60.1 IP, 71 K
SAT. | 3:05 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Max Garner
2-3, 3.65 ERA, 49.1 IP, 33 K
OU - LHP Dillon Overton

6-2, 2.35 ERA, 57.1 IP, 51 K
SUN. | 1:05 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - Austin Stone
2-2, 3.33 ERA, 24.1 IP, 17 K

WACO, Texas - Baylor's 11-game home stand comes to a close this weekend as the Bears host No. 8 Oklahoma at Baylor Ballpark. Games are scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CT on Friday, 3:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Something will have to give as the Bears and Sooners are the only two teams in the Big 12 that have not lost a conference series yet this season. Baylor is 6-2 on its 11-game home stand and will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak to Oklahoma. Overall, BU is 35-38 versus the Sooners but is 23-14 in Waco. Baylor has won eight of the 15 all-time three-game series with OU.

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 12-14, 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)
TV: FSN Southwest (all three games)
Talent: John Morris (pxp); Pat Combs (color)

Overall: 35-38
Waco: 23-14
Norman: 7-22
Neutral Site: 5-2
Smith vs: 25-32
First Meeting: 1936
Last Meeting: May 26, 2012

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2013 Record: 17-16
2013 Big 12 Record: 5-3
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 685-448-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 685-448-1 (19th season)

AVG: Nathan Orf (.421)
2B: Cal Towey (10)
HR: Grayson Porter (5)
RBI: Cal Towey (30)
SB: Logan Brown (13)

2013 Record: 27-6
2013 Big 12 Record: 7-2
Head Coach: Sunny Golloway
Career Record: 330-166-1 (6th season)
Record at OU: 665-322-1 (17th season)

AVG: Matt Oberste (.414)
2B: Matt Oberste (11)
HR: Matt Oberste (8)
RBI: Matt Oberste (40)
SB: Craig Aikin (8)

Baylor improved to 7-3, 6-2 at home, in midweek games with a 14-4 run-rule win in eight innings on Tuesday against UT Arlington. With their sixth win in the last seven games, the Bears moved to one game over .500 for the first time since March 6 to tie their high water mark of the season. BU trailed 3-0 early in the second inning but erupted for seven runs in the sixth, five in the seventh and two in the eighth to claim its second straight run-rule win. Baylor's 21 hits in the game were the most since doing the same at Georgia on Feb. 27, 2011. The win improved BU to 6-2 on its current 11-game season-long home stand.

Baylor is 35-38 in the all-time series against Oklahoma, including a 26-23 record against the Sooners during the Big 12 era, 23-14 mark in Waco, 5-2 record in neutral site meetings and a 3-2 record in Big 12 Championship games. Baylor has won eight of 15 three-game series against Oklahoma in Big 12 play, but the Sooners swept all three games in Norman last season. OU also won both games against BU in Oklahoma City at the Big 12 Championship to eliminate the regular season champion Bears. The Sooners won 3-2 on May 24, 2012 and two days later claimed a 7-2 win for their fifth straight triumph in the series. Something will have to give as Baylor and Oklahoma are the only two teams in the Big 12 that have not lost a league series this season. 

Baylor is 4-6 against ranked teams this season with wins over No. 2 UCLA, No. 12 Rice, No. 20 Oklahoma State and No. 29 Pepperdine. Baylor has fallen to No. 2 UCLA twice, No. 20 Oklahoma State once and No. 30 UC Irvine three times. Overall, Baylor is 182-265-1 against teams ranked by Baseball America (Oklahoma is ranked No. 9 currently) and 2-2 this season. UCLA was ranked No. 12 when Baylor lost a 2-1 series at home to the Bruins. Rice was ranked No. 13 when BU topped the Owls at the 2013 Houston Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Baylor is 83-138 all-time against top 10 Baseball America ranked teams and 4-1 in its last five. The last win over a top 10 team for the Bears came on April 22, 2012 to complete a three-game sweep of No. 2 Texas A&M at Baylor Ballpark.

Baylor is 40-46 all-time in TV games and 2-0 this season. Baylor won 4-2 on March 5 at home over Louisiana Tech (FSN Southwest) and 7-6 on March 30 at home over Kansas State (Fox College Sports). Both games were televised on Fox Sports networks as the Bears improved to 7-16 in FSN games. The Bears were 8-5 in TV games last season and are 11-5 in TV games since 2011.

Several Baylor players have etched their way into the record book this season. Nathan Orf's current .421 season batting average ranks fourth all-time if it stands, while his career .344 average is tied for sixth all-time. His .513 season on-base percentage would stand as the highest in Baylor history (Zach Dillon, .496, 2006). His current 15-game hitting streak is two shy of moving into the top 10. Additionally, his 44 career HBPs rank second all-time and are three short of Matt Williams' record. Cal Towey's 12 career triples are two away from moving into the top 10. Also, with 103 career walks, he is eight away from joining the top 10.

On the pitching side, Dillon Newman's career 2.89 ERA stands as ninth all-time at Baylor. His current 5.2 career strikeout-to-walk ratio is the best in program history (Rick Dusek, 1968-70, 3.58) by a wide margin and his 19.0 season rate blows away Steve Stuart's 4.90 mark in 1971. His career 1.07 WHIP ranks second all-time to Abe Woody's 1.02 (2003-05) but his season 0.87 WHIP is better than the previous record holder Burl Coker (0.94, 1978). His career 1.41 walks per nine innings is currently barely better than record holder Rick Dusek's 1.42 (1968-70), while his season 0.36 rate is way batter than Rick Dusek's record 1.37 in 1969 Crayton Bare's 57 career relief appearances are ninth all-time, one shy of Max Garner's 58.

In the field, Jake Miller's 420 career assists are 11 short of joining the top 10.




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