April 14, 2008
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GAMES 36-37 APRIL 15-16
BAYLOR (22-13) vs. DALLAS BAPTIST (22-9)
TUESDAY: 6:30 p.m. CDT, Baylor Ballpark -- $3 Tuesdays (all tickets $3)
WEDNESDAY: 6:30 p.m. CDT, Patriot Field, Dallas, Texas
Baylor returns to action with a pair of midweek games, both against Dallas Baptist. The Bears host the Patriots for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark. The teams meet at Patriot Field in Dallas the follow night at 6:30. This is the third time this season Baylor has played two midweek games against the same team.
The Bears (22-13) took two of three at Kansas State over the weekend. After dropping the series opener 6-1, Baylor rebounded for a 5-4 win Saturday and a 3-0 victory in Sunday's series finale. The Bears are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Baylor is 16-4 at home this season and 6-9 on the road, all on opponents' home fields. The Bears are 5-6 in midweek games.
Dallas Baptist (22-9) has won 10 of its last 11 but did not play over the weekend. The Patriots have not played since winning 2-1 and 18-5 at Louisiana-Monroe last Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The previous week, Dallas Baptist won at Rice 3-2; it was the Patriots second victory over the Owls in as many meetings this season. DBU is 11-8 on the road this season, including a 7-4 mark on opponents' home fields. The Patriots are 11-1 at home.
Baylor and Dallas Baptist have played six common opponents this season -- Houston Baptist, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, Stephen F. Austin, TCU and UT Arlington. The Bears are 6-6 against those five teams, while the Patriots are 9-6. Dallas Baptist is 0-2 against Big 12 Conference teams this season, dropping a pair of games at Oklahoma.
All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio. Live streaming audio and GameTracker also are available for all Baylor baseball games online at www.BaylorBears.com.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Dallas Baptist: RHP Jordan Meaker, Jr. (4-0, 3.20 ERA, 50.2 IP, 17 BB, 34 K)
Baylor: LHP Aaron Miller, So. (1-0, 4.15 ERA, 4.1 IP, 4 BB, 7 K) or RHP Wade Mackey, So. (2-2, 6.58 ERA, 26.0 IP, 9 BB, 18 K)
Dallas Baptist: RHP Victor Black, So. (0-3, 3.93 ERA, 36.2 IP, 21 BB, 26 K)
THE DALLAS BAPTIST SERIES
Overall: Baylor leads 38-19
Waco: Baylor leads 27-14
Dallas: Baylor leads 9-6
Neutral Site: Baylor leads 2-0
Smith vs. DBU: 9-5
First Meeting: at Baylor 10, DBU 5 [5/5/1979]
Last Meeting: at Baylor 15, DBU 6 [5/16/2006]
BAYLOR: Steve Smith
Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986
Career Record: 512-324-1 [14th season]
Record at Baylor: 512-324-1 [14th season]
DALLAS BAPTIST: Daniel Heefner
Alma Mater: Olivet Nazarene, 2000
Career Record: 22-9 [1st season]
Record at DBU: 22-9 [1st season]
BAYLOR/ISP SPORTS NETWORK
1660 ESPN RADIO (Waco)
Tom Barfield, play-by-play
Lark Smith, color
BAYLOR vs. DALLAS BAPTIST
Baylor and Dallas Baptist meet for the 58th and 59th times this week. The Bears hold a 38-19 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to a May 5, 1979, doubleheader sweep by the Bears at Ferrell Field. The teams have not met since May 16, 2006, when Baylor earned a 15-6 victory in Waco. Baylor is 27-14 all-time against DBU in Waco and 9-6 all-time at Dallas; the Bears won both times the teams played at neutral sites.
Baylor is 9-5 against Dallas Baptist during head coach Steve Smith's tenure.
STREAKS AND TIDBITS
Baylor snapped a three-series losing streak in Big 12 road series. It was the Bears' first series win on the road in Big 12 play since taking two of three at Kansas last season. Since then, Baylor lost two of three at Nebraska last season, was swept at Missouri this season and dropped two of three at Oklahoma this season. ... Baylor's two shutouts in Big 12 play this season are its most since the 2001 Bears also had two. The school record for shutouts in a Big 12 season is three, established by the 2000 Bears. ... The Bears have won six of their last seven Big 12 games. ... RHP Shawn Tolleson joined Kyle Evans as the only Baylor pitchers to toss two career complete-game shutouts in Big 12 play Sunday with a four-hit gem in the Bears' 3-0 series-clinching victory at Kansas State. Tolleson has two shutouts in five career Big 12 starts, both coming this season. Coincidentally, Evans also had both his shutouts in the same season (2000), one of which was the first no-hitter in Big 12 history. ... Since allowing five earned runs over 2.1 innings in his first career start, Tolleson is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA, two complete-game shutouts and 40 strikeouts against 15 walks in 50.0 innings. Opponents are hitting .217 against the redshirt freshman in those seven games. Tolleson has worked into the sixth inning in each of his last five starts, completing the seventh four times and into the ninth three times. ... CF Raynor Campbell has hit safely in 10 consecutive Big 12 games. Campbell is hitting .529 (18-for-34) in Big 12 play since starting the year 0-for-15 in league play. ... 3B Shaver Hansen leads the team with a .387 average in non-conference games, while RF Aaron Miller is hitting .364 with six home runs and 18 RBI. Hansen has hit safely in 15 consecutive non-conference games. ... Hansen also leads the team with a .432 average in midweek games, while 1B Adam Hornung is hitting .419. Hansen has hit safely in nine consecutive midweek games, while Hornung has hit safely in six straight. ... Hornung has hit safely in 13 consecutive home games and is hitting .438 at Baylor Ballpark.