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Baseball Set for Battle of the Brazos vs. No. 5 A&M

Max Garner


Max Garner

April 14, 2011


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Baylor (19-15, 5-7 Big 12) vs. #5 Texas A&M (24-9, 9-3 Big 12)
Waco, Texas/College Station, Texas | Baylor Ballpark/Olsen Field
FRIDAY, APRIL 15 | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Josh Turley
2-1, 4.11 ERA, 46.0 IP, 29 K
TAMU - RHP John Stilson

2-1, 1.46 ERA, 55.1 IP, 61 K

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 | 6:35 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Trent Blank
2-1, 5.08 ERA, 39.0 IP, 16 K
TAMU - RHP Michael Wacha

4-1, 1.23 ERA, 58.1 IP, 58 K

SUNDAY, APRIL 17 | 1:05 P.M.
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BU - TBA

TAMU - RHP Ross Stripling

6-2, 2.93 ERA, 46.0 IP, 53 K

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Baylor takes on No. 5 Texas A&M in the annual "Battle of the Brazos" split series this weekend. The series opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Baylor Ballpark in Waco. The final two games of the series will be played at Olsen Field in College Station. Saturday's game is slated for 6:35 p.m. and Sunday's finale is set for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.

The Bears took two of three from Texas A&M in the Big 12 Conference series last season, but the Aggies won a non-conference game against Baylor and knocked off the Bears in the Big 12 Championship title game.

Baylor is coming off a 9-4 win in 10 innings on Tuesday night at UT Arlington. The Bears improved to 11-4 this season following a loss and recorded their seventh last at-bat win of the season. Texas A&M lost its game at Rice on Tuesday, 2-0.

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 Friday's game against Texas A&M at Baylor Ballpark. For more information, follow the Baylor All-Access link at www.BaylorBears.com.

SERIES INFORMATION
TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Overall:  Texas A&M leads 178-125-4
Waco:  Texas A&M leads 69-68
College Station:  Texas A&M leads 77-35-2
Neutral Site:  Series Tied 6-6
Unknown Site:  Texas A&M leads 26-16-2
Big 12 Era:  Baylor leads 24-23
Big 12 Series:  Baylor has won eight of 14
Steve Smith vs. TAMU:  27-29
First Meeting:  4/9/1904
Last Meeting:  5/30/2010

 

COACHES

BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 607-402-1 (17th season)

   Record at Baylor: 607-402-1 (17th season)

TEXAS A&M: Rob Childress 
   Career Record: 223-122-2 (6th season)

   Record at TAMU: 223-122-2 (6th season)

 

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1660 ESPN RADIO (Waco)

   Tom Barfield (pxp) and Lark Smith (color) 

BAYLOR VS. TEXAS A&M SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 125-178-4 in the all-time series against Texas A&M. The Bears are 68-69 in games played in Waco and 35-77-2 in games played in College Station. Baylor is also 16-26-2 against Texas A&M in games played at unknown sites in the series dating back to April 9, 1904.

The Bears won two of three in the Big 12 Conference series in 2010, but Texas A&M beat Baylor in a non-conference game earlier in the season and knocked the Bears off in 10 innings in the championship game at the Big 12 Tournament.

In the Big 12 series, Texas A&M won the opener 4-3 in College Station, but the Bears got a dominating pitching performance from Logan Verrett to even teh series the following day in Waco. Verrett struck out 13 batters – tying what was then the record for strikeouts in a game at Baylor Ballpark by a Baylor pitcher – and threw a complete game in a 13-1 win. Willie Kempf turned in another strong start the following day to lead the Bears to a 2-1 series-clinching win. Brooks Pinckard earned the save in Sunday’s game.

PINCKARD FASTER THAN 82 DIVISION I TEAMS
When NCAA baseball statistics were released on Tuesday, Brooks Pinckard ranked second in the nation with 27 stolen bases. That total was more than 82 Division I teams, including No. 3 South Carolina, No. 13 Fresno State, No. 17 Stanford, No. 19 Oklahoma State and No. 22 Southern Mississippi.

Pinckard stole his 27th base of the season on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of eighth place on Baylor’s single-season steals list. He needs 13 more to tie Mike Robison (40 in 1991) for the single-season record at Baylor, and he needs 15 more to tie Kansas’ John Nelson (42 in 2000) for the Big 12 Conference single-season record.

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 during the entire 2010 season, but the Bears have already scored the winning runs in their final at-bat in seven games in 2011.

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)
Josh Ludy - 10th inning triple at UT Arlington (4/12)

COMEBACK WINS IN BUNCHES
Baylor has come from behind to win 10 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 eight of the 10 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
• vs. Texas (4/9) - trailed 1-0 in bottom 2nd
• at UT Arlington (4/12) - trailed 3-1 in top 6th

BOUNCE BACK BEARS
Baylor didn't lose consecutive games until its 25th and 26th games of the season. The Bears are 11-4 following a loss in 2011, and prior to dropping a pair of midweek games against UTSA and Lamar, 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 each of their last two weekend series, the Bears have posted a winning record in seven of their last 10 regular-season weekends, including five of eight 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)
• 1-2 in three-game split-series vs. Texas (April 8-10, 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. With the exception of left field, where an injury forced Logan Vick to miss 13 starts, the only position where the Bears have started more than two different players multiple times is at designated hitter.

Joey Hainsfurther (20 starts) and Josh Ludy (14 starts) have split catching duties, while Chris Slater (12 starts) and Cal Towey (22 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 93 of 94 games since the start of his Baylor career.

Steve DalPorto (28 starts), Lawton Langford (five starts) and Nate Goodwin (one start) have manned second base, while third baseman Jake Miller has started all but three games and center fielder Brooks Pinckard has missed only two starts. Landis Ware (32 starts) and DalPorto (two starts) have manned the shortstop position. Vick started the first 80 games of his career in left field before a hamstring injury forced him to miss 13 straight starts. Slater (seven starts), Dan Evatt (five starts) and Josh Turley (one start) filled in for Vick (21 starts).

The Bears have used five different players in the DH spot: Ludy (15 starts), Hainsfurther (nine starts), Dan Evatt (seven starts), Josh Turley (two starts) and Slater (one start).

BEARS TOUGH TO BEAT IN WACO
Baylor is 34-13 in its last 47 games at Baylor Ballpark, including 18-5 in non-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).

EXTRA SPECIAL
Despite going 1-5 in extra-inning games in 2010, Baylor is 24-15 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 4-2 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.

Seven of the 24 wins over the past eight seasons have come on an opponent’s home field (Arizona twice, Arizona State, Texas, Vanderbilt and UT Arlington twice). Four of the 24 wins were either neutral-site games or games at Baylor Ballpark in which the Bears were the visitor. Four of the 24 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 20
4. Anthony Hensley, 2000 32

4. Mike Bohny, 1991-94 61

4.
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. 56 Ben Booker, 2006-09 16
8.
B. Pinckard, 2011 27

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: Baylor is 125-178-4 in the all-time series against Texas A&M.
• Baylor hasn’t grounded into a double play in its last 10 games. The Bears have only hit into six GDP this season.
• Baylor is 61-for-70 stealing bases this season and the Bears’ 87.1% success rate leads the Big 12.
• Baylor has turned 31 double plays this season and the Bears have only been doubled up 13 times.
• Baylor was unranked in this week’s Baseball America Top 25, marking two consecutive weeks out of the rankings. The Bears were ranked in each of BA’s first seven polls of the 2011 season.
• Baylor is 19-2 this season when scoring four or more runs in a game and 0-13 when scoring three or fewer.
• Baylor has a 185-128 (.591) record in the month of April during the Steve Smith era.
• Baylor has come from behind to win 10 games this season, and the Bears have seven last at-bat wins.
• 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. Baylor has had a winning record in seven of its last 10 regular season weekends.
• Baylor head coach Steve Smith recorded his 600th career victory when Baylor beat FIU on March 15.
• When NCAA stats were released last Tuesday, Brooks Pinckard had more stolen bases (27) than 82 Division I teams, including No. 3 South Carolina, No. 13 Fresno State, No. 17 Stanford and No. 19 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 14 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 29 of Baylor’s 34 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 17 of his last 22 games.

• 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 the team lead with three wins, and 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 15 relief appearances in 2011. His 25.0 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 earned his second save by stranding the tying and go-ahead runs in a win over No. 8 Texas (4/9).
• Garner has allowed only five runs over his last 12 relief appearances totaling 18.2 innings (2.41 ERA).

• 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 20 of Baylor’s first 34 games this season. The Bears are 12-8 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 has started behind the plate 14 times and as DH in 15 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 three games 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 34 games at first base and hit either second, third or cleanup in every game.
• Muncy Big 12 overall ranks: t-10th hits (42), t-7th RBI (27), t-8th total bases (65) and t-7th walks (21).
• Muncy Big 12 ranks (conference games only): t-10th batting average (.348), t-7th hits (16), t-7th home runs (2), t-8th RBI (10), t-3rd total bases (28), t-5th walks (8), t-8th OBP (.455), 5th slugging (.509).
• 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 20.1 innings over eight relief appearances, averaging 2.54 innings per game in relief.
• Newman has allowed five runs over his last 19.0 innings of work (2.37 ERA). 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 27 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 has never grounded into a double play in 425 career at-bats.
• Pinckard is 56-for-62 stealing bases in his career and his 56 steals are seventh-most in program history.
• Pinckard has started all but two games in center field and hit leadoff in 28 of 32 starts.

• RHP Jon Ringenberg (9-0 career record) has never taken a loss in 33 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 Big 12 ranks in league play: 8th batting average (.367), t-2nd home runs (3), 2nd OBP (.537), 2nd slugging (.767).
• Towey leads the team in on-base percentage (.485) and is tied for lead in walks (21) despite having only 100 plate appearances.

• LHP/DH Josh Turley has taken only one loss in 35 career appearances.
• Turley became the first Baylor pitcher to beat Texas in Waco since 2005 when he allowed three runs in 8.0 innings on April 9.
• 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 212 career strikeouts and needs 16 to crack the top 10 in program history.
• Verrett currently holds the Baylor record for strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.79).
• Verrett is third on Baylor’s career strikeouts per nine innings list (9.80).
• Verrett is tied for eighth in the Big 12 with 51 strikeouts. He is 10 strikeouts behind the league leaders.

• LF Logan Vick missed 13 starts with a hamstring injury, snapping his streak of 80 consecutive games started in LF, but he returned to start at UT Arlington (4/12) and hit a home run in his second at-bat of the game.
• 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 71 walks in 82 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 (65-for-134).

• SS Landis Ware is Baylor’s most experienced player with 165 games played and 146 career starts.
• Ware has started at shortstop in 32 of Baylor’s 34 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 begins a four-game homestand by hosting UNLV at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears then host Missouri for a three-game series in Big 12 Conference play over the weekend. Due the the Easter holiday, the series against Missouri will be played Thursday through Saturday. First pitch in the series opener is slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, while the middle game will be played at 3 p.m. on Good Friday and the finale is scheduled for noon on Saturday.


 

 

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