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Baseball Hosts Texas Southern on Tuesday

April 14, 2014


Texas Southern (16-21) at Baylor (16-19)
April 15, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)

RHP Drew Tolson (0-4, 7.78 ERA)

RHP Ryan Rios (2-4, 3.46 ERA)

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WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball returns to action on Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. CT tilt against Texas Southern. The Bears (16-19) and Tigers (16-21) will meet for the ninth time and first time since 2008.

Baylor leads the all-time series over TSU 8-0 as all eight games have been played in Waco under Steve Smith. The Bears enter the game after falling 2-1 in a split series with Dallas Baptist over the weekend. The Tigers head into the contest after going 2-2 at the TSU Baseball Invitational. TSU split a pair of games each with Arlington Baptist College and Houston-Victoria.

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.

Date(s): April 15, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)

Overall: BU leads 8-0
Waco: BU leads 8-0
Houston: Never met
Neutral Site: Never met
Smith vs: BU leads 8-0
First Meeting: April 28, 2004
Last Meeting: Feb. 26, 2008
Streak: BU has won eight

Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Audio: BaylorBears.com
Video: BaylorBears.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

2014 Record: 16-19
2014 Big 12 Record: 4-7
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 711-479-1 (20th season)
BU: 711-479-1 (20th season)

AVG: Duncan Wendel (.283)
2B: Matt Menard (6)
HR: Grayson Porter (3)
RBI: Adam Toth (16)
SB: Adam Toth (8)

2014 Record: 16-21
2014 SWAC Record: 9-4
Head Coach: Michael Robertson
Career: 252-333 (12th season)
TSU: 89-162 (6th season)

AVG: Jerry Ford (.346)
2B: Terry, Garza, R. (6)
HR: Terry, Garza, A., Garza, R. (2)
RBI: Zach Welz (21)
SB: Jerry Ford (17)

Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Texas Southern 8-0 as all eight games have been played in Waco under Steve Smith. The first time the two teams met was a 10-3 BU win on April 28, 2004, and the last time the teams met was a 10-1 BU win on Feb. 26, 2008.

Baylor is 14-0 all-time against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. BU's record against the league's teams is as follows: Prairie View A&M (5-0), Southern (1-0), Texas Southern (8-0).

Matt Menard was named Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Monday. The honor is Menard's first of his career, the second such award for the Bears this season and fifth weekly accolade from the conference this year.

Menard enjoyed a solid week at the plate as he had a hit in all three games played to compile a .400 batting average (4-for-10), .500 slugging and on-base percentages with two RBI, two walks, one double and one run. On Friday at Dallas Baptist, he was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a double. In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader in Waco, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. In the second game he was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. His three-game hitting streak is the second hitting streak of the season as he also had a four-game streak from March 23-April 1.

Overall, the redshirt freshman catcher from Bridge City, Texas, is hitting .260 in 30 games (27 starts) with 13 runs scored, eight RBI, eight walks, six doubles, one triple and one steal. His six doubles lead the team while he ranks second in total bases (33), third in average (.260), slugging percentage (.344) and hits (25). He's made just one error behind the plate and has caught six base stealers.

Menard, who shared the honor with TCU's Jordan Kipper, joins teammate Darryn Sheppard on the list of Baylor players to earn the rookie honor as Sheppard shared the award with Kansas' Aaron Hernandez on Feb. 17. Josh Michalec (March 10), Dillon Newman (March 17) and Austin Stone (March 24) were all named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week to round out Baylor's weekly league award winners this season. The trio marked the first time in league history that one school earned Pitcher of the Week in three consecutive weeks. With five total Big 12 weekly honors, BU has tied its total from 2013.

In Baylor's four games last week, the Bears stole home twice and turned a triple play. The first steal of home came last Tuesday at Sam Houston State as West Tunnell stole second to draw a throw to the base and Darryn Sheppard broke from third to beat the throw home. The second steal of home came in the second game of last Saturday's doubleheader vs. Dallas Baptist as Duncan Wendel stole second to draw a throw to the base and Adam Toth broke from third to beat the throw home. Sheppard's steal of home was BU's first since Toth did so on April 28, 2012, vs. New Mexico State - Toth now has two career steals of home. The triple play came in the seventh inning last Friday at Dallas Baptist with runners on first and second as a liner was hit to 2B Lawton Langford and he threw to SS Hayden Ross for a force at second and Ross threw to 1B Mitch Price for a force at first. It was Baylor's first triple play since Feb. 28, 2009, vs. UCLA. BU is just one of seven schools in NCAA Division I play to turn a triple play this season.

Junior outfielder Adam Toth has been on a roll at the plate over his last 16 games as he is 20-for-61 for a .328 batting average. During the stretch he has 10 runs scored, nine RBI, two doubles, one triple, one homer and two steal. Overall, he has a team-leading nine multi-hit games and is tied for second in the team with three multi-RBI games.

In Baylor's first 19 home games of the 2014 season, it has outscored its opponents 87-55 with a 15-4 record -- its best start at home since 2012. BU's pitchers have racked up 125 strikeouts in 169.0 innings, allowing just 127 hits and 58 walks with a 1.86 ERA. Since the park opened in 1999, Baylor owns a 364-148 record at Baylor Ballpark and has never had a losing season in the stadium. The closest BU came to a losing season was in 2011, when the Bears were 16-14 at Baylor Ballpark. The last time Baylor started its home season with five or more straight wins was in 2012 (6-0) as the Bears won their first five home games this season. Baylor has won 11 straight Big 12 home series. The last series loss at home in league play for BU came April 21-23, 2011, against Missouri.




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