April 15, 2013
Baylor (19-17) at Texas (15-20)
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WACO, Texas- Baylor starts a five-game road trip with a 6:30 p.m. CT contest at Texas State on Tuesday. The Bears will be looking to improve upon a 7-3 record in midweek games.
Baylor and Texas State met once already this season as the Bears won 6-3 on February 20th in the home opener. Overall, BU has won the last four meetings and lead the all-time series 47-18, including an 11-4 mark in San Marcos. The Bears have played four other teams from the Western Athletic Conference this season and own a 5-1 record.
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Dates: April 16, 2013
Times: 6:30 PM CT
Location: San Marcos, Texas
Stadium: Bobcat Ballpark (2,000)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)
San Marcos: 11-4
Neutral Site: 1-0
Smith vs: 33-13
First Meeting: March 26, 1919
Last Meeting: February 18, 2013
2013 Record: 19-17
2013 Big 12 Record: 7-4
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 687-449-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 687-449-1 (19th season)
TEXAS STATE BOBCATS
2013 Record: 15-20
2013 WAC Record: 8-4
Head Coach: Ty Harrington
Career Record: 463-351 (14th season)
Record at TSU: 463-351 (14th season)
AVG: Cody Lovejoy (.311)
2B: Garrett Mattlage (11)
HR: O’Neal, Targun (2)
RBI: Garrett Mattlage (23)
SB: Kevin Sah (13)
BAYLOR TAKES SERIES FROM NO. 8 OKLAHOMA
Baylor ended its 11-game home stand in a great way by claiming a 2-1 series win over No. 8 Oklahoma. With two of the nation’s top pitchers in OU’s Jonathan Gray and BU’s Dillon Newman throwing a stalemate in the opener, Cal Towey gave the Bears a walk-off 2-1 win with a homer. Another pitching duel in the middle game led to an OU 3-1 win as a two-run seventh inning doomed Baylor. In the finale, the Bears bounced back from a 9-4 fourth-inning deficit to win. BU scored four in the seventh and then four in the eight on a Towey grand slam to win 12-10. The series victory makes Baylor the only team in the Big 12 without a conference series loss and moves the Bears within a half game of first place OU. Baylor has won eight of its last 10 games to get to its high water mark of the season at two games over .500. Baylor has also won three straight Big 12 series and four in a row dating back to the last series of 2012 against Texas.
BAYLOR VS TEXAS STATE ALL-TIME SERIES
Baylor is 47-18 all-time against Texas State, including 35-14 in Waco and 11-4 in San Marcos. The Bears won the last meeting 6-3 earlier this season on February 20 in the home opener. A four-run second inning paced the way for BU as Sean Spicer earned the win in a shortened three-inning outing. He gave up an unearned run on one hit with three strikeouts and three walks. Nathan Orf led the BU offense by going 3-for-4 with two RBI. The Bears have won the last four meetings in the series that dates all the way back to 1919.
BAYLOR VS WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Baylor is 212-78 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 (81-30), Texas State (48-18), Dallas Baptist (44-21), UT San Antonio (29-6) and Louisiana Tech (10-3). The Bears are 5-1 against the WAC this season with wins over Texas State, Louisiana Tech (2), Dallas Baptist and UT Arlington, and a loss to UTSA.
TOWEY TAKES HOME SECOND BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Cal Towey was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday for the second time of his career and season, and is the fourth such award for the Bears in 2013. Towey provided late-inning heroic game-winning homers for two Baylor wins as he drove in seven runs in four games last week. His complete stat line includes hitting .286 with 11 total bases, four walks, three runs scored, two home runs and a double.
Against UT Arlington last Tuesday, Towey went 2-for-4 with two RBI, two walks, one run and double. On Friday versus No. 8 Oklahoma, he was 1-for-4 and hit a walk-off home run for a 2-1 win. On Sunday against the Sooners, he was 1-for-3 with four RBI and two walks as he hit a game-winning grand slam to put Baylor up by two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Towey leads Baylor with six game-winning RBI hits this season and the homers were his second and third career game-winning homers (May 23, 2010 vs. Oklahoma State). The grand slam was the first of his career and first by a Baylor player since Max Muncy against Rice on March 6, 2011.
For the season, Towey leads the team with 35 RBI, 10 doubles and three triples. His RBI total ranks second in the Big 12 and 58th in the NCAA. In Big 12 play, he leads in total bases (29) and ranks second in triples (2), walks (8) and RBI (12), third in homers (2) and slugging percentage (.659), sixth in hits (17) and on-base percentage (.481) and ninth in batting average (.386).
BAYLOR VS RANKED OPPONENTS THIS SEASON
Baylor is 6-7 against ranked teams this season with wins over No. 2 UCLA, No. 12 Rice, No. 20 Oklahoma State, No. 29 Pepperdine and No. 8 Oklahoma. Baylor has fallen to No. 2 UCLA twice, No. 20 Oklahoma State once and No. 30 UC Irvine three times. Overall, Baylor is 184-266-1 against teams ranked by Baseball America and 4-3 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. Oklahoma was ranked No. 9 when Baylor took the series 2-1 last weekend. Baylor is 85-139 all-time against top 10 Baseball America ranked teams and 6-2 in its last eight. Baylor has beat a top 10 team in each of the last three seasons and has failed to do so in just five seasons since 1981, when Baseball America began its rankings.
ORF GETTING ON-BASE AT HIGH RATE
Nathan Orf has reached base safely in 34 of 36 games this season and has 10-game and 15-game hitting streaks this season. He leads the Big 12 and ranks 7th in NCAA in on-base percentage (.515), 10th in hits (57), 11th in hitting (.419). Orf is hitting .510 (25-for-49) in last 12 games with 12 runs, 10 walks (.600 OBP), 9 RBI, 4 doubles & 2 steals. He’s reached base in a season-high 17 straight games.
LANGFORD EXTENDS ON-BASE STREAK TO 27
Lawton Langford has continued a career-high run of games on base at 27. The streak has raised his on-base percentage to .420. The streak is the longest on-base streak for Baylor this season. In 34 games this season, Langford has failed to reach base safely just one time, and that was on Feb. 24 against UCLA when he came in as a sub for one at-bat. During the streak, he has 27 hits, 21 runs, 19 walks, eight RBI, seven HBP and two steals. Over his last 12 games, Langford is hitting .318 with 11 runs, nine walks, four RBI, one double and steal.
PORTER DRIVING IN RUNS AT HIGH RATE
Grayson Porter has been on an RBI binge lately, tallying 20 over his last 12 games while hitting .341 with 12 runs, five walks and three homers. For the season, he has 24 RBI on only 21 hits in just 27 games. His five home runs are a career-high and are two less than the rest of the BU hitters combined. Porter leads Big 12 play in homers (3) & RBI (18) & ranks seventh in slugging percentage (.606) in nine games. Overall, he ranks fifth in the Big 12 in homers (5) and 108th in the NCAA while only playing in 27 games.
NEWMAN STEPPING TO FRONT OF ROTATION
Baylor’s newfound ace Dillon Newman (3-2, 2.83 ERA) has been nothing short of dependable through nine starts this season. He’s given up more than three runs just two times, has a one-hitter under his belt and has allowed just two walks in 57.1 innings. Newman has a streak of 31.2 innings and 129 batters faced without a walk and is coming off a career-high 8.1 innings pitched and 107 pitches against No. 8 Oklahoma, allowing one earned run. He ranks second in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio (21.5) and walks per nine innings (0.31), and is 18th in WHIP (0.85).
BAYLOR RECORDS WATCH
Several Baylor players have etched their way into the record book this season. Nathan Orf’s current .419 season batting average ranks fourth all-time if it stands, while his career .346 average is tied for third all-time. His .515 season on-base percentage would stand as the highest in Baylor history (Zach Dillon, .496, 2006). Additionally, his 45 career HBPs rank second all-time and are two short of Matt Williams’ record. Cal Towey’s 12 career triples are two away from moving into the top 10. Also, with 105 career walks, he is six away from joining the top 10.
On the pitching side, Dillon Newman’s career 2.78 ERA stands as sixth all-time at Baylor. His current 5.5 career strikeout-to-walk ratio is the best in program history (Rick Dusek, 1968-70, 3.58) by a wide margin and his 21.5 season rate blows away Steve Stuart’s 4.90 mark in 1971. His career 1.05 WHIP ranks second all-time to Abe Woody’s 1.02 (2003-05) but his season 0.86 WHIP is better than the previous record holder Burl Coker (0.94, 1978). His career 1.32 walks per nine innings is currently barely better than record holder Rick Dusek’s 1.42 (1968-70), while his season 0.32 rate is way batter than Rick Dusek’s record 1.37 in 1969 Crayton Bare’s 59 career relief appearances are ninth all-time, one more than teammate Max Garner.
In the field, Jake Miller’s 432 career assists are 10th all-time.