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Baseball Returns to Big 12 Play with Series at K-State

April 16, 2014

Baylor at Kansas State
April 17-19, 2014 | Manhattan, Kan. | Tointon Family Stadium (2,331)
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THU. | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Brad Kuntz
4-1, 3.86 ERA
KSU -RHP Levi MaVorhis

4-4, 2.76 ERA
FRI. | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
3-2, 2.74 ERA
KSU - LHP Jordan Floyd

0-1, 4.05 ERA
SUN. | 7:00 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Daniel Castano
4-1, 2.72 ERA
KSU - RHP Nate Griep
3-2, 3.12 ERA

WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball returns to Big 12 play this weekend with a three-game series at Kansas State. The Bears (17-19, 4-7 Big 12) and Wildcats (20-17, 2-7 Big 12) have games scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday on FOX College Sports, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

Baylor leads the all-time series over K-State 41-19 and has won 14 of the 17 Big 12 series between the two teams, including each of the last three. All three series wins for the Wildcats have come in Manhattan. BU enters the weekend with back-to-back wins after a 1-0 victory over Texas Southern on Tuesday. K-State heads into the series after falling 14-5 at Nebraska on Tuesday and was swept at Texas Tech last weekend.

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.

Date(s): April 17-19, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. | 6:30 P.M. | 7 P.M. CT
Location: Manhattan, Kan.
Stadium: Tointon Family Stadium (2,331)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
TV: FCS (Thur.) | ESPNU (Sat.)

Overall: BU leads 41-19
Waco: BU leads 25-4
Manhattan: BU leads 13-11
Neutral Site: KSU leads 4-3
Smith vs: BU leads 40-18
First Meeting: March 28, 1966
Last Meeting: May 24, 2013
Streak: BU has lost one

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Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

2014 Record: 17-19
2014 Big 12 Record: 4-7
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 712-479-1 (20th season)
BU: 712-479-1 (20th season)

AVG: Duncan Wendel (.277)
2B: Matt Menard (6)
HR: Grayson Porter (3)
RBI: Adam Toth (16)
SB: West Tunnell (9)

2014 Record: 20-17
2014 Big 12 Record: 2-7
Head Coach: Brad Hill
Career: 756-334-3 (20th season)
KSU: 358-260-3 (11th season)

AVG: RJ Santigate (.345)
2B: Ross Kivett (10)
HR: Four players tied (2)
RBI: Tanner DeVinny (29)
SB: Ross Kivett (13)

Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Kansas State 41-19 overall, 40-18 under Steve Smith and 13-11 in Manhattan. Last season, Baylor lost the series opener in Waco on March 28, 2013, but bounced back to win the last two games of the series. The teams then met in Oklahoma City during the Big 12 Championship and the Wildcats came out on top in a 13-9 decision on May 24, 2013. Overall, Baylor has won 14 of 17 all-time Big 12 series vs. K-State, including each of the last three series. The last series win for K-State came April 16-18, 2010, in Manhattan. The Wildcats other two series wins came May 19-21, 2006, and April 26-28, 2002, both in Manhattan.

Baylor is now 15-0 all-time against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference after Tuesday's 1-0 win at home over Texas Southern. BU's record against the league's teams is as follows: Prairie View A&M (5-0), Southern (1-0), Texas Southern (9-0). Drew Tolson, Nick Lewis and Josh Michalec combined for a 1-0 shutout. Tolson set career highs of five innings pitched and four strikeouts in earning his first collegiate win in his second start. Lewis set career highs of three innings pitched and four strikeouts.

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. Last Friday at Dallas Baptist, he was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a double. In the first game of last 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 April 8 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.

Over Dillon Newman's last five starts, he has gone 2-1 with five runs allowed on 24 hits and seven walks with 21 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. On March 14 vs. No. 23 Texas Tech, he threw seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts in a win. On March 23 vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State, he threw two shutout innings with two strikeouts before a rain delay washed away his start. On April 1 vs. Incarnate Word, he threw six innings of two-run ball while striking out four. On April 6 at No. 8 Texas, he tossed six innings of one-run ball with two strikeouts and did not give up a hit until the fifth inning. Last Saturday in the Dallas Baptist series finale, he threw 5.2 innings while giving up two runs on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first five collegiate starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA while allowing eight runs (four earned) on 20 hits and seven walks with 13 strikeouts in 26.2 innings and has held hitters to a .204 batting average. In a win on April 2 vs. Incarnate Word, Castano set new career highs of seven innings pitched and five strikeouts as he allowed an unearned run on just two hits and two walks.

Closer and March 10th Big 12 Pitcher of the Week Josh Michalec ranks second in the country in saves as of April 14 and has closed out 13 of Baylor's 17 wins on the season. Prior to the series opener at No. 8 Texas, Michalec was a perfect 11-for-11 in career save chances as all of his career saves have come in 2014 with seven coming in multi-inning efforts. He's now 13-for-14 in save chances in his career.




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