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Baseball Set For First Big 12 Series vs. TCU

April 18, 2013

Baylor at TCU
April 19-21, 2013 | Fort Worth, Texas | Lupton Stadium (4,500)
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FRI. | 6:30 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Max Garner
2-4, 3.56 ERA, 55.2 IP, 39 K
TCU - RHP Preston Morrison

6-1, 1.05 ERA, 68.2 IP, 38 K
SAT. | 3:30 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Austin Stone
2-2, 3.95 ERA, 27.1 IP, 18 K
TCU - LHP Brandon Finnegan

0-5, 2.39 ERA, 49.0 IP, 50 K
SUN. | 1:00 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - Dillon Newman
3-2, 2.83 ERA, 57.1 IP, 43 K
TCU - RHP Andrew Mitchell
0-1, 3.16 ERA, 38 K

WACO, Texas - Baylor will renew its rivalry with TCU this weekend in Fort Worth as the teams play their first-ever Big 12 series against each other. Games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The last time the teams met in league action came in 1996, when both teams were members of the Southwest Conference. In that series, the Horned Frogs came out on top 2-1 in Fort Worth. The Bears’ last win in the series came in 1993 during a 2-1 decision in Waco. Overall, Baylor leads the series 137-110 but trails 54-49 in Fort Worth. The Bears won the last meeting 7-1 on Feb. 21, 2012 at Baylor Ballpark, ending a three-game winning streak in the series for TCU.

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.

Dates: April 19-21, 2013
Times: 6:30 PM | 3:30 PM | 1:00 PM CT
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Stadium: Lupton Stadium (4,500)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)
TV: FCS Atlantic (all three games) | FSN SW+ (Fri., Sun.) | FSN SW (Sat.)

Overall: 137-110
Waco: 71-42
Fort Worth: 49-54
Neutral Site: 1-7 (Unknown site: 16-7)
Smith vs: 18-22
First Meeting: April 21, 1904
Last Meeting: March 6, 2012

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2013 Record: 19-18
2013 Big 12 Record: 7-4
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 687-450-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 687-450-1 (19th season)

AVG: Nathan Orf (.407)
2B: Cal Towey (10)
HR: Grayson Porter (5)
RBI: Cal Towey (35)
SB: Logan Brown (14)

2013 Record: 17-20
2013 Big 12 Record: 5-7
Head Coach: Jim Schlossnagle
Career Record: 482-242 (10th season)
Record at TCU: 405-195 (8th season)

AVG: Paul Hendrix (.306)
2B: Boomer White (9)
HR: Hendrix, Witte (3)
RBI: Jantzen Witte (23)
SB: Jones, Fitzgerald (5)

Baylor’s first road game since March 26 resulted in a 3-0 loss at Texas State on Tuesday. The Bobcats held the Bears to a season-low-tying three hits (Feb. 16 at UC Irvine) and shutout Baylor for just the third time this season. The loss dropped Baylor to 7-4 in midweek games and 5-2 against teams from the Western Athletic Conference. Walks by Bobby McCormack and Miles Landry led to a run in the first and two in the third on a two-run homer. Six Texas State pitchers combined in the shutout, ending Baylor’s four-game winning streak in the series.

Baylor leads the all-time series against TCU 137-110, but TCU has won three of the last four meetings. In the last contest, BU won 7-1 at Baylor Ballpark on Feb. 21, 2012. The Bears hold a 71-42 lead in games played in Waco, while TCU leads 54-49 in games played in Fort Worth. TCU also leads 7-1 in neutral-site meetings, and the Bears hold a 16-7 lead in games played at unknown sites in the series that dates back to 1904. The last time the two teams met in a conference series was in 1996 as TCU claimed a 2-1 Southwest Conference series win in Fort Worth on April 5-7 (3-2, 6-1, 7-17). Baylor’s last series win over TCU came April 23-24, 1993 in Waco (11-5, 3-6, 8-7).

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.

Over the last 13 games, Baylor has raised its batting average from .250 to .271. The Bears have hit .306 and averaged 6.5 runs per game during the stretch. For the season, BU averages 5.1 runs per game. During the run, the Bears have scored eight or more runs six times and 10 or more four times. Prior to the run, BU had scored eight or more runs four times and 10 just once.

Since allowing six runs in three innings on March 29 against Kansas State, Max Garner (2-4, 3.56 ERA) has returned to form in his last two starts. Prior to that start versus K-State, Garner had not given up more than three runs in any of his first six starts. Since the K-State game, he has posted 12.1 innings in two starts while allowing two runs on 11 hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. He earned his first win since March 3 against West Virginia on April 6 with six scoreless frames. In his last start against No. 8 Oklahoma, he threw 6.1 innings while yielding two runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. The start gave him his fifth this season of lasting at least six innings while giving up three runs or less.

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 65th 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).




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