April 21, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball faces Texas State in a home and home set in midweek action over the next two days. Games between the Bears (18-21) and Bobcats (22-17) are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday in Waco and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in San Marcos on ESPN3.
Baylor leads the all-time series against Texas State 48-19 overall, 34-14 under Steve Smith, 35-14 in Waco and 12-5 in San Marcos, and has won four of the last five meetings. The teams split their two contests last season with each team winning at home. BU enters the games after salvaging the series finale at Kansas State last weekend to end a 17-game losing streak away from Baylor Ballpark. TSU heads into the contests after sweeping Georgia State at home over the 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 www.BaylorBears.com, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.
Date(s): April 22-23, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. | 6:30 P.M. CT
Location: Waco, Texas | San Marcos, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark | Bobcat Ballpark
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
TV: CW Austin/KBVO (Wed. only)
Overall: BU leads 48-19
Waco: BU leads 35-14
San Marcos: BU leads 12-5
Neutral Site: BU leads 1-0
Smith vs: BU leads 34-14
First Meeting: March 26, 1919
Last Meeting: April 16, 2013
Streak: BU has lost one
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com | TXStateBobcats.com
Video: BaylorBears.com | ESPN3 (Wed.)
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2014 Record: 18-21
2014 Big 12 Record: 5-9
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 713-481-1 (20th season)
BU: 713-481-1 (20th season)
AVG: Duncan Wendel (.275)
2B: Matt Menard (7)
HR: Porter, Sheppard (3)
RBI: Adam Toth (18)
SB: Adam Toth (10)
TEXAS STATE BOBCATS
2014 Record: 22-17
2014 Sun Belt Record: 11-7
Head Coach: Ty Harrington
Career: 499-367 (15th season)
TSU: 499-367 (15th season)
AVG: Garrett Mattlage (.313)
2B: Garrett Mattlage (7)
HR: Granger Studdard (5)
RBI: Garrett Mattlage (33)
SB: Garrett Mattlage (9)
BAYLOR VS. TEXAS STATE SERIES
Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Texas State 48-19 overall, 34-14 under Steve Smith, 35-14 in Waco and 12-5 in San Marcos. Last season, the teams split as BU won 6-3 at home on Feb. 19, 2013, before losing 3-0 on the road on April 16, 2013. The Bears have won four of the last five meetings in the series.
BAYLOR VS. THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE
Baylor is 145-57 against current members of the Sun Belt Conference, and 1-1 this season. The Bears have played UT Arlington twice as they won 5-2 at home on Feb. 18 before losing 14-3 on the road on March 25. BU's record against the league's teams is as follows: Arkansas State (0-1), Arkansas-Little Rock (3-0), Louisiana-Lafayette (1-1), Louisiana-Monroe (7-3), South Alabama (1-1), Texas State (48-19), UT Arlington (83-31), Western Kentucky (2-1).
BAYLOR ENDS SKID AWAY FROM BAYLOR BALLPARK AT KANSAS STATE
Baylor earned its first win away from Baylor Ballpark on Saturday at Kansas State since the first game of the season on Feb. 14 at No. 19 Arizona State - a span of 64 days. Baylor is now 2-14 on the road and 0-3 in neutral site games this season as its 17-game losing streak away from Baylor Ballpark came to a close. The win made Baylor just the second team to defeat K-State at Tointon Family Stadium this season as the Wildcats entered Saturday 14-2 at home with both losses coming to Kansas on April 5-6.
BAYLOR BALLPARK'S HOME SWEET HOME ADVANTAGE
In Baylor's first 20 home games of the 2014 season, it has outscored its opponents 88-55 with a 16-4 record -- its best start at home since 2012. BU's pitchers have racked up 134 strikeouts in 178.0 innings, allowing just 130 hits and 59 walks with a 1.77 ERA. Since the park opened in 1999, Baylor owns a 365-148 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.
Daniel Castano NAMED BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Daniel Castano was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Monday. The honor is Castano's first of his career, the third such award for the Bears this season and sixth weekly accolade from the conference this year.
The left-handed starting pitcher was phenomenal Saturday to help Baylor salvage the series finale at Kansas State in front of a sold-out crowd and national TV audience on ESPNU as he tossed a career-high eight innings while allowing an unearned run on six hits and no walks with a career-high six strikeouts in earning the win. He was only really challenged in the seventh inning after a pair of two-out singles but got a grounder to escape and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth to cap his day.
The Austin native and Lake Travis High School product has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first six collegiate starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA while allowing nine runs (four earned) on 26 hits and seven walks with 19 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. In his last three starts, he's thrown at least six innings, given up six or less hits, two or less runs, two or less walks and had four or more strikeouts.
Add Matt Menard's newcomer honor from last week, and Baylor's back-to-back newcomer awards are the first for the program since Adam Toth, Michael Howard and Nathan Orf pulled off the trifecta in 2012. BU is tied with TCU for the league lead in weekly awards this season with six. The Bears are also tied for the lead in newcomer accolades with Texas Tech (3) and pitcher accolades with TCU (3). BU's six weekly awards from the league are the most for the program since 2012 (11).
Castano joins teammates Menard and Darryn Sheppard on the list of Baylor players to earn the rookie honor as Sheppard garnered the award 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.
Josh Michalec NEARING BAYLOR SAVES RECORD IN FIRST CHANCE AT CLOSER ROLE
Closer Josh Michalec ranks third in the country in saves as of April 21 and has closed out 14 of Baylor's 18 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 14-for-15 in save chances in his career. Among Baylor records, Michalec ranks tied for second all-time in single season saves (Kyle Edens, 2002, 14) -- one shy of tying Zane Carlson's record in 2000 -- and seventh in career saves -- two shy of Brooks Pinckard for sixth.
Adam Toth LEADING THE BAYLOR OFFENSE
Junior outfielder Adam Toth has been on a roll at the plate over his last 20 games as he is 24-for-75 for a .320 batting average. During the stretch he has 13 runs scored, 11 RBI, two doubles, two triples, two homers and four steals. Overall, he has a team-leading 10 multi-hit games and is tied for second on the team with three multi-RBI games. He hit his second home run of the season and third of his career at Kansas State on Friday. His first career long ball came in 2012. In addition to his career-high homer total this season he also has a career-high four triples and his 18 RBI are tied with his career-high total from 2012.
Lawton Langford WALKING AT HIGH RATE
Lawton Langford has displayed great patience at the plate all year long as he ranks 11th in the nation as of April 21 in walks per game (0.89) and 12th in walks (32). He's had multiple walks in 10 games with the max being three on Feb. 23 against Austin Peay and on April 11 at Dallas Baptist. Only 16 times in 33 games has he failed to draw a walk.
BAYLOR IN TV GAMES
Baylor is 7-7 this season in TV games with six wins and 11 of the 14 games being vs. ranked teams -- BU is 6-5 vs. ranked teams. The Bears opened the season with their debut on the Pac-12 Network and earned a comeback win over No. 19 Arizona State on Feb. 14. BU earned a 5-4 win on March 9 in the series rubber match vs. No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on FOX Sports Southwest. The Bears took two of three games from No. 23 Texas Tech March 14-16 with games airing on FOX College Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Southwest, respectively. BU took two of three from No. 20 Oklahoma State on March 21-23 with games airing on FOX College Sports (first two) and FOX Sports Plus (finale). On March 30, the West Virginia finale aired on FOX Sports 2. April 4-6, all three games at Texas aired on the Longhorn Network. Last Thursday, Baylor lost at Kansas State on FOX College Sports before winning last Saturday on ESPNU. Since 2011, BU is 24-19 in TV games. The Bears are 54-60 all-time in TV games.