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Baseball Hosts Nebraska for Big 12 Series

Baylor (22-15, 5-8 Big 12) vs. Nebraska (18-19, 5-10 Big 12)
Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)

FRIDAY, APRIL 23 | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Logan Verrett
4-3, 3.06 ERA, 53.0 IP, 17 BB, 62 K
NU - RHP Michael Mariot

4-4, 5.22 ERA, 60.1 IP, 20 BB, 37 K

SATURDAY, APRIL 24 | 3:00 P.M.

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BU - RHP Craig Fritsch
0-1, 2.56 ERA, 38.2 IP, 13 BB, 29 K
NU - RHP Tyler Niederklein

2-0, 1.59 ERA, 17.0 IP, 10 BB, 11 K

SUNDAY, APRIL 25 | 1:00 P.M.
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NU - RHP Tom Lemke

4-4, 5.35 ERA, 37.0 IP, 17 BB, 27 K

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Baylor looks to snap a three-game losing streak in Big 12 play when the Bears host Nebraska for a three-game series this weekend. The Bears dropped three games below .500 in league play after being swept at Kansas State, but they return to Baylor Ballpark this weekend, where they have won 15 of their last 17 games.

Baylor (22-15) split its two midweek games this week. The Bears knocked off Sam Houston State, 9-5, on Tuesday, but lost at Texas State, 9-3, the following day.

Nebraska (18-19) enters the weekend on a three-game losing streak after dropping its lone midweek game against Creighton at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. The Cornhuskers won the series opener against Kansas last weekend, but dropped the final two games for their fifth consecutive series loss. Nebraska has gone 1-2 in all five of its Big 12 series this season.

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Live streaming video is available for all three games in the series against Nebraska. For more information, follow the Baylor All-Access link at

Overall:  Baylor leads 30-25-1
Waco:  Baylor leads 19-6-1
Lincoln:  Nebraska leads 13-7
Neutral Site:  Nebraska leads 6-4
Smith vs. NU:  23-21
First Meeting:  4/4/1938
Last Meeting:  5/17/2009



BAYLOR: Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 574-378-1 (16th season)

   Record at Baylor: 574-378-1 (16th season)

NEBRASKA: Mike Anderson

   Alma Mater: Northern Colorado, 1990
   Career Record: 298-163-2 (seventh season)

   Record at NU: 298-163-2 (seventh season)



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Baylor and Nebraska have met 56 times, and the Bears hold a 30-25-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Bears are 19-6-1 against the Cornhuskers in games played in Waco, while Nebraska leads 13-7 in games played in Lincoln. Nebraska leads 6-4 in neutral site meetings. Head coach Steve Smith is 23-21 all-time against the Cornhuskers, but Nebraska swept all three games against the Bears in Lincoln last year.


Jake Mort's first of two home runs erased a one-run deficit and gave Nebraska a lead it never relinquished as the Huskers defeated Baylor 9-4 in Sunday's Big 12 Conference series finale at Haymarket Park. Baylor (27-23, 10-16) has lost 10 consecutive conference games, the longest conference skid in program history. Nebraska earned its first Big 12 sweep since last year's Texas Tech series.

Baylor strung together three consecutive two-out singles in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. It was the Bears' first lead in a Big 12 game since the seventh inning of the Oklahoma series finale, a five-plus-game span. However, that lead was short-lived as Nebraska rallied for three unearned runs on one hit in the bottom of the inning. DJ Belfonte was hit by a pitch to open the frame and later scored on a wild pitch. Jeff Tezak added a two-out, two-run double.

Nebraska held that 3-1 advantage until the Bears rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth. Shaver Hansen opened the inning with a double, and Ben Booker then reached on an error. Don Lambert scored Hansen with a one-out RBI double, and Raynor Campbell followed with a two-run double to give the Bears a 4-3 lead.

However, Khiry Cooper walked to open the bottom of the fifth, and Mort delivered a one-out, two-run homer two batters later. Nebraska added a pair of runs on two hits and a Baylor error in the seventh. Mort then blasted a two-out, two-run homer in the eighth to cap the scoring at 9-4,

Senior Erik Bird tossed a complete game for the Huskers in his first career Big 12 start. Bird (2-1) allowed four runs - three earned - on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.

Starter Shawn Tolleson (1-2) took the loss for the Bears; he allowed five runs - only two of which were earned - on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 6.0 innings.

Mort finished the game 3-for-5 with four runs and five RBI. Hansen and Lambert each had two hits for the Bears.

• The Baylor bullpen has combined to post a 15-2 record with 14 saves and a 2.99 ERA over 162.1 innings.
• Opponents are hitting .253 against BU relievers, and eight Bears have posted ERAs of 3.72 or better in relief roles.
• The Bears have won 15 of their last 17 games at Baylor Ballpark.
• This season's Baylor squad is 18-0 when leading at any point after the sixth inning.
• The Baylor pitching staff has allowed the fewest home runs (16) of any team in the Big 12 Conference. The nine other teams in the league have given up an average of 29.33 home runs this season.
• Baylor has four more triples (18) than any other team in the conference.
• The Bears have been successful on 82.7% of their stolen bases attempted (43-for-52).
• Baylor and Kansas State are the only two Big 12 teams to have scored at least two runs in every game.
• Baylor enters the weekend third in the Big 12 in batting (.311 batting average) and fourth in pitching (4.13 ERA); The Bears are the only Big 12 team in the top four in both categories.
• The Bears have won 41 consecutive games when leading after eight innings since squandering a six-run, ninth-inning lead against Texas A&M in the 2008 series finale (April 20).

• Freshman outfielder Logan Vick is tied with Jon Topolski for the Baylor freshman walks record with 39.
• Vick is the only Baylor player to start every game this season.
• Vick has drawn 11 more walks than any other player in the conference; he also has 24 more walks than any other Baylor player, and his 39 walks rank fifth in the nation.
• Vick is also eighth in the Big 12 with a .480 on-base percentage - well above the Baylor freshman record of .455 set by Eric Nelson in 1996.
• Sophomore RHP Logan Verrett is expected to make the first Friday night start of his career; all 12 of his previous starts during the regular season have come on Saturdays.
• Junior RHP Craig Fritsch is expected to start on Saturday; it will be his first Big 12 start since March 22, 2009.
Joey Hainsfurther enters the weekend ranked eighth in the Big 12 Conference with a .379 batting average.
Max Muncy is tied for second in the Big 12 with 10 home runs.
• Muncy has already set the Baylor freshman home runs record, and his next multi-RBI game will give him 14 - the most ever by a Baylor freshman.
Gregg Glime has thrown out 13 of 30 attempted base stealers this season.
• Glime leads the Bears with a .622 slugging percentage in Big 12 play.
Brooks Pinckard is tied for eighth in the Big 12 with 12 stolen bases. He had been successful on 20 consecutive attempted steals before being caught when he overslid second base at Kansas State on Sunday.
Josh Turley leads the team and is tied for 10th in the Big 12 with 17 appearances on the mound; he has worked more than an inning in 13 of those outings, including 10 appearances of 2.0 or more innings.
• Verrett enters the weekend ranked ninth in the Big 12 with a 3.06 ERA. Verrett is also sixth in the conference with 62 strikeouts.
• All three of Verrett's losses this season have come in games he pitched exactly 7.0 innings.
• Pinckard is tied for second in the Big 12 with nine saves, and he has converted all nine save opportunities this season.
• Pinckard's nine saves rank seventh on Baylor's single season saves list.
• Fritsch enters the weekend ranked seventh in the Big 12 with a 2.56 ERA.
• Fritsch has allowed just an unearned run over his last 15.0 innings covering four appearances.
Shawn Tolleson enters the weekend seventh in the Big 12 with 61 strikeouts.

Baylor takes on TCU for a home-and-home series on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Bears head north to play at Lupton Stadium on Tuesday, and then return to Baylor Ballpark for a rematch on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Baylor and TCU have played 240 times, and the Bears hold a 135-105 advantage in the all-time series. Baylor is 69-41 against the Horned Frogs in games played in Waco, while TCU leads the series 50-49 in games played in Fort Worth. TCU has won seven of eight neutral site meetings, and the Bears are 16-7 in games played in the series at sites not on record. The Bears have won the last two meetings between the teams, and Baylor is 16-17 against TCU during the Steve Smith era.



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