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Bears Open Busy Week at Texas State

1B/DH Dustin Dickerson leads Baylor with a .380 batting average over the last 20 games.

1B/DH Dustin Dickerson leads Baylor with a .380 batting average over the last 20 games.

April 23, 2007

WACO, Texas -- Baylor baseball returns to action Tuesday, April 24, traveling to San Marcos, Texas, for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch at Texas State. This is the third and final scheduled meeting between Baylor and Texas State this season. The Bears posted wins of 10-4 and 6-4 at Baylor Ballpark earlier this season.


Baylor (22-19) defeated Missouri 8-3 in Sunday's series finale to snap a two-game skid. The Bears are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have not won consecutive games since defeating Houston 12-6 and 19th-ranked Oklahoma 4-2 in early April. Baylor is 4-10 on the road this season, including a 3-6 mark on opponents' home fields. The Bears are unranked in all four major polls.


Texas State (29-13) took two of three at Central Arkansas over the weekend, winning 20-10 in Sunday's finale. The Bobcats are 7-3 in their last 10 games and 16-6 since March 16. Texas State is 16-2 at home this season, dropping a 1-0 decision to Sam Houston State and a 5-2 decision to Southeastern Louisiana.


This is the 53rd all-time meeting between Baylor and Texas State; the Bears hold a 38-14 advantage in the series, including a 6-3 edge in games played at San Marcos. Baylor posted a 4-3 victory at Texas State last season thanks to Zach Dillon's game-winning, seventh-inning RBI triple.


Baylor and Texas State have played six common opponents this season:  Missouri, Oklahoma, Rice, Texas, UT-Arlington and Texas Southern. The Bears are 7-7 against that sextet, while the Bobcats are 8-3 with single wins against Oklahoma and Rice and three-game series sweeps against UTA and Texas Southern.


Neither team has declared a starter for Tuesday's game.


Baylor is hitting .311 as a team over the last 20 games, averaging 7.2 runs per game during that time. Two freshmen - Dustin Dickerson and Shaver Hansen - have led that surge, hitting .380 and .375, respectively, over the last 20 games. Hansen leads all players with 19 RBI in that time, while Beamer Weems leads the team with 23 hits in that span. Chase Gerdes enters Tuesday's game riding a career-long nine-game hitting streak; he also has hit safely in seven consecutive games away from Baylor Ballpark.


After Tuesday's game at Texas State, the Bears host Prairie View A&M for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch Wednesday at Baylor Ballpark. That game is a schedule addition to replace the March 13 rain out against Winthrop; tickets for the March 13 contest will be honored at Wednesday's game.


Baylor returns to Big 12 Conference play this weekend with the annual split series against Texas A&M. The Bears and the 18th-ranked Aggies meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Baylor Ballpark; the series then shifts to College Station for a 3 p.m. Saturday contest and Sunday's 1 p.m. series finale.



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