April 23, 2009
GAMES 40-41 • APRIL 24-26 • BAYLOR BALLPARK • WACO, TEXAS
No. 9 BAYLOR (25-14, 10-7) vs. No. 13 OKLAHOMA (30-11, 8-7)
FRIDAY: 6:30 p.m. CDT -- Bears in the Pros Poster Night (Kip Wells)
SATURDAY: 1:00 p.m. CDT -- FSN-TV -- Gold-Out the Ballpark (free gold T-shirts to first 1,000 fans); Community Day
SUNDAY: 1:30 p.m. CDT -- Family Day (free admission for children 13 and under); Cub Club Day
Baylor returns to action this weekend, hosting Oklahoma for a three-game Big 12 Conference series at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears and Sooners meet Friday at 6:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised nationally on FSN. This is the seventh Big 12 series this season for Baylor and the sixth for Oklahoma.
The Bears (25-14, 10-7) are 4-6 in their last 10 games and enter the Oklahoma series with their first three-game skid of the season. Baylor lost 9-8 Tuesday night at Sam Houston State and 7-2 Wednesday night at home against Texas State. The Bears split a weather-shortened series at Oklahoma State last weekend, winning the opener 8-5 and dropping the second game 4-3. Baylor has not lost a Big 12 series since dropping two of three against Texas A&M in the first series of the conference season. The Bears, 18-7 at home this season, are ranked ninth nationally in this week's Baseball America Top 25 and 12th in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
The Sooners (30-11, 8-7) are 5-5 in their last 10 games. Oklahoma snapped a three-game skid of its own Wednesday night, defeating Wichita State 8-1 in Norman. The Sooners were swept at Texas last weekend. Oklahoma is 11-9 on the road this season, including a 10-8 mark on opponents' home fields; the Sooners are 4-5 on the road in Big 12 play with road series wins at Kansas State and Missouri. OU is ranked 13th nationally this week in the Baseball America Top 25 and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
Baylor and Oklahoma have played six common opponents this season: Houston Baptist, Kansas State, Missouri, TCU, Texas Tech and UCLA. The Bears are 9-3 against that sextet, while the Sooners are 14-3.
All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio. 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.
Live streaming video also is available for the Oklahoma series opener and finale at www.BaylorBears.com. Saturday's game will not be available due to Big 12 television policies.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Baylor: RHP Kendal Volz, Jr. (3-3, 3.66 ERA, 59.0 IP, 55 H, 27 BB, 52 K, .253 OBA)
Oklahoma: RHP Andrew Doyle, Jr. (5-3, 3.96 ERA, 61.1 IP, 12 BB, 42 K, .264 OBA)
Baylor: LHP Aaron Miller, Jr. (3-1, 3.05 ERA, 38.1 IP, 16 BB, 49 K, .221 OBA)
Oklahoma: RHP Garrett Richards, Jr. (5-1, 6.81 ERA, 37.0 IP, 26 BB, 41 K, .299 OBA)
Oklahoma: RHP Antwonie Hubbard, So. (2-2, 2.81 ERA, 25.2 IP, 13 BB, 24 K, .233 OBA)
Overall: Baylor leads 32-28
Waco: Baylor leads 21-10
Norman: Oklahoma leads 18-7
Neutral Site: Baylor leads 4-0
During Big 12 era: Baylor leads 21-17
Smith vs. OU: 22-22
First Meeting: Baylor 8, Oklahoma 5 
Last Meeting: Baylor 7, at Oklahoma 3 [3/30/2008]
BAYLOR: Steve Smith
Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986
Career Record: 547-351-1 [15th season]
Record at Baylor: 547-351-1 [15th season]
OKLAHOMA: Sunny Golloway
Alma Mater: Oklahoma Christian, 1984
Career Record: 492-245-1 [13th season]
Record at Oklahoma: 157-89-1 [5th season]
BAYLOR-ISP SPORTS NETWORK
1660 ESPN RADIO (Waco)
Tom Barfield, play-by-play
Lark Smith, color
FSN NATIONAL BROADCAST
Greg Lucas, play-by-play
Jack Lazorko, color
BAYLOR-OKLAHOMA SERIES HISTORY
Baylor and Oklahoma meet for the 61st, 62nd and 63rd times this weekend. The Bears hold a 32-28 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to an 8-5 Baylor victory in 1936. Baylor is 21-10 against Oklahoma in Waco and 22-22 against the Sooners during head coach Steve Smith's tenure.
The Bears hold a 19-17 advantage in regular-season Big 12 meetings, winning 13 of 18 such games in Waco. Baylor also is 7-5 in Big 12 series meetings; the Bears have won all six Big 12 series against Oklahoma in Waco. Each program has posted one series sweep since the inception of the Big 12 in 1997; Baylor swept OU in Waco in 2003, and the Sooners returned the favor at Norman the following season.
Baylor and Oklahoma have met twice at the Big 12 Championship; the Bears won both games. In 2004, Baylor eliminated the Sooners in the old double-elimination format with a 14-4, seven-inning victory at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. In 2007, the Bears edged the Sooners 7-6 in the final game of pool play at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City; with that win, the Bears reached their fifth Big 12 Championship title game.
The series is tied 5-5 in the last 10 regular-season meetings. Oklahoma won two of three at Norman last season, taking the first game 11-2 and the second game 3-2 in 10 innings. Baylor led 2-1 entering the ninth inning of the second game, but OU got a one-out solo homer from Jamie Johnson in the ninth and a J.T. Wise one-out, walk-off RBI single in the 10th. The Bears salvaged the finale 7-3 thanks to four home runs, two from Aaron Miller.
• Baylor has seven last-at-bat victories this season, the most by a Baylor team since the 2005 squad had 12.
• The Bears are 4-0 in extra-inning games this season. Baylor batters are 10-for-13 in extra innings.
• Baylor is 11-4 in one-run games. After enjoying a 10-game winning streak in one-run games, the Bears have lost three one-run games in their last six outings.
• Baylor is 9-4 following a loss this season and 2-1 following consecutive losses.
• The Bears are 14-5 when the temperature at first pitch is at least 70 degrees.
• Baylor ranks third in the Big 12 Conference in batting (.309), eighth in pitching (4.80) and eighth in fielding (.963) through games of April 22.
• Baylor ranks second in the league in home runs (57) behind only Oklahoma (63). The Bears also are second in the conference in home runs in Big 12 games (27) behind only Oklahoma (34).
• Baylor ranks 25th nationally in home runs.
• Baylor is hitting .350 (146-for-417) with runners in scoring position. The Bears are hitting .339 (61-for-180) with runners in scoring position and two outs.
• Baylor has 105 two-out RBI this season, while holding its opponents to 58 two-out RBI. The Bears have produced 52 two-out RBI over the last 14 games (3.7 per game).
• Baylor pinch hitters have tallied 18 hits this season. Kenton Gedwed leads the way, going 6-for-11.
• Baylor is hitting .391 (70-for-179) in the third inning and .324 (35-for-108) in the ninth inning.
• Baylor batters are 10-for-13 (.769) in extra innings.
• Baylor has out-scored its opponents 119-66 over the first three innings this season, including a 44-24 edge in the first inning and a 51-17 advantage in the third inning.
• Baylor is 22-1 when leading after six innings, winning 21 consecutive such games.
• Baylor is 17-0 when leading after eight innings. The Bears have won 23 consecutive games when leading after eight innings since squandering a six-run, ninth-inning lead in last year's Texas A&M series finale (April 20).
• 1B Dustin Dickerson ranks ninth in the Big 12 in batting average (.365), tied for eighth in hits (57) and eighth in total bases (90). ... In league games, Dickerson is tied for 10th in hits (23), tied for fourth in runs (16), tied eighth in home runs (4) and tied for seventh in total bases (38).
• Dickerson has reached safely in 25 consecutive games and in all but three games this season.
• SS Shaver Hansen leads the Big 12 in home runs (14) and is tied with Morehead State's Drew Lee for the national lead in home runs among shortstops. Hansen also leads the Big 12 with eight homers in league play.
• Hansen has 10 home runs this season while playing shortstop, breaking Beamer Weems' 2007 single-season Baylor record of nine. Hansen is the first Baylor infielder with 10-plus home runs in a season since Matt Williams (19) and Eric Nelson (17) accomplished the feat in 1999.
• Hansen is in a four-way tie for 10th on Baylor's single-season home run list. His 14 homers are the most by a Baylor player since Josh Ford had 14 in 2004. The last Bear with more than 14 homers in a season was Chris Durbin, who had 18 round-trippers in 2003.
• Hansen is 13th in the conference in batting average (.353), tied seventh in runs (41), seventh in RBI (41), second in total bases (106) and fourth in slugging percentage (.693). ... In league games, Hansen is 10th in batting average (.364), tied for sixth in hits (24), second in runs (19), tied for fourth in doubles (5), tied for third in RBI (19), first in total bases (53) and second in slugging percentage (.803).
• Hansen has hit safely in 17 of the last 21 games with 11 home runs, 30 RBI and 10 multiple-hit games.
• 3B Raynor Campbell has four home runs in Big 12 play, tied for eighth in the league. He also is tied for second with two triples in conference action and tied for fifth with 39 total bases in Big 12 games.
• Campbell is hitting .339 (19-for-56) in the month of April with five home runs, 17 RBI, four doubles, one triple, 17 runs scored and a .714 slugging percentage over 15 games. Campbell hit .197 (15-for-76) over the season's first two months.
• RF/LHP Aaron Miller ranks 11th in the league in batting average (.361), tied for seventh in home runs (9), fifth in on base percentage (.469) and sixth in slugging percentage (.632).
• In Big 12 games, Miller is seventh in ERA (2.89), fifth in strikeouts (41) and tied for sixth in saves (2). Miller is averaging a league-best 13.18 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in conference play.
• Miller is 15-for-29 (.517) with four home runs, 12 RBI, four doubles and eight runs scored over the last seven games. He also has homered in five of the last 10 games with six homers in that span.
• Miller currently is riding a 14-game hitting streak that is the longest active streak in the Big 12. He is hitting .390 (23-for-59) during that time with six home runs, 15 RBI, five doubles and 15 runs scored.
• Miller has reached safely in all but one game this season. He reached on an error and scored a run in the lone game in which he did not reach safely.
• On the mound, Miller has recorded 24 strikeouts against no walks over 17.2 innings in his last three outings.
• RHP Logan Verrett ranks 13th in the Big 12 in ERA (3.50) and tied for second in wins (7). ... In league games, Verrett is 19th in ERA (5.08), tied for fourth in wins (3) and ninth in strikeouts (33).
• Verrett is tied for 13th nationally in wins.
• Miller (11.51) and Verrett (11.36) rank 16th and 17th nationally, respectively in strikeouts per 9.0 innings.
• RHP Kendal Volz ranks 14th in the Big 12 in ERA (3.66) and sixth in innings pitched (59.0). ... In conference games, Volz is 16th in ERA (4.54), fourth in innings pitched (39.2) and sixth in strikeouts (39).
• RHP Willie Kempf is one of only six pitchers with shutouts in the Big 12 this season. He joins Missouri's Kyle Gibson and Kansas' T.J. Walz as the only pitchers to toss shutouts in conference games.
• Kempf is tied for fourth with three wins in Big 12 play.
• CF/RHP Brooks Pinckard leads all Big 12 freshmen with eight stolen bases. He has five swipes in Big 12 play, tied for fifth in the league.
• OF Adam Hornung is tied for 10th in the Big 12 with 11 doubles.
• LF Ben Booker's next hit will be the 200th of his career.
• 1B Dustin Dickerson's next RBI will be the 100th of his career. Dickerson needs 19 hits to reach 200 for his career.
• SS Shaver Hansen needs 19 hits to reach 200 for his career.
• RF/LHP Aaron Miller needs five home runs to crack Baylor's career top-10 list.
• RHP Kendal Volz has 202 career strikeouts; he needs 23 to crack Baylor's career top-10 list. He has 133 career strikeouts in Big 12 games, third all-time at Baylor behind only Jason Jennings (213) and Steven White (158). ... Volz needs to 2.1 innings to reach 200.0 career innings.
BAYLOR ON TELEVISION
Baylor is 29-34 all-time in televised games since 1988. The Bears were 1-4 in such games last season. Saturday is the second of three scheduled television games for Baylor this season. Baylor dropped a 4-3 decision at Oklahoma State last Saturday on FSN. The Bears are 4-12 all-time in games carried by the Fox Sports Network, including a 4-10 mark in FSN national broadcasts.
BAYLOR vs. RANKED OPPONENTS
Baylor is 158-235-1 against ranked opponents since the start of the Baseball America rankings in 1981. The Bears are 5-3 against ranked teams this year with two wins against TCU (13th/16th) and single wins against UCLA (ninth), UC Irvine (fifth) and Texas A&M (third). Baylor lost twice to third-ranked Texas A&M and once to 10th-ranked Rice.
The Bears are 100-146 all-time against ranked conference opponents, including a 52-65 record during the Big 12 era. Baylor is 88-85-1 all-time against ranked opponents at home, including a 3-0 mark this season. The Bears have won four straight home games against nationally ranked opponents dating back to an 8-3 victory over eighth-ranked Nebraska in last year's series finale.
For more information on Baylor's history against nationally ranked opponents, reference page 141 in the 2009 Baylor Baseball Media Guide.
BEARS ON A HOMER BARRAGE
Baylor has blasted 57 home runs this season, the seventh-best season total in school history and the most by a Baylor team since the 2003 squad had 83 homers in 68 games.
The Bears were shutout 6-0 April 4 at Kansas; the following day, the Bears tied a single-game school record with eight home runs. Baylor has hit at least one home run in each game since. That 12-game streak ties for the longest in Baylor history; it is the fifth time a Baylor team has accomplished the feat. The Bears have produced 27 homers in the current 12-game streak with seven multiple-homer games.
In 1998, Baylor enjoyed two 12-game streaks, hitting 31 homers in the first streak and 21 homers in the second streak. That team also enjoyed a nine-game streak in which 29 homers were hit with eight multiple-homer games.
The 1999 squad hit 16 homers in its 12-game streak. That team also enjoyed streaks of 10 games (24 homers) and nine games (31 homers) that were separated by only one game. Baylor again had a 12-game homer streak in 2003, blasting 27 homers in that stetch with nine multiple-homer games.
Here are some other homer notes from around the Big 12 Conference this season:
PLAYERS WITH MULTIPLE-HOMER GAMES
5 -- BAYLOR (Dickerson , Campbell, Hansen, Hornung, Miller)
4 -- Oklahoma (Baker, C. Johnson, J. Johnson, Wise)
4 -- Oklahoma State (Kroll , Medchill , Dabbs, McMurry)
3 -- Texas A&M (L. Anders, N. Anders, Colligan)
MULTIPLE, MULTIPLE-HOMER GAMES
2 -- Dustin Dickerson, Baylor (Texas Tech, UT Arlington)
2 -- Tony Thompson, Kansas (Western Illinois, Texas Tech)
HOMERS IN THREE-PLUS CONSECUTIVE GAMES
3 -- Dustin Dickerson, Baylor (Missouri, UT Arlington, UT Arlington) [4 homers]
3 -- Shaver Hansen, Baylor (Kansas State, Texas State, Prairie View A&M)
3 -- Aaron Miller, Baylor (Oklahoma State, Oklahoma State, Sam Houston State) [4 homers]
3 -- Jed Hanson, Nebraska (Northern Colorado, Oklahoma, Wichita State) *
3 -- Jamie Johnson, Oklahoma (Washington State, UALR, UALR)
3 -- JT Wise, Oklahoma (Nebraska, Nebraska, Nebraska)
3 -- Neil Medchill, Oklahoma State (Cal State Fullerton, Rhode Island, Cal State Fullerton)
3 -- Doug Kroll, Oklahoma State (Manhattan, East Carolina, College of Charleston)
* - active streak
BEARS COMING THROUGH IN LATE INNINGS
Baylor has seven wins this season in its last at bat, including six walk-off victories. Four times the Bears have produced extra-inning, walk-off hits; 1B Dustin Dickerson produced two of those four hits. Dickerson also had a game-winning, two-run single in the top of the ninth in the Kansas series opener; the hit snapped a 6-6 tie and the Bears held on for an 8-6 win.
HANSEN HOMERUN TALLY AMONG BAYLOR BESTS
With 14 home runs on the season, SS Shaver Hansen leads Big 12 lead in round-trippers; he also leads the conference with eight homers in league games. Through games of April 19, Hansen was tied for 25th nationally in home runs. Through games of April 22, Hansen and Morehead State's Drew Lee shared the national homerun lead among players who regularly play shortstop.
Hansen is the first Baylor infielder with 10-plus home runs in a season since Michael Griffin had 10 in 2004. Hansen's 14 homers are the most by any Baylor player since Josh Ford had 14 in 2004 and the most by a Baylor infielder since 1999 when Matt Williams had 19 and Eric Nelson had 17.
Hansen currently is tied with Fritz Connally (1980), Chris Durbin and Ford for 10th on Baylor's all-time, single-season home run list. His home run Wednesday night against Texas State was his 10th this season while playing shortstop, topping Beamer Weems' 2007 single-season school record for home runs by a shortstop (nine).
A product of Grand Junction, Colo., Hansen has 11 home runs in the last 21 games, homering in nine of those 21 games. He is hitting .395 (32-for-81) in that time with 30 RBI, four doubles, 26 runs, 69 total bases and an .852 slugging percentage.
DICKERSON'S STREAK ENDS; MILLER'S CONTINUES
1B Dustin Dickerson was 0-for-3 with a walk in Wednesday night's loss to Texas State. That put an end to his career-long, 24-game hitting streak that was the longest this season in the Big 12. Dickerson's streak also was the third-longest in Baylor history and tied for the seventh-longest in Big 12 history. Dickerson hit .376 (38-for-101) during the streak with six doubles, seven home runs, 29 runs scored and 18 RBI.
However, RF/LHP Aaron Miller picked up right where Dickerson left off. Miller, who earlier this season had a career-long, 17-game streak, has hit safely in 14 consecutive games. In fact, Miller's two streaks were separated by only four games as he was 0-for-1 twice and 1-for-3 once and 0-for-3 once during the interlude. Miller has reached safely in all but one game this season; in that game, he reached on an error and scored.
While Dickerson's overall hitting streak ended, he still has hit safely in 16 consecutive Big 12 games. After going hitless in four at bats at Texas A&M in the Bears' conference opener, Dickerson has hit safely in each league contest. He is hitting .333 (23-for-69) during that streak with three doubles, four home runs, 16 runs and 10 RBI. Dickerson's 16-game Big 12 hitting streak is the league's longest this season and the fifth-longest in Baylor history.
Furthermore, Dickerson and/or Miller has hit safely in every game this season since both were hitless in the season opener. Miller joins Kansas' Tony Thompson as the only Big 12 players this season with multiple hitting streaks of 12-plus games.
Here is a look at the longest hitting streaks in the Big 12 this season (through games of April 22):
24 -- Dustin Dickerson, Baylor
17 -- Aaron Miller, Baylor
15 -- Garrett Buechele, Oklahoma
15 -- Chris Richburg, Texas Tech
14 -- Aaron Miller, Baylor *
14 -- Brandon Belt, Texas
14 -- Tony Thompson, Kansas
14 -- Tony Thompson, Kansas **
13 -- Adam Bailey, Nebraska
13 -- Bryant Hernandez, Oklahoma
13 -- Neil Medchill, Oklahoma State
12 -- Michael Dabbs, Oklahoma State
12 -- David Narodowski, Kansas
BIG 12 GAMES
16 - Dustin Dickerson, Baylor *
11 - Buck Afenir, Kansas *
11 - Garrett Buechele, Oklahoma
11 - Kyle Colligan, Texas A&M ***
11 - J.T. Wise, Oklahoma
10 - Brandon Belt, Texas *
10 - Michael Torres, Texas *
* - active
** - also hit safely in the final nine games of the 2008 season
*** - also hit safely in the final seven Big 12 game of the 2008 season
GEDWED AMONG BIG 12 PINCH-HIT LEADERS
OF Kenton Gedwed leads the Bears with six pinch hits this season, the most by a Baylor player since Ross Bennett had eight pinch hits in 2002 (Jared Clements also had six pinch hits in 2002). Through games of April 22, Gedwed is tied with Texas Tech's Logan Leslie for the Big 12 lead in pinch hits. Here is a look at the league's pinch-hit leaders with total pinch-hit at bats in parentheses:
6 -- Kenton Gedwed, Baylor (12)
6 -- Logan Leslie, Texas Tech (17)
5 -- Tyler Ogle, Oklahoma (8)
4 -- Ross Hubbard, Oklahoma (14)
4 -- Mike Kindel, Kansas State (7)
3 -- five players
Baylor is 19-7 in extra-inning games since the start of the 2003 season. After limping to a 1-3 record last season, the Bears already are 4-0 in extra frames this year. The Bears' 10-inning, 2-1 victory over Pacific in the 2009 season opener snapped a three-game losing streak in such games.
Five of the 19 wins over the past six-plus seasons have come on an opponent's home field (Arizona twice, Arizona State, Texas and Vanderbilt). Three of the 15 wins were either neutral-site games or games at Baylor Ballpark in which the Bears were the visitor. Four of the 15 wins have come in postseason play, including two at the Big 12 Tournament and one at the College World Series.
Baylor's luck was not as good in 2002 when the Bears were 1-5 in extra-inning games, including a span of three consecutive games lost in extra innings in mid-May.
VERRETT EARNS USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS INVITE
RHP Logan Verrett has been named one of 17 initial invitees to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials, the governing body of amateur baseball in the United States announced Tuesday. Verrett is the lone player from the Big 12 Conference on the initial invitee list.
A freshman from Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, Verrett is 7-1 this season with two saves and a 3.50 ERA. He has leads the Bears with 54 strikeouts against 16 walks over 43.2 innings. Baylor is 11-2 this season in his 13 appearances, including an 8-1 mark when he pitches in relief.
Verrett is one of five freshmen on the invitee list, joining fellow right-handers Gerrit Cole (UCLA), Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt) and Tony Zych (Louisville), and infielder Anthony Rendon (Rice). Verrett currently is tied for 13th nationally in victories; he joins Florida State's Sean Gilmartin and Sacramento State's Jesse Darrah as the nation's only freshmen with seven wins.
This is the second consecutive year in which a Baylor player has received a National Team Trials invite. Kendal Volz and Shaver Hansen both received invites last year with Volz earning a spot on the team. Verrett is the first Baylor freshman to earn a National Team Trials invite since Zane Carlson in 2000.
The 2009 National Team Trials will be held June 15-24 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The Trials will consist of 36 collegiate players vying for 22 spots on the National Team roster. Tulane head coach Rick Jones will serve as head coach for the 2009 National Team. Jones will be joined by pitching coach Mike Kennedy (Elon) and assistant coaches Dan McDonnell (Louisville) and Rob Cooper (Wright State).
VERRETT AMONG ELITE CLUB
RHP Logan Verrett is the 11th Baylor freshman to post at least six wins. Furthermore, he is only the fifth to accomplish the feat during head coach Steve Smith's tenure, joining Ryan LaMotta (2003), Abe Woody (2003), Kendal Volz (2007) and Shawn Tolleson (2008). Aaron Lineweaver established Baylor's record for wins by a freshman with nine in 1993.
Verrett, who is tied for fourth nationally in wins, is the fifth Baylor freshman to win at least seven games and the first to win accomplish the feat since LaMotta was 7-3 in 2003. Verrett's 7-0 start tied the school record for consecutive wins to start a career by a freshman; Ted Richardson finished the 1985 season at 7-0.
Baylor again plays five games next week, including four home games. The Bears host UTSA for a doubleheader Tuesday at 4 p.m. CDT. Baylor returns to Big 12 action on the weekend, facing Texas in the annual split series. The Bears and Longhorns meet Friday at 8 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The series then shifts to Baylor Ballpark for games Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Friday's game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.