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Baseball Hosts Kansas this Weekend for Three-Game Series

April 24, 2014

Kansas at Baylor
April 25-27, 2014 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
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FRI. | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Brad Kuntz
4-2, 3.67 ERA
KU -RHP Jordan Piche'

4-5, 6.34 ERA
SAT. | 3:00 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
3-2, 3.10 ERA
KU - RHP Robert Kahana

2-4, 2.90 ERA
SUN. | 1:00 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Daniel Castano
5-1, 2.27 ERA
KU - RHP Frank Duncan
4-2, 2.09 ERA

WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball hosts Kansas this weekend in a three-game Big 12 series at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears (19-22, 5-9 Big 12) and Jayhawks (23-20, 6-9 Big 12) have games scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday on FOX Sports Plus, 3 p.m. Saturday on FOX Sports Plus and 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX College Sports.

Baylor enters the weekend following a home and home split with Texas State and lost last weekend's Big 12 series at Kansas State, 2-1. Kansas comes to town after losing at home to Missouri State and was swept last weekend at Oklahoma State. BU leads the all-time series against KU, 45-13, and has won 13 of the 17 all-time series in Big 12 play. Last season, the Jayhawks notched their first-ever sweep of BU on May 3-5, 2013, in Lawrence, Kansas.

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.

Date(s): April 25-27, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. | 3 P.M. | 1 P.M. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
TV: FS-Plus | FS-Plus | FCS
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Combs (color)

Overall: BU leads 45-13
Waco: BU leads 24-3
Lawrence: BU leads 17-10
Neutral Site: BU leads 4-0
Smith vs: BU leads 40-13
First Meeting: 1957
Last Meeting: May 5, 2013
Streak: BU has lost three

Live Stats:
Video: N/A due to TV rights
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

2014 Record: 19-22
2014 Big 12 Record: 5-9
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 714-482-1 (20th season)
BU: 714-482-1 (20th season)

AVG: Duncan Wendel (.279)
2B: Matt Menard (7)
HR: Porter, Sheppard (3)
RBI: Adam Toth (18)
SB: Adam Toth (10)

2014 Record: 23-20
2014 Big 12 Record: 6-9
Head Coach: Ritch Price
Career: 597-549-3 (20th season)
KU: 380-329-2 (12th season)

AVG: Michael Tinsley (.370)
2B: Michael Suiter (9)
HR: Connor McKay (9)
RBI: Connor McKay (38)
SB: Tucker Tharp (9)

Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Kansas 45-13 overall, 40-13 under Steve Smith and 24-3 in Waco. Last season, the Jayhawks swept the Bears in Lawrence for the first time ever on May 3-5, 2013. Baylor has won 13 of the 17 all-time Big 12 series between the teams. The only time KU has won a series in Waco was March 26-28, 2010. March 28, 2010, is the last time Kansas won a game in Waco as BU has won three straight at home in the series. The Bears have swept KU nine times in Big 12 play.

As one of the league's founding members in 1997, Baylor owns a 483-540-4 record against the current members of the Big 12 Conference. The Bears own a 264-203 all-time record in regular season play. BU's all-time record against current league foes is as follows: Kansas (45-13), Kansas State (42-21), Oklahoma (37-40), Oklahoma State (37-39), TCU (138-112), Texas (105-234-4), Texas Tech (77-78) and West Virginia (2-3).

In Baylor's first 21 home games of the 2014 season, it has outscored its opponents 92-58 with a 17-4 record -- its best start at home since 2012. BU's pitchers have racked up 141 strikeouts in 187.0 innings, allowing just 136 hits and 59 walks with a 1.73 ERA. Since the park opened in 1999, Baylor owns a 366-148 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.

Following Saturday's game, the Bears will shave their heads to raise money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the Vs. Cancer Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving kids' lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. Of the proceeds, the foundation will send half to benefit McLane Children's Hospital in Temple, Texas, and the other half will benefit national childhood cancer research.

All fans are invited to shave their heads via Sport Clips with the team for a minimum donation of $10 to be collected on game day. Fans can also donate by visiting the team's website at The team has raised over $1,300 so far and has a goal of $5000.

Closer Josh Michalec was one of 50 players named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) mid-season Stopper of the Year watch list, the association announced Wednesday.

The right-hander from Houston is one of three Big 12 players on the 10th annual list as he leads the league in saves (15) and entered the week ranked third in the nation. Michalec is the first BU hurler to be on the list since Max Garner started the 2013 season on the pre-season watch list.

Michalec picked up his 15th save of the season and career Tuesday in a win over Texas State. He is now 15-for-16 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts and has closed out 15 of Baylor's 19 wins with eight of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He's tied with Zane Carlson (2000) for first place on Baylor's single-season saves list and tied for sixth on the Big 12 single-season saves list with Carlson and Huston Street (Texas, 2003).

Overall on the season, Michalec is 0-3 with a 1.95 ERA and 15 saves in 20 appearances as he's allowed nine runs (six earned) on 17 hits and 13 walks with 17 strikeouts in 27.2 innings while holding hitters to a .179 batting average.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the Division I national saves leader and four other relief pitching standouts will be selected as finalists and released Wednesday, June 4, prior to start of NCAA Super Regional tournament competition. The NCBWA's All-America Committee will select the winner, with this year's recipient to be announced during the 2014 College World Series.

The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to the nation's top player. It also selects All-America Teams for all Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I and III Players of the Week, Division I District Players of the Year and Division III Players of the Year.

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.

After missing last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, redshirt freshman Drew Tolson has been finding his groove on the mound as he gets more innings and starts. As a starting pitcher this season, Tolson is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA in three starts as he's given up six runs (four earned) on 12 hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. He earned his first collegiate win as he threw a career-high five innings and struck out a career-high four batters while giving up just three hits, no runs and no walks on April 15 vs. Texas Southern. On Tuesday versus Texas State, he raised his career high innings and strikeouts to seven and six, respectively, while allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks, and retired the last 14 hitters he faced.

Junior outfielder Adam Toth has been on a roll at the plate over his last 22 games as he is 26-for-83 for a .313 batting average. During the stretch he has 15 runs scored, 11 RBI, three doubles, two triples, two homers and four steals. Overall, he has a team-leading 11 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 last 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.

Baylor is 7-8 this season in TV games with six wins and 11 of the 15 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. On April 17, Baylor lost at Kansas State on FOX College Sports before winning on April 19 on ESPNU. The Bears lost on Wednesday on ESPN3 at Texas State. Since 2011, BU is 24-20 in TV games. The Bears are 54-61 all-time in TV games.




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