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No. 3 Baseball Hosts No. 25 New Mexico State

Baylor has won a school-record 18 consecutive home games.


Baylor has won a school-record 18 consecutive home games.

April 26, 2012


    vs.  
No. 3 Baylor (36-8) vs. No. 25 New Mexico State (30-11)
April 27-28 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
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FRI. | 6:35 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Josh Turley
6-0, 1.94 ERA, 65.0 IP, 51 K
NMSU - LHP Ryan Beck

4-2, 3.98 ERA, 63.1 IP, 71 K
SAT. | 12:05 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Trent Blank
9-0, 2.18 ERA, 66.0 IP, 38 K
NMSU - RHP Adam Mott

5-0, 4.47 ERA, 52.1 IP, 51 K

The No. 3-ranked Baylor baseball team will try to extend its 18-game home winning streak when it hosts a pair of games against No. 25 New Mexico State this weekend at Baylor Ballpark. Friday's game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and Saturday's game is slated for 12:05 p.m.

The Bears are expected to start Josh Turley and Trent Blank on the mound in the short series against the Aggies. Baylor is 20-0 this season in games started by either Blank or Turley.

Both games of the two-game series against New Mexico State will have live streaming video that can be watched online though an All-Access subscription on www.BaylorBears.com.

All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio. Live streaming audio and GameTracker 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.

Following the weekend set at Baylor Ballpark, the Bears take a 10-day break for final exams before closing out the regular season with six of eight games on the road. The only two remaining home games after this weekend are May 15 vs. UTSA and May 17 vs. Texas.

SERIES INFORMATION

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES
Overall:  Never Met
Waco:  Never Met
Las Cruces:  Never Met
Neutral Site:  Never Met
Steve Smith
vs. NMSU: 
0-0

COACHES

BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 655-423-1 (18th season)

   Record at Baylor: 655-423-1 (18th season)

NEW MEXICO STATE: Rocky Ward

   Career Record: 398-386-2 (14th season)

   Record at NMSU: 398-386-2 (14th season)

 

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BAYLOR VS. NEW MEXICO STATE SERIES HISTORY
Baylor and New Mexico State have never met on a baseball diamond. The Bears have played against only one other current member of the WAC, Louisiana Tech. Baylor is 8-3 all-time against the Bulldogs/WAC teams.

BEARS RANKED No. 1 FOR FIRST TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Baylor's No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll marks the first time Baylor has ever been ranked as the nation's top team. The Bears share the top spot with Kentucky in the CBN poll and are ranked No. 3 by Baseball America and Perfect Game. Along with a No. 4 ranking in the USATODAY/ESPN coaches' poll and a No. 5 spot in the NCBWA poll, the Bears are currently ranked in the top-5 of all five national college baseball polls.

RECORD-SETTING START TO BIG 12 PLAY
Baylor's 18-0 start to Big 12 play is the best by any team in the league's 16-year history. Texas held the previous record with a 7-0 start in 1999. The Bears are the only Big 12 team ever to sweep six consecutive Big 12 series, and Baylor had never swept three straight Big 12 series prior to this season. The Bears broke Texas' record for longest winning streak in conference play by winning the series finale vs. then-No. 2 Texas A&M on April 22.

  • 18 games -- Baylor 2012
  • 17 games -- Texas 2000
  • 16 games -- Texas A&M 2008
  • 14 games -- Nebraska 2000
  • 10 games -- Oklahoma 2006

RECORD-SETTING STREAK
Baylor's 24-game winning streak lasted from March 16-April 22 and ended as the longest in school history and the longest by any Big 12 Conference team since the league began playing baseball in 1997. The Bears passed Texas' 21 straight wins in 2010 for the conference record, and the previous school record was a 20-game winning streak in 1985.

The Bears' streak was even more impressive considering 18 of the 24 games were against Big 12 Conference opponents. Baylor's longest previous Big 12 winning streak was nine games in 1999, and Baylor had never swept more than two consecutive Big 12 series prior to this season. The Bears opened the 2012 season of Big 12 play with six consecutive series sweeps (vs. Texas Tech, vs. Kansas, vs. Oklahoma State, at Missouri, at Kansas State and vs. Texas A&M).

RECORD CROWD WATCHES BEARS SWEEP BATTLE OF BRAZOS
Baylor's three-game sweep against then-No. 2 Texas A&M came in front of record crowds in all three games in the final Big 12 edition of the Battle of the Brazos.

The series opener in College Station was played in front of a Blue Bell Park-record 5,621 fans. The series shifted to Waco for the second game, and the Bears drew the largest attendance in program history when a standing-room-only crowd of 5,911 watched Baylor clinch the series with a 1-0 win in the second game of the series.

Baylor Ballpark's two-date series record was shattered when 4,887 fans turned out to watch the Bears take a 7-5 win in the series finale to finish off their sixth consecutive Big 12 series sweep. That crowd was the sixth-largest in program history, and the 10,798 fans to watch the two games against the Aggies at Baylor Ballpark were 1,009 more than the previous two-date record.

SMITH BREAKS ALL-TIME WINS RECORD
With a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on April 17, head coach Steve Smith broke Baylor's all-time wins record for any sport with his 650th career victory. Smith is 655-423-1 in 18 seasons leading the Bears. He passed his predecessor, the late Mickey Sullivan (649-428-4), for the Baylor coaching wins record. Sullivan recorded his 649 wins in 1,081 games, while Smith sits on 655 wins through 1,079 games.

BLANK-ING OPPONENTS
Baylor senior RHP Trent Blank leads the nation with nine wins (9-0) and has won 11 straight decisions dating back to his last two decisions in 2011.

Blank's success can be attributed to a drop in his arm slot, which was done during a bullpen session at the recommendation of pitching coach Trevor Mote. Blank's first outing with the lower arm slot was May 10, 2011 at TCU, when he went 3.1 scoreless innings.

With the lower arm slot, Blank has combined to go 11-0 with a 2.68 ERA over 80.2 innings pitched. If one bad relief outing in the 2011 Houston Regional against California is removed from the record, he's gone 11-0 with a 2.14 ERA over 80.0 innings of work. Prior to changing his arm slot, Blank had gone 6-4 with a 6.15 ERA over 98.0 innings in his first two-and-a-half seasons at Baylor.

Blank won his 11th straight decision when the Bears defeated then-No. 2 Texas A&M by a 1-0 scoring on April 21, and the Bears improved to 10-0 in games he's started on the mound this season. Here's a before and after comparison of his numbers:

BEFORE
Feb. 9, 2009 -
April 30, 2011
AFTER
May 10, 2011 -
present
W-L 6-4 11-0
ERA 6.15 2.68
IP 98.0 80.2
H 124 64
R/ER 73/67 25/24
WHIP 1.643 1.079

BAYLOR'S BIG FOUR
Baylor athletics has a chance at history with its "big four" sports during the 2011-12 academic year. Football (10), men's basketball (30) and women's basketball (40) combined for 80 wins, and with baseball's 36 wins to this point, the Bears are only seven wins shy of tying the national record for the most combined wins in one year by the big four sports.

Texas holds the record with 123 wins during the 2003-04 academic year. UT football (10-3), men's basketball (25-8), women's basketball (30-5) and baseball (58-15) combined for a 123-31 overall record. Entering the weekend series vs. New Mexico State, Baylor has combined for a 116-19 in the big four sports: football (10-3), men's basketball (30-8), women's basketball (40-0) and baseball (36-8).

PILING UP BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS ...
Baylor has had the Big 12 Conference's Player of the Week six times this season, passing Texas Tech (5 in 2004) for the most by any team in a single season in conference history. Logan Vick (Feb. 27 & March 19), Max Muncy (March 26), Jake Miller (April 2) and Josh Ludy (April 16 & April 23) have all been honored. Vick, Muncy and Miller combined to give the Bears Big 12 Players of the Week in three consecutive weeks, and with Ludy's awards the Bears won in five of the last six weeks.

... AND BIG 12 PITCHER AND NEWCOMER WEEKLY AWARDS
Baylor has also had two players earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors and three more players earn the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award. Josh Turley was honored as Pitcher of the Week on April 9, while Trent Blank earned the same award on Feb. 27. Freshman Adam Toth picked up the Bears' first-ever Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor on April 9 -- the award was created in 2011 -- Michael Howard was named Newcomer of the Week on April 16, and Nathan Orf gave Baylor three straight Newcomer of the Week winners when he was honored on April 23.

Baylor's 11 Big 12 weekly honors this season are the most in a single-season in program history, and the eight combined Pitcher and Player of the Week awards are the most Big 12 weekly honors in program history without the addition of the two-year-old Newcomer award. Baylor's previous high was six weekly honors in both 2004 and 2005.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Six Baylor players have started at least 41 of the team's 44 games this season, including four who have played the same position in every game: Max Muncy (all 44 at 1B), Cal Towey (all 44 at 3B), Logan Vick (43 of 44 in CF) and Jake Miller (42 of 44 at SS). Lawton Langford (2B) has started 36 of the last 40 games since starting one of the first four to start the season.

Nathan Orf (LF/DH) has been out of the starting lineup only one time this season, and Josh Ludy has been the Bears' starting catcher in 40 of 44 games and started once as DH.

Adam Toth started 7 of the first 8 games in right field before breaking his wrist, and Logan Brown (14 games) and Michael Howard (11 games) have split time when Toth wasn't in the lineup. Toth has started in the outfield in 12 of 16 games since returning in the Oklahoma State series finale on April 1.

QUICK HITS
• For the first time in program history, Baylor is ranked No. 1 nationally (Collegiate Baseball).
• Baylor is ranked in the top 5 of all five national college baseball polls this week.
• Baylor's school-record 24-game winning streak (3/16--4/22) remains the longest streak in Division I this season.
• Baylor's 36 wins are the most by any Division I team this season. Kentucky (35) and UCF (34) are 2nd and 3rd.
• Baylor's 18-game winning streak in Big 12 Conference play is the longest by any team in the league's 16-year history. The Bears' broke Texas' record of 17 straight conference wins set in 2010.
• Baylor holds the nation's longest active home (18) winning streak.
• Baylor's 18-game home winning streak broke the previous school record of 15 straight home wins in 2000.
• Baylor has won 9 consecutive Big 12 series dating back to last season. The Bears are 24-3 in those series.
• Baylor's 18-0 start in Big 12 play is the best by any team in the conference's 16-year history -- 11 games better than the previous longest winning streak to start a Big 12 season (Texas started 7-0 in 1999).
• Baylor is 25-0 this year in games started by Josh Turley (10-0), Trent Blank (10-0) or Joey Hainsfurther (5-0).
• Head coach Steve Smith broke Baylor's all-time wins record with his 650th career victory on April 17. He passed his predecessor Mickey Sullivan for the most wins by any coach in Baylor Athletics history.
• Seven Baylor starters have on-base percentages at .415 or better, eight Baylor regulars have batting averages over .300, and six different Bears have at least 6 stolen bases.
• Baylor has won 12 of its last 17 games by 1 or 2 runs, and the Bears are 18-3 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs.
• Baylor has swept six straight Big 12 series for the first time in program history. The Bears had never swept three straight Big 12 series prior to this season.
• Baylor has set a conference record with six Big 12 Player of the Week awards this season. Josh Ludy and Logan Vick have each been honored twice, and Jake Miller and Max Muncy have each picked up one award.
• Baylor has homered in 13 of the last 21 games after going without a home run in 28 of its previous 29 games.
• Six Baylor players have started at least 41 of the team's 44 games this season.
• Baylor has 7 of the 23 double-digit hitting streaks by Big 12 players this season -- Lawton Langford (12), Jake Miller (10), Max Muncy (10 & 10), Dan Evatt (10), Josh Ludy (10) and Nathan Orf (10).
• Senior RHP Trent Blank leads the nation with 9 wins and has won 11 straight decisions dating back to 2011.
• Baylor has swept 7 series in a season for the first time in program history. The Bears have 3-game sweeps vs. Oral Roberts, vs. Texas Tech, vs. Kansas, vs. Oklahoma State, at Missouri, at Kansas State and vs. Texas A&M.
• Blank and junior LHP Josh Turley have each won Big 12 Pitcher of the Week awards this season.
• Senior C Josh Ludy was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Big 12 Player of the Week on April 16. Ludy had the 7th 3-home run game in program history and had 11 RBI in the series sweep at Kansas State.
• Junior 1B Max Muncy was named NCBWA National Hitter of the Week and Big 12 Player of the Week on March 26.
• Muncy has started 126 consecutive games at 1B for Baylor. He has missed one start in 163 team games since joining the Baylor program before the 2010 season.
Logan Vick and Ludy have both won Big 12 Player of the Week twice this season (Feb. 27 & March 19). They are the 5th and 6th players in program history to win two Big 12 Player of the Week honors in the same year.
• Freshman OF Adam Toth was named Baylor's first-ever Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on April 9, and Michael Howard (April 16) and Nathan Orf (April 23) gave the Bears three straight Newcomer of the Week winners.
• Baylor is 16-2 in its last 18 Big 12 series finales when playing for a series sweep. The Bears have swept 6 Big 12 series in a season for the first time since sweeping 6 of 10 Big 12 series in 2000.
• Baylor is 25-3 at home in 2012, and BU is 63-21 in its last 84 home games (31-9 in non-conference games).
• Baylor is 6-4 this season when scoring three or fewer runs. The Bears were 3-22 in such games last season.
• Junior C/OF Nathan Orf ranks 5th nationally after being hit by a pitch 21 times this season.
• Honoring a legend: Mickey Sullivan passed away on March 22 in Waco after a long battle with cancer. The Bears' all-time winningest head coach was 80 years of age. He coached Baylor from 1974-1994.
• Baylor's school-record 24-game winning streak (3/16--4/22) remains the longest streak in Division I this season.
• Baylor's bullpen went 11-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 12 saves in 84.2 innings during the 24-game winning streak.
• Baylor outscored opponents 192-93, hit .339 as a team and posted a 2.92 ERA during the 24-game streak.
• Baylor came from behind to win 14 times during its 24-game winning streak.
• The Bears' 9-game road winning streak tied for the longest road winning streak in program history (1985).

INDIVIDUAL BIG 12 RANKINGS (ALL GAMES)
TRENT BLANK
1st -- Wins (9)
4th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.202)
5th -- ERA (2.18)
8th -- Innings (66.0)

TYLER BREMER
15th -- Wins (4)

DAN EVATT
7th -- Home Runs (6)

MAX GARNER
1st -- Saves (9)

BRAD KUNTZ
15th -- Wins (4)

Lawton Langford
3rd -- On-Base Percentage (.475)
5th -- Batting Average (.361)
5th -- Multi-Hit Games (16)
9th -- Walks (26)
13th -- Runs (31)

JOSH LUDY
1st -- RBI (48)
1st -- Multi-RBI Games (15)
2nd -- Slugging Percentage (.578)
2nd -- Total Bases (89)
2nd -- Multi-Hit Games (19)
3rd -- Batting Average (.370)
3rd -- Home Runs (7)
4th -- Hits (57)
5th -- Doubles (11)
6th -- On-Base Percentage (.453)

JAKE MILLER
14th -- Doubles (9)

MAX MUNCY
3rd -- RBI (31)
4th -- Total Bases (83)
5th -- Walks (28)
5th -- Runs (39)
5th -- Doubles (11)
5th -- Multi-RBI games (10)
8th -- Home Runs (5)
10th -- Hits (53)

DILLON NEWMAN
7th -- Saves (2)

NATHAN ORF
1st -- HBP (21)
4th -- Runs (41)

CAL TOWEY
6th -- Walks (27)
6th -- Triples (3)
5th -- On-Base Percentage (.461)
8th -- RBI (35)
10th -- Total Bases (74)
11th -- Multi-RBI games (8)
12th -- Home Runs (4)

JOSH TURLEY
3rd -- ERA (1.94)
3rd -- Wins (6)
9th -- Innings (65.0)

LOGAN VICK
1st -- Doubles (18)
3rd -- Walks (29)
7th -- Batting Average (.346)
8th -- On-Base Percentage (.446)
9th -- Total Bases (75)
9th -- Hits (54)
10th -- Runs (32)

INDIVIDUAL BIG 12 RANKINGS (CONFERENCE GAMES)
Crayton Bare
13th -- Appearances (7)

TRENT BLANK
2nd -- Wins (4)
5th -- Innings (37.0)
9th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.221)
12th -- ERA (2.68)

DAN EVATT
4th -- Home Runs (3)
8th -- Slugging Percentage (.500)
10th -- RBI (11)

MAX GARNER
1st -- Saves (7)
2nd -- Appearances (10)
5th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.198)
6th -- Strikeouts (28)
7th -- ERA (1.85)

BRAD KUNTZ
9th -- Wins (2)
13th -- Appearances (7)

Lawton Langford
1st -- Walks (15) & On-Base Percentage (.512)
3rd -- Batting Average (.403) & Hits (27)
8th -- Runs (13)
9th -- Total Bases (30)
10th -- RBI (11)

JOSH LUDY
1st -- Hits (28), Home Runs (6), RBI (26) & Total Bases (52)
2nd -- Doubles (6) & Slugging Percentage (.722)
5th -- Batting Average (.389) & On-Base Percentage (.463)
7th -- Walks (9)
13th -- Runs (11)

JAKE MILLER
2nd -- Triples (2)
9th -- Total Bases (30)
10th -- Runs (12) & RBI (11)
13th -- Hits (20)

MAX MUNCY
1st -- Runs (19)
2nd -- Doubles (6)
3rd -- RBI (14)
4th -- Home Runs (3) & Total Bases (39)
5th -- Slugging Percentage (.513)
7th -- Walks (9)
8th -- Hits (22)

DILLON NEWMAN
9th -- Wins (2)

NATHAN ORF
1st -- Runs (19)
5th -- Hits (23)
6th -- Stolen Bases (4) & Total Bases (32)
8th -- Home Runs (2)
10th -- RBI (11)
13th -- Batting Average (.329)

CAL TOWEY
2nd -- Home Runs (4)
3rd -- Total Bases (40) & Slugging Percentage (.625)
4th -- RBI (13)
5th -- Hits (23), Runs (14)
7th -- On-Base Percentage (.462)
8th -- Batting Average (.359)
11th -- Walks (8)

JOSH TURLEY
1st -- Wins (5) & Innings Pitched (42.1)
6th -- Strikeouts (28)
8th -- ERA (2.13)

LOGAN VICK
1st -- Doubles (8)
2nd -- Walks (11)
3rd -- Runs (16)
4th -- Hits (24)
6th -- Total Bases (32)
10th -- On-Base Percentage (.432)
11th -- Batting Average (.343)
14th -- RBI (10)

UP NEXT
The Bears take a 10-day break for final exams before they close out the regular season with six of the final eight games on the road. Baylor travels to San Marcos, Texas for a 6:30 p.m. game against Texas State on May 9. Following that game, the Bears return to Big 12 play for the first time in three weeks when they travel to Norman, Okla. for a three-game series against Oklahoma.


 

 

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