April 29, 2013
Baylor (24-20) at UT Arlington (24-20)
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WACO, Texas- Baylor begins a four-game road trip with a 6:30 p.m. CT contest at UT Arlington on Tuesday. The meeting will mark the second between the two teams this season as the Bears claimed a 14-4 win on April 9 at Baylor Ballpark.
Baylor currently has a four-game winning streak and is four games over .500 for the first time all season after sweeping Texas over the weekend. BU is 81-30 all-time against the Mavericks and 31-18 in Arlington. The game will also mark the ninth for Baylor against a Western Athletic Conference opponent. The Bears are 6-2 against WAC teams and 213-79 all-time against current members of the conference.
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 www.BaylorBears.com, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.
Dates: April 30, 2013
Times: 6:30 PM CT
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: Clay Gould Ballpark (1,600)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)
Neutral Site: 0-0
Smith vs: 35-10
First Meeting: February 26, 1973
Last Meeting: April 9, 2013
2013 Record: 24-20
2013 Big 12 Record: 11-6
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 692-452-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 692-452-1 (19th season)
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS
2013 Record: 24-20
2013 WAC Record: 12-6
Head Coach: Darin Thomas
Career Record: 172-161 (6th season)
Record at UTA: 172-161 (6th season)
AVG: Matt Shortall (.375)
2B: Brandon Lawrence (18)
HR: Shortall, McCall (4)
RBI: Matt Shortall (41)
SB: Ryan Walker (6)
BAYLOR SWEEPS TEXAS
Baylor is coming off a perfect weekend as the Bears put together their first sweep of the season with 6-2, 1-0 and 5-2 wins over Texas. The sweep is the third for BU against UT and first since 2005 (1998). The wins gave Baylor its second four-game winning streak of the season and put the Bears four games over .500 for the first time all season. The last time BU swept an opponent was April 20-22, 2012 at Texas A&M. Sunday’s win continued an impressive run in sweep chances as BU is 23-3 in series finales when playing a Big 12 home sweep. Only three times has Baylor won the first two games of a home Big 12 series and failed to sweep (1999 vs. Oklahoma, 2001 vs. Missouri, 2009 vs. Texas Tech). The series win gave the Bears their ninth over Texas in 17 Big 12 seasons.
BAYLOR VS UT ARLINGTON ALL-TIME SERIES
Baylor has topped UT Arlington once already this season and won two of three games last season. BU leads the all-time series 81-30, 31-18 in Arlington and 35-10 under Steve Smith. Earlier this season on April 9, the Bears slugged a season-high 21 hits, their most since 2011, en route to a 14-4 run-rule win in eight inning at Baylor Ballpark. Nathan Orf highlighted the game with career highs of five hits and four RBI.
BAYLOR VS WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Baylor is 213-79 against teams that are current members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Bears own a winning record over all five teams they have played from the WAC: UT Arlington (81-30), Texas State (48-19), Dallas Baptist (45-21), UT San Antonio (29-6) and Louisiana Tech (10-3). The Bears are 6-2 against the WAC this season with wins over Texas State, Louisiana Tech (2), Dallas Baptist (2) and UT Arlington, and losses to UTSA and Texas State.
BAYLOR WINNING ON TV
Baylor is 8-3 this season when appearing on TV and 17-8 since 2011. All-time the Bears are 46-49 in TV games. Baylor won 4-2 on March 5 at home over Louisiana Tech and 7-6 on March 30 at home over Kansas State. The Bears took two of three games at home over Oklahoma April 12-14, lost two of three at TCU April 19-21 and swept Texas last weekend. BU was 8-5 in TV games last season.
BAYLOR HITS THE 10-WIN MARK IN BIG 12 PLAY
With Baylor’s 1-0 win on Saturday over Texas, the Bears won their 10th Big 12 game of the season. The 10-win mark is something BU has achieved in all 17 seasons a member of the Big 12. The streak of 10 or more conference wins runs back to 1996, the last season Baylor was a part of the Southwest Conference.
LANGFORD EARNS FIRST CAREER BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Lawton Langford was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday for the first time in his career. He was the catalyst for the offense in a 4-0 week as he hit .438 (7-for-16) with six RBI, three runs, three walks, two steals and a double. Compiling a .526 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage, Baylor's leadoff hitter reached base in all four games.
At Dallas Baptist last Tuesday, Langford had two RBI, two walks, one double, run and steal. In the series opener against Texas on Friday, he went 3-for-5 with three RBI. In Game 2 versus Texas on Saturday, he had a hit, steal and game-winning RBI walk in a 1-0 win. In Sunday's finale against Texas, he was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
BARE RELISHING IN RELIEF
Crayton Bare’s five wins in relief this season rank seventh all-time in Baylor single season history and his four wins in Big 12 play rank second all-time in BU history. Overall, his seven career relief wins are 11th in program history and his five Big 12 wins are third. Also, with back-to-back saves to end the Texas series, Bare is the first to do so since teammate Max Garner saved all three games at Texas A&M on April 20-22, 2012. Bare has a career-high three saves this season and five for his career.