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Baseball Ready for Last Big 12 Road Series this Weekend vs. OU

May 1, 2014


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Baylor at Oklahoma
May 2-4, 2014 | Norman, Okla. | Mitchell Park (3,180)
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FRI. | 6 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
3-3, 3.72 ERA
OU -LHP Adam Choplick

3-3, 4.95 ERA
SAT. | 2 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Daniel Castano
5-2, 2.35 ERA
OU - LHP Jacob Evans

3-3, 4.75 ERA
SUN. | 1 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Drew Tolson
2-5, 4.78 ERA
OU - TBA

WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball faces Oklahoma this weekend in its last Big 12 regular season road series. The Bears (20-26, 5-12 Big 12) and Sooners (25-21, 5-10 Big 12) are slated to play at 6 p.m. CT Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday with all games televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.

Baylor trails the all-time series against Oklahoma 40-37 overall, 34-27 under Steve Smith and 22-7 in Norman. The Bears have won nine of the 17 all-time Big 12 regular season series but have won just one of the eight all-time Big 12 series in Norman, Oklahoma. BU enters the weekend after losing to Sam Houston State at home on Tuesday and winning over Texas A&M Corpus Christi at home on Wednesday. OU heads into the series after losing to Dallas Baptist at home on Tuesday and has lost six straight.

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.

SERIES INFO
Date(s): May 2-4, 2014
Time(s): 6 P.M. | 2 P.M. | 1 P.M. CT
Location: Norman, Okla.
Stadium: Mitchell Park (3,180)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest+ (All series)

SERIES HISTORY
Overall: OU leads 37-40
Waco: BU leads 25-15
Norman: OU leads 22-7
Neutral Site: BU leads 5-3
Smith vs: OU leads 27-34
First Meeting: 1936
Last Meeting: May 23, 2013
Streak: BU has lost one

MULTIMEDIA
Live Stats: SoonerSports.com
Audio: BaylorBears.com
Video: N/A due to TV rights
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

BAYLOR BEARS
2014 Record: 20-26
2014 Big 12 Record: 5-12
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 715-486-1 (20th season)
BU: 715-486-1 (20th season)

STAT LEADERS
AVG: Adam Toth (.287)
2B: Matt Menard (7)
HR: Porter, Sheppard (3)
RBI: Grayson Porter (19)
SB: Adam Toth (12)

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
2014 Record: 25-21
2014 Big 12 Record: 5-10
Head Coach: Pete Hughes
Career: 549-406-2 (18th season)
OU: 25-21 (1st season)

STAT LEADERS
AVG: Mac James (.359)
2B: Sheldon Neuse (16)
HR: Hunter Haley (6)
RBI: Mac James (34)
SB: Hunter Haley (9)

BAYLOR VS. OKLAHOMA SERIES
Baylor trails the all-time series against Oklahoma 40-37 overall, 34-27 under Steve Smith and 22-7 in Norman. The Bears have won nine of the 17 all-time Big 12 regular season series but have won just one of the eight all-time Big 12 series in Norman. The lone series win came March 24-26, 2000, in a 2-1 decision. The last time BU won a game in Norman was March 30, 2008, as the Bears have lost four straight in Norman. Last season, the Bears took two of three from the No. 9-ranked Sooners on April 12-14, 2013, in Waco.

BAYLOR AGAINST THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
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 (45-16), 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).

Josh Michalec SETS BAYLOR'S NEW SINGLE-SEASON SAVES RECORD
On Wednesday against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Josh Michalec picked up his 16th save of the season and career as he is now 16-for-17 in save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He enters the weekend ranked second in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 16 of Baylor's 20 wins with nine of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He now has sole possession of first place on the BU single season list, passing Zane Carlson (2000). He's also tied for fifth on the Big 12 single season list with Oklahoma's Ryan Duke (2009), passing Huston Street's 2003 season for Texas -- the Big 12 record is 20, held by Oklahoma's Jeff Bajenaru (2000). With 16 career saves, Michalec now ranks tied for sixth all-time at Baylor with Brooks Pinckard (2009-11).

Doug Ashby NAMED TO CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VII FIRST TEAM
Baylor baseball left-handed reliever Doug Ashby was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

Ashby earned the accolade for the second time in his career and second straight year as he extended Baylor's run of having at least one academic all-district selection to nine seasons. Since 1998, the only year the Bears did not have a recipient of the honor was in 2005, and 2002 and 2004 are the only other years BU has had just one honoree.

The senior engineering major with a 4.0 GPA from McKinney, Texas, has already set career highs of 27 appearances, 28.2 innings pitched and 21 strikeouts as he is 1-2 with a 2.20 ERA this season. He started the season without allowing an earned run in his first 18 innings and had a career-long 12-appearance scoreless streak. Ashby leads all BU relievers in ERA, appearances and strikeouts. He's also inherited the most runners of any BU reliever (30) and let only 12 score. He leads the Big 12 in appearances and ranks 10th in the nation.

With Ashby's first-team nod, he moves onto the Capital One Academic All-America ballot. To be eligible for academic all-district teams, student-athletes must be starters or important reserves with at least 3.30 cumulative grade point averages. Candidates also must complete at least one full academic year at the nominating institution and be at least sophomores athletically.

Adam Toth TIES BAYLOR'S CONSECUTIVE HITS RECORD
Adam Toth went a career-best 5-for-5 on April 27 against Kansas and then opened Tuesday's game against Sam Houston State with hits in each of his first three plate appearances before finally making an out in his fourth appearance. His 8-for-8 run at the plate tied Baylor's records for most consecutive hits and most consecutive plate appearances reaching base. He shares the hits record with Michael Howard, who did so April 11-14, 2012. He shares the reaching base record with Nathan Orf, who did so April 7-12, 2013.

Daniel Castano THRIVING AS A STARTING PITCHER
Freshman LHP Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first seven collegiate starts, he is 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA while allowing 12 runs (six earned) on 34 hits and eight walks with 21 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

Drew Tolson COMING ON STRONG AS A STARTER LATELY
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 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA in four starts as he's given up 10 runs (six earned) on 19 hits and two walks with 14 strikeouts in 19.1 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 April 22 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 in another win, and retired the last 14 hitters he faced. On Tuesday against Sam Houston State, he took a tough loss as he allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts in five innings.

BAYLOR IN TV GAMES
Baylor is 7-11 this season in TV games with six wins and 11 of the 18 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 last Wednesday on ESPN3 at Texas State. BU was swept by Kansas last weekend with the first two games on FOX Sports Plus and the finale on FOX College Sports. Since 2011, BU is 24-23 in TV games. The Bears are 54-64 all-time in TV games.

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