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Baseball Set for Road Series Against Kansas

May 2, 2013

Baylor at Kansas
May 3-5, 2013 | Lawrence, Kan. | Hoglund Ballpark (2,500)
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FRI. | 6:00 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Max Garner
3-4, 3.21 ERA, 70.0 IP, 47 K
KU - RHP Thomas Taylor

4-1, 2.34 ERA, 69.1 IP, 51 K
SAT. | 2:00 P.M.

Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Austin Stone
3-2, 2.81 ERA, 41.2 IP, 31 K
KU - LHP Wes Benjamin

4-5, 4.10 ERA, 68.0 IP, 48 K
SUN. | 1:00 P.M.

Probable Starters:

KU - RHP Frank Duncan
3-4, 4.11 ERA, 65.2 IP, 38 K

WACO, Texas - Baylor heads to Lawrence, Kan., this weekend to play Kansas in one of two remaining Big 12 series. Games are scheduled for 6 p.m. CT on Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Riding a season-long five-game winning streak, Baylor owns a 45-10 lead over Kansas in the all-time series and has won four straight. In Lawrence, the Bears have gone 17-7 but dropped the last series there in 2011. Overall, the Bears have won 13 of the 16 Big 12 series versus Kansas and have swept nine times.

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: May 3-5, 2013
Times: 6 PM | 2 PM | 1 PM CT
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Stadium: Hoglund Ballpark (2,500)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)

Overall: 45-10
Waco: 24-3
Lawrence: 17-7
Neutral Site: 4-0
Smith vs: 40-10
First Meeting: 1957
Last Meeting: March 25, 2012

Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
Video: www.KUAthletics.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

2013 Record: 25-20
2013 Big 12 Record: 11-6
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 693-452-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 693-452-1 (19th season)

AVG: Nathan Orf (.389)
2B: Cal Towey (11)
HR: Grayson Porter (5)
RBI: Cal Towey (42)
SB: Adam Toth (15)

2013 Record: 27-18
2013 Big 12 Record: 9-9
Head Coach: Ritch Price
Career Record: 567-522-3 (19th season)
Record at KU: 350-318-2 (11th season)

AVG: Alex DeLeon (.338)
2B: Alex DeLeon (16)
HR: Alex DeLeon (7)
RBI: Alex DeLeon (38)
SB: Michael Suiter (15)

Despite handing out a season-high-tying 14 walks on Tuesday at UT Arlington, Baylor managed to only give up four runs and claimed a 6-4 win. The second win over UTA this season improved BU to 9-4 in midweek games and 7-2 against the Western Athletic Conference. The win also gave Baylor its season-high fifth in a row and moved the Bears to a season-high five games over .500.

Baylor is 45-10 in the all-time series against Kansas, including a 17-7 mark in games played in Lawrence and a 40-10 record during the Steve Smith era. Last season, Baylor swept Kansas in Waco with 10-2, 9-0 and 8-6 wins. In 16 all-time Big 12 series against Kansas, Baylor has won 13 as the KU series wins came in 1997, 2010 and 2011. BU has swept KU nine times. The last time the teams met in Lawrence was in 2011, when KU took the series 6-2, 4-3, 4-12.

Baylor's Doug Ashby, Kolt Browder, Logan Brown and Steve DalPorto were named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.

Tying a program record with four selections, Baylor has now had four Academic All-District selections three times (2011, 1999). The program has also had at least two players earn the distinction in each of the last eight seasons with 22 total honors in that span. Among the District VII 12-person team, Baylor has the most selections of any school. With all four Bears making the first team, they all move onto the Capital One Academic All-America ballot.

Browder garnered the award for the third time in his career to become Baylor baseball's first three-time honoree. DalPorto became a two-time recipient. Both Ashby and Brown earned the honor for the first time in their careers.

Baylor had its winningest month of the season in April, going 12-5. As a team, BU hit .279 and averaged 5.7 runs per game. Individually, Nathan Orf led the way with a .400 batting average (28-for-70), Cal Towey drove in a team-high 19 runs, three homes and two triples.

As a pitching staff, Baylor posted a 2.81 ERA in 153.2 innings and had two shutouts while holding hitters to a .228 batting average. Crayton Bare picked up four wins and four saves in 15.1 innings over 10 appearances with a 0.59 ERA, 22 strikeouts and .106 opponent batting average. Max Garner went 2-1 in four starts with a 1.69 ERA over 26.2 innings. Austin Stone went 2-0 in four starts with a 1.93 ERA over 23.1 innings.




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