Baseball Travels to Texas Tech

Baylor (25-20, 7-12 Big 12) at Texas Tech (26-22, 12-9 Big 12)
Lubbock, Texas | Dan Law Field (4,466)

SATURDAY, MAY 15 | 1:00 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Logan Verrett
4-3, 3.06 ERA, 67.2 IP, 18 BB, 78 K
TTU - LHP Ben Flora

3-0, 5.25 ERA, 24.0 IP, 11 BB, 23 K

SATURDAY, MAY 15 | 4:30 P.M.

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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Shawn Tolleson
2-5, 4.09 ERA, 61.2 IP, 26 BB, 75 K
TTU - RHP Bobby Doran

4-2, 4.70 ERA, 69.0 IP, 18 BB, 73 K

SUNDAY, MAY 16 | 1:00 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Craig Fritsch
0-3, 3.33 ERA, 48.2 IP, 15 BB, 35 K
TTU - LHP Jay Johnson

3-3, 7.74 ERA, 45.1 IP, 37 BB, 41 K

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Baylor looks to make a late season charge after an 11-day layoff when the Bears travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on Texas Tech for a three-game set this weekend.

If the Bears are going to make a push for a regional berth, they’ll have to overcome some recent struggles, as well as a decade worth of tough times in Lubbock. The last time Baylor won a series at Texas Tech was in 1998, and the Bears have gone 2-13 in their last five trips to Dan Law Field.

However, only nine members of the Bears’ 2010 roster have ever played in Lubbock, and Baylor went 1-2 in that trip.

Baylor is coming off a sweep at the hands of top-ranked Texas, with two of those losses coming in extra innings. The Bears led 2-1 in the eighth in the series opener, only to lose 4-2 in 10 innings in the only game of the series at Baylor Ballpark. In the middle game, the Bears rallied to tie it at 1-1 in the ninth, but Texas pulled out a 2-1 win in 14 frames. The Bears dropped the series finale 4-1.

Texas Tech is coming off the same 11-day layoff as Baylor. The time off was especially good to the Red Raiders, as they got a little help from Texas knocking off Kansas State to move into second place in the league standings. Prior to the break, Texas Tech rebounded from dropping the series opener to take a series win against Missouri. The Red Raiders used eight pitchers, including a catcher who had never seen action on the mound in a game, to pull out a 16-15 win in the finale.

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Overall:  Texas Tech leads 71-68
Waco:  Baylor leads 43-25
Lubbock:  Texas Tech leads 44-21
Neutral Site:  Baylor leads 4-2
Smith vs. TTU:  21-30
First Meeting:  1928
Last Meeting:  3/22/2009



BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 577-383-1 (16th season)

   Record at Baylor: 577-383-1 (16th season)

TEXAS TECH: Dan Spencer

   Alma Mater: Portland State, 1990
   Career Record: 51-54 (second season)

   Record at TTU: 51-54 (second season)



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Baylor and Texas Tech have met 139 times, and the Red Raiders hold a 71-68 lead in the all-time series. Baylor leads 32-25 in games played in Waco, while Texas Tech holds a 44-21 advantage in games played in Lubbock. The Bears have won four of the six neutral site meetings between the teams. Baylor is 21-30 against Texas Tech during the Steve Smith era, and the Bears took two of three from the Red Raiders when the teams met in Waco last season. Baylor will be looking to win a series in Lubbock for the first time since taking two of three in 1998. The Bears are 2-13 in their last five trips to Lubbock, dating back to the 2000 season.


A pair of big innings proved detrimental for ninth-ranked Baylor in Sunday's series finale as the Bears fell to Texas Tech 13-8. Baylor (14-5, 3-3) snapped a nine-game winning streak at home, while Texas Tech (9-14, 3-3) managed to avoid its first sweep at the hands of Baylor since 1999.

Shaver Hansen's three-run homer in the bottom of the third erased a 1-0 Tech lead, but the Red Raiders responded with a five-run fourth. Garrett Totten's grand slam capped the inning and drove Baylor starter Craig Fritsch from the game.

Baylor pulled back to within one run at 6-4 on Aaron Miller's fifth-inning RBI single. However, Tech quickly answered again, scoring six runs on five hits and a pair of Baylor errors. Chris Richburg's three-run homer, his first of two round-trippers on the day, keyed the inning. Richburg's second homer, a solo shot in the eighth, pushed Tech's lead to 13-4. The Bears got four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little, too late.

It marked the first time since 1999 and only the second time in the Big 12 era that Baylor won the first two games of a conference series at home and failed to finish the sweep. The last time it happened was against Oklahoma as the Bears dropped that finale 15-11.

Texas Tech starter Chad Bettis (3-0) earned the win. He allowed four runs - three earned - on eight hits and three walks; Bettis recorded a career-high eight strikeouts over 8.0 innings, a career-long outing.

Fritsch (1-3) took the loss; he allowed six runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts over 3.0 innings.

Hansen, Miller and Lucas Hileman all had two-hit days for Baylor. Dan Evatt led off the bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit home run, the first round-tripper of his career. Later in the inning, Josh Ludy had a pinch-hit, three-run homer that was his first career round-tripper.

Richburg finished 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBI for Tech, while Totten was 2-for-4 with five RBI.

• The Baylor bullpen has combined to post a 16-5 record with 15 saves and a 3.07 ERA over 187.1 innings.
• Opponents are hitting .248 against BU relievers, and six Bears have posted ERAs of 2.16 or better in relief roles.
• Baylor has lost a game when leading at any point after the sixth inning twice in their last five games, and the Bears are now 21-2 when leading at any point after the sixth.
• Baylor enters the weekend fifth in the Big 12 in hitting (.307 batting average) and fourth in pitching (3.93 ERA); Baylor and Oklahoma are the only Big 12 teams in the top five in both categories.
• The Bears had won 43 consecutive games when leading after eight innings before losing at TCU on April 27.
• Baylor’s win over No. 11 TCU on April 28 was its highest ranked opponent defeated since beating No. 5 Texas, 14-9, in the 2009 Big 12 Tournament — the Bears were down 7-3 in the sixth inning of that game
• True freshman Logan Vick has already broken the program’s record for walks by a freshman with 45, but two more walks would give him the record for most by an underclassmen, while 11 more would be the overall record.
• The last time the Bears won a series in Lubbock was 1998, but only nine members of Baylor’s 2010 roster have played in Lubbock, and those nine players went 1-2 in the 2008 series.

Joey Hainsfurther enters the weekend ranked 10th in the Big 12 Conference in batting average (.368)
Max Muncy enters the weekend tied for eighth in the conference in home runs (10)
Cal Towey has started nine of the Bears' last 10 games after starting just six times in the first 35 games of the season
Brooks Pinckard could return to the Baylor lineup after not being able to play in the field during the last two series due to injury. He has batted second in the lineup in each of his last 28 starts.
Gregg Glime has thrown out 18 of 38 attempted base stealers this season
Logan Vick leads the Big 12 in walks drawn (45). He has 10 more than any other player in the conference and 27 more than any other Baylor player.
• Vick's .470 on-base percentage ranks ninth in the league and would be a new record for a Baylor freshman
Josh Turley leads the team and is tied for 12th in the Big 12 with 21 appearances on the mound
Logan Verrett enters the weekend ranked seventh in the Big 12 with a 3.06 ERA and 78 strikeouts
• Pinckard is tied for third in the Big 12 with nine saves
Willie Kempf leads the team and is tied for 13th in the league with five wins
Shawn Tolleson struck out 11 batters without issuing a walk at Texas in his last start. He is tied for 10th in the conference with 75 strikeouts
Craig Fritsch enters the weekend ranked ninth in the league with a 3.33 ERA

The Bears return home for their final four games of the season. Baylor takes on Dallas Baptist on Tuesday in the final non-conference game of the year, and then the Bears host Oklahoma State in the final weekend of Big 12 play before the conference tournament.

Baylor and Dallas Baptist have met 60 times, and the Bears hold a 39-21 advantage in the all-time series. Baylor is 28-15 against the Patriots in games played in Waco, 9-6 in the series in games played in Dallas and 2-0 in neutral site meetings. The Bears are 10-7 against DBU during head coach Steve Smith's tenure, but the Patriots have won the last two meetings.



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