May 13, 2013
UTSA (28-22) at Baylor (25-23)
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WACO, Texas- After not playing since May 5 due to final exams, Baylor returns to action with its home finale Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. CT against UTSA. The meeting will be the second between the teams this season as the Roadrunners took a 5-3 decision in San Antonio on March 26.
Under Head Coach Steve Smith, Baylor is 11-7 in the layoff game after final exams. The Bears will look to continue that success against another team from the Western Athletic Conference, which BU is 7-2 against this season. Baylor is 16-10 at Baylor Ballpark this season and has won 11 of its last 13 games.
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Dates: May 14, 2013
Times: 6:35 PM CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)
San Antonio: 8-3
Neutral Site: 0-0
Smith vs: 27-4
First Meeting: Feb. 23, 1993
Last Meeting: March 26, 2013
2013 Record: 25-23
2013 Big 12 Record: 11-9
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 693-455-1 (19th season)
BU: 693-455-1 (19th season)
2013 Record: 28-22
2013 WAC Record: 12-11
Head Coach: Jason Marshall
Career: 28-22 (1st season)
UTSA: 28-22 (1st season)
AVG: Daniel Rockett (.356)
2B: John Bormann (11)
HR: RJ Perucki (10)
RBI: Daniel Rockett (44)
SB: Riley Good (10)
Baylor Coming Off Long Break, Looking to Get Back on Track
It will have been nine days in between games for Baylor when the Bears take the field against UTSA. They will be coming off getting swept of the first time ever in 16 series against Kansas -- on three one-run games. The sweep marked the first against Baylor since Oklahoma did so Mary 12-13, 2012 in Norman and was the third sweep of BU since 2011. The series loss to Kansas was just Baylor’s fourth (1997, 2010, 2011) in 17 all-time series and second straight in Lawrence. Under Smith, the Bears are 11-7 when coming off the long final exams break.
Baylor vs UT San Antonio Series History
Baylor is 29-6 in the all-time series against UTSA. The Bears are 21-3 against the Roadrunners in games played in Waco and 8-3 in games played in San Antonio. Baylor is 27-4 against UTSA during the Steve Smith era. BU fell 4-1 in San Antonio on April 24, 2012 in a loss that snapped Baylor’s school- and Big 12-record 24-game winning streak. The Bears then bounced back to beat UTSA 14-3 in Waco on May 15, 2012. But UTSA got the best of Baylor again this season on March 26 in a 5-3 win at Wolff Stadium, home of the San Diego Padres AA team the San Antonio Missions. Three first-inning runs proved costly against BU starter Sterling Wynn. Baylor overcame them with one in the fifth on two in the sixth but allowed two more runs in the bottom of the sixth that went unanswered.
Baylor vs Western Athletic Conference
Baylor is 214-79 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 (82-30), Texas State (48-19), Dallas Baptist (45-21), UT San Antonio (29-6) and Louisiana Tech (10-3). The Bears are 7-2 against the WAC this season with wins over Texas State, Louisiana Tech (2), Dallas Baptist (2) and UT Arlington (2), and losses to UTSA and Texas State.
Baylor Earns Four First Team Academic All-District Selections
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 May 2.
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.