May 13, 2014
UTSA (31-21) at Baylor (22-27)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
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WACO, Texas- After a week off for final exams, the Baylor baseball team returns to action Tuesday at home against UTSA before hosting TCU for the last Big 12 regular season series this weekend. The Bears (22-27) and Roadrunners (31-21) are scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CT first pitch.
Baylor leads the all-time series over UTSA 30-6, 28-4 under Steve Smith and 22-3 in Waco. Last season, the teams split their two games with each winning at home. BU enters the game after a week off for final exams but took two of three at Oklahoma on May 2-4 in the Bears' last action. The Roadrunners are coming off a 2-1 series loss at home to Rice over the weekend.
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Date(s): May 13, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
Overall: BU leads 30-6
Waco: BU leads 22-3
San Antonio: BU leads 8-3
Neutral Site: Never met
Smith vs: BU leads 28-4
First Meeting: Feb. 23, 1993
Last Meeting: May 14, 2013
Streak: BU has won one
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2014 Record: 22-27
2014 Big 12 Record: 7-13
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 717-487-1 (20th season)
BU: 717-487-1 (20th season)
2014 Record: 31-21
2014 C-USA Record: 15-12
Head Coach: Jason Marshall
Career: 66-46 (2nd season)
UTSA: 66-46 (2nd season)
AVG: Mike Warren (.337)
2B: John Welborn (15)
HR: Jesse Baker (6)
RBI: Mike Warren (42)
SB: Jesse Baker (11)
BAYLOR VS. UTSA SERIES
Baylor leads the all-time series against UTSA 30-6 overall, 28-4 under Steve Smith and 22-3 in Waco. The last time the Roadrunners picked up a win in Waco was March 29, 2011 (4-2). UTSA's other wins in Waco came on March 24, 2010 (4-3) and April 2, 2008 (11-7). The teams split their two games last season as UTSA won at home on March 26, 2013 (5-3) before the Bears won in Waco on May 14, 2013 (4-3).
BAYLOR VS. CONFERENCE USA
Baylor owns a 175-99-1 record against current members of the Conference USA. BU's record against the league's teams is as follows: Florida International (1-0), Louisiana Tech (10-3), Rice (128-87-1), Southern Miss (3-1), Tulane (3-2), UAB (1-0), UTSA (30-6).
BAYLOR BREAKS OUT FOR IMPORTANT ROAD SERIES WIN AT OKLAHOMA
Baylor took two of three at Oklahoma last weekend to earn its first series win in Norman, Oklahoma, since March 24-26, 2000. It was just BU's second series win at OU in nine tries but the Bears have won 10 of the 18 all-time Big 12 series vs. the Sooners. Prior to that series win at Oklahoma, the last road series and Big 12 road series win for Baylor came on May 17-19, 2012, at Texas. Combined with last weekend's three losses by Kansas State, the series win locked Baylor into the Big 12 Championship for the 18th straight season. Prior to the season, BU and OU were the only teams to qualify for all 17 Big 12 Championships.
Drew Tolson FILLING ANOTHER WEEKEND ROTATION VOID
After missing last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, redshirt freshman RHP Drew Tolson has been finding his groove on the mound as he gets more innings and starts due to other injuries on the staff. As a starting pitcher this season, Tolson is 3-2 with a 3.91 ERA in five starts as he's given up 15 runs (11 earned) on 29 hits and five walks with 15 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. He earned his first Big 12 win in his first Big 12 start on May 4 at Oklahoma to clinch the series with six-plus innings of work.
Adam Toth CONTINUES TORRID STRETCH AT THE PLATE
Adam Toth went a career-best 5-for-5 on April 27 against Kansas and then opened April 29th'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. Just five games later, Toth repeated the feat as his 5-for-5 performance helped clinch a series win at Oklahoma on May 4.
Over the Coppell, Texas, native's last six games, he is 16-for-27 (.593) at the plate. On the season, Toth is hitting a career-high .306 and has career highs of 31 runs, 57 hits, four triples, three homers, 22 RBI, .430 slugging percentage, .345 on-base percentage and 1.000 fielding percentage in 100 chances. He leads the team in average, slugging percentage, runs, hits, triples, total bases and steals. In the Big 12, he is fourth in triples and ninth in steals. In the NCAA, he ranks 58th in triples.
TOTH NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON MAY 5th
Adam Toth was named Big 12 Player of the Week, the league announced April 5th. The honor is Toth's first of his career, the first for a BU hitter this season and the seventh weekly league accolade for the Bears in 2014.
The junior outfielder was simply on fire as he went 11-for-22 (.500) in Baylor's five games that week with six runs, four RBI, three steals, two walks, one double and one home run for a .682 slugging percentage and .542 on-base percentage.
On April 29th against Sam Houston State, Toth went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases (with his second steal of home of the season) and a run scored. His three hits came in his first three at-bats to add onto his 5-for-5 performance on April 27 vs. Kansas - his 8-for-8 run at the plate tied a Baylor record for consecutive hits (Michael Howard, April 11-14, 2012). In a win on April 30th over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, he was 1-for-5 with an HBP. On May 2nd in a win against Oklahoma, he had two walks, one steal and a run scored. On May 3rd vs. Oklahoma, he went 2-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and his career-high third home run (fourth career). In May 4th's win at Oklahoma, Toth was a career-best 5-for-5 for the second time this season and second time in six games as he also had two RBI, two runs scored and a double. His performance over the weekend was significant in helping BU get its first series win in Norman, Oklahoma, since 2000.
Toth is the first Bear to earn the player of the week honor since Lawton Langford on April 29, 2013. The accolade ups BU's 2014 Big 12 weekly awards total to seven, which are the most since 2012 (11). Daniel Castano (April 21), Matt Menard (April 14) and Darryn Sheppard (Feb. 17) each earned the newcomer of the week honor. Josh Michalec (March 10), Dillon Newman (March 17) and Austin Stone (March 24) all garnered the pitcher of the week award. The triumvirate marked the first time in league history that one school earned pitcher of the week in three consecutive weeks.
Josh Michalec EXTENDS BAYLOR'S NEW SINGLE-SEASON SAVES RECORD
On April 30th against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Josh Michalec picked up his 16th save of the season to pass Zane Carlson (2000) for the program's single-season saves record. Add two more saves from the Oklahoma series and Michalec is now 18-for-19 in career save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He enters the week ranked third in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 18 of Baylor's 22 wins with 10 of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He is one save shy of moving into a tie for second place on the Big 12 single-season list and moved into a tie for fourth place on the BU career saves list with Kyle Edens (1999-02) and Max Garner (2009-12).
BAYLOR TO RETIRE JASON JENNINGS' JERSEY MAY 17 VS. TCU
Baylor baseball will retire the jersey of former All-American pitcher and hitter Jason Jennings (1997-99) during a pregame ceremony on Saturday, May 17, vs. TCU at Baylor Ballpark, the program announced April 28th.
The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. CT and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Jason Jennings jersey pennant. Baylor President and Chancellor Judge Ken Starr and Athletic Director Ian McCaw will take part in the ceremony as Jennings will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Baylor's most decorated baseball player, Jennings was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame on Oct. 23, 2009, as a three-time All-American and the first consensus Division I National Player of the Year in 1999. That season, he hit .386 and picked up 13 wins with 172 strikeouts and a 2.58 ERA.
Jennings' jersey retirement will be just the second such honor the program has ever done. The first was the retirement of legendary BU player and coach Mickey Sullivan's No. 7 on April 19, 1997.