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Baseball Hosts No. 13 TCU for Final Big 12 Regular Season Series

May 14, 2014


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TCU at Baylor
May 15-17, 2014 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
SERIES NOTES Get Acrobat Reader
THU. | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - RHP Dillon Newman
4-3, 3.60 ERA
TCU -LHP Brandon Finnegan

8-2, 1.66 ERA
FRI. | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - LHP Daniel Castano
5-3, 3.63 ERA
TCU - RHP Preston Morrison

7-3, 1.28 ERA
SAT. | 6:30 P.M.
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Probable Starters:
BU - TBA

TCU - LHP Tyler Alexander
7-3, 2.23 ERA

WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball ends the regular season this weekend with a three-game series against No. 13 TCU at Baylor Ballpark. Games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday on FOX Sports Southwest Plus, 6:30 p.m. Friday on FOX Sports Southwest Plus and 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday on FOX Sports Plus.

The Bears lead the all-time series over TCU 138-112 and 71-42 in Waco. The teams met as members of the Big 12 for the first time last season and the Horned Frogs came away with a 2-1 series win in Fort Worth in three one-run games. The last time the teams played a three-game series in Waco resulted in a Baylor sweep on Feb. 18-20, 2000. BU enters the series after beating UTSA Tuesday and has won four of its last five games. TCU comes to town after taking two of three from Oklahoma last weekend at home and has won 21 of its last 23 games.

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 15-17, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. | 6:30 P.M. | 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)
TV: FSSW | FSSW | FS-Plus
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Combs (color)

SERIES HISTORY
Overall: BU leads 138-112
Waco: BU leads 71-42
Fort Worth: TCU leads 56-50
Neutral Site: TCU leads 7-1
Smith vs: TCU leads 19-24
First Meeting: April 21, 1904
Last Meeting: April 21, 2013
Streak: BU has lost two

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

BAYLOR BEARS
2014 Record: 23-27
2014 Big 12 Record: 7-13
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 718-487-1 (20th season)
BU: 718-487-1 (20th season)

STAT LEADERS
AVG: Adam Toth (.312)
2B: Matt Menard (9)
HR: Grayson Porter (5)
RBI: Grayson Porter (29)
SB: Adam Toth (13)

TCU HORNED FROGS
2014 Record: 36-14
2014 Big 12: 15-6
Head Coach: Jim Schlossnagle
Career: 530-264 (13th season)
TCU: 453-217 (11th season)

STAT LEADERS
AVG: Boomer White (.360)
2B: Kevin Cron (14)
HR: Kevin Cron (4)
RBI: Boomer White (38)
SB: Cody Jones (22)

BAYLOR VS. TCU SERIES
Baylor leads the all-time series against TCU 138-112 overall and 71-42 in Waco. The teams met for the first time as members of the Big 12 last year and TCU came away with a 2-1 series win in Fort Worth on April 19-21, 2013. The Bears and Horned Frogs played three one-run games (3-2, 1-2 (15), 4-5). The last time the teams played in Waco resulted in a 7-1 Baylor win on Feb. 21, 2012, and BU has won three of the last four meetings at Baylor Ballpark in the series. The last time the teams played a three-game series in Waco was Feb. 18-20, 2000, and the Bears won all three games as the first was in Fort Worth and final two were in Waco.

BAYLOR BREAKS OUT FOR IMPORTANT ROAD SERIES WIN AT OKLAHOMA
Baylor took two of three at Oklahoma on May 2-4 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.

Grayson Porter GETTING HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME
Grayson Porter's three-run homer in the fifth inning on Tuesday was the fifth of his season and 10th of his career. He's now homered in back-to-back games (both three-run shots) for the first time in his career and for the first time by a BU player since Josh Ludy on April 14-15, 2012, at Kansas State. Porter is 13-for-33 (.394) over his last nine games with 14 RBI, three doubles and two home runs.

On the season, Porter is hitting a career-high .237 with a career-high-tying five doubles, five homers and 29 RBI -- all of which were set last season.

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 and then reached in his first three plate appearances Tuesday against UTSA with the first two being hits to tie Orf's record again and come one hit shy of tying Howard's record again.

Over the Coppell, Texas, native's last seven games, he is 18-for-30 (.600) at the plate. On the season, Toth is hitting a career-high .312 and has career highs of 32 runs, 59 hits, four triples, three homers, 22 RBI, .434 slugging percentage, .353 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 BU'S SINGLE-SEASON SAVES RECORD, CHASING BIG 12 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 along with Tuesday's save against UTSA and Michalec is now 19-for-20 in career save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He enters the weekend ranked third in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 19 of Baylor's 23 wins with 10 of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. He is tied for second place on the Big 12 single-season list (J. Brent Cox (Texas) in 2005, Don Czyz (Kansas) in 2006 and Corey Knebel (Texas) in 2011), just one shy of tying the league record (Jeff Bajenaru (Oklahoma) in 2000). Michalec also is in a tie for third place on the BU career saves list with Abe Woody (2003-05).

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.

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