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No. 7 Baylor Opens Big 12 Championship Wednesday vs. No. 2 TCU

May 19, 2014


        

Baylor (24-29) at 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship
May 21-25, 2014
Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Big 12 Championship Central | Tournament Notes | Bracket

OKLAHOMA CITY - Baylor baseball opens play at the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. CT against TCU at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on FOX College Sports. The No. 7 seed Bears (24-29) will face No. 2 seed TCU (38-15) for the fourth time in the last seven days as the teams just wrapped up a weekend three-game series in Waco, Texas.

In the series over the weekend, the Horned Frogs took two of three games from the Bears but BU owns a 139-114 edge in the all-time series. The teams have never met in the Big 12 Championship but met twice in the Southwest Conference Tournament - both TCU wins. Baylor is 28-29 all-time at the Big 12 Championship and 11-6 in opening games but has never won the title in six championship game appearances.

The winner of Wednesday's contest goes on to face the winner of No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 6 West Virginia on Thursday at 4 p.m. The loser faces the loser of the KU-WVU game on Thursday at 9 a.m. One of those four Division Two teams in the bracket will face one of the Division One teams (No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 4 Texas Tech, No. 5 Texas) in the title on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Every game of the Big 12 Championship will be televised on FCS and live stats will be available through Big12Sports.com. Sunday's Big 12 Championship title game will be televised on FOX Sports 1. All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio. Live streaming audio is 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.

TOURNAMENT INFO
Date(s): May 21-25, 2014
Time(s): 12:30 PM | 9 AM/4 PM
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Stadium: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)
TV: FCS (Championship on FS1)
Talent: Chad McKee (pxp), Jay Payton (color)
Brett Dolan (pxp), Keith Moreland (color)

BU TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Overall: 28-29
Oklahoma City: 26-25
Bricktown Ballpark: 26-23
Tournament Play: 30-31
Opening Games: 11-6
Elimination Games: 5-8
Title Games: 0-6
VS. TCU: 0-0
VS. Kansas: 3-0
VS. West Virginia: 0-0

MULTIMEDIA
Live Stats: Big12Sports.com
Audio: BaylorBears.com
Video: N/A due to TV rights
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

BAYLOR BEARS
2014 Record: 24-29
2014 Big 12 Record: 8-15
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 719-489-1 (20th season)
BU: 719-489-1 (20th season)

STAT LEADERS
AVG: Adam Toth (.303)
2B: Dodson, Menard (9)
HR: Grayson Porter (5)
RBI: Grayson Porter (29)
SB: Adam Toth (13)

TCU Horned Frogs
2014 Record: 38-15 (17-7 Big 12)
BU Series Record: BU leads 139-114
BU Neutral Series Record: TCU leads 7-1
2014 vs. BU: TCU took 2 of 3 in Waco

Kansas Jayhawks
2014 Record: 34-22 (15-9 Big 12)
BU Series Record: BU leads 45-16
BU Neutral Series Record: BU leads 4-0
2014 vs. BU: KU swept 3 in Waco

West Virginia Mountaineers
2014 Record: 27-24 (9-14 Big 12)
BU Series Record: WVU leads 3-2
BU Neutral Series Record: Never met
2014 vs. BU: WVU swept 2 in Charleston

BAYLOR VS. TCU SERIES
Baylor leads the all-time series against TCU 139-114 overall but TCU leads 7-1 in neutral site games. 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. Last weekend, the Horned Frogs took two of three from BU in Waco.

Baylor and TCU have never met in the Big 12 Baseball Championship but met twice in the Southwest Conference Tournament. The first meeting was a 3-0 TCU win on May 17, 1991, in College Station, Texas, on the tournament's second day to eliminate Baylor. The second and last meeting was a 12-5 TCU win on May 15, 1996, in Lubbock, Texas, on the tournament's first day. Against TCU in postseason play (includes the NCAA Tournament), the Bears are 1-5.

BAYLOR IN THE BIG 12 BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Baylor is just one of two teams (Oklahoma) to qualify for all 18 Big 12 Baseball Championships and owns a 28-29 all-time record in the event. In Oklahoma City during the event, the Bears are 26-25 and 26-23 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Bears are 11-6 in opening games, 5-8 in elimination games and 0-6 in title games. In tournament format, BU is 30-31 in the event.

The Bears have been the No. 7 seed in the event only one other time (2002). In 2002, Baylor fell 11-9 to No. 2 Nebraska and then 6-2 to No. 6 Kansas State. Overall in the event, No. 7 seeds own a 17-28 record and have appeared in the title game twice (Missouri in 2004 and Kansas State in 2008) but have never won.

Baylor has appeared in the title game six times but has never won. The title appearances are as follows:

1999: No. 5 Nebraska 4, No. 2 Baylor 3
2000: No. 2 Nebraska 11, No. 1 Baylor 3
2003: No. 3 Texas 10, No. 5 Baylor 8 (10 inn.)
2005: No. 1 Nebraska 1, No. 2 Baylor 0
2007: No. 5 Texas A&M 14, No. 6 Baylor 6
2010: No. 4 Texas A&M 5, No. 6 Baylor 3 (10 inn.)

Last season in pool play, No. 5 Baylor fell 2-0 to No. 4 Oklahoma, 13-9 to No. 1 Kansas State and 8-2 to No. 8 Texas Tech.

Josh Michalec EXTENDS BU'S SINGLE-SEASON SAVES RECORD, TIES 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 last Tuesday's save against UTSA and last Thursday's save vs. No. 13 TCU and Michalec is now 20-for-21 in career save chances after converting his first 11 attempts. He enters the week ranked second in the NCAA in saves. He's closed out 20 of Baylor's 24 wins with 10 of the saves coming in multi-inning efforts. His save vs. TCU put him in a tie for first place on the Big 12 single-season list (Oklahoma's Jeff Bajenaru in 2000). Michalec also took sole possession of third place on the BU career saves list from Abe Woody (2003-05).

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 last 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 10 games, he is 20-for-42 (.476) at the plate. On the season, Toth is hitting a career-high .303 and has career highs of 32 runs, 61 hits, four triples, three homers, 23 RBI, .423 slugging percentage, .343 on-base percentage and 1.000 fielding percentage in 107 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 10th in steals. In the NCAA, he ranks 71st in triples.

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