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Head coach Steve Smith led Baylor to the second-best conference season by any team in Big 12 history.


Baylor (42-12) at 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship
May 23-27, 2012
Oklahoma City, Okla. | Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

LHP Josh Turley, Jr. (8-0, 1.67 ERA, 86.1 IP, 73 H, 22 R, 16 ER, 16 BB, 66 SO)
RHP Kayvon Bahramzadeh, Sr. (7-3, 4.32 ERA, 75.0 IP, 66 H, 37 R, 36 ER, 22 BB, 75 SO)

Baylor:  RHP Trent Blank, Sr. (10-1, 2.11 ERA, 85.1 IP, 68 H, 24 R, 20 ER, 20 BB, 49 SO)
Oklahoma:  LHP Jordan John, So. (8-6, 2.28 ERA, 102.2 IP, 86 H, 32 R, 26 ER, 27 BB, 92 SO) ---or---
Oklahoma State:  RHP Randy McCurry, Jr. (4-2, 2.94 ERA, 67.1 IP, 54 H, 27 R, 22 ER, 32 BB, 66 SO)

Big 12 Championship Central | Tournament Notes

Baylor opens postseason play as the No. 1 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. The Bears take on No. 8 seed Kansas State at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round, and Baylor will face either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State on Thursday at 9 a.m. or 4 p.m.

If the Bears win their game against Kansas State, they will play the winner of Wednesday's 9 a.m. game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Thursday. With a loss in the opening round, Baylor would play an elimination game against the loser of the OU-OSU game at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Every game of the Big 12 Championship will have live streaming video through, and Sunday's Big 12 Championship title game will be televised live nationally on FSN. All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Radio. Live streaming audio and GameTracker are available for all Baylor baseball games online at, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.


Overall:  26-24
Tournament Games in OKC: 24-20
Games at Bricktown Ballpark: 24-18
Double Elimination Play: 16-17
Big 12 Tournament vs. KSU: 1-3
Big 12 Tournament vs. OSU: 2-4
Big 12 Tournament vs. OU: 3-0


BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 661-427-1 (18th season)

   Record at Baylor: 661-427-1 (18th season)


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The Big 12 Championship makes its 14th appearance at Oklahoma City this season. Each of the first five Big 12 tournaments, the 2003 tournament and each of the last seven events were played in Oklahoma City. The 2002 and 2004 tournaments, both at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, were the only Big 12 tournaments not played in Oklahoma City.

Baylor is 37-17 in the all-tim series against Kansas State, including a 1-3 record in neutral site meetings. The Bears have won 13 of 16 all-time Big 12 series against the Wildcats, including a three-game sweep in Manhattan this season. Baylor's three wins in Manhattan came after going 2-8 in its previous 10 games at Kansas State.

Baylor is 34-37 in the all-time series against Oklahoma State, including a 3-9 mark in neutral site games and a 2-4 mark in Big 12 Championship games. The Bears are 29-24 against the Cowboys in the Big 12 era, and Baylor has won nine of 13 three-game series between the teams in Big 12 play, including a three-game sweep this season. The Bears have won eight of their last nine regular season games against Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys beat the Bears in the opening round of last season's Big 12 Championship.

Baylor is 35-36 in the all-time series against Oklahoma, including a 26-21 record against the Sooners during the Big 12 era, a 5-0 record in neutral site meetings and a 3-0 record in Big 12 Championship games. Baylor has won eight of 15 three-game series against Oklahoma in Big 12 play, but the Sooners swept all three games against the Bears in Norman this season. 

Nathan Orf has broken the Baylor and Big 12 single-season hit-by-pitch records after being plunked 29 times this season. Orf passed Matt Williams (23 in 2003) for the Baylor record, and he passed Kansas State's Daniel Dellasega (27 in 2010) for the Big 12 record. Orf has been hit by a pitch 50 times in his career, which would make him Baylor's all-time leader, but 21 of those HBP came in his two years playing at Illinois-Chicago. Instead, Orf ranks fourth in program history with 29 career HBP.

Josh Ludy has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Ludy is the only Big 12 player and the only player from a college in Texas among the candidates.

Ludy is the fourth Baylor catcher to be named a semifinalist, joining 2001 winner Kelly Shoppach, 2003 semifinalist Josh Ford and 2006 semifinalist and current assistant coach Zach Dillon.

Baylor placed 10 players on the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 teams. The Bears had five first-team honorees, including Kolt Browder, who was one of three Big 12 players named to the team with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Baylor has had at least nine Academic All-Big 12 team members in each of the last four seasons, and the Bears lead the league with 94 all-time first-team selections, which are 20 more than any other school.

Four current Baylor players officially graduated on May 12 when the team was playing a road series at Oklahoma. Because they couldn't be at the graduation ceremonies, Tyler Bremer, Dan Evatt, Joey Hainsfurther and Josh Ludy were presented with their diplomas by Baylor president Ken Starr prior to the May 17 game against Texas.

Kolt Browder, a mechanical engineering major, has been named first-team Academic All-Big 12 in three consecutive seasons, becoming the 14th player in program history with three first-team honors. In fact, Browder has had a perfect 4.0 GPA each year, making him one of two Big 12 players in 2010, one of two in 2011 and one of three in 2012. If Browder earns first-team honors next season, he'll join Zach Dillon as the Bears' only four-time first-team honorees.

Baylor clinched the regular season Big 12 Championship outright with six games remaining in the 24-game conference schedule. When the Bears had six games remaining on their conference slate, the worst they could finish was 18-6, while the best any other team could finish was 16-8.

Baylor's 2012 regular season Big 12 Championship is its fifth all-time league title, its third outright league championship, and its third Big 12 championship. It marks the second time in the last 89 years the Bears have won an outright conference title (also in 2000).

Baylor's Conference Championships (* - shared titles)
1923 -- 13-5 in Southwest Conference
1966 -- 9-6 in Southwest Conference*
2000 -- 23-7 in Big 12 Conference
2005 -- 19-8 in Big 12 Conference*
2012 -- 18-0 in Big 12 Conference with six games remaining


All-Time Best Big 12 Regular Season Records
1. 24-3 (.889) -- Texas, 2010
2. 20-4 (.833) -- BAYLOR, 2012
3. 23-6 (.793) -- Texas A&M, 1999
4. 21-6 (.778) -- Texas, 2007
t5. 23-7 (.767) -- Baylor, 2000
t5. 23-7 (.767) -- Texas Tech, 1997

Baylor's No. 1 ranking in the April 23 and April 30 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper polls marked the first times Baylor has ever been ranked as the nation's top team. The Bears shared the top spot with Kentucky in the April 23 CBN poll, took over sole possession of the top spot on April 30, and dropped to No. 2 despite not playing any games the week of May 6.

Baylor's 18-0 start to Big 12 play was the best by any team in the league's 16-year history. Texas held the previous record with a 7-0 start in 1999. The Bears are the only Big 12 team ever to sweep six consecutive Big 12 series, and Baylor had never swept three straight Big 12 series prior to this season. The Bears broke Texas' record for longest winning streak in conference play by winning the series finale vs. then-No. 2 Texas A&M on April 22.

  • 18 games -- Baylor 2012
  • 17 games -- Texas 2000
  • 16 games -- Texas A&M 2008
  • 14 games -- Nebraska 2000
  • 10 games -- Oklahoma 2006

Baylor's 24-game winning streak lasted from March 16-April 22 and ended as the longest in school history and the longest by any Big 12 Conference team since the league began playing baseball in 1997. The Bears passed Texas' 21 straight wins in 2010 for the conference record, and the previous school record was a 20-game winning streak in 1985.

The Bears' streak was even more impressive considering 18 of the 24 games were against Big 12 Conference opponents. Baylor's longest previous Big 12 winning streak was nine games in 1999, and Baylor had never swept more than two consecutive Big 12 series prior to this season. The Bears opened the 2012 season of Big 12 play with six consecutive series sweeps (vs. Texas Tech, vs. Kansas, vs. Oklahoma State, at Missouri, at Kansas State and vs. Texas A&M).

With a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on April 17, head coach Steve Smith broke Baylor's all-time wins record for any sport with his 650th career victory. Smith is 661-427-1 in 18 seasons leading the Bears. He passed his predecessor, the late Mickey Sullivan (649-428-4), for the Baylor coaching wins record. Sullivan recorded his 649 wins in 1,081 games, while Smith recorded 657 wins through the same number of games.

Baylor senior RHP Trent Blank ranks fourth nationally with 10 wins (10-1) and has posted the 15th double-digit wins season in Baylor history.

Blank's success can be attributed to a drop in his arm slot, which was done during a bullpen session at the recommendation of pitching coach Trevor Mote. Blank's first outing with the lower arm slot was May 10, 2011 at TCU, when he went 3.1 scoreless innings.

Blank won his 11th straight decision when the Bears defeated then-No. 2 Texas A&M, 1-0, on April 21, and he picked up his 10th win of the year by working 7.0 shutout innings in a 4-0 win at Texas on May 18. Here's a before and after comparison of his numbers:

Feb. 9, 2009 -
April 30, 2011
May 10, 2011 -
W-L 6-4 12-1
ERA 6.15 2.52
IP 98.0 100.0
H 124 85
R/ER 73/67 32/28
WHIP 1.643 1.100

Baylor is projected by numerous outlets to be a top-8 national seed in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Championship. Earning a top-8 national seed means the Bears would host a regional, and if they won the Waco Regional, they would host a Super Regional. The Bears wouldn't have to leave the friendly confines of Baylor Ballpark (where they have a 29-3 record this season) until a trip to Omaha for the College World Series. Here are the latest projections:

ESPN Bracketology (5/15): No. 3 national seed, Waco Regional --paired with Houston (Rice) Regional
(Waco Regional - No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 TCU, No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Oral Roberts)

Baseball America Stock Report (5/15): 1 of 3 "secure teams" for top-8 national seeds (5/15): No. 4 national seed, Waco Regional -- paired with Houston (Rice) Regional
(Waco Regional - No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 TCU, No. 3 Sam Houston State, No. 4 Oakland)

Perfect Game (5/15): No. 5 national seed, Waco Regional -- paired with Houston (Rice) Regional
(Waco Regional - No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 TCU, No. 3 Dallas Baptist, No. 4 Wright State) (5/15): No. 4 national seed, Waco Regional -- paired with Houston (Rice) Regional
(Waco Regional - No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 TCU, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Oral Roberts) (5/16): No. 4 national seed, Waco Regional -- paired with Raleigh (North Carolina State) Regional
(Waco Regional - No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Rice, No. 3 TCU, No. 4 Sam Houston State)

Baylor athletics has a chance at history with its "big four" sports during the 2011-12 academic year. Football (10), men's basketball (30) and women's basketball (40) combined for 80 wins, and with baseball's 42 wins to this point, the Bears are only one win shy of tying the national record for the most combined wins in one year by the big four sports.

Texas holds the record with 123 wins during the 2003-04 academic year. UT football (10-3), men's basketball (25-8), women's basketball (30-5) and baseball (58-15) combined for a 123-31 overall record. Entering the Big 12 Championship, Baylor has combined for a 122-23 in the big four sports: football (10-3), men's basketball (30-8), women's basketball (40-0) and baseball (42-12).

Baylor has had an unprecedented amount of success during the 2011-12 academic year. Every Baylor team has qualified for the postseason, and if that trend continues through the spring, it will be the first time in Baylor history. Here's a list of some of the major accomplishments:
• Second 10-win football season in program history
• First bowl victory since 1992 Sun Bowl (2012 Alamo Bowl)
• First Heisman Trophy winner in Baylor history (Robert Griffin III)
• Second Elite Eight appearance in last three seasons in men's basketball
• National Championship and first-ever 40-win season in women's basketball
• National Player of the Year in women's basketball (Brittney Griner)
• First national No. 1 ranking in Baylor baseball history, third Big 12 Conference Championship
• Big 12-records 24-game overall baseball winning streak and 18-game conference winning streak

Baylor has had the Big 12 Conference's Player of the Week six times this season, passing Texas Tech (5 in 2004) for the most by any team in a single season in conference history. Logan Vick (Feb. 27 & March 19), Max Muncy (March 26), Jake Miller (April 2) and Josh Ludy (April 16 & April 23) have all been honored. Vick, Muncy and Miller combined to give the Bears Big 12 Players of the Week in three consecutive weeks, and with Ludy's awards the Bears won in five out of six weeks.

Baylor has also had two players earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors and three more players earn the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award. Josh Turley was honored as Pitcher of the Week on April 9, while Trent Blank earned the same award on Feb. 27. Freshman Adam Toth picked up the Bears' first-ever Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honor on April 9 -- the award was created in 2011 -- Michael Howard was named Newcomer of the Week on April 16, and Nathan Orf gave Baylor three straight Newcomer of the Week winners when he was honored on April 23.

Baylor's 11 Big 12 weekly honors this season are the most in a single-season in program history, and the eight combined Pitcher and Player of the Week awards are the most Big 12 weekly honors in program history without the addition of the two-year-old Newcomer award. Baylor's previous high was six weekly honors in both 2004 and 2005.

Six Baylor players have started at least 51 of the team's 54 games this season, including four who have played the same position in every game: Max Muncy (all 54 at 1B), Cal Towey (all 54 at 3B), Logan Vick (53 of 54 in CF) and Jake Miller (52 of 54 at SS). Lawton Langford (2B) has started 45 of the last 50 games since starting only one of the first four to begin the season.

Nathan Orf (LF/DH) has been out of the starting lineup only one time this season, and Josh Ludy has been the Bears' starting catcher in 50 of 54 games and started once as DH.

Adam Toth started 7 of the first 8 games in right field before breaking his wrist, and Logan Brown (13 games) and Michael Howard (11 games) split time in right field when Toth wasn't in the lineup. Toth has started in the outfield in 23 of 26 games since returning in the Oklahoma State series finale on April 1.

• Baylor clinched the regular season Big 12 Championship on May 5, the earliest by any team in league history.
• Baylor finished with the 2nd-best Big 12 Conference winning percentage by any team in league history (.833).
• Baylor's Big 12 title is its third overall (2000, 2005, 2012). The Bears also won the league outright in 2000.
• Baylor is 1 win shy of Texas' national record for most wins among the "Big Four" sports (123 in 2003-04).
• Baylor's outright Big 12 title is its second outright conference championship in the last 89 years.
• Baylor won 7 of 8 Big 12 series this season, including its first series win vs. Texas since 2005.
• Baylor is ranked in the top 7 nationally in all four national college baseball polls for the 5th straight week.
• The Bears were No. 1 for two weeks in the Collegiate Baseball poll -- Baylor's first-ever No. 1 ranking.
• Baylor wasn't ranked in the top 25 of any national poll on March 19, but six weeks later the Bears were No. 1 or No. 2 in every poll (April 30), and nine weeks later they are in the top 6 of every poll.
• Baylor is 24-2 this year in games started by Josh Turley (12-1) or Trent Blank (12-1).
• Baylor's school-record 24-game winning streak (3/16--4/22) is the 2nd-longest streak in Division I this season.
• Baylor's 42 regular-season wins are the 2nd-most in program history behind only 43 regular season wins in 1999.
• Baylor's 18-game winning streak in Big 12 Conference play ended as the longest by any team in the league's 16-year history. The Bears' broke Texas' record of 17 straight conference wins set in 2010.
• Baylor has won 22 consecutive games at Baylor Ballpark, giving it the nation's longest active home winning streak.
• Baylor's 22-game home winning streak broke the previous school record of 15 straight home wins in 2000.
• Baylor won 9 consecutive Big 12 series prior to being swept at Oklahoma; BU is 26-7 in its last 11 Big 12 series.
• Head coach Steve Smith broke Baylor's all-time wins record with his 650th career victory on April 17. He passed his predecessor Mickey Sullivan for the most wins by any coach in Baylor Athletics history.
• Six Baylor starters have on-base percentages above .420, and eight Baylor regulars are hitting above .300.
• Baylor is 18-6 in 1 or 2-run games and 26-4 when its starting pitcher lasts at least 5.0 innings this season.
• Baylor is 7-7 this season when scoring three or fewer runs. The Bears were 3-22 in such games last season.
• Baylor and Oklahoma are the only two schools to play in every Big 12 Championship.
• Baylor's 18-0 start in Big 12 play was the best by any team in the conference's 16-year history -- 11 games better than the previous longest winning streak to start a Big 12 season (Texas started 7-0 in 1999).
• Baylor had 10 players named Academic All-Big 12 on May 15, its fourth consecutive year with at least 9 honorees.
• Baylor's offense leads the Big 12 in batting average (.312), on-base percentage (.407), slugging percentage (.440), runs (354), hits (557), home runs (34) and RBI (323). The Bears rank 2nd in doubles (100) and walks (335).
• Baylor's pitching staff leads the Big 12 in saves (18) and fewest home runs allowed (11) and ranks 3rd in ERA (3.12).
• Baylor has homered in 18 of the last 31 games after going without a home run in 28 of its previous 29 games.
• Baylor's offense finished Big 12 play leading the league in batting average (.317), OBP (.396), SLG (.473), runs (155), hits (263), doubles (49), home runs (23), RBI (142) and walks (87).
• Baylor pitchers finished Big 12 play leading the league in ERA (2.89), fewest home runs allowed (7), fewest walks per 9 innings (2.15) and saves (11).
• Baylor's team slugging percentage in Big 12 games (.473) was 84 points higher than the next closest team, and the Bears' 23 home runs in league play were 7 more than any other team.
• Six Baylor players have started at least 51 of the team's 54 games this season.
• Senior RHP Trent Blank ranks 4th nationally with 10 wins and has the 15th double-digit wins season in BU history.
• Senior C Josh Ludy was named 1 of 12 semifinalists for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award on May 16.
• Blank and Ludy are among 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy.
• Junior 1B Max Muncy has started 136 consecutive games at 1B for Baylor. He has missed 1 start in 173 team games in his career, and he holds Baylor's all-time putouts record with 1,539.
• Junior C/OF Nathan Orf ranks 3rd nationally after being hit by a pitch a Big 12-record 29 times this season.
• Baylor is 29-3 at home in 2012, and BU is 67-21 in its last 88 home games (34-12 Big 12 Conference games).
• Baylor is 16-3 in its last 19 Big 12 series finales when playing for a series sweep. The Bears have swept 6 Big 12 series in a season for the first time since sweeping 6 of 10 Big 12 series in 2000.
• Baylor ranks 20th nationally in average home attendance (3,001).


1st -- Wins (10)
6th -- ERA (2.11)
8th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.221)

8th -- Home Runs (7)

1st -- Saves (10)

Lawton Langford
8th -- On-Base Percentage (.439)
11th -- Batting Average (.327)
11th -- Walks (30)

1st -- RBI (54)
3rd -- Slugging Percentage (.558)
4th -- Home Runs (9)
5th -- Total Bases (106)
6th -- Batting Average (.347)
9th -- Hits (66)
10th -- Doubles (13)
11th -- On-Base Percentage (.429)

4th -- Walks (36)
4th -- RBI (49)
5th -- Runs (47)
10th -- Home Runs (6)
10th -- Total Bases (99)
11th -- Doubles (12)
13th -- Hits (65)
14th -- Batting Average (.316)

12th -- Saves (2)

1st -- HBP (29)
3rd -- On-Base Percentage (.455)
4th -- Runs (50)

7th -- Triples (4)
7th -- Walks (32)
9th -- RBI (43)
9th -- On-Base Percentage (.431)
12th -- Home Runs (5)

3rd -- ERA (1.67)
3rd -- Wins (8)
9th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.225)
10th -- Innings Pitched (86.1)

1st -- Doubles (23)
5th -- Walks (34)
6th -- Batting Average (.347)
7th -- On-Base Percentage (.441)
9th -- Hits (66)
11th -- Stolen Bases (14)


3rd -- Wins (5)
3rd -- ERA (2.08)
7th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.218)
8th -- Innings Pitched (52.0)

7th -- Slugging Percentage (.500)
9th -- Home Runs (3)

1st -- Saves (7)
3rd -- Opponents' Batting Average (.211)
11th -- Appearances (11)

Lawton Langford
4th -- Walks (15)
5th -- On-Base Percentage (.440)
9th -- Batting Average (.341)
12th -- Hits (29)

1st -- Home Runs (8)
1st -- RBI (29)
1st -- Slugging Percentage (.695)
2nd -- Total Bases (66)
2nd -- Hits (35)
3rd -- Batting Average (.368)
4th -- On-Base Percentage (.444)
5th -- Doubles (7)
8th -- Walks (12)

4th -- Triples (2)
8th -- RBI (16)

1st -- Runs (22)
4th -- Home Runs (4)
6th -- RBI (17)
6th -- Total Bases (49)
10th -- Slugging Percentage (.490)
11th -- Walks (11)
11th -- Doubles (6)
12th -- Hits (29)

1st -- Runs (22)
3rd -- On-Base Percentage (.456)
6th -- Batting Average (.344)
6th -- Hits (31)
10th -- Total Bases (43)
11th -- Doubles (6)
15th -- Home Runs (2)

4th -- Home Runs (4)
4th -- Triples (2)
5th -- Slugging Percentage (.529)
8th -- Total Bases (45)
8th -- RBI (16)
12th -- Runs (17)

1st -- Wins (6)
1st -- ERA (1.92)
6th -- Innings Pitched (56.1)
10th -- Strikeouts (38)

1st -- Doubles (12)
1st -- Runs (22)
5th -- Walks (14)
6th -- Hits (31)
6th -- Batting Average (.344)
8th -- On-Base Percentage (.429)
10th -- Total Bases (43)

Baylor is expected to play in the NCAA Baseball Championship for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons. The Bears are projected to host a Regional, and could be a top-8 national seed when the bracket is announced on ESPNU at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 28.



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