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Baseball Hosts 2012 NCAA Waco Regional

Josh Turley is expected to start for Baylor in Friday's opening round.

Josh Turley is expected to start for Baylor in Friday's opening round.

        

Baylor (44-14) hosts 2012 NCAA Waco Regional
June 1-4, 2012
Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark

FIRST ROUND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP (2012 STATISTICS)
Baylor: 
LHP Josh Turley, Jr. (9-0, 1.64 ERA, 93.1 IP, 78 H, 23 R, 17 ER, 18 BB, 67 SO)
Oral Roberts: 
RHP Drew Bowen, Jr. (6-2, 1.87 ERA, 81.2 IP, 72 H, 25 R, 17 ER, 18 BB, 66 SO)

SECOND ROUND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP (2012 STATISTICS)
Baylor:  RHP Trent Blank, Sr. (10-1, 2.07 ERA, 91.1 IP, 75 H, 25 R, 21 ER, 22 BB, 50 SO)

Waco Regional Central | Tournament Notes

Baylor hosts Oral Roberts, Dallas Baptist and UT Arlington in the 2012 NCAA Waco Regional. The No. 4-national seed Bears take on ORU in at 6 p.m. in Friday's opening round, while DBU and UTA square off at 1 p.m. Friday. The winners will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the first-round losers will play an elimination game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Big 12 Champion Bears are hosting a regional for the fourth time in program history (1999, 2000, 2005). Baylor has gone on to win the Waco Regional in 1999 and 2005, and if the Bears do so again this season, they are expected to host a Super Regional the following weekend as the No. 4 national seed.

All games of the Waco Regional will have free live streaming video through www.baylorbears.com/wacoregional. John Morris (pxp) and Jay Lockett (color) will call the action on the video stream, and Tom Barfield (pxp) and Lark Smith (color) will lead Baylor's radio broadcast. 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 www.BaylorBears.com, the official website of Baylor Athletics and a member of the CBS College Sports Network.


BAYLOR NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Overall:  38-36
Regionals: 32-25
    Home: 6-2    Away: 3-10    Neutral: 23-13
NCAA Tournament Games at Baylor Ballpark: 9-5
Waco Regional Hosts: 1999, 2000, 2005

COACH

BAYLOR:  Steve Smith

   Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986

   Career Record: 663-429-1 (18th season)

   Record at Baylor: 663-429-1 (18th season)


BAYLOR-IMG COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK

Online video at www.BaylorBears.com

   John Morris (pxp) and Jay Lockett (color)
1660 ESPN Radio in Waco and online audio at www.BaylorBears.com

   Tom Barfield (pxp) and Lark Smith (color)

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Baylor is making its 13th regional appearance in the last 15 years and its 18th overall. The Bears are 38-36 all-time in the NCAA tournament, including 32-25 in Regionals, 4-5 in Super Regionals, and 2-6 in the College World Series. Baylor is 22-13 at neutral sites, 4-10 on the road and 6-2 at home in the Regional round of NCAA Tournament play. In all NCAA Tournament games, the Bears are a combined 9-5 at home, and 24-19 at neutral sites and 5-12 on the road.

BAYLOR HOSTING REGIONAL FOR FOURTH TIME
The 2012 Waco Regional will mark the fourth time Baylor has hosted an NCAA Regional. Baylor also hosted in 1999, 2000 and 2005, and the Bears advanced to host Super Regionals in 1999 and 2005. The Bears' No. 4 national seed tied 1999 and 2005 for the best in program history. The winner of the 2012 Waco Regional will face the winner of the Houston (Rice) Regional with a trip to Omaha on the line. The Bears have been to Omaha three times: 1977, 1978 and 2005.

BAYLOR VS. ORAL ROBERTS SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 23-19 in the all-time series against Oral Roberts, including a 19-13 record in games played in Waco and a 16-8 mark during the Steve Smith era. Baylor has won five straight games against the Golden Eagles, including a three-game sweep to open the 2012 season. Baylor and ORU have met 19 times at Baylor Ballpark, and the Bears hold a 15-4 advantage in those games. The teams have played non-conference series each of the last three seasons, with the Bears sweeping a three-game set this year, taking two of three to open the 2011 season and three of four in 2010. The teams have never met in postseason play, despite the fact that they're both among the 14 teams who have played in 13 or more NCAA Tournaments since 1998.

BAYLOR VS. DALLAS BAPTIST SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 41-21 in the all-time series against Dallas Baptist, including a 29-15 record in games played in Waco and a 12-7 mark during the Steve Smith era. The Bears and Patriots have not met this season, but the teams played in each of the four previous seasons. Since Baylor Ballpark opened in 1999, Baylor and DBU have met in Waco in 9 of 13 seasons entering this year. The Bears are 10-4 against the Patriots in games played at Baylor Ballpark. Baylor and DBU have never met in postseason play.

BAYLOR VS. UT ARLINGTON SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 79-30 in the all-time series against UT Arlington, including a 48-12 record in games played in Waco and a 33-10 mark during the Steve Smith era. The teams split a pair of games earlier this season, as UTA rallied from down 4-2 in the bottom of the 9th to win 5-4 in Arlington on March 13, and Baylor got revenge with a 6-4 win in Waco on April 25. The Bears' loss at UTA on March 13 was their final loss before starting a school and Big 12-record 24-game winning streak. The teams have never met in postseason play.

BAYLOR VS. 2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD
Baylor has played a total of 28 games against 11 teams in this season's NCAA Tounament field. The Bears have combined to go 18-10 against Oral Roberts (3-0), TCU (1-1), UCLA (1-2), Sam Houston State (2-0), Michigan State (0-1), UT Arlington (1-1), Louisiana-Monroe (2-0), Missouri (3-0), Texas A&M (3-0), New Mexico State (2-0) and Oklahoma (0-5).

BEARS SIX WINS SHY OF SCHOOL RECORD
Baylor's 44 wins this season are the fifth-most in a single-season in school history, and the Bears are six wins shy of tying the school record of 50 victories set in 1999. There have been 11 40-win seasons in Baylor baseball history:
1. 50-15, 1999
2. 46-24, 2005
3. 45-17, 2000 & 45-23, 2003
5. 44-14, 2012
6. 43-15, 1977
7. 42-13, 1985
8. 41-19, 1993 & 41-20-1, 1998
10. 40-22, 1986 & 40-20, 1991

SCHOOL-RECORD 11 NAMED ALL-BIG 12, INCLUDING POY, NOY, COY
Baylor had a school-record 11 players earn All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches this season, including Big 12 Conference Player of the Year Josh Ludy and Newcomer of the Year Nathan Orf. Ludy (C) and Orf (DH) were joined on the first team by Josh Turley (SP), Max Garner (RP), Max Muncy (IF), Lawton Langford (IF) and Logan Vick (OF).

Cal Towey (IF) and Trent Blank (SP) earned second-team honors, and Dan Evatt (OF) and Joey Hainsfurther (UTL) were honorable mention selections. Additionally, head coach Steve Smith was named Big 12 Coach of the Year, and Michael Howard (OF), Adam Toth (OF) and Ryan Smith (RP) were earned All-Freshman honors.

Baylor's seven first-team selections were three more than any previous season, as the Bears accounted for seven of the league's 17 first-team honorees. The Bears have earned 102 all-conference honors in the league's 16-year history, including 38 first-team selections.

BIG 12 PLAYER, NEWCOMER AND COACH OF THE YEAR
Baylor had the Big 12's Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year. Josh Ludy became the fourth Bear to win Big 12 Player of the Year from the league's coaches and the first since Kelly Shoppach in 2001. Nathan Orf won the Bears' first-ever Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honor and joined Tim Peters (1995, SWC) as Baylor's only newcomer of the year winners. and head coach Steve Smith earned his second Big 12 Coach of the Year award from the league's coaches. Smith has been named conference coach of the year by at least one publication in five different seasons.

BAYLOR'S BIG FOUR
Baylor athletics has made 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 44 wins to this point, the Bears broke the national record for most combined wins in one year by the big four sports.

Texas held 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 NCAA Baseball Championship, Baylor has combined for a 124-25 in the big four sports: football (10-3), men's basketball (30-8), women's basketball (40-0) and baseball (44-14).

HISTORIC YEAR IN BAYLOR ATHLETICS
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
• NCAA Tournament top-10 national seeds: BSB (No. 4), MBB (No. 9) and WBB (No. 1)

ORF BREAKING PAINFUL RECORDS
Nathan Orf has broken the Baylor and Big 12 single-season hit-by-pitch records after being plunked 31 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 52 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 31 career HBP.

LUDY NAMED BENCH AWARD SEMIFINALIST
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.

TURLEY AMONG GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD SEMIFINALSITS
Josh Turley has been named one of 30 semifinalists for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top amateur baseball players by USA Baseball. Turley is one of five players from the Big 12 Conference among the remaining candidates. Former Baylor All-American Jason Jennings became the first Big 12 player honored when he won the 1999 Golden Spikes Award.

BLANK & LUDY TABBED DICK HOWSER TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
Trent Blank and Josh Ludy are among 35 semifinalists for the 2012 Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player. The Big 12 Conference leads all league with six semifinalists, and Baylor is one of four teams with multiple candidates.

DUO NAMED NATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD SEMIFINALISTS
Baylor's 1-2 punch of Josh Turley and Trent Blank have been named among 25 semifinalists for the Pitcher of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Turley and Blank make up half of the four semifinalists from Big 12 teams, and Baylor is one of four schools with multiple semifinalists.

BEARS PLACE 10 ON ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12
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 GRADUATES ON CURRENT ROSTER
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.

BROWDER GETTING IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
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.

BEARS CLINCH THIRD BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
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 SECOND OUTRIGHT CONFERENCE TITLE IN LAST 89 YEARS
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

SECOND-BEST RECORD IN BIG 12 HISTORY
Baylor's .833 winning percentage in Big 12 play was the second-best by any team in the league's 16-year history. The Bears swept six consecutive Big 12 series and won seven of eight series against league teams. Three of Baylor's four losses in Big 12 play were one-run games.

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

BEARS ACHIEVE PROGRAM'S FIRST-EVER No. 1 NATIONAL RANKING
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.

RECORD-SETTING START TO BIG 12 PLAY
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

RECORD-SETTING STREAK
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).

SMITH BREAKS ALL-TIME WINS RECORD
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 663-429-1 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.

BLANK-ING OPPONENTS
Baylor senior RHP Trent Blank ranks 11th nationally with 10 wins (10-1) and won 11 straight decisions before suffering a loss despite allowing only one earned run in a complete-game at Oklahoma on May 12. He also took a no-decision against Oklahoma on May 24, despite leaving the game in line for the win after allowing one run in 6.0 innings.

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 season by tossing 7.0 shutout innings at Texas on May 18. Here's a before and after comparison of his numbers:

BEFORE
Feb. 9, 2009 -
April 30, 2011
AFTER
May 10, 2011 -
present
W-L 6-4 12-1
ERA 6.15 2.46
IP 98.0 106.0
H 124 92
R/ER 73/67 33/29
WHIP 1.643 1.132

PILING UP BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS ...
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.

... AND BIG 12 PITCHER AND NEWCOMER WEEKLY AWARDS
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.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Six Baylor players have started at least 55 of the team's 58 games this season, including four who have played the same position in every game: Max Muncy (all 58 at 1B), Cal Towey (all 58 at 3B), Logan Vick (56 of 58 in CF) and Jake Miller (56 of 58 at SS). Lawton Langford (2B) has started 49 of the last 54 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 54 of 58 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 27 of 30 games since returning in the Oklahoma State series finale on April 1.

QUICK HITS
• TOURNAMENT: Baylor is 38-36 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 9-5 mark in games in Waco.
• Baylor has played 28 games against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, and the Bears are 18-10 in those games.
• Baylor is one of only 14 schools in the nation with at least 13 regional appearances since 1998.
• Baylor swept Oral Roberts in a three-game series to open the season, but the Bears needed 8th-inning pinch-hit bases-loaded walks from freshman Michael Howard to win each of the first two games in the series.
• Baylor and UTA split a pair of games this season, with each team winning on its home field. BU lost a two-run 9th-inning lead at UTA, but that would be the Bears last loss before a school-record 24-game winning streak.
• Baylor has won 22 consecutive games at Baylor Ballpark, giving it the nation's longest active home winning streak.
• Baylor (124) broke Texas' (123 in 2003-04) national record for most wins among the "Big Four" sports.
• Baylor had a school-record 11 players earn All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches, including a school-record 7 first-team honorees.
• Baylor also had the Big 12's Player (Josh Ludy), Newcomer (Nathan Orf) and Coach (Steve Smith) of the Year.
• 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 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'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 6th 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 10 weeks later they are in the top 5 of every poll.
• Baylor is 25-3 this year in games started by Josh Turley (13-1) or Trent Blank (12-2).
• Baylor's school-record 24-game winning streak (3/16--4/22) is the 2nd-longest streak in Division I this season.
• Baylor's 44 wins are 6 shy of the school record (50 in 1999) and the 5th-most in school history.
• 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.
• Head coach Steve Smith broke Baylor's all-time wins record with his 650th career victory on April 17.
• Six Baylor starters have on-base percentages above .420, and eight Baylor regulars are hitting above .298.
• Baylor is 18-7 in 1 or 2-run games and 28-5 when its starting pitcher lasts at least 5.0 innings this season.
• Baylor has homered in 21 of the last 35 games after going without a home run in 28 of its previous 29 games.
• Baylor is 7-9 this season when scoring three or fewer runs. The Bears were 3-22 in such games last season.
• Baylor won 9 consecutive Big 12 series prior to being swept at Oklahoma; BU is 26-7 in its last 11 Big 12 series.
• Baylor's 22-game home winning streak broke the previous school record of 15 straight home wins in 2000.
• 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 (.311), on-base percentage (.407), slugging percentage (.440), runs (380), hits (595), home runs (38) and RBI (345).
• Baylor's pitching staff leads the Big 12 in fewest home runs allowed (15) and saves (18) and ranks 3rd in ERA (3.15).
• 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.
• Baylor swept six straight Big 12 series. The Bears had never swept three straight Big 12 series prior to this season.
• Six Baylor players have started at least 55 of the team's 60 games this season.
• Baylor's 17 wins in the month of April (17-1) tied the most in a single month of the 18-year Steve Smith era. The Bears also won 17 games in April of 2000 (17-3).
• Baylor has swept 7 series in a season for the first time in program history. The Bears have 3-game sweeps vs. Oral Roberts, vs. Texas Tech, vs. Kansas, vs. Oklahoma State, at Missouri, at Kansas State and vs. Texas A&M.
• Senior RHP Trent Blank ranks 11th 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 140 consecutive games at 1B for Baylor. He has missed 1 start in 177 team games in his career, and he holds Baylor's all-time putouts record with 1,582.
• Junior C/OF Nathan Orf ranks 3rd nationally after being hit by a pitch a Big 12-record 31 times this season.
• Baylor is 1 of 14 programs nationally to play in 13+ NCAA Tournaments since 1998

INDIVIDUAL BIG 12 RANKINGS (ALL GAMES)

Trent Blank
1st -- Wins (10)
3rd -- ERA (2.07)
9th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.229)
10th -- Innings Pitched (91.1)

Tyler Bremer
13th -- Wins (6)

Dan Evatt
8th -- Home Runs (7)

Max Garner
1st -- Saves (10)

Lawton Langford
6th -- Walks (34)
9th -- On-Base Percentage (.437)
13th -- Batting Average (.320)

Josh Ludy
1st -- Home Runs (13)
1st -- RBI (64)
1st -- Slugging Percentage (.622)
2nd -- Total Bases (125)
3rd -- Batting Average (.363)
4th -- Hits (73)
6th -- On-Base Percentage (.452)
12th -- Doubles (13)

Max Muncy
4th -- Walks (38)
4th -- RBI (52)
7th -- Total Bases (107)
8th -- Hits (70)
8th -- Runs (48)
10th -- Home Runs (6)
12th -- Doubles (13)
12th -- Triples (3)
14th -- Batting Average (.317)

Dillon Newman
13th -- Saves (2)

Nathan Orf
1st -- Runs (54)
1st -- HBP (31)
4th -- On-Base Percentage (.455)
15th -- Batting Average (.315)

Cal Towey
6th -- Walks (34)
7th -- Triples (4)
9th -- RBI (45)
12th -- Home Runs (5)

Josh Turley
2nd -- ERA (1.64)
3rd -- Wins (9)
6th -- Complete Games (2)
7th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.223)
9th -- Innings Pitched (93.1)

Logan Vick
1st -- Doubles (23)
5th -- Walks (37)
7th -- Batting Average (.347)
8th -- On-Base Percentage (.444)
9th -- Hits (69)
11th -- Stolen Bases (16)

INDIVIDUAL BIG 12 RANKINGS (CONFERENCE GAMES)

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

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

Max Garner
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)

Josh Ludy
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)

Jake Miller
4th -- Triples (2)
8th -- RBI (16)

Max Muncy
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)

Nathan Orf
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)

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

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

Logan Vick
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)

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The winner of the Waco Regional will face the winner of the Houston (Rice) Regional in a best-of-three Super Regional with a trip to Omaha on the line. As the No. 4 national seed, if Baylor were to advance through the Waco Regional, the Bears would host the Super Regional. Teams in the Houston Regional are No. 1 Rice, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Sam Houston State and No. 4 Prairie View A&M. Baylor has already faced Sam Houston State twice this year, winning a game on each team's home field, and the Bears defeated Rice the last time the teams met in 2011 Houston Regional.


 

 

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