Trent Blank is expected to start for Baylor in Saturday's game one of the Waco Super Regional.
|No. 4 Baylor (48-15) vs. Arkansas (42-19)
June 9-11, 2012 | Waco, Texas | Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
WACO SUPER REGIONAL CENTRAL | GAME NOTES
|SAT. | 4:05 P.M.
BU - RHP Trent Blank
10-1, 2.32 ERA, 97.0 IP, 56 SO
UA - RHP DJ Baxendale
7-4, 2.83 ERA, 92.1 IP, 85 SO
|SUN. | 3:05 P.M.
BU - LHP Josh Turley
9-1, 1.83 ERA, 103.0 IP, 75 SO
UA - RHP Ryne Stanek
7-4, 2.83 ERA, 82.2 IP, 76 SO
|MON. | 3:05 P.M.
BU - TBA
UA - TBA
Baylor hosts Arkansas in the 2012 NCAA Waco Super Regional, which starts at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. Game two is slated for 3:05 p.m. Sunday, and if necessary, the winner-take-all game three will be played at 3:05 p.m. Monday. Saturday and Sunday games will be televised on ESPNUHD, and Monday's if-necesssary game will be shown on ESPN2HD. The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the 66th annual NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The Big 12 Champion Bears are hosting a Super Regional for the third time. Baylor lost two of three to Oklahoma State in the 1999 Waco Super Regional, but the Bears won two of three in the 2005 Waco Super Regional against Clemson to advance to Omaha for the first time since 1978.
Baylor advanced to the Super Regional by winning the Waco Regional against Oral Roberts, UT Arlington and Dallas Baptist. The Bears lost the opening game to ORU, then rebounded to win four games in three days, including a pair of games in 90-degree heat on Sunday. Arkansas advanced to Waco by winning all three games it played in the Houston Regional, defeating Sam Houston State twice and host Rice once.
All games of the Waco Super Regional will have live streaming video on ESPN3.com. Dave Neal (pxp) and Jay Walker (color) will lead the TV and ESPN3 broadcast. The game will also have free live audio on BaylorBears.com. 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
Super Regionals: 4-5
Home: 3-3 Away: 1-2
NCAA Tournament Games at Baylor Ballpark: 13-6
Waco Super Regional Hosts: 1999, 2005, 2012
BAYLOR: Steve Smith
Alma Mater: Baylor, 1986
Career Record: 667-430-1 (18th season)
Record at Baylor: 667-430-1 (18th season)
ESPNUHD (Saturday and Sunday), ESPN2HD (Monday). All three games on ESPN3.com
Dave Neal (pxp) and Jay Walker (color)
BAYLOR-IMG COLLEGE SPORTS NETWORK
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 NCAA T0urnament appearance in the last 15 years and its 18th overall. The Bears are 42-37 all-time in the NCAA tournament, including 36-26 in Regionals, 4-5 in Super Regionals, and 2-6 in the College World Series.
Baylor is playing in its fourth Super Regional and its third in Waco. The Bears are 3-3 in Super Regional games at home and 1-2 on the road. Baylor lost two of three in the 1999 Waco Super Regional against Oklahoma State, lost two of three in the 2003 Baton Rouge Super Regional against LSU, and won two of three in the 2005 Waco Super Regional against Clemson. In all NCAA Tournament games, the Bears are a combined 13-6 at home, 24-19 at neutral sites and 5-12 on the road.
BAYLOR HOSTING SUPER REGIONAL FOR THIRD TIME
The 2012 Waco Super Regional will mark the third time Baylor has hosted an NCAA Super Regional (1999, 2005, 2012). Last weekend's Waco Regional was the fourth time Baylor hosted a Regional (1999, 2000, 2005, 2012). The winner of the 2012 Super Waco Regional will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, which will be played June 15-26. The Bears have been to Omaha three times: 1977, 1978 and 2005.
BAYLOR VS. ARKANSAS SERIES HISTORY
Baylor and Arkansas have met on the baseball diamond only one time since the Razorbacks left the Southwest Conference in 1991, a game the Hogs won 9-1 on March 10, 1998 in Fayetteville.
Baylor leads the all-time series 36-27, dating back to the teams' first meeting in 1908. The Bears and Hogs were founding members of the eight-team Southwest Conference in 1915, and the schools competed in the same league until Arkansas left for the SEC in 1991, five years prior to the formation of the Big 12 Conference.
Arkansas discontinued baseball from 1930-46, and scores and sites are unavailable before the teams resumed the series in 1960. Since 1960, Baylor is 27-36 against Arkansas, including an 18-12 record in games played in Waco, a 2-2 mark in neutral-site games and a 7-22 record in Fayetteville.
BAYLOR VS. 2012 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD
Baylor has played a total of 33 games against 12 teams in this season's NCAA Tounament field. The Bears have combined to go 22-11 against Oral Roberts (4-1), TCU (1-1), UCLA (1-2), Sam Houston State (2-0), Michigan State (0-1), UT Arlington (2-1), Louisiana-Monroe (2-0), Missouri (3-0), Texas A&M (3-0), New Mexico State (2-0), Oklahoma (0-5) and Dallas Baptist (2-0).
FOUR NAMED ALL-AMERICANS
Baylor placed four players on the Louisville Slugger All-America teams released by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on May 31. Josh Turley earned second-team honors, while Trent Blank, Josh Ludy and Logan Vick were named to the third team. The four selections were the most ever by a Big 12 Conference team and gave the Bears 22 All-Americans in the program's history.
SIX SELECTED IN MLB DRAFT, INCLUDING ENTIRE PITCHING ROTATION
Six Baylor players were selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, including all three members of Baylor's weekend pitching rotation. The Bears have had multiple players drafted in 14 of the last 15 drafts, at least one Bear has been chosen in every year since 1991 and BU has had 123 total draft picks.
Max Muncy (5th round, Oakland Athletics), Josh Ludy (8th round, Philadelphia Phillies), Logan Vick (11th round, Cleveland Indians), Josh Turley (16th round, Detroit Tigers), Tyler Bremer (27th round, Chicago Cubs) and Trent Blank (30th round, Colorado Rockies) were all chosen.
Muncy, Vick and Turley will have until July 13 to decide whether to sign professional contracts or return for their senior seasons. As seniors, Ludy, Blank and Bremer don't have signing deadlines.
Three of the players had been drafted previously, and each of them improved their draft position significantly. Muncy moved from the 41st round in 2009 to the 5th round in 2012, Turley jumped from the 36th round in 2009 to the 16th round in 2012 and Bremer moved from the 36th round in 2010 to the 27th round in 2012.
BEARS WIN FOUR GAMES IN THREE DAYS TO CLAIM FIRST REGIONAL SINCE 2005
Baylor had to win four games in three days after dropping its first game in the 2012 Waco Regional to Oral Roberts, but the Bears pulled off the feat to win their first Regional since 2005.
BU rebounded from Friday's 4-2 loss to ORU to defeat UT Arlington 11-6 in Saturday's elimination game, and the Bears got revenge against Oral Roberts by eliminating the Golden Eagles with a 5-2 win on Sunday afternoon. Despite playing in 90-degree heat, the Bears managed to bounce back Sunday night and defeat Dallas Baptist 9-2 to force Monday's winner-take-all game.
Baylor rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit and broke the game open late, as Dillon Newman allowed only an infield single in 5.0 innings of shutout relief to close out the win.
The Bears placed six players on the All-Tournament Team: Austin Stone (P), Josh Ludy (C), Lawton Langford (2B), Jake Miller (SS), Cal Towey (3B) and Dan Evatt (OF). Evatt was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
BEARS TWO WINS SHY OF SCHOOL RECORD
Baylor's 48 wins this season are the second-most in a single-season in school history, and the Bears are two 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. 48-15, 2012
3. 46-24, 2005
4. 45-17, 2000 & 45-23, 2003
6. 43-15, 1977
7. 42-13, 1985
8. 41-19, 1993 & 41-20-1, 1998
10. 40-22, 1986 & 40-20, 1991
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 48 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 Waco Super Regional, Baylor has combined to go 128-26 in the big four sports: football (10-3), men's basketball (30-8), women's basketball (40-0) and baseball (48-15).
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
• First NCAA Baseball Regional Championship since 2005
• NCAA Tournament top-10 national seeds: BSB (No. 4), MBB (No. 9) and WBB (No. 1)
ORF THREE SHY OF NCAA HBP RECORD
Nathan Orf has broken the Baylor and Big 12 single-season hit-by-pitch records after being plunked 34 times this season, and he's three shy of the NCAA single-season record set by Vanderbilt's Brian Harris in 2010 and tied by Delaware State's Scott Davis 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 currently ranks 3rd nationally, trailing only Davis (37) and Central Florida's Ronnie Richardson (35), who have both completed their seasons.
Orf has been hit by a pitch 55 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 is tied for second in program history with 34 career HBP.
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.
LUDY NAMED BENCH AWARD SEMIFINALIST
Josh Ludy was named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award, presented to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Ludy was the only Big 12 player among the semifinalists.
TURLEY AMONG GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD SEMIFINALSITS
Josh Turley was 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 was one of five players from the Big 12 Conference among the semifinalists. 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 were among 35 semifinalists for the 2012 Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player. The Big 12 Conference led all leagues with six semifinalists, and Baylor was 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 were named among 25 semifinalists for the Pitcher of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Turley and Blank made up half of the four semifinalists from Big 12 teams, and Baylor was 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 NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Kolt Browder, a mechanical engineering major, was named a third-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA on June 1. He became the 10th Academic All-American in program history, and the Bears have had an Academic All-American in four consecutive seasons for the first time.
Browder also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in three consecutive seasons, to become the 14th player in program history with three first-team honors. He 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.
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
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 667-430-1 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 18th 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:
Feb. 9, 2009 -
April 30, 2011
May 10, 2011 -
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 60 of the team's 63 games this season, including four who have played the same position in every game: Max Muncy (all 63 at 1B), Cal Towey (all 63 at 3B), Logan Vick (61 of 63 in CF) and Jake Miller (61 of 63 at SS). Lawton Langford (2B) has started 54 of the last 59 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 59 of 63 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 32 of 35 games since returning in the Oklahoma State series finale on April 1.
• TOURNAMENT: Baylor is 42-37 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 13-6 mark in games in Waco.
• Baylor is playing in its 4th Super Regional (1999, 2003, 2005, 2012). The Bears hosted Super Regional in 1999 and 2005, and BU won the 2005 Super Regional to advance to Omaha for the first time since 1978.
• Baylor and Arkansas haven't played since 1998, but the all-time series dates back to 1908.
• Baylor has played 33 games against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, and the Bears are 22-11 in those games.
• Baylor is one of only 14 schools in the nation with at least 13 regional appearances since 1998.
• Baylor has won 26 of its last 27 games at Baylor Ballpark, including a 22-game home winning streak that was snapped when the Bears lost their first game in the Waco Regional to Oral Roberts.
• Baylor had four players named All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball, the most ever by a Big 12 team. Josh Turley was named to the 2nd team, while Trent Blank, Josh Ludy and Logan Vick earned third-team honors.
• Baylor (128) broke Texas' (123 in 2003-04) national record for most wins among the "Big Four" sports.
• Baylor had 6 players selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, including all 3 weekend starting pitchers
• 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 7th 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 11 weeks later they are in the top 5 of every poll.
• Baylor is 27-4 this year in games started by Josh Turley (14-2) or Trent Blank (13-2).
• Baylor's school-record 24-game winning streak (3/16--4/22) was the 2nd-longest streak in Division I this season.
• Baylor's 48 wins are the 2nd-most in school history and two shy of the school record (50 in 1999).
• Head coach Steve Smith broke Baylor's all-time wins record with his 650th career victory on April 17.
• Seven Baylor starters have on-base percentages above .400, and all nine Baylor starters are hitting above .280.
• 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 homered in 24 of the last 40 games after going without a home run in 28 of its previous 29 games.
• Baylor is 18-8 in 1 or 2-run games and 30-6 when its starting pitcher lasts at least 5.0 innings this season.
• Baylor is 7-10 this season when scoring three or fewer runs. The Bears were 3-22 in such games last season.
• Baylor's 22-game home winning streak broke the previous school record of 15 straight home wins in 2000.
• Baylor had a school-record 11 players named All-Big 12 by the league's coaches, including 7 1st-team honorees.
• Baylor claimed the Big 12 Player (Josh Ludy), Newcomer (Nathan Orf) and coach (Steve Smith) of the Year.
• Baylor had 10 players named Academic All-Big 12 on May 15, its 4th consecutive year with at least 9 honorees.
• Baylor's offense leads the Big 12 in batting average (.312), on-base percentage (.408), slugging percentage (.445), runs (415), hits (652), home runs (43), RBI (376) and walks (280).
• Baylor's pitching staff leads the Big 12 in fewest home runs allowed (18) and saves (19) and ranks 3rd in ERA (3.14).
• 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).
• Six Baylor players have started at least 60 of the team's 63 games this season.
• Senior RHP Trent Blank ranks 18th 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.
• Junior 1B Max Muncy has started 145 consecutive games at 1B for Baylor. He has missed 1 start in 182 team games in his career, and he holds Baylor's all-time putouts record with 1,623.
• Junior C/OF Nathan Orf ranks 3rd nationally after being hit by a pitch a Big 12-record 34 times this season.
• Baylor is 33-4 at home in 2012, and BU is 71-22 in its last 93 home games (37-10 in non-conference games).
• Baylor ranks 15th nationally in total home attendance (111,843) and 19th in average home attendance (3,106).
• Baylor is 1 of 14 programs nationally to play in 13+ NCAA Tournaments since 1998.
INDIVIDUAL BIG 12 RANKINGS (ALL GAMES)
13th -- Saves (2)
1st -- Wins (10)
7th -- ERA (2.32)
7th -- Games Started (15)
10th -- Innings Pitched (97.0)
9th -- Wins (7)
7th -- Home Runs (8)
1st -- Saves (10)
6th -- Walks (37)
8th -- On-Base Percentage (.437)
13th -- Batting Average (.316)
1st -- Home Runs (15)
1st -- RBI (69)
1st -- Slugging Percentage (.637)
1st -- Total Bases (142)
3rd -- Batting Average (.368)
4th -- Hits (82)
6th -- On-Base Percentage (.453)
8th -- Doubles (15)
3rd -- Walks (40)
4th -- RBI (54)
5th -- Total Bases (118)
5th -- Hits (76)
5th -- Runs (53)
8th -- Doubles (15)
9th -- Home Runs (7)
12th -- Triples (3)
14th -- Batting Average (.313)
13th -- Saves (2)
1st -- Runs (59)
1st -- HBP (34)
3rd -- On-Base Percentage (.459)
10th -- Walks (32)
16th -- Stolen Bases (16)
10th -- Stolen Bases (17)
5th -- RBI (49)
7th -- Walks (36)
7th -- Triples (4)
11th -- Home Runs (6)
2nd -- ERA (1.83)
3rd -- Wins (9)
3rd -- Games Started (16)
6th -- Complete Games (2)
9th -- Opponents' Batting Average (.229)
8th -- Innings Pitched (103.0)
1st -- Doubles (25)
5th -- Hits (76)
5th -- Walks (39)
7th -- Batting Average (.344)
9th -- On-Base Percentage (.436)
10th -- Runs (46)
10th -- Total Bases (107)
10th -- Stolen Bases (17)
INDIVIDUAL BIG 12 RANKINGS (CONFERENCE GAMES)
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)
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)
The winner of the Waco Super Regional will advance to Omaha for the 2012 College World Series and will open play against the winner of the Eugene Super Regional between No. 5 national seed Oregon and Kent State. Kent State advanced to the Super Regional by winning the Gary, Ind. Regional hosted by Purdue, while Oregon won its home Regional. CWS game times will be announced Monday, June 11 on www.NCAA.com/cws.