WACO, Texas – Baylor begins its longest road stretch of the season this weekend with three games in two days at Houston's Cougar Field. The Bears will face New Orleans at 2 p.m. CT on Friday and Saturday and Houston at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Starting a stretch in which eight of their next nine games are away from Baylor Ballpark, the Bears will meet New Orleans for the first time in 25 years. On the flip side, BU will take on UH for the third time over a 15-day span. Baylor owns a 2-2 all-time record against UNO and leads Houston 87-62 and has won four of the last six meetings despite losing both this season.
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.
Dates: March 15-16, 2013
Times: 2 PM UNO | 2 PM UNO | 6:35 PM UH
Location: Houston, Texas
Stadium: Cougar Field (3,500)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp); Lark Smith (color)
SERIES UNO | UH
Overall: 2-2 | 87-62
Waco: 0-0 | 35-27
Away: 0-2 | 40-26
Neutral Site: 2-0 | 8-4 (4-4 unknown)
Smith vs: 0-0 | 21-16
First Meeting: 1977 | 1951
Last Meeting: 1988 | 2013
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Video: www.UHCougars.com (UH game only)
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2013 Record: 7-10
2013 Big 12 Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career Record: 675-442-1 (19th season)
Record at BU: 675-442-1 (19th season)
AVG: Nathan Orf (.419)
2B: Cal Towey (4)
HR: Orf, Towey, Brown, Porter (1)
RBI: Cal Towey (17)
SB: Adam Toth (8)
2013 Record: 13-4
2013 C-USA Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Todd Whitting
Career Record: 57-71-1 (3rd season)
Record at UH: 57-71-1 (3rd season)
NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS
2013 Record: 3-14
2013 Independent Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Bruce Peddie
Career Record: 371-351-2 (15th season)
Record at UNO: 34-116 (4th season)
BAYLOR FALLS TO HOUSTON AGAIN FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT LOSS
Baylor's 5-3 loss to Houston on Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark marked the Bears' fourth straight loss overall and fourth straight loss at home. The last time BU dropped four straight home games was from February 27 through March 5, 2010, when the Bears lost five in a row. The last time Baylor lost four straight games overall was from March 29 through April 2, 2011. Houston's win was its second over Baylor in an 11-day span. The loss also marked Baylor's first this season in a midweek game as the Bears were 4-0 in midweek contests prior to the game.
BAYLOR VS. NEW ORLEANS SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 2-2 all-time against New Orleans and it's been 25 years since the teams last met. The first meeting between the two came at the 1977 NCAA South Central Regional in Arlington, Texas. The Bears won 10-1 on May 26, 1977 and 7-1 on May 28, 1977. The last two tilts came in 1988 in New Orleans as UNO won 4-2 on March 11, 1988 and 9-7 on March 12, 1988. UNO is the only Independent team in the NCAA this season.
BAYLOR VS. HOUSTON SERIES HISTORY
Baylor is 87-62 in the all-time series against Houston, including a 35-28 mark in games played in Waco and a 40-26 tally in Houston. Steve Smith is 21-17 all-time against the Cougars. Baylor is 8-4 against U of H in neutral site games and 4-4 in unknown site games. The Bears have won four of the last six series meetings against Houston. The only two losses in that stretch came earlier this season on March 2 in a 15-4 seven-inning decision at the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park and on Tuesday in a 5-3 decision at Baylor Ballpark.
BAYLOR VS. CONFERENCE USA
Baylor is 228-154-1 all-time against current members of Conference USA. The Bears have faced Houston (87-62), Memphis (6-2), Rice (128-87-1), Southern Mississippi (3-1), Tulane (3-2) and UAB (1-0).
BAYLOR SUFFERS UNLIKELY SWEEP
Baylor's 0-3 series last weekend against Illinois at Baylor Ballpark marked the first time in nine years that the Bears had been swept at home by a non-conference opponent -- UC Irvine was the last to do so on March 5-7, 2004. It had also been 13 years since BU dropped a home doubleheader to a non-conference opponent -- Oral Roberts was the last to do so on March 11, 2000.
BAYLOR'S ADVANTAGE AT BAYLOR BALLPARK
Baylor is 5-6 at home and has lost four straight after winning three straight. However, Baylor is 339-140 in games played at Baylor Ballpark overall. In home games this season, Baylor pitchers are holding opponents to a .202 average with a 2.85 ERA.
ORF EXTENDS ON-BASE STREAK TO 14 GAMES
Nathan Orf has reached base safely in 15 straight games and 16 of 17 this season. The only game he did not reach safely in was the second game of the year on Feb. 16 at UC Irvine. He has had a hit in 13 games this season and has a team-high eight multi-hit games, which rank second in the Big 12. Two of the games during his streak have been helped by HBPs. He's reached base at least twice in a game 14 times. He leads the Big 12 in on-base percentage at .526 and entered the week ranking 28th in the NCAA. He also entered the week ranking 32nd in the NCAA in hits (25) and 40th in batting average (.431).
TOWEY'S NINE-GAME RBI STREAK ENDS
Baylor senior third baseman Cal Towey's RBI streak ended at nine games in the series opener last Friday against Illinois. During the streak he hit .414 (12-for-29) with 15 RBI, eight runs, six walks, two doubles, a triple, homer and steal. He ranks third in the Big 12 in RBI (17) and had multiple RBI in six of the nine games during the streak. He ranks second in the Big 12 with six multi-RBI games. In the NCAA, he ranks 58th in RBI.
GARNER, NEWMAN THORWING DEEP INTO GAMES
Senior RHP Max Garner and junior RHP Dillon Newman have each set new career highs in innings pitched in their last two starts. Garner went a career-long nine innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts against Illinois. That followed an 8.1-inning then-career-high performance against Rice. Since a rough first start at UC Irvine, Garner has thrown 22.1 innings over his last three starts, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 18 hits and seven walks with 17 strikeouts to lower his ERA on the season to 2.86.
Newman tossed eight innings against Illinois, letting the first two batters of the game get to him with a double and home run, but after that he was lights out, retiring 19 straight batters. After giving up just the two runs, he only gave up two hits the rest of the way and struck out five in an efficient 92-pitch effort with no walks and no decision. The outing came after a seven-inning performance against California. Over his last three starts, Newman has thrown 20 innings, allowing two runs on 11 hits and one walk with 15 strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 1.82. In the NCAA, Newman ranks fifth in walked allowed per nine innings (0.36), eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (17.00) and 24th in WHIP (0.73).
TOWEY EARNS WEEK 3 COLLEGE BASEBALL 360 NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
On March 6th, Cal Towey was named College Baseball 360 Week 3 National Player of the Week. His first national honor of his career came after earning his first weekly Big 12 honor and Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic.