Baylor Baseball Hosts Midweek Tilt Against SHSU

(April 28, 2014) Baylor baseball finishes a five-game home stand with midweek contests against Sam Houston State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Bears (19-25) and Bearkats (30-14) will play on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT, while BU and the Islanders (25-20) will play on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Baylor owns a 60-41 edge over SHSU all-time but the Bearkats won earlier this season on April 8 in Huntsville. The Bears are 7-0 all-time against the Islanders. BU enters the games after being swept at home over the weekend by Kansas. SHSU comes to Waco after sweeping Southeastern Louisiana State at home and has won four straight. TAMUCC heads into the game after taking two of three at home from Oral Roberts and has won eight of its last 10 games.

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.

SERIES INFO
Date(s): April 29-30, 2014
Time(s): 6:30 P.M. | 6:30 P.M. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent: Tom Barfield (pxp), Lark Smith (color)

SERIES HISTORY (SHSU | TAMUCC)
Overall: BU leads 60-41 | 7-0
Waco: BU leads 34-15 | 7-0
Road: Tied 26-26 | Never met
Neutral Site: Never met
Smith vs: BU leads 13-6 | 7-0
First Meeting: 3/7/1952 | 4/26/2000
Last Meeting: 4/8/2014 | 4/18/2012
Streak: BU has lost 1 | BU has won 7

MULTIMEDIA
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Audio: BaylorBears.com
Video: BaylorBears.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

BAYLOR BEARS
2014 Record: 19-25
2014 Big 12 Record: 5-12
Head Coach: Steve Smith
Career: 714-485-1 (20th season)
BU: 714-485-1 (20th season)

STAT LEADERS
AVG: Adam Toth (.280)
2B: Matt Menard (7)
HR: Porter, Sheppard (3)
RBI: Porter, Toth (18)
SB: Adam Toth (10)

SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS
BA | USA | CB | NCBWA
NR | NR | NR | NR
2014 Record: 30-14
2014 Southland Record: 13-8
Head Coach: David Pierce
Career: 108-58 (3rd season)
SHSU: 108-58 (3rd season)

TEXAS A&M C. C. ISLANDERS
BA | USA | CB | NCBWA
NR | NR | NR | NR
2014 Record: 25-20
2014 Southland Record: 14-7
Head Coach: Scott Malone
Career: 157-171-1 (6th season)
AMCC: 157-171-1 (6th season)

BAYLOR VS. SAM HOUSTON STATE SERIES
Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Sam Houston State 60-41 overall, 13-6 under Steve Smith and 34-15 in Waco. The teams met twice last season at each team’s home park and split with each team winning on the road. SHSU topped BU 4-2 in Waco on March 19, 2013, before the Bears bounced back on March 20, 2013, to win 4-1 in Huntsville. This season, SHSU topped BU 4-3 in Huntsville on April 8 as the Bearkats took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning and hung on for the win. Baylor has won three of the last five meetings in the series.

BAYLOR VS. TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI SERIES
Baylor leads the all-time series vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi 7-0 as all games have been played under Steve Smith and in Waco. The teams first met on April 26, 2000, and last met on April 18, 2012, for a Baylor 11-1 win.

BAYLOR AGAINST THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE
Baylor is 4-1 against the Southland Conference this season and 205-112-1 overall against current members of the league. The Bears topped Lamar, Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word (twice) earlier this season before losing to Sam Houston State on April 8. BU’s record against the league’s current members is as follows: Abilene Christian (12-2), Houston Baptist (3-1), Lamar (42-31-1), McNeese State (8-7), New Orleans (4-2), Nicholls State (7-2), Northwestern State (9-6), Oral Roberts (24-20), Sam Houston State (60-41), Stephen F. Austin (27-0), Texas A&M Corpus Christi (7-0).

BAYLOR TO RETIRE JASON JENNINGS’ JERSEY MAY 17 VS. TCU
Baylor baseball will retire the jersey of former All-American pitcher and hitter Jason Jennings (1997-99) during a pregame ceremony on Saturday, May 17, vs. TCU at Baylor Ballpark, the program announced Monday.

The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. CT and the first 1,000 fans will receive a Jason Jennings jersey pennant. Baylor President and Chancellor Judge Ken Starr and Athletic Director Ian McCaw will take part in the ceremony as Jennings will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Baylor’s most decorated baseball player, Jennings was inducted into the Baylor Hall of Fame on Oct. 23, 2009, as a three-time All-American and the first consensus Division I National Player of the Year in 1999. That season, he hit .386 and picked up 13 wins with 172 strikeouts and a 2.58 ERA.

Jennings’ jersey retirement will be just the second such honor the program has ever done. The first was the retirement of legendary BU player and coach Mickey Sullivan’s No. 7 on April 19, 1997.

BAYLOR SHAVED HEADS FOR VS. CANCER FOUNDATION AFTER SATURDAY’S GAME
Following Saturday’s game, the Bears shaved their heads to raise money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the Vs. Cancer Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving kids’ lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. Of the proceeds, the foundation will send half to benefit McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, Texas, and the other half will benefit national childhood cancer research.

The Bears teams with Sport Clips to do the postgame event and raised over $2,800 with a team goal of raising $5,000. Donations can be made at http://baylor.vs-cancer.org.

BAYLOR BALLPARK’S HOME SWEET HOME ADVANTAGE
In Baylor’s first 24 home games of the 2014 season, it has outscored its opponents 99-77 with a 17-7 record -- its best start at home since 2012. BU’s pitchers have racked up 161 strikeouts in 214.0 innings, allowing just 168 hits and 70 walks with a 2.14 ERA. Since the park opened in 1999, Baylor owns a 366-151 record at Baylor Ballpark and has never had a losing season in the stadium. The closest BU came to a losing season was in 2011, when the Bears were 16-14 at Baylor Ballpark. The last time Baylor started its home season with five or more straight wins was in 2012 (6-0) as the Bears won their first five home games this season. Baylor has won 11 straight Big 12 home series. The last series loss at home in league play for BU came April 21-23, 2011, against Missouri.

DANIEL CASTANO THRIVING AS A STARTING PITCHER
Freshman LHP Daniel Castano has yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season. In his first seven collegiate starts, he is 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA while allowing 12 runs (six earned) on 34 hits and eight walks with 21 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

DREW TOLSON COMING ON STRONG AS A STARTER LATELY
After missing last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, redshirt freshman Drew Tolson has been finding his groove on the mound as he gets more innings and starts. As a starting pitcher this season, Tolson is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA in three starts as he’s given up six runs (four earned) on 12 hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. He earned his first collegiate win as he threw a career-high five innings and struck out a career-high four batters while giving up just three hits, no runs and no walks on April 15 vs. Texas Southern. Last Tuesday versus Texas State, he raised his career high innings and strikeouts to seven and six, respectively, while allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks, and retired the last 14 hitters he faced.


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