Thursday, April 5, 2012

Game Day: Tigers and Bears

Baylor ace Trent Blank
w/ a blank look on his face
NOTE:  The Baylor series is a Thursday-Friday-Saturday series, so the Tigers and Tiger fans can enjoy Resurrection Sunday!!

♦ Baylor's losses:
  • Lost 2 of 3 at UCLA, 2/25-26:  9-3 and 8-6
  • Lost 2 to Lamar, 3/3-4: 8-0 and 8-7
  • Lost 1 to TCU, 3/6: 9-4
  • Lost 1 to Michigan State, 3/7: 4-0
  • Lost 1 to UT-Arlington, 3/13: 5-4
Baylor is currently riding am 11-game winning streak.  Their wins include sweeps of ORU, Memphis (2 games), Texas Tech, Kansas and Oklahoma State.  

The Baylor Bears are ranked in all the national polls:
♦ MU vs. Baylor Stats
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Taylor Stadium Weather
THU 59 / 60% Rain
FRI 67 / Sunny
SAT 67 / 40% T-storms
Baseball winning streak reaches double digits (Baylor Lariat)
Amid all of the excitement surrounding Baylor’s success on the basketball court, you may not have realized the Bears have been winning on the baseball diamond.

In fact, the Bears have rattled off 11 wins in a row to move to 22-7, are first place in Big 12 play and have moved up to No. 8 in Collegiate Baseball Top 30.

“It’s definitely exciting in our dugout for sure. We’re looking forward to playing every day and getting after it,” sophomore left-handed pitcher Brad Kuntz said.

Baylor Bares it All (, 3/18)
KEY MOMENT: - The bases-loaded K.

Clinging to a three-run lead, Texas Tech brought the tying run to the plate with two out in the 7th. But coming fresh out of the bullpen, reliever Crayton Bare beard down to get 3-hole hitter Barrett Barnes to strike out swinging, ending what would be the last serious threat of the game. Kudos to Crayton for having the stones to go after the dangerous Barnes like that, especially coming right out of the bullpen.

KEY STAT: 8-to-7

This might have been a 7-run difference between the two teams today, but 8-to-7 was the total amount of hits for each team, slightly favoring the Bears. The big key was making those eight hits count as they did. Vick’s big double and then Jake Miller’s bases-loaded blast-to-the-wall triple in the 7th inning were the two big shots that made all the difference.
Honorable Mentions (
Baylor: The Bears swept a three-game weekend at home vs. Oklahoma State, overcoming a one-run deficit in the 13th inning with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to pull out a 6-5 win today. Josh Turley supplied the winning run on a single up the middle with the bases loaded and against a drawn-in infield. The Bears have now won 11 straight games and are 9-0 in Big 12 play.
Baylor's Jake Miller Named Co-Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week (
Baylor shortstop Jake Miller was named Phillips 66 co-Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. This marks the third straight week a Baylor player has won the award.

Miller earned his second career Big 12 Player of the Week honor after leading the Bears to a 4-0 record with a three-game sweep of Oklahoma State and a midweek win at Houston. The sweep of OSU gave Baylor a 9-0 record in Big 12 play, which is the best start by any team in league history.

Miller, a junior from Houston, Texas, hit .529 (9-for-17) with two runs, two RBI, one double and a stolen base during the week. He had three consecutive multi-hit games and twice tied his career high with three hits in a game.

In a return to his hometown, Miller went 3-for-5 with two runs, a double and one RBI in Tuesday’s win at Houston. That game was Baylor’s first win at Cougar Field since 2001.
Muncy Earns Big 12 Baseball Player of the Week (, 3/26)
Baylor's Max Muncy has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Baseball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. This marks the third time in the last five weeks a Baylor player has been named Player of the Week.

Muncy earned the award for the second time in his career after leading the Bears to a 4-0 record during the week, including a three-game sweep of Kansas in Big 12 play. Muncy's previous honor came on May 16, 2011.

Muncy, a junior from Keller, Texas, hit .500 (9-for-18) with two home runs, two doubles, nine RBI and seven runs scored during the week. He also walked twice, struck out only one time and had 17 total bases for a .944 slugging percentage.

With a home run in the third inning of Saturday's win over Kansas, Muncy snapped Baylor's streak of 15 consecutive games and 499 at-bats without a home run. He also homered in the sixth inning of that game, giving him the Bears' first five-RBI game of the season.

In Sunday's series finale against the Jayhawks, Muncy stepped to the plate with the game tied 6-6, two runners on and two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Kansas' travel curfew looming, Muncy avoided a tie by belting a game-winning two-run double down the right-field line, and the game was called just one pitch later.

Near no-no pushes Baylor past ranked TCU baseball (Baylor Lariat, 2/22)
No. 25 Baylor baseball was four outs away from a no-hitter as it improved to 4-0 on the season, defeating the No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs Tuesday by a score of 7-1 in front of a crowd of nearly 2,800 at Baylor Ballpark.

The winning pitcher was senior right-hander Trent Blank (2-0).
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Baylor made a pitching change heading into the fifth inning. After pitching four hitless innings, senior right-handed pitcher Trent Blank handed the ball to junior right-hander Kolt Browder.

Browder was pulled in the top of the eighth inning. He threw three hitless innings before senior right-handed pitcher Joey Hainsfurther took the mound. The Horned Frogs finally got their first hit of the game with two outs in the eighth inning.

“You try not to think about [the no-hitter],” Hainsfurther said. “Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it until somebody down in the bullpen thought it was smart to say in the seventh inning, ‘Hey, they don’t have any hits yet, do [they]?’ I don’t think that helped much, but they were battling at the plate so you had to think that one was going to come eventually.”

Baylor's Logan Vick Named Big 12 Player of the Week (
Baylor’s Logan Vick has been honored as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Baseball Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. It’s the second time Vick has won the award in the last four weeks.

Vick was also honored as the league’s Player of the Week on Feb. 27. A junior centerfielder from Kerrville, Texas, Vick becomes the fifth Baylor player to earn two Big 12 Player of the Week honors in the same season and the first since Josh Ford in 2004.

The Big 12 leader with 11 doubles on the season, Vick doubled in all four games during the week. He hit .636 (7-for-11) with four doubles, four RBI, four runs scored, two walks and a stolen base to lead Baylor to a three-game sweep of Texas Tech to open Big 12 Conference play. He also had a double in Tuesday’s game at UT Arlington.

Vick slugged 1.000 and reached base at a .692 clip in the sweep of the Red Raiders. In the series opener, Vick had a two-out RBI single in the first inning, walked and scored a game-tying run in the fourth inning and doubled in the eighth inning.
In the dugout with Max Muncy (Baseball America/Youtube)

Visual of Baylor athletics' dominance in the 4 major sports (
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