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Baylor Baseball Hosts Texas Tech for Big 12 Opening Series

WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball finishes its season-long eight-game home stand by opening Big 12 Conference play this weekend against Texas Tech at Baylor Ballpark.  Games are scheduled for 4:05 p.m. CT Friday on FOX Sports Southwest, 3:05 p.m. Saturday on FOX College Sports and 1:05 p.m. Sunday on FOX Sports Plus.

All Baylor baseball games are broadcast live on Waco's 1660 ESPN Central Texas (1330 AM/100.9 FM in Temple, Belton and Killeen). Derek Smith provides the play-by-play with Steve Johnigan adding color commentary. Live streaming audio, video and GameTracker also are available for all Baylor baseball games online at BaylorBears.com.

SERIES?INFO

Date(s): March 18-20, 2016

Time(s): 4:05 PM | 3:05 PM | 1:05 PM CT

Location: Waco, Texas

Stadium: Baylor Ballpark (5,000)

Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM?(Waco)

Talent: Derek Smith (pxp), Steve Johnigan (color)

TV: FSSW (Fri.) | FCS (Sat.) | FS+ (Sun.)

Talent: Cody Hall (pxp), Pat Combs (color)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: TTU leads 81-78

Streak: BU has won 1

Waco: BU leads 49-28

Lubbock: TTU leads 50-24

Neutral Site: BU leads 1-0

Rodriguez vs: 0-0

First Meeting: 1928

Last Meeting: May 22, 2015

SERIES MULTIMEDIA

Live Stats: BaylorBears.com

Audio: BaylorBears.com

Video: BaylorBears.com

Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball

BAYLOR BEARS                

2016 Record: 7-9

2015 Big 12 Record: 9-15 (8th)

Head Coach: Steve Rodriguez

Career: 293-307 (13th season)

BU: 7-9 (1st season)

2016 STAT LEADERS

AVG: Darryn Sheppard (.350)

2B: Darryn Sheppard (5)

HR: Darryn Sheppard (3)

RBI: Darryn Sheppard (19)

SB: Steven McLean (3)

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS           

2016 Record: 10-6

2015 Big 12 Record: 13-11 (t-3rd)

Head Coach: Tim Tadlock

Career: 112-81 (4th season)

TTU: 112-81 (4th season)

2016 STAT LEADERS

AVG: Tanner Gardner (.449)

2B: Michael Davis (7)

HR: Tyler Neslony (4)

RBI: Gutierrez, Neslony (15)

SB: Michael Davis (4)

TEAM QUICK NOTES

*Baylor is 390-173 all-time at Baylor Ballpark and 5-7 under Steve Rodriguez.

*Baylor has scored at least one run in the first inning seven times this season in 16 games – the Bears have won three of their last five games when scoring in the first frame and have scored 15 first-inning runs in 2016.

*Baylor is 1-4 on its current and season-long eight-game home stand.

*Baylor is 195-290-1 all-time against opponents ranked by Baseball America, 30-38 since 2011 and 1-2 this season.

*Among Big 12 leaders, Darryn Sheppard is second in RBI (19), third in total bases (37), fourth in runs (17), fifth in home runs (3) and sixth in slugging percentage (.617).

*Among Big 12 leaders, Richard Cunningham is second in triples (2).

*Among NCAA leaders, Sheppard ranks 68th in RBI (19) and Cunningham ranks 42nd in triples (2).

*Troy Montemayor ranks first in the Big 12 and 45th in the NCAA in saves (3).

*Daniel Castano had a career-high eight strikeouts last Friday vs. New Mexico State after tying a career high of six in his last outing -- he has 19 strikeouts over 18 innings in his last three starts.

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