OKLAHOMA CITY -- No. 6 seed Baylor baseball faces No. 3 seed TCU on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT on FOX College Sports to begin the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. A double elimination event, the Bears are in the same side of the bracket as TCU, No. 2 Oklahoma State and No 7. Texas.
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 will be available for all Baylor baseball games online at BaylorBears.com.SERIES?INFO
Date(s): May 25-29, 2016
Time(s): 4 PM CT| TBA
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Stadium: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
TV: FOX College Sports
Talent: Chad McKee (pxp), George Frazier (color)
Radio: ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM?(Waco)
Talent: Derek Smith (pxp), Steve Johnigan (color)
SERIES HISTORY (TCU | OSU | UT)
Overall: 142-120 | 38-44 | 108-239-4
Waco: 74-45 | 21-15 | 61-92-3
Road: 50-59 | 14-20 | 43-135-1
Neutral: 4-7 | 3-9 | 8-8
Rodriguez: 4-3| 1-2 | 2-1
Live Stats: Big12Sports.com
Twitter Updates: @BaylorBaseball
2016 Record: 24-27
2016 Big 12 Record: 10-14
Head Coach: Steve Rodriguez
Career: 310-327 (13th season)
BU: 24-27 (1st season)
2016 STAT LEADERS
AVG: Matt Menard (.317)
2B: Kameron Esthay (14)
HR: Darryn Sheppard (7)
RBI: Darryn Sheppard (38)
SB: Steven McLean (6)
BA 14 USA 11 CB 14 NCBWA 12 D1 15
2016 Record: 38-14
2016 Big 12 Record: 15-9
Head Coach: Jim Schlossnagle
Career: 631-297 (15th season)
TCU: 554-250 (13th season)
OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
BA 17 USA 16 CB 12 NCBWA 16 D1 19
2016 Record: 35-18
2016 Big 12 Record: 16-8
Head Coach: Josh Holliday
Career: 162-75 (4th season)
OSU: 162-75 (4th season)
BA NR USA NR CB NR NCBWA NR D1 NR
2016 Record: 22-30
2016 Big 12 Record: 10-14
Head Coach: Augie Garrido
Career: 1,972-949-9 (48th season)
UT: 821-425-2 (20th season)
*Baylor is 44-45 all-time at conference tournaments, 32-33 in the Big 12 Championship and 34-35 in tournament format.
*Baylor and Oklahoma are the only two Big 12 programs to qualify for all 20 Big 12 Championships.
*Baylor had six players earn All-Big 12 honors: Troy Montemayor (1st team), Daniel Castano (2nd team), Kameron Esthay (2nd team), Steven McLean (2nd team), Matt Menard (honorable mention) and Drew Tolson (honorable mention) -- BU has had multiple All-Big 12 selections in all 20 years as a league member.
*C Matt Menard and RHP Troy Montemayor were named two of 43 semifinalists for the 2016 Gregg Olson Award on May 20. The annual award honors college baseball’s breakout player of the year.
*Baylor has won four of its last six games.
*Baylor won its first series over Texas (in Austin) on May 19-21 since a sweep in Waco on April 26-28, 2013.
*Baylor’s pitchers issued no walks vs. Texas on May 19 – fewest all season and first time with no walks in a game for BU since April 29, 2014, vs. Sam Houston State.
*Baylor won 10 or more game in Big 12 play for the 18th time in 20 seasons and first time since going 12-11 in 2013.
*Baylor has won five of its 12 three-game series in 2016 and 26 of 56 since 2012.
*Baylor won its first Big 12 Conference series over TCU on May 13-15 after losing the first three. BU won its first three-game series over TCU since a sweep on Feb. 18-20, 2000, in a split series with two games in Waco.
*With a 2-1 decision over No. 10 TCU on May 13-15, Baylor earned its first series win over a Baseball America ranked opponent since sweeping No. 13 Cal Poly on Feb. 13-15, 2015, in Waco.
*With a 2-1 decision over No. 10 TCU on May 13-15, Baylor claimed its first series win over a Baseball America top 10 ranked opponent since taking two of three from No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on March 7-9, 2014, in Waco.
*Baylor has 31 home runs in 51 games in 2016, which are 14 more than the team had in 55 games in 2015 – BU has 30 or more home runs for the first time since blasting 46 in 2012.
*Baylor is 197-291-1 all-time against opponents ranked by Baseball America, 32-39 since 2011 and 3-3 in 2016 – the Bears are 90-148 all-time against top 10 teams and 2-1 this year.
*Troy Montemayor has 14 saves in 15 tries this season and in his career -- he’s the ninth player in BU history to record 10 or more saves in a season (first since Josh Michalec set the single-season Baylor and Big 12 records with 21 saves in 2014) and ranks tied for third on BU’s single-season saves list and took sole possession of eighth on BU’s career list -- he’s had six straight scoreless appearances covering five innings.
*Among Big 12 leaders, Montemayor is first in saves (14), Richard Cunningham is third in triples (4) and fifth in HBPs (11), Steven McLean is fourth in HBPs (13), Richard Cunningham is third in triples (4) and fifth in HBPs (11)
*Among NCAA leaders, Montemayor is tied for fifth in saves and McLean is 68th in HBPs.