Lady Bears use Christmas break for missions work in Africa
Bears take two-game lead for second in the Big 12 standings in front of national TV audience
Bears' Stearns dominant in front of nationally televised audience
Junior righthander earns conference's weekly honor for second time in 2015
Smith, Lisenby and Strickland homer in win for the Lady Bears
5/15/15 - NCAA Lafayette Regional Round One
Baylor Softball vs. Iowa
2015 BIG 12 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2015 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
2015 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
2015 GETTERMAN CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT
2014 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
2013 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 ROOKIE TEAM
SIX-TIME BIG 12 COMMISSIONER'S HONOR ROLL
TWO-TIME BAYLOR DEAN'S LIST
Appeared in 44 games, making 35 starts in the circle for the Lady Bears... Posted a 21-13 record, leading the team in wins (21), saves (5), innings pitched (204.2), and games started (35)... Led the Big 12 and the team in strikeouts (239)... Two-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Week (2/17 and 4/7)... Recorded a career-high in single game strikeouts, facing Northwestern State (13, 2/14)... Retired 15 straight batters to start the game versus SFA (2/8)... Named to the Getterman Classic All-Tournament Team... Earned a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team... Landed on the All-Big 12 First Team and the NFCA All-Region Second Team... Named the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball... Named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters.
Appeared in 27 games in the circle and started 21 for Baylor in her second year with the team ... Posted a 15-4 record with a 2.06 ERA ... .789 win percentage (15-4) was fifth-best single-season mark in school history ... Walked just 34 hitters in 115.2 innings of work and struck out 131 ... Averaged 7.93 strikeouts per seven innings, which ranked as the sixth-best single season average in BU history ... Opponents hit .243 off her ... Tossed one shutout and combined for two more ... Picked up two saves out of the bullpen ... 2-for-3 at the plate on the season with three RBI and a double ... Pitched an extra-inning shutout vs. Mississippi State; she scattered six hits, walked just two and struck out 12 in her only shutout of the season (2/28) ... Pitched a one-hitter vs. UTSA in seven innings allowing just one run, she walked three and struck out 11 (3/2) ... Named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week March 4 after performances vs. Mississippi State (2/28) and UTSA (3/2) ... Struck out 11 in a Big 12 win at Texas Tech (3/29) ... Struck out seven in five innings of work in a Big 12 win at Oklahoma State (4/18) ... Kept Baylor alive in an elimination game vs. Florida State at the WCWS picking up the postseason victory with seven strikeouts, and she allowed just two runs in 4.2 innings of work (5/31) ... Picked up her second win of the WCWS throwing the final 2.1 innings of Baylor's 8-7, extra-inning win over Kentucky, which proved to be the largest comeback in WCWS history after the Bears trailed 7-0 after five innings; Stearns allowed just one hit, no runs and struck out one in the final seven outs ... Named first-team Academic All-Big 12 ... Named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters ... Enters 2015 ranked 8th in career wins (27), third in career winning percentage (.750), seventh in career ERA (2.08), ninth in shutouts (5), seventh in strikeouts (287), and second in strikeouts per seven innings (8.54).
Appeared in 35 games overall and started 28; Appeared in 28 games and started 19 from the pitcher's circle as BU's No. 2 starter ... Posted a 12-5 record with six complete games and four shutouts ... Tossed 119.2 innings allowing only 92 hits ... Surrendered just 36 earned runs and posted an ERA of 2.11 ... Opponents hit just .207 against her ... Walked a microscopic 26 hitters and struck out 156 ... Tossed her first collegiate no-hitter in just her second game vs. Northern Illinois (2/9) striking out nine in seven innings ... Threw a complete game 2-hit shutout vs. Sam Houston State (2/22) striking out a season-high 12 hitters ... Tossed a 2-hit shutout vs. Syracuse (3/14) striking out 11 ... Threw a 1-hitter vs. Oklahoma State (4/12) striking out 11 ... Won her first seven collegiate starts ... Led Baylor to an NCAA Tournament victory over Arizona (5/18) allowing just one earned runs in seven innings while striking out eight ... Hit .159 at the plate with two runs scored and 10 RBI ... Hit two homers on the season including one at No. 3-ranked Arizona State (3/3) ... Named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team ... Named to the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Baylor Dean's list both semesters for 2012-13 school year.
Graduated from Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas ... Four-year letterwinner ... 2012 ESPNHS All-American ... Ranked No. 50 recruit nationally in ESPN Top 100 ... 2012 Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year ... 2012 TGCA 5A-4A state player of the year ... In 2012 went 18-9, 1.29 ERA, 313 strikeouts, 40 walks in 190 innings ... Hit 15 home runs, .413 batting average and 41 RBI ... Became first player in Texas high school history to hit four home runs in a game, tying for second-most all-time nationally ... Three-time member of the TGCA all-state first-team ... HHS MVP three seasons ... Three-time District 8-5A pitcher of the year ... Led team to third place in 2012 5A state playoffs ... Named 2010 district defensive player of the year ... Member of the Texas Rapid Fire ... Squad advanced to Premier Nationals and Gold Colorado Fireworks in 2011 and Gold Nationals in 2010 and 2012.
Full name is Heather Nicole Stearns ... Born April 5, 1994, in Plano, Texas ... Parents are Mark and Sandra Stearns ... Majoring in business.