Feb. 9, 2007
WACO, Texas --- Lisa Ferguson's no-hitter combined with freshman Kelsey Sage's two home runs in the season opener highlighted the No. 18 Baylor softball team's sweep of a pair of games on the opening day of the Getterman Classic on Friday. Baylor (2-0) blanked Southern Miss (0-2), 18-0, in five innings in the opener before closing out the day with an 8-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-2) in game two.
"I was extremely pleased with the way we opened the season," head coach Glenn Moore said. "I thought we did a lot of good things and the team came ready to play. Lisa (Ferguson) pitched extremely well and I thought our hitters did a good job throughout."
In the opener, Ferguson shut down the Southern Miss offense, allowing only two walks while tossing the second complete game, no-hitter of her career. In five innings of work, Ferguson needed only 70 pitches as the senior struck out nine Lady Eagles, including the final six of the game, for her first no-hitter since a 2-0 win against Auburn on Feb. 7, 2004.
The win moved the senior to 1-0 on the season as the no-hitter was the first, complete game, no-hitter for Baylor since Cristin Vitek blanked Kansas on March 27, 2004.
With Ferguson tossing a gem, the Baylor offense did more than its part as the Lady Bears exploded for 18 runs off of Southern Miss pitching, the most runs in a game for BU since an 18-3 win over Oklahoma Christian on March 2, 2005.
The Lady Bears got on the board fast, posting four runs in the first inning to grab the early lead. Chelsi Lake had the key hit in the frame as her two-run single scored Brette Reagan and Nicole Wesley to give Baylor a 2-0 lead.
Holding a four-run advantage, Baylor put the game away in the second, exploding for eight runs to grab a 12-0 advantage. A number of walks set-up the offensive explosion as Kirsten Shortridge delivered a two-run single while N. Wesley ended the frame with a two-run triple in the left-center field gap to score Tiffany Wesley and Miriam Romero and give Baylor a 12-0 edge.
After Ferguson sat down Southern Miss in the top of the third, Baylor added five more runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back home runs by Ashley Monceaux, Shortridge and Sage. The home runs were the first of the season for the trio as Shortridge and Sage connected on their first career blasts in a Baylor uniform.
N. Wesley and Lake drew bases loaded walks to end the scoring in the inning as Baylor held a commanding, 17-0 lead heading into the fourth.
Sage put the finishing touches on the win, blasting a shot over the left field fence in the fourth-inning for her second home run of the game to tie a Baylor school record for most home runs by an individual player in a single game.
Ferguson struck out the side in the fifth as Baylor claimed its eighth-straight season opening victory.
A number of Baylor players had outstanding games as Sage led the way in the win, going 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI. Shortridge and N. Wesley also added three RBI in the win while Lake was 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBI in the win.
In addition to her success in the circle, Ferguson picked up her first career hit in the win as the senior, making her first career plate appearances in a Baylor uniform, went 1-for-1 on the night with a run, RBI and three walks.
Shea Naramore took the loss for the Lady Eagles after allowing eight runs on five hits while walking 10 in 2.2 innings of work as she fell to 0-2 on the season.
It was more of the same for the Lady Bears in the nightcap as Baylor pounded out eight runs on 14 hits en route to an 8-3 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
After a scoreless first, Baylor posted two runs in the top of the second when Alex Colyer delivered a two-out RBI single to score Shortridge while T. Wesley added a two-out RBI single of her own, scoring freshman Courtney Oberg to give the Lady Bears a 2-0 lead.
An RBI ground out by Shortridge in the third gave Baylor a three-run advantage as the teams traded runs in the fourth to give the Lady Bears a 4-1 edge heading into the fifth inning.
The Lady Bears then managed to put the game away, posting a four-spot in the inning as Baylor took an 8-1 lead. Monceaux got the scoring started in the inning when she hammered a pitch well over the right-field wall, scoring Lake on the play for her second home run of the day and the 10th of her career.
Not to be out-done, Colyer then came to the plate with a runner on and blasted her first career home run, a towering shot over the left field wall to give the Lady Bears a seven run lead.
The Islanders rallied for a pair of runs in the sixth; however, it was not enough as Baylor went on to claim a five-run victory.
Monceaux picked up the win as the senior allowed three runs on four hits while striking out eight in 5.1 innings of work to improve to 1-0 on the season. Brittany Turner came into the game for Monceaux and tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief; however, did not factor into the decision.
Jennifer Cummings took the loss for the Islanders, allowing eight earned runs on 14 hits as she fell to 0-2 on the year.
Colyer led the way for Baylor in the win, going 3-for-3 with two runs and a career-high three RBI while T. Wesley, Lake, Monceaux and Shortridge each added two hits in the win.
Baylor looks to continue its hot-hitting ways at the Getterman Classic as the Lady Bears continue play in the tournament on Saturday, Feb. 10, when they face Stephen F. Austin at 11:45 a.m. before meeting Kentucky at 4:15 p.m.