Feb. 24, 2012
WACO, Texas - The No. 9 Baylor softball team (10-1) collected 21 hits and scored 17 runs en route to a day one sweep over UTEP (4-7) and Stephen F. Austin (4-8) at the Fairfield Inn North-Texas Shootout in Waco.
"We were hitting the ball hard and driving in runs," head coach Glenn Moore said. "I thought we did a nice job of setting the tone early in game one and staying with it. That is something we have to do just as well tomorrow, if not better."
Megan Turk led the way offensively, going 5-for-7 with a pair of doubles and two RBI in the doubleheader.
The Lady Bears scored 10 runs in the first two innings to notch an 11-1 run-rule victory in five innings over UTEP. Turk went 3-for-3, while Holly Holl went 2-for-2 with three RBI.
Baylor scored four runs on three hits in the first, beginning with a bases-loaded walk from Clare Hosack for a 1-0 lead. Turk then scored on a wild pitch, and Holl cleared off the remaining two bases with a single to left center, making it 4-0.
BU blew the game wide open in the second, plating six runs, including three off walks. Kathy Shelton registered her second hit of the game and stole second to reach scoring position. Turk followed with an RBI-single and Whitney Canion followed with a single of her own. Hosack drew the first of four-straight walks, three of which recorded RBI, and Baylor found itself ahead 8-0. Delaney Guy wrapped up the big inning with a pair of RBI on a single down the left field line, scoring Sydney Wilson and Holl for the 10-run cushion.
Canion moved to 5-0 on the year, giving up just two hits, one run, walking five and striking out seven. The lone run came on a solo shot to left center by Chelsea Troupe in the top of the third.
Liz Paul tied a career high with eight strikeouts and pitched a shutout for 6.2 innings, helping guide the Lady Bears to a 6-3 victory in the nightcap over Stephen F. Austin.
Shelton, Turk and Canion each recorded two hits, while Guy notched a pair of RBI to pace the BU offense. Shelton extended her hitting streak to 16 and her on-base streak to 27.
The Lady Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second beginning with back-to-back one-out singles from Canion and Shelbi Redfearn. A Kettler walk loaded the bases and pinch runner Kaitlyn Thumann came home to score on an errant throw from third to home on a fielder's choice. Guy came through with a pair of RBI on a single up the middle that plated Kettler and Redfearn for the three-run lead.
Turk led off the third with a double and came around to score to batters later off an RBI-single from Canion. Redfearn capped off the inning with a sac fly to score Holl from third, putting BU up five.
Baylor added one more in the top of the seventh with a leadoff single from Shelton, who advanced to second on a sac bunt from Walker, and scored on an RBI-single from Turk.
Paul (1-1) hit the first batter of the seventh but then got consecutive pop-up outs and was one out away from a shutout. Kym Rigard blooped a single off the diving glove of Jordan Strickland at short to keep the inning alive, and Faith Hoisager tripled to right for a pair of RBI. Jessica Arana singled down the left field line on the next at bat to cut the BU lead in half, but Paul halted the comeback with a pop up to third in fould ground to end the game.
The sophomore allowed five hits, three runs, walked just one and struck out eight in the complete-game effort.
Baylor will continue play Saturday against Texas State at 3:00 p.m. and North Texas at 5:30 p.m.