March 2, 2014
GULFPORT, Miss. – Four the fourth-straight weekend, the No. 12 Baylor softball team finished 4-1 at a five-game tournament. This time, the Gulf Coast Classic was capped by Heather Stearns’ 1-hitter that lifted the Lady Bears to a 2-1 win over UTSA Sunday afternoon. Baylor improved to 16-4 on the season behind Stearns’ seventh win of the season; she struck out 11 and only allowed a solo home run to UTSA’s Megan Low.
Ari Hawkins doubled to leadoff the top of the fourth and was brought around to score by a Sarah Smith single. Lindsey Cargill added a solo home run (3) in the sixth to extend the lead to 2-0. UTSA broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the bottom of the sixth when Low took one over the 230-foot centerfield wall.
Still, it was one of Stearns’ better outings of the season, and she competed her second-straight game. Stearns alllowed just one earned run in 15 innings of work at inagural Gulf Coast Classic. Smith finished the game with three hits.
- Heather Stearns completed her second game of the season and the eighth of her career. It was the 28th one-hitter in BU history and Stearns’ first, although Stearns had a no-hitter as a freshman Feb. 9, 2013 vs. Northern Illinois.
- Lindsey Cargill hit her third home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth.
- Sarah Smith had her first three-hit game of the season, it was the fourth 3-hit game of the sophomore’s career, and it was the fifth time in 2014 that she had at least two hits.
- Kaitlyn Thumann has now reached base in 40 consecutive games after singling vs. UTSA.
STAT OF THE GAME I
4-1– Baylor’s record in all four tournaments to start the season (UNLV, BU’s Getterman Classic, Palm Springs, Calif. and Gulfport, Miss.), and the Bears are 16-4 on the year.
STAT OF THE GAME II
28 – It was the 28th no-hitter in the history of Baylor softball Sunday with Stearns in the pitcher’s circle.
THEY SAID IT
Head Coach Glenn Moore on BU’s performance …
“I thought the games we won were very hard fought in this tournament. It’s been a tough schedule to this point; I’m glad that we’re going to get a bit of a break, and I’m proud of this team and the way they have competed to this point in the season.”
Baylor is scheduled to play its first non-tournament game of the season Thursday night in Waco as the Lady Bears play host to Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.