March 3, 2007
WACO, Texas --- Back-to-back shutouts by Lisa Ferguson and Kirsten Shortridge paced the No. 16 Baylor softball team as the Lady Bears swept the first two games of a three game series with Louisiana Tech, defeating the Lady Techsters 5-0 in game one before an 8-0, six-inning win in game two. With the wins, Baylor improves to 19-4 on the season.
Ferguson was in control throughout game one, allowing only three hits while striking out eight as she improved to 7-3 on the season. The shutout for the senior right-hander was her fourth of the season and 24th of her career as she currently ranks second on the Baylor career shutout list.
Baylor would give the senior all the scoring she needed with a manufactured run in the bottom of the first inning. After leading off the game with a walk, Tiffany Wesley advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. On the next pitch, T. Wesley stole third and came on home when the throw from Louisiana Tech catcher Regan Clark went into left field allowing the Lady Bears to take a 1-0 lead.
Three Louisiana Tech errors in the fifth inning helped Baylor put game one away as the Lady Bears put up a four-spot on the board to take a 5-0 lead.
With runners at second and third and only one out, Ashley Monceaux delivered a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring T. Wesley from first as Nicole Wesley scored from second base when the throw got away from the catcher to give Baylor a three-run cushion. Courtney Oberg extended the lead to five as she laced a line drive to right, scoring Brette Regan and Maritza Martinez to put Baylor in control with a 5-0 advantage.
Ferguson did the rest of the work, shutting down the Louisiana Tech bats in the sixth and the seventh to cruise to the victory.
Krissi Oliver took the loss for Louisiana Tech, falling to 8-6 on the season after allowing five runs, one earned, on seven hits in six innings of work.
After a slow start by the Baylor bats in game two, the Lady Bears erupted for eight runs over the course of the fifth and sixth innings, cruising to an 8-0 run-rule victory over the Lady Techsters.
The bottom of the order did most of the work for the Lady Bears in the day's second contest as the seven, eight and nine hitters in the line-up combined to go 5-for-6 with five runs and two RBI as Alex Colyer paced the way, going 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI in the win.
After a scoreless first four innings, Baylor grabbed control of the game with a five-run outburst in the fifth.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, T. Wesley drew a walk to score Jordan Daniels from third to give the Lady Bears the 1-0 lead. The appearance by Daniels was the first of the season for the junior as she returned from an arm injury suffered during the off-season to score her first run of the year.
Although the run would prove to be all the Lady Bears would need, Baylor would add four more in the inning as N. Wesley and Monceaux each delivered two-run hits to extend the lead to 5-0.
After Shortridge retired the side in the sixth, Baylor ended the game with three runs in the bottom of the inning to claim an 8-0 victory. Colyer began the scoring with a double down the left field line, scoring Oberg and Shortridge while Miriam Romero scored on a throwing error by the Louisiana Tech shortstop to end the game.
The run-rule victory gave Shortridge her first career shutout as the freshman improved to a perfect 7-0 record on the year after allowing five hits in six innings of work. The right-hander tied a season-high with eight strikeouts in the victory as the Lady Bears have now won seven straight in the series.
Mandi Bertsch took the loss for Louisiana Tech and fell to 4-3 on the year after allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings of work.
T. Wesley combined to go 4-for-5 on the day as the freshman outfielder extended her hit streak to 12 games on the season.
Baylor will look to complete the three game sweep of the Lady Techsters as the teams square of for the final game of the series on Sunday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m.