March 24, 2007
WACO, Texas --- Lisa Ferguson's sixth shutout of the season propelled the No. 12 Baylor softball team to a 2-0 win over Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools in action at Getterman Stadium on Saturday. With the win, Baylor improves to 29-9, 1-0 in Big 12 play while Nebraska falls to 20-10, 0-1 in the conference with the loss.
"Lisa (Ferguson) did a fantastic job today," head coach Glenn Moore said. "She has kind of put the team on her back and has been pitching extremely well as of late. She did a good job of working ahead in the count and the team managed to back her up with a couple of runs. It was a good way to start the conference season."
Nebraska was shut out for only the fourth time this year as Ferguson tossed her 26th career shutout, holding the Huskers to only three hits while striking out five as she improved to 13-4 on the season.
Baylor would give Ferguson all the support she needed as the Lady Bears manufactured a run in the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead.
With Chelsi Lake at second, Alex Colyer hit a high pop-up just in front of home plate. As the wind pushed the ball towards foul territory and away from Nebraska first baseman Crystal Carwile, Carwile collided with the third baseman and dropped the ball in fair territory, allowing Lake to advance to third as Colyer went to second to give the Lady Bears a pair of runners in scoring position.
Courtney Oberg made the Huskers pay for the mistake as she lifted a fly ball into right field, allowing pinch-runner Danielle Honnette to tag from third and score the first run of the game.
Baylor would hold on to the tenuous 1-0 lead heading into the sixth as the Lady Bears picked up an insurance run to make the score 2-0.
With Lake at first and two outs, Brette Reagan
drilled a pitch into the right-center field gap, allowing Lake to come all the way around and score to give the Lady Bears a two-run cushion.
Nebraska tried to mount a rally in the seventh, placing the tying run on base with only one out; however, Ferguson responded by striking out Alex Hupp and Carmen Kier to preserve the shutout victory.
Ashley DeBuhr pitched well in the loss for the Huskers, allowing only two runs on four hits in six innings of work as she fell to 9-5 on the season.
The win improved Baylor's record in conference openers to 6-5 as the Lady Bears improved to 7-28 all-time against the Huskers.
Baylor will go for the two-game sweep as the Lady Bears and Huskers conclude the two-game series on Sunday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m.