March 25, 2007
WACO, Texas --- Lisa Ferguson combined with Kirsten Shortridge to shut out Nebraska for the second consecutive day as the No. 12 Baylor softball team defeated the Huskers, 3-0, in action at Getterman Stadium on Sunday. The win marked the first sweep for Baylor against Nebraska in school history as the Lady Bears improved to 30-9 overall, 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play, while the Huskers fell to 20-11, 0-2 in the conference with the loss.
"What a good way to start the conference season," head coach Glenn Moore said. "Once again, Lisa (Ferguson) did a great job in the circle and we found a way to score when it mattered most. With our next few conference games on the road, this was a big win in order to build some momentum."
After an uneventful first five innings, fireworks began to go off in the sixth as Nebraska had the first real scoring chance of the day, placing a runner at third with nobody out. However, Ferguson responded, forcing back-to-back ground outs to get one out away from working out of the jam.
Nebraska's Jaime Borg extended the inning after reaching base following a hit by a pitch; but, Ferguson managed to get out of the inning by forcing Jamie Waldecker to pop out to short to end the inning and preserve the scoreless tie.
The Baylor bats would respond to Ferguson's performance, exploding for three runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. Back-to-back-to-back singles to start the inning would push the first run across the board as Ashley Monceaux's single to left scored Tiffany Wesley from third to give the Lady Bears a 1-0 lead.
A pair of sacrifice flies would give the Lady Bears a three-run cushion as Brette Reagan's fly to left scored Nicole Wesley while Courtney Oberg followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Monceaux to put the game away.
The lead was more than enough for Ferguson, who retired the side in order in the seventh to pick up her 70th career win while improving to 14-4 on the season. For the contest, the senior allowed only one hit in 3.2 innings of work while striking out three. With her 70th career victory, Ferguson became only the third player in school history to record at least 70 wins during her career.
Ferguson came into relief in the fourth inning for Kirsten Shortridge, who pitched well for Baylor in the win as she had a hand in the shutout after allowing only two hits while striking out three in 3.1 innings of work.
Molly Hill took the loss for Nebraska, falling to 9-6 on the season after allowing three runs on six hits in six innings of work.
With the consecutive shutouts by Baylor pitching, Nebraska was shutout in consecutive games for the first time since 1999, when the Huskers fell to Missouri by scores of 1-0 in back-to-back games.
Baylor will return to action on Wednesday, March 28, when the Lady Bears host Texas-San Antonio for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m.