April 7, 2005
WACO, Texas --- The No. 8 Baylor softball team swept a pair of games from Stephen F. Austin, winning game one by a score of 7-5 before holding on in game two 7-6. With the wins, Baylor improves to 36-5 on the season as Stephen F. Austin falls to 12-23 on the season.
Baylor grabbed an early lead in game one against the Ladyjacks with a pair of runs in the first inning. Kelly Osburn and Harmony Schwethelm executed a double steal as Osburn scored on a throwing error by catcher Lee Lara to give the Lady Bears a 1-0 lead. Schwethelm gave the Lady Bears a two-run advantage when she scored after Chelsi Lake was caught stealing at second base.
After a scoreless second inning, Baylor grabbed a three-run lead with a single run in the third when Lake hit a RBI single up the middle to score Schwethelm from second base as the Lady Bears grabbed a 3-0 lead.
Katie Ottens added a sacrifice fly in the fourth, scoring Carrie Leerberg from third, to give Baylor a 4-0 lead heading into the fifth.
Trailing by four runs, Stephen F. Austin closed to within a single run with three runs in the fifth. Carrie Woydziak provided the key hit in the inning with a two-run home run over the left field wall to make the score 4-3 heading into the bottom of the inning.
Baylor responded to the rally with three runs of its own in the fifth to take control of the game. With the bases loaded and no outs, Tessa Lynam hit a two-run double off the top of the right field wall to give Baylor a 6-3 advantage. April Luce added a sacrifice fly in the inning as Baylor regained a four-run lead heading into the sixth.
Stephen F. Austin would add two more runs in the contest; however, Baylor starter Lisa Ferguson
re-entered the contest and managed to quell the Ladyjacks attack as the sophomore improved to 13-1 on the season. For the game, Ferguson allowed one run on six hits in six innings of work.
Traci Moore took the loss for Stephen F. Austin to fall to 2-3 on the season as she allowed two runs on one hit in 2.1 innings of work.
Schwethelm led the Lady Bear attack in game one, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Lake added two hits, a run and a RBI in the victory for Baylor.
After a scoreless first inning in game two, Baylor grabbed the lead against Stephen F. Austin with two runs in the second. Lynam scored the first run for Baylor on a throwing error as Melissa Huffhines made the score 2-0 when her single scored Wilmoth from third to give the Lady Bears an early two-run lead.
Baylor added a run in the third when Jordan Daniels stole third and came home on the throwing error by Lara as the Lady Bears grabbed a 3-0 lead.
Following a Ladyjacks run in the fourth, Lynam made it 4-1 for Baylor when she followed a Chelsi Lake double with a double of her own to score Lake and give the Lady Bears a three-run cushion. Huffhines made it a three-run inning for the Lady Bears as her single up the middle scored Lynam and Wilmoth to give Baylor a five-run lead. Huffhines eventually scored on a Schwethelm single to give a Baylor a 7-1 lead heading into the sixth.
Stephen F. Austin responded to the deficit with five runs on six hits in the sixth inning as the Ladyjacks closed the Baylor lead to one run.
Cristin Vitek managed to shut-down the Ladyjacks in the seventh, however, preserving the win for Baylor starter Sarah Hausner, the first of her career, as Baylor improved to 26-18 all-time against Stephen F. Austin.
In the victory, Hausner allowed three earned runs on only four hits while striking out two.
Lynam led the Baylor attack in game two with three hits, two runs and a RBI as Huffhines added three RBI in the victory.
Baylor will return to conference action on Saturday, April 9, when the Lady Bears host Nebraska to begin a two-game series at 2:00 p.m.