April 18, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. - In head coach Glenn Moore's 1,000th game as a college head coach, he got a nice reward from his junior shortstop as Jordan Strickland's two-homer, seven-RBI performance led No. 14 Baylor to a 10-2 win at Oklahoma State Friday night at Cowgirl Softball Stadium.
The win gives Baylor (31-10, 5-4) a chance to take the Big 12 series Saturday at Noon over the Cowgirls (24-19, 4-8) after a disappointing 2-1 loss Thursday night.
Strickland pounded a 2-2 pitch over the leftfield wall with the bases loaded for her second grand slam of the season, and two batters later Sarah Smith hit a towering two-run homer to left centerfield as the Lady Bears put up a six-spot in the third inning.
The early lead provided cushion for Heather Stearns who improved to 11-2 on the season with five innings of successful work in the circle. She allowed five hits and struck out seven, allowing a two-run homer in the fourth as her only blemish to Tarah Ettinger.
Strickland became the 34th player in Baylor history and second this season to homer twice in a game when she added a three-run shot with two outs in the sixth; Clare Hosack homered twice against Texas Tech March 28. Strickland's seven RBI was one shy of Baylor's single-game record.
- Jordan Strickland hit two home runs to become the 34th player in Baylor history to hit two in one game. Her homers were the 10th and 11th of her career.
- Strickland's grand slam was the second of the season for her after she cleared the bases in the opening weekend of the season Feb. 7 in a 9-1 win over San Diego.
- Strickland's seven RBI was a career high, passing her previous career high of four vs. San Diego (2/7/14). She was one RBI shy of tying Baylor's single-game record, set by Tessa Lynam at Sam Houston State (8, 4/5/06).
- Sarah Smith hit a two-run homer in the third inning, it was the fourth of the season for the sophomore and the ninth of her career.
- Heather Stearns picked up her 23rd career win, which tied her with teammate Liz Paul for eighth on Baylor's all-time wins list.
- Holly Holl scored three runs, which was a career high for the first baseman.
- Kaitlyn Thumann scored the 100th run of her career Friday night scoring on Strickland's grand slam in the third.
- Clare Hosack hit the 25th double of her career in the fourth inning; and she will need just one more to crack into Baylor's top 10 career list for doubles.
- Linsey Hays had gone six games without a hit (0-17) before going 2-for-3 at the plate Friday night; it was her ninth multi-hit game of the season.
- Glenn Moore has now been a college head coach for 1,000 games. Friday night's win was the 687th of his career. He coached 49 games at William Carey in 1996, coached 142 games at LSU from 1998-2000, and has coached 819 games at Baylor through Friday night.
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on Baylor's performance ...
"Everything I hoped to see after a loss Friday, I saw, and my expectations were exceeded. Jordan [Strickland] has shown fight and hustle defensively in both games of this series, and she showed leadership when the team needed a push on offense tonight. I thought Heather was effective and that was partly due to the fact that our offense jumped out early and allowed her to be comfortable."
THEY TWEETED IT
Baylor will look to take the series from Oklahoma for the third-straight year Saturday at Noon.