WACO, Texas - Whitney Canion moved into a fourth-place tie on the Big 12's career wins list with her 112th Friday night, and the No. 14 Baylor Bears (34-12, 7-4) blanked Kansas (29-17, 3-7) 7-0 Friday night at Getterman Stadium to begin the three-game Big 12 series.
Canion tossed four innings of three-hit ball and struck out five before reliever Liz Paul picked up a three-inning save by retiring nine consecutive batters in the final three innings for her third save of the year. Canion's 20th win of her senior season was the 112th of her career, tying her with Texas' Blair Luna (2010-13) for fourth on the conference's all-time list.
Offensively, Baylor had seven runs on 10 hits for the second-straight game after accomplishing that feat at UTSA in a 7-1 win Wednesday night. Jordan Strickland had a two-run double in the fifth inning and Robin Landrith had two RBI for the second straight game with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth.
Kaitlyn Thumann doubled to crack her way into the school's career list for two-baggers at 10th with her 26th. The junior also scored three runs and extended her hitting streak to nine games, which is her second-longest of the season.
With Texas' loss to Oklahoma State Friday night Baylor is now in a tie for second place with its 7-4 record.
- Whitney Canion won her 20th game of the season and the 112th of her career Friday night. It puts her into a fourth-place tie with Texas' Blair Luna (2010-2013) on the Big 12's career list for wins.
- Liz Paul picked up her third save of the year pitching three innings of perfect relief for the Lady Bears Friday night. That gives the senior five career saves, which is seventh all-time on Baylor's career list for saves.
- Kaitlyn Thumann extended her hitting streak to nine games with her double in the bottom of the first inning. The double was the 26th of her career, which tied her with Megan Turk, Alex Colyer, Tessa Lynam and Stephanie Pomes for 10th on Baylor's career doubles list.
- Thumann's three runs gave her 109 for her career which places her ninth all-time on BU's career list for runs. She passed Kayce Walker (107, 2009-12) for ninth on the list.
- Ari Hawkins posted her third multi-hit game in the last four games and extended her hitting streak to eight games. During that eight-game stretch, Hawkins is hitting .519 during that streak (14-27). Hawkins is second on the team with 14 multi-hit games this season.
- Holly Holl's double in the third inning gave her 41 for her career, which is two shy of tying Kelly Osburn (2003-06) for second on BU's career doubles list.
- Jordan Strickland drove home a pair with a two-run double in the third to mark her seventh game of the season with multi-RBI.
- Robin Landrith had her second-straight game with two RBI, giving her eight on the season.
STAT OF THE GAME I
5-5 - Baylor's offense was 5 for 5 with a runner on third base and less than two outs Friday night.
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on Baylor's Performance
"We wanted to set the tone early in this series, and I thought we did a good job all the way around. Whitney gave us what we needed in the circle and Liz was phenomenal to close it out. I thought our hitting was timely and we made the most of our opportunities with runners on, which is an improvement."
Baylor hosts Kansas Saturday at 3 p.m. for the second game of the series, and the game will broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest with a regional crew of Brenda VanLengen and Tracy Warren. Baylor will also host "West Day" to honor the city of West, Texas just one year removed from the plant explosion that took 14 lives on April 17, 2013. Members of the community will be recognized and several little league baseball and softball teams will be on the field in pregame.