WACO, Texas - Holly Holl set the tone for her fellow seniors on senior day at Getterman Stadium as her two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning sparked a 10-0 win over Kansas (29-19, 3-9) in five innings to help No. 14 Baylor (36-12, 9-4) sweep the Jayhawks Sunday afternoon.
Holl along with Whitney Canion, Liz Paul and Clare Hosack were honored throughout the day for their contributions to the Baylor softball team, and each played a role in Baylor's fifth-straight Big 12 win. After Holl's home run, Glenn Moore, who started Paul in leftfield was rewarded for his decision as Paul launched a two-run homer in the fourth to spark an eight-run inning.
Paul, normally a relief pitcher for the Bears, hadn't hit a home run in her previous 57 career at bats before she took 1-2 pitch high over the leftfield wall to score pinch runner Riley Browder.
From there, the rout was on. Kaitlyn Thumann hit her fifth home run of the season two batters later, and had never hit a home run at Getterman Stadium until that point in her career. Sarah Smith drew a bases-loaded hit by pitch, Linsey Hays followed with a bases-loaded walk, Paul hit a sacrifice fly to score another run and Thumann drove home her third run of the inning with a run-scoring single to cap the eight-run, seven-hit fourth inning for the Lady Bears.
Canion pitched her 39th career shutout, scattering seven hits, she didn't walk a hitter and struck out three to move to 22-9 on the season. Canion collected all three wins in the series sweep of Kansas. Hosack drew a walk and scored a run for Baylor and caught Canion's shutout.
Baylor remains in a second-place tie with Texas in the Big 12 standings, and both teams are two games behind Oklahoma (11-2). All three teams have five conference games to spare before postseason play begins.
- Holly Holl hit her fifth home run of the season and 13th of her career Sunday afternoon with a two-run shot in the first inning.
- Liz Paul hit her first career home run and drove in a career-high three runs in Baylor's win over Kansas.
- Kaitlyn Thumann's home run was her fifth of the season and first ever at Getterman Stadium with her other nine career home runs coming away from Waco.
- Thumann's three RBI was a season-high and she extended her streak of reaching base to 13 games. Her multi-hit game was the 17th of the season.
- Lindsey Cargill extended her hitting streak to five games with a bunt hit in the fourth inning before Thumann brought her around to score on the home run.
- Linsey Hays had her second multi-hit game of the series, her 12th of the season, which included her 10th double of the season.
- A day after her nine-game hitting streak was snapped, Ari Hawkins went 2-for-4 at the plate for her 15th mult-hit game of the season; she also swiped her team-leading 16th stolen base.
- Sarah Smith had her first two-hit game since April 8 at Houston, and it was her ninth of the season.
- Whitney Canion's win was the 22nd of the season for the senior; she won all three games in the Kansas series and has 114 career wins. She is one shy of tying for third place on the Big 12's career list for wins.
- Canion's shutout was the 39th of her career and it was her 115th career complete game.
- Baylor has now swept two Big 12 series this season with Texas Tech and Kansas. The Lady Bears have Iowas State Friday through Sunday and will play Texas twice on May 6 at hom and May 11 in Austin.
STAT OF THE GAME I
24 - Kansas collected 17 hits but left 24 runners on base and scored just one run for the series.
STAT OF THE GAME II
51 - Baylor has 51 home runs as a team through 48 games, a year after hitting just 30 in 59 games.
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on Baylor's seniors on Senior Day
"I know we've never had a senior group peform that well together on senior day. There's a lot of talent in that group, and as a coach I couldn't be more proud to see all of them contribute. The one who's received the least playing time in four years [Paul] ends up being queen for the day and that made it even more special."
THEY TWEETED IT
Baylor will play a pair of midweek games in Waco before heading to Ames, Iowa for a three-game Big 12 set with the Cyclones Friday through Sunday. The Lady Bears will play host to North Texas Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and will face McNeese State at Getterman Stadium Wednesday at 5 p.m.