WACO, Texas - Whitney Canion pitched the fifth no-hitter of her career Wednesday night against the Southland Conference champion, McNeese State as No. 17 Baylor (38-12) blanked the Cowgirls (35-15), 6-0 at Getterman Stadium.
Canion pitched the second seven-inning no-hitter of her career to go with three others that were achieved in run-rule victories, and she struck out a season-high 14 hitters. She allowed two runners in the game, both in the second inning hitting Ashley Modzelewski with a pitch, and she walked Taylor Goree; however, after Goree reached, Canion retired the final 17 batters of the game consecutively.
In addition, to the no-hitter, Canion tied for third all-time on the Big 12 Conference's career wins list with Oklahoma's Jennifer Stewart (115, 1999-2002). She struck out every Cowgirl in the lineup Wednesday night with the exception of Lauren Langer, the three-hole hitter, who went 0-for-3.
Baylor's offense also continued its power surge with Linsey Hays and Jordan Strickland each hitting their 10th home runs of the season and Sarah Smith hit her fifth off the scoreboard in centerfield in the fifth inning. Baylor now has 56 home runs in 50 games a year after hitting just 30 in 59.
Hays and Strickland went back-to-back as a part of a five-run second inning off McNeese starter Jamie Allred. Allred fell to 23-7 on the season after lasting just 1.2 innings. Canion improved to 23-9 on the season and completed the no-hitter on an even 100 pitches.
- Whitney Canion pitched the fifth no-hitter of her career Wednesday night against McNeese State; it was the second no-hitter of her career over a seven-inning span while the other three came in Baylor run-rule victories in five innings. (Previous Canion no-hitters: 3/10/13 vs. Purdue - 7 inn; 2/12/12 vs. UT Arlington - 5inn; 3/17/09 vs. Prairie View A&M - 5 inn; 2/2809 vs. Rutgers - 5 inn.)
- Canion's no-hitter was the 18th in school history and the 11th that went a minimum of seven innings.
- Canion tied for third all-time on the Big 12 career wins list with OU's Jennifer Stewart (115, 1999-2002).
- Canion's 14 strikeouts were a season-high and it marked the 28th time in her career that she's struck out at least 12 hitters in a game.
- Canion's shutout was the 10th of the season for the senior and the 40th of her career.
- Linsey Hays and Jordan Strickland each hit their 10th home run of the season in the second inning Wednesday night joining teammate Clare Hosack to tie for the team lead. Prior to this season, the last player to hit 10 home runs in a season was Brette Reagan (10) in 2008, and it also marks the first time since 2007 that BU has had three players in double-digit home runs (Ashley Monceaux 20, Chelsi Lake 10, Reagan 10).
- Baylor is 12 home runs off the single-season record with 56 through the first 50 games of the season. The Lady Bears hit 68 in 2006 in 60 games.
- Ari Hawkins hit a two-run single in the second inning, which gave her five games this season with multi-RBI.
- Hays had her fourth consecutive game with two hits and now has 14 multi-hit games on the season.
- Kaitlyn Thumann had two hits to give her 18 multi-hit games on the season, and her on-base streak extended to 15 games.
STAT OF THE GAME I
17 - Canion retired the final 17 batters of the game in the win over McNeese State.
"She's pretty good right now, and she's getting hot at the right time. I thought she didn't rush, she slowed herself down, was patient and made the hitters miss by a lot. Part of her effectiveness is the development of her change up over the years, and it was on tonight."
Baylor resumes Big 12 play Friday through Sunday in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State. The Lady Bears enter with a 9-4 league record, tied for second place with Texas and two games back of Oklahoma (11-2). Baylor kicks off the series with the Cyclones (22-25-1, 2-10 Big 12) at 3 p.m. Friday.