May 2, 2014
(39-12, 10-4) Rank: 17/17
Ames, Iowa • Attendance: 424
(22-26-1, 2-11) Rank: NR
AMES, Iowa – Holly Holl hit a pair of three-run home runs and the No. 17 Baylor (39-12, 10-4 Big 12) softball team took a series-opening 12-6 win over Iowa State (22-26-1, 2-11 Big 12) Friday at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
The lead changed hands four times before Holl’s first three-run homer in the fourth inning put Baylor up for good. Iowa State put a run up in the bottom of the first inning before Clare Hosack hit a solo homer and Jordan Strickland hit a three-run shot for Baylor in the top of the second to give Baylor a 4-1 lead.
Strickland would then double home a run in the top of the third to extend the lead to four runs, but Baylor fell behind in the bottom half of the inning when the Cyclones scored five runs on three hits to build a 6-5 lead.
However, it was Holl’s three-run shot that scored Ari Hawkins and Kaitlyn Thumann that gave BU the advantage from which ISU wouldn’t recover. Holl would later add a three-run shot in the seventh, her seventh home run of the season to give the senior a career-high six RBI. Strickland finished the game with four RBI, and Linsey Hays, Thumann, Holl and Hawkins all joined Strickland with two hits apiece in the game.
Whitney Canion took sole possession of third place on the Big 12’s career wins list with her 116th career victory. She finsihed the game with six innings pitched, and she gave up six runs (three earned) while walking three and striking out eight to improve to 24-9 on the season.
- Holly Holl hit her sixth and seventh home runs of the season and drove in a career-high six runs in Friday’s win over Iowa State.
- Holl’s six RBI marked the seventh time this season she’s had a game with multiple RBI, and her two hits gave her eight games this season with multi-hits.
- Clare Hosack and Jordan Strickland each hit their 11th home runs of the season, and for Strickland, it was her sixth home run vs. Big 12 competition.
- Strickland’s two hits gave her nine games on the season with multi-hits, and her four RBI gave her nine games on the season with at least two RBI.
- Linsey Hays extended her hitting streak to five games, and she’s had two hits apiece in all games, which gives her 15 multi-hit games on the season.
- Kaitlyn Thumann has reached base safely in her last 16 games, and increased her team lead with her 19th multi-hit game of the season.
- Ari Hawkins had her 16th game of the season with at least two hits.
- Lindsey Cargill had a double in her first at bat of the season from the right side of the plate.
- Whitney Canion moved into sole possession of third place on the Big 12’s career wins list with 116 passing OU’s Jennifer Stewart (115, 1999-2002).
- Baylor’s 14 hits were the second-most in a game this year behind 15 vs. California Feb. 22.
- Baylor is approaching the single-season record for home runs in a season; BU has 60 through 51 games and Baylor had 68 in 60 games in 2006 for the single-season record.
- The win was Baylor’s seventh-straight overall and sixth-straight in Big 12 play.
STAT OF THE GAME I
9 – All nine starters for Baylor had a hit in the contest vs. Iowa State.
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on Baylor’s performance
“We have some things to clean up defensively, but I’m pleased with how we’re swinging it right now. Iowa State is a good hitting team and we can’t afford to let up defensively if we expect to take the series.”
Baylor will look to guarantee a series win over the Cyclones Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Cyclone Sports Complex.