May 3, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The No. 17 Baylor (40-12, 11-4 Big 12) softball team continued its dominance of Iowa State (22-27-1, 2-12 Big 12) with a 14-6 run-rule victory Saturday at the Cyclone Sports Complex in six innings. The win ensures the season series for BU, and the Lady Bears picked up their 40th win of the season.
Linsey Hays, Kaitlyn Thumann and Liz Paul all hit home runs for Baylor while the team tied the school’s single-game record for doubles with seven. Baylor also tied a single-game record for extra base hits with 10; the 2002 squad hit 10 vs. Southern Feb. 3, 2002.
Hays’ 11th home run of the season came in the third inning to give Baylor a 4-2 lead in the top of the third while briefly trailing 2-1, and it extended the redshirt sophomore’s hitting streak to six games. Baylor hit five doubles as a part of a six-run fifth inning, and with two more scattered throughout the game, Baylor tied its doubles record, also set vs. Wichita State Feb. 11, 2006.
Robin Landrith joined Hays to tie for the team lead with three RBI Saturday; Landrith hit a two-run double and had an RBI groundout. Kaitlyn Thumann and Holl drove in two runs apiece while Paul and Sarah Smith joined Thumann with two hits apiece.
Heather Stearns picked up her career-high 13th win of the season in five innings of work; she walked just one and struck out seven allowing just three earned runs.
Saturday gave Baylor its seventh 40-win season under head coach Glenn Moore in his 14th season as head coach.
- Linsey Hays hit her 11th home run of the season which tied for the team lead with Jordan Strickland and Clare Hosack; Hays also extended her hitting streak to six games.
- Hays now has a team-leading 11 games with multi-RBI
- Kaitlyn Thumann’s on-base streak reached 17 games as the junior had two hits, including a solo home run, her sixth of the season.
- Thumann matched a career high with her 20th multi hit game of the season; she had six as a freshman and 20 as a sophomore last year. She also recorded her fourth game of the year with at least two RBI.
- Thumann’s two runs gave her 50 scored on the season, which ranks third best on the school’s top single-season list for runs scored; she is four behind second place, and nine behind Kelly Osburn’s record of 59 (2005).
- Thumann’s drew her 33rd walk of the season Saturday, the fifth-highest single-season total in school history.
- Holly Holl drew two walks, but it was her first that moved her to second place all-time on BU’s career list for walks drawn, passing Kelly Osburn (106, 2003-06).
- Holl drove in two runs, which gave her eight games on the season with multi-RBI; in addition, she and Clare Hosack, who drove in one run Saturday, are each tied for fifth all-time on Baylor’s career RBI list with 102 apiece.
- Holl is on a five-game hitting streak, her longest of the season.
- Hosack has reached base in her last seven games.
- Robin Landrith’s three RBI was a career high, and it gave her three games on the season with multi-RBI.
- Liz Paul hit her second home run of the season Saturday, and she had her first multi-hit game of the season; in addition, the senior scored a career-high two runs.
- Sarah Smith had her 10th multi-hit game of the season and had two of Baylor’s seven doubles, which tied a single-game record.
- Heather Stearns won her career-best 13th game of the season Saturday, and it was the 25th of her career.
- Baylor’s seven doubles tied the single-game record with the 2006 squad that hit seven against Wichita State (2/11/06).
- Baylor’s 40th win of the season was the team’s third in the last four seasons and the seventh under head coach Glenn Moore.
STAT OF THE GAME I
7 – Baylor now has seven 40-win season under head coach Glenn Moore in his 14th season with the program.
STAT OF THE GAME II
2 – Baylor set two single-game records in Saturday’s win over Iowa State; the Lady Bears hit seven doubles (vs. Wichita State, 2/11/06) and had 10 extra-base hits (vs. Southern, 2/3/02).
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on Baylor’s performance
“Iowa State is a good hitting team, and they have been able to knock us around a little bit. But fortunately, we have been able to outscore them. We had a couple more errors in the field that I’d like to see cleaned up, and if we have a rough day offensively, they are capable of taking one from us the way they are hitting the ball.”
Baylor will try for its third Big 12 sweep of the season (Texas Tech, Kansas) Sunday at 11 a.m. in the final game of a three-game set with Iowa State.