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Too Much Thumann; Softball Wins 6-0



(14-35, 2-18) Rank: NR/NR
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
5 0 0 0 1 0 X 6 9 0

Box Score

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 1,054


(32-19, 9-13) Rank: 25/RV
Runs 0 6
AB 23 28
Hits 4 9
RBI 0 4
BB 0 2
SO 3 0
LOB 3 6

4 with 1 H 3 Thumann
None -- 2B 1 Thumann
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
None -- RBI 1 4 with
None -- SB 2 Shelton

W - Paul (10-7) 7.0 4 0 0 3
L - Smith (4-5) 6.0 9 6 5 0

WACO - Kaitlyn Thumann continued to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-3 with a double, two runs, two stolen bases and one RBI to lead No. 25 Baylor (32-19, 9-13) to a 6-0 victory over Iowa State (14-35, 2-18) Saturday afternoon at Getterman Stadium. With the win, the Lady Bears are assured of winning their third conference series of the season.

"Kaitlyn has really sparked us offensively," head coach Glenn Moore. "I thought Liz Paul pitched very well today and did a great job of keeping her pitch count low."

Thuman's three-hit day marked the fifth in the last nine games for the freshman. Kathy Shelton (2-for-4) picked up her team-leading 16th multi-hit game of the year and with her two stolen bases, brought her single-season total to 27, tying for seventh most in a single season.

The Lady Bears scored five of their six runs in the first inning. Shelton began the inning with a single down the left field line and stole second to reach scoring position. Following a walk from Kayce Walker, Holly Holl laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Shelton and Thumann promptly singled up the middle for a 2-0 lead. Megan Turk delivered an RBI-single of her own for a three-run lead. With one out, Kelsi Kettler got in on the hit parade with an RBI-single to right center and an RBI-groundout from Clare Hosack to short capped off a five-hit inning and a 5-0 lead.

Liz Paul (10-7), who retired 11-straight at one point, earned her fourth complete-game shutout after allowing just four hits, no walks and striking out three. The Baylor pitching staff has yet to walk a batter in 14.0 innings this series.

The Lady Bears added one more in the fifth, as Sarah Crockett came on to pinch hit with two outs and hit a pop fly to first that was dropped, allowing Thumann to score from second after a double.

"Sunday will be full of distractions with Senior Day, but we have to be focused," Moore said. "We owe it to our seniors to send them off with a win, so we need to be ready to play a great game."

The final game of the series with the Cyclones will begin at Noon on Sunday at Getterman Stadium. Baylor's three seniors, Megan Turk, Kayce Walker and Sydney Wilson will be honored following the game.



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