Feb. 14, 2007
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#16 BAYLOR (6-0) TRAVELS TO THE RAGIN' CAJUNS INVITATIONAL
Feb. 16-18, 2007
RAGIN' CAJUNS SOFTBALL PARK LAFAYETTE, LA.
Friday, Feb. 16
Iowa State vs. Purdue, 9:00 a.m.
Ole Miss vs. Baylor, 11:30 a.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Iowa State, 2:00 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Ole Miss, 4:30 p.m.
Baylor vs. Purdue, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17
Iowa State vs. Ole Miss, 9:00 a.m.
Louisana-Lafayette vs. Purdue, 11:30 a.m.
Baylor vs. Iowa State, 2:00 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Baylor, 4:30 p.m.
Purdue vs. Ole Miss, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18
No. 4 vs. No. 5, 8:00 a.m.
No. 2 vs. No. 3, 10:30 a.m.
No. 1 vs. Winner Game No. 1, 1:00 p.m.
Winner Game No. 2 vs. Winner Game No. 3, 3:30 p.m.
Baylor vs. Iowa State: Baylor leads 10-8
Baylor vs. Louisiana-Lafayette: UL-Lafayette leads 5-4
Baylor vs. Ole Miss: Baylor leads 1-0
Baylor vs. Purdue: Baylor leads 1-0
Live Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
The No. 16 Baylor softball team returns to action this weekend as the Lady Bears travel to Lafayette, La., to play in the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational beginning on Friday, Feb. 16. The Lady Bears open play at the tournament against Ole Miss on Friday, Feb. 16, at 11:30 a.m.
In addition to the Lady Bears and the Rebels, the tournament features Iowa State, Purdue and the host school, No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette, in a round-robin format that will determine seeding for a tournament on Sunday, Feb. 18.
At the tournament, Baylor will face Purdue at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, followed by meetings with Iowa State at 2:00 p.m. and No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Baylor is coming off a strong weekend at the Getterman Classic as the Lady Bears finished with a perfect record of 6-0 while claiming the tournament championship. The Lady Bears batted .422 at the tournament and blasted a new tournament record of 11 home runs, including three each from seniors Chelsi Lake and Ashley Monceaux.
Streaming audio and live stats for every game at the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational will be available at www.baylorbears.com.
Baylor is No. 17 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 and No. 16 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25.
Baylor's appearance in both polls marks the 44th consecutive week the Lady Bears have appeared in the NFCA Top 25 and the 43rd consecutive week the team has appeared in the USA Softball Top 25.
Baylor is 152-8 over the past six seasons when scoring at least four runs.
Baylor is 128-16 over the past five seasons when collecting at least eight hits.
Baylor is 180-19 over the past five seasons when out-hitting its opponent.
Baylor is 77-18 over the past four seasons at Getterman Stadium, including a 6-0 mark at home this season.
Baylor's Chelsi Lake and Brette Reagan were named to the ASA Softball National Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. The selection to the watch list marked the second time in school history Baylor players have been named to the preseason list.
Baylor's Chelsi Lake was selected as a first-team ESPN.com Preseason All-America at the catcher position.
Jordan Daniels is out indefinitely with an arm injury.
For the first time in history, live, streaming audio will be available for every Baylor softball game. Sign-up for audio is free and fans can listen to every Baylor softball game by visiting www.baylorbears.com.
HEAD COACH Glenn Moore NEARS CAREER MILESTONE
With six straight victories to open the season, head coach Glenn Moore inches closer to a career milestone as Baylor's seventh year head coach is now three victories shy of his 400th career victory. In his 11th full season as a head coach, Moore has compiled a career record of 397-164 during stints at Baylor, LSU and William Carey College.
While at Baylor, Moore has posted a career record of 258-122 as he has posted at least 30 wins in each of his first six seasons with the Lady Bears and has posted at least 35 wins in all but one season.
Moore has led Baylor to three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, the first appearances in school history, as the Lady Bears captured the 2005 NCAA Auburn Regional title and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round.
CHELSI LAKE NEARS CAREER HOME RUN MILESTONE
WIth three home runs this past weekend at the Getterman Classic, Chelsi Lake moved within one home run of the Baylor career record, held by Kelly Osburn who hit 38 home runs from 2003-06. Lake has now hit 37 career home runs as the senior already holds the Baylor single-season home run mark with 18 round-trippers in 2006.
The career milestone is just one of a number of Baylor marks Lake will likely pass during the 2007 campaign as the senior already holds the Lady Bears career record with 143 RBI. In addition, Lake is just 62 total bases shy of surpassing Osburn's career total bases mark of 395.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
Iowa State enters the weekend with a 2-3 record after opening the season last weekend at the Bulldog Round-Robin in Starkville, Miss.
Katie Reichling led the way for Iowa State at the classic, batting a team-leading .412 at the tournament while leading the team with seven hits and three runs scored. In addition, Ashley Killeen, an All-Big 12 Conference selection a year ago, had a strong tournament, batting .313 with one home run and two RBI.
In the circle, Iowa State is led by Alyssa Ransom. Last weekend, Ransom was 1-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 18.0 innings of work. Amie Ford also saw a significant amount of time in the circle for the Cyclones, going 1-1 on the weekend with a 2.92 ERA in 12.0 innings of action.
Baylor holds a 10-8 edge in the series as the Lady Bears have won five of the last six meetings. The meeting with the Cyclones will mark only the second time the two teams have met outside of conference play. Baylor swept the season series last season in Waco as the team will meet in Big 12 Conference play this year the weekend of April 21, 2007, in Ames, Iowa.
Louisiana-Lafayette enters the weekend as the No. 13 team in the country after a perfect weekend at the Louisiana Classics.
The Ragin' Cajuns were led at the tournament by Codi Runyan, named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, who turned in an 8-for-15 performance with three home runs and seven RBI on the weekend.
In the circle, Louisiana-Lafayette is led by Brittany Cuevas, who was a perfect 3-0 at the classic with a 0.78 ERA after allowing only two runs in 18.0 innings of work. Holly Tankersly also saw significant time in the circle for the Ragin' Cajuns, going 3-0 on the weekend with a 4.20 ERA in 18.1 innings of work.
Louisiana-Lafayette leads the all-time series, 5-4, however, the two teams have not met since a 6-0 Ragin' Cajun win on Feb. 21, 1998.
Mississippi enters the weekend with a 1-4 record after the opening weekend of the 2007 season.
The Rebels are led by Lisa Conchos, who batted .400 over the weekend, hitting one home run while driving in a pair of runs. In addition, Ashley Dowdy had a strong opening weekend for the Rebels, batting .333 with a run scored and a RBI.
Mary Jane Callahan leads the way for Mississippi in the circle, posting a perfect 0.00 ERA in 13 innings of work. Despite a 0-2 record due to five unearned runs, she has allowed only 10 hits while striking of seven on the season.
The meeting between the two schools marks only the second in program history as Baylor captured the first meeting with a 3-1 victory over the Rebels on Feb. 11, 2000, in Arlington, Texas.
Purdue is looking for its first win of the season after going 0-5 during the opening weekend of play.
The Boilermakers are led by Kelsey Haupert, who batted .467 on the weekend with one run scored and a RBI. Ashley Hall also had a strong opening weekend for Purdue, batting .353 this past weekend and leading the team with six runs scored.
Brooke Baker has seen most of the action in the circle for the Boilermakers, posting a 0-4 record on the season with a 4.55 ERA in 20 innings of work. Ashley DiDomencio has also seen significant time in the circle, recording a 3.00 ERA in 11.0 innings of work.
The meeting at the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational will mark the second in school history between the two schools as Baylor claimed the first meeting with an 8-6 victory over the Boilermakers on Feb. 12, 2000, in Arlington, Texas.
BAYLOR BATS OFF TO HOT START
Perhaps no team in the country had a more successful start at the plate than Baylor to start off the 2007 season. Among Big 12 Conference teams, Baylor ranks first in every hitting category except for doubles.
At the Getterman Classic, the Lady Bears hit a blistering .422 at the plate, first among Big 12 Conference schools and 124 points higher than Texas Tech, who ranks second in the conference with a .298 average.
The hot start led to Baylor breaking three team hitting records at the Getterman Classic as the Lady Bears set new marks at the tournament with 11 home runs, a .508 on base percentage and a.701 slugging percentage.
BAYLOR SOFTBALL IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The Baylor softball team is currently ranked No. 16 in the preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll released at the start of the season. In addition, Baylor earned a No. 17 ranking in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Top 25.
Baylor is one of five Big 12 Conference school ranked in the preseason polls as Texas A&M (No. 4, No. 3), Nebraska (No. 19, No. 20), Oklahoma (No. 12, No. 14) and Texas (No. 10, No. 11) join the Lady Bears in the polls.
Tennesse, after opening the year No. 2 in the national polls, has moved to No. 1 in the rankings in both polls.
Baylor's appearance in both polls marks the 44th consecutive week the Lady Bears have appeared in the NFCA Top 25 and the 43rd consecutive week the team has appeared in the USA Softball Top 25. The last time Baylor failed to appear in either poll was March 16, 2004.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS IN THE CAREER CHARTS
Several Lady Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the career charts in 2006. Below is a list of Lady Bears who currently rank in the top ten in one of the career categories:
RUNS: Chelsi Lake (8th, 91)
HITS: Chelsi Lake (176, 7th)
MULTIPLE-HIT GAMES: Chelsi Lake (46, 7th)
DOUBLES: Chelsi Lake (37, 3rd)
TRIPLES: Chelsi Lake (t-10th, 4)
HOME RUNS: Chelsi Lake (2nd, 37); Brette Reagan (10th, 12)
TOTAL BASES: Chelsi Lake (333, 2nd)
SACRIFICE FLIES: Chelsi Lake (t-5th, 5)
APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 131)
GAMES STARTED: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 89)
RELIEF APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 42)
WINS: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 59)
LOSSES: Lisa Ferguson (5th, 29); Brittany Turner (t-9th, 4)
DECISIONS: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 88)
COMPLETE GAMES: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 45)
SHUTOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (t-2nd, 21)
SAVES: Lisa Ferguson (1st, 15)
INNINGS PITCHED: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 590.1); Ashley Monceaux (9th, 80.0)
STRIKEOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 436); Ashley Monceaux (9th, 60)
Lisa Ferguson OPENS 2007 SEASON WITH NO-HITTER
Senior pitcher Lisa Ferguson opened the 2007 season in spectacular fashion as the right-hander pitched a no-hitter in Baylor's 18-0 victory over Southern Miss, allowing only two walks over five innings of work while striking out nine Lady Eagles.
The no-hitter was the second of her career as Ferguson tossed a no-no in her second career start, a 1-0 victory in eight innings over Auburn at the 2004 Getterman Classic.
The no-hitter was the 12th in school history and the first complete game, no-hitter since Cristin Vitek blanked Kansas on March 27, 2004.
Baylor will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 20, when the Lady Bears host Houston for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m.