Feb. 18, 2010
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The No. 25 Baylor softball team (2-3) will open up the home portion of the 2010 season with the QTI Getterman Classic beginning Friday and running through Sunday.
The Lady Bears take on Central Arkansas at 3:00 p.m. and Wichita State at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Baylor will face Tulsa at 3:00 and UTEP at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and wrap up with a 1:00 p.m. game against UT Arlington.
All games can be heard live on baylorbears.com.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
Central Arkansas is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Wednesday, and at 3-2, has won three-straight. Candice Gauntt leads the way with a .462 average, while Kelsie Armstrong appears to be the mainstay in the circle with a 2.07 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20.1 innings.
Tulsa enteres the weekend 2-3 after opening the season at the Red Desert Classic in Utah. The Golden Hurricane are led by Lauren Lindsay, who is hitting .667 (10-for-15) with a double, two home runs and five RBI. Jordan Kinard leads in the circle, with a 0.58 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 12.0 innings of work.
UT Arlington is off to a 4-1 start after the Texas State Tournament over the weekend. After losing to Oklahoma State 12-0, the Mavericks won the next four. Senior Cara Hulme was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and freshman Teri Lyles was Pitcher of the Week. Hulme finished the weekend with a .312 average, with a pair of homeruns and drove in six RBI's. Lyles recorded a perfect 2-0 record on the hill for the Mavericks, pitching two complete games, and finished the weekend with a 1.50 ERA.
UTEP is 2-3 overall, but is coming off a 22-5 thrashing of New Mexico State. Camilla Carrera is off to a torrid start, hitting .786 (11-for-14) with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Stacie Townsend has thrown four complete games in the circle, going 2-2 with 43 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.
Wichita State split a doubleheader against Memphis after its opening tournament was cancelled due to weather. Kara L'Huillier totaled four RBI and a double in the pair of games, while Katie Armagost pitched five innings, giving up just one run.
VANNATTA BREAKS OUT
Jordan Vannatta busted out for two home runs and five RBI, en route to a .429 average in the opening weekend. The pair of home runs double the amount she hit her previous two seasons, and her five RBI is halfway to last season's total of 10.
LEAL POWERS A PAIR
Junior Dani Leal balasted a pair of home runs in Sunday's game against Houston, her first two hits of her career. Leal's two home runs marked the first time a player hit two home runs in a game since Brette Reagan hit a pair against Iowa State on May 9, 2008.
CANION CONTINUES CANNON
Whitney Canion continued her strikeout ways, adding on to her career record of 10-plus strikeout games. She struck out 10-plus in all three games last weekend and now has 23 10-plus strikeout games in her career.
RARE BACK-TO-BACK BLASTS
On Feb. 13, Vannatta and Bree Hanafin hit back-to-back home runs, making it the first time it had happened since Feb. 9, 2007 when Kirsten Shortridge and Kelsey Sage hit a pair at home against Southern Miss.