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Feb. 29, 2008
The Baylor softball team (9-3 overall) will return home for a three game homestand against Louisiana-Monroe (6-8 overall) beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 1 starting at 2 p.m. The two teams will close the series with a game on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m.
The Lady Bears are coming off a 4-2 showing at the Palm Springs Classic last weekend, which included a pair of wins against ranked foes.
ULM enters the weekend after dropping a 9-2 decision at No. 9 LSU.
Tune in for live play-by-play on baylorbears.com as Matt Iazetti, Derek Smith and Chelsi Lake bring you all the action.
recapping the PALM SPRINGS Classic
The Lady Bears headed west and came back with a 4-2 record in six games at the Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., last week. Baylor finished the tournament hitting .299 as a team, but were outscored 35-30 despite winning double the games they lost.
Shortridge started all six games, hitting for a .476 clip, while stealing four bases. Reagan became the first Lady Bear other than Jordan Daniels to hit a home run after smacking two out of the park, including a grand slam against Cal State Fullerton.
#10 Baylor 8, Oregon 4
After leading 2-0 early, Baylor found itself down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the third. The rest of the way, the Lady Bears outscored the Ducks 6-0 and earned their first win of the tournament.
#10 Baylor 6, UMass 4
Baylor jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and extended it to 5-1 after Brette Reagan led off the third with her first home run of the season and Alex Colyer picked up an RBI double. The Minutewomen cut the lead to one in the bottom half of the inning, but would get no closer. Brittany Turner came on for her first save of the year, as she threw three perfect innings, striking out one.
#9 Arizona 12, #10 Baylor 0 (5)
Arizona led off game two with a home run and never looked back, homering two more times in the inning to take a 4-0 lead. The Wildcats scored four more times in the second, all with two outs, and added three more in the third and one final score in the fourth.
#5 UCLA 6, #10 Baylor 1
Trailing 2-0 in the second, Colyer laid down a bunt with two outs to reach first. Meagan Weldon doubled down the left field line to bring Colyer around and cut the Bruin lead in half. UCLA's Anjelica Selden kept the Lady Bear hitters off balance the rest of the way, and the Bruins scored runs in the third, fifth and seventh to earn the 6-1 win.
#10 Baylor 8, #23 Cal State Fullerton 4
The Lady Bears busted it open in the fourth with five runs on four hits, including a grand slam by Reagan. The Titans made the score a little closer in the seventh, scoring three more runs and chasing Isham from the game. Shaina Brock came on to relieve Isham and pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
#10 Baylor 7, #25 San Diego State 5
San Diego State got on the board first in the top of the second, scoring two runs to take a 2-0 lead.
Baylor answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a three spot that came off three Aztec errors. With the bases loaded, Tiffany Wesley walked to bring in Danielle Honnette and Brette Reagan followed with a two RBI single to make the score 3-2. San Diego State retook the lead in the sixth, scoring three runs to take a 5-4 advantage. Baylor would not be denied, however, and with two runners on, KJ Freeland singled past the shortstop and advanced to third on the play, scoring Meagan Weldon and Tiffany Wesley. Freeland then scored on a wild pitch to give the Lady Bears a 7-5 advantage.
After starting the season with three-straight losses, the Warhawks bounced back with three wins in-a-row and enter the weekend with a 6-8 overall record. ULM is coming off a 9-2 loss to No. 9 LSU in Baton Rouge on Wednesday.
ULM is led by freshman Brianna Love, who is hitting .395 with five home runs and 10 RBI. The Garland, Texas, native is slugging .842 with a .442 on base percentage.
As a team, the Warhawks enter the weekend series with a .246 average with six home runs and 10 stolen bases.
In the circle, ULM will rely on a pair of arms in senior Lindsay Rittenhouse and sophomore Kandace Causey. Rittenhouse is 2-4 with a 1.54 ERA with 47 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 36.1 innings of work, while Causey carries a 3-3 record with a 3.69 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.
As a staff, the War hawks have a 2.52 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 89 innings. Opponents are hitting just .230 against them.
Shortridge On fire
Kirsten Shortridge has begun the 2008 season on fire at the plate. The sophomore is batting .523 with a triple and six RBI. She is leading the team with 23 hits and is also the team leader in stolen bases, swiping a perfect 12-of-12. Of Shortridge's 23 hits, 17 have been infield hits. She ranks first in the Big 12 with a .523 average, third with 23 hits and second with 12 stolen bases.
freeland adjusting well
Freshman KJ Freeland needs no more time to adjust to collegiate pitching. The Tucson, Ariz., native is hitting .526 in her 10 appearances this season. She has 10 hits in 19 at-bats, with an on-base percentage of .526.
Stealing this much should be criminal
The 2008 Lady Bears are off to a hot start on the base paths, stealing 37 bases in their first 12 games. That mark is tied for the conference lead with Missouri, although the Tigers have played four more games. Last season Baylor had 32 stolen bases through 12 games.
The Baylor team record for most stolen bases in a season is 155, set by the 2005 team, which had 35 stolen bases in its first 12 games.
clear the bases
Junior Brette Reagan hit the first grand slam of her career on Feb. 23 against Cal State Fullerton at the Palm Springs Classic. The bases-clearing blast was the first by a Lady Bear since Kelsey Sage hit one against Purdue on Feb. 10, 2007.
DANIELS NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Jordan Daniels was named Big 12 Softball Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Feb. 19. The selection was the first of Daniels' career and the 14th time in program history a Lady Bear has been honored.
Daniels hit .643 (9-for-14) with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in Baylor's four games at the Getterman Classic and led the tournament field in almost every offensive category, including a 1.429 slugging percentage. Her three run blast on to tie the game in the fourth against Purdue marked the first of her Lady Bear career, as she was responsible for seven of the 23 Baylor runs over the weekend.
LADY BEARS PICKED THIRD IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
In a pre-season vote conducted by league coaches, the Baylor softball team has been picked to finish third in the Big 12 Conference the league office announced Thursday. The Lady Bears were picked to finish second last season.
Texas A&M (79 points) received seven of the possible 10 first-place votes to edge out second-place Oklahoma, which earned 70 points, including one first-place tally. Baylor came in third (64 points) with two first place nods followed by Missouri, Texas and Nebraska. Filling the remaining spots in the preseason ranking were Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Iowa State.
BAYLOR LANDS PAIR ON NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Junior Brette Reagan and sophomore Kirsten Shortridge have been selected to the initial "Watch List" for the seventh annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award, the Amateur Softball Association announced Wednesday.
Reagan, a two-time All-Big 12 selection, is the only two-time All-American in Lady Bear softball history. The Magnolia, Texas, native started all 67 games on Baylor's Big 12 Championship team in 2007 and was second with a .341 average. She also added 10 home runs and 46 RBI, while also setting a new Baylor single-season record with 45 walks. Heading into the 2008 season, the junior is tied for fifth on the Baylor all-time home run list with 22 and is eighth on the RBI list with 90.
Shortridge was the 2007 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection last season. She went 17-6 with a 2.14 ERA in 34 appearances in 2007. The Keller, Texas, native threw 167 innings, striking out 125 with opponents batting just .211 against her. Shortridge also had a solid season at the plate, as she ranked first among freshman and 12th in the Big 12 Conference with a .340 batting average after registering 16 multiple-hit games on the season, third among Baylor players.
The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
The 2008 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 34 schools and 14 different NCAA Division I Conferences. The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 9. A player does not have to appear on the initial watch list to be considered as a Top 25 finalist, but once the Top 25 is named the remaining finalist must be selected from that list.
Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 7. The final three finalists will be announced May 21 while the winner of the 2008 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2008 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
REAGAN NAMED FIRST-TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA
For the first time in her career, junior Brette Reagan was named first-team preseason All-America by both espn.com and CSTV. This marked the second-straight season that a Lady Bear player has been named preseason first-team by espn.com, as Chelsi Lake earned the honor in 2007. It is the first time a Baylor player has been named to the CSTV list, however.
The 2008 schedule begins at home for the seventh straight season as Baylor hosts Syracuse, Purdue and Centenary in the seventh annual Getterman Classic.
"I like opening up at home and playing in Getterman Stadium in front of our home crowd," Moore said. "It benefits our girls to have another day of practice and not have to spend that day as a travel day."
Following that is a trip to Palm Springs, Calif., where the Lady Bears will play five of their six games against teams that advanced to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, including No. 20 Oregon, UMass, No. 1 Arizona, No. 14 UCLA and No. 21 Cal State Fullerton.
A trip to Clearwater, Fla., for the USF Under Armour Invitational will be highlighted by a chance to play the USA National Team. Add those tournaments to an already tough Big 12 schedule, and you have the makings of one of the nation's toughest schedules.
"You try to match your schedule to your team," Moore said. "The Palm Springs tournament will give us all the testing we need to see where our team is at early. I think the USF Under Armour Invitational will be the best field they have ever had. We are going to grow up a whole lot early in the year. I am going to tell you one thing, we are not going to take a step back."
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Heading into the 2008 season, Baylor's home field of Getterman Stadium has been kind to the Lady Bears as BU owns a career 173-55 (.759) mark at the home park since the stadium opened in 1999. Last year, Baylor went a program-best 30-3 (including 2-1 in postseason play) in the friendly confines of Getterman Stadium as no Lady Bears team has lost more than 10 games at home in a single season.
In the stadium's seven years of existence, attendance has steadily risen as Baylor set attendance records in2007. Last season, Baylor had five sellout crowds and 11 of the top-20 crowds in stadium history. The Lady Bears also broke total season attendance and season average records with 24,222 people coming through the gates, an average of 847 per contest.
BAYLOR RANKED PRESEASON TOP 10
For the fourth consecutive season, the Baylor softball team found itself in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Lady Bears started out the 2008 season ranked No. 8 in country; their highest preseason mark in program history. In addition, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced its 2008 ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Preseason Poll ranking Baylor No. 9.
Baylor is one of five Big 12 Conference school ranked in the preseason polls as Texas A&M (No. 2, No. 3), Oklahoma (No. 5, No. 5), Texas (No. 22, No. 24) and Missouri (No. 25, No. 21) join the Lady Bears in the polls.
Arizona, the two-time defending national champion, opens the season as the top-ranked team in both polls.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS IN THE CAREER CHARTS
Several Lady Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the career charts in 2008. Below is a list of Lady Bears who currently rank in the top ten in one of the career categories:
RUNS: Brette Reagan (8th, 96)
TRIPLES: Brette Reagan (T10th, 4)
HOME RUNS: Brette Reagan (5th, 24)
RBI: Brette Reagan (3rd, 103)
WALKS: Brette Reagan (2nd, 85)
TOTAL BASES: Brette Reagan (10th, 225)
ASSISTS: Brette Reagan (5th, 284)
APPEARANCES: Kirsten Shortridge (9th, 39)
Brittany Turner (10th, 37)
GAMES STARTED: Kirsten Shortridge (8th, 30)
Brittany Turner (10th, 18)
RELIEF APPEARANCES: Brittany Turner (10th, 21)
WINS: Kirsten Shortridge (T6th, 20)
DECISIONS: Kirsten Shortridge (8th, 27)
COMPLETE GAMES: Kirsten Shortridge (7th, 11)
SHUTOUTS: Kirsten Shortridge (T7th, 2)
INNINGS PITCHED: Kirsten Shortridge (8th, 193.1)
STRIKEOUTS: Kirsten Shortridge (7th, 145)
Brittany Turner (10th, 81)
BAYLOR SIGNS FIVE DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Baylor softball head coach Glenn Moore announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The class, made up entirely of high school athletes, includes five players from three states.
"This is another very good class," Moore said. "We have outstanding students in this class who are also some of the best athletes in the country. Speed and versatility, with a very well developed left handed pitcher, will make this class one of the best in the country."
The signing class includes the following players: Whitney Canion (LHP, Aledo HS, Aledo, Texas), Bree Hanafin (SS/OF, Yorktown HS, Arlington, Va.), Megan Turk (UTL, Smithson Valley HS, Bulverde, Texas), Kayce Walker (OF, Franklin HS, Franklin, Texas) and Sydney Wilson (INF, St. Joseph Academy, Baton Rouge, La.)
Whitney Canion, LHP
Canion, an all-state selection at Aledo High School, helped lead her team to a district title in 2007 after wrapping up MVP honors during the title run. The 5-11 lefty is a member of the Texas Glory Gold summer team.
"Every pitching staff needs a lefty," Moore said. "Whitney is one of the best in the country. Along with Lisa Ferguson and Kirsten Shortridge, Whitney was a student in the pitching school of Ken Graves. She will be a big time pitcher in Division-I softball."
Bree Hanafin, SS/OF
Hanafin, a first team all-district and all-region selection last season, is a two-time Yorktown High School MVP. The shortstop, who also lettered in track, is a member of the Virginia Shamrocks Gold.
"Bree is the prototype athlete every coach wants," Moore said. "She has the triple threat of the short game, power (both sides of the plate) and speed. She plays shortstop and outfield for Tommy Orndorff's national powerhouse program, the Virginia Shamrocks."
Megan Turk, UTL
Turk helped lead Smithson Valley to its 10th straight district title in 2007. A member of the Texas Royals Gold summer team, Turk is also one of the top players on the SVHS basketball team.
"Megan is a very hard worker and loves getting dirty," Moore said. "She comes from Smithson Valley (home of former Baylor softball player, Harmony Schwethelm) where she was coached by Wayne and Lisa Daigle, and no one prepares their athletes for college better than the Daigles."
Kayce Walker, OF
Walker, who has been named all-district, offensive player and newcomer of the year during her three years at Franklin, is a product of Stoney Burk's Impact Gold from Houston. She also lettered in basketball and volleyball during her three years at FHS.
"Like all of the 2008 class, Kayce is a tremendous student first," Moore said. "However, she can play the game just as well. We believe Kayce has the potiential to become one of the top slappers in the nation. She has the wheels and will utilize that speed in the outfield."
Sydney Wilson, INF
Wilson, a first team all-metro selection in last season, was named MVP of St. Joseph Academy for the second-straight year in 2007.
"Sydney is a competitor," Morre said. "She's a middle infielder with big time pop and a great arm. Sydney is another athlete from a ledgendary program and one of the top summer ball coaches in the Nation, the Louisiana Patriots and long time coach, Ben Guidry. "
BAYLOR SOFTBALL RADIO NETWORK
The ISP-Baylor Radio Network crew will again this season provide live play-by-play broadcast for Baylor softball games.
Derek Smith handles play-by-play duties with former Baylor player Chelsi Lake providing color analysis. Smith is in his third season serving as play-by-play voice for the Lady Bears and also serves as a public address announcer for Baylor men's and women's basketball games. Lake is in her first season in the broadcast booth.
Selected games can be heard on the flagship station of the Baylor Lady Bears, ESPN Radio 1660 AM or 104.9 FM in Waco. Also, every Baylor game is also available worldwide on the internet at www.BaylorBears.com.
Remaining 2008 Radio Schedule
March 19 Texas A&M College Station, Texas 6:30 P.M.
March 26 TEXAS A&M WACO, TEXAS 6:30 P.M.
April 2 at Texas Austin, Texas 6:30 P.M.
April 12 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 2:00 P.M.
April 13 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 12:00 P.M.
April 23 TEXAS WACO, TEXAS 6:30 P.M.
April 30 OKLAHOMA (DH) WACO, TEXAS 5:00 P.M.
INSIDE BAYLOR SPORTS
"Inside Baylor Sports," the award winning weekly TV show that covers all aspects of Baylor athletics, returns for its ninth season during the 2007-2008 academic year.
Senior Producer Robert Shiekh and Producer Kyle Lewis provide viewers an inside look at Baylor athletics with thorough highlights, in-depth interviews and imaginative features on all 18 sports presented in a fast-paced, entertaining style. Co-hosts John Morris and Lori Scott Fogleman guide viewers through the best coverage of Baylor athletics on television.
"Inside Baylor Sports" airs Sundays, Aug. 26, 2007 through June 9, 2008, at 10:30 p.m. CT on KCEN-TV in Central Texas. The program also airs weekly throughout the region on FSN Southwest at 1 p.m. each Wednesday beginning Aug. 29 and is archived on the web at www.BaylorTV.com. "Inside Baylor Sports" also may been seen nationally on College Sports Television.
Baylor will hit the road for a nine day, 11 game road trip that begins with a game against Texas-San Antonio on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.