Complete Game Notes
The Baylor softball team (11-6) will finish up its stretch of 11 games in nine days, playing a pair of doubleheaders at New Mexico (8-6) beginning Friday. The Lady Bears and Lobos will play Friday at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. CT and then Saturday at Noon and 2:00 p.m. CT.
All games can be heard live on baylorbears.com as Kyle Cornish will bring you all the action.
Live video will be made available for Friday's games, however, a paid subscription to New Mexico All-Access is required.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO
New Mexico enters this weekend's four games after going 3-3 at the UTEP Tournament. BU and UNM have two common opponents, with both teams losing to UTEP, while Baylor defeated UT Arlington and the Lobos lost to UTA.
Senior first baseman Katie Gilmore and sophomore pitcher Samantha Gatson were named the Mountain West Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Gilmore leads the team in batting average (.457), RBI (11) and stolen bases (7). Gatson is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.
Baylor is making its first trip to Albuquerque since March 8, 1983 when it suffered a 4-3 loss. The Lobos lead the all-time series, 6-5, but Baylor has won the last four meetings.
WALKER GETS HER GROOVE BACK
Kayce Walker has exploded since a tough opening weekend that saw her go 2-for-21 (.095) with six strikeouts. Since then, she has gone 23-for-39 (.590) and is on a 12-game hit streak. The sophomore leads the team on the basepaths with nine steals.
T. WES HEATING UP
Although Tiffany Wesley is on a nine-game hitting streak, she has really heated up over her last seven games. The senior is 13-for-21 (.619) with one home run, one double and one triple. In addition, the leadoff hitter is slugging .905 and has an on-base percentage of .636.
NIETEN WAS ALL SHE NEEDED
Maybe it was a change in the name, but Courtney Nieten (who was formerly Courtney Oberg and until her wedding in December) has busted out and swung a hot bat. She has hit successfully in her last five games and is second on the team with 15 RBI. In addition, she is a perfect 8-for-9 in RBI opportunities with runners on third and less than two outs, proving she can come through in the clutch.
VANNATTA BREAKS OUT
Jordan Vannatta came into the season with one home run and 13 RBI in her career, as well as a batting average of .179. She has busted out this season, hitting .357 with four homers and 19 RBI.
In addition, she had five RBI in game two against Prairie View A&M on March 2, making it the first time a Lady Bear had done so since Jordan Daniels did so on Feb. 19, 2009 against the Panthers.
TWO OUTS? NO PROBLEM
The Lady Bears have had a knack for scoring with two outs this season. Of the 91 RBI so far, 36 (40 percent) of them have come with two outs.
BRUIN UP AN UPSET
Baylor took down No. 3 UCLA for the first time in history on Feb. 27. The win marked the highest ranked opponent the Lady Bears have defeated since knocking off No. 1 Florida, 1-0 on Feb. 8, 2009.
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.
But Baylor didn't have to wait long for it to happen again, as Vannatta and Nieten went back-to-back on Feb. 19 against Central Arkansas.
CANION'S SORE CANNON
Whitney Canion was forced to sit out of the QTI Getterman Classic with a minor stress reaction in her pitching arm. She is working her way back, and helped guide the Lady Bears to a 7-5 win over No. 3 UCLA on Feb. 27, throwing four scoreless innings.
T. WES HOLDS ERRORLESS STREAK
Senior left fielder Tiffany Wesley has gone 89-straight games without making an error (a program record), dating back to her last error on March 30, 2008 at Oklahoma State.