March 3, 2011
The Baylor softball team (16-1) will look to continue the best start in program history, traveling on a 10-day, eight-game road trip beginning with five games at the Campbell/Carier Classic in San Diego, Calif. on March 3-6.
All games can be heard live and for free on baylorbears.com.
Scouting The Field
No. 6/9 UCLA (12-3) enters the weekend after a 3-2 showing at the Cathedral City Classic. The Bruins are led by Alyssa Tiumalu’s .457 average, while Kellie Fox is hitting .426 with five doubles, three homers and 16 RBI. Donna Kerr leads the UCLA staff with a 5-0 mark and a 0.83 ERA. The Lady Bears knocked off the then No. 3 Bruins, 7-5 on Feb. 27 of last season. On a pitch count, Canion threw a two-hitter, striking out seven in 4.0 innings of work.
Long Beach State (9-5) enters the weekend after a 2-3 mark in Cathedral City where it defeated then No. 6 Oklahoma, 2-1. Megan Denio leads the team with a .438 average, while Erin Jones-Wesley is 5-1 with a 1.59 ERA.
No. 23/RV Fresno State (6-1) was also at the Cathedral City Classic, going 3-1 with a marquee win over then No. 18 Oklahoma State. Brooke Ortiz leads the way with a .400 average and Mackenzie Oakes is 4-0 with a 2.36 ERA.
Cal Poly (3-12) has faced 10 ranked opponents, all losses, this season heading into the weekend. The Mustangs dropped all five to ranked foes in Cathedral City last weekend. Anna Kuhn has hit five home runs to go with 12 RBI to lead the offense, while the pitching staff has a 7.92 ERA.
San Diego State (6-7) enters the weekend with six of its losses coming against ranked opponents. Sophomore Kamerin May (.394), Lindsey Marquez (.333) and Justeen Maeva (.323) are each hitting above .300 for SDSU. Micetich (4-5, 3.26 ERA) and All-American Samantha Beasley (1-2, 4.59 ERA) have spent the bulk of the time in the circle.
vs. Ranked Opponents
Baylor opened 2011 against No. 24 Illinois, sweeping the Illini in a pair of games and are 2-1 against ranked oppontnes this season. The two wins against a ranked opponent already ties last seasons mark of 2-14.
At 16-1, the Lady Bears are off to their best start in program history, surpassing the 14-1 start in the 2005 season.
Armed And Ready
The Baylor pitching staff has been nothing short of stellar, entering the weekend with a 0.74 ERA, leading the Big 12 Conference. Canion’s 0.46 ERA is good for first in the league, while Courtney Repka is second with a 0.84 mark.
Look Out For Leal
Senior Dani Leal, has been off to a hot start, blasting five home runs to go with 11 RBI. The shortstop from Mexico City, Mexico, set a new Getterman Classic for home runs in the tournament, smashing quatro.
Good Golly Miss Holly
Holly Holl leads the team with a .438 average and enters the weekend with a seven-game hitting streak.
Kathy Shelton is a perfect 25-for-25 on the base paths in her career, including 8-for-8 this seasoon. As a team, Baylor leads the Big 12 with 44 stolen bases on the year.
First Time Bombs
Whitney Canion and Sydney Wilson each hit their first career home runs against Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Head coach Glenn Moore, in his 11th season, won his 400th game onFeb. 18 with a 7-2 win over New Mexico, becoming the first coach in program history to reach the 400-win plateau. With a Baylor record of 405-207 (.661), Moore has averaged nearly 40 wins each of his 10 seasons at Baylor. Head baseball coach, Steve Smith, is the only other active head coach with more wins at Baylor.
Canion Climbing The Charts
Canion sits in fourth all-time in career strikeouts at Baylor with 570. With three seasons to play, she needs 189 to tie Cristin Vitek's career record 759 and sits 40 away from tying Stacy Allison and Lisa Ferguson for second with 610.