March 5, 2012
The No. 10 Baylor softball team (14-5) returns home for 15-consecutive games at Getterman Stadium, beginning with a doubleheader against Louisiana Tech (10-9) Tuesday with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. The double-dip will end a stretch of seven games in five days for BU.
"It will be nice to be back on our own field and in front of our own fans," head coach Glenn Moore said. "This a crucial part of our season and it's time for us to make a statement about what kind of team we are going to be. That all starts Tuesday."
The Lady Bears begin the home stretch after a 2-3 performance at the Citrus Classic this past weekend, that included a 2-1 mark against ranked opponents with wins over No. 18 Oregon and No. 24 North Carolina.
Junior Kathy Shelton sparks the BU offense, hitting .277 as a team, leading the team in batting average (.386), runs (19), hits (22), on-base percentage (.485) and stolen bases (12). In the circle, Baylor has turned to junior Courtney Repka (6-2, 1.18 ERA) and Liz Paul (2-2, 2.16 ERA) to shoulder the load left by All-American Whitney Canion. This past weekend, the duo combined to give up just 10 earned runs in the five games, as nine were unearned.
Louisiana Tech enters on a three-game winning streak, finishing off the Mississippi State Tournament by defeating Eastern Illinois twice and Samford. The Lady Techsters are hitting .251 as a team and are led by Janna Frandrup's .375 average and 17 RBI. Michelle Jones guides the pitching staff with a 6-3 mark to go with a 2.27 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.
Tech leads the all-time series 30-14, however, the Lady Bears have won 11-straight dating back to a 4-2 loss on March 23, 1996.
Both games can be heard for free on baylorbears.com.