Baylor vs. Arizona: Arizona leads, 13-5
In Waco: Tied, 2-2
No. 13 Arizona enters having won six-straight games and 13 of its last 14, including shutting out its last five opponents. The Wildcats are 1-1 against Big 12 Conference teams this season, losing to Texas A&M 5-4 and defeating Oklahoma State 8-0 (6). Brigette Del Ponte, hitting .455 to lead the squad, has reached base in Arizona's last 17 games. Kenzie Fowler guides the pitching staff with a 7-0 mark and a 1.55 ERA.
As a team, the Wildcats are hitting .327 with 28 home runs and have committed just six errors in 20 games. In the circle, the three pitchers have combined for a 1.68 ERA to go with 145 strikeouts in 124.2 innings.
LAST TIME WE MET
The Lady Bears took 2-of-3 from the Wildcats in Arizona last season. Baylor opened with a 6-0 win in game one before a UA comeback in game two evened the series. BU wrapped up game three 3-2 for the series win.
Baylor is 2-1 against ranked foes this season, knocking off then No. 18 Oregon (2-1) and No. 24 North Carolina (2-0) in the same day before falling to No. 14 UCLA (10-6).
The Lady Bears will play 36 home games this season, the most in program history. Baylor is 12-2 at Getterman Stadium so far in 2012.
Kathy Shelton has been the leader off the Baylor offense so far this season. The junior leads the team in batting average (.393), runs (21), hits (24), on-base percentage (.486) and stolen bases (13). On Feb. 25, Shelton had her 16-game hitting and 27-game on-base streaks ended in a 1-0 loss to Texas State. She has currently reached base safely in six-consecutive games.
Baylor has scored 46 percent (41 of 89) of its runs in the first two innings this season. The Lady Bears are outscoring their opponents 41-16 in the opening pair of innings.
The Lady Bears have two of the top eight base stealers in program history on the 2012 squad. Senior Kayce Walker enters the weekend No. 6 all-time with 70, while Shelton is No. 7 with 63. As a team, BU is second in the Big 12 with 39 stolen bases behind Texas' 48.
Baylor suffered a big blow on Feb. 26 as All-American pitcher Whitney Canion tore her ACL. Canion was running out a grounder in the third inning when her left knee buckled as she planted on first base. The lefty will attempt to rehabilitate the leg in hopes of a return to the circle later this season. The junior is Baylor's all-time leader in strikeouts (899) and holds a 68-33 record for her career. Canion is 5-1 with a 0.35 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 40.0 innings this season.
In addition to Canion, the Lady Bears are also without standout freshman Linsey Hays. the outfielder/pitcher was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and has not played since game one against Northwestern State on Feb. 21.
PITCHING STAFF HOLDING ITS OWN
Since Canion's injury, the BU pitching staff has done a solid job picking up the slack. Junior Courtney Repka and sophomore Liz Paul have combined for a 4-3 record and a 1.79 ERA in 47 innings of work.