March 8, 2013
|No. 20/17 Baylor (19-3) vs. Purdue (11-9)
March 9-10| Waco, Texas | Getterman Stadium (1,250)
|SUNDAY | NOON
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Purdue enters the weekend series winners of five straight after capturing the CenturyLink Classic title in San Marcos, Texas last weekend. The Boilermakers, who are 0-4 against ranked foes, are batting .278 as a team, led by outfi elder Andie Varsho’s .453 average, 11 RBI, 12 runs and 12 stolen bases. Four pitchers are splitting time in the circle for Purdue, combining for a 1.92 ERA. The two mainstays in the lineup are freshman Lilly Fecho (5-4, 1.71 ERA) who has struck out 38 batters in 57 innings, while sophomore Lexy Moore (3-4, 2.35 ERA) has struck out 31 batters in 47 innings. Two other pitchers provide depth, as sophomore Alex Whittemore (1-0) has struck out 11 in 14 innings and boasts a 0.50 ERA and senior Erika Petruzzi (2-1) has thrown 15.2 innings.
Hays, who became the first freshman to win the award in 2013, helped guide the Lady Bears to a 4-1 mark at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational that included a 6-2 win over host No. 3 Arizona State. In the victory over the previously unbeaten Sun Devils, Hays went 3-for-4 with a home run, run scored and two RBI. The Brock, Texas, native, had a hit in all five games of the tournament, batting .611 (11-for-18) with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Hays also recorded 21 total bases, slugging 1.167 to go with a .579 on-base percentage.
UPSET OF NO. 3
Baylor knocked off the No. 3 team in the country with a 6-2 win at Arizona State on March 3, handing ASU its first loss of the year. The victory was the first over a top-five opponent since beating No. 5 Texas at home on April 18, 2012 and the first over a top-three team since Feb. 27, 2010 against No. 3 UCLA.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Lady Bears are 10-2 at home this season, outscoring their opponents 47-15, and winners of nine-straight games at Getterman Stadium.
The Lady Bears won their fourth-consecutive tournament of the season last weekend, taking home the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Baylor, which knocked off then-No. 3 and previously unbeaten Arizona State 6-2 in the finale, hit .316, scoring 37 runs with eight doubles, a triple and seven home runs. Going 4-1, the pitching staff totaled a 1.48 ERA, striking out 39 in 33 innings.
WINNING STREAK EQUALS PROGRAM BEST
After beginning the season by losing two of its first three games, the Lady Bears reeled off 14-straight wins to tie a program record. Beginning with a 4-1 win over Northern illinois on Feb. 9, the streak ended with a 3-0 loss to North Carolina on March 1.
The Lady Bears’ underclassmen have been a vital part of the team’s offensive success in 2013. Of the squad’s 101 RBI on the year, 71 (70 percent) have come from underclassmen, with 45 coming from freshmen. Freshmen have also accounted for 10 of the team’s 15 home runs.
HOME RUNS RETURN
Baylor’s 15 home runs after 22 games has surpassed the 14 hit in all 56 games of the 2012 season.
EXPERIENCE IN THE CIRCLE
The Lady Bears pitching staff returns three players with considerable pitching experience. Combined, Whitney Canion (77), Courtney Repka (49) and Liz Paul (20) have combined for 146 wins during their careers.
Combined with Heather Stearns (5-1, 0.90 ERA), the staff has a 1.19 ERA with a .156 opponent batting average to go along with 173 strikeouts in 147.2 innings of work.
A pair of Baylor players are sneaking up on Baylor career marks. Kathy Shelton sits in second on the all-time stolen base list with 94, eight shy of Harmony Schwethelm’s 102.
Whitney Canion is second on the all-time wins list at BU with 77, five shy of Lisa Ferguson’s record of 82.
TWO GRAND SLAMS, ONE GAME
Kathy Shelton and Kaitlyn Thumann combined to do something that has never before been done in program history, they hit two grand slams in one game. Thumann laced hers in the second inning and Shelton in the fifth in a 20-4 win over North Dakota on March 1 in Tempe.
MOORE APPROACHING 500
Head coach Glenn Moore sits just six wins shy of the 500 wins during his Baylor career. With a Baylor career mark of 494-247 (.667), Moore is the winningest coach in program history.