March 10, 2011
Baylor vs. Arizona: Arizona leads, 12-2
Live Coverage Radio:
Saturday - ESPN 1660, 106.5, 100.9, 101.3
Live Audio (All games): www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Video: www.arizonaathletics.com
Rankings (NFCA, ESPN.com)
Baylor 23, 22
Arizona 4, 4
The No.23/22 Baylor softball team will wrap up its 10-day, eight-game road trip with a top-25 matchup at No. 4/4 Arizona for a three-game series beginning Friday at 7:00 p.m. CT
All games can be heard live and for free on baylorbears.com. as Derek Smith and Kyle Cornish bring you all the action.
The Wildcats enter this weekend's contests on a nine-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 70-10 in that stretch. The 2010 national runners-up are led by Brittany Lastrapes .500 average and six home runs, while Stacie Chambers has hit 10 home runs and has 36 RBI to provide the power. The Wildcats are led by Kenzie Fowler in the circle, with a 13-1 record, 0.72 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.
VS. Ranked Opponents
After going 2-14 against ranked opponents in 2010, Baylor is 4-1 against ranked foes in 2011.
The 20-2 start marks the best start in program history, surpassing the 19-2 start in the 2005 season.
Armed And Ready
The Baylor pitching staff has been nothing short of stellar, entering the weekend with a 1.00 ERA, leading the Big 12 Conference. Canion's 0.55 ERA is good for second in the league, while Courtney Repka is eighth with a 1.36 mark.
Look Out For Leal
Senior Dani Leal, has been off to a hot start, blasting six home runs to go with 15 RBI. The shortstop from Mexico City, Mexico, set a new Getterman Classic for home runs in the tournament, smashing quatro.
Canion Grand In Circle And At The Plate
Canion has been outstanding in the circle for the Lady Bears, with a 9-1 record and 0.55 ERA, while her 11.21 strikeouts per seven innings is good for third in the league. But the lefty has been just as impressive at the plate, hitting .355, good for second on the team, after entering the year with a .167 career mark. In addition, she has three doubles, two home runs and seven RBI on the year.
Kathy Shelton is a perfect 30-for-30 on the base paths in her career, including a team-leading 13-for-13 this season. As a team, Baylor leads the Big 12 with 53 stolen bases on the year.
Teams are thinking twice before stealing on freshman catcher, Clare Hosack. The North Palm Beach, Fla., native has thrown out 7-of-9 runners this season while adding two pickoffs.
Canion Climbing The Charts
Canion sits in fourth all-time in career strikeouts at Baylor with 596. With three seasons to play, she needs 163 to tie Cristin Vitek's career record 759 and sits 14 away from tying Stacy Allison and Lisa Ferguson for second with 610.
Comin' Home Again
Senior KJ Freeland will be playing in her hometown for the first time in her collegiate career, as the second baseman graduated from Pusch Ridge Christian Academy in Tucson.
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 on Feb. 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 414-209 (.665), 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.
Just take one look at the 2011 schedule and you will see what a gauntlet it is. The Lady Bears will/have face(d) 10 teams currently ranked in the top-25. Additionally, BU will/have face(d) three other teams that are receiving votes. The 54-game schedule features 27 home games and 24 games against 14 teams that were selected to the 2010 NCAA Championship, including six contests against 2010 Women's College World Series programs.