March 12, 2012
|March 13-14, 2012 | Waco, Texas | Getterman Stadium (1,250)
|vs. North Dakota St.
Tues. | 1:00p.m.
||NDSU vs. UTSA
Tues. | 3:30 p.m.
| vs. UTSA
Tues. | 6:00 p.m.
||vs. North Texas
Wed. | 6:00 p.m.
Rankings (NFCA, ESPN.com)
Baylor (16-5): 15, 16
North Dakota State (14-9): NR, NR
UTSA (9-11): NR, NR
North Texas (8-13): NR, NR
North Dakota State has played all 23 games away from home to begin the year, going on a six-day swing of the Lone Star State. The game against the Lady Bears will be the fifth against a ranked opponent for the Bison, who have gone 0-4. NDSU is hitting .260 as a team to go with a 2.66 team ERA.
After having last weekend's series with Central Arkansas postponed due to rain, UTSA is coming off last Tuesday's Southland Conference-opening split at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Roadrunners are hitting an eye-opening .328 as a team, while the pitching staff has a 4.58 ERA.
North Texas will face Baylor for the third time this season with the Lady Bears winning each meeting. The mean Green have dropped four straight after losing the weekend series at No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette. UNT is hitting .250, while holding a 3.86 ERA.
Baylor and North Dakota State will be meeting for the first time in program history, while the Lady Bears hold an 18-12 advantage over UTSA and a 22-7 lead over North Texas.
RAIN RUINING PLANS
The Lady Bears have had four games washed out due to rain this season. The three-game series at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi became a doubleheader, while the three-game home series with Arizona was washed out completely.
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 33 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.