March 13, 2007
DALLAS, Texas - No. 10 Baylor softball's Alex Colyer and Lisa Ferguson have been named Big 12 Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Colyer and Ferguson combined to lead the Lady Bears to a top 10 ranking this week after spectacular performances that included two wins over defending national champion Arizona.
The selections marked the first time in school history Baylor has swept the weekly awards as Colyer picked up her first career honor while Ferguson picked up the award for the second time in her career. The pitcher of the week selection marks the first time a Baylor players has been selected since the 2004 season while Colyer joins Ashley Monceaux as Baylor players who have won the award this season.
Colyer led Baylor to a 4-1 record last week as the Lady Bears swept Sam Houston State before taking two-of-three from No. 2 Arizona. Colyer hit .455 (5-for-11) on the week and led the team with three home runs, all of which won or ended the game for the Lady Bears. In their first win over No. 2 Arizona, Colyer hit a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Lady Bears a 3-2 win, its first in school history over Arizona and tied the highest ranked team Baylor has beaten in school history.
In the rubber match of the series with the Wildcats, Colyer went 2-for-3 with two singles and made a game-saving catch in the top of the seventh. With a runner on third and the score tied with one out, Colyer made a leaping catch on a line-drive heading to the gap to keep the game tied. Baylor scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win their second consecutive game and take the series.
Earlier in the week against Sam Houston State, Colyer hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning for the only run of the game as Baylor claimed a 1-0 victory. In the nightcap, Colyer's solo shot to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Lady Bears a walk-off, 8-0, run-rule win.
For the week, Colyer led the team with a 1.273 slugging percentage and drew two walks on the week to record a .538 on-base percentage. In addition, Colyer stole two bases on the week while recording 10 putouts and five assists.
Ferguson was a perfect 3-0 on the week, picking up both wins for Baylor as the Lady Bears took two-of-three over defending national champion and No. 2 Arizona while picking up a combined shutout victory in the sweep against Sam Houston State.
In the wins over Arizona, Ferguson held the Wildcats to their two lowest hit totals of the season as she limited the Wildcats to just four hits in each of the final two games of the series. In the game two win, the senior allowed only two runs on four hits while striking out four without allowing a walk. After allowing a pair of runs in the third, Ferguson retired the final 12 batters she faced to record the win.
In the deciding game of the series, Ferguson allowed one earned run in the first inning and then shut the Wildcats down the rest of the way, allowing only four hits while striking out three to pick up the win.
In the second game against Sam Houston State, Ferguson tossed four innings, allowing only two hits while striking out four as she recorded the win.
For the week, Ferguson held opponents to a .159 batting average while posting a 1.17 ERA in 18.0 innings of work. She struck out 11 while walking only two and allowed only three extra-base hits.
Ferguson and Colyer and the Lady Bears return to action on Wednesday, March 14, when Baylor opens play at the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational at 2:00 p.m. against Cal.