March 13, 2014
Baylor Games at Michele Smith Spring Break Tourney
|Friday, March 14||UMass vs. Baylor||10:45 a.m., CT||GameTracker||Audio Link|
|Friday, March 14||USF vs. Baylor||1:15 p.m., CT||GameTracker||Audio Link|
|Sat., March 15||Baylor vs. Purdue||10:45 a.m., CT||GameTracker||Audio Link|
|Sat., March 15||Baylor vs. UConn||1:15 p.m., CT||GameTracker||Audio Link|
|Sun., March 16||Baylor vs. Penn St.||8 a.m., CT||GameTracker||Audio Link|
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A pair of Big 10 teams, two AAC squads and UMass out of the Atlantic 10 await No. 12 Baylor at USF's Michele Smith Spring Break Softball Tournament this weekend. Baylor (17-4) takes on UMass (2-7) and the hosts, USF (22-7), Friday, Purdue (8-14-1) and UConn (4-10) Saturday and close with Penn State (5-11) Saturday.
The USF tournament marks the fifth five-game tournament of the season for Baylor, and the Bears have gone 4-1 at each tournament leading up to the weekend with one single-game win over Louisiana Tech March 6.
Baylor began the season at the UNLV tournament with a key win over Arkansas, and then, returned home for the Getterman Classic where the Lady Bears took down nationally ranked Missouri. BU then took wins over two top 25 teams at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. by beating Missouri again and Stanford. Most recently, the Lady Bears beat nationally ranked South Alabama at a tournament in Gulfport, Miss.
UMass, UConn, Purdue and Penn State have a combined record of 19-42-1 heading into the tournament, but Baylor will see USF in the second game of the tournament Friday. The Bulls boast an all-American pitcher in Sara Nevins (12-4) and USF is 16-6 at home this season.
The Baylor offense is hitting .331 as a team thus far in 2014 while the Lady Bears lead the Big 12 with a 1.54 team ERA defensively.
Baylor kicks off the tournament Friday at 10:45 a.m. CT vs. UMass and will follow vs. the Bulls at 1:15 p.m. CT. In addition, BU will play an exhibition game Sunday vs. the Netherlands National Team following its game with Penn State.