Justine Young and the Bears improved to 19-4 with a pair of wins Friday
March 14, 2014
Baylor 5 UMass 1 Box | Baylor 3 USF 0 Box
TAMPA, Fla. - Heather Stearns and Whitney Canion pitched No. 12 Baylor (19-4) past UMass (2-8) and USF (22-8) respectively Friday at the USF Softball Stadium to kickoff the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament.
Stearns gave BU six strong innings and Holly Holl drove in two runs for the Lady Bears on the way to a 5-1 victory over the Minutewomen. Holl singled home two in the seventh to seal the victory for Baylor, who at the time, was clinging to a 3-1 lead. Stearns struck out seven and allowed just one unearned run to move to 8-1 on the season.
Canion tossed her fifth shutout of the season and reached double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this year in Baylor's 3-0 win over USF. She fanned 11 and limited the Bulls to just three hits to improve to 10-3 on the season. The senior lefthander moved into a tie for sixth place all-time on the Big 12 Conference's career wins list with 102 (Kami Keiter, Oklahoma).
Kaitlyn Thumann scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first and Baylor didn't score again until the sixth when reserve Justine Young beat out an infield single, stole second, was bunted to third and score on Linsey Hays' sacrifice fly. Sarah Smith hit a solo home run (2) in the seventh for the Lady Bears' final insurance run.
- Heather Stearns has won her last three starts and given up just one earned run over 21 innings in those games (0.33 ERA). She's now tied with teammate Liz Paul for ninth on BU's all-time wins list (21).
- Kaitlyn Thumann extended her on-base streak to 43 games and also is on the longest hitting streak of her career at 10 games. She doubled in both games for BU.
- Whitney Canion won her 102nd career game to place her in a tie for 6th place all-time among Big 12 players in career wins (Kami Keiter, OU).
- Canion tossed her fifth shutout of the season and 35th of her career. It marked her 99th career complete game, and it was her 10th win of the season.
- Canion's last strikeout vs. USF was her 100th of the season.
- Holly Holl and Lindsey Cargill each had two hits against UMass; it was Holl's third and Cargill's sixth game with at least two hits this season.
- Clare Hosack hit her first career triple vs. UMass in the seventh inning and later came around to score.
- Holl had two RBI vs. UMass and has 8 of her 11 this season in the last eight games.
- Sarah Smith's home run in the seventh inning vs. USF was the second of the season for the sophomore and the seventh of her career.
- The win over USF was the first for Baylor in program history in the teams' third meeting.
STAT OF THE GAME I
0.33 - Heather Stearns' ERA in the last three starts (one earned run in 21 innings, 3-0).
STAT OF THE GAME II
.559 - Kaitlyn Thumann's batting average during her career-long 10-game hitting streak (19-34).
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on the Bears' peformance
"I like the demeanor of this team. They respond well to bad plays and don't get too high when things are going well. We picked up a win over a good team in USF today, and I'd like to see us take our game to another level for the rest of the tournament."
THEY TWEETED IT
Baylor takes on Purdue at 10:45 a.m., CT and UCONN at 1:15 p.m. Saturday in day two of USF's Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament. The games will be played at Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.