March 19, 2013
SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON
The Mavericks (15-11) are coming off a 3-3 finish at the San Diego Classic II in San Diego, Calif this past. UTA defeated Southern Utah, Bryant and Seton Hall while falling to Miami, UNLV and Buffalo. The Mavs, who are hitting .226 as a team, are led by Meagan Michelle’s .324 average, two home runs and 10 RBI. UTA has been very effective in the circle, combining for a 2.00 ERA. Teri Lyles guides the staf with a 14-4 mark, 1.57 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 109 innings.
LAST TIME WE MET
The Lady Bears and Mavericks met earlier this season in San Marcos, with BU taking a 3-0 win. Courtney Repka threw a two-hit shutout, while Kaitlyn Thumann and Sarah Smith combined for five of the seven Baylor hits.
A pair of Baylor are close to breaking all-time program career marks. Whitney Canion is second on the all-time wins list at BU with 81, one shy of Lisa Ferguson’s record of 82.
Kathy Shelton sits in second on the all-time stolen base list with 98, four shy of Harmony Schwethelm’s 102.
MOORE MAKES 500
Head coach Glenn Moore made history in the wee hours of the morning on March 16. Playing in Honolulu and with the game beginning at 1 a.m. central time, Baylor picked up a 5-3 win over the 20th ranked Rainbow Wahine to give Moore his 500th win of his Baylor career. Moore became just the third coach in all sports at Baylor to record 500 wins while at the school, joining current baseball coach Steve Smith and former baseball head coach Mickey Sullivan.
SHELTON HOT IN HAWAII
Senior outfielder Kathy Shelton extended her hitting streak to nine games after an outstanding performance in Honolulu over the weekend. Despite not being in the title game, Shelton was named Tournament MVP after hitting .588 (10-for-17) during the Chevron Spring Fling.
STATS NEAR NATION’S BEST
Baylor currently ranks No. 2 nationally in team ERA (1.25) behind Oklahoma’s 0.67. Heather Stearns ranks 13th (1.10) and Canion 21st (1.17). Stearns is also sixth nationally in walks allowed per 7/IP (0.73) with a strikeout/walk ratio of 13.
The Lady Bears’ underclassmen have been a vital part of the team’s offensive success in 2013. Of the squad’s 127 RBI on the year, 89 (70 percent) have come from underclassmen, with 62 coming from freshmen. Underclassmen have also accounted for 12 of the team’s 16 home runs, with freshmen totaling 10.
HOME RUNS RETURN
Baylor’s 16 home runs after 30 games has surpassed the 14 hit in all 56 games of the 2012 season.
EXPERIENCE IN THE CIRCLE
The Lady Bears pitching staff has three players with considerable pitching experience. Combined, Whitney Canion (81), Courtney Repka (49) and Liz Paul (20) have combined for 149 wins during their careers.
Combined with Heather Stearns (7-2, 1.10 ERA), the staff has a 1.25 ERA with a .160 opponent batting average to go along with 241 strikeouts in 201.2 innings of work.
On Sunday, March 10, Canion became just the sixth pitcher in Big 12 history to record 1,000 strikeouts in their career. Currently sitting at 1,008 for her career, she already holds the Baylor career record.