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No. 12 SB Opens Big 12 Play at Home vs. Texas

Kaitlyn Thumann is hitting a league-leading .471 headed into Big 12 play this weekend

March 21, 2014

12/12 Baylor (23-4, 0-0) vs. Texas (18-15, 0-0)
March 22, 11 a.m. TV: Fox Sports SW | March 23, 6 p.m. TV: ESPNU
Waco, Texas | Getterman Stadium (1,230)
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** Fan Notes: Rudy's BBQ is providing 500 free breakfast burritos for Saturday morning's game, and Sunday is Baylor's annual "Green Out Getterman." BU will be offering 500 free t-shirts and rally towels while supplies last. It is also highly encouraged for fans to arrive earlier to these games due to Baylor baseball and the NCAA women's basketball tournament being hosted in the same area **

WACO, Texas - The non-conference portion of the 2014 Baylor softball schedule has gone in favor of the Lady Bears (23-4), however, Saturday and Sunday the Big 12 season begins with Baylor playing host to Texas (18-15). The teams will play Saturday at 11 a.m. in a game televised on Fox Sports Southwest before meeting again Sunday night at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Lady Bears will try to shake a five-game losing skid to the Longhorns while trying to build on an 11-game winning streak. Baylor lost all three games to UT last season including two that went into extra innings.

However, Baylor is the hot team coming into the contest as the No. 12 team in the nation, while Texas has had a roller coaster year heading into conference play.

UT is 3-6 vs. the Top 25 this season while Baylor is 4-2. Texas began the season hot, winning its first four games including three vs. the Top 25 over LSU and a pair vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. But, from there UT would lose nine of its next 13 contests. The Longhorns then, won five straight (Feb. 28-March 2) before losing four in a row (March 7-9). The Longhorns have won four of their last six heading into conference play.

Baylor has not lost back-to-back contests this season, and the Lady Bears' last loss came to Louisiana-Lafayette Feb. 28 in an 11-10 slugfest.

Something will have to give in the matchup that boasts a powerful Longhorn offense and a stifling defense from the Lady Bears. Texas leads the Big 12 with a .344 batting average and is scoring 5.9 runs per game while Baylor leads the conference with a 1.34 ERA and is holding opponents to just a .189 batting average.

The series will also feature the top two hitters in the conference with Baylor's Kaitlyn Thumann leading the league with a .471 batting average, while Brejae Washington is a hair behind at .470 for Texas.

Whitney Canion (12-3) is expected to faceoff against freshman Tiarra Davis (7-7) in the series opener Saturday in a battle of lefthanders.



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