March 22, 2010
#RV/24 Baylor (18-7) at Sam Houston State (11-17)
Tuesday, March 23, 4:00 & 6:00 p.m.
Baylor vs. SHSU: Baylor leads, 42-27
In Huntsville: Series tied, 12-12
Radio : None
Live Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Video: www.BaylorBears.com
Rankings (NFCA, ESPN.com)
Baylor (18-7): RV, 24
SHSU (11-17): NR, NR
The Baylor softball team (18-7) will hit the road for a doubleheader at Sam Houston State (11-17) beginning at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday at Sam Houston State Softball Stadium in Huntsville, Texas.
Free live audio and stats will be available for both games on baylorbears.com
SCOUTING SAM HOUSTON STATE
The Bearkats enter on a two-game losing streak, however, they have won seven of their last 10. Erin Burford leads the team with a .367 average and three home runs, and also has 12 RBI. Morgan Mikulin leads the team with 22 appearances (7-12, 3.27 ERA), while Tomi Garrison has come on to go 4-2 with a 2.20 ERA.
LAST TIME OUT
The Lady Bears and Bearkats have already faced each other once this season, as BU won 8-0 at the Marriott Houston Hobby Classic on Feb. 12. Jordan Vannatta went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, while Courtney Repka threw a one-hitter, walking three and striking out six in a complete-game shutout.
CANION DONE FOR SEASON
Baylor sophomore pitcher Whitney Canion will miss the rest of the 2010 season due to an increasing stress reaction in her left forearm. Canion, the 2009 Big 12 Freshman and Pitcher of the Year, was 5-3 with a 1.58 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 48.2 innings this season.
WESLEY’S MIRRORING EACH OTHER
Not only are twin sisters Tiffany and Nicole Wesley identical in physical appearance, but they are mirroring each other on the softball field. The duo are each batting over .400 and are a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases. Nicole leads the Big 12 Conference with a .473 average and is on a 10-game hitting streak, while Tiffany (hitting .425) is the team leader with 22 runs. The duo is a combined 25-for-25 in stolen bases.
NIETEN WAS ALL SHE NEEDED
Maybe it was a change in the name, but Courtney Nieten (who was formerly Courtney Oberg until her wedding in December) has busted out and swung a hot bat. She is second on the team with 21 RBI. In addition, she is 8-for-11 in RBI opportunities with runners on third and less than two outs, proving she can come through in the clutch.
VANNATTA BREAKS OUT
Jordan Vannatta came into the season with one home run and 13 RBI in her career, as well as a batting average of .179. She has busted out this season, hitting .349 with five homers and 25 RBI.
Of Baylor’s seven losses so far this season, five of them have come by one run, while two have been in extra innings. In addition, four losses have come to ranked teams.
TWO OUTS? NO PROBLEM
The Lady Bears have had a knack for scoring with two outs this season. Of the 147 RBI so far, 60 (41 percent) of them have come with two outs.
Tiffany Wesley HOLDS ERRORLESS STREAK
Senior left fielder Tiffany Wesley has gone 97-straight games without making an error (a program record), dating back to her last error on March 30, 2008 at Oklahoma State.
While it may not be 2007, the power is back in the Baylor lineup. In 2009, the Lady Bears hit 31 home runs in 62 games, however, in 2010 BU has hit 24 home runs through 25 games.