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Softball Hosts No. 20 Texas A&M Wednesday

March 24, 2009

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The Baylor softball team (25-10, 2-0) will open the home portion of confernce play, taking on Texas A&M (23-11, 1-1) Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.

The Lady Bears have won seven straight and are coming off a road sweep of Texas Tech this past weekend and a 102 victory over Central Arkansas on Monday.

The Aggies enter after splitting their opening conference series with Nebraska at home over the weekend.

The conferences two leaders in wins are expected to be in the circle, as Baylor's Whitney Canion and Rhiannon Kliesing each have 14 victories on the year.

The first 200 fans will receive a pack of Baylor softball player cards. In addition, it is Dollar Dog Day with each hotdog costing $1.

The game can be heard on 104.9 FM with Derek Smith delivering all the action beginning at 6:15 p.m. Live audio and video can also be found by visiting

Texas A&M is coming off a split with Nebraska at home over the weekend to open conference play. The Aggies are led by Natalie Villarreal's .368 batting average, while Holly Ridley has provided the pop with seven home runs and 24 RBI.

Rhiannon Kliesing has been the mainstay in the circle, entering with a 14-7 record and a 1.81 ERA in 154.2 innings.

After taking three-straight from Texas A&M, the Lady Baears dropped both against the Aggies in 2008. Texas A&M leads 41-16-1 overall and has a 16-8 mark in Waco.

Nicole Wesley WHITE HOT
Junior Nicole Wesley has been on fire over her last five games, recording 12 hits during that span. She has recorded at least two hits in each of the last five games and has raised her batting average from .271 to .360.

Whitney Canion has two no-hitters to her credit thus far in her freshman campaign. The lefty threw her first no-no on Feb. 28 against Rutgers and tossed the second on March 17 versus Prairie View A&M. Each game lasted just five innings.

Three-time All-American, Brette Reagan, tore her ACL in the top of the third against No. 1 Washington on March 6. Reagan's status for the remainder of her senior campaign remains uncertain.

Bree Hanafin has busted out to take the "slugger" position in Brette Reagan's absence. Since Regan has been out (10 games), the freshman has three home runs and 12 RBI, including 10 RBI in her last seven games.

Senior Alex Colyer is having her best season as a Lady Bear. Heading into 2009, Colyer was a career .281 hiiter, but the first-year first baseman has come alive to hit .398 entering this contest.

Whitney Canion went over the 200 strikeout mark for the season on Saturday at Texas Tech, becoming the second Baylor player in history to do so. Cristin Vitek had 264 in 2004.

Canion already has 10 games of 10-plus strikeouts after just appearances young career. The freshman sits three away from tying the school's all-time mark of 13 set by Cristin Vitek.

Baylor is a perfect 16-0 when leading after four innings. The Lady Bears have outscored their opponents 98-42 from the fourth inning on this season.

Head coach Glenn Moore knew what kind of non-conference schedule his team had in front of them entering 2009, but even he could not forsee playing the No. 1 team six times. Baylor has played a team ranked No. 1 in the country six times so far in 2009, and holds a 1-5 mark. The Lady Bears have played at Florida, at Alabama and a neutral site game against Washington.

In addition, Baylor has played 11 games against ranked teams, going 2-9.

The Lady Bears are 18-0 at home this season, surpassing the win total of 11 in 2008.



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