March 25, 2011
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The No.17/15 Baylor softball team will open its Big 12 Conference season with No. 21/22 Texas A&M beginning with a home game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., then heading to College Station to wrap up the series on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
All games can be heard live and for free on baylorbears.com. as Derek Smith and Alex Colyer bring you all the action. In addition, Saturday's game will have live video provide through baylorbears.com.
Scouting Texas A&M
The Aggies, who defeated Sam Houston State 10-1 on Wednesday in College Station, enter this weekend's contests having won six-straight, 13 of their last 14 and 16 of their last 18. A&M, which is 3-1 in road games this season, leads the Big 12 with 48 home runs, paced by Rhiannon Kliesing's 13 that places her second in the conference. The senior is also hitting .417 with 40 RBI. In the circle, Lindsey Sisk (13-3) and Melissa Dumezich (14-4) split time with ERA's of 1.60 and 2.03, respectively.
Conference Home Openers
Baylor is 8-6 all-time in conference home openers, including 2-2 against Texas A&M. The Lady Bears and Aggies met in BU's home opener last season, with Baylor winning 3-2 in 10 innings.
Vs. Ranked Opponents
After going 2-14 against ranked opponents in 2010, Baylor is 6-2 against ranked foes in 2011.
Best Start Since 2005
The 26-4 start is the second-best mark through 30 games in Baylor history. Only the 2005 squad was better, with a 27-3 record.
Armed And Ready
The Baylor pitching staff has been nothing short of stellar, entering the weekend with a 1.20 ERA, third in the Big 12 Conference. Canion's 0.86 ERA is good for second in the league, while Liz Paul (1.14) is seventh and Courtney Repka is 14th with a 1.83 mark.
Look Out For Leal
Senior Dani Leal, has been stellar in her second year in green and gold, leading the team in batting average (.378), home runs (8), RBI (20) and slugging percentage (.784). The shortstop from Mexico City, Mexico, set a new Getterman Classic for home runs in the tournament, smashing quatro.
Canion Grand In Circle And At The Plate
Canion has been outstanding in the circle for BU, with a 13-3 record and 0.86 ERA, while her 9.85 strikeouts per seven innings is good for fourth in the league. But the lefty has been just as impressive at the plate, hitting .326, after entering the year with a .167 career mark. In addition, she has four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI on the year.
Kathy Shelton is a perfect 34-for-34 on the base paths in her career, including a team-leading 17-for-17 this seasoon. As a team, Baylor leads the Big 12 with 72 stolen bases on the year.
Teams are thinking twice before stealing on freshman catcher, Clare Hosack. The North Palm Beach, Fla., native has thrown out 7-of-11 runners this season while adding two pickoffs.
Series Win At Arizona
BU took 2-of-3 at No. 4 Arizona, becoming the first non-conference foe to do so since before 1999.
Home Runs = Good Omen
The Lady Bears (23 home runs) have homered in 15 games this season and are 14-1 when blasting one over the fence.
We're Going Streaking
Baylor opened up the season with a 14-0 record, recording the longest winning streak in program history. The previous mark of 13 was set by the 2002 squad from Feb. 15-24.
Canion Climbing The Charts
Canion now sits second all-time in career strikeouts at Baylor with 631. Just a redshirt sophomore, she needs 128 to tie Cristin Vitek's career record 759.