March 27, 2007
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2007 BAYLOR SOFTBALL
#12 BAYLOR (30-9) HOSTS TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO (18-18)
March 28, 2007 - 4:00 PM (DH)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
Texas-San Antonio at No. 12 Baylor, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Baylor vs. Texas-San Antonio: UT-San Antonio leads 12-11
Waco, Texas: Series tied, 5-5
San Antonio, Texas: UT-San Antonio leads 6-4
Neutral: Baylor leads 2-1
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The No. 12 Baylor softball team returns to action when the Lady Bears close out their six-game home stand as they host Texas-San Antonio for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m. The home contests are the last before Baylor embarks on a six-game road swing through the Big 12 Conference.
The Lady Bears enter the twin-bill riding a four-game winning streak after sweeping a pair of games from Nebraska for the first time in school history.
Ashley Monceaux continues to lead the way for the Lady Bears, leading the team with a .426 batting average, 10 home runs and 40 RBI.
After picking up both wins in the circle against Nebraska, Lisa Ferguson enters the doubleheader with a 14-4 record and 1.61 ERA. The senior, who earned Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for her performance against the Huskers, has struck out 111 batters in 113.1 innings of work as she recently picked up her 70th career victory.
Texas-San Antonio leads the all-time series 12-11; however, the teams have split 10 games in Waco and have not met since the 2002 season.
For tickets to the finale of the home-stand, contact the Baylor Ticket Office at 1-800-BAYLOR-U or 254-710-1000.
SCOUTING TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO
Texas-San Antonio enters with a record of 18-18 on the season after taking two-of-three from Nicholls State to move into first place in the Southland Conference standings.
Jessica Rogers leads the way for the Roadrunners, hitting an impressive .405 on the year with 12 home runs. Rogers, who was named Southland Conference Player of the Week last week, also leads the team with 28 runs scored and 36 RBI.
Amanda Nikolenko has seen a majority of the time in the circle for UTSA, posting a 9-11 record on the year and 3.51 ERA in 125.2 innings of work.
UTSA holds a slight, 12-11 edge in the series as the teams have split ten meetings at Waco as the Wednesday doubleheader will mark the first time the teams have met since the 2002 season.
Ashley Monceaux AND BAYLOR CONTINUE TO PRODUCE
Over the past few years, the Baylor offense has had tremendous success at the plate and this year has been no different. So far this season, Baylor has posted a .321 batting average on the year and currently ranks second in the league in the category. In addition, the Lady Bears have hit 32 home runs on the season and have posted an impressive .469 slugging percentage on the year.
Leading the way for Baylor has been senior Ashley Monceaux. Monceaux, who earned Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors earlier this season, leads the Lady Bears with a .426 batting average, 10 home runs and 40 RBI. The senior first baseman has posted an almost unbelievable .787 slugging percentage and 85 total bases as she ranks among the top five in the conference in nine different categories.
As a team, Baylor currently features seven players batting over .300 on the season, including freshman Kirsten Shortridge (.356), Nicole Wesley (.364) and Tiffany Wesley (.302).
GETTERMAN STADIUM KIND TO LADY BEARS
Since the stadium opened, Getterman Stadium has been kind to the Lady Bears as Baylor owns a 162-53 mark all-time at the stadium since it opened in 1999. So far this season, Baylor is an impressive 21-1 at home as last year Baylor went 21-8 in the friendly confines of Getterman Stadium. Since the stadium opened, no Lady Bears team has lost more than 10 games at home in a single season.
Baylor's best mark at home came during the 2004 campaign when the Lady Bears enjoyed a 26-4 record at home, including a 24-2 mark during the regular season.
In the stadium's six years of existence, attendance has steadily risen as Baylor set a pair of attendance records last season. Last season, Baylor set a single-game attendance record when 1,455 fans attended the BU-Texas game to close out the home portion of the schedule.
BAYLOR SOFTBALL IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The Baylor softball team is currently ranked No. 12 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll. In addition, Baylor earned a No. 17 ranking in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25.
Baylor is one of four Big 12 Conference school ranked in both polls as Texas A&M (No. 2, No. 4), Oklahoma (No. 3, No. 3) and Texas (No. 10, No. 11) join the Lady Bears in the polls.
Tennessee, after opening the year No. 2 in the national polls, has moved to No. 1 in the rankings in both polls.
Baylor's appearance in both polls marks the 49th consecutive week the Lady Bears have appeared in the NFCA Top 25 and the 49th consecutive week the team has appeared in the USA Softball Top 25. The last time Baylor failed to appear in either poll was March 16, 2004. Within the Big 12 Conference, only Texas A&M and Oklahoma have currently appeared in the national polls for more consecutive weeks.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS IN THE CAREER CHARTS
Several Lady Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the career charts in 2007. Below is a list of Lady Bears who currently rank in the top ten in one of the career categories:
RUNS: Chelsi Lake (95, 7th)
HITS: Chelsi Lake (198, 7th)
MULTIPLE-HIT GAMES: Chelsi Lake (49, 7th)
DOUBLES: Chelsi Lake (43, t-1st)
TRIPLES: Chelsi Lake (t-10th, 4)
HOME RUNS: Chelsi Lake (1st, 39); Ashley Monceaux (6th, 18); Brette Reagan (t-7th, 15)
TOTAL BASES: Chelsi Lake (376, 2nd)
SACRIFICE FLIES: Chelsi Lake (2nd, 8)
APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 152); Ashley Monceaux (10th, 29)
GAMES STARTED: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 104)
RELIEF APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 48)
WINS: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 70)
LOSSES: Lisa Ferguson (5th, 33); Brittany Turner (t-8th, 5)
DECISIONS: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 103)
COMPLETE GAMES: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 53)
SHUTOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 26)
SAVES: Lisa Ferguson (1st, 17)
INNINGS PITCHED: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 691.2); Ashley Monceaux (9th, 103.1)
STRIKEOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 532); Ashley Monceaux (10th, 76); Kirsten Shortridge (9th, 80)
Baylor begins a six-game road swing through Big 12 Conference play as the Lady Bears travel to Lawrence, Kan., to face Kansas for the start of a two-game series on Saturday, March 31. at 2:00 p.m.