No. 17/20 Baylor (22-8, 1-2) at No. 15/15Texas A&M (22-9, 2-1)
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Rankings (NFCA, ESPN.com, RPI)
Baylor (22-8, 1-2) 17, 20, 37
Texas A&M (22-9, 2-1) 15, 15, 12
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
The Aggies enter the weekend on the heels of a series win over then No. 10 Missouri in College Station last weekend. A&M has won six of its last seven and 11 of its last 13 games while holding a 13-2 record at home.
Mel Dumezich leads in the box and circle, as the junior has nine home runs and 31 RBI. She also holds a 14-6 record to go with a 2.07 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 135.0 innings.
Texas A&M leads the all-time series 46-18-1, including 20-5-1 in College Station. The two teams have split the series in each of the last two seasons.
Baylor is 3-3 against ranked foes this season. The Lady Bears knocked off then No. 18 Oregon (2-1) and No. 24 North Carolina (2-0) in the same day (March 2) and is coming off a 1-0 win over then No. 7 Oklahoma.
PITCHING STAFF HOLDING ITS OWN
The Lady Bears rank ninth nationally with a 1.14 ERA, while Repka’s 0.81 ERA is 11th individually.
Since Canion’s injury, the BU pitching staff has done a solid job picking up the slack. Repka has gone 6-3 with a 0.76 ERA and sophomore Liz Paul has garnered a 5-3 mark with a 1.80 ERA. The duo has combined to allow opponents to hit just .187 against them in 119.0 innings since Canion went down.
REPKA BIG IN BIG GAMES
Courtney Repka has made four starts in Baylor’s six games against ranked teams. The junior is 2-2 with a 1.62 ERA, one complete-game shutout and opponents are hitting just .200.
WALKER HITS AGGIES
Senior right fielder Kayce Walker has had a good career against Texas A&M, hitting .500 (10-for-20) with a .550 slugging percentage and .524 on-base percentage.
Kathy Shelton has been the leader off the Baylor offense so far this season. The junior leads the team in batting average (.384), runs (25), hits (33), RBI (11), slugging percentage (.477), on-base percentage (.476) and stolen bases (17). She ranks 19th nationally with her 17 steals.
Baylor is 20-1 in games it scores first, and 2-7 when the opponent does. The lone loss when scoring first came against UCLA. When the Lady Bears hold a lead after four innings, they are undefeated, 14-0.
The Lady Bears have two of the top eight base stealers in program history on the 2012 squad. Senior Kayce Walker enters the weekend No. 5 all-time with 74, while Shelton is No. 8 with 67.
As a team, BU is second in the Big 12 with 49 stolen bases behind Texas’ 61.
Baylor suffered a big blow with the announcement that junior pitcher Whitney Canion and freshman outfielder Linsey Hays will not return for the remainder of the 2012 season and will seek medical hardship waivers. Canion, a 2011 All-American, tore her ACL when was running out a grounder in the third inning when her left knee buckled as she planted on first base. The junior is Baylor's all-time leader in strikeouts (899) and holds a 68-33 record for her career. Canion is 5-1 with a 0.35 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 40.0 innings this season.
Hays, an outfielder/pitcher, was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and has not played since game one against Northwestern State on Feb. 21.