No. 7 Softball Hosts No. 4 Texas on Wednesday

March 29, 2005

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# 7 BAYLOR (31-4, 2-1) vs. # 4 TEXAS (26-4, 1-0)
March 30, 2005, 6:30 p.m.
Getterman Stadium - Waco, Texas

Baylor vs. Texas: Texas leads 11-4
Waco, Texas: Texas leads 5-1
Austin, Texas: Texas leads 6-2
Neutral: Baylor leads 1-0
Streak: Baylor won 3
Last Meeting: Baylor 2, Texas 1 (5/5/2005)

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No. 8 Baylor (31-4, 2-1) returns to action this week when the Lady Bears host No. 4 Texas (26-4, 1-0) in a key Big 12 Conference game at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at Getterman Stadium.

Texas holds an 11-4 advantage in the series over the Lady Bears; however, Baylor won all three meetings against the Longhorns last season. Baylor's last meeting with Texas came at last year's Big 12 Conference Tournament when the Lady Bears defeated the Longhorns 2-1 in the elimination round.

Texas has won 12 of its last 13 heading into the meeting with the Lady Bears and have won three straight, including a win over Kansas to open Big 12 Play. Former Team USA pitcher Cat Osterman leads the Longhorns and will likely get the start for Texas against the Lady Bears. So far this season, Osterman has posted a 13-2 record and 0.31 ERA in 112 innings of work.

Texas enters the contest with the Lady Bears winners of their last three games and currently stand in third-place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a conference record of 1-0 on the season. Last week, Texas defeated Kansas 4-1 to open conference play.

The Longhorns, who have won 12 of 13, are led by former Team USA pitcher Cat Osterman who has posted a record of 13-2 on the season and a 0.31 ERA in 112 innings of work. Osterman leads the Big 12 Conference with 264 strikeouts on the season and has tossed nine shutouts in only 14 starts this year.

Chez Sievers leads the Longhorns attack at the plate, leading the team with a .407 average on the season. Desiree Williams has provided a spark for the Longhorns as well, leading the team with four home runs and 14 RBI on the year.

• Baylor fell one spot to No. 8 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 and Softball Top 25. The Lady Bears are No. 9 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25.

• Baylor is 102-3 over the past four seasons when scoring at least four runs.

• Baylor is 86-8 over the past four seasons when collecting at least eight hits.

• Baylor is 130-12 over the past four seasons when out-hitting its opponent.

• Baylor is 82-21 over the past three seasons at Getterman Stadium, including a 27-4 mark at home last season.

• With its opening win of the season over Louisiana-Monroe, Baylor earned its 100th victory at Getterman Stadium. Baylor is now 105-38 all-time in games played at Getterman Stadium.

• Baylor's Tessa Lynam was named USA Softball National Player of the Week earlier this year, marking the first time in school history a player from Baylor was recognized for the award.

• Baylor players earned the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honor for three consecutive weeks to start the season (Chelsi Lake, Kim Wilmoth and Tessa Lynam).

• Baylor has established a new school record with 33 home runs this season.

Baylor's match-up with Texas A&M to open conference play established a Getterman Stadium attendance record as a crowd of 1,288 attended to catch a battle between a pair of top 10 teams. The announced crowd surpassed the listed capacity of 1,250, marking the first time in school history Getterman Stadium has been sold out.

The crowd surpassed the previous Getterman Stadium high of 1,136 who watched Baylor take on LSU at last year's NCAA Waco Regional on May 22, 2004. Baylor fell to the Tigers 7-3 in 10 innings in the contest.

The previous high for Baylor in a Big 12 Conference game at Getterman Stadium occurred on May 5, 2004, when 984 fans saw the Lady Bears defeat the Texas Longhorns 7-2.

Thirty-five games into the 2005 season, this year's version of the Lady Bears have already established a new school record for most home runs in a season. Through 35 games this season, Baylor has blasted 33 home runs, surpassing the 27 home runs hit by the 2002 squad as the most in a single season. Chelsi Lake leads the team and is tied for the conference lead with 12 home runs on the season with Stephanie Pomes second on the team with seven home runs. Currently, Baylor is fourth in the conference in the category.

While the team shattered the school single-season home run record, Kelly Osburn established a new Baylor career home run mark with the 21st home run of her career in the 18-3 win over Oklahoma Christian. On a 1-2 pitch from Lindsey Lawson to lead-off the second inning, Osburn drove the ball over the left field wall for her fifth homer run of the season and 21st of her career, surpassing Ryan Stukel, who hit 20 from 2000-03, for most career home runs.

After tossing 1.2 innings of relief in Baylor's 10-2 victory over Massachusetts at the Speedline Classic, Lisa Ferguson earned her second save of the season and 10th of her career, moving her into a tie for the Baylor career mark.

Former Baylor pitcher Joni Miller established the standard with 10 saves from 2000-2003. Ferguson is on pace to shatter the school record after finishing second in the NCAA with eight saves her freshman season.

Senior left-handed pitcher Cristin Vitek continues to climb up the career charts in several categories, including strikeouts where she entered the season as Baylor's career leader with 645. In fact, Vitek has a good shot at becoming Baylor's first-ever 800 strikeout performer as the lefty currently has 736 strikeouts and is now only 64 strikeouts shy of the milestone.

Last season, she became only the second player in school history to record 600 strikeouts in her career when she struck out Tina Boutelle of Texas in the sixth inning at the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

The Lady Bears entered the season ranked in both of the national polls and have climbed into the top 10 for the first time in school history as Baylor is currently No. 8 in the Softball Top 25 and No. 9 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25.

After falling to Texas A&M and sweeping Texas Tech in a weekend series, the Baylor softball team fell one spot to No. 8 in the latest Softball Collegiate Top 25.

The Michigan Wolverines, who have won 27-straight since a season-opening loss to Baylor, sit atop this week's poll at No. 1 with 17-of-20 first-place votes.

Baylor is one of six Big 12 Conference teams in this week's rankings as Texas (No. 4), Texas A&M (No. 6), Oklahoma (No. 9), Missouri (No. 16) and Nebraska (No. 22) join Baylor in this week's poll.

Baylor's No. 9 ranking in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 is the highest ranking for the Lady Bears in the NFCA poll in school history.

Michigan, with 15 first-place votes, is ranked No. 1 in the poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Oklahoma (No. 7), Texas (No. 6), Texas A&M (No. 12), Nebraska (No. 18) and Missouri (No. 14) join the Lady Bears in this week's rankings.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I coaches, representing each conference. The first regular season poll will be released on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

The Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll is voted on by NCAA Division I coaches representing 15 different ASA regions and 11 different collegiate conferences. The poll is also voted on by selected softball media members. First-place votes are in parentheses.

Several Lady Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the career charts in 2005. Below is a list of Lady Bears who currently rank in the top ten in one of the career categories:

AT-BATS: Kim Wilmoth (6th, 586)
RUNS: Kelly Osburn (3rd, 106); Kim Wilmoth (5th, 96); Harmony Schwethelm (8th, 82)
HITS: Kim Wilmoth (4th, 181); Harmony Schwethelm (8th, 146); Carrie Leerberg (10th, 139)
MULTIPLE-HIT GAMES: Kim Wilmoth (4th, 51); Harmony Schwethelm (5th, 41)
DOUBLES: Kelly Osburn (5th, 26); Stephanie Pomes (8th, 23)
TRIPLES: Carrie Leerberg (1st, 9); Kim Wilmoth (t-2nd, 8); Kelly Osburn (t-6th, 6)
HOME RUNS: Kelly Osburn (1st, 21); Stephanie Pomes (t-3rd, 15); Chelsi Lake (t-6th, 13)
TOTAL BASES: Kelly Osburn (3rd, 241); Kim Wilmoth (6th, 217)
WALKS: Kelly Osburn (1st, 68)
HIT BY PITCH: Kelly Osburn (2nd, 15); Kim Wilmoth (t-9th, 8) Carrie Leerberg (t-6th, 9)
SACRIFICE FLIES: Stephanie Pomes (1st, 7); Kelly Osburn (t-7th; 3)
SACRIFICE HITS: Kim Wilmoth (8th, 21); Harmony Schwethelm (9th, 20)
STOLEN BASES: Kim Wilmoth (1st, 85); Harmony Schwethelm (2nd, 65); Carrie Leerberg (3rd, 60); Kelly Osburn (4th, 56)
STOLEN BASE ATTEMPTS: Kim Wilmoth (1st, 107); Harmony Schwethelm (2nd, 78); Carrie Leerberg (3rd, 71); Kelly Osburn (4th, 67)

APPEARANCES: Cristin Vitek (2nd, 150); Lisa Ferguson (t-6th, 60)
GAMES STARTED: Cristin Vitek (2nd, 102); Lisa Ferguson (6th, 39)
RELIEF APPEARANCES: Cristin Vitek (1st, 48); Lisa Ferguson (t-7th, 21)
WINS: Cristin Vitek (2nd, 72); Lisa Ferguson (5th, 26)
LOSSES: Cristin Vitek (4th, 35); Lisa Ferguson (t-6th, 9)
DECISIONS: Cristin Vitek (2nd, 107); Lisa Ferguson (t-5th, 35)
COMPLETE GAMES: Cristin Vitek (3rd, 46); Lisa Ferguson (5th, 17)
SHUTOUTS: Cristin Vitek (3rd, 18); Lisa Ferguson (4th, 9)
SAVES: Cristin Vitek (3rd, 8); Lisa Ferguson (t-1st, 10); Tessa Lynam (t-6th, 2); Nicole Jackson (t-8th, 1)
INNINGS PITCHED: Cristin Vitek (2nd, 698.2); Lisa Ferguson (5th, 259.1)
STRIKEOUTS: Cristin Vitek (1st, 736); Lisa Ferguson (6th, 170); Tessa Lynam (8th, 54)

With a win over Louisiana-Monroe to open the season, Baylor claimed its 100th win at Getterman Stadium as the Lady Bears now own a 109-40 career mark on their home field, opened in 1999. The Lady Bears had their best year ever at Getterman Stadium last season as Baylor went 27-4 at home on the year.

Baylor went undefeated in conference play at home last season as the Lady Bears swept season series with Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech and Iowa State. Prior to the NCAA Softball Championships the Lady Bears were 27-2 at Getterman Stadium on the year.

Baylor has lost less than 10 games at home four of the five years the stadium has been open and has never posted a losing record in a season at home.

Arizona's 1-0 win over Baylor at the Compass Bank Invitational was the first loss for Baylor at home since a 3-2 setback to Oklahoma Christian on April 1, 2004, a span of 15 games.

Baylor continues Big 12 Conference play when the Lady Bears host Oklahoma State in a weekend series beginning on Saturday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m.



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