March 29, 2012
vs. Missouri: Missouri leads 27-17
In Columbia: Missouri leads 8-5
The Tigers, who are 3-3 against ranked foes this season, enter the contest winners of 20 of their last 22 games after a doubleheader sweep of Evansville on Wednesday. Chelsea Thomas leads the team in the circle with a 12-3 mark and a 0.67 ERA. The junior All-American has 116 strikeouts in 83.0 innings with opponents hitting .115 against her. Offensively, MU is hitting .299 and lead the Big 12 with 47 doubles. Ashley Flemming leads the team in batting average (.376), home runs (7) and RBI (22).
Missouri leads the all-time series 27-17 and 8-5 in Columbia.
LAST TIME WE MET
Baylor won 2-of-3 against Missouri in 2011, including a thrilling 13-inning game at the Women's College World Series. Holly Holl's walk-off home run with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the 13th gave Baylor the 1-0 win to advance to the national semifinals.
Baylor is 3-4 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 entered the week ranked ninth nationally and hold a 1.24 ERA, while Repka's 0.92 ERA is 11th.
Since Canion's injury, the BU pitching staff has done a solid job picking up the slack. Repka has gone 6-4 with a 0.92 ERA and sophomore Liz Paul has garnered a 5-3 mark with a 1.98 ERA. The duo has combined to allow opponents to hit just .195 against them in 125.0 innings since Canion went down.
REPKA BIG IN BIG GAMES
Courtney Repka has made five starts in Baylor's six games against ranked teams. The junior is 2-3 with a 1.93 ERA, one complete-game shutout and opponents are hitting just .223.
HOMERS AWAY FROM HOME
Baylor plays in one of the toughest home run parks in the country, and this proves it. In Big 12 games since 2007 the Lady Bears have hit 42 of their 56 home runs (75 percent) away from Getterman Stadium.
Kathy Shelton has been the leader off the Baylor offense so far this season. The junior leads the team in batting average (.382), runs (25), hits (34), RBI (11), slugging percentage (.472), on-base percentage (.472) and stolen bases (17). She ranks 19th nationally with her 17 steals.
Baylor is 20-1 in games it scores first, and 2-8 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.