March 30, 2010
20/18 Texas A&M (29-7, 2-0) at RV/24 Baylor (19-10, 0-2)
Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.
Baylor vs. Texas A&M: A&M leads, 43-17-1
In Waco: A&M leads, 17-9
Radio : 1660 ESPNRadio
Live Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Video: www.BaylorBears.com
Rankings (NFCA, ESPN.com)
Baylor (19-10, 0-2) RV, 24
Texas A&M (29-7, 2-0) 20, 18
The No. RV/24 Baylor softball team (19-10, 0-2) will return home for just its fourth game in the month of March, hosting No. 20/18 Texas A&M. Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Getterman Stadium. .The game will be broadcast live on 1660 ESPNRadio.
The first 300 fans will receive Baylor Softball t-shirts. In addition, prior to the first pitch, three-time All-American Brette Reagan will be honored.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
The Aggies have won 13 of their last 14 games and are led offensively by freshman Meagan May. The catcher is hitting .433 and leads the conference in hits (45), home runs (15), walks (31), RBIs (49), total bases (105) and slugging percentage (1.010). Melissa Dumezich, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, has come to the forefront recently with an 8-0 record and a 1.11 ERA.
A&M leads the all-time series 43-17-1 and have won four of its last five against BU. Last season, the Aggies swept the regular season series, but the Lady Bears won the Big 12 quarterfinal matchup, 5-4.
CONFERENCE HOME OPENERS
Baylor is 7-6 all-time in conference home openers, including a 1-2 against Texas A&M.
HOME SWEET HOME
BU (7-1 in Getterman Stadium this season) is playing just its fourth home game in the month of March, having only three home games in the last 38 days.
CANION, WELDON DONE FOR SEASON
Baylor sophomore pitcher Whitney Canion will miss the rest of the 2010 season due to an increasing stress reaction in her left forearm. Canion, the 2009 Big 12 Freshman and Pitcher of the Year, was 5-3 with a 1.58 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 48.2 innings this season.
Junior infielder Meagan Weldon will also miss the rest of the season with an injury after playing in seven games.
WESLEY’S MIRRORING EACH OTHER
Not only are twin sisters Tiffany and Nicole Wesley identical in physical appearance, but they are mirroring each other on the softball field. The duo rank first and second on the team in batting average and are a combined 27-for-27 in stolen bases. Nicole leads the Big 12 Conference with a .435 average, while Tiffany (hitting .372) is the team leader with 23 runs.
NIETEN WAS ALL SHE NEEDED
Maybe it was a change in the name, but Courtney Nieten (who was formerly Courtney Oberg until her wedding in December) has busted out and swung a hot bat. She is second on the team with 22 RBI. In addition, she is 8-for-11 in RBI opportunities with runners on third and less than two outs, proving she can come through in the clutch.
VANNATTA BREAKS OUT
Jordan Vannatta came into the season with one home run and 13 RBI in her career, as well as a batting average of .179. She has busted out this season, hitting .362 with five homers, seven doubles and 27 RBI.
Of Baylor’s 10 losses so far this season, five of them have come by one run, while two have been in extra innings. In addition, six losses have come to ranked teams.
TWO OUTS? NO PROBLEM
The Lady Bears have had a knack for scoring with two outs this season. Of the 157 RBI so far, 65 (41 percent) of them have come with two outs.
TIFFANY WESLEY’S ERRORLESS STREAK REACHES CENTURY
Senior left fielder Tiffany Wesley has gone 101-straight games without making an error (a program record), dating back to her last error on March 30, 2008 at Oklahoma State.
AGAINST RANKED FOES
Baylor is 1-6 against ranked opponents this season.
Baylor has stolen a conference-leading 80 bases this season, and entered the week ranked third in the country with a 2.76 stolen bases per game average.
While it may not be 2007, the power is back in the Baylor lineup. In 2009, the Lady Bears hit 31 home runs in 62 games, however, in 2010 BU has hit 27 home runs through 29 games.