March 31, 2014
WACO, Texas - A pair of Texas schools will face each other for the first time since 1984 Tuesday as the No. 12 Baylor (27-6) softball team plays host to Lamar (12-14) at 6 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.
Baylor and Lamar haven't faced one another since the 1984 season, and all eight of its meetings came between the 1983-84 seasons. Baylor has won all eight matchups including three in Waco.
The Lady Bears are coming off their first Big 12 three-game road sweep since the league began the three-game series format in 2012. Baylor beat Texas Tech in Lubbock 14-1 Friday, 6-4 Saturday and 2-0 Sunday.
BU showed why it has been successful thus far in the season with a balanced offensive and pitching attack. Baylor's offense lit up the Red Raiders Friday night to tie a school record with five home runs while Whitney Canion and Liz Paul combined for a one-hitter. Saturday, Heather Stearns pitched Baylor past TTU in a complete game where she allowed just three unearned runs, and Canion capped the three-game set with a one-hit shutout in the Lady Bears' 2-0 win Sunday.
While Baylor enters Tuesday's matchup with four-straight wins, the Cardinals are coming off four straight defeats. Lamar lost in San Marcos to Texas State Wednesday before dropping all three contests in a Southland Conference series at Sam Houston over the weekend.
The Cardinals are hitting .298 as a team with Tina Schulz leading the Cardinals with a .371 average, six home runs and 20 RBI. Lamar's pitching staff has combined for a 4.25 ERA with Shannon Millman leading the team with six wins from the circle.
Baylor is hitting .320 as a team while the pitching staff leads the Big 12 with a 1.43 ERA. Clare Hosack hit five home runs last week for Baylor to take a commanding lead in power numbers for the Lady Bears. The senior catcher has career highs in both home runs and RBI with nine and 33 respectively headed into Tuesday. Canion is 15-5 on the season and leads the Big 12 in opponents' batting average at a .155 mark.