April 1, 2008
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The Baylor softball team (18-12, 1-5 Big 12) will look to snap its five game losing streak as it travles to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns (18-12-2, 4-1 Big 12) on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and will mark the first TV game for the Lady Bears this season.
The Lady Bears are coming off a a pair of losses to Oklahoma State over the weekend, falling 11-5 and 3-1.
Texas enters Wednesday winners of four of its last five, including a weekend sweep of Iowa State. Baylor swept the season series last season, 2-0. Texas leads the all-time series 14-7, including an 8-3 advantage in Austin. The Lady Bears last loss at Texas came on March 29, 2006.
Baylor is receiving votes in both polls, marking the first time since March 8, 2004 that the Lady Bears have not been ranked in a poll.
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Texas (18-12-2, 4-1) enters Wednesday winners of four of its last five, including a weekend sweep of Iowa State.
The Longhorns are led by Loryn Johnson, who is batting .379 with eight doubles, nine home runs and 25 RBI. Tallie Thrasher is just behind her with a .375 average, six home runs and 20 RBI. As a team, UT is hitting .268 with 34 home runs.
In the circle, Meagan Denney is Texas' ace. She has compiled a 13-4 record and a 1.52 ERA, and struck out 176 batters in 110.1 innings of work, as batters are hitting just .183 against her. As a staff, the Longhorns have a 2.34 ERA with an opponent batting average of .226.
Lady bears Sweep 2007 series
Baylor swept the season series last season, 2-0. Texas leads the all-time series 14-7, including an 8-3 advantage in Austin. The Lady Bears last loss at Texas came on March 29, 2006.
You played them too?
Baylor and Texas have played four of the same opponents: UT-San Antonio, Texas State, Cal State Fullerton and Iowa State. Baylor is 3-2 against the competition, while Texas is 6-2. Each team lost to Texas State, while the Lady Bears lost to Iowa State and the Longhorns lost to UTSA.
In the Last Eight games
The Lady Bears have been outscored 38-14 in their last eight games, compiling a 1-7 record. Baylor headed into the game against UCF with a team batting average of .351 and since have been hitting at a .232 clip.
In the circle, the Lady Bears have a 4.67 ERA in the last eight, giving up 62 hits in 51 innings of work, walking 24 and striking out just 25.
Can't Get A Lead
Baylor has gone 30 straight innings without holding a lead in a ballgame. Its last lead was a 1-0 advantage heading into the fourth inning against Iowa State on March 22.
Somebody Shake Those Bears
Baylor's five game slide is the most games lost in a row since a seven game losing streak that ran from March 10, 2006-March 22, 2006 with losses to Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.
Lady bears lead big 12 offense
Baylor's .322 team batting average still leads the Big 12 by nearly .14 points, with Oklahoma in second with a .308 average.
The Lady Bears have five of the top 20 individual batting averages in the Big 12. Kirsten Shortridge (.379) is seventh, Nicole Wesley (.373) is 10th, Jordan Daniels (.369) is 11th, Brette Reagan (.364) is 12th and KJ Freeland (.358) is 14th.
No other conference foe has as many players in the top 20.
On March 2 against Louisiana-Monroe, freshman Shaina Brock found herself one out away from a no-hitter. A comebacker to the circle that would have been the third out was bobbled by Brock allowing another batter to come to the plate. She doubled down the left field line, ending the no-no, however Brock got the next batter out, recording the 19th one-hitter is Baylor softball history.
Rain, Rain, Go Away
The weather has been just another foe that they Lady Bears have had to focus on this season. Baylor has had seven games cancelled due to weather. Included in those rainouts were two games at the Baylor's Getterman Classic, a doubleheader at home against Oklahoma Christian and a game against Team USA that was scheduled for March 6.