April 3, 2007
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#11 BAYLOR (34-9, 4-0) TRAVELS TO #2 TEXAS A&M (29-5, 3-2)
APRIL 4, 2007 - 6:30 PM
Aggie Softball Complex
College Station, Texas
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
No. 12 Baylor at No. 2 Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.
Baylor vs. Texas A&M: Texas A&M leads 39-14-1
Waco, Texas: Texas A&M leads 15-7
College Station, Texas: Texas A&M leads 16-4-1
Neutral: Texas A&M leads 8-3
Radio: ESPN Radio 1660 AM
Live Video: www.AggieAthletics.com
Live Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
The No. 11 Baylor softball team continues its road swing through the Big 12 Conference as the Lady Bears travel to College Station, Texas, to face No. 2 Texas A&M on Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Bears (34-9), who have won eight straight contests, stand alone atop the Big 12 Conference standings with a perfect 4-0 record while Texas A&M (29-5) currently stands in fourth place with a 3-2 record in conference play.
Ashley Monceaux continues to lead the way for the Lady Bears as the senior leads the team with a .393 batting average with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. Sophomore third baseman Brette Reagan is off to a fast start for Baylor during conference play as she leads the team with a .556 batting average and four RBI during conference play.
Lisa Ferguson continues to be a steady presence in the circle as the senior leads the way for Baylor with a 15-4 record and 1.62 ERA in 121.1 innings of work.
Texas A&M leads the all-time series with the Lady Bears, 39-14-1, however, the teams have split the last 10 meetings, including a pair of games last season.
The contest with the Aggies can be heard on ESPN Radio 1660 AM in the Waco area while streaming audio and live stats will be available on the official website of Baylor Athletics, www.BaylorBears.com.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
No. 2 Texas A&M enters the key game with the Lady Bears after splitting a pair of games against then No. 3 Oklahoma last weekend. The Aggies are paced by Megan Gibson, who leads the team with a .419 batting average and nine home runs on the season. The junior pitcher/infielder currently leads the Big 12 Conference with a .878 slugging percentage.
Joy Davis enters the contest on a hot hitting streak as the senior second baseman led the Aggies attack last week. Davis was 5-for-9 on the week, hitting .556. Davis was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle on Sunday, smacking a triple in her first at bat, then a single and finished off with a double.
Amanda Scarborough leads the Aggies in the circle, boasting a 14-3 record and 1.30 ERA on the season. In 113.1 innings of work, the junior has struck out 116 batters while holding opponents to a .179 batting average on the season.
The teams split a pair of meetings last year as Texas A&M claimed a 4-3 win in Waco while Baylor grabbed a 5-0 victory in College Station.
Baylor is No. 16 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25 and No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25.
Baylor's appearance in both polls marks the 50th consecutive week the Lady Bears have appeared in the NFCA Top 25 and the 50th consecutive week the team has appeared in the USA Softball Top 25.
Baylor is 172-10 over the past six seasons when scoring at least four runs.
Baylor is 142-18 over the past five seasons when collecting at least eight hits.
Baylor is 205-20 over the past five seasons when out-hitting its opponent.
Baylor is 94-19 over the past four seasons at Getterman Stadium, including a 23-1 mark at home this season.
For the first time in school history, Baylor swept the national player of the week honors after taking two-of-three from No. 2 Arizona. Alex Colyer was named USA Softball National Player of the Week while Lisa Ferguson was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week. Both earned Big 12 Conference player of the week honors as well.
Baylor's Chelsi Lake and Brette Reagan were named to the ASA Softball National Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. The selection to the watch list marked the second time in school history Baylor players have been named to the preseason list.
Baylor's Chelsi Lake was selected as a first-team ESPN.com Preseason All-America at the catcher position.
For the first time in history, live, streaming audio will be available for every Baylor softball game. Sign-up for audio is free and fans can listen to every Baylor softball game by visiting www.baylorbears.com.
HEAD COACH Glenn Moore REACHES CAREER MILESTONE
With a 7-2 win over Iowa State at the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational, Baylor head coach Glenn Moore reached a career milestone as he recorded his 400th career victory with the win. In 10-plus seasons as a head coach, Moore now has a career record of 425-173.
While at Baylor, Moore has posted a career record of 286-131 as he has posted at least 30 wins in each of his first six seasons with the Lady Bears and has posted at least 35 wins in all but one season.
Moore has led Baylor to three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, the first appearances in school history, as the Lady Bears captured the 2005 NCAA Auburn Regional title and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round while reaching the 2006 NCAA Corvallis Regional final a year ago.
Chelsi Lake BREAKS CAREER HOME RUN MILESTONE
With a home run at the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational, Chelsi Lake moved into first place, surpassing former Baylor star Kelly Osburn (2003-06),in the Baylor career home run category. Lake has now hit 41 career home runs as the senior already holds the Baylor single-season home run mark with 18 round-trippers in 2006.
The career milestone is just one of a number of Baylor marks Lake will likely pass during the 2007 campaign as the senior already holds the Lady Bears career record with 168 RBI. In addition, Lake is just 10 total bases shy of surpassing Osburn's career total bases mark of 395 and has tied Osburn's career mark with 43 doubles.
Ashley Monceaux AND BAYLOR CONTINUE TO PRODUCE
Over the past few years, the Baylor offense has had tremendous success at the plate and this year has been no different. So far this season, Baylor has posted a .322 batting average on the year and currently ranks second in the league in the category. In addition, the Lady Bears have hit 38 home runs on the season and have posted an impressive .477 slugging percentage.
Leading the way for Baylor has been senior Ashley Monceaux. Monceaux leads the Lady Bears with a .412 batting average, 10 home runs and 42 RBI. The senior first baseman has posted an almost unbelievable .738 slugging percentage and 90 total bases as she ranks among the top ten in the conference in eight different categories.
As a team, Baylor currently features six players batting over .300 on the season, including freshman Kirsten Shortridge (.364), Nicole Wesley (.356) and Tiffany Wesley (.321).
BAYLOR SOFTBALL IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The Baylor softball team is currently ranked No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll. In addition, Baylor earned a No. 16 ranking in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25.
Baylor is one of four Big 12 Conference school ranked in both polls as Texas A&M (No. 4, No. 2), Oklahoma (No. 2, No. 4) and Texas (No. 13, No. 9) join the Lady Bears in the polls.
Tennessee, after opening the year No. 2 in the national polls, has moved to No. 1 in the rankings in both polls.
Baylor's appearance in both polls marks the 51st consecutive week the Lady Bears have appeared in the NFCA Top 25 and the 50th consecutive week the team has appeared in the USA Softball Top 25. The last time Baylor failed to appear in either poll was March 16, 2004. Within the Big 12 Conference, only Texas A&M and Oklahoma have currently appeared in the national polls for more consecutive weeks.
LADY BEARS PICKED SECOND IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
In a pre-season vote conducted by league coaches, the Baylor softball team has been picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference. The second-place preseason prediction marks the highest the Lady Bears have appeared in the league preseason vote.
The Lady Bears return eight players, including NFCA All-Americans Brette Reagan and Chelsi Lake, from last year's squad that finished 38-22 on the season and finished third in the Big 12 Conference and advanced to the NCAA Corvallis Regional final.
Texas A&M (80 points) was picked to win the league and received eight of the possible 10 first-place votes to edge out second-place Baylor, which earned 69 points, including one first-place tally.
Nebraska was ranked third followed by Oklahoma, defending-conference champion Texas, and 2006 postseason winner Kansas.
The Sooners also claimed a vote for first place. Filling the remaining spots in the preseason poll were Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas Tech and Iowa State, respectively.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS IN THE CAREER CHARTS
Several Lady Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the career charts in 2007. Below is a list of Lady Bears who currently rank in the top ten in one of the career categories:
RUNS: Chelsi Lake (97, 7th)
HITS: Chelsi Lake (200, 7th)
MULTIPLE-HIT GAMES: Chelsi Lake (49, 7th)
DOUBLES: Chelsi Lake (43, t-1st)
TRIPLES: Chelsi Lake (t-10th, 4)
HOME RUNS: Chelsi Lake (1st, 41); Ashley Monceaux (6th, 19); Brette Reagan (7th, 16)
TOTAL BASES: Chelsi Lake (384, 2nd)
SACRIFICE FLIES: Chelsi Lake (2nd, 8)
APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 154); Ashley Monceaux (10th, 29)
GAMES STARTED: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 105)
RELIEF APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 49)
WINS: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 71)
LOSSES: Lisa Ferguson (5th, 33); Brittany Turner (t-8th, 5)
DECISIONS: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 104)
COMPLETE GAMES: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 54)
SHUTOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 26)
SAVES: Lisa Ferguson (1st, 18)
INNINGS PITCHED: Lisa Ferguson (4th, 699.2); Ashley Monceaux (9th, 103.1)
STRIKEOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 541); Ashley Monceaux (10th, 76); Kirsten Shortridge (9th, 94)
Baylor continues it six-game road swing as the Lady Bears travel to Lubbock, Texas, for a two-game series against Texas Tech. Game one of the series is slated for Friday, April 6, at 6:00 p.m.