April 4, 2013
The Sooners enter Thursday’s game with Tulsa as the nation’s top ranked team with a 30-2 record. OU, 10-2 against ranked foes, leads the nation in team ERA (0.84), fourth in slugging percentage (.587) and fifth in home runs per game (.938). Individually, Keilani Ricketts is sixth in ERA (1.00) and strikeouts/7IP (10.5) and first in shutouts (12.0). Offensively, Lauren Chamberlain leads the country with 16 home runs to go with a .469 batting average.
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Baylor is 2-4 against ranked opponents this season, with both wins coming on the road (at Arizona State, at Hawaii).
Baylor is 1-8 against No. 1 teams in its history. The lone win came at then-No. 1 Florida on Feb. 8, 2009.
The Lady Bears’ underclassmen have been a vital part of the team’s offensive success in 2013. Of the squad’s 149 RBI on the year, 103 (69%) have come from underclassmen, with 87 (58%) coming from freshmen. Underclassmen have also accounted for 14 of the team’s 18 home runs, with freshmen totaling 10.
STATS NEAR NATION’S BEST
Baylor currently ranks No. 7 nationally in team ERA (1.45) and second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma’s 0.84.
Individually, Heather Stearns ranks 16th in ERA (1.24) and 12th in strikeouts per 7 innings (9.8). Canion is 10th in strikeouts/7IP (10) and 10th in total strikeouts (170).
On the offensive side, Baylor is 22nd in the nation with 1.89 steals/game while Kathy Shelton is 11th (0.72 steals/game) and Kaitlyn Thumann is 24th (0.64 steals/game).
A pair of Lady Bears broke all-time program career marks last Friday. It began with Kathy Shelton breaking Harmony Schwethelm’s (2003-06) all-time steals mark of 102 in game one of a doubleheader against Iowa State. The senior outfielder now has 107. Whitney Canion broke the all-time wins record of 82, previosuly held by Lisa Ferguson (2004-07) and now has 83 for her career.
THE THUMANN SHOW
When coach Moore inserted Kaitlyn Tumann into the lineup on April 21, 2012 in Lubbock, little did he know what a gem he had found. Used mostly as a pinch runner, the Katy, Texas, native, went 4-4 with a home run and closed out the final 14 games hitting .488. Since being inserted to the lineup, she hasn’t missed a game and over the last 50 games she is hitting .443 (70-for-158) with eight doubles, three triples, four home runs, 30 RBI and 32 steals.
The sophomore right fielder is currently on an eight-game hitting streak.
WHO'S ON FIRST?
Senior outfielder Kathy Shelton extended her on-base streak to 18 games last weekend. During the stretch, which began on March 1 vs. North Dakota, the senior has a .449 on-base percentage and 16 steals.
Junior catcher Clare Hosack’s arm is truly an equalizer when it comes to eliminating baserunners. The North Palm Beach, Fla., native, as thrown out 41 percent (28-of-70) of runners that have attempted to steal while adding 10 pickoffs during her career. This season, runners have been weary, as she has thrown of 6-of-14.
HOME RUNS RETURN
Baylor’s 18 home runs after 36 games has surpassed the 14 hit in all 56 games of the 2012 season.
EXPERIENCE IN THE CIRCLE
The Lady Bears pitching staff has three players with considerable pitching experience. Combined, Whitney Canion (83), Courtney Repka (49) and Liz Paul (20) have combined for 152 wins during their careers.
Combined with Heather Stearns (9-3, 1.24 ERA), the staff has a 1.45 ERA with a .169 opponent batting average to go along with 307 strikeouts in 245.2 innings of work.