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Softball Travels to Play Two Against Stephen F. Austin

Senior Kelly Levesque and the Lady Bears look to end a two-game losing skid.

Senior Kelly Levesque and the Lady Bears look to end a two-game losing skid.

April 5, 2004

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No. 19 Baylor will look to end a two-game losing skid when the Lady Bears travel to Nacogdoches, Texas, to take on Stephen F. Austin in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 6, 2004, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

After a pair of shutouts at the hand of No. 21 Nebraska, Baylor enters the contest with a record of 35-9 overall and 5-2 in the Big 12 Conference. The Lady Bears hold a 24-18 series lead against the Ladyjacks, including a 3-1 record against SFA last year. However, the Lady Bears are just 5-9 while playing at Stephen F. Austin.

After a pair of losses last weekend at Texas-San Antonio, the Ladyjacks enter with a record of 17-23 and currently stand at 7-11 in the Southland Conference.

HEAD COACH Glenn Moore

Glenn Moore is in his fourth season as Baylor's head coach, coming to Waco after a stellar three-year stint at Louisiana State.

In his first season at Baylor, Moore led the Lady Bears to a 38-22 overall record and a sixth-place, 7-9 mark in the Big 12 Conference. The following season, he guided the Lady Bears to even greater successes with more than 50 team and individual, single-game and single-season school records. Baylor finished 46-18 overall and 10-8 in the Big 12 Conference, establishing school marks for victories in a season, conference victories in a season and highest conference finish (fourth).

Moore led Baylor to a third straight 30-win season in 2003, and the Lady Bears cracked the NFCA Top 25 for the third consecutive year. During the 2003 season, Moore claimed his 100th victory as Baylor's head coach with the Lady Bears 3-0 triumph against Texas Tech. He is now 150-78 (.626) in three-plus seasons at Baylor.

Moore has a career record of 289-120 (.694); he posted a 22-17 mark in his first year as a collegiate head coach at William Carey in Mississippi. Moore is 266-101 (.713) at the Division I level.

SCOUTING STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

Stephen F. Austin enters the showdown with the Lady Bears with a record of 17-23 after a pair of Southland Conference losses last weekend to Texas-San Antonio. The Ladyjacks also trail the all-time series with the Lady Bears 24-18, however, own an 8-5 edge in games played on its home field.

Stephen F. Austin is led by standout hitter Carrie Woydziak. So far this season, Woydziak leads the team with 45 hits and is currently batting .421 on the season. She also leads the team with 12 stolen bases and 23 runs scored.

The Ladyjacks also get tremendous support from Lee Lara, who leads the team with 18 RBI and is batting .340 on the year.

On the mound, the Ladyjacks turn to Crissy Autry, who leads the team with a 1.26 ERA and is currently 11-10 on the year. Nicole Carter also sees time on the mound, tossing 68.0 innings so far this season while posting a record of 3-8.

LAST TIME: BAYLOR SHUTOUT TWICE BY NEBRASKA

After a 5-0 start to the Big 12 Conference season, the Lady Bears suffered their first conference losses of the season, falling to No. 21 Nebraska in a pair of games in Lincoln, Neb.

In game one against the Huskers, Nebraska scored the only runs in the game with two runs off of Baylor starter Cristin Vitek in the bottom of the first inning. Trisha Tannahill gave Nebraska the lead when she doubled to right field to score Nicole Trimboli from second to give the Huskers a 1-0 lead.

A walk with the bases loaded to Liz Lawhorn brought home the second run as Nebraska went on to claim a 2-0 victory.

The Lady Bears were unable to mount a threat throughout the game, as Nebraska starter Peaches James kept Baylor in check, tossing a complete game shutout while allowing only one hit. Following a walk to Stephanie Pomes, James retired the next 13 Baylor batters to record her 11th shutout of the season.

Kelly Levesque was the only other Baylor batter to reach base as she managed the only hit for the Lady Bears with a bloop single in the second inning. Vitek fell to 20-4 on the season, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out three Nebraska batters.

The same formula worked for the Huskers in game two as Nebraska got on the board in the first inning to grab an early lead. Trisha Tannahill gave the Huskers a 1-0 lead when her sacrifice fly to left field scored Anne Steffan.

The score remained the same until the fifth inning when Nicole Trimboli hit a two-run homer to straightaway center field off of Baylor starter Lisa Ferguson to give Nebraska a 3-0 lead.

Nebraska's Peaches James (20-5) shut down the Lady Bears the rest of the way, tossing a complete game shutout while striking out 10 Baylor batters for her 20th victory of the season. Carrie Leerberg and Harmony Schwethelm managed the only hits on the day for the Lady Bears, as the team was shutout in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Ferguson (14-3) took the loss for the Lady Bears and allowed three runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings of work.

VITEK NAMED BIG 12 PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Baylor junior Cristin Vitek registered her third complete game no-hitter of the season in the league opener against Kansas, and for her effort, was named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week. With the honor, Vitek joined Joni Miller (2001) as the only Lady Bears in school history to win the award three times in the same season.

Vitek also posted a victory over Texas-Arlington earlier in the week, pitching six innings against the Lady Mavs, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out nine. For the week, Vitek was 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA. She allowed four hits in 13 innings of work, striking out 18 batters while only walking one. She also held opponents to a .095 batting average on the week.

The honor marks the fourth time this season a Baylor pitcher has won the award, as Lisa Ferguson won the award following the first week of the season.

FERGUSON AND VITEK SET PAIR OF MILESTONES

In the first game of a doubleheader against Houston on March 15, 2004, the Lady Bears' Cristin Vitek and Lisa Ferguson set a pair of Baylor softball milestones.

With her strike out of Houston's Kristen Glowacz in the top of the first inning, Vitek became only the second pitcher in school history to record 500 career strikeouts, joining Stacey Allison (610) as the only Lady Bears to accomplish the feat.

Lisa Ferguson then set a record of her own as she retired the Cougars in the final three innings for her sixth save of the season, establishing a new single season save record for the Lady Bears.

She passed former Baylor pitcher Joni Miller, who recorded five saves during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

BAYLOR IN THE NATIONAL POLLS

Baylor remains in the national polls after entering the top 25 two weeks ago. The Lady Bears are currently ranked 19th in the latest NFCA poll and 24th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. The No. 19 ranking also marks the highest ranking for the Lady Bears in school history, surpassing the 2002 version of the Lady Bears, who were ranked as high as 20th during the year.

Baylor began the 2003 season as the second team out of the NFCA Preseason Coaches Poll and eventually cracked the rankings at No. 25 for two weeks in March. The Lady Bears have been ranked nationally during each of the past three seasons.

BAYLOR ESTABLISHES NEW RECORD FOR MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS

Baylor won the opening six games at the Speedline Invitational to stretch the Lady Bears winning streak to 14 games earlier this season before falling to No. 22 USF in the championship game of the tournament. The 14 game winning streak established a new school record for Baylor as the last loss the Lady Bears suffered prior to the USF game was a 9-0 defeat to No. 1 UCLA at the Palm Springs Classic.

The loss to USF also snapped an impressive four-game winning streak against ranked opponents. Along the way, Baylor defeated No. 11 Tennessee twice, No. 20 Cal-State Fullerton and No. 22 Iowa.

Baylor dominated opponents during the winning streak, allowing the opposition to score more than two runs only once while the Lady Bears scored three or more runs nine times. In all, Baylor out-scored the competition 53-13 during the historic win streak.

Cristin Vitek THROWS CONSECUTIVE NO-HITTERS

Cristin Vitek became the first pitcher in Baylor history to throw back-to-back no-hitters after she no-hit Boston and Northern Illinois at the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Fla. After walking the first batter against Boston, the Katy, Texas, lefty sat down the next 21 batters for her first complete-game no-hitter of her career. She followed with another no-hitter against Northern Illinois, retiring the first 12 batters of the game before walking the first batter of the fifth inning.

During the victory over the Huskies, Vitek struck out 13 batters, tying a career high and ranking third on Baylor's single game strikeout list. Vitek went 4-1 on the week with a save, with her only loss coming at the hands of No. 22 South Florida in the championship game of the Speedline Classic. Before the loss to South Florida, Vitek had won nine straight decisions.

For her performance, Vitek was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Pitcher.

LADY BEARS STIR UP DUST ON THE BASE PATHS

Last season, the Lady Bears established a new single-season record for stolen bases with 119. This season, Baylor is on pace to break the mark, as the Lady Bears have swiped 105 bases through the first 44 games of the year.

At the Getterman Classic, Baylor established a new Big 12 Conference record for most steals in a game, with 11 in an 8-4 victory over Wichita State. Kelly Osburn had three, April Luce had two as six others added a steal each. The 11 steals marked the 10th highest total in NCAA history.

Carrie Leerberg currently leads the team in steals with 22 as 13 Lady Bears have stolen at least one base this season.

While Baylor has stolen 105 bases on 123 attempts this season, opponents have been much more timid. So far this season, opponents have only 12 steals on 18 attempts.

Kelly Levesque MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS

Senior center fielder Kelly Levesque continues her steady climb up the Baylor career charts. Levesque now ranks sixth in Baylor history for career hits (144), seventh in steals (40) and ranks seventh in total bases (195).

Levesque will continue to move-up in almost every major offensive category throughout the season, as she ranks near the top in every category except for sacrifice hits. She is currently Baylor's career leader in the hit by pitch category with 25.

She currently ranks sixth in career doubles (22), third in triples (7) and fifth in sacrifice flies (3). Levesque also ranks fifth in runs scored (85).

UP NEXT...

Baylor will return to Big 12 Conference play when the Lady Bears play host to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a two-game series beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9.

 

 

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