April 5, 2011
Scouting Texas Tech
Texas Tech enters the weekend off a split series with No. 14 Oklahoma. The Red Raiders have dropped three of their last four to start conference play after starting with a 35-1 mark. Tech is 25-4 at home thus far this season, and 1-3 in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders are hitting a conference-leading .374 overall, led by Cydney Allen’s .433 average, 11 home runs and 43 RBI. In the circle, Kelsey Dennis is 11-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 71.0 innings.
Baylor leads the all-time series, 33-11, including a 12-2 mark in Lubbock. The Lady Bears have won three of their last four against the Red Raiders, overall, and five-straight in Lubbock.
Baylor comes into the series with an RPI of 14, while Texas Tech ranks 30th. The RPI was last updated March 30.
Crazy Conference Opening
Baylor is 2-2 in conference play, and three games have been decided by walk-off’s. Baylor and Texas A&M split the opening series with each team winning on walk-off home runs at their respective parks, and the Lady Bears defeated No. 11 Missouri on a walk-off sac fly on April 2.
The Lady Bears will play eight-straight games away from home, travling over 2,800 miles in a 12-day span.
Megan Turk has the flare for the dramatic. The junior delivered her third second career walk-off at-bat, this time on a sac fly with one out in the seventh for a 3-2 win over No. 11 Missouri on April 2. It marked the second time in a week she had done so, after a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th for a 2-1 win over No. 21 Texas A&M on March 26. She had previously delivered a game-winning double over No. 23 Texas on April 23, 2009 as a freshman.
vs. Ranked Opponents
After going 2-14 against ranked opponents in 2010, Baylor is 8-4 against ranked foes in 2011.
Best Start Since 2005
The 28-6 start is the second-best mark through 34 games in Baylor history. Only the 2005 squad was better, with a 30-4 record.
Armed And Ready
The Baylor pitching staff has been nothing short of stellar, entering the weekend with a 1.19 ERA, second in the Big 12 Conference and sixth nationally. Canion’s 0.87 ERA is good for eighth in the country and second in the league, while Liz Paul (1.04) is fifth and Courtney Repka is 11th with a 1.96 mark. Look Out For Leal
Senior Dani Leal, has been stellar in her second year in green and gold, leading the team in batting average (.395), home runs (10), RBI (24) and slugging percentage (.840). Her 10 home runs put her in a tie for 10th on the single-season home run mark and eighth on the career home run list with 19. The shortstop from Mexico City, Mexico, set a new Getterman Classic for home runs in the tournament, smashing quatro.
Canion Grand In Circle And At The Plate
Canion has been outstanding in the circle for BU, with a 15-4 record and 0.87 ERA, while her 9.31 strikeouts per seven innings is good for fifth in the league. But the lefty has also been impressive at the plate, hitting .273, after entering the year with a .167 career mark. In addition, she has four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI on the year.
Kathy Shelton is a perfect 37-for-37 on the base paths in her career, including a team-leading 20-for-20 this seasoon. As a team, Baylor leads the Big 12 with 77 stolen bases on the year.
Teams are thinking twice before stealing on freshman catcher, Clare Hosack. The North Palm Beach, Fla., native has thrown out 7-of-15 runners this season while adding two pickoffs.
Canion Climbing The Charts
Canion now sits second all-time in career strikeouts at Baylor with 656. Just a redshirt sophomore, she needs 103 to tie Cristin Vitek's career record 759.
Home Runs = Good Omen
The Lady Bears (26 home runs) have homered in 17 games this season and are 15-2 when blasting one over the fence.
The dramatic 11-inning, 2-1 win over Texas A&M on March 26 drew a new Getterman Stadium record of 1,460, surpassing the old mark of 1,455 that last occurred on May 26, 2007 in a Super Regional win over Michigan.
Series Win At Arizona
BU took 2-of-3 at No. 4 Arizona, becoming the first non-conference foe to do so since before 1999.
We’re Going Streaking
Baylor opened up the season with a 14-0 record, recording the longest winning streak in program history. The previous mark of 13 was set by the 2002 squad from Feb. 15-24.