April 10, 2014
WACO, Texas – The defending national champion and No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners come to Waco for a three-game Big 12 series with No. 12-ranked Baylor at Getterman Stadium from Friday through Sunday. All three games will be televised including Saturday’s 4 p.m. matchup on ESPN while the other two broadcasts will be on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Baylor (29-7, 3-1) will get its first opportunity to play host to a full three-game Big 12 series in 2014 with Friday’s game at 6:30 p.m., Saturday’s at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale at Noon. So far in Big 12 play, the Lady Bears fell to Texas March 22, in Waco, 4-1, but the second game of the series was rained out. Baylor swept a Big 12 road series at Texas Tech March 28-30.
Oklahoma (30-8, 7-0) not only comes in with a 12-game winning streak, but the Sooners are perfect in Big 12 play so far with three-game sweeps of Iowa State and Kansas and a single-game win over Oklahoma State.
The Sooners have the upper hand in the all-time series between the two schools at 46-10, and Baylor hasn’t beaten OU since the series finale March 25, 2012.
To turn the tide, Baylor will look to its pitching staff that boasts a Big 12-best 1.40 ERA. Senior lefthander Whitney Canion leads that charge with a 16-5 record and a 1.41 ERA. Offensively, Baylor is holding its own hitting .313 as a team and averages nearly 8.5 hits per contest.
The Sooners didn’t return either of their top two pitchers from last season’s national championship team and began the season at 18-8. However, OU ace Kelsey Stevens carries a 21-5 record and a 2.00 ERA into the series. The Sooners hit .316 as a team offensively and average 7.5 runs per game.
In addition to the televised broadcasts, Baylor will be giving away BU tank tops to the first 350 fans Friday, the university is hosting “Community Day” Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., which includes free food and tickets to the game, and Sunday following the game the team will put on its annual Easter egg hunt in the outfield for children of all ages.