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No. 25 Softball Hosts No. 5 Texas

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No. 25/RV Baylor (26-14, 3-8) vs. No. 5/6 Texas (35-5, 9-3)
April 18, 2012 | 6:30 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Getterman Stadium (1,250)
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SCOUTING TEXAS
The Longhorns enter Wednesday night's game after a weekend sweep at Kansas and sit second in the Big 12 standings. Texas has three players with eight home runs or more and are led by Taylor Hoagland's 11. As a team, UT is hitting .350, as Lexy Bennett leads with a .424 mark. In the circle, All-American Blaire Luna holds a 15-2 mark with a 2.16 ERA on a staff that holds a collective 1.96 ERA.

WALKER AGAINST TEXAS
Kayce Walker has had a nice career against Texas, hitting .333 (6-for-18) all-time against the Longhorns.

HOLL HEATING UP IN LEADOFF
Holly Holl moved to the leadoff spot for the first time in her career on April 4 against SFA. Since the move, the redshirt sophomore has gone 6-for-17 (.353) with a double and home run.

SHELTON LEADS THE WAY
Kathy Shelton has been the leader on and off the field for BU this season. The junior leads the team in batting average (.374), runs (29), hits (43), slugging percentage (.52), on-base percentage (.471) and stolen bases (21). She ranks second in the Big 12 with her 21 steals.

START FAST
Baylor is 21-2 in games it scores first, and 5-12 when the opponent does. When the Lady Bears hold a lead after four innings, they are 17-0 and 22-0 after a sixth-inning lead.

SPEED DEMONS
The Lady Bears have two of the top eight base stealers in program history on the 2012 squad. Senior Kayce Walker enters the weekend No. 5 all-time with 79, while Shelton is No. 7 with 71.
As a team, BU is second in the Big 12 with 66 stolen bases behind Texas' 76.

AGAINST RANKED
Baylor is 3-8 against ranked foes this season. The Lady Bears knocked off then No. 18 Oregon (2-1) and No. 24 North Carolina (2-0) in the same day (March 2) and is coming off a 1-0 win over then No. 7 Oklahoma.

HOMERS HAPPENING
Entering the doubleheader with SFA on April 4, Baylor had hit just one homer at home and five overall. BU has now blasted six home runs in its last six games, all at home, to nearly double the total to 11.

HITTING CLINIC
The Lady Bears put on a hitting clinic Wednesday against Stephen F. Austin. BU's 17 hits in game one were the most in a single game since April 6, 2011 at Texas Tech, while Holly Holl's leadoff homer was the first time a Lady Bear led off Baylor's first at-bat with a home run since Ashley Monceaux did so on May 19, 2007 vs. Hofstra. Strickland homered later that inning to mark the first time two BU players homered in the same inning since Clare Hosack and Dani Leal did so on April 6, 2011 at Tech.

PITCHING STAFF HOLDING ITS OWN
BU entered the week ranked 11th nationally and hold a 1.58 ERA, with Repka leading the way with a 1.53 mark.

HOMERS AWAY FROM HOME
Baylor plays in one of the toughest home run parks in the country, and this proves it. In Big 12 games since 2007 the Lady Bears have hit 43 of their 60 home runs (72 percent) away from Getterman Stadium.


 

 

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