April 19, 2012
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
The Red Raiders enter the weekend series after taking the final game of a three-game series against Texas A&M that snapped a three-game losing streak. Hitting .294 as a team, Adriana Perez leads the offense with a .381 mark to go with 14 home runs and 48 RBI. In the circle, Cara Custer posts a 21-8 record to go with a 2.38 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 167.1 innings. As a team, TTU holds a 2.56 team ERA.
TOP OF THE LINEUP BACK TO OLD
After shuffling the lineup, Baylor went back to a familiar top of the order on Wednesday against No. 5 Texas and it paid dividends. Kathy Shelton, Kayce Walker and Holly Holl combined for seven of the team’s nine hits and four of the five RBI.
WALKER BACK ON TRACK
Kayce Walker has reached safely in her last seven games and brings a five-game hitting streak into the weekend. During the five-game span, the senior is hitting .563 (9-for-16) with three runs and four RBI.
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 (.373), runs (30), hits (44), slugging percentage (.449), on-base percentage (.472) and stolen bases (22). She ranks second in the Big 12 with her 22 steals.
Baylor is 21-2 in games it scores first, and 6-12 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.
The Lady Bears have two of the top seven 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 72. As a team, BU is second in the Big 12 with 69 stolen bases behind Texas’ 76.
Baylor is 4-8 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 (3/2) before a 1-0 win over then No. 7 Oklahoma (3/25). The Lady Bears are coming off a 5-4 extra-inning win over No. 5 Texas (4/18).
PITCHING STAFF HOLDING ITS OWN
BU entered the week ranked 11th nationally and hold a 1.64 ERA, with Repka leading the way with a 1.65 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.