April 22, 2013
Houston enters after picking up a series win over Tulsa this past weekend, winning the first two games of the series before dropping the third. The Cougars currently sit in second in Conference USA, one back of UAB. Offensively, UH is led by current Conference USA Player of the Week, Haley Outon, who is hitting .369 with 14 home runs, 10 doubles, 51 RBI and slugging .811. Hitting .291 as a team, the Cougars have four players hitting over .300. In the circle, Bailey Watts leads a staff that holds a collective 2.82 ERA. Watts is 16-4 with a 2.15 ERA and 92 K’s in 130.1 innings.
Despite Houston winning two of the the last three, Baylor won the last meeting between the two programs, a 6-4 win in game two on April 12, 2011 in Waco.
HOLL HEATING UP
Junior Holly Holl has been heating up the last six games, hitting .477 with two homers, two doubles and eight RBI to go with a .941 slugging percentage. Holl had a career night in a 7-3, 10-inning win at Texas State on April 9, tying a season high three hits along with tying a career high with four RBI, homering and adding a double.
The Lady Bears’ underclassmen have been a vital part of the team’s offensive success in 2013. Of the 170 RBI on the year, 113 (66%) have come from underclassmen. Underclassmen have also accounted for 17 of the team’s 24 home runs, with freshmen totaling 12.
THE THUMANN SHOW
When coach Moore inserted Kaitlyn Tumann into the lineup on April 21, 2012 in Lubbock, little did he know what a gem he had found. Used mostly as a pinch runner, the Katy, Texas, native, went 4-4 with a home run and closed out the final 14 games hitting .488. Since being inserted to the lineup, she hasn’t missed a game and over the last 56 games she is hitting .412 (77-for-187) with 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 31 RBI and 38 steals.
STATS NEAR NATION’S BEST
As of last week, Baylor ranked No. 10 nationally in team ERA (1.67) and third in the Big 12.
Individually, Heather Stearns ranks 11th in strikeouts/7IP (9.8), while Whitney Canion is 13th (9.6).
On the offensive side, Baylor is 26th in the nation with 1.79 steals/game while Kathy Shelton is 14th (0.70 steals/game) and Kaitlyn Thumann is 30th (0.58 steals/game).
SHELTON LOOKING TO SWIPE ANOTHER
Senior Kathy Shelton, the program’s all-time steals leader (112), sits fifth on the single-season steals list (32), one off her 2011 mark of 33. She needs just four more stolen bases to tie the single-season mark of 36 set by Harmony Schwethelm (2006) and Tiffany Wesley (2007).
A pair of Lady Bears broke all-time program career marks on March 29. It began with Kathy Shelton breaking Harmony Schwethelm’s (2003-06) all-time steals mark of 102 in game one of a doubleheader against Iowa State. The senior outfielder now has 112. Whitney Canion broke the all-time wins record of 82, previosuly held by Lisa Ferguson (2004-07) and now has 86 for her career.
HOME RUNS RETURN
Baylor’s 24 home runs after 45 games has surpassed the 14 hit in all 56 games of the 2012 season.
EXPERIENCE IN THE CIRCLE
The Lady Bears pitching staff has three players with considerable pitching experience. Combined, Whitney Canion (86), Courtney Repka (50) and Liz Paul (20) have combined for 156 wins during their careers.
Combined with Heather Stearns (10-4, 1.575 ERA), the staff has a 1.71 ERA with a .180 opponent batting average to go along with 379 strikeouts in 306.2 innings of work.