April 25, 2013
Kansas enters the weekend series after a doubleheader sweep of UMKC on Wednesday and has won three of its last four. The Jayhawks sit one spot behind Baylor in the Big 12 standings, 1.5 games back. KU's .350 batting average overall leads the Big 12, while its .241 batting average is fourth in conference only play. Maggie Hull paces the offense with a .467 average and 14 doubles, while Alex Hugo has 15 home runs and 42 RBI to go with a .426 clip. KU ranks fifth in the Big 12 in ERA (2.55) and are led by Alicia Pille (13-6, 2.43 ERA) and Kelsey Kessler (7-5, 2.32 ERA).
Baylor has won four of the last five games in the series, taking two of three last season, and has won three-straight in Lawrence.
HOLL HEATING UP
Junior Holly Holl has been heating up the last six games, hitting .474 with two homers, two doubles and eight RBI to go with an .895 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 176 RBI on the year, 118 (67%) 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 58 games she is hitting .402 (78-for-194) with 12 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 32 RBI and 39 steals.
STATS NEAR NATION'S BEST
Entering the week Baylor ranked No. 11 nationally in team ERA (1.77) and third in the Big 12.
Individually, Heather Stearns ranks 11th in strikeouts/7IP (9.7), while Whitney Canion is 13th (9.6).
On the offensive side, Baylor is 23rd in the nation with 1.80 steals/game while Kathy Shelton is 15th (0.69 steals/game) and Kaitlyn Thumann is 27th (0.60 steals/game).
SHELTON A THIEF
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).
DOMINANT IN THE CIRCLE
The Lady Bears pitching staff has three players with considerable pitching experience. Combined, Whitney Canion (87), Courtney Repka (50) and Liz Paul (20) have combined for 157 wins during their careers.
Combined with Heather Stearns (10-4, 1.65 ERA), the staff has a 1.77 ERA with a .185 opponent batting average to go along with 390 strikeouts in 320.2 innings of work. The four pitchers have combined for 17 double-digit strikeout games this season.
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 87 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.