Chelsi Lake and the Lady Bears square off with the Tigers this weekend.
April 27, 2007
2007 BAYLOR SOFTBALL
#8 BAYLOR (42-11, 11-2) HOSTS #21
APRIL 28, 2007 - 2:00 PM
APRIL 29, 2007 - 1:00 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
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First-place in the Big 12 Conference standings is on the line as the No. 8 Baylor softball team hosts No. 21 Missouri for a two-game series. Game one is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. while the series finale is slated for Sunday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m.
The teams enter the key series tied atop the conference standings with identical 11-2 records as
The series is also designated Senior Weekend for the Lady Bears as seniors Lisa Ferguson,
Baylor enters the weekend riding a three-game winning streak after concluding a five-game road swing with a win at
Lisa Ferguson and Kirsten Shortridge will get the call in the circle as
Baylor has won three straight in the series; however,
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Having won 13 of its last 15 games, the Tigers are 11-8 on the road this season with junior ace Jen Bruck claiming six of the Tigers' victories.
Micaela Minner leads the way at the plate for the Tigers as the junior has posted a .374 batting average, six home runs and 36 RBI on the season.
With a win against
With the victory against the Bobcats,
The senior has been a force in the circle this year, posting a 20-6 record and 1.88 ERA on the year. In all but four innings this season, the right-hander has been in complete control. In games (31-of-35 appearances) in which she did not allow an inning of four or more runs, she has posted a 20-3 record and 1.05 ERA.
THE BAYLOR JETS
Over the last few seasons, Baylor has always been known for its speed. This year is no different as the Lady Bears head into the contest with the Tigers leading the Big 12 Conference with 127 stolen bases in 145 attempts.
This season, Baylor speed and conditioning coach Brandon Marcello and the Lady Bears coaching staff have created a club called "The Baylor Jets" to honor the speedsters in the Baylor line-up.
Starting this year; while recognizing speedsters from the past, "The Baylor Jets' is an elite club for the fastest players to come through the Baylor softball program. Starting in 2007, each time a player "earns their wings," the player will get a sticker of a jet to go on the back of their batting helmet.
In order to "earn their wings," a player must meet the following criteria: post a time of 2.78 second from home-to-first, record a combination of at least 25 stolen bases and infield singles throughout the year and have a shuttle time average of 62 seconds or less with one time less than 60 seconds.
With the above criteria in mind,
Baylor enters the series with the Tigers as winners of 16-of-18 contests. During the hot streak, which included a 13-game winning streak, the Baylor offense has hit at an impressive .313 clip while the pitching staff has been dominant in the circle, posting a 16-2 record and 1.88 ERA while holding opponents to a .205average.
In the circle, Lisa Ferguson and Shortridge have combined for a 14-2 record as the duo has combined to strike out 78 batters while holding opponents to a .203 batting average.
With a home run at the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational,
The career milestone is just one of a number of Baylor marks
Ashley Monceaux AND BAYLOR CONTINUE TO PRODUCE
Over the past few years, the Baylor offense has had tremendous success at the plate and this year has been no different. So far this season, Baylor has posted a .321 batting average on the year and currently ranks second in the league and ninth in the country in the category. In addition, the Lady Bears have hit 50 home runs on the season and have posted an impressive .481 slugging percentage.
Leading the way for Baylor has been senior Ashley Monceaux. Monceaux leads the Lady Bears with a .404 batting average, 15 home runs and 54 RBI. The senior first baseman has posted an almost unbelievable .788 slugging percentage and 119 total bases as she ranks among the top ten in the conference in eight different categories.
GETTERMAN STADIUM KIND TO LADY BEARS
Since the stadium opened, Getterman Stadium has been kind to the Lady Bears as Baylor owns a 164-53 mark all-time at the stadium since it opened in 1999. So far this season, Baylor is an impressive 25-1 at home as last year Baylor went 21-8 in the friendly confines of Getterman Stadium. Since the stadium opened, no Lady Bears team has lost more than 10 games at home in a single season.
Baylor's best mark at home came during the 2004 campaign when the Lady Bears enjoyed a 26-4 record at home, including a 24-2 mark during the regular season.
In the stadium's six years of existence, attendance has steadily risen as Baylor set a pair of attendance records last season. Last season, Baylor set a single-game attendance record when 1,455 fans attended the BU-Texas game to close out the home portion of the schedule.
BAYLOR SOFTBALL IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
The Baylor softball team is currently ranked No. 8 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll. In addition, Baylor earned a No. 10 ranking in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25.
Baylor is one of five Big 12 Conference school ranked in both polls as Texas A&M (No. 6, No. 5), Oklahoma (No. 3, No. 3), Missouri (RV, No. 21) and Texas (No. 23, No. 18) join the Lady Bears in the polls.
Tennessee, after opening the year No. 2 in the national polls, has moved to No. 1 in the rankings in both polls.
Baylor's appearance in both polls marks the 53rd consecutive week the Lady Bears have appeared in the NFCA Top 25 and the 52nd consecutive week the team has appeared in the USA Softball Top 25. The last time Baylor failed to appear in either poll was March 16, 2004. Within the Big 12 Conference, only Texas A&M and Oklahoma have currently appeared in the national polls for more consecutive weeks.
BAYLOR LADY BEARS IN THE CAREER CHARTS
Several Lady Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the career charts in 2007. Below is a list of Lady Bears who currently rank in the top ten in one of the career categories:
RUNS: Chelsi Lake (99, 7th)
HITS: Chelsi Lake (210, t-6th)
MULTIPLE-HIT GAMES: Chelsi Lake (52, t-6th)
DOUBLES: Chelsi Lake (45, 1st)
TRIPLES: Chelsi Lake (t-10th, 4)
TOTAL BASES: Chelsi Lake (399, 1st)
SACRIFICE FLIES: Chelsi Lake (t-1st, 9)
GAMES STARTED: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 111)
RELIEF APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 52)
DECISIONS: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 111)
COMPLETE GAMES: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 59)
SHUTOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 27)
SAVES: Lisa Ferguson (1st, 19)
Baylor continues its four-game homestand as the Lady Bears host No. 5 Texas A&M on Tuesday, April 31, at 6:30 p.m.