No. 17 Baylor (36-11, 7-6) at Iowa State (20-21, 2-8)
|SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | 2 P.M.
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|SUNDAY, MAY 1 | NOON
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Scouting Iowa State
The Cyclones enter the weekend after dropping four of their last five. ISU split with Kansas in Ames last weekend. Iowa State is led by Tori Torrescano who holds a .336 average, 11 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI. Rachel Zabriskie has appeared in 78 percent of the team's games, holding a 13-14 mark and 3.80 ERA to go with 179 strikeouts in 166 innings.
Baylor leads the all-time series, 19-10, including 6-4 in Ames. The Lady Bears have won five-straight.
Baylor comes into the weekend with an RPI of 13, while Iowa State is 69th.
5 And Under
Baylor is 36-5 when holding its opponents to five runs or less, including a 31-1 mark when allowing two runs or less. On the flip side, BU is 0-6 when allowing six or more runs.
Score First, Score A Win
The Lady Bears are 12-1 this season when scoring in the first inning and 29-3 when scoring first. When leading after four innings, Baylor is 30-2, and when having a lead after six, it is 26-1. The lone loss came on a walk-off, two-run homer at Texas A&M on March 27.
Top 25 Terrorizers
The Lady Bears enter this week's contests with a 12-8 mark against ranked opponents, including 8-3 away from Getterman Stadium.
Back-To-Back Losses Rare
Last weekend's losses to No. 17 Oklahoma State marked the first time BU dropped back-to-back games all year.
Best Start Since 2005
The 36-11 start is the second-best mark through 43 games in Baylor history. Only the 2005 squad was better, with a 39-8 record.
All Acquaintance Be Forgot
It's a new year, and nothing makes that more clear than looking at the Lady Bears' record. After going 28-25 in 2010, they already have 35 wins entering this weekend. The difference? At this time last season, BU had a 2.63 ERA, while it enters the weekend with a 1.52 ERA. But in Big 12 play, through 13 games in 2010 the Lady Bears had a 2.90 ERA. Through 13 games in 2011, they sit with a 1.94 ERA. Offensively through 13 conference games in 2010 BU was hitting .236, while it has amassed a .291 clip in 10 games so far in 2011.
Armed And Ready
The Baylor pitching staff has been nothing short of stellar, entering the weekend with a 1.52 ERA, third in the Big 12 Conference and eighth nationally. Canion's 1.24 ERA is good for 10th in the country and third in the league, while Liz Paul (1.54) is sixth and Courtney Repka is 12th with a 2.27 mark.
Look Out For Leal
Senior Dani Leal, has been stellar in her second year in green and gold, leading the team and 14th in conference in batting average (.373), home runs (13), RBI (34) and slugging percentage (.773). She is hitting .371 in conference games, good for ninth. Her 13 home runs put her in a tie for sixth on the single-season home run mark and tie her for sixth on the career home run list with 22. The shortstop from Mexico City, Mexico, set a new Getterman Classic for home runs in the tournament, smashing quatro.
Canion Grand In Circle
Canion has been outstanding in the circle for BU, with a 20-8 record and 1.24 ERA, while her 8.88 strikeouts per seven innings is good for fifth in the league.
Canion Climbing The Charts
Canion now sits second all-time in career strikeouts at Baylor with 717. Just a redshirt sophomore, she needs 42 to tie Cristin Vitek's career record 759.
Kathy Shelton was a perfect 37-for-37 on the base paths in her career until she was thrown out for the first time in her career at Texas Tech on April 6. She is now 46-47 in her career and 29-30 this season. As a team, Baylor is second in the Big 12 with 98 stolen bases on the year.
Two Outs, No Problem
The Lady Bears have been a solid squad hitting with two outs. BU is hitting .305 with 44 percent of its team's RBI (83) coming with two down.