The Longhorns are coming off a 2-1 series victory over Texas A&M this past weekend and lead the Big 12 in overall and conference batting average. Lexy Bennett continues to pace the offense in average (.402) and RBI (49), while Blaire Luna (16-3, 2.27) and Rachel Fox carry the load in the circle.
Baylor knocked off Texas 5-4 in eight innings in the first meeting on April 18. Megan Turk's walk-off double scored Jordan Strickland from first for the victory.
FRESHMEN STEPPING UP IN CONFERNCE PLAY
Baylor has relied heavily on its freshmen to knock in runs during Big 12 play. Sarah Crockett (7), Jordan Strickland (6) and Kaitlynn Thumann (4) have accounted for 17 of the team's 36 RBI in conference. The trio have accounted for 47 percent of the RBI's despite making just 20 percent of the team's at bats.
HITTING HOT LAST SIX GAMES
Baylor's offense has been heating up over the last six games, as the Lady Bears have hit .302 since switching to its current lineup for Kathy Shelton at second and Thumann in right. Four BU players are hitting over .300 (Thumann - .579, Holly Holl - .526, Jordan Strickland - .412 and Clare Hosack - .308).
HOLL HEATING UP
Sophomore first baseman Holly Holl holds an eight-game hitting streak entering Tuesday's game, with the lefty batting .538 (14-for-26) during that span.
Baylor is 24-3 in games it scores first, and 6-16 when the opponent does. When the Lady Bears hold a lead after four innings, they are 19-0 and 25-0 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 tied for fourth all-time with 80, while Shelton tied for fifth with 72.
As a team, BU is second in the Big 12 with 74 stolen bases behind Texas' 81.
Baylor is 5-11 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). Additionally, the Lady Bears took a 5-4 extra-inning win over No. 5 Texas (4/18) and an 8-4 victory at No. 24 Texas Tech (4/22).
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 46 of their 63 home runs (73 percent) away from Getterman Stadium.
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 runs (33), hits (48), on-base percentage (.425) and stolen bases (22). She ranks second in the Big 12 with her 22 steals.
PITCHING STAFF HOLDING ITS OWN
BU entered the week ranked 20th nationally and hold a 1.84 ERA, with Repka leading the way with a 1.94 mark.