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No. 15 Softball Hosts Texas Tech On ESPN

May 1, 2013


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No. 22/15 Baylor (37-13, 8-6) vs Texas Tech (29-24, 3-12)
May 2-4| Waco, Texas | Getterman Stadium (1,250)

THURSDAY | 7 P.M.
TV: ESPN WatchESPN
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FRIDAY | 6:30 P.M.
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SATURDAY | NOON
TV: Fox Sports Southwest 
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THURSDAY PROMOTIONS
GREEN OUT GETTERMAN
750 FREE Baylor Softball t-shirts for the first fans in attendance
500 FREE packs of Baylor Softball playing cards distributed to the first fans in attendance
150 FREE Raising Cane's Dinner Boxes for the first STUDENTS in attendance
Recognizing four softball teams from the City of West pregame

SATURDAY PROMOTIONS
SENIOR DAY (following game) 

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
The Red Raiders are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 7 Texas last weekend at Rocky
Johnson Field. Tech enters the weekend last in the Big 12 standings, but are hitting .301 overall as a team and are second in the conference with 50 home runs. In Big 12 play, however, the Red Raiders sit at the bottom with a .219 average. Katelyn Williams leads the team in average (.367), while Adriana Perez leads in home runs (14) and RBI (49). In the circle, Cara Custer is Tech's ace with a 13-14 mark and 3.06 ERA. The righty has 120 strikeouts in 164.2 innings to guide a staff that has a 3.17 ERA overall.

SERIES
After a two-year hiatus in Lubbock, the series (Baylor leads 36-13) returns to Waco for the first time since 2010. The Red Raiders took a 2-1 series win last season after Baylor swept in 2011. The two teams split the last series 1-1 in Waco, where BU leads 13-7.

HOME RUNS? NOT HERE
How hard is it to hit home runs out of Getterman Stadium? In Baylor's 24 home games, just seven have been homers with the Lady Bears totaling five and their opponents hitting only two.

UNDERCLASSMEN OVERPERFORMING
The Lady Bears' underclassmen have been a vital part of the team's offensive success in 2013. Of the 188 RBI on the year, 126 (67%) have come from underclassmen. Underclassmen have also accounted for 19 of the team's 27 home runs (70%), with freshmen totaling 13.

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 61 games she is hitting .401 (83-for-207) with 13 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 36 RBI and 39 steals.

STATS NEAR NATION'S BEST
Entering the week Baylor ranked No. 16 nationally in team ERA (1.83) and third in the Big 12.
Individually, Whitney Canion is 14th nationally in K/7IP (9.2), while Heather Stearns ranks 15th (9.2). Canion is also 12th in the country, giving up just 4.17 hits/7IP.
On the offensive side, Baylor is 21st in the nation with 1.80 steals/game while Kathy Shelton is 17th (0.66 steals/game) and Kaitlyn Thumann is 32nd (0.56 steals/game).

SHELTON A THIEF
Senior Kathy Shelton, the program's all-time steals leader (114), sits third on the single-season steals list (34), two away from tying the single-season mark of 36 set by Harmony Schwethelm (2006) and Tiffany Wesley (2007).

SHELTON NEAR TOP
In addition to stealing bases, Shelton its near the top of two other significant categories. The senior is third on the all-time runs list (142), 22 shy of Kelly Osburn's mark of 164 and eight from reaching Brette Reagan (150). Additionally sh is tied for sixth on the Baylor all-time hits list (222).

DOMINANT IN THE CIRCLE
The Lady Bears pitching staff has three players with considerable pitching experience. Combined, Whitney Canion (89), Courtney Repka (50) and Liz Paul (20) have combined for 159 wins during their careers.
Combined with Heather Stearns (10-4, 1.87 ERA), the staff has a 1.83 ERA with a .190 opponent batting average to go along with 406 strikeouts in 340.2 innings of work. The four pitchers have combined for 17 double-digit strikeout games this season.


 

 

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