May 5, 2014
|17/17 Baylor (41-12, 12-4) vs. Texas (32-20, 11-5)
May 6, 2014 | 6 p.m. | Television: FSSW+
Waco, Texas | Getterman Stadium (1,230)
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May 11, 2014 | 1 p.m. | Television: Longhorn Network
Austin, Texas | McCombs Field (1,232)
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Baylor Game Notes
WACO, Texas – The No. 17-ranked Baylor (41-12, 12-4) softball team needs just one win in its final two regular season games to clinch second place in the Big 12. The Lady Bears will finish the season this week against the Texas Longhorns (32-20, 11-5) with a home game Tuesday at 6 p.m. followed by the regular-season finale in Austin at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Baylor can ensure second place, which would be its second-highest finish ever behind the 2007 team’s Big 12 title, with one win out of the two games this week. However, Baylor will have to snap a six-game losing skid to the Longhorns to get it done.
Tuesday’s game is a makeup for a rainout March 23. The teams played in Waco March 22 with Texas taking the 4-1 decision, highlighted by a two-hitter from freshman pitcher Tiarra Davis and a three-run home run by Mandy Ogle.
The Lady Bears will once again hang their hat on the league’s top pitching staff coming in with a 1.58 team ERA while Texas boasts the top hitting team in the Big 12 with a .348 average.
Whitney Canion (25-9, 1.44 ERA) and Davis (17-11, 2.41 ERA) squared off in the season’s earlier meeting, and likely the pair will start both Tuesday and Sunday’s game against one another. Canion allowed two earned runs in five innings of work vs. Texas earlier in the season while Davis allowed just a solo home run by Ari Hawkins in a seven-inning contest.
Baylor last won a game over April 18, 2012 in Waco before the Longhorns strung together six straight over BU. Canion is 3-4 all-time against Texas and the Lady Bears are 10-13 vs. Texas since 2004.
Oklahoma is two games ahead of Baylor in the standings with a 14-2 mark, and even if the Sooners lost their final two games of the season to Oklahoma State, they would take the title via the tiebreaker after winning two out of three against Baylor this season.
Tickets for Tuesday’s game at Getterman Stadium will be $3 apiece, and any tickets purchased for March 23’s rainout will be accepted as a rain check ticket. Baylor will be giving out gold “Sic ‘Em Strikeout” shirts to fans attending the game while supplies last.