|No. 23/18 Baylor (39-15) vs. Arizona (34-22)
NCAA COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL (MAY 17-19)
May 17| College Station, Texas | Aggie Softball Complex (1,750)
|FRIDAY | 4:30 PM | ESPN2
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FRIDAY, MAY 17
Game 1: 4:30 p.m. - Baylor vs. Arizona - ESPN2
Game 2: 7:00 p.m. - Texas A&M vs. Penn - ESPN2
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Game 3: 2:00 p.m. Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 - ESPN
Game 4: 4:30 p.m. Loser G1 vs. Loser G2 - ESPN
Game 5: 7:00 p.m. Winner G4 vs. Loser G3 - ESPNEWS
SUNDAY MAY 19
Game 6: 2:30 p.m.Winner G3 vs. Winner G5 - ESPN2
Game 7: 5:00 p.m. Winner G6 vs. Loser G7 (if nec.) - ESPN2
The Wildcats (32-24) have won eight national titles under head coach Mike Candrea and enter as an at-large No. 3 seed. Arizona is hitting .291 as a team, led by Hallie Wilson's .371 mark, while Chelsea Goodacre has hit 17 home runs and added 58 RBI. In the circle, Shelby Babcock (16-10, 3.68 ERA, 130 K, 169.1 IP) leads a staff with a 3.80 ERA.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
The host Aggies (39-15) are the No. 16 national seed and lead the country with 1.67 home runs/game (90 total). Hitting .303 as a team, A&M is led by Cali Lanphear's .363 clip as well as 18 home runs and 53 RBI. Mel Dumezich (26-7, 2.36 ERA, 218 K, 201.2 IP) paces a staff that has compiled a 2.69 ERA with opponents hitting .237.
The Quakers (30-18) captured their second Ivy League title and first tournament championship, sending them to the postseason for the first time in history. Penn enters hitting .275 overall, guided by Smantha Erosa's .344 mark. Alexis Borden (17-10, 2.38 ERA, 171 K, 179.2) anchors a staff that has a 3.44 ERA.
Baylor and Arizona will be matching up for the first time since 2011, when the Lady Bears took 2-of-3 in Tucson. The two teams were supposed to meet in 2012, but the series in Waco was washed due to rain. The Lady Bears and Wildcats have only met once in NCAA postseason play, a 2-1 UA win in the 2007 WCWS opening round.
The Lady Bears could face their old Big 12 rivals, the Aggies, for the 69th time in history. A&M swept last season's three-game series.
Baylor and Penn have never met in program history.
ALL-TIME IN NCAA'S
Baylor is making its third-consecutive trip to the postseason, eighth in the last 10 years and all-time. The Lady Bears' record in the NCAA Championship is 24-17.
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Baylor is 2-8 against ranked opponents this season, with both wins coming on the road (at Arizona State, at Hawaii).
SMITH, SHELTON HIGHLIGHT BIG 12 AWARDS
BU had four players named to the All-Big 12 team, including Sarah Smith garnering Freshman of the Year honors. Additionally, senior Kathy Shelton was named Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, the first season the conference has had the award. Shelton and Whitney Canion picked up first-team All-Big 12 honors, while Smith and sophomore Kaitlyn Thumann earned second-team accolades. Additionally, Shelton and Smith were both named to the All-Defensive team for their stellar work in the field.
THIS TEAM HAS CLASS FIGURED OUT
Baylor placed a league-high 10 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 team, including a conference-best nine on the first-team. Junior Liz Paul highlighted Baylor's selections as just one of four student-athletes to be nominated with a 4.00 GPA. Whitney Canion, Kelsi Kettler and Kathy Shelton earned first-team nods for the third time. Paul picked up her second, first-team award, while Courtney Repka was named to the squad for the second time and first-team for the first time. Joining them on the first team are first-time members, Linsey Hays, Jill Reid, Jordan Strickland and Kaitlyn Thumann. Junior Holly Holl was named for the first time in her career, earning second-team honors.
SHELTON STEALS ANOTHER RECORD
Senior Kathy Shelton, the program's all-time steals leader (117), broke the single-season record for steals on May 11 (Senior Day). Following a steal of second that tied the mark, Shelton swiped third for the new record of 37. Her career mark of 117 currently sits in third all-time in Big 12 history.
CANION MOVING UP BIG 12 CHART
Redshirt junior Whitney Canion already holds the all-time Baylor record for strikeouts, becoming the first player in history to reach 1,000 for her career. Canion now sits sixth on the Big 12 list (1,149) and is two shy of Lauren Bay (Oklahoma State, 2000-03) for fifth.
The Lady Bears' underclassmen have been a vital part of the team's offensive success in 2013. Of the 209 RBI on the year, 142 (68%) 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 65 games she is hitting .403 (87-for-216) with 14 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 41 RBI and 40 steals.
Leading the team with a .384 batting average, "KK" has reached base in each of her last 15 games.
SMITH HITS AND GETS HIT
Freshman Sarah Smith is third on the team with 55 hits, but she has been hit 13 times this season, breaking the Baylor single-season mark set by Jordan Vannatta (2010).
MORE HOMERS AWAY FROM HOME
How hard is it to hit home runs out of Getterman Stadium? In Baylor's 27 home games, just 10 homers have been hit by either team, with the Lady Bears totaling five and their opponents hitting five. In the 27 games away from Getterman, the Lady Bears have hit 22 home runs.
STATS NEAR NATION'S BEST
Entering the week Baylor ranked No. 20 nationally in team ERA (1.97) and third in the Big 12.
Individually, Whitney Canion is 15th nationally in K/7IP (9.2), while Heather Stearns ranks 16th (9.2). Canion is also 20th in the country, giving up just 4.57 hits/7IP and 26th in strikeouts (251).
On the offensive side, BU is 19th in the nation with 1.76 steals/game while Kathy Shelton is tied for 8th nationally with her 37 swipes and 16th in steals/game (0.67).
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 (145), 19 shy of Kelly Osburn's mark of 164 and five from reaching Brette Reagan (150). Additionally she is fifth on the Baylor all-time hits list (226).
LATE LEADS ARE SAFE
If Baylor leads a game heading to the sixth inning, it has been as good as over. The Lady Bears are 30-0 when leading after five innings and 32-0 when heading to the seventh with a lead.