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Super Regional Preview: Softball Hosts Michigan

May 24, 2007

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#7 BAYLOR (48-13) HOSTS #10 MICHIGAN (46-11)

GAME 1 - MAY 25, 2007 - 6:30 PM

GAMES 2 & 3 - MAY 26, 2007 - 1:00 PM






Game 1 - No. 10 Michigan at No. 7 Baylor, 6:30 p.m.



Game 2 - No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 Michigan, 1:00 p.m.

Game 3 - If necessary game, 30 minutes following



Radio: KWGW 104. 9 FM (Friday); ESPN Radio 1660 AM (Saturday)

Live Video:

Live Audio:

Live Stats:

Television: CSTV (Waco area listings below)

            Grande (Cable) - Ch. 223

            Time Warner (Cable) - Ch. 435

            Direct TV (Satellite) - Ch. 610

            Dish Network (Satellite) - Ch. 152

            Jonathan Coachman - Play-by-play

            Ann Schatz - Color



Baylor vs. Michigan: Baylor leads 3-2

Waco, Texas: Series tied 1-1

Ann Arbor, Mich.: Never Met

Neutral: Baylor leads 2-1


The No. 7 Baylor (48-13) softball team looks to capture its first Women's College World Series berth in school history as the Lady Bears host No. 10 Michigan (46-11) in a best-of-three series at the NCAA Waco Super Regional in front of an already sold-out crowd at Getterman Stadium this weekend. Game one between the Lady Bears and the Wolverines is scheduled for Friday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m., with games two and three slated for Saturday, May 26, at 1:00 p.m.


The super regional, which will be televised nationally by CSTV, pits two teams that breezed through the opening round of the NCAA Softball Championships. Baylor, the No. 8 seed in the championship, swept through the NCAA Hempstead Regional as the Lady Bears outscored its opponents, 25-4, in three games while capturing the regional title with a 10-0, five-inning shutout of Albany. Michigan was just as impressive while sweeping three games at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional as the Wolverines, the No. 9 overall seed, blanked Oregon State, 7-0, to advance to the super regional round.


Baylor is making its second appearance in the super regional round after falling to No. 2 Cal in 2005. Michigan makes its third straight appearance in the best-of-three series round as the Wolverines fell to Tennessee last year after advancing to the WCWS and eventually capturing the national championship in 2005.


The Lady Bears own a slight, 3-2 edge in the series with the Wolverines, including a 7-6 over Michigan in 2005, the year the Wolverines captured the national title.  



No. 10 Michigan, the No. 9 overall seed in the tournament, makes its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Super Regional round as the Wolverines have advanced to the best-of-three series in each year of its existence. One of the most storied programs in college softball history, Michigan has advanced to the Women's College World Series on eight occasions and captured the 2005 national championship.


Senior pitcher Lorilyn Wilson leads the Wolverine attack as she enters the super regional with an impressive 25-6 record and 1.38 ERA on the season. Nikki Nemitz also has been impressive in the circle for the Wolverines as she has posted a 21-5 record and 1.74 ERA on the season.


At the plate, Michigan is led by Alassandra Giampaolo as she leads the team with a .392 average and 41 runs scored on the season. Samantha Findlay provides the pop in the Michigan line-up as she leads the team with 11 home runs and 35 RBI on the season.


In her 23rd season at the helm of the Michigan softball program, Carol Hutchins has posted an unbelievable 1,007-371-4 record with the Wolverines. Baylor associate head coach Mark Lumley served with Hutchins as a pool of coaches available for the USA Softball National Team.



After sweeping through the 2007 NCAA Hempstead Regional with a perfect, 3-0 record, Baylor is now 11-6 all-time at the NCAA Championship with a pair of regional titles.


Baylor's appearance in the super regional round this season marks the second time the Lady Bears have advanced to the best-of-three series to determine advancement into the Women's College World Series.


In 2005, Baylor came within one win of its first appearance at the WCWS. After capturing the NCAA Auburn Regional title, Baylor faced No. 2 Cal in a best-of-three series to determine who would advance to the series in Oklahoma City, Okla. After dropping game one to the Golden Bears, Baylor responded with a victory in game two before Cal picked up the win in game three.


Baylor's first-ever contest in NCAA Championship play might have been one of the most memorable in school history as the Lady Bears defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in a 16-inning marathon. The game received national attention as Baylor's Cristin Vitek established a new NCAA, NCAA Championship and Big 12 Conference record with 28 strikeouts to help lead the Lady Bears to the victory over the Tar Heels. Baylor finished the regional with a 2-2 record as the Lady Bears were eliminated with losses at the hands of LSU and Illinois.



With a win against Texas State, Baylor senior Lisa Ferguson broke the Baylor career win mark as the right-hander now owns a career record of 79-36 in three-plus seasons. With the victory against the Bobcats, Ferguson broke Stacey Allison's (1996-99) career mark of 75 wins for the most career wins in Baylor softball history. Ferguson is starting to rewrite the Baylor record book as the senior owns the career lead in saves (19) and victories (79) and ranks in the top three in 10 career categories.


The senior has been a force in the circle this year, posting a 23-7 record and 2.01 ERA on the year. With 169 strikeouts this year, the right-hander enters the meeting with No. 10 Michigan just 10 strikeouts shy of 600 for her career.



Baylor's 10-0 win over Albany in the NCAA Hempstead Regional final allowed head coach Glenn Moore to pick up a significant milestone as the victory was Moore's 300th win as the Lady Bears head man. While at Baylor, Moore has posted a career record of 300-135 as he has posted at least 30 wins in each of his first six seasons with the Lady Bears and has posted at least 35 wins in all but one season.


The milestone is just one of several Moore has surpassed this season. With a 7-2 win over Iowa State at the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational, Moore reached a career milestone as he recorded his 400th career victory with the win. In 10-plus seasons as a head coach, Moore now has a career record of 439-177.


Moore has led Baylor to three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, the first appearances in school history, as he has guided the Lady Bears to a pair of regional titles as well as their first-ever Big 12 Conference title.



Baylor enters the super regional as one of the hottest teams in the country, winning 22-of-26 contests dating back to the team's trip to the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational. During the hot streak, which included a 13-game winning streak, the Baylor offense has hit at an impressive .313 clip while the pitching staff has been dominant in the circle, posting a 22-4 record and 2.05 ERA while holding opponents to a .212 average.


Brette Reagan has led the attack during the streak, posting a .382 batting average with seven home runs and 26 RBI. Ashley Monceaux has also been hot at the plate, posting a .358 average with nine home runs and 28 RBI. During the streak, six players are currently batting .300 or higher as seven players have scored at least 10 runs in the last 26 games.


In the circle, Kirsten Shortridge has led the way during the streak as the freshman has posted an 9-1 record with a 1.90 ERA while holding opponents to an impressive .195 batting average against.



With a home run at the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational, Chelsi Lake moved into first place, surpassing former Baylor star Kelly Osburn (2003-06), in the Baylor career home run category. Lake has now hit 44 career home runs as the senior already holds the Baylor single-season home run mark with 18 round-trippers in 2006.


The career milestone is just one of a number of Baylor marks Lake has passed during the 2007 campaign as the senior already holds the Lady Bears career record with 179 RBI. In addition, Lake just surpassed Osburn's career total bases mark of 395 as she now has 409 for her career and recently broke Osburn's career doubles mark of 43 with a double in the victory over Oklahoma State. Finally, Lake owns Baylor's career mark with 10 sacrifice flies during her career.



Over the past few years, the Baylor offense has had tremendous success at the plate and this year has been no different. So far this season, Baylor has posted a .319 batting average on the year and currently ranks second in the league and 11th in the country in the category. In addition, the Lady Bears have hit 57 home runs on the season and have posted an impressive .478 slugging percentage.


Leading the way for Baylor has been senior Ashley Monceaux. Monceaux leads the Lady Bears with a .401 batting average, 18 home runs and 65 RBI. The 18 home runs and 65 RBI have tied Baylor single-season marks as she looks to close out a storied two-year career in a Baylor uniform. The senior first baseman has posted an almost unbelievable .802 slugging percentage and 142 total bases as she ranks among the top five in the conference in  nine different categories.


As a team, Baylor currently features six players batting over .300 on the season, including freshman Kirsten Shortridge (.350) and Nicole Wesley (.320).



Since the stadium opened, Getterman Stadium has been kind to the Lady Bears as Baylor owns a 165-53 mark all-time at the stadium since it opened in 1999.


The 2007 season has been Baylor's most successful in the friendly confines as the Lady Bears have posted an impressive 28-2 record at home, the best mark in school history, after Baylor went 21-8 at home last season. As a team, Baylor is batting an almost unbelievable .350 at home this season while the pitching staff has been dominant in Getterman this year, posting a 28-2 record and 1.20 ERA this season.


Since the stadium opened, no Lady Bears team has lost more than 10 games at home in a single season.


In the stadium's six years of existence, attendance has steadily risen as Baylor set a new record for overall attendance and average attendance this year. In 22 ticket dates at Getterman Stadium this season, Baylor drew 18,412 through the turnstiles for an average of 836 per contest. A max capacity crowd of 1,455 saw Baylor clinch the Big 12 Conference title as the Lady Bears sold out their final two games of the year as the team claimed wins over Texas and Texas A&M to clinch its first-ever Big 12 title.


The Baylor softball team is currently ranked No. 7 in the Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll. In addition, Baylor earned a No. 8 ranking in the latest USA Today/NFCA Top 25.


Baylor is one of five Big 12 Conference school ranked in both polls as Texas A&M (No. 8, No. 8), Oklahoma (No. 1, No. 3), Missouri (No. 19, RV) and Texas (RV, No. 18) join the Lady Bears in the polls.


After win the Big 12 Conference post-season title, Oklahoma has moved to No. 1 in the Softball poll while Tennessee is No. 1 in the NFCA national rankings.


Baylor's appearance in both polls marks the 56th consecutive week the Lady Bears have appeared in the NFCA Top 25 and the 55th consecutive week the team has appeared in the USA Softball Top 25. The last time Baylor failed to appear in either poll was March 16, 2004. Within the Big 12 Conference, only Texas A&M and Oklahoma have currently appeared in the national polls for more consecutive weeks.



The NCAA Waco Super Regional between Baylor and Michigan sold out in less than two days as the Baylor Athletic Department announced all tickets to the pair of sessions were gone by Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.


This marks the first time in school history all tickets have been sold before the day of the game and will mark the fourth consecutive sell-out at Getterman Stadium as the Lady Bears contests against Texas and Texas A&M were sold out to close out the regular season.


Prior to this weekend, Baylor has sold out Getterman Stadium on four separate occasions as the Lady Bears have posted a 2-2 record at home during sold-out contests.



Several Lady Bears are aiming to continue making their way up the career charts in 2007. Below is a list of Lady Bears who currently rank in the top ten in one of the career categories:



RUNS: Chelsi Lake (103, 7th)

HITS: Chelsi Lake (223, 4th)

MULTIPLE-HIT GAMES: Chelsi Lake (57, 5th); Ashley Monceaux (32, 10th)

DOUBLES: Chelsi Lake (46, 1st); Ashley Monceaux (6th, 28)

TRIPLES: Chelsi Lake (t-10th, 4)

HOME RUNS: Chelsi Lake (1st, 44); Ashley Monceaux (4th, 25); Brette Reagan (t-5th, 22)

TOTAL BASES: Chelsi Lake (409, 1st)

SACRIFICE FLIES: Chelsi Lake (t-1st, 9)



APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (1st, 169); Ashley Monceaux (10th, 29); Kirsten Shortridge (9th, 32)

GAMES STARTED: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 116); Kirsten Shortridge (8th, 23)

RELIEF APPEARANCES: Lisa Ferguson (t-1st, 53)

WINS: Lisa Ferguson (1st, 79); Kirsten Shortridge (8th, 17)

LOSSES: Lisa Ferguson (5th, 36); Brittany Turner (t-8th, 5)

DECISIONS: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 115)

COMPLETE GAMES: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 60)

SHUTOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 27)

SAVES: Lisa Ferguson (1st, 19)

INNINGS PITCHED: Lisa Ferguson (2nd, 773.0); Kirsten Shortridge (8th, 159.2); Ashley Monceaux (10th, 103.1)

STRIKEOUTS: Lisa Ferguson (3rd, 590); Ashley Monceaux (10th, 76); Kirsten Shortridge (9th, 123)



Should Baylor advance out of the NCAA Waco Super Regional, the Lady Bears would advance to the NCAA Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla., for the first time in school history. The Lady Bears would open play at the World Series on Thursday, May 31.



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