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Baylor Softball Wins Texas Shootout

WACO (February 24, 2013) -- No. 25 Baylor (15-2) won its 14th consecutive game en route to the Texas Shootout title with a 9-3 win over North Texas (7-9) on Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas. The victory matches the 2011 squad, which began 14-0, for the longest win streak in program history.

“We are playing well as a team right now and getting better,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “We faced some good pitching this weekend and got great pitching of our own. We just have to continue to stay focused and keep doing all the little things that make teams great.”

Whitney Canion (7-1) earned the complete-game win with a season high 13 strikeouts, allowing six hits, three runs and four walks. The redshirt junior struck out at least two batters in each of the first five innings.

Four different Baylor players (Kathy Shelton, Holly Holl Sarah Smith and Jordan Strickland) recorded two hits apiece, while Holl added three RBI and Shelton had two. Smith extended her hitting streak to eight games and on-base streak to 13.

North Texas got on the board on the second pitch of the game, a solo home run from Brooke Foster. Canion worked around a pair of walks and struck out three to get out of the first.

Thumann answered back with a leadoff home run to begin the bottom of the first, tying the game at 1-1. The blast was her first of the season and second of her career.

The Lady Bears added three more in the third, including a two-run shot from Holl, her first of the season. Kathy Shelton laced a one-out single up the middle and stole second and third to reach scoring position. Holl then stepped in and turned on a pitch, sending over the right field wall for a 3-1 lead. With two outs and runners at second and third, a passed ball got by Bryana Wade for the third run of the inning.

The Mean Green answered with another solo homer in the fourth, as Karly Williams hit a one-out home run to left and cut the Baylor lead in half, 4-2.

Baylor put some distance between itself in UNT in the bottom of the inning, as Kelsi Kettler and Jordan Strickland each singled to begin the inning. With one out, Thumann reached on an error by the first baseman and stole second to reach scoring position. Shelton then laid down a squeeze bunt that saw Strickland slide in safely at home, and as Thumann reached third, was sent home when Shelton forced a throw down to second for a 6-2 advantage.

Shelton added her second RBI of the day with a single to center that plated Strickland, who singled. Holl followed with her third RBI, a single to right, and Smith closed out scoring with an RBI-single of her own to make it 9-2.

North Texas added one final run in seventh on an RBI-double.

The Lady Bears will remain on the road for the Wilson DeMarini Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. on March 1-3. Baylor will begin with a showdown against North Carolina on Friday at 10:00 a.m. and then face North Dakota at 12:30 p.m. CT.


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