Pitchers Guide No. 25 Baylor to Two Wins

SAN MARCOS (February 22, 2013) -- The No. 25 Baylor (13-2) pitching staff threw a pair of complete-game shutouts, leading the Lady Bears to a 2-0 win over Sam Houston State (5-8) and 3-0 victory against UT Arlington (5-2) on day two of the Texas Shootout, Friday afternoon.

Heather Stearns and Courtney Repka combined to allow just four hits and one walk in 14.0 innings of work. The Baylor offense stranded 18 runners combined, but managed 16 hits, led by Kaitlyn Thumann’s five.

“We did a good job putting the ball in play, we just couldn’t drive in the runs,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “Those days happen, but our short game and aggressiveness were great and got our pitchers the runs they needed. Heather and Courtney were awesome today and I can’t say enough about this staff of pitchers.”

Game One
Baylor received a complete-game, 12-strikeout performance from Stearns (3-1) en route to a 2-0 win over Sam Houston State in game one.

The freshman registered her second complete-game shutout of the year, going 7.0 innings, allowing two hits, no runs, no walks with a season high 12 strikeouts.

Thumann went 3-for-3, while Jordan Strickland and Stearns added RBI for BU.

The Lady Bears took a 1-0 lead in the second, executing the short-game to perfection. Stearns led off with a base hit up the middle, and Bailey Chalmers laid down the sacrifice bunt to put pinch runner Jill Reid at second with one out. Strickland then came through and delivered a single to left center for the RBI and 1-0 advantage.

BU doubled its lead in the third, as the sac bunt was again on display. Linsey Hays notched a base hit through the left side and Smith reached via hit by pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. Robin Landrith’s sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position for Stearns to get an RBI-groundout, making it 2-0.

Baylor, which stranded 10 runners in the game, left potential runs on base in each inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the first, Landrith roped a fly ball to deep right field, against the wind, that reached the warning track, a few feet short of a grand slam.

Game Two
Baylor used the bookend approach scoring runs in the first and seventh inning to take a 3-0 victory over UT Arlington in its second game of the day.

Courtney Repka (3-0) picked up her first complete-game shutout of the year, allowing just two hits, walking one and striking out one.

Smith paced the offense with her third, three-hit game, going 3-for-4, while Thumann added a pair of hits and two runs.

Thumann led off the game with a single up the middle and was sacrificed over to second by Kathy Shelton. The sophomore right fielder swiped third base, seeing the throw get past the third baseman, and advanced home for an early 1-0 lead.

Following a walk to Villanueva, who was thrown out trying to steal second, Repka retired 19 of the next 20 batters of the game, keeping the Mavericks scoreless.

Baylor gave the senior hurler the insurance she needed, plating two more runs in the seventh. Justine Young delivered a one-out single to third to get things going, followed by a Thumann single and stolen base to put runners at second and third. Shelton stepped in to deliver a pop fly to second that was caught on the edge of the grass, however, Young took off from third and slid around the tag for the sac fly RBI and a 2-0 lead. Holly Holl put the advantage at three with an infield-single of her own, towards short, scoring Thumann.

Shelton ended her hit streak at nine games and on-base streak at 14.

The Lady Bears will be back in action Saturday, taking on North Texas at 9:30 a.m. That game can be heard live on baylorbears.com.

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