Baylor Softball Splits in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. (March 1, 2013) -- No. 20 Baylor (16-3) bounced back from a 3-0 loss to North Carolina with an offensive explosion in game two, defeating North Dakota 20-4 in five innings on Friday at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Tempe.

After registering just one hit in the opener to UNC, the Lady Bears collected 16 against North Dakota, including a pair of grand slams from Kaitlyn Thumann and Kathy Shelton.

“North Carolina’s pitcher was as good as we have seen this year,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “This weekend is about getting better, so I was really proud of how we bounced back in game two.”

Linsey Hays paced the offense, going 5-for-8 on the day with three runs and two RBI.

Game One
UNC 3, BU 0
The Lady Bears managed just one hit off Lori Spingola, who went all 7.0 innings, giving up one walk and striking out six.

The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak, tying for the most in program history.

Whitney Canion (8-2) took the loss, going 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, three walks and striking out three.

Baylor’s lone hit came in the second inning, a bunt-single from Hays, only to see her doubled off at first after a line out from Sarah Smith on a hit-and-run.

The Lady Bears managed just one more baserunner the rest of the game, a walk by Clare Hosack in the sixth.

The Tar Heels jumped ahead in the fourth on a single from Constance Orr that was fielded by Thumann in right and overthrown at home, allowing Erin Satterfield to break from third for the first run. A sac fly to right by the next batter made it 2-0.

Haleigh Dickey gave UNC the three-run lead, leading off the sixth with a solo home run to center.

Courtney Repka came on in relief, throwing 2.0 innings, giving up three hits a walk and striking out two.

All three losses by Baylor this season have been by shutout.

Game Two
BU 20, UND 4 (5)
Baylor broke out in a big way in game two, collecting three home runs, including two grand slams in a 20-4 win. The 20 runs were the fourth most in a game in program history and the highest run total since a 21-1 win over Southern on Feb. 1, 2002.

The Lady Bears, who totaled 16 hits in the game, had nine different players record a hit. Kaitlyn Thumann’s six RBI marked a new career high and Hays’ four hits were a new career best, becoming just the 34th time in program history a player has had that many. Kathy Shelton also added her own career high with five RBI.

Baylor busted the game open in the first with eight runs on five hits. Following a Thumann walk and steal, Shelton singled to the pitcher then stole second, forcing a bad throw to second that allowed Thumann to cross the plate. Hays, Robin Landrith and Kelsi Kettler each added RBI’s before the first out of the inning occurred on a force at home on the eighth batter of the inning. With two outs, Thumann struck a two-RBI double to make it 6-0. Shelton laced an RBI-single through the left side and circled first to force a play at second. During the rundown, Thumann broke for home safely and Shelton successfully stole second to round out the scoring.

North Dakota answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. An RBI-single from D Jentzler scored Cami Bennett, who singled to the pitcher and advanced to third on a throwing error from Liz Paul. Back-to-back RBI base hits made it 8-3, before the second error of the inning, bobbled grounder by the pitcher, allowed the fourth run to score and cut the BU lead in half.

The Lady Bears answered with four more runs in the second, all off the bat of Thumann, who hit her first career grand slam with two outs, hooking it just around the left field foul pole. The grand slam was the first by a Baylor player since Jordan Vannatta did so on Feb. 27, 2009 against Rutgers.

Eight more runs came across in the fifth, including Shelton’s first career grand slam on a towering blast to right. Heather Stearns and Justine Young each added an RBI in the inning before Hays recorded her second hit of the inning, a two-run shot to left center, her third of the year.

Liz Paul (1-0) earned her first run of the season, allowing six hits, four runs, three earned, no walks and striking out four in 5.0 innings.

The Lady Bears will be back in action on Saturday, taking on East Carolina at 9:30 a.m. CT and Binghamton at 3:00 p.m. CT.

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