Baylor Softball’s Offense Overpowers For Sweep

WACO (February 15, 2013) -- Baylor’s (7-2) offense lit up day one of the Miken Classic, pounding out 26 hits and 18 runs en route to a pair of wins over Northern Colorado (3-4) and Pacific (4-1) Friday evening at Getterman Stadium. The Lady Bears defeated UNC 8-1 in their opener before routing Pacific 10-1 (5) in game two.

“I thought we took a big step forward today,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “We played well in all phases, and we needed that. The key is showing back up and doing it again tomorrow.”

Kathy Shelton paced the offense, going 6-for-8 with three runs, a double, stolen base and four RBI. Kaitlyn Thumann added four hits, three runs, two stolen bases and two RBI, while Sarah Smith went 3-for-4 on the day with a home run.

Game One

Baylor notched seven of its eight runs in the final three innings, pulling away from Northern Colorado for an 8-1 win in game one.

Smith went 3-for-3 with a home run, triple and RBI, while Shelton had three hits, two runs and two RBI.

Courtney Repka (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit, one run and striking out three in 6.0 innings of work.

Baylor opened with the scoring with one run in the first, an RBI-groundout by Linsey Hays that scored Thumann, but stranded a pair of runs on the base paths. Thumann and Shelton began the inning with back-to-back base hits, followed by a Holly Holl walk to load the bases with no outs. Hays’ RBI marked the first out, but a Heather Stearns strikeout and Robin Landrith groundout ended the threat.

The Lady Bears added four in the fourth, as Smith’s one-out triple down the right field line got things going. Bailey Chalmers laced a single to right for the inning’s first run and Jordan Strickland followed with a single of her own. With two outs, Shelton stepped up and delivered an RBI-single to right that scored pinch runner Jill Reid. The throw from right got away and allowed Strickland to cross the plate and advance Shelton to third. The UNC catcher tried to throw back towards home to get Strickland and threw it away, bringing Shelton all the way around for the 5-0 lead.

Northern Colorado got its lone run with an RBI-single by Morgan Yuhas in the fifth, breaking up the no-hitter and shutout.

Three more runs were plated for BU in the sixth, as Smith led off the inning with a solo shot off the left field foul pole for her first career home run. Sarah Crockett came to the plate with runners on second and third, and singled off the pitcher, driving in Chalmers. Hays delivered the game’s final run, an RBI-single through the left side, making it 8-1.

Game Two

The Lady Bears offense collected 14 hits, including 10 with two outs, in a 10-1 run rule win over Pacific. All 10 BU runs came with two outs.

Shelton, Thumann and Clare Hosack all totaled three hits for Baylor.

Whitney Canion (3-1) earned the win, pitching 5.0 innings, giving up three hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts.

Baylor got the scoring going in the second, plating three runs. With the bases loaded and two down, Shelton singled to first base, scoring Smith for the game’s first run. Holl followed with a two-RBI double to left center for the 3-0 lead.

After two quick outs in the third, the Lady Bears recorded six hits and six runs with eight-straight BU players reaching safely. Smith got hit with a pitch to get things started and Hosack followed with a single. Strickland roped an RBI-single to center and Thumann followed with an RBI of her own. Shelton kept the inning going with a pair of RBI on a double to left center, followed by RBI from Hays and Stearns for the 9-0 advantage.

Canion was cruising with a no-hitter before back-to-back bunt singles put runners on first and second to lead off the fourth. A one-out groundout scored the Tigers’ lone run.

BU answered with one more run in the bottom half of the inning, an RBI-single from Strickland that scored Hosack, who doubled.

Baylor will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-6) at 12:30 p.m. before bracket play begins at 3:00 p.m. Baylor has already secured the overall one-seed and will face the Islanders again at 3 p.m. The winner of that game will face the winner of Pacific/Northern Colorado, played at 5:30 p.m., in the championship at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

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