WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Baylor Lady Bears are in the middle of their roughest stretch of games having lost five of the last six, and they'll try to stay above .500 against one of the hotter teams in college softball.
Baylor (14-14, 1-2 Big 12) is coming off a series loss to Oklahoma State and welcomes in the Texas Longhorns Wednesday.
No. 9 Texas (29-6, 3-0 Big 12) opened the conference schedule with a sweep of Iowa State.
The Lady Bears are dealing with injuries to key players, including senior pitchers Gia Rodoni and Regan Green. That means more time in the circle for redshirt sophomore Sidney Holman, who head coach Glenn Moore says is their only reliable arm at this point.
"I'm not happy with where we are right now, but I do know there's potential here on this team to be good," Moore said. "We have good athletes in position, playing and in the starting lineup, but athletes that can be much better.
"The effort is there, but it's on my shoulders to help them get better. At the same time, I have to be realistic and realize that a lot of these players would not be in the starting lineup if we were healthy."
Reicher Catholic's Ana Watson was one of the better Baylor hitters against Oklahoma State. The freshman started as the designated player in all three games, recording her first-career home run in the 21-2 loss Friday and then the game-winning RBI Saturday.
Holman, a Belton native, started all three games in the circle against the Cowgirls. Despite giving up eight earned runs Sunday, she still sports a respectable 3.86 earned run average.
"I live halfway between here and Austin," Holman said. "I watched Baylor play, and I watched Texas play for so long and just knowing what they have on their team, it's going to be a very competitive atmosphere (Wednesday) night."
First pitch between Texas and Baylor is set for 6:30 p.m.