Friday: Moore notches No. 400 in series opener
By Krista Pirtle
Coach Glenn Moore got his 400th career win Friday afternoon in Baylor’s first faceoff with New Mexico as the Lady Bears won, 7-2.
“It’s awesome to know he is a winning coach. I hope to give him the 500th ‘W’ ball; we have a lot of respect for him.”
Pitcher Whitney Canion sat down 15 batters, becoming the 18th time she has had a 10-plus strikeout game in her career. Canion allowed seven hits, with one walk and one earned run through the complete game she was in the circle.
No one crossed home plate for three and a half innings, until Baylor redshirt freshman Holly Holl hit a sac-fly to left field, scoring junior Megan Turk from third.
New Mexico fought back in the top of the fifth inning as Stefanie Carramusa sent a shot to right field, scoring Kaity Ingram and Chelsea Anaya, going up on the Lady Bears 2-1.
Baylor evened up the score in the bottom of the fifth as junior Kayce Walker grounded out to short but scored freshman Clare Hosack from third.
The next inning, the Lady Bears deposited their insurance runs, five to be exact. After four green and gold uniforms slid across home, thanks to a two RBI hit to right field by pinch hitting sophomore Kelsi Kettler, New Mexico brought in reliever Madeline Greene, who walked one batter but found the three outs New Mexico needed to get out of the inning.
Eight pitches were all it took as Canion struck out two of the last three batters and forced a ground out as Baylor captured their sixth straight win and remained undefeated.
By Daniel Wallace
In the nightcap of a double-header on Friday night, the Lady Bears showed they could win games in more than just one way. Although the pitching remained masterful, the team found different ways to score, winning 4-0.
All the scoring came in the bottom half of the second inning, highlighted by doubles from freshman Shelbi Redfearn and Kettler. At the end of the second inning, the team had four runs on two hits; patience at the plate allowed for three walks in the second inning and a total of six during the game.
Moore was impartial to all the walks his team had.
“It’s almost walking the fence with me,” Moore said. “I want to have aggressive hits, but they did do a good job recognizing what pitches to take.”
Starting sophomore pitcher Courtney Repka turned in her second complete game this season. After falling behind in the count early on in the game, the coaching staff pulled her aside and “challenged her to get first pitch strikes and to keep the change-up down,” Moore said.
Although Repka fell behind early, there was no tangible affect as she held the Lobos to just four hits the entire game and retired 18 of the final 20 batters.
By Lindsay Cash
The Lady Bears softball team beat New Mexico on Saturday at Getterman Stadium. The 3-1 victory advanced their record to 8-0 on the season.
Although Moore said the game wasn’t his team’s strongest of the season, he believes the team is set for even more success.
“It’s almost easier to coach after not playing well,” Moore said.
The Lady Bears struggled offensively in the first three innings, and then kicked it into gear, earning three runs in the fourth.
Pitchers Liz Paul and Canion were able to rally together from lack of offense to bring in the win. Paul, a freshman, pitched five shutout innings while getting her second win.
“It took me a few innings to turn things around, but it helped to remember to just focus, relax and pitch the way I’m supposed to pitch, it’s also nice to have Whitney,” Paul said.
Canion, a redshirt sophomore, was able to come in the sixth inning and get the save.
“I want to progress to throw back-to-back days. Struggling is usually a close for me, but it will happen with slowly progressing,” Canion said.
The Lady Bears will travel to Natchitoches, La. on Monday, Feb. 21 to take on Northwestern State.