Canion, Repka lead Baylor to 3-0 wins
Pitchers hold Northwestern St. in check in two shutouts
WACO, Texas -- No. 9 Baylor (8-1) picked up a pair shutout wins, defeating Northwestern State 3-0 in game 1 before following with another 3-0 victory in game 2.
"Our pitching staff was fantastic again tonight," head coach Glenn Moore said. "We aren't quite clicking yet offensively, but it's only a matter of time."
Whitney Canion (4-0) held a no-hitter thru 4.0 innings of game 1 before a bloop single became the lone hit given up en route to a 13-strikeout performance. Kathy Shelton paced the offense, going 2 for 3 with three RBI, while Clare Hosack added a pair of hits and a run.
The Lady Bears plated one across in the second, as Jordan Strickland singled and Kelsi Kettler got hit by a pitch before a Hosack single loaded the bases. Shelton battled to a full count and was hit by a pitch for an RBI and 1-0 lead.
Baylor added two more in the fourth with Shelton adding two more RBI. Hosack led off the inning with a double down the left field line, followed by a single from Delaney Guy to place Hosack at third. Guy stole second to get into scoring position, and Shelton singled to right center for a 3-0 lead.
Canion picked up her third 10-plus strikeout performance of the year after fanning at least one batter each inning.
Hosack registered Baylor's first home run of the season in game 2, blasting a three-run shot to lead the Lady Bears to a 3-0 win.
Courtney Repka (3-0) picked up the win after going 5.0 innings, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out three. Liz Paul came on for the two-inning save, her first of the season, throwing perfect relief and adding a strikeout.
Shelton extended her hit streak to 14 and has reached base in 25 consecutive games. Northwestern State (2-8) loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third, but Repka forced a shallow pop fly and ground out to third to end the threat.
Baylor broke the scoreless tie in the fourth starting with a single from Canion and a one-out walk from Sydney Wilson. That set the stage for Hosack to belt her first homer to left center for a 3-0 lead.
BU's pitching staff shut the door in the final three innings, not allowing a runner to reach to guide the Lady Bears to victory.