Stearns One-Hits Texas as No. 16 Baylor Softball Cruises to 5-0 Win

Posted at 10:59 PM, May 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-06 23:59:22-04

Stearns One-Hits Texas as No. 16 Baylor Softball Cruises to 5-0 Win

Bears take two-game lead for second in the Big 12 standings in front of national TV audience

WACO, Texas – ESPN2 has been good to Baylor softball this season. The Bears, behind a one-hitter from Heather Stearns, shutout the Texas Longhorns in front of a national television audience and 1,387 fans at Getterman Stadium Wednesday night.

Baylor (38-13, 12-4) also blanked No. 5 Oklahoma in Norman April 16, 8-0 on ESPN2, and the Bears shined again in the limelight Wednesday. Stearns (19-9, 10-3 Big 12) has been a part of all four Baylor one-hitters this season with three coming on her own, and she also picked up her 500th career strikeout with her fifth of six against the Longhorns (35-15, 10-6).

Linsey Hays, who was just 2-for-9 on the season with the bases loaded, turned her fortune with a two-run, bases-loaded double off the rightfield wall in the bottom of the fifth to highlight the Bears' three-run inning. Hays finished with a pair of doubles while Lindsey Cargill, Jordan Strickland and Robin Landrith all added RBI singles for Bears.

Baylor takes a two-game lead over the Longhorns in the Big 12 standings with the win, and the Bears are looking to finish as the runner up to Oklahoma for the second-straight year.


Heather Stearns tossed her sixth shutout of the season, her fifth against the Big 12 this year, and the 11th of her career. Stearns tied Courtney Repka (11, 2010-13) for sixth all-time on the school's career list for shutouts.

Stearns threw a one-hitter, the 33rd in program history, and she has been involved with five of them. She's thrown four on her own in her career and combined for one. Wednesday's one-hitter was her third of the season, and Baylor's fourth overall; she combined with Kendall Potts for BU's one-hit shutout win over Iowa State (4/26).

Stearns picked up her 500th career strikeout with her fifth vs. the Longhorns. She carries 501 into Saturday's game in Austin.

Stearns' scoreless innings streak reached 20.2 innings.

Linsey Hays finished 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBI. It was her ninth multiple-hit game of the season and 11th game with at least two RBI.

Kaitlyn Thumann finished 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. It was her 15th multiple-hit game of the season.

Thumann's triple was the seventh of her career and tied her for fifth all-time on the BU career list with Lyn Hill (1996-99), Kelly Levesque (2002-04) and Kelly Osburn (2003-06).

Jordan Strickland finished 1-for-3 with an RBI; it was her 108th career RBI, which tied her for fifth all time with Holly Holl (2011-14) and Kelly Osburn (2003-2006).

Shelby Friudenberg extended her on-base streak to 14 games with a hit-by-pitch.

Ari Hawkins extended her on-base streak to nine games with a walk.

2 – Heather Stearns has thrown two shutouts in front of a national TV audience on ESPN2 this year with an 8-0 win at Oklahoma (April 16) and tonight's win over Texas. She has six shutouts on the season.

Glenn Moore on Baylor's performance …

“We played another solid ballgame. I thought we played well all week at Kansas, and then to bring it back home where we haven't played that well and to play that well against a good team is nice to see, refreshing. Knowing that we're getting closer to the end of the season, when we need to be playing our best, I think we are right now.”

Glenn Moore on Heather Stearns' performance …

“Phenomenal. Heather Stearns is one of the best pitchers to ever wear a Baylor uniform. She's proven that against the top teams in the country. She hasn't thrown a no-hitter yet, but she's knocked on that door so often, and she's had hitters eating out of the palm of her hand. She gave credit to our defense, we made a couple good plays for her, but overall she had another dominating performance against a good team.”

Baylor heads to Austin Saturday and Sunday to conclude the Big 12 series with Texas at 6:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Both games will be broadcast on The Longhorn Network.