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Lady Bears persevere, battle Iowa State next

April 29, 1997

Meghan Crona

Lariat Sports Reporter

They made it.

The Baylor Bear softball team made it to the conference tournament.

The Bears take on the Iowa State on Friday in Oklahoma City.

The Bears almost didn't make it to the tournament because up until Sunday they were one game short of the required conference games played. The Bears had only played 10 games due to bad weather.

'We're pumped and motivated,' Carrie Arn, a Vancouver, Wash. freshman, said. 'I don't think that Baylor softball has made it this far.'

The Bears play Iowa State for the first time this season. They were to take on Iowa State earlier in the season, but the game was snowed out.

'I know we can beat them,' Arn said. 'Playing them first helps a chance in getting further in the tournament.'

If the Bears are successful in beating Iowa State, then they will take on the University of Missouri Lady Tigers. The Tigers are ranked first in the conference and 14th in the nation. The Bears lost two games to the Tigers earlier in the season.

'I think we can beat them,' Tori Burk, an Oklahoma City sophomore, said. 'If we are hitting like we know how, we can definitely beat them.'

Up until Sunday the Bears had been on a nine game winning streak. The Bears lost the first game of a double header against Texas A&M Lady Aggies 9-0, but rallied and won the second game 3-0.

The Bears broke a single-season victory record after defeating the Aggies. The Bears won 37 games, breaking the record set back in 1984 when the team was 36-22.

Stacy Allison, a Houston sophomore, earned her 21st win of the season, after shutting the Aggies out. Allison has five shut outs to her credit and leads the team in strikeouts with 129.

At the plate the Bears have three players hitting above .300 for the season. Arn, Bri Chambliss, a Stockton, Calif., freshman, and Jennie Vargas, a Glendale Ariz., senior, are all hitting .333.

Chambliss is three homeruns away from breaking the University record and Vargas has already tied the record for doubles in a season.

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