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Softball snatches doubleheader from SFA

March 19, 2003

By Erica DeLeon

The Baylor softball team began their five-game homestand with two wins over Stephen F. Austin State University in a doubleheader Tuesday.

The Bears defeated SFA 4-0 in their first game and 10-2 in the next. This was the Bears' first game since March 9.

Cristin Vitek, a sophomore pitcher, took the mound at the beginning for the Lady Bears.

Baylor lost standout Joni Miller, a senior pitcher, indefinitely because of nerve damage in her right arm.

Vitek picked up the slack. She gave up six hits, struck out three and pitched a shutout.

'It's always hard to lose somebody,' Vitek said. 'We're just going to all step it up. We're ready for the challenge.'

Defensively the Bears made two errors but kept the Lady Jackets from scoring.

SFA Pitcher Crissy Autry kept the Baylor bats quiet for five innings. The Bears came alive in the sixth inning.

The Lady Bears scored four runs off two hits and one error. Carrie Leerberg, a sophomore third baseman, got the first hit on a bunt. Kelly Levesque, a junior center fielder, reached base on an SFA error, and Leerberg advanced to third on the play. Kim Wilmoth, a sophomore shortstop, came through with a two-run RBI triple to left center field. Wilmoth went 4-6 in the two games, three runs and two RBIs.

'I'm just seeing the ball and helping the team in any way that I can,' Wilmoth said. 'Our offense is doing really well.'

The Bears went on to win the game, 4-0.

In their second matchup, Baylor run-ruled SFA in five innings, 10-2.

Levesque began the Baylor onslaught of hits, leading off in the first. Wilmoth followed with a single. Kelly Osburn, a freshman leftfielder, got to base on a walk.

In her next at-bat, Osburn was walked again and broke the single-season school record with 32 walks in 34 games. She's currently second in the Big 12 Conference with walks.

Sarah Caudle, a senior outfielder, hit a two-run RBI single. Nan Wilkins, a senior outfielder, added another two-run RBI double. The Bears scored five runs on five hits in the fist inning.Katie Decker, a senior pitcher, started on the mound. She pitched almost five innings, gave up two runs on two hits, had three walks and no errors. Caudle replaced Decker and finished out the game.

'I was more disappointed on the way we came out on defense,' head Coach Glen Moore said. 'We came out a little lethargic, but we capitalized whenever we had the opportunity. We took advantage of those [opportunities] with our speed.'

The Lady Bears will be back in action against Oklahoma City University at 6 p.m. today at Getterman Stadium.