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After 35 games on the road... Lady Bears finally come home to play

March 20, 1997

James Phillips / The Baylor Lariat

Michelle Sorrels an Edmond, Okla., sophmore runs through some warm-up drills in practice. Sorrels is the center fielder for the Baylor womens' softball team. The Lady Bears gear up for a big game today against Sam Houston State.

By Meghan Crona

Lariat Sports Reporter

Home sweet home.

After having played every game so far on the road, the Lady Bear softball team finally has a home game.

The Bears take on Sam Houston State in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. at the Baylor softball field.

Sam Houston State, who is 8-15 on the season, may not be the toughest opponent, but it is a regional game that the Bears need to win. To keep their No. 22 ranking it is crucial that the Bears win all of their regional games.

After playing their first 35 games on the road, the Bears are relieved that they are finally playing at home.

'I'm excited that we're playing at home,' Carrie Arn, a Vancouver, Wash., freshman, said. 'I'm sick of living out of a bag.'

The Bears started this season with a 7-0 record, the best beginning in the program's 12-year history. Since then, the Bears have had two wins over No. 20 Minnesota and two wins over No. 7 Southwestern Louisiana, giving them four wins over ranked opponents.

At the plate for the Bears, two players have hit above the .300 mark. Bri Chambliss, a Stockton, Calif., freshman, has hit .387 and Jennie Vargas, a Glendale, Ariz., senior, is at .333. Chambliss also leads the team in homeruns with nine, walks with 24, and RBIs with 26.

On the mound, pitchers Arn and Stacey Allison, a Houston sophomore, have had good seasons. The two have combined for a 20-12 record and tallied 2 shutouts apiece.

'Stacey and Carrie are both playing well,' Head Coach Paula Young said.

Defense is no problem for the Bears, but to win this game the Bears need to hit the ball. Misty Perry, an Irving sophomore, has a fielding average of .996, with only one error in 228 chances.

'We definitely have the defense,' Arn said. 'We need to hit the ball to win.'

The Bears are hoping on having a winning season and doing well in conference. As things are going, the Bears are on the right track.

'We need to stick together and play as a team and not as individuals,' Michelle Sorrels, an Edmond Okla., sophomore, said.

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