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Baylor softballers ready to bounce back against UTSA

April 3, 1997

By Meghan Crona

Lariat Sports Reporter

The No. 25-ranked Lady Bear softball team is back in action at 5 p.m. when they take on the University of Texas-San Antonio.

The Bears are coming off a disappointing weekend after losing all four games. The Bears dropped two games to the University of Kansas, and then two games to No. 14 University of Missouri.

'I hope that we can put last weekend behind us,' Head Coach Paula Young said. 'We need to look towards the future.'

Last year against UTSA, the Bears split the series 1-1. This year the Bears can't take this game lightly because they need the win to help them in regional rankings.

'This isn't a conference game, but we need the win for a regional bid,' Heather Williams, a Vancouver, Wash., freshman, said. 'This game is just as important.'

The pitchers for the Bears have been coming through all season, and will have to again tonight. Stacey Allison, a Houston sophomore, and Carrie Arn, a Vancouver, Wash., freshman, have combined for 24-16 record so far. The two have pitched 263.1 of the team's 290.1 innings.

'The pitching staff has really come through for us,' Young said.

At bat, the Bears have three players who are above the .300 mark. Bri Chambliss, a Stockton, Calif., freshman, leads the team at .371. Jennie Vargas, a Glendale, Ariz., senior, checks in at .322 and Arn is at .315. This past weekend Michelle Sorrels, an Edmond, Okla., sophomore, led the Bears by batting .500, with Christina Price, a Lake Havasu, Ariz., freshman, finishing at the .400 mark.

On the defensive end it is Misty Perry, an Irving sophomore, and Kathy Schoettle, a Tuttle, Okla., sophomore, that shine. Perry has a fielding average of .996 with only one error in 275 chances while Schoettle is at .986 with one error in 69 chances.

This weekend the Bears have big games to look forward to. The Bears will have their hands full then they travel Saturday to Norman, Okla. to take on the No. 7-ranked University of Oklahoma and Sunday to Stillwater, Okla. to face No. 16-ranked Oklahoma State University.

'We're working hard and still improving,' Williams said. 'We have goals and are still working towards them.'

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