Lady Bears Breeze Through Hempstead Regional
Team returns home to host Super Regional
May 20, 2007
By Matt Chaprales
Special to CSTV.com
Behind strong pitching from Lisa Ferguson and a big offensive day from Ashley Monceaux, the No. 8 Lady Bears captured the Hempstead Regional with a 10-0, five-inning win over
The team is now headed home to
"We felt like we worked hard on the road to bring our fans another weekend of softball," said coach Glenn Moore of the Bears' effort.
That was all Ferguson needed as she effectively mixed her pitches and had consistent command of the strike zone, giving up only one hit over four innings, striking out four and walking none.
"Coach [Britni Sneed] Newman was calling a good variety of pitches and I was just trying to keep
The Baylor defense was sound the entire weekend, committing only one error in three games. The Great Danes couldn't say the same.
After Monceaux padded the lead in the top of the fourth with a two-run double, the wheels came off for
A dropped pop fly by second basemen Michelle Connors and a wild pitch by Leah McIntosh gave the Bears a couple of gift runs in the fifth. The miscues allowed Monceaux to come up again and she made
"We made some big mistakes and prolonged a big inning," said
Monceaux finished 3-4 with 4 RBI and two runs on the day, leading a Baylor team that is no stranger to big games in the NCAAs.
"Obviously we didn't play as well as we wanted to today, but we're really happy being in the finals," said Cannata. "It was a big step for our program."
Even though Baylor beat them handily twice this weekend,
"I just felt
Yet after a weekend in which the Lady Bears outscored their opponents by a combined 25-4, their approach was clearly all business. Now they return home a confident team, a team ready to make a run at the school's first College World Series under their seventh-year head coach.
To advance to
The Lady Bears know the path is laid out favorably.
"It's no greater feeling than playing at home in front of your home crowd," said Monceaux. "I think it will be a good setup for us to get to the World Series."