No. 9 Softball Opens Big 12 Play Against No. 15 Baylor on Wednesday

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COLLEGE STATION -- The ninth-ranked Texas A&M softball team kicks off Big 12 conference play Wednesday as it hosts the 15th-ranked Baylor Lady Bears in a battle of the Brazos. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Aggie Softball Complex.

Fans can listen to the game live and free of charge on aggieathletics.com through the new Aggies All-Access or on 1150 AM The Zone with play-by-play from Gabe Boch and color commentary from Clint Netherland. Free, live video of the game will also be available through Aggies All-Access.

“We have a lot of respect for Baylor,” A&M head coach Jo Evans. “They’re a great program, along with all the other teams in the Big 12. There’s not one team that we don’t respect or expect to give us a really hard fight. Wednesday we just need to calm out be calm and be relaxed. We can’t make the Big 12 be bigger than any other game we’ve played. We just have to keep our composure.”

Baylor carries a 17-6 record into Wednesday’s match-up after splitting a pair of games in Orlando on Mar. 12. The Bears posted an 8-0 run-ruling over Liberty before falling 3-0 to host University of Central Florida.

Kristin Shortridge leads the Big 12 in batting average, hitting .431 on the season. The sophomore has scored a team-leading 20 runs and driven in 10 RBIs off 31 hits.

Jenny Isham owns a 1.72 ERA in the circle for Baylor. En route to a 10-1 record the junior transfer has posted three complete game shutouts, striking out 36 through 53 innings of work.

A&M moved to 28-6 on the season after participating in the San Diego Classic II over the weekend. The Aggies opened tournament play with three-straight wins over Utah (3-1), San Diego (9-0) and Cal State Fullerton (4-1) before dropping their final two games to No. 23 San Diego State (0-3) and No. 25 Long Beach State (1-2).

Third baseman Jamie Hinshaw improved her season average to .333 after going 6-for-15 (.400) over the weekend.

All-American Megan Gibson improved to 16-0 after posting wins over Utah and Cal State Fullerton. The senior also tossed four shutout innings of relief against No. 23 San Diego State. Gibson allowed just one earned run while striking out 18 batters and surrendering just one walk.

Gibson helped her cause at the plate hitting a .333 clip through five games. The Spring, Texas-native scored two runs and drove in five RBIs off five hits, including two homeruns.

The Lady Bears’ .343 team batting average ranks them atop the Big 12 standings while Texas A&M owns the league lead in pitching with a team 1.26 ERA.

Wednesday’s game marks the 69th meeting between the two schools.

A&M holds the all-time series lead at 49-18-1. The then seventh-ranked Lady Bears won all three games between the two teams last season including a 7-4 win over the Aggies at the NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Fans interested in purchasing season and individual game tickets can do so through the 12th Man Foundation or by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE. Parking for the game will be available in lots designated 100 J & K.