Feb. 7, 2014
BU vs. Washington box | BU vs. San Diego box
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The No. 16 Baylor softball team battled back from a five-run deficit, but the Lady Bears' rally fell short against No. 3 Washington with the Huskies taking a 7-4 win. BU rebounded with a five-inning run-rule win over San Diego as Jordan Strickland's grand slam highlighted the Lady Bears' 9-1 win.
In the opening game of the UNLV Sportco Kick-Off Classic, Washington was able to get to BU ace Whitney Canion, scoring six runs in the first four innings. The Lady Bears fell behind 6-1 but put up a fight to get back in it, sparked by a solo homer and RBI single from Linsey Hays in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. However, Washington reliever Kaitlin Inglesby came in relief in the fifth and allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings of work to close the game.
The Lady Bears' eight-run second inning lifted Baylor to its first win of the season over San Diego. Strickland's grand slam came on a 2-2, two-out pitch, driving it opposite field over the right-centerfield fence.
Heather Stearns picked up her first win of the season with four solid innings of two-hit pitching, and the sophomore surrendered just one unearned run.
HIGHLIGHTS VS. WASHINGTON
Kaitlyn Thumann's solo home run in the bottom of the third was the sixth of her career.
Thumann had her 27th career game with multiple hits.
Linsey Hays' home run in the bottom of the fourth was the seventh of her career.
It was Hays' 14th career game with two or more RBI.
Ari Hawkins & Lindsey Cargill each had hits in their college debuts.
Liz Paul allowed only one run and scattered six hits in 3.2 innings of relief.
HIGHLIGHTS VS. SAN DIEGO
Jordan Strickland hit her first career home run & her fifth career home run overall.
Strickland's four RBI were a career high (3 at Texas State 2/21/13).
Lindsey Cargill went 3-for-3 with her first career RBI and has hit safely in each of her first two collegiate games.
Heather Stearns threw four innings of two-hit softball and allowed just one unearned run in her first win of the season (13th career win).
Ari Hawkins was 1-for-2 with a run scored to help her hit safely in each of her first two college games.
Liz Paul added another inning of scoreless relief.
STAT OF THE GAME I
3 - Baylor hit three home runs in its first two games (Kaitlyn Thumann, vs. Washington; Linsey Hays, vs. Washington; Jordan Strickland, vs. San Diego), and the Lady Bears had 30 as a team in 2013.
STAT OF THE GAME II
2 - Liz Paul gave Baylor two strong relief appearances; she held Washington to just one run in the final 3.2 innings giving her team the opportunity to attempt a comeback, and she closed the door with scoreless inning of relief in the fifth inning vs. San Diego.
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on the opening-day Bears' peformance
"You can't dig a deep hole and expect to come out of it against the No. 3 team. However, we battled back and gave ourselves the opportunity on a couple of occasions to get back in it, and I was proud of them battling back. I'm happy with Liz Paul's performance in the circle, and that we had nearly 20 hits on the day. We know where we are and what we need to work on. That's why we schedule strong opponents."
Baylor will face UC Davis at 5:45 p.m., CDT Saturday and the hosts of the tournament, UNLV, Saturday at 10:15 p.m., CDT.