Feb. 18, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas -
The Baylor softball team (7-3 overall) used three home runs in game two to earn a split at No. 18 Houston (5-4 overall) on Wednesday at the Cougar Softball Complex. After dropping game one, 2-1, the Lady Bears bounced back for a 9-4 win in game two.
"I am proud of the way we bounced back in game two," head coach Glenn Moore said. "Our bats really came alive and we did a much better job competing at the plate. I am really proud of the effort and it's a sign of a good team to rebound like we did."
Tiffany Wesley went 3-for-4 with three RBI in game two and connected on her first career home run, while Courtney Oberg (2) and Brette Reagan (2) each connected to help lead the Lady Bears.
Whitney Canion (5-2 overall) got a decision in both games, going a combined 9.2 innings, allowing eight hits, two runs, one walk and 15 strikeouts.
In game two, Baylor got off to a hot start in the top of the first as Brette Reagan stepped to the plate with two outs and blasted her second home run of the season over the center field fence.
After retiring the first six batters she saw, starter Shaina Brock allowed a triple to start the third, and came around on a wild pitch with two outs in the inning.
The Lady Bears answered with three runs in the fourth beginning with a Nicole Wesley single and was followed by a Reagan single. With each runner advancing on the throw, Baylor had players at second and third, allowing Alex Colyer to hit a sac fly to left, bringing in Wesley. Tiffany Wesley and Jordan Vannatta each registered RBI singles later in the inning, giving the Lady Bears a 4-1 lead.
The Cougars tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, as a leadoff single and back-to-back home runs evened the score. With one away and a runner on, Canion relieved Brock and got the remaining two outs to get out of the jam.
A leadoff double in the sixth by Colyer allowed her to come around and score on another Tiffany Wesley RBI single, giving Baylor all the runs it would need. The Lady Bears were not done scoring, however.
The top of the seventh saw Baylor add four more runs, beginning with an RBI double from Reagan. Oberg followed with a two-run blast and the Baylor scoring was capped with T. Wesley's first career home run.
Canion shut the door in the seventh to earn her fifth win of the season.
Houston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a sac fly to right. The Cougars added another run in the second, on an RBI double by H. Valis, giving Houston a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Bears cut the lead in half on Bree Hanafin's first career home run, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right.
Canion kept Baylor in the game, throwing six innings, allowing six hits and striking out 11, but the Lady Bears could not tie the game, falling 2-1.
Baylor will host a three-game series with Sam Houston State, beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.