Feb. 22, 2014
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Baylor took out its frustration Saturday on California with a convincing 13-0 win over the Golden Bears in day three of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Clare Hosack’s grand slam in the seventh capped a season-high 15-hit performance from Baylor’s offense while Whitney Canion and Liz Paul combined for BU’s third shutout of an opponent this year.
Baylor began the tournament with a 3-2 win over No. 18 Missouri Thursday before beating No. 11 Stanford, 7-1 Friday. However, the Bears dropped Fritday’s nightcap to Cal State Fullerton 6-1.
But, Saturday Baylor jumped on California (6-6) early and often to bounce back from the loss, improving to 11-3 on the season. Lindsey Cargill and Kaitlyn Thumann each collected three hits and combined for four runs and three RBI. The Bears scored a run in every inning but the third before unleashing a six-run top of the seventh to close the game.
Hosack’s grand slam came with two outs in the seventh off Cal’s re-entered starting pitcher Katie Finch. Hosack tied for 10th all-time on Baylor’s career home runs list with the bomb over the leftfield wall, giving her 15 for her career, which tied her with Bri Chambliss (1996-97, 2000) for 10th on the school’s homer list.
Canion was relieved in the sixth inning, which ended her streak of five complete games, but she picked up her fifth win of the season allowing only two hits and striking out three.
- Senior Clare Hosack drove in a caerer-high five runs Saturday vs. California including a grand slam and a sacriice fly. It was her second-career grand slam, the third home run of the season for her, and the 15th home run of her career, tying her for 10th on Baylor’s all-time home runs list.
- Whitney Canion picked up career win No. 98 Saturday vs. California.
- Liz Paul retired the final six California hitters in just 14 pitches.
- Baylor trimmed the all-time series lead with California to 7-3; the Bears last beat Cal March 17. 2007 (4-0) in a year Baylor went to its first Women’s College World Series.
- Kaitlyn Thumann had three hits for the second time this season, and it was the fifth multi-hit game of the season for the junior, and the 31st of her career.
- Lindsey Cargill had three hits and a season-high three runs scored; it marked the third time this season she’s had three hits, and it was the freshman’s fourth multi-hit game of the season.
- Ari Hawkins and Sarah Smith each had two hits in the game; for Hawkins in was her fifth mult-hit game this season while Smith has four games with two hits.
STAT OF THE GAME I
3 – The number of earned runs Whitney Canion’s surrendered in the past 47 innings pitched for Baylor (0.45 ERA).
STAT OF THE GAME II
15 – The highest single-game hit total of the season for Baylor.
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on the Bears’ peformance
“It’s just what you want to see after a loss; a statement from your team that says, we’re better than that. It’s a very difficult field of teams, and to win convincingly against a good team like Cal requires great play on both sides of the ball. Whitney thrives in this type of competition, and she’s very good right now.THEY TWEETED IT
Baylor will attempt to go 4-1 for the third-straight weekend when the Bears face Northwestern at 9 a.m. PT to close the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Sunday.