ORLANDO, Fla. -
The No. 10 Baylor softball team (14-2) used great pitching and timely hitting to knock off a pair of ranked opponents, defeating No. 18 Oregon (9-3) 2-1 before beating No. 24 North Carolina (12-4) 2-0 in the nightcap of the 2012 Citrus Classic.
"I am so proud of this team," head coach Glenn Moore said. "We battled all night and kept fighting. After the emotional week we have had, for us to come out here and perform the way we did showed me what this squad is all about."
No. 10 Baylor 2, No. 18 Oregon 1
Baylor's Courtney Repka (6-0) was on the winning side of a pitcher's duel, as the Lady Bears defeated No. 18 Oregon in the first game Friday night.
Repka picked up the win, going 7.0 innings, allowing four hits, one unearned run, four walks and no strikeouts. Clare Hosack paced the offense with a pair of hits, while Jordan Strickland added the lone RBI for BU.
Baylor took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second beginning with a one-out single by Delaney Guy, who stole second and advanced to second on a single down the left field line from Hosack. That allowed Strickland to hit a grounder to second that scored Guy for the lead.
Oregon evened the game in the third off two Baylor errors. Sara Goodrum led off the inning by reaching on an error after a mishandling on a grounder to third. Following a sac bunt, Janie Takeda singled to center that was bobbled by Kathy Shelton, allowing Goodrum to round third and head home for a 1-1 tie.
The Lady Bears grabbed the lead back in the fifth on a two-out fielding error that allowed Kaitlyn Thumann to score from third. Hosack led off the inning with a single and was pinch ran for by Thumann, and with one out Thumann advanced to second on a passed ball. A groundout to short from Sydney Wilson put Thumann at scored before the error at second brought her in.
No. 10 Baylor 2, No. 24 North Carolina 0
Despite collecting just two hits, Shelton's two-run blast in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the difference as Liz Paul pitched a complete-game shutout for a 2-0 win over No. 24 North Carolina.
Paul (2-1) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out seven in the complete-game effort.
Baylor had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the third, as Strickland laced a one-out single to left center, followed by a Wilson walk and a Shelton hit-by-pitch.The Lady Bears were unable to capitalize, however, as Kayce Walker grounded out to the pitcher and Turk popped out to third to end the threat.
Paul kept the Tar Heels bats at bay, before Shelton gave BU the lead it needed in the fifth. Following a Wilson walk, Shelton put a two-run homer over right center for the 2-0 advantage.
Paul began the seventh with a strikeout, but a passed ball allowed Haleigh Dickey to reach first. The righty buckled down for two more strikeouts and a groundout for the 2-0 win.
Baylor will face No. 16 UCLA on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. CT on espn3.com before taking on Illinois State at 11:15 a.m. CT.