March 9, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Baylor Lady Bears (16-5 overall) fell behind by four runs and could not recover, falling to Hofstra (12-7 overall) 8-7 in the final game of the USF Under Armour Invitational on Sunday.
Hofstra struck first with three runs in the opening inning on two hits and an error.
Baylor evened the score in the bottom of the third with one swing of the bat from Reagan. Kirsten Shortridge reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and reached third on an infield single by Tiffany Wesley. Reagan stepped to the plate and launched a two-strike blast over the left field fence to tie the game at three.
Hofstra took back the lead in the fourth, as the Pride scored four runs with two outs. An RBI single scored the first run, followed by a throwing error by Reagan to allow a second run to cross the plate. Still with two outs, a double brought in two more runs to make the score 7-3.
Baylor cut the lead to one in the fifth, scoring three runs with two outs. T. Wesley singled, followed by a Reagan walk to pave the way for a two RBI double by Courtney Oberg. Daniels then knocked a single to center to score the pinch runner, Morgan Craig, to cut the deficit to 7-6.
The Lady Bears had another chance in the sixth, as they loaded the bases with no outs. T. Wesley struck out, and Reagan lined a shot into the third baseman's glove, who then stepped on third for the double play.
In the top of the seventh, Hofstra added an insurance run on a sac fly with the bases loaded, but the Lady Bears were able to avoid any more damage as Oberg threw the runner out at second trying to advance on the throw home.
Baylor threatened in the bottom of the second, as Alex Colyer hit a double over the left fielder's head with two strikes and two outs to score Daniels from second and close the gap to one. With Colyer on second, Meagan Weldon struck out to end the threat and the game.
Shortridge (3-2) picked up the loss after six innings, eight runs, two earned, four walks and two strikeouts.
Baylor will stay in Florida for two days off before playing a doubleheader against Liberty and UCF in Orlando on Wednesday beginning at 12 p.m. CT.