March 11, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Despite outhitting the Golden Eagles by a margin of 10-5, the Baylor softball team (18-9 overall) fell 4-3 to Southern Miss (11-13-1 overall) Tuesday at the USM Softball Complex in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Whitney Canion (10-7) took the loss despite allowing only five hits, no earned runs, four walks and nine strikeouts. Kayce Walker led the way for the Baylor offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases.
After stranding Hanafin at third in the second, Baylor jumped on the board with three runs in the top of the third, as Megan Turk led off the inning with a single to right. Tiffany Wesley then sacrificed Turk over, but reached on an errant throw by the third baseman, allowing Turk to reach third. Turk came across on an error by the catcher when she fired a ball into left attempting to pick her off. With two outs, Hanafin ripped a two-RBI double to give Baylor the 3-0 lead.
Southern Miss answered back with four in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, Canion recorded a strikeout, but the runner reached on a passed ball, extending the inning. Canion issued a bases loaded walk, followed by a bases clearing double that gave the Golden Eagles the 4-3 lead.
Baylor stranded a runner in scoring position with less than two outs in the fourth and fifth, before Turk got aboard with a single and Oberg reached on a walk with two outs, but were stranded after a groundout to second.
Southern Miss threatened in the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs, but a Canion came through with a strikeout to end the inning.
The Lady Bears began the top of the seventh with back-to-back singles from Kayce Walker and Alex Colyer, but a strikeout, fly out and groundout ended Baylor's threat to even the game.
The Lady Bears stranded nine runners on the night, while the Golden Eagles left five on base.
Baylor will return to the field Wednesday to take on No. 20 LSU at 6 p.m. in Baton Rouge, La. Audio of the game will be broadcast live on baylorbeas.com, beginning five minutes prior to first pitch.