March 13, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Less than 24 hours after a heartbreaking 9-7 defeat, No. 22 Baylor (22-3) had a comeback of its own, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh for a 3-2 win over No. 4 Arizona (21-4) on Sunday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium. Dani Leal tied the game with a two-run blast in the seventh.
"I am so proud of this team and what they accomplished this weekend," head coach Glenn Moore said. "These kids never gave up today and we finally wore them down enough to take advantage and come through in the clutch."
Canion (11-2) picked up the complete-game win, allowing just four hits, two runs, two walks and six strikeouts.
Down 2-0 in the top of the seventh, Baylor made its comeback with a leadoff infield single from Megan Turk. That set the stage for Leal, who took a 1-0 pitch and put it over the left field fence and into the grandstands for a tie game, her seventh of the year. The Lady Bears were not finished, however, and with one out, KJ Freeland laid down a perfect bunt for a single and advanced to third after back-to-back walks. With the count 1-1 and the bases loaded, Shelbi Redfearn reached out and knocked a fly ball to right field for the sac fly and a 3-2 lead.
Canion shut the door from there, getting a strikeout and a pair of pop outs for the win.
The Wildcats took the first lead of the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third. Karissa Buchanan led off the inning, and with one out, was sacrificed to second ona bunt by Ashlee Brawley. A hit-by-pitch and a walk loaded the bases, allowing Brigette Del Ponte to deliver a two-RBI single to left for the 2-0 lead.
The Lady Bears wrapped up their 10-day, eight-game road trip with a 6-2 mark, including a 4-1 record against ranked teams.
Baylor will return home for a game against UT Arlington beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Getterman Stadium.