March 15, 2013
WACO - No. 15 Baylor (24-4) went 2-0 on day two of the Chevron Spring Fling, picking up a 5-2 win over Utah and capping with a 5-0 victory over Syracuse, Thursday afternoon in Honolulu.
Kathy Shelton paced the offense, going 5-for-7 with two runs scored and a pair of steals as the Lady Bears combined for 20 hits on the day.
Baylor 5, Utah 2
Holly Holl's three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth broke a 2-2 tie en route to a 5-2 win over Utah (13-9-1) in game one, as the junior had four of the team's five RBI.
Courtney Repka cruised through the first four innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out three. With a 1-0 lead, Repka was replaced by Liz Paul in the fifth, who gave up a pair of runs, Whitney Canion (12-3) came on to pitch the final two innings, collecting the win. The redshirt junior allowed just one hit, two walks and struck out three.
Baylor took an early 1-0 lead in the second, as Clare Hosack battled a 13-pitch at bat that resulted in a double with one out. With two away, Holl laced an RBI-double down the left field line for the 1-0 advantage.
Paul went in to pitch for Repka and gave up leadoff single. With one out, Utah took the 2-1 lead on back-to-back extra base hits. A double to left center from Chalese Frankhauser tied the game and Kelsi Hoopiiaina tripled to left for the one-run lead.
The Lady Bears answered back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI from Linsey Hays. Kaitlyn Thumann had one of her three hits with one out and Shelton followed with a bunt single to load the bases for Hays' fielder's choice RBI.
The Baylor bats came alive in the sixth as Robin Landrith and Hosack led off the inning with back-to-back singles. That set the stage for Holl, who belted her second home run of the season, a three-run blast to center for the 5-2 lead.
Baylor 5, Syracuse 0
Heather Stearns struck out 11 for her third complete game shutout of the year to lead the Lady Bears to a 5-0 win over Syracuse (7-11) in game two. The freshman (7-1) gave up just two hits, one walk and one hit batter in the victory.
Baylor took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with back-to-back doubles from Shelton and Hays for the early advantage.
The Lady Bears doubled their lead in the second on an RBI-single from Jordan Strickland with two outs. Landrith led the inning off with a walk and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts before Strickland singled to center.
Stearns struck out the side in each of the first two innings and didn't allow a hit until the first batter of the fifth.
Baylor busted the game open in the fifth, plating three runs. Shelton led the inning off with a walk and stole second to reach scoring position. Sarah Smith notched her first hit of the game, a hard shot to right center that scored Shelton, advancing to second on the throw. Landrith then delivered a dipping liner to left that was misplayed by the left fielder, allowing pinch runner, Justine Young to score from second for the 4-0 lead. After a Holl single, she intentionally got caught in a rundown, allowing Landrith to steal home and Holl to steal second, giving Baylor its five-run cushion.
Stearns's 11 strikeouts were one off her career high and marked the third time she has recorded double digits. Shelton's stolen base puts her six steals away from tying Harmony Schwethelm's program record of 102. Canion's win puts her two shy of tying Lisa Ferguson's program record for wins (82).
Baylor will play host No. 20 Hawaii on Saturday at 1:00 a.m. CT. The game can be heard on baylorbears.com.