April 9, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -
No. 17 Baylor (30-7, 4-3) held a 2-0 lead with one out in the seventh, but No. 14 Oklahoma (32-10, 5-2) scored three runs for the comeback win, 3-2 at OU Softball Stadium on Saturday.
"We had the game in out hands," head coach Glenn Moore said. "We just couldn't close out this game and we have to want it more than that."
Whitney Canion (16-5) took the loss, allowing three runs, seven hits, three walks and striking out four in 6.2 innings.
Keilani Ricketts (19-6) picked up the win, striking out eight, giving up two runs, five hits and walking one in the loss.
Holding a 2-0 lead with one out in the bottom of the seventh, the Sooners struck starting with a single from Norris, followed by a walk from Jones. Baylor nearly had the pinch runner, Henson, picked off at second, but she broke to third for the steal on the throw. Turang singled to third to load the bases, allowing Martinez to deliver a two-RBI-single to right center for the tie. Still with one out, Shults hit a sac fly to center that scored Turang for the game-winner.
Canion worked out of a jam in the first, loading the bases with not outs on a hit by pitch, fieding error and walk. She then got Haley Nix to fly out to center before Dani Dobbs grounded to short, where Leal fired home to get the runner and the throw from Hosack was in time at first for the double play.
Baylor turned another double play to end the third, as a line out to Freeland by Destinee Martinez found the runner going on the play, allowing Freeland to apply the tag to Brianna Turang.
The Lady Bears rolled their third double play of the game in the fourth with a grounder by Dani Dobbs to Leal at short, who flipped it to Freeland and over to Holl for the 6-4-3.
Baylor grabbed the lead in the fifth, as Holly Holl led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt from Clare Hosack for the second out. Kelsi Kettler delivered a single to left center for her ninth RBI of the year and the 1-0.
The Lady Bears doubled their lead in the sixth on a two-out blast from Megan Turk, her second of the year, for the 2-0 advantage.
The Sooners threatened again in the sixth with Martinez reaching on a one-out error at short, followed by a two-out single by Haley Nix and a walk to Dobbs to load the bases. That brought up Ricketts, who struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
The Lady Bears and Sooners will wrap up their series on Sunday at noon.