April 10, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas - A pair of third-inning unearned runs proved to be the difference here Wednesday night as No. 22 Baylor dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 18 Texas in Big 12 Conference softball action.
Baylor (40-12, 7-4) managed just one hit, an infield single by Kelly Levesque to lead off the game. The Lady Bears drew four walks, had one batter reach on a fielder's choice and another get hit by a pitch. That was the extent of the Baylor offense on the night.
Texas (35-10, 8-1) left the bases loaded in the first and failed to score in the second after getting runners at first and second with one out. However, the Longhorns got on the board in the third with help from Baylor.
Erin Mahoney led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sarah Wieszczak. On the bunt, though, Baylor third baseman misplayed the ball and both Mahoney and Wieszczak were safe. Another sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. Baylor reliever Katie Decker got UT's leading hitter, Wynter Turner, to foul out, but Tamara Poppe followed with a two-run single down the leftfield line.
That was all the offense the Longhorns needed as UT starter Cat Osterman handcuffed the Baylor bats for the second time this season. Osterman walked four and with 13 strikeouts on the night.
Joni Miller started for Baylor, but lasted only one and one-third innings. She did not allow a run, but was touched for four hits and walked one. Decker (10-2) was saddled with the tough-luck loss, Poppe's single was the only hit Decker allowed in one and two-thirds innings of work. Cristin Vitek pitched the final three innings, allowing one infield hit with five strikeouts.
Baylor returns to action this weekend, hosting Iowa State for a two-game series at Getterman Stadium. The Lady Bears and the Cyclones play Saturday at 2 p.m. CDT and Sunday at noon.