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No. 13 Oklahoma Edges No. 12 SB, 3-2 in Big 12 Series Opener


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OKLAHOMA

(31-8, 8-0) Rank: 13/19
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Box Score | Highlights

Waco, Texas • Attendance: 1,147


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BAYLOR

(29-8, 3-2) Rank: 12/12

THE RUNDOWN
WACO, Texas - Whitney Canion hadn't given up a run in 21.1 innings before Oklahoma's Leslie Miller hit a 2-run homer of the Baylor senior as a part of a three-run fifth inning, and the Sooners (31-8, 8-0) went on to sink Baylor (29-8, 3-2) 3-2 Friday night at Getterman Stadium.

Miller hit her third home run of the season on a 1-2 pitch scoring Whitney Ellis to give OU its first lead of the game after Baylor's Holly Holl hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth for the first run of the game.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, following Milller's homer, Callie Parson's reached for OU on a dropped fly ball and came around to score when the next batter, Georgia Casey, tripled her home.

Baylor loaded the bases in the bottom fifth with two outs, and Sarah Smith singled home Ari Hawkins to trim the lead to one, however, OU starter Kelsey Stevens struck out Holl to end the inning, and that would be all the rally Baylor would muster.

Stevens improved to 22-5 on the season with the complete-game victory; she struck out six and scattered five hits. Canion (16-6) walked four, struck out six and was charged with two earned runs on her three surrendered.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Holly Holl's home run in the bottom of the fourth inning was the third of the season for the senior and the 11th of her career.
  • Ari Hawkins had two hits on the night, and it marked the 10th time this season that the freshman has recorded multiple hits in a game.
  • Whitney Canion threw her third consecutive complete game, it was her 12th of the season, and it was the 103rd of her career.

STAT OF THE GAME I
7 - Baylor left seven runners on base and loaded the bases twice; the Bears came away with zero run in the bottom of the first after loading the bases with one out; and BU loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but managed just one run.

STAT OF THE GAME II
21.1 - Whitney Canion gave up a run with two outs in the second inning of BU's road game with Texas Tech March 28; from that point she recorded 21.1 innings without surrendering a run until Miller hit the two-run homer in the fifth for OU.

THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on Baylor's performance
"I thought it was a game of missed opportunities, and Whitney pitched well enough for us to win, but we were unable to make the most of our chances."

WHAT'S NEXT

Baylor takes on OU again Saturday at 4 p.m. in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN. Pam Ward and Michele Smith will have the call, and Baylor will honor Canion prior to the game as BU athletic director Ian McCaw will present her with her 100th career win ball. She won No. 100 March 1 in a two-hit shutout victory over No. 14 South Alabama. Baylor men's basketball head coach Scott Drew will throw out the first pitch Saturday to kick off the festivities.


 

 

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