HOUSTON - After falling 8-0 in game one, No. 15 Baylor (32-8) used a Meagan Weldon two-run shot in the top of the eight for the 6-4 win in game two, splitting the series at Houston (29-13).
"It was a wild two games with a lot of swings of emotion," head coach Glenn Moore said. "But I couldn't be happier for Meagan Weldon to come home and play the way she did tonight. We could have lost game two when we got behind, but we had new players step up and refuse to lose."
Houston 8, No. 15 Baylor 0
Baylor mustered just three hits and left seven runners on base in an 8-0 loss to Houston in five innings in game one.
Amanda Crabtree (16-6) pitched a complete game, 5.0 inning-shutout, allowing just three hits, walking two and striking out 10 for the complete game win.
Coutney Repka (8-2) gave up eight runs, five earned, three walks and struck out one in 4.1 innings of work.
Houston jumped on Baylor early with four runs in the second. A leadoff single to the pitcher was followed by a wild pitch and single to right to put runners on the corners, and following a rundown at second, an illegal pitch scored Jennifer Klinkert for the 1-0 lead. Repka got a strikeout, but a passed ball allowed the runner to reach first and Katy Beth Sherman knocked in an RBI-single that scored, Angela Spittler from second. The lead grew to four on a double from Holly Anderson for the 4-0 advantage.
The Lady Bears put runners at first and second with a walk to Dani Leal and a fielder's choice that advanced Leal to second after an errant throw to second. A sac bunt from Jordan Vannatta put runners in scoring position, but back-to-back strikeouts stranded them in their place.
KJ Freeland led off the fifth with a single to shortstop and advanced to second on a fielder's choice when the throw from first wasn't in time. Baylor stranded the runners with a strikeout, pop fly to left and strikeout to end the inning.
The Cougars padded their lead with a three-run home run by Stesha Brazil with one out in the fifth, after a pair of walks put runners at first and second. Haley Outon ended the game on the very next pitch with a home run down the left field line for the 8-0 victory.
No. 15 Baylor 6, Houston 4 (8)
With two outs in the top of the eighth, Meagan Weldon belted a two-run home run to give Baylor the 6-4 lead that Canion came on to protect for the game two win. The homer was her first of the season and first since Feb. 24, 2009 against Oklahoma Christian.
Baylor is now 2-1 in extra-inning games this season.
Liz Paul (7-1) picked up the win, throwing 7.0 innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned, one walk and one strikeout. Canion recorded her third save of the season, striking out two batters in the eighth.
Houston again took the lead in the second, as Brazil led off with a single and advanced to second on an errant throw from first on a sac bunt. The Lady Bears thought they had an out on a grounder to third, but Holl did not step on the bag at first, allowing the runner to be safe. Paul battled back to get a groundout-RBI to first and then a pair of pop outs to escape with limited damage, down 1-0.
Baylor answered back with three runs in the third, beginning with one out and a hit-by-pitch of Meagan Weldon. Shelton then scooted a ball towards third that went between the legs of the fielder, putting runners at first and second. After Makenzie Robertson pinch ran at second, Turk ripped a single into center for the Lady Bears' first run of the day. An intentional walk to Leal allowed Canion to step up with two away and hit a single down the right field line that scored a pair for the 3-1 lead.
The Lady Bears tried to increase their lead in the top of the sixth with leadoff singles from Canion and Vannatta, but three-straight outs, including a rundown at home ended the threat, leaving the score 3-1.
Reina Gaber led off the sixth with a homer to right to cut the BU lead in half. After a pop up to second, Jones singled up the middle and came around to score on a triple from Sherman to tie the game, and Anderson followed with a single to left for the 4-3 lead.
Baylor tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back walks from Weldon and Shelton to lead off the inning. Walker laid down a sacrifice bunt to first to put runners in scoring position. Turk reentered the game and struck out, leaving Leal up with two away. On a 1-2 count, the ball got away from the catcher, scoring Weldon from third to tie the game. Leal drew a walk, but with runners at second and third, Canion flew out to center to end the inning.
The Lady Bears will wrap up their eight-game road swing at Kansas beginning on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan.