April 19, 2009
WACO - An RBI-single in the top of the third by Nebraska's Darcy Rutherford proved to be the game-winner, as the Huskers (30-13, 7-7) defeated Baylor (33-17, 9-5) 1-0 on Senior Day at Getterman Stadium Sunday. Baylor managed just three hits, but stranded seven runners on the day.
Whitney Canion (21-13) took the loss despite allowing just one run on four hits and striking out 11 for her 17th game of 10-plus strikeouts and fifth in-a-row. Tiffany Wesley had two of Baylor's hits, while Alex Colyer registered the only other base knock for the Lady Bears.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Baylor attempted to mount a two-out comeback as Meagan Weldon and Bree Hanafin each drew walks to get the winning run aboard. But Tiffany Wesley grounded out to third to end the game, one of 11 groundouts on the day for the Lady Bears.
The Lady Bears seemingly had the game tied in the fifth, as T. Wesley singled with two outs to reach first. She then stole second, only to see the ball get away, advanced to third where an errant throw went by the third baseman who threw home to try to get Wesley. The throw was not in time, but Wesley was ruled to have not touched the plate on the slide, and was tagged out.
Nebraska got the lone run of the game in the third, as a double and an error put runners on the corners with one out. Rutherford blooped a single to left, scoring Gay, giving the Huskers a 1-0 lead.
Baylor put two runners on with less than two outs in the first and fourth innings, but failed to get runners around against NU starter Molly Hill (20-9) who threw seven shutout innings, striking out two and walking four.
Baylor will remain at home as it steps out of conference for a showdown against UTSA at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at Getterman Stadium.