April 22, 2011
WACO - Despite outhitting No. 20 Oklahoma State, 8-7, the No. 14 Baylor softball team (35-9, 7-4) stranded nine runners en route to a 4-2 loss to the Cowgirls (34-11, 6-4) Friday night at Getterman Stadium.
"They took advantage of their opportunities, so you have to tip your hat to them," head coach Glenn Moore said. "We need to come out and get a win on our home turf tomorrow."
Whitney Canion (19-6) lasted 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, two earned, no walks and six strikeouts.
The Lady Bears stranded five runners in the first two innings, leaving the bases loaded in the second. They did pick up a run in the second on an RBI-single from Shelton that scored Freeland, who walked. A single to center from Walker loaded the bases with two outs, but foul out from Megan Turk to left ended the threat.
The Cowgirls struck in the fourth, with a leadoff single from Ari Morrison who scored on the next play off a double to right center from Alysia Hamilton. A sac bunt put Hamilton at third, and she came across on a single to right center from Julie Ward for a 2-0 lead.
OSU padded its lead in the fifth with two more runs. Mariah Gearhart hit a one-out single to left and Morrison reached on a fielding error by Freeland at second. A groundout to first advanced both runners into scoring position, allowing Chelsea Garcia to drive them both in on a single to left center.
Liz Paul came on in relief, throwing 2.1 innings of hitless ball and striking out one.
Baylor made a late charge in the bottom of the seventh, as Shelton led off the inning with a double to right center. After advancing on a Walker groundout, Shelton remained at third following a Turk strikeout. With two down, Dani Leal laced a hit off the diving glove of the third baseman and into shallow left that scored Shelton, making it 4-2. Paul came to the plate as the tying run, but ended the game on a grounder to short.
Kat Espinosa (18-5) picked up the win, scattering eight hits, allowing two runs, walking three and striking out three in a complete-game effort.
That marked Baylor's fourth loss of the year when outhitting its opponent.
The Lady Bears will look for a series split on Saturday with first pitch at 2:00 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.