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Softball Stays Alive With 8-4 Win Over Arizona


(41-16) Rank: #18
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 4 0 2 0 1 1 8 11 2
2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 6 1

Box Score

College Station, Texas


(33-26) Rank: RV
Runs 8 4
AB 30 25
Hits 11 6
RBI 8 3
BB 9 2
SO 4 8
LOB 11 4

Hays 3 H 2 Wilson
Hays 2 2B 1 2 with
None -- 3B -- None
None -- HR -- None
Hays 3 RBI 3 Lanphear
Shelton 2 SB -- None

W - Stearns (11-4) 7.0 6 4 1 8
L - Babcock (16-12) 2.0 2 2 4 2

COLLEGE STATION, Texas- No. 18 Baylor (41-16) got an eight-strikeout performance from Heather Stearns to go along with 11 hits to stave off elimination with an 8-4 win over Arizona (33-26) Saturday night in College Station.

Stearns (11-4) picked up her first win since April 12, throwing a complete game, giving up six hits, four runs, one earned, walking just two and striking out eight.

""I'm very proud of these girls, especially Heather on the way she pitched," head coach Glenn Moore said. "I was asked earlier on why I chose to go with a freshman and I think everybody saw that tonight."

With the win, Baylor has now defeated Arizona in four of the last five meetings.

Linsey Hays had her second, two-double game of the year, to go with three hits, two runs a steal and three RBI. Kathy Shelton became the first player in BU history to swipe 40 bags in a season, and extended her on-base streak to 18-straight games. Jordan Strickland added two more hits, making it five on the day, to go with two RBI.

Baylor stranded the bases loaded in the top of the first, as three walks from Nancy Bowling set up a showdown with Strickland, who grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

Arizona took an early 2-0 lead in the first with a leadoff single from Hallie Wilson, who advanced to second on a bad throw from third on a sac bunt attempt from Suitos. A walk loaded the bases with one out before an RBI-single from Kelsey Rodriguez was followed by a sac fly to left from Del Ponte to make it 2-0.

The Lady Bears grabbed the lead the very next inning, scoring four runs with two outs. Following a fielder's choice by Robin Landrith, Baylor had four-consecutive hits for four runs. Kathy Shelton got things going with a single to left center and Holl followed with a single to load the bases for Hays, who promptly doubled to the right center wall to even the game at two. Smith followed suit, doubling off the top of the wall in center to plate Hays and Holl for the 4-2 lead.

The Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the third on a crazy play to end the inning. With two outs and runners at first and second, Del Ponte doubled to left center, scoring Goodacre, but a throwing error home by Strickland allowed Kelsey Rodriguez to come around to tie the game. With the ball at the backstop, Del Ponte tried to come all the way around, but Bailey Chalmers tossed it to Heather Stearns who made the tag at home for the final out.

As became the theme, BU answered right back with two more runs the very next inning. Shelton led off with a walk and stole second, but was put out at third on a fielder's choice by Hays. A Kaitlyn Thumann walk loaded the bases with two outs and saw Strickland single off the glove of the third baseman and into left field for two RBI and the 6-4 lead.

Clare Hosack's sac fly in the sixth scored Thumann to give Baylor the 7-4 lead and her fifth RBI of the day.

The Lady Bears made it a four-run cushion in the seventh on another double and RBI for Hays, who sent a shot to left center that scored pinch runner Justine Young from second.

Stearns, who had retired 11 in a row, gave up a single with two outs in the seventh. Following another single, and the tying run on deck, the freshman got Suitos to strike out swinging to end the game.

Baylor and Texas A&M will face off in a rematch on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. If the Lady Bears win, the two teams would meet again at 5:00 p.m.



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