LAFAYETTE, La. - The No. 23 Baylor softball team (34-22) ended a gritty season, falling one game short of a regional final after a 6-2 loss to No.16 Stanford (40-18) Saturday night at Lamson Park in Lafayette, La. The Lady Bears advanced to that game after defeating Mississippi Valley State (34-19) 5-0 earlier in the day.
"I am so proud of what I saw out of this team this season," head coach Glenn Moore said. "We could have felt sorry for ourselves after all of our tough breaks, but we showed true toughness and I will always remember this team fondly because of that."
Baylor 5, MVSU 0
Liz Paul (12-8) collected a career high nine strikeouts for her fifth complete-game shutout of the year, leading the Lady Bears to a 5-0 win over Mississippi Valley State (34-19) in game one. Paul allowed just two hits while walking none in the win.
Four Baylor players collected two hits apiece, while Holly Holl added two RBI.
Kaitlynn Thumann got things going for BU in the first, collecting an RBI-single past the shortstop to score Kathy Shelton for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Bears doubled their lead in the second on a bases-loaded sac fly with one out from Shelton that scored Shelbi Redfearn for the 2-0 advantage. Jordan Strickland led off the inning with a single and Kelsi Kettler reached on a errant throw off a sac bunt a attempt. Clare Hosack followed with a bunt single, and following a fielder's choice, Shelton put the Lady Bears ahead by two.
Baylor loaded the bases in the sixth with one out and Holl delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to make it 4-0.
The final insurance run came across after Megan Turk led off the inning with a double and came around to score on an RBI-single from Strickland that found a gap in right center.
Stanford 6, Baylor 2
A two-out error proved costly for the Lady Bears, as six runs came in to score following the errant throw in a 6-2 loss to Stanford.
The game was scoreless thru 4.2 innings, including a 51 minute rain delay. With two outs and a runner aboard second, Hanna Winter hit a single back to Courtney Repka, who turned and fired low and wide of first that allowed the first run to plate. Two batters later, an RBI-double from Ashley Hansen made it 2-0, and with the bases loaded, Cassandra Roulund made the lead six with a grand slam to left.
The Lady Bears bit into the Cardinal lead in the bottom of the fifth when Sydney Wilson laced a double off the wall in left center, scoring Strickland, who led off with a sharp single to left. Shelton then made the deficit four on a single to right center that brought Wilson around to score.
Baylor could not muster any more runs, ending its season one game short of the regional final.