OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- After 12.2 innings, Holly Holl did what 95 batters before her couldn't do; driving in a a run on a solo blast to left to give No. 11 Baylor (47-14) 1-0 win over No. 5 Missouri (53-10) at the Women's College World Series on Saturday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The walk-off home run was the second of the WCWS for the Lady Bears after Kelsi Kettler did the same on Thursday afternoon against Oklahoma State.
"We have the most resilient group of young women in the country," head coach Glenn Moore said. "Whitney (Canion) threw one of the best games I have seen and Holly (Holl) came through in the clutch. I am so proud to coach this team."
Whitney Canion (31-11) allowed just two hits through 13.0 innings, walking two and striking out 11 in her ninth complete-game shutout of the year. It marked the longest outing of her career and the 11th, 10-plus strikeout game of the season.
In the bottom of the 13th, Turk lined out to third and Leal struck out swinging to set the stage for Holl. Down 0-2, Holl took an outside pitch to the opposite field and over the left field wall for the win.
Baylor put a runner in scoring position in the third, as Canion led off with a single to left and was pinch run for by Makenzie Robertson. With one down, Sydney Wilson drew a walk to put Robertson at second, but with two outs, she was thrown out on a double-steal attempt to end the inning.
Leal tried to start a two-out rally in the fourth with a single up the middle, followed by a catcher's interference that put Holly Holl on first, but Kelsi Kettler grounded out to second to end the threat.
The Lady Bears put their first runner on third in the bottom of the eight, as Kathy Shelton, who singled to short, reached third on a bunt single from Megan Turk to put runners on the corners with two outs. However, Dani Leal struck out swinging, keeping the game scoreless.
Missouri put runners at first and second in the ninth on a throwing error by Leal with two outs, which was followed by an intentional walk to Ashley Flemming, but Canion coaxed a pop up to short to end the inning.
Canion faced 41 batters between hits, before giving up her second of the game in the 13th, a leadoff single to Lisa Simmons.
Chelsea Thomas (32-8) took the loss, going 12.2 innings, striking out 19, walking three, allowing eight hits and one earned run.
The Lady Bears will now face No. 1 Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN in the national semifinals.