OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The No. 11 Baylor softball team's (47-15) magical run came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to No. 1 Arizona State (58-6) in the semifinals of Women's College World Series. The Lady Bears advanced further than any team in Baylor history.
"Last night took so much out of us and we just ran out of gas," head coach Glenn Moore said. "We had our opportunities, but Arizona State is a great team and is number one for a reason."
Whitney Canion (31-12) gutted her way through six-plus innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, striking out six and walking seven. Canion's 31 wins tied a Baylor record for most wins in a season, matching Cristin Vitek's 31 in 2004. Liz Paul came on in relief to retire three-straight.
Holly Holl led the way with two hits, her second multi-hit game of the WCWS, including her team-leading 12th double of the year.
The Sun Devils jumped ahead in the second inning on a two-run homer to right center from Mandy Urfer, after a leadoff walk to Krista Donnewirth put a runner at first.
Back-to-back hits led off the second, as Dani Leal and Holly Holl each singled to left to put runners at first and second. But a Canion pop up bunt put one on out on the board, and a pair of strikeouts from Kelsi Kettler and Clare Hosack ended the threat.
The Sun Devils threatened in the third with a Kaylyn Castillo double, followed by a walk to Lockwood, but with one out Donnewirth grounded to third where Turk stepped on the bag and fired over to first for the double play to get out of the inning.
Another two-out rally began for the Lady Bears in the fourth, as Holl roped a double to left center and Canion reached on a walk, but a foul out to first base by Kettler wrapped up the inning.
Arizona State added to its lead in the fifth on an RBI-double from Lockwood that just missed the out-stretched arm of Walker in right, scoring Castillo for the 3-0 lead.
The Sun Devils stretched the lead to four on a high-chopping infield single that scored Haro, who came back in after Sarah Rice drew a walk to lead off the inning. That retired Canion, who received a standing ovation from the crowd. Paul came on and retired three-straight to keep the deficit at four.
The Lady Bears wrapped up the season with the fourth most wins in school history.