June 1, 2014
|17/17/13 (49-15) vs. #6/6/5 Florida (52-12)
June 1, 2014 | Noon CT | Television: ESPN
Oklahoma City, Okla. | ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – Baylor might still be reveling over Saturday night’s 8-7, extra-inning win over Kentucky in the Women’s College World Series, but the Lady Bears have to refocus for a Noon contest with Florida on ESPN.
After trailing 7-0 to Kentucky through five innings, Baylor came back to win the game 8-7 to eliminate the Wildcats and reach the semi-finals for the second time in four years.
An improbable victory for Baylor brings the team full circle to the start of the WCWS. The Lady Bears lost 11-0 Thursday in five innings to the Gators to open the tournament, and now Baylor must take on Florida again Sunday to stay alive. If the Lady Bears can win, they’ll have to do it once more against the Gators at 6 p.m. to reach the championship, best-of-three series.
Oregon and Alabama remain on the other side of the bracket with the Ducks in the same position as Baylor. Oregon must beat the Crimson Tide twice to advance to the championship best-of-three, which begins Monday and could run through Wednesday with an if-necessary game.
Baylor is the No. 13 seed headed into the tournament with a 49-15 record on the season, while Florida, the No. 5 seed, enters with a 52-12 record. After the Gators’ win over Baylor Thursday, they beat Oregon 4-0 to go to 2-0 at the WCWS.
The Gators have pitched Hannah Rogers in each game, and with one day’s rest she comes in with a 28-8 record and 1.59 ERA.
The Lady Bears will go back with Whitney Canion for the Noon game. After a dominating Waco regional and Athens, Georgia Super Regional round, the senior leff-hander has struggled in the WCWS battling fatigue and nagging injury. She’ll come to the circle today with a 31-11 record and a 1.50 ERA. So far in the WCWS, Canion is 0-1 with a 4.77 ERA in 7.1 innings of work.
Pam Ward and Michele Smith will have the call on ESPN at Noon while Derek Smith and John Morris will call the game on the radio for Baylor fans in Waco on 1660 AM ESPN Central Texas or BaylorBears.com.