ATHENS, Ga. – With theirs backs against the wall after a 14-2 defeat in game two of the series, Baylor (45-13) bounced back with a 9-2 victory against Georgia (51-14) to earn its second berth in the Women’s College World Series on Sunday evening.
“This group of kids doesn’t know how to quit and there are very few teams that could pull through what we did today,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “Georgia is a great team and it took everything we had, but that is what we gave. We are, I think, the true definition of a team, and we work hard. If that door opens, we’re going to step inside of it and do as much damage as we can.”
The Lady Bears hit three home runs in a game for the first time since April 6 at Texas Tech, as Whitney Canion, Megan Turk and Sydney Wilson each homered for BU.
Holly Holl, Kathy Shelton, Megan Turk and Kelsi Kettler each recorded two hits for Baylor.
Baylor took control of the game from the start, leaping out to a 5-0 lead in the first. With two outs, Leal got things going with a walk, followed by a walk from Canion as well. Holl then delivered her 11th double of the year to score Leal from second for the 1-0 lead. Shelton followed with a single to left field to double its lead before a three run shot to left center from Turk put Baylor up five.
Georgia answered with one of its own in the second on an RBI-double from Kristyn Sandberg, who drove in Brianna Hesson after leading off the inning with a double of her own.
Sandberg brought Georgia within three with a solo shot with one out in the fourth.
The Lady Bears busted the game open with a three-spot in the fifth, including a two-out, two-run home run from Sydney Wilson, her second of the year. Kathy Shelton hit a one-out single to short and advanced to second on a ground out from Turk for the second out of the inning. Kelsi Kettler delivered her fourth hit of the weekend, an RBI-single to center for a 6-2 lead before Wilson’t two-run shot.
Canion put the icing on the cake in the sixth with Canion’s second home run of the weekend and sixth of the season to make it 9-2.
Baylor ended the game with Taylor Schlopy grounding into a 4-6-3 double play.
Canion (29-10) fired a complete game, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts.