ATHENS, Ga. -- In a heavyweight battle, Baylor and Georgia exchanged punches, but the Lady Bears advanced to their third Women’s College World Series with a 6-3 win against the Bulldogs on Saturday at Jack Turner Stadium.

Baylor (47-14), the No. 13 seed, trailed 3-2 headed into the bottom of the fifth inning before Linsey Hays hit the go-ahead two-run homer deep over the right-field wall that proved to be the game-winner. As has been done her whole career, Whitney Canion battled through a 169-pitch effort to pick up her 31st win of the season and help carry the Lady Bears to their third WCWS appearance since 2007.

The last time BU went to Oklahoma City was also via Athens, when Baylor beat the Bulldogs in three games. This time, after Baylor’s 9-1 win Friday, the Lady Bears closed the door in two games, once again on the road, stunning the No. 4-seeded Bulldogs.

Georgia scored a run in the first, fourth and fifth innings and threatened all afternoon long, but in the end Canion stranded 12 UGa base runners, nixing any big innings.

Canion scattered eight hits, walked five and struck out seven to tie Cristin Vitek’s (2004) and her own (2011) single-season record for 31 wins in a season.

Baylor added the final nail in the coffin scoring two runs on three Georgia (49-15) errors in the bottom of the sixth as the game became unraveled for the Bulldogs.

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