Baylor salvages split with Oklahoma
Canion fires complete game gem to lead Bears to victory
NORMAN, Okla. -- Down 2-1 with two outs in the top of the sixth, No. 17 Baylor (31-7, 5-3) scored four runs with two outs en route to a 5-2 win at No. 14 Oklahoma (32-11, 5-3) to split the series in Norman. The Lady Bears have still not lost back-to-back games all season.
“Yesterday was emotionally draining, but our kids fought back and battled out a win,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “Whitney threw a really good game, and KJ Freeland was awesome defensively and delivered a big hit.”
Kayce Walker led the way with two hits, while five RBI came from five different players.
Baylor is now 11-5 against ranked opponents this season, including 8-3 away from home.
Whitney Canion (17-5) went the distance, allowing eight hits, two runs, one earned, no walks and seven strikeouts.
Oklahoma’s Dani Dobbs led off the second with a double to left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but two-straight strikeouts and a groundout to second ended the threat.
With one out in the third, Brianna Turang singled to the pitcher and advanced to second on a close stolen base play. A single from Destinee Martinez put runners at the corners, but Canion struck out Jessica Shutls and got Haley Nix to fly out to fould ground in left, seeing Sydney Wilson make a great diving catch.
Baylor struck first for the second-straight day, as Megan Turk led off the third with a double to right center and advanced to third on a groundout to the pitcher from Dani Leal. Holly Holl then hit a slow grounder to second and the throw was not in time, scoring Turk for the 1-0 lead.
Baylor threatened in the fifth, as Clare Hosack reached on an error at third and was pinch run for by Makenzie Robertson. A sac bunt from Kelsi Kettler advanced Robertson to second, but she was thrown out on a steal of third, sliding in safely initially, but being called out after pulling her hand off the bag.
The Sooners tied the game on a solo homer to right center from Brittany Williams, and Chana’e Jones followed with a double to left center. A sac bunt from Martinez with one out was mishandled by Canion for the error, putting runners at the corners. After a foul out to first, Nix delivered an RBI-single through the right side for the 2-1 lead, but Canion got Dobbs to fly out to right to end the inning.
The Lady Bears answered back in a big way in the top of the sixth, with leadoff singles from Shelton and Walker. Following a strikeout of Turk, a double steal put both runners in scoring position, and Ricketts intentionally walked Leal to load the bases. Holl then popped up to short for the second out, bringing up KJ Freeland, who singled through the left side to tie the game. Hosack then struck out swinging, but a passed ball allowed her to reach first and Shelton to score for the 3-2 lead. With the bases still loaded, Kettler knocked an RBI-single up the middle to score Leal, and another RBI-single from Wilson to left brought Freeland around to score, making it a 5-2 lead.
With one out, and Turang on first with a single, Martinez hit a bouncer to Freeland, who tagged Turang and fired over to first to end the game, giving Baylor the win.