WACO, Texas -- Whitney Canion pitched the fifth no-hitter of her career Wednesday night against the Southland Conference champion, McNeese State, as No. 17 Baylor (38-12) blanked the Cowgirls (35-15) 6-0 at Getterman Stadium.
Canion pitched the second seven-inning no-hitter of her career to go with three others that were achieved in run-rule victories, and she struck out a season-high 14 hitters. She allowed two runners in the game, both in the second inning hitting Ashley Modzelewski with a pitch, and she walked Taylor Goree; however, after Goree reached, Canion retired the final 17 batters of the game, consecutively.
In addition to the no-hitter, Canion tied for third all-time on the Big 12 Conference’s career wins list with Oklahoma’s Jennifer Stewart (115, 1999-2002). She struck out every Cowgirl in the lineup Wednesday night with the exception of Lauren Langer, the three-hole hitter, who went 0-for-3.
Baylor’s offense also continued its power surge with Linsey Hays and Jordan Strickland each hitting their 10th home runs of the season and Sarah Smith hit her fifth off the scoreboard in centerfield in the fifth inning. Baylor now has 56 home runs in 50 games a year after hitting just 30 in 59.
Hays and Strickland went back-to-back as a part of a five-run second inning off McNeese starter Jamie Allred. Allred fell to 23-7 on the season after lasting just 1.2 innings. Canion improved to 23-9 on the season and completed the no-hitter on an even 100 pitches.