WACO (May 2, 2013) -- No. 15 Baylor (38-13, 9-6) used a balanced offensive performance along with 12 strikeouts from Whitney Canion to dispose of Texas Tech 8-2 Thursday night at Getterman Stadium before a national television audience on ESPN. In all, nine different Lady Bears recorded at least one hit.
“I thought this was one of our top offensive performances of the year,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “Cara Custer is a good pitcher and we were able to get some very good swings off of her. Whitney was a little erratic due to the cold weather, but got the tough outs when she needed them.”
Clare Hosack and Holly Holl each led the way with two hits, while Hosack scored a pair of runs. Linsey Hays had one of three BU doubles on the night for two RBI.
Kathy Shelton swiped her 35th bag of the season and sits one steal away from tying Harmony Schwethelm and Tiffany Wesley for the Baylor single-season record in steals with 36.
Canion (22-6) picked up the win with her 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the year with 12, giving up just four hits, two earned runs and walking seven.
Canion worked out of a jam in the first, allowing two, one-out walks before getting a fly ball and strikeout to end the threat.
Baylor jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first after a pair of Red Raider errors. Shelton reached on a bobbled ball at second and stole second to reach scoring position. Holl sacrificed her over to third before a groundout from Kaitlyn Thumann put a pair of outs on the board. Sarah Smith stepped up and roped a hard liner off the glove of the shortstop for the second error, scoring Shelton for the 1-0 lead. Jordan Strickland followed with a single to second, allowing Hays to deliver an RBI-double down the left field line that scored a pair for the 3-0 advantage.
Texas Tech loaded the bases with two walks and a single with one out in the second, but Canion battled back to get back-to-back strikeouts to keep the Red Raiders off the board.
The Lady Bears answered with two more runs in the second, as Clare Hosack opened with a double down the left field line. Tech made a pitching change, as Brittany Talley came in to throw. Robin Landrith quickly greeted her with an RBI-single through the right side that scored Hosack. Shelton and Holl each followed with singles to load the bases before Thumann reached for the 12th-straight game with an RBI-walk for the 5-0 lead.
Baylor made its lead seven in the fourth when Smith doubled to right field, scoring Holl who rached on an error. Strickland followed with an RBI sac fly to left, scoring Thumann from third for the 7-0 lead.
Canion’s shutout ended with two outs in the fifth on a two-out, two-RBI-single to right center by Samantha Camello.
BU got one back in the sixth on an RBI-single from from Holl to right field that plated Hosack from third after a one-out single from the catcher.
Courtney Repka came on to work the seventh, allowing just one hit.
“We have to be ready for a battle tomorrow because that Tech team is going to come out and fight us with their season on the line,” Moore said.
The Lady Bears and Red Raiders will face off in game two, Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.