Baylor Softball Splits Doubleheader at Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (April 27, 2013) -- Despite outhitting and outscoring Kansas (30-14, 5-6) 11-7 in the doubleheader, No. 14 Baylor (36-13, 7-6) could only manage a split, winning game one 6-1 before a comeback fell short in a 6-5 loss in game two Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.
“Our pitching is now struggling and we have to get it straightened out,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “That is three-straight doubleheaders we have split and haven’t pitched to our capability. This team knows what is in front of them and I believe we will get it worked out.”
Kathy Shelton and Sarah Smith led the way with four hits apiece, while Whitney Canion and Linsey Hays each registered a home run. All 11 runs BU scored on the day came with two outs.
With Shelton’s two steals on the day, the senior pulls to within two of the Baylor single-season steals record of 36, held by Harmony Schwethelm (2006) and Tiffany Wesley (2007).
Game One
Baylor jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, collecting 13 hits en route to a 6-1 win in game one.
Canion (20-6) threw her 11th complete game, giving up just one run, walking two, allowing six hits and striking out six.
The Lady Bears’ 13 hits were the most in a Big 12 game this season. Shelton went 3-for-5 with a run, while Canion added a home run and three RBI and Jordan Stickland collected a pair of hits and runs.
BU took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI-single through the right side by Robin Landrith that scored Strickland.
The Lady Bears put runners on the corners in the third with two outs, after singles by Smith and Strickland, but Clare Hosack struck out to end the threat.
Thumann came through with two outs in the fourth, roping a double to left field that plated Landrith and pinch runner Justine Young for a three-young advantage.
Canion helped herself in the fifth with a solo shot to left center, her first homer of the season, making it 4-0.
The redshirt junior did it again in the sixth, adding two more RBI on a two-out single to left to score Strickland and Hays for a season high three RBI and 6-0 lead.
Canion had a shutout going through 6.1, but a solo home run off the bat of Chaley Brickey gave Kansas its only run.
Despite the six runs, Baylor stranded 13 runners in the opener.
Game Two
The Lady Bears scored four runs with two outs in the seventh to tie the game, but a walk-off homer from Alex Hugo salvaged the split for the Jayhawks in a 6-5 loss in game two.
Linsey Hays hit her first home run since March 3, a three-run shot in the seventh to complete the comeback in the seventh and tie the game at five. Jill Reid led off the seventh with a single off the pitcher, but was put out on a fielder’s choice by Shelton. With two away, Thumann singled through the right side to put runners at first and second. Smith followed by hitting a grounder to short that was thrown to third, going off the glove of the third baseman and down the line to score Shelton and make it 5-2. Hays would follow with a blast over left center to even the game and keep Baylor alive.
Hugo took the second pitch of the bottom of the seventh and put it over the center field wall for a walk-off win for KU.
Heather Stearns started the game, giving up seven hits, four runs, walking one and striking out three. Courtney Repka (5-2) came on in relief and took the loss, allowing two hits, two runs and striking out two.
Kansas took a 1-0 lead on a two-out solo homer from Hugo in the third.
Baylor loaded the bases in the fourth, as Smith and Hays each singled with one out. With runners at first and second, Strickland fouled out to right. Kelsi Kettler drew a walk to load the bags, but Chalmers would strikeout swinging to end the threat.
Kansas would answer with three in the bottom of the inning. Three-straight singles loaded the bases before Stearns got a strikeout. On a 3-2 pitch, Ashley Newman hit a bases-clearing triple over Shelton’s head in center for the 4-0 lead. Repka came on and stemmed the tide, recording a pair of outs to keep the deficit at four.
The Lady Bears posted its first run on a Thumann RBI-single up the middle, scoring Shelton who singled and stole second to reach scoring position.
Baylor and Kansas will face off in the rubber match, Sunday beginning at Noon in Lawrence.

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