WACO (March 9, 2013) -- No. 17 Baylor (21-3) pitched a pair of shutouts for a doubleheader sweep of Purdue (11-11), claiming wins of 8-0 and 1-0, Saturday afternoon at Getterman Stadium. The Lady Bears have won 11-consecutive home games and 20 of its last 21 overall.
Whitney Canion and Heather Stearns combined to allow just nine hits while striking out 13 in 13.0 innings combined. The BU offense totaled 19 hits on the day, led by Sarah Smith’s four. Linsey Hays added three hits and four RBI, extending her hit streak to nine games.
“I thought we did a really good job of being focused today,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “That is a good Purdue team and we have to be just as ready to go tomorrow.”
Baylor 8, Purdue 0 (6)
Canion (10-2) tossed a two-hitter, striking out seven and walking four in 6.0 innings, leading Baylor to a 8-0 win in game one.
Clare Hosack went 3-for-3, tying a career high, with two RBI, while Hays added a run and three RBI and Smith had two hits, two runs and two RBI.
The Lady Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, scoring both runs with two outs. Smith got things started with an RBI-double off the wall in center to score the first of three Kaitlyn Thumann runs. Hosack followed with an RBI-single to left center for the two-run advantage.
Baylor used the momentum to plate four in the bottom half of the inning, as Hays laced an RBI-single through the left side to score Thumann for the 3-0 lead. With one out and runners at second and third, Smith hit a hard grounder passed the second baseman and into right, scoring Shelton. Hosack followed with another RBI-single of her own before Canion belted a long single off the wall in right center to make it 6-0.
Hays ended the game in the sixth with one swing of her bat, as her triple missed going over the fence in left field by inches. Bailey Chalmers and Thumann, who each singled, came around to score for the 8-0 win.
Baylor 1, Purdue 0
Hays’ RBI-single in the bottom of the fourth proved to be the game winner, as Stearns and Canion combined to keep the Boilermakers off the board in a 1-0 victory in game two.
Stearns (6-1) picked up the win, going 6.0 innings, allowing six hits, striking out six and walking none. Canion earned her second save of the year, allowing one hit and recording the final three outs of the seventh.
After allowing a single to left to lead off the seventh, Canion came on to replace Stearns and quickly gave up a bunt-single to put runners at first and second. Canion then induced a ground ball to the circle for the first out, allowing the runners to move up. A grounder to short was quickly fired home from Jordan Strickland for the second out, and following a walk, Canion got Andie Varsho to fly out to shallow center to end the game and threat.
Baylor picked up its first hit of the game in the fourth, as Kathy Shelton led off with a double down the right field line. That set the stage for Hays’ single up the middle that gave BU its 1-0 lead.
Baylor will wrap up the series against Purdue on Sunday at Noon at Getterman Stadium.