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Baylor Softball Wins Two in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. (March 2, 2013) -- No. 20 Baylor (18-3) made a clean sweep of day two of the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational, defeating East Carolina (7-10) 5-2 and Binghamton (2-6) 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.

“I was happy with our effort against two scrappy teams,” head coach Glenn Moore said. “It wasn’t a clean game, but they are wins. This team is learning, but we need to be ready for a big game tomorrow.”

Linsey Hays paced the offense after going 3-for-6 with three doubles and four RBI. The redshirt freshman has eight hits in four games of the tournament. Kaitlyn Thumann added four runs and a pair of doubles on the day.

Game One

BU 5, ECU 2

The Lady Bears got two RBI apiece from Linsey Hays and Sarah Smith, pulling away from East Carolina late, 5-2.

Courtney Repka (4-0) kept her perfect mark, going 5.2 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, one earned, three walks and two strikeouts. Whitney Canion picked up her first save, striking out three and giving up one hit in 1.1 innings.

Baylor struck first, plating a run in the top of the first. Thumann led off the game with a walk, stole second and advanced to third after a flyout to right from Shelton. Hays stepped up and delivered an RBI-double down the third base line, scoring Thumann for the 1-0 lead.

East Carolina evened the score in the bottom of the second with a two-out bases loaded single through the left side off the bat of Meredith Mitchell. The Pirates loaded the bags with one out, but Repka got a strikeout to put two away before inducing a pop out to short to end the threat.

The Lady Bears ran into tough luck in the top of the third. Hays reached first after an error by the first baseman, but Smith lined out to a leaning second baseman, doubling off Hays at first to end the inning.

Baylor flashed its own leather in the bottom of the inning, turning a double play on a grounder to the circle, as Repka threw to Strickland at second who fired over to first to clear the bases.

BU took a two-run lead in the fifth, as Thumann led off with a double over the left fielder. After a pair of strikeouts, Smith delivered an RBI-single to center and advanced to center on the throw home. Holly Holl then stepped in and hit her first career triple that fell under the diving left fielder, rolling to the wall, scoring Smith for the 3-1 lead.

The Pirates cut the lead to one in the fifth, as an error at second with two outs allowed a run to score from third. A single and sac bunt put Jasmine Robbins at second with one out, before a walk and pop fly to right had runners at the corners. Repka worked out of the jam, getting a grounder to third to end the inning.

With two outs and runners at the corners in the bottom of the sixth, Canion came on in relief of Repka and was immediately picked up by the defense. A shot into center field appeared to be an RBI-single, but a head’s up play from Shelton made the force out at second and kept the run off the scoreboard.

Baylor built some breathing room with two more in the seventh, as Thumann laced her second double of the game. Shelton followed with a single past first and stole second to reach scoring position. Hays delivered her second RBI of the game on a sac fly to center, scoring Thumann for the 4-2 lead. Smith notched her second RBI on the next at-bat, extending the BU lead to three.

Canion closed out the victory with three strikeouts in the seventh.

Game Two

BU 6, Binghamton 1

Heather Stearns collected 10 strikeouts and had three RBI to lead Baylor to a 6-1 win over Binghamton in game two.

The freshman moved to 5-1 on the year, allowing four hits, one run, no walks in her second double-digit strikeout performance of the year.

Hays went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and two RBI, while Jordan Strickland added a 1-for-2 performance with an RBI.

Baylor plated a run in the third, despite not recording a base hit until the fourth. Canion began the inning with a walk and was pinch ran for by Justine Young. A sacrifice bunt from Bailey Chalmers advanced Young to second and a wild pitch put the freshman at third. Strickland followed with a deep sac fly to right center for the 1-0 lead.

The Lady Bears added another in the fourth as Hays led off the inning with a single, the first hit of the game for BU. A wild pitch moved Hays to third, and with one out, Stearns hit a pop up to center that was dropped. Hays, going on the play, scored from third for the 2-0 lead.

Hays delivered again in the sixth with a bases-clearing double to left center that bounced off the wall, scoring Strickland and Thumann, making it 4-0. Stearns stepped in with one out and laced a two-RBI single to right center for the 6-0 advantage.

Stearns, who retired 14 in a row until the sixth, gave up a leadoff double and single to put runners in scoring position for Binghamton. Sydney Harbaugh came through on the bunt-squeeze, scoring Dougherty for the first run.

Liz Paul finished out the last inning, striking out two and giving up one hit.

The Lady Bears will wrap up the tournament, facing No. 3 Arizona State at 12:30 p.m. CT. The game will can be heard live on baylorbears.com.


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