COLLEGE STATION (May 18, 2013) -- No. 18 Baylor (40-16) saw its 5-0 lead disappear in the final 1.1 innings, thanks to six runs on three home runs from No. 13 Texas A&M (41-15), capped by a walk-off home run by Nicole Morgan in the seventh to give the Aggies the 6-5 win Saturday afternoon. It marked the first loss of the year when leading after six innings for the Lady Bears, who outhit the Aggies 11-8.
“Whitney Canion pitched her heart out,” head coach Glenn Moore said. This game will humble you, and we controlled the game for 6.1 innings, they just had enough in the final bit. It’s hard to keep an offensive team like that down the whole game.”
Clare Hosack belted her third home run of the season, her first career grand slam. Jordan Strickland tied a career high with three hits, while Sarah Smith and Linsey Hays each added a pair of hits.
Whitney Canion (24-9) held the nation’s leader’s in home runs/game off the board, giving up just three hits through the first 5.2 innings. She ended up fanning six, walking five, allowing six runs on eight hits in the complete-game effort.
BU left the bases loaded in the second, as the first three runners got on with no outs. Hays led off the inning with a single to center, followed by a walk from Thumann and a bunt-single from Strickland to load the bags. Canion and Hosack followed with strikeouts and Robin Landrith fouled out to third to end the threat.
The Lady Bears loaded the bases in the fourth for Hosack, who turned on a 1-1 pitch and put it over left field for the 4-0 lead. Kaitlyn Thumann reached on a fielder’s choice followed by a bunt-single from Strickland and a walk by Canion to load the bases. The grand slam from Hosack was the third of the season by Baylor, who previously had two in one game against North Dakota on March 1.
BU added another in the fifth on an RBI-single to the shortstop by Thumann, scoring Smith for the 5-0 advantage.
The Aggies came alive with two outs in the sixth, when starting pitcher Mel Dumezich hit a two-run shot to center to cut the lead to three. Two batters later, Canion got pinch hitter, Breanna Dozier to strikeout to end the inning, preserving the lead.
After Baylor went in order in the seventh, Canion got Jenna Garza to strike out for the first out of the inning. Emily Albus and Amber Garza each followed with singles to set up the three-run blast over right from Cali Lamphear to tie the game at five.Four pitches later, Nicole Morgan ended the game on a walk-off solo shot over left center.
Baylor will await the winner of Arizona/Penn and play at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPNews.