Canion Keeps Texas Tech's Bats at Bay in Game One
April 6, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Baylor's Whitney Canion held No. 24 Texas Tech hitless until the seventh inning as the 17th-ranked Bears took a 5-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Rocky Johnson Field.
Canion (16-4) allowed only three Tech players to reach base until Mikey Kenney lead off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to left field. The Red Raiders did not advance a runner past first in the game, besides Kenney's home run.
The sophomore finished with 11 strike outs while allowing only the dinger to Kenney and a single by Cydney Allen later in the inning. She also walked a batter and hit another, but each time Tech could not capitalize with a timely hit.
Baylor took advantage of small ball in the first inning as Kathy Shelton and Kayce Walker notched consecutive singles to put early pressure on Tech starter Kermitria Ward. Dani Leal later drove in Shelton with a sacrifice fly to right field giving the Bears' their first run.
Following another Baylor run in the third off a wild pitch, the Bears extended their lead even further following sacrifice flies from KJ Freeland and Shelton. Baylor added an insurance run in the seventh with a RBI single from Megan Turk.
For the first time in Big 12 play, Tech struggled in the field as the Red Raiders committed two errors during the game, breaking a five-game no error streak. Only two of Tech's five runs allowed were earned.
Ward (5-1) took the loss for the Red Raiders in the circle as the freshman from Waco gave up three runs, one of which was earned, off three hits in just three innings of work. Brittany Talley pitched the final four frames in relief, surrendering one earned run off three hits as well.