No. 22/15 Baylor Takes Series Opener With 8-2 Victory|
The Red Raiders dropped the series opener at Baylor, 8-2, Thursday evening.
May 2, 2013
WACO, Texas - No. 22/15 Baylor took advantage of a pair of Texas Tech errors in the first to take a three-run lead and kept the offense going from there en route to an 8-2 series-opening victory Thursday evening at Getterman Stadium.
Five of Baylor's (38-13; 9-6) eight runs stemmed from Tech miscues as the Red Raiders (29-25; 3-13) finished with three errors, including two in the opening inning that led to three runs for the Lady Bears.
"We didn't make plays early and that gave Baylor an early lead and you can't win many games doing that," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We had a chance to get back in the game early, but we left too many runners on base and couldn't find the key hit when we needed it. This is a long series and we'll try to even it up tomorrow evening."
Tech committed errors on two of the first four batters starter Cara Custer faced, bringing in one run before Linsey Hays connected on a two-run double down the left-field line that broke the game open early for Baylor.
Clare Hosack and Robin Landrith kept the pressure on an inning later with a double and RBI single to lead off the second. Baylor loaded the bases minutes later and brought another run across with a bases-loaded walk to Kaitlyn Thumann.
The Lady Bears plated two more runs in the fourth thanks to a Sarah Smith RBI double and a Jordan Strickland sacrifice fly. Holly Holl also added a RBI single in the fifth as part of a 2-for-3 performance.
In the circle, Whitney Canion (22-6) worked around seven walks with 12 strikeouts as the left-hander battled out of jams all night. She limited Tech to just five hits in six innings before Courtney Repka came on to toss a scoreless seventh.
The Red Raiders stranded 10 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the second. Tech put a pair of runners on in both the first and fourth innings as well before Canion ended both innings via strikeout.
Tech's only two runs came in the fifth off a bases-loaded, two-out single from Samantha Camello, who finished 2-for-3 at the plate. She also provided Tech's first hit in the game with a single in the second.
Brittany Talley relieved Custer (13-15) early in the second inning and proceeded to pitch four full innings where she allowed four runs, two of which were earned, off seven hits and one walk. Custer only allowed one earned run off three hits in her one inning pitched.
The two teams will continue the series with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch Friday evening at Getterman Stadium.