No. 22/15 Baylor Uses Six-Run Sixth to Clinch Series
Lexie Elkins went 2-for-3 with two RBI Friday evening in Tech's 10-5 loss to Baylor.
May 3, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor strung together four-straight RBI singles as part of a six-run sixth inning that pushed the No. 22/15 Lady Bears to a 10-5 series-clinching victory over Texas Tech Friday evening at Getterman Stadium.
The six-run sixth by Baylor (39-13; 10-6) broke up a 4-4 tie as the Red Raiders (29-25; 3-14) had previously tied the game in the top half of the frame. It was the second big inning of the game for the Lady Bears, who also plated four in the third to take the lead.
The two big innings overplayed a solid night at the plate for the Red Raiders, who scored in each of the final four innings. Tech totaled 10 hits and easily lead the category until Baylor connected on five in the sixth, beginning with a double from Sarah Smith that fell between Marisa Malazzo and Katelyn Williams in shallow right field.
Smith finished 2-for-4 at the plate for Baylor as she also added a RBI single in the third that followed a Kaitlyn Thumann two-run single. Claire Hosack also went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles in both the third and sixth innings.
Baylor connected on four-straight RBI singles following Smith's double to chase Tech reliever Cara Custer (13-16), who picked up the loss in three innings of relief where she allowed four runs off four hits and four walks.
Custer had allowed just one hit until Smith's double. The right-hander relieved starter Gretchen Aucoin, who also gave up four runs off four hits in her two innings of work.
Whitney Canion (23-6) picked up the win for Baylor in relief as she gave up two runs off five hits during the final 2.1 innings. It was the second-straight day Canion appeared in the circle as she also earned the win in Thursday's series opener where she tossed six innings.
Canion relieved Heather Stearns, who was pulled with Shelby Johnson at third base with two outs in the inning. Mikey Kenney rocketed a triple, her second of the year, to score Johnson and pull Tech to within one run.
Kenney's triple was one of five extra-base hits for the Red Raiders as Sandy James, Adriana Perez and Lexie Elkins all connected on doubles in the fifth while Gretchen Aucoin led off the sixth with a two-bagger as well.
Aucoin scored off a RBI single from Elkins, who finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. James, who added a multiple-hit game as well with a 2-for-4 performance, added Tech's final run with a two-out RBI single in the seventh that scored Johnson after she chopped an infield single to open the frame.
The Red Raiders will look to salvage the series at 12 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
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