Kansas Outdone By No. 21/14 Baylor in Game One, 6-1

April 27, 2013

Box Score

No. 21/14 Baylor 6, Kansas 1
Arrocha Ballpark // Lawrence, Kan.
Freshman shortstop Chaley Brickey hit a solo shot in game one against Baylor and another in game two.

1 2 3 4 5 R H E
NC A&T 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
KU 0 5 7 5 x 17 16 1
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Leaders – Batting
C. Brickey 2 1 1 1 1 1
A. Jones 3 0 2 0 0 0
W. Canion 4 1 2 3 0 1
K. Shelton 5 1 3 0 0 0
Kansas IP H R ER BB SO
Pille (L, 13-7) 7.0 13 6 4 2 5
Canion (W, 20-6) 7.0 5 1 1 2 6

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A solo homer from freshman shortstop Chaley Brickey marked a mini-rally by the Jayhawks in the bottom of the seventh, but not nearly enough to top nationally-ranked Baylor as KU fell in the series opener 6-1 Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark. No. 21/14 Baylor (36-12, 7-5) and Kansas (29-14, 4-6) entered the weekend sitting at third and fourth place, respectively, in the Big 12 Conference standings. The Bears posted 13 hits to the Jayhawks’ five, and even though three of KU’s hits went for extra bases, BU spread out its scoring through the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take solid control of the game. Redshirt junior centerfielder Alex Jones led the KU offense with two hits. A triple in the bottom of the first marked freshman Alex Hugo’s 59th hit of the season – tying a Kansas freshman record. Senior left fielder Maggie Hull led off the sixth with a double, the 47th of her career to tie her for second all-time at KU. Despite the records being reached, Brickey was the only run to come across for Kansas. Sophomore Alicia Pille (13-7) threw a complete game in the loss, allowing four earned runs of the six scored. She struck out five and walked two while giving up 13 hits. Opposite her in the circle, redshirt junior left-hander Whitney Canion (20-6) also tossed a complete game, striking out six and surrendering five hits and KU’s lone run off the bat of Brickey. She did damage at the plate as well, knocking out a solo home run in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth. Baylor centerfielder Kathy Shelton led all players with a 3-for-5 effort, while fellow outfielder Kaitlyn Thumann recorded two hits. Known for their speed, the Bears collected four stolen bases in the game to bring their total to a remarkable 90 on the season. Hugo worked to get the offense going right away against the Baylor All-American pitcher, pounding a triple off the right field wall in the bottom of the first. The Jayhawks would’ve had the early lead, in fact, but a runner left early call scratched Hugo’s chance at an RBI. Canion stranded Hugo on third to end the opening frame. After Pille left a runner on third in the top of the first, she looked to do so again in the second until a two-out single from designated player Robin Landrith scored the game’s first run to hand Baylor the early 1-0 lead. The Bears threatened again in their next at bat when a pair of singles put runners on second and third with two outs. With a full count against catcher Claire Hosack, however, Pille notched the strikeout looking to strand them both. Still looking for its first run, the Kansas offense kept scraping to get something started. In the bottom of the third, Jones notched her second hit of the game and Hugo took four-straight balls to put two runners on with two outs. Sophomore catcher Maddie Stein stepped in and fought off a 15-pitch at bat, but Canion came out on top to once again keep KU off the board. Canion turned around and helped her own cause, rattling off a two-out solo shot in the top of the fifth to push Baylor ahead, 4-0. An error prolonged the inning, putting runners on second third but Pille buckled down to leave them there – by days end she left eight runners in scoring position in game one. A dropped third strike that would have recorded the third out in the top of the sixth came back to haunt the Jayhawks. It left the door open for a two-run single by Canion, extending Baylor’s lead, 6-0. Brickey connected on a long ball over the right field wall for the opposite-field homer, but that ended KU’s threat in the bottom of the seventh. Canion collected a ground out and a strikeout to end the game in Baylor’s favor, 6-1. UP NEXTKansas and Baylor will square off in game two at approximately 2:30 p.m. The Jayhawks will host its annual Bark in the Park event on Saturday, and fans can bring their dogs with a donation at the gate to the Lawrence Humane Society. KUAthletics.com: The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.