No. 14 Baylor Blanks Jayhawks, 7-0
WACO, Texas – Junior Maddie Stein collected her team-leading 18th multi-hit game of 2014 against Baylor, but the nationally-ranked Bears kept Kansas off the scoreboard, and opened the series with a 7-0 win on Friday night at Getterman Stadium.
Stein recorded two of Kansas’ (29-17, 3-7 big 12) three hits on Friday after a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. The junior recorded the first hit of the game with a single in the opening inning and hit a second single in third frame.
“We’re facing an All-American and national team pitcher, who is phenomenal and has been for several years,” said head coach Megan Smith. “I thought that we had some good at-bats against her. We didn’t score runs off of her, but we had good at-bats, which I was pleased to see.”
Baylor took an early lead in the opening frame after loading the bases with a double, a single and walk. Back-to-back sacrifice fly outs to the outfield gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage. Jordan Strickland drove in two more BU runs in the third inning with a double off the wall in left centerfield as the Bears took a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning.
Freshman Lily Behrmann recorded the third Jayhawk hit in the top of the fourth inning. She doubled of the wall in left centerfield. Kansas stranded six runners, including three in scoring position. In the bottom half of the inning, Baylor tagged on two more runs on two hits increasing its lead to 6-0 over KU.
Junior Alicia Pille (10-6) took the loss in her 18th start of the season. She struck out two BU batters in four innings of work. Freshman Sophia Templin entered the circle in the fifth inning and sat the Baylor batters down in order. She struck out one in two innings of work. Templin quieted BU’s offense allowing only one hit and one run in her fourth relief appearance this year.
“I thought Sophia did great,” said Smith. “She kept them off balance and showed them something different. They were hitting (Alicia) Pille pretty hard, so we thought showing them something different would work and it did. I was pleased with Sophia’s performance.”
Baylor’s Whitney Canion improved to 20-9 in the circle after earning the win for the Bears. She struck out five in four innings pitched without giving up a run. Liz Paul took over in the fifth and recorded her third save.
In the sixth inning, Robin Landrith drove in the final Baylor run with a single as the Bears opened the series with a victory, 7-0.
The Jayhawks continue their three-game Big 12 series at Baylor on Saturday, April 26 at Getterman Stadium. First pitch for the second game is set for 3 p.m. and will air live on FOX Sports Southwest.
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