No. 14 Baylor's Home Runs Sink Kansas, 10-0
WACO, Texas – Kansas’ offense scattered seven hits in the series finale at No. 14 Baylor, but the Bears capitalized on three home runs and a big offensive fourth inning to defeat the Jayhawks, 10-0, on Sunday afternoon at Getterman Stadium.
Senior Ashley Newman led off with a single in the opening frame and stole her ninth base of the season to move into scoring position. The Bears ended the inning leaving Newman on base and preventing KU from taking an early lead. Kansas totaled seven hits on the day from seven different players, but also stranded seven runners.
“We had our chances today and weren’t able to capitalize,” said head coach Megan Smith. “You have to give a lot of credit to Baylor and its senior class. I admire what they’ve done and accomplished.”
Baylor senior Holly Holl put the Bears on the board in the first inning with a two-run home run to right field. Sophomore Kelsey Kessler threw back-to-back scoreless frames after giving up the first long ball. Kessler (17-12) struck out two in three innings of work in the loss.
The Jayhawks loaded the bases in the second inning with a pair of singles from junior Chanin Naudin and senior Taylor Hatfield and fielder’s choice. Baylor’s starter Whitney Canion worked her way out of the jam without a runner scoring as KU left the bases loaded.
Baylor’s offense exploded for eight runs on eight hits in the fourth. The Bears scored the first four runs of the inning off two home runs to increase their lead, 6-0. Junior Alicia Pille took over with the bases loaded and no outs. BU scored four more runs before Pille and the KU defense could end the inning.
Canion sealed the 10-0 win for Baylor after shutting down Kansas’ offense in the fifth inning. She struck out three in the complete-game shutout. With the victory in the circle, Canion improved to 22-9 on the season.
The Jayhawks stay on the road for a three-game Big 12 series at Texas May 2-4 at McCombs Field. First pitch for the series opener is set for Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
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