Sooners Take Game One at Baylor, 3-2

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 11, 2014
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
OU 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 3 1
BU 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 1
W - Stevens (22-5) 7.0 5 2 2 3 6
L - Canion (16-6) 7.0 3 3 2 4 6
S - N/A - - - - - -
Individual Leaders
OU - L. Miller 2 1 1 2 1 1
BU - Holl 3 1 1 1 0 1
Player of the Game
Leslie MillerLeslie Miller // So. // P/IF
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Miller followed a single by Whitney Ellis by launching a two-run home run to put the Sooners on top. OU added the eventual game-winning run later in the inning, but it was Miller's blast that gave the Sooners life after Baylor had taken the lead in the bottom of the fourth. She finished the game 1-2 with a walk.

WACO, Texas – In a pivotal series between two of the top three teams in the Big 12, No. 19/13 Oklahoma (31-8, 8-0) struck first with a 3-2 win Friday night at No. 12/12 Baylor (29-8, 3-2).

Entering the game, OU sat in first place in the Big 12 at 7-0, while Baylor was tied for second with Texas at 3-1. But with the win, OU moved to 8-0 in conference play for just the third time in history. Only 9-0 starts in 2000 and 2002 have been better for the Sooners.

Meanwhile, Baylor drops to 3-2 and falls to third in the Big 12 as the Longhorns (25-16, 5-1) swept a doubleheader at Iowa State.

Oklahoma’s winning streak was pushed to 13 games, tying for the 10th longest in program history. It’s the longest for the team since it ended the 2013 season on a 13-game run, culminating with the second national championship in program history. During the current win streak, Oklahoma has outscored teams, 90-11.

The game featured two of the top pitchers in the Big 12 as OU sophomore Kelsey Stevens faced off against Baylor’s Whitney Canion. Stevens entered the game with a Big 12-best 21 wins, while Canion led the conference with a .155 opponents’ batting average.

Baylor got on the board first when Holly Holl hit a solo home run to center field with one out in the fourth, but the lead would not last long.

After being held hitless through four innings by Canion, the Sooners came alive in the fifth with three runs on three hits and a Baylor error.

Sophomore Whitney Ellis led off with an infield single to shortstop. Fellow sophomore Leslie Miller followed and, on a 1-2 pitch, she waited on an offspeed pitch and launched a two-run homer to left center. It was her third home run of the season the fourth of her career.

After a pair of outs, junior Callie Parsons lifted a fly ball to shallow left field. Shortstop Jordan Strickland ran out while left fielder Christy Lisenby came in to try to make the play. Lisenby called off Strickland, but the ball bounced out of Lisenby’s glove. Heads-up base running from Parsons got her to second base.

OU capitalized on the two-out error as junior Georgia Casey drilled a triple off the wall in left center to make it 3-1. It was Casey’s third career triple, all of which have come this season.

Baylor got one run back in the bottom of the fifth as Sarah Smith dropped an RBI single to left field with two outs and the bases loaded. Holl, having homered earlier, stepped in with the bases still loaded but Stevens froze her on a 1-2 pitch to keep OU on top, 3-2.

It was a pitchers’ duel early on as the first three innings passed without a run, even though both teams featured chances with runners in scoring position.

After junior Shelby Pendley was stranded at second following a walk and stolen base in the top of the first, Baylor threatened to open the scoring in the bottom of the inning.

Two walks and a single to left field loaded the bases with one out, but Stevens got Sarah Smith to hit a chopper to Pendley at third. Pendley fired home to Ellis to get the force out. Holl came up next and worked it to a full count but Stevens struck her out swinging to keep the game scoreless.

Baylor again threatened in the second inning as Strickland stole second and took third on an OU error with one out. OU kept the game tied at 0-0 though as Pendley caught a foul ball behind third base and senior Javen Henson fielded a ball to her left at second base and flipped to fellow senior Brittany Williams at first base for the final out.

Oklahoma and Baylor resume the series Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., and the game can be seen nationwide on ESPN.



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