|W - Canion (17-7)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2|
|L - Stevens (23-6)||2.0||2||3||3||3||1|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|OU - Ellis||3||1||1||3||0||0|
|BU - Hawkins||4||2||2||2||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Whitney Ellis // So. // C
Ellis finished 1-3 with a run scored and three runs driven in, her seventh game this season with at least that many RBI. She brought in one run with a squeeze bunt in the first inning and then drove home two more with the first triple of her career in the third.
WACO, Texas – The 14-game winning streak for the No. 19/13 Oklahoma Sooners came to an end Sunday afternoon after an 8-6 loss at No. 12/12 Baylor in the finale of a three-game series. The win streak ends as tied for the ninth longest in school history.
Oklahoma falls to 32-9 overall and 9-1 in the Big 12, while Baylor’s record jumps to 30-9 overall and 4-3 in league play. The Sooners still remain in first place in the conference, staying ahead of Texas (26-16, 6-1), whom OU faces next weekend in Norman.
The first two games of the series were won by the Sooners in low-scoring contests, but Sunday’s matchup went to the hitters. The two teams combined for more runs in the first three innings Sunday (10) than had been scored total in the first two games (7).
Oklahoma led 6-5 after four innings and had momentum on its side but Mother Nature stepped in and the game was delayed one hour and 20 minutes.
Neither team scored in the fifth but the Bears rallied for three runs in the sixth to take control.
Baylor loaded the bases with one out. Holly Holl then singled to right field to cut the lead to tie the game at 6-6. Linsey Hays then lifted a deep fly to center field and Ari Hawkins was able to dive in safely at home despite a strong throw from center fielder Destinee Martinez. A wild pitch then brought in an insurance run.
The loss went to sophomore Kelsey Stevens, who saw her streak of eight straight appearances with a win come to an end. Making just her sixth relief appearance of the season, she allowed three runs on two hits with three walks in 2.0 innings. She struck out one, but her record dropped to 23-6.
After not scoring until the fifth inning in each of the first two games of the series, Oklahoma needed just two batters to open the scoring Sunday.
Junior Georgia Casey led off with a double to the left field corner, her 12th of the year, and sophomore Kady Self followed with a two-bagger of her own to right center to put OU on top, 1-0.
After a groundout, senior Brittany Williams singled to right field to move Self up to third. That prompted a pitching change by Baylor as Liz Paul replaced starter Heather Stearns. The Sooners didn’t waste any time adding on another run, however, as sophomore Whitney Ellis put down a perfect squeeze bunt to bring home Self and make it 2-0.
Baylor quickly answered the Sooners with two runs of their own. After a leadoff single, Ari Hawkins homered to left field off sophomore Leslie Miller to tie the game.
The Bears extended their lead in the second inning scoring three runs on a pair of bases-loaded walks and a sacrifice fly to left field. But OU had an answer of their own in the third.
Junior Shelby Pendley was hit by a pitch with one out and moved up to second on a walk by Williams. Ellis then stepped in a hit a shallow fly ball to center field. Bears centerfielder Lindsey Cargill made a diving attempt at the ball but it got past her. Both Pendley and Williams scored as Ellis ended up with her first career triple.
Sophomore Paris Townsend entered as a pinch hitter and lifted a deep fly to the corner in left field. Christy Lisenby came up firing but a terrific head-first slide from Ellis beat the tag to tie the game at 5-5.
The Sooners’ rallied continued with another run in the fourth.
Junior Callie Parsons reached on a one-out single. Casey then hit a chopper to Hawkins at second base, but it was misplayed by Hawkins for an error and Parsons was able to move up to third. Self made the Bears pay when she pulled a single through the left side for her second run driven in of the day, putting OU on top 6-5.
Oklahoma returns to action Thursday when Texas visits Norman for a three-game series. Thursday night’s contest begins at 8 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2.