OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Baylor avoided elimination with two victories Saturday while Oklahoma's hopes to defend its national title came to a close.
Jordan Strickland became just the 12th player in Women's College World Series history to homer twice in a game, and Heather Stearns picked up her first win from the circle since May 3 in Baylor's 7-2 win over Florida State at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Saturday.
Strickland hit two, two-run home runs in the second and sixth innings to give her 14 on the season, and it was her third multi-home run game of the year. She became just the third player in Baylor postseason history to home twice (Ashley Monceaux, 2007; Chelsi Lake, 2007), and Strickland is the first Baylor player in WCWS history to hit two four-baggers in a game. Her four RBI also was the most by a Baylor player in the WCWS.
The victory placed Baylor against Kentucky in another elimination game on Saturday night.
The most significant comeback in Baylor softball history propelled the Lady Bears to an epic 8-7, eight-inning win over Kentucky Saturday to help BU advance to the Women's College World Series semifinals.
Baylor (49-15) trailed 7-0 headed into the bottom of the sixth inning before scoring three runs in the sixth, four in the seventh, and Kaitlyn Thumann scored the winning run on a sacrifice bunt laid down by Ari Hawkins with two strikes in the bottom of the eight to win the game.
No. 7 Oklahoma’s rally from an early 3-0 deficit came up just short as their season came to a close with a 4-2 loss to top-seeded Oregon (56-8-1) Saturday night in the Women’s College World Series.
The Sooners’ season ends with a 51-13 record, their fourth-highest win total in a season in program history.
Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, Oklahoma was able to get the tying run on base and the potential winning run at the plate.
Sophomore Whitney Ellis led off with a single to left field to snap an 0-16 hitting slump. A groundout moved Ellis to second and two batters later junior Shelby Pendley reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners with two outs.
Unfortunately a groundout to shortstop turned into a force play at second to end the game and the season.