OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After an incredible run, Baylor was eliminated from the Women’s College World Series Sunday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Lady Bears nearly pieced together another great comeback, but Florida held off Baylor’s rally for a 6-3 victory.
Baylor (49-16) trailed 5-0 until the bottom of the fifth when the Lady Bears scored three runs to cut the lead to two. A night after the Lady Bears completed the largest comeback in WCWS history with an 8-7 win over Kentucky after trailing 7-0, the magic stopped Sunday after the fifth inning.
Florida (53-12) countered with a run in the top of the sixth, and the Gator’s Hannah Rogers retired the final seven outs of the game consecutively to help her team advance to the championship, best-of-three series Monday.
Baylor’s Whitney Canion took the circle for the final time after a six-year career and took the complete game loss to finish 2014 with a 31-12 record.
Jordan Strickland drove home a run with a double, and Kaitlyn Thumann had a two-run single to help Baylor try and rally in the bottom of the fifth. Prior to Sunday’s win for Florida, every victory in the postseason had come by shutout. Rogers finished the game allowing only five Baylor hits, three runs, she walked one and struck out two to improve to 29-8.
Baylor’s third appearance in the WCWS ended much like the 2011 team’s run did: in the semi-finals. Baylor was ranked No. 17 in the nation, and seeded No. 13 beginning with the Super Regional round. However, the Lady Bears upset No. 4 seed Georgia in the Super Regional and took down No. 8 seed Florida State Friday before beating Kentucky Friday night.
Along with Canion, first baseman Holly Holl, catcher Clare Hosack and pitcher Liz Paul all put on Baylor uniforms for the final time.