Softball wins 1 of 2

By Lindsay Cash

The No. 15 Baylor Lady Bears went 1-1 against the University of North Texas Wednesday night, dropping the last game of the double header in nine innings.

North Texas struck first in the bottom of the third thanks to a Mallory Cantler grand slam off Baylor’s pitcher, freshman Liz Paul, making the score 4-0.

Baylor tied the game at four in the top of the fourth, as freshman Clare Hosack brought in two runs with a single up the middle, freshman Shelbi Redfearn hit a sac fly to left and Hosack scored on a wild pitch by Brittany Simmons.

North Texas jumped on top again in the bottom of the fourth 7-4 with an RBI single by Cantler and a two run double by Mariza Martinez.

Baylor came back to tie up the game scoring a run an inning in the fifth, sixth and seventh, sending the game to extra innings.

Both teams went scoreless in the eighth, but Baylor took advantage of a double to right center by senior KJ Freeland, scoring redshirt sophomore Whitney Canion who reached on a fielding error, leading for the first time of the game 8-7.

Canion, who came on to pitch for the Lady Bears in the seventh, couldn’t get the save as Courtney Bradshaw hit a two out walk off double, topping Baylor 9-8.

In game one of the doubleheader, thanks to a three run shot over the right field wall from junior Kayce Walker, Baylor topped the University of North Texas 6-1.

Sophomore Kathy Shelton led off the game with a walk and made it all the way around the bases, thanks to a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt by Walker and a MeaganTurk single to left field, taking a 1-0 lead.

North Texas tied the game by scoring on a fielding error.

In the second, sophomore Kelsi Kettler and Hosack both got on base due to left field singles. Walker then emptied the bases with her homerun, upping the score to 4-0

The Lady Bears didn’t score again until the fifth. The runners advanced a base due to a sacrifice bunt by Kettler. Hosack’s sacrifice fly and Freeland’s single to center field scored the two Lady Bears on base, topping their lead to 6-0.

Canion was in the circle for Baylor allowing one run on five hits, walking one, and striking out eight.

The Lady Bears have a week off until they host a double-header against Florida International, their last game before the conference schedule begins against Texas A&M.