Baylor Press Release
By: Krista Pirtle
WACO, Texas – Baylor (15-24, 2-11) plated all six of its runs in the final three innings as the Lady Bears’ rally fell short against No. 15 Texas Tech (33-8, 6-6), 11-6, Sunday afternoon at Getterman Stadium.
The Red Raiders took an 8-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth inning with things looking like they might end in run-rule fashion for the second straight game. The Lady Bears, however, had something to say about that.
Nicky Dawson led things off in the bottom of the fifth with a triple to the center field wall. It marked the first triple of the year for Dawson and sixth of her career. With Dawson on third, Lou Gilbert’s fly out to left field brought the first run of the day home for Baylor. And the Lady Bears were just getting started. Goose McGlaun followed with a single up the middle, and then it was time for Kassidy Krupit who jacked her ninth home run of the season over the left field wall.
Baylor’s three runs in the fifth inning shut the door on any kind of run rule victory Texas Tech was hoping for. Both teams went scoreless through the sixth inning before the Red Raiders plated three more runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-3 lead.
The heart of Baylor’s lineup was due up in the bottom of the seventh inning, and they delivered. McGlaun got things going with a single to shortstop. She then advanced to second off a wild pitch. Krupit walked to reach base for the third time Sunday afternoon to put runners on first and second for Baylor with no outs.
With Alyssa Avalos in to run for Krupit, Ana Watson cleared the bases with a double to right field. That scored two runs and put a runner on second with one out.
The lefty Madi O’Neal then stepped to the plate and laid down a bunt toward first base. O’Neal would have been safe anyway, but the throw by the Texas Tech first baseman went wild which moved her to second and scored Watson.
Defensively, Baylor rotated between Krupit and McGlaun in the circle. Krupit finished with four strikeouts on the day.
While Dawson had a good day offensively with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate, she also turned a pair of double plays off nifty line drive catches. The first one tipped off Krupit’s glove, and Dawson tracked it down and dove to reach second base to get the Tech runner out for not tagging up. The second one Dawson leapt in the air for and then immediately threw to McGlaun at first to get the runner.