Florida Run Rules Baylor to Open WCWS, 11-0
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Florida scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning, and never looked back on the way to an 11-0 win in five innings Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium to open the Women’s College World Series.
Baylor (47-15) now faces elimination Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 and will face the loser of Oregon and Florida State. The Gators (51-12) collected five extra-base hits in the win and handed Baylor its largest loss since Georgia beat Baylor 14-2 in the NCAA Super Regional round three years ago to the date in 2011.
The Lady Bears hadn’t been run-ruled since the last game of the 2013 season when Baylor was eliminated 8-0 by Texas A&M at the College Station regional.
Baylor starter Whitney Canion was touched up for five runs (two earned) and scattered four hits in 3.1 innings of work to fall to 31-11 on the year.
Florida now has six consecutive shutouts in the 2014 season, and Hannah Rogers limited Baylor to three hits in five inings, didn’t walk a hitter, and struck out three to improve to 27-8 on the season.
Baylor hadn’t been run ruled since May 19, 2013 when Texas A&M eliminated Baylor 8-0 in five innings to end the College Station regional.
Baylor’s 11-run loss was the largest defeat since May 29, 2011 when Georgia beat the Lady Bears 14-2 in the NCAA Super
Regional round. Baylor went on to win that Super Regional to advance to the 2011 WCWS.
Baylor’s three hits were the fewest hits since the May 19, 2013 8-0 loss to Texas A&M when Baylor had two.
Texas A&M (1983) and UCLA (2003) are the only two teams in WCWS history to lose the first game of the tournament an go on to win the national title.
Baylor is now 3-5 all-time in WCWS games, and the Lady Bears are 1-2 in WCWS openers.
STAT OF THE GAME I
3.1 – Baylor’s Whitney Canion lasted just 3.1 innings in the start, which was her shortest start in 2014 since she threw just three innings in an 11-10 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette, Feb. 28.
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on the Baylor loss …
“I feel like we were sucker punched quick and we didn’t respond. It was more of what we did to ourselves than what Florida did to us. I thought they played a great game, and I thought it was the worst game we’ve played in the last four or five games. I know this team can play better. They’re a great team. I think they have the intestinal fortitude to come back and fight to play better.”
Baylor will face the loser of Oregon and Florida State in an elimination game Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
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