After having to win two games Saturday in order to stave on elimination in the College World Series, the Baylor Lady Bears came up a several runs short on Sunday of playing for the championship in the 2014 Women’s College World Series.
No, 13 seed Baylor, which was whitewashed 11-0 in the opening game of this year’s WCWS at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, fell behind early to those same Lady Gators on Sunday. Baylor trailed 5-0 after four and a half innings before mounting a comeback bid with three runs of its own to cut the deficit to two.
Baylor (49-16) had come back from seven runs down the day before against Kentucky to record the largest come-from-behind victory in WCWS history, but they would not repeat that feat on Sunday. Florida held off Baylor’s comeback bid and went on to win 6-3 and move into the championship series with No. 2 Alabama, which eliminated the tournament’s top-seed Oregon by a 2-0 score in the late game on Sunday.
This was the Baylor’s third trip all-time to the Women’s College World Series, and two of them have ended with semifinal losses.
Senior starting pitcher Whitney Canion ended a brilliant career at Baylor with a season-ending record of 31-12. Canion was a two-time All-American and won 123 games at Baylor.
Shortstop Jordan Strickland had one hit, a double in the three-run fifth, in the Baylor loss to Florida on Sunday, That gave her 26 postseason hits in her career, setting a new Baylor all-time record. Her 14 postseason runs batted in ranks second all-time in program history.
“We came here to win this thing, and were dealt a big setback on the first day and had to recover from that,” Baylor head coach Glenn Moore said in his postgame interview. “I thought we showed incredible fight, pride as we worked our way back to today (Sunday) and won an incredible comeback last night (8-7 victory over Kentucky).”