Baylor Softball

SB Bounces Back in Win over No. 21 Oklahoma State

March 23, 2019
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WACO, Texas – After dropping the first game of the three-game series to No. 21 Oklahoma State on Friday, Baylor (14-13) used a two-run sixth inning to top the Cowgirls, 2-1.

Oklahoma State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, and that was the only run the Cowgirls scored Saturday afternoon. Overall, OSU had six baserunners as the Baylor defense retired Oklahoma State in order three different times – second, fourth and seventh innings.

The Cowgirls threatened to put another run on the board in the top of the sixth with a runner on third and two outs. Nicky Dawson made a diving play to snag a grounder at second and get the out at first to end the frame.

Baylor had runners on base each inning but didn’t score them until the sixth inning. Madi O’Neal, Goose McGlaun and Kassidy Krupit each walked to load the bases for BU with two outs. Taylor Ellis then was hit by a pitch to score O’Neal and tie the game at one. 

Ana Watson, after hitting her first career home run on Friday, stepped to the plate after Ellis and drove in what would be the game winning run. Her infield single ricocheted off the pitcher as the speedy freshman made it safely to first. That scored McGlaun from third to put the Lady Bears up by one.

HIGHLIGHTS

Sidney Holman pitched her fifth complete game of the season as she gave up one run off three hits with six strikeouts.

Goose McGlaun, hitting leadoff for the first time all season, got on base every time she stepped to the plate. McGlaun singled through the right side in the fourth inning and also drew three walks. It marked the third time this season that she walked three times in a game.

Josie Bower caught five different fly balls in right field. One of her snags was a diving catch.

Nicky Dawson has reached base safely in every game this season, making her streak of 27-straight games a career best.

Ana Watson went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. She was the only Lady Bear to finish with a multi-hit game.

Saturday’s attendance of 1,573 bested the previous season high of 1,373 that was set Friday night.

STAT OF THE GAME 
1 – Number of hits Oklahoma State recorded in the final six innings.

TOP QUOTES
Glenn Moore on the win…

“It makes a difference whenever they are having to hit your pitch rather than you having to throw a strike in those three ball counts when you have to go down the middle and make sure not to walk them. They are getting much better pitches to hit, so those balls that are hit on the infield today are easier to field than the ones they (OSU) were hitting yesterday for sure. There were some great plays. None were better than the one Nicky (Dawson) made at second in the top of the sixth. … It was a true team effort from us today. We had opportunities offensively early on, we just couldn’t get a timely hit.”

Moore on the fight of his team…
“We didn’t just leave here yesterday and show back up today. There were a lot of discussions, meetings, and film watching and a lot of effort went in from team leaders to coaches trying to help get back on the right track from the train wreck that we saw yesterday. I was really happy that we showed up and competed today… We got our heads on straight and had a good performance out of (Sidney) Holman. I am really proud of their fight today.”

Sidney Holman on her performance…

“Today I just felt more in the zone. I was more relaxed, even though other people would have been the complete opposite and more stressed out. I was more relaxed just because I was telling myself that, “‘If I come in here and just do my job, I know my team will back me up.’” 

WHAT'S NEXT
The series between Baylor and Oklahoma State will be decided in a nationally televised contest Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

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