SAN MARCOS, Texas - No. 25 Baylor (11-2) used a seven-run fourth inning to secure its 10th-straight win in a 10-2 victory over Texas State (2-8) Thursday night on day one of the Texas Shootout in San Marcos.
Freshman Sarah Smith went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs and two RBI. Fellow freshman Robin Landrith was 2-for-2 with a double, run and RBI, while Jordan Strickland added a career high three RBI.
Four of Baylor's 10 hits came on extra bases, three doubles and one home run.
Whitney Canion (6-1) picked up the win, going 4.0 innings, giving up four hits, two runs, one earned, no walks and four strikeouts.
"Tonight was a good night for us," head coach Glenn Moore said. "Our offense allowed us to try some things and open the game up. We got a chance to work on a couple things defensively, and learn from mistakes we made."
The Lady Bears got the offense going in the fourth with seven runs on five hits. Holl and Hays led off the inning with back-to-back hits, and following a pitching change, Smith roped an RBI-double to right for a 1-0 lead. A sac fly from Robin Landrith made it 2-0, and a bases-loaded walk gave Jordan Strickland an RBI for a 3-0 score. A wild pitch plated Jill Reid to make it 4-0, and a sac fly from Kaitlyn Thumann had the Lady Bears up 5-0 with two outs. Kathy Shelton ripped an RBI-single to center, before Holl could add her second hit of the inning, a double, making it 8-0.
Texas State added a pair in the bottom half of the inning, as the first two runners found their way on the bases. A bunt single to third led off the inning before Canion induced a ground ball to second that was bobbled allowing all runners to advance. An RBI-double from Katie Doerre gave the Bobcats their first run, and with one out and runners at second and third, catcher Clare Hosack fired to second for a pickoff attempt that got away and allowed a run to score.
Baylor would put the run-rule into effect in the fifth with a three-run inning that began with a solo shot, deep over the left field wall by Smith for her second home run of the year. Landrith added her second hit of the night, a double to right center, followed by a Reid walk and a Sarah Crockett fielder's choice that was thrown away at third to load the bases. With no outs, Strickland roped a two-RBI single down the third base line for a 10-2 lead.
Liz Paul came in to close out the final inning, striking out a pair.
Baylor threatened in the 2nd with a pair of one-out hits from Smith and Robin Landrith. With runners at first and second, and one out, Stearns and Hosack each popped out to end the threat.
"We have to show up every game of this tournament with the same intensity," Moore said. "We need to take it game by game and see if that gets us to the championship."