From Baylor Athletic's Department:
Canion's No-Hitter Leads No. 17 Softball To 4-0 Win
Whitney Canion tossed her fourth career no-hitter and 1,000th strikeout in the win.
WACO - Whitney Canion made it a memorable day, tossing her fourth career no-hitter and 1,000th strikeout in the No. 17 Lady Bears (22-3) 4-0 victory over Purdue Sunday afternoon at Getterman Stadium. The win gave the Lady Bears the series sweep over the Boilermakers.
The no-hitter was the first in 7.0 innings for Canion and the second of the year for Baylor, as Heather Stearns threw one in a 1-0 win over Northern Illinois on Feb. 9. Canion's last no-hitter was a 5.0-inning, 15-strikeout game vs. UT-Arlington on Feb. 12, 2012. The lefty, who already has the BU career record, now has 1,001 strikeouts in her career, becoming just the sixth player Big 12 history to do so.
"I was probably more focused on the walks I gave up than the hits I didn't," Canion said. "I am happy to finally get one in seven innings. The rise was working well today, so we went with it."
Canion (11-2) struck out 11 for her fifth double-digit strikeout game of the year to along with three walks in the complete-game shutout.
"I am really happy for Whitney," head coach Glenn Moore said. "I am also very proud of the way this team came to ballpark this weekend. We could have been distracted by our upcoming trip to Hawaii, but they were focused and ready to play every pitch."
Robin Landrith paced the offense, going 2-for-3 with a run and RBI, while Kaitlyn Thumann added a pair of hits, run and stolen base.
Stearns helped out her fellow pitcher by putting up the game's first run in the second on an RBI-single up the middle, scoring Landrith. With two outs, Landrith singled down the right field line and advanced to second on a walk from Canion before Stearns delivered her 10th RBI of the year.
Baylor plated three more in the third, as Thumann and Kathy Shelton led off the inning with singles. With runners at second and third, Hays grounded to third, but the throw home was not in time to get Thumann, doubling the lead to two. Sarah Smith added an RBI of her own on a sac fly to center, and Landrith followed with a one-out RBI-single to right center for the 4-0 advantage.
Winners of 21 of its last 22 games, Baylor will now embark on week-long trip to Hawaii for the Chevron Spring Fling Tournament in Honolulu. The Lady Bears will kick things off with a game against No. 6 California (20-2) on Wed., March 13 at 6:00 p.m. CT. The game can be heard live on 1660 ESPN Central Texas.
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