WACO - No. 15 Baylor scored all four runs in the first two innings, but it was not enough, falling to Texas Tech (30-26, 4-14) 6-4 on Senior Day, Saturday at Getterman Stadium. It marked the final regular season home games for Kathy Shelton, Kelsi Kettler and Courtney Repka.
"I really wanted this for our seniors," head coach Glenn Moore said. "This was a very special class and I wanted that win for them today. But it's hard to beat anybody when you give up 12 hits."
Shelton, who is the Baylor all-time leader in steals with 117, became the school's new single-season leader with two swipes to bring her total to 37 for the year. The senior also had a pair of hits and runs to go along with her steals.
Kaitlyn Thumann added two hits and two RBI, while Sarah Smith tied the BU single-season mark for most hit-by-pitches with 12 after collecting two.
Repka got the no-decision in her first Big 12 start of the year, lasting 1.0 innings, giving up four hits, four runs and striking out one. Whitney Canion (23-7) took the loss, coming on in the second, allowing just one run, five hits and fanning five in 4.0 innings. Heather Stearns pitched the final 2.0 innings, giving up three hits, one run, one walk and striking out four.
Texas Tech hit one of their three solo home runs in the first inning with two outs, as Sandy James put one over left field for the 1-0 lead.
Baylor would answer right back with a pair of runs as Shelton led off with a sharp single to right and promptly stole second and third to break the single-season mark. Holl promtly brought her in on a single to left and Thumann bunted for a single to reach base for the 14th-straight game. A one-out walk from Jordan Strickland loaded the bases and Linsey Hays followed with a deep fly to the warning track in left for the RBI and one-run lead.
The Red Raiders started the second with a single, double and single, bringing Canion out of the bullpen. After recording two-straight outs, Mikey Kenney doubled to left center to plate a pair of runs, making it 4-2 Tech.
Thumann delivered an RBI double over the left fielder's head with two outs in the second, clearing Jill Reid and Shelton off the base paths and across home plate to even the game at four.
Pitching quited both offenses until Kenney led off the fifth with a solo homer to left to put Texas Tech up for good, 5-4.
The Lady Bears missed a good opportunity to even the game or take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, when Thumann walked and Smith was hit by a pitch to start things off. Strickland grounded into a fielder's choice for a force at third, Hays grounded out to third and Clare Hosack popped up to second to strand a pair.
A leadoff single in the sixth brought Stearns in, and quickly found herself in a jam. With runners at second and third and one out, the freshman got a strikeout before intentionally walking Kenney to load the bases for Shelby Johnson, who struck out looking to leave the bases loaded.
The Baylor offense looked to get things going in the sixth as pinch hitter Robin Landrith led off the inning with a single to left center and advanced to second on a fielding error by the centerfielder. Reid advanced her to third on a grounder to the pitcher, but Shelton struck out swinging and Holl ripped a liner up the middle that was dove for and caught in a full-extension effort by the second baseman to strand Landrith.
James homered to left to lead off the seventh, giving the Red Raiders its two-run advantage that Baylor would not overcome.
"We have to get better this week, both as a team and individually," Moore said. "Postseason is right around the corner and we only have one more game to get it right. This team can be dangerous, we just have to get everyone clicking."
Entering Saturday's game, only two home runs had been hit by Baylor opponent's in Getterman Stadium in 26 previous games this season. The Red Raiders' three brought the total to five.
The Lady Bears will have seven days off before closing out regular season play at No. 6 Texas on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The game can be seen on the Longhorn Network.
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