LAFAYETTE, La. – The No. 18 Baylor softball team couldn't hold on to a 1-0 lead, and Louisiana-Lafayette scored three runs in its final to at bats to beat the Bears in the winner's bracket game, 3-1 Saturday. Louisiana advances to championship Sunday, and the Bears will play in an elimination game late Saturday night against the winner of Mississippi State and Weber State.
Robin Landrith hit a two-out, two-strike infield single to score Baylor's only run in the top of the second inning to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. After allowing the first two runners on in the bottom of the fourth inning, Baylor starter Heather Stearns worked out of the jam without the Ragin' Cajuns scoring.
However, Louisiana-Lafayette scored on an error to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth, and then loaded the bases with one out. Lexi Elkins hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, which scored the go-ahead run and Baylor centerfielder Jessie Scroggins doubled off base runner Shellie Landry for out number three, however, not before a tagging Aleah Craighton scored from third before the final out was recorded.
Down 2-1, Linsey Hays led off the top of the sixth with a pinch-hit double, but the Bears could not bring her around. The Ragin' Cajuns added an insurance run on a Craighton single in the sixth to help ULL seal its sixth consecutive victory over Baylor.
• Linsey Hays' sixth inning double was the 30th of her career and tied her for eighth place all-time on BU's career doubles list.
• Heather Stearns pitched well in the loss, which moved her to 20-12 on the season. She scattered five hits, allowed just two earned runs, walked four and struck out six.
• Robin Landrith's RBI single in the top of the second inning gave her 14 for the season, which matches a career high for a season from last year's sophomore campaign.
STAT OF THE GAME I
9 – Baylor left nine runners on base in the loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.
THEY SAID IT
Glenn Moore on Baylor's performance …
“I think it was pretty evident that we had a good game plan going in. I think just like our first game last time we were here, Heather [Stearns] had an outstanding performance, did her job, kept some of their great lineup at bay. They were struggling with her. I thought she was much more on today than she was last night, throwing the ball hard. We just missed too many opportunities to score. We scored first, but then we had several opportunities with good hitters in the box. It's kind of been our Achilles Heel all year.”
In a delayed schedule at the NCAA Regional in Lafayette, Baylor will take on the winner of Mississippi State and Weber State late Saturday night for the opportunity to move on to Sunday. The winner of Baylor's game will have to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday twice beginning at 6 p.m. in order to advance to the NCAA Super Regional.