Baylor Softball One Win Away From WCWS

ATHENS, Ga. – Baylor softball is one win away from a return trip to the NCAA Women’s College World Series after a 9-1 victory over Georgia at the Athens Super Regional on Friday.

Lady Bears (46-14) senior pitcher Whitney Canion (30-10) retired 14 straight Lady Bulldawgs (49-14) hitters and gave up only one run en route to a complete game 2-hitter with six strikeouts and walk.

“It was hot out there today,” Canion said. “You’re pushing every pitch because they are all great hitters, but I felt I did a good job of mixing it up.”

Sarah Smith led off the scoring for Baylor with a 3-run home run in the top of the first inning off Georgia pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson giving the Lady Bears an early 4-0 lead. Smith’s home run set the single-season record for home runs by a Baylor team with 69 passing the 2006 team’s mark of 68.

“I think we set the tone for the whole game – Chelsea’s a great pitcher,” Smith said. “But I’ve been seeing the ball well and I just swung.”

Baylor added two more runs in the top of third inning when Holly Holl doubled home Ari Hawkins and Holl came around to score on a wild pitch to give Baylor a 6-0 lead.

Jordan Strickland’s two run bomb off the scoreboard in the top of sixth inning chased Wilkinson and finished off the scoring for the Lady Bears.

“Proud of the way we played and we’re halfway there,” Baylor head coach Glenn Moore said.

The Lady Bears can make a their first trip back to to the WCWS since 2011 with one more win in the three game Super Regional series. Game 2 is set for 12:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on 101.3 FM and 1590 AM in Waco.

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