OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Florida scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning, and never looked back on the way to an 11-0 win in five innings Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium to open the Women’s College World Series.
Baylor (47-15) now faces elimination Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 and will face the loser of Oregon and Florida State. The Gators (51-12) collected five extra-base hits in the win and handed Baylor its largest loss since Georgia beat Baylor 14-2 in the NCAA Super Regional round three years ago to the date in 2011.
“I feel like we were sucker punched quick and we didn’t respond. It was more of what we did to ourselves than what Florida did to us,” Baylor head coach Glenn Moore said. “I thought they played a great game, and I thought it was the worst game we’ve played in the last four or five games.”
The Lady Bears hadn’t been run-ruled since the last game of the 2013 season when Baylor was eliminated 8-0 by Texas A&M at the College Station regional.
“I know this team can play better,” Moore added. “They’re a great team. I think they have the intestinal fortitude to come back and fight to play better.”
Baylor starter Whitney Canion was touched up for five runs (two earned) and scattered four hits in 3.1 innings of work to fall to 31-11 on the year.
Florida now has six consecutive shutouts in the 2014 season, and Hannah Rogers limited Baylor to three hits in five inings, didn’t walk a hitter, and struck out three to improve to 27-8 on the season.
Baylor will face the loser of Oregon and Florida State in an elimination game Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Central Texas.