#17 Baylor Tops #7 Bulldogs, Take Game One 9-1 in Six

Post game press conference following Friday's loss to Baylor in the NCAA Softball Super Regional.

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May 23, 2014

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ATHENS, Ga. - The 13th seeded Baylor Bears run ruled the fourth seeded Georgia Bulldogs 9-1 in six innings behind a two-hit performance by Whitney Canion to take game one of the NCAA Athens Super Regional at Jack Turner Stadium on Friday, May 23. 

Georgia (49-13) could not recreate their performances from Sunday, May 18 at the NCAA Athens Regional as they surrendered nine runs on nine hits with two errors, and managed just one run on two hits on offense. Starter Chelsea Wilkinson (33-9) allowed eight runs (three earned) on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Bekah Farris pitched one inning in relief and allowed one run on two hits.

Alex Hugo was the only Bulldog to record a hit in game one, batting 2-for-3 with a triple and a solo home run. Her 24th home run of the season tied a school record for most home runs in a season that was set by Alisa Goler in 2009.

"You definitely have to give Baylor credit," Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer said following the game. "I think they came out and had their day today. I thought that our crowd was phenomenal. Our goal and our plan is to come out and fight hard for the crowd tomorrow. I'm so proud of these two (Alex Hugo and Samantha LaZear) and our team in the sense of their fight and their relentless energy and the way they go about their business." 

Baylor (46-14) starter Canion (30-10) shut down the Georgia offense, allowing just one run on two hits and one walk while striking out six through six innings. Sarah Smith (3-for-3, three RBIs) and Jordan Strickland (1-for-3, two RBIs) each had home runs for the Bears on offense.

The Bears got on the board early in the top of the first inning, scoring four runs on just one hit. Kaitlyn Thumann reached base on a lead off walk before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt. She was then able to score on an error by Geri Ann Glasco. After a hit batter, Smith sent a three-run home run over the fence in left field that just stayed fair. Smith's seventh homer of the season put Baylor up 4-0 after the first half inning.

Baylor extended their lead to 6-0 in the top of the third inning. Holly Holl drove an RBI double to the gap in right-center that allowed Ari Hawkins to score from first. A throwing error by Hugo on the play allowed Holl to advance to third before later scoring on a wild pitch by Wilkinson. 

Strickland launched a two-run home run for the Bears in the top of the sixth. Later in the inning, Hawkins recorded an RBI single into center field that brought Lindsey Cargill in from second, extending Baylor's lead to 9-0. 

Hugo tried to spark a comeback in the bottom of the sixth as she blasted a solo home run into left field to get Georgia on the board. However, Canion was able to force Glasco to ground out to end the game and clinch the run rule victory of 9-1.

"We're ready," coach Harris-Champer said in regards to tomorrow's game. "We know what it takes to go 14 innings strong and that's where we're at. We've got our backs against the wall and we generally come out strong when our back is against the wall." 

Game two of the NCAA Athens Super Regional will take place at noon ET on Saturday, May 24 at Jack Turner Stadium. Georgia will look to rebound from their game one loss and avoid elimination to force a third game. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Georgia Coach Lu Harris Champer

"You definitely have to give Baylor credit. I think they came out and had their day today. I thought that our crowd was phenomenal, and our goal and our plan is to come out and fight hard for the crown tomorrow. I'm so proud of these two (Alex Hugo and Samantha LaZear) and our team in the sense of their fight and their relentless energy and the way they go about their business.

(On trying to win twice tomorrow)
"We're ready. We know what it takes to go 14 innings strong and that's where we're at. We've got our backs against the wall and we generally come out strong when our back is against the wall."

Alex Hugo

(After falling behind 4-0)
"We were just trying to get something going. We barreled all day. We hit really well. They'll fall. We know we have each other's backs and we're just trying to get something going. It's definitely the harder way. Last weekend, we knew that we had a long day ahead of us and we just had fun with it. We know that we get 14 innings to play our game. We had fun with it, and that's a very good thing for us."

Samantha LaZear

(On getting off the a good start tomorrow)
"I think it's very important. We'll come out and try to make a statement. Like Alex said, we were barreling the ball. The hits will come. You best believe, we'll be coming for them. "

BU Head Coach Glenn Moore

On his team's performance
I'm really proud of the way the girls played. I thought we executed our game plan real well. (Canion) threw an outstanding game against an unbelievable (UGA) lineup of hitters. Our outfielders were all-stars early in the game. I'm really proud of the way we played, we did a good job today; we're halfway there.

BU Sr. LHP Whitney Canion

On having experience in the NCAA tournament as a six-year player
Starting off the first inning like we did - that's a huge help. The experience I have here (at Super Regionals) helped today. It helped during regionals and it's going to help tomorrow too.

BU So. IF/OF Sarah Smith

On her 3-run home run in the first inning
The first inning I think we set the tone for the whole game. (Wilkinson) is a great pitcher, but lately I've seen the ball like a beach ball. She threw it and I didn't think about it, I just swung.

BU Fr. OF Lindsey Cargill

On facing Georgia sophomore pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson
For me as a slapper I had to slow down, get my steps in and swing, because (Wilkinson) was throwing fast and she would throw slow. I tried to slow down.

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