I know that the softball pitching motion doesn't put near the same strain on the arm as the baseball throwing motion does, but my goodness, 305 pitches is a ton of pitches!
Canion, Baylor Advance
Canion's Heroics Advance SB to NCAA Super Regional - BaylorBears.com
Baylor needed only one win to advance, but Tulsa was not about to go down easily. The first game was truly a pitching duel, lasting ten scoreless innings (Softball normally lasts seven innings), only ending with a walk-off home run from Tulsa's Catherine Hoerner in the eleventh inning. Canion threw 175 pitches in the loss.
The senior pitching star then went out to the circle to pitch again in the second game. She got off to a rough start, giving up a run in the first. After that, Canion was light's out. But a team cannot win simply on pitching along (just ask the Rangers when Yu Darvish is pitching...), so let's see how the offense did. Kaitlyn Thumann was hit by a pitch to reach base for the 24th-straight game. From there, an Ari Hawkins double and Holly Holl sacrifice fly brought Thumann home. Sarah Smith knocked a ball over the wall in the second to give Baylor the lead they would not surrender. Lindsey Cargill was knocked across by Hawkin's second double of the game in the fourth to add an insurance run.
Baylor now heads to Athens, Georgia to face the Bulldogs of Georgia.
Track and Field
T&F Women Place Second, Men Fourth At Big 12 Championships - BaylorBears.com
Women earned the most points in program history with 113.5 while the Men earned 93, their highest total since 1998 (101). Baylor had, in total, 34 participants earn 54 All-Big 12 honors. Both the Men's and Women's 4x400 relay teams took home the gold. Other gold medal winners: Trayvon Bromell (100-m), Tiffani McReynolds (100-hurdles), Rachel Johnson (3000-m Steeplechase), and Men's 4x100. Full results from this highly successful meet are after the jump.
Men's Tennis and Golf
Men's Tennis Falls in NCAA Quarterfinals - BaylorBears.com
Men's Golf Finishes 10th at NCAA Eugene Regional - BaylorBears.com
Both Tennis and Golf ended their seasons in post-season play yesterday. Tennis fell, 4-0, to Virginia, while Golf fell 15 strokes short of advancing. Although the team play is finished, Tennis will have three singles competitors and one doubles pairing competing in the NCAA Individual Championships.