Sunday, June 5, 2011
Baylor falls short in softball CWS
By ESPN.com news services
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dallas Escobedo threw a five-hit shutout, Mandy Urfer hit a two-run homer and top-seeded Arizona State beat Baylor 4-0 Sunday to reach the finals of the Women's College World Series.
Annie Lockwood added an RBI double and Lesley Rogers a run-scoring single for the Sun Devils (58-6), who will face Florida in the best-of-three championship series starting Monday night.
The offensive struggles continued for the Bears (47-15), who scored just two runs in four games at the World Series -- both on game-ending home runs in extra innings.
Escobedo (35-3) got the better of Aledo's Whitney Canion (31-12), who hurled a 13-inning shutout to get the Bears into the semifinals.
Baylor needed 13 innings to eliminate Missouri 1-0 on Saturday night, and Canion said she was "mentally exhausted" for the game against Arizona State.
"Our dugout last night was awesome and they didn't give up today," she said. "So I feel like that's what pushed me, was seeing my teammates around me.
"I feel like I stayed with all my pitches and everything because of the team around me," Canion said. "My gas tank was empty but they kept me going -- the dugout, everyone cheering for me. They kept saying they were behind me and everything and that just kept me going. So it was definitely the team around me. Everyone was just positive the whole time."
The Sun Devils are back in the championship series for the first time since winning the title in 2008.