The Baylor softball team scored on a passed ball and an error in the bottom of the seventh as the Longhorns fell 6-5 to the Bears on Saturday in Waco.
The disastrous inning for Texas started with back-to-back walks by pitcher Tiarra Davis. The Bears then loaded the bases with a bunt single and tied the game on a passed ball. Baylor’s Kyla Walker slapped a grounder to short and an error by UT’s Devin Tunning plated the winning run.
It was the Bears’ second straight victory over Texas, Baylor topped Texas 3-1 on Friday. The Longhorns (19-8) rallied for three runs in the fifth to go ahead 5-3, but a home run by Linsey Hays in the bottom half of the fifth and the rally in the seventh dropped Texas to 0-2 in Big 12 play.
Davis allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits and walked eight batters.
Hays went 2 for 3 with two home runs and 3 RBIs.
Following a two-run homer by Hays in the third, Texas tied the game in the fourth when Texas catcher Randel Leahy hit a two-run inside-the-park home run.
The Bears took back the lead on a bizarre play in the fourth. Baylor’s Kyla Walker struck out swinging, but Leahy’s throw to first bounced off Walker’s helmet and into right field. Walker was able to round the bases as the Texas defense attempted to corral the ball.
UT’s Lindsey Stephens started the rally in the fifth with a leadoff home run that tied the game at 3-3. Davis followed with a double and Celina Felix knocked a triple that gave Texas its first lead of the day. Holly Kern put Texas up by two with a sacrifice fly that plated Felix.
Hays cut the lead to one with a leadoff homer in the bottom half of the fifth.