Oberg's Double Leads Softball Past Texas

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AUSTIN -- The Baylor softball team (19-12, 2-5 Big 12) used two different comebacks and a two strike, two out double by Courtney Oberg in the top of the seventh to defeat Texas (18-13-2, 4-2 Big 12) 5-4 at McCombs Field on Wednesday.

The win snapped a five game losing streak for Baylor.

Kirsten Shortridge threw a seven pitch, seven strike first inning as the Longhorns went in order.

Texas struck first in the bottom of the third, however, as Crystal Saenz doubled to the right field wall, and was sacrificed over to third on the next at-bat. Loryn Johnson stepped up and delivered a single through the left side, scoring Saenz for a 1-0 lead.

Baylor evened the score when Brette Reagan led off the top of the sixth with a single to center. Tiffany Wesley then grounded out to second to send Reagan to second, followed by an Oberg walk to put runners on first and second. Jordan Daniels then stepped up and delivered a double to center to score Reagan and tie the game. Barnhill came in for Denny in the circle and Meagan Weldon stepped in and hit a sac fly to right, scoring Oberg and giving the Lady Bears their first lead in 35.1 innings. Shortridge gave the Lady Bears a two run cushion with a single up the middle to score Daniels and a 3-1 win.

The Longhorns took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning as a single to center with one out made the game 3-2. With a 1-0 count to the next batter, Shortridge was pulled in favor of Shaina Brock, who threw a wild pitch that allowed the runner to advance to second, but the runner on third was caught in a rundown, as Oberg threw it to Freeland for the out. Brock walked the batter for runners at first and second, and another wild pitch advanced the runners ahead, and a double brought them both in for a 4-3 lead.

The Lady Bears did not quit and staged a comeback as Alex Colyer led off the inning with a single down the left field line. Nicole Wesley reached on a fielder's choice and Colyer was out at second on a diving play by the second baseman. Reagan then drew her second walk of the game, and advanced to second on a double steal, as N. Wesley stole third. Tiffany Wesley grounded out to short for the second out, setting the stage for Oberg's heroics. With a 1-2 count, Oberg delivered a double to the right field wall that scored Reagan and N. Wesley, giving Baylor the 5-4 lead.

Shortridge reentered the game and retired three of the four batters to end any Texas hopes.

Brock (2-2) picked up the win despite pitching 0.2 innings, giving up one hit, one earned run and a walk. Shortridge picked up her first save of the year, going 6.1 innings, giving up six hits, three runs, two walks and two strikeouts.

Baylor will return home for a weekend series against Kansas beginning on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Getterman Stadium in Waco.



 
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