A&M Softball Faces Big 12 Foe Baylor in World Series

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- The No. 4 Texas A&M softball team (46-13) will continue play in the 2007 Women’s College World Series with an elimination game against the No. 8 Baylor Lady Bears (50-15) on Saturday. The game will be played at 1 p.m. (CDT) at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN (ESPN HD where available). Fans can listen to A&M’s WCWS games live and free of charge on AggieAthletics.com through the new Aggies All-Access. The games will also be aired locally in Bryan/College Station on Sports Radio 1150 The Zone.

“We are here at the World Series pulling for the Big 12 and then we end up having to play each other. It is not what you would ask for necessarily,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “We have played Baylor twice and gone into the last inning with leads both times and have not been able to stay ahead. We are very familiar with their team. In fact, our teams are very similar to each other. We both run well, drive the ball and have a deep pitching staff. It is a great match-up and I anticipate it is going to be a great game.”

The A&M/Baylor match-up comes after both teams dropped their game in the opening round of the WCWS on Thursday. The Aggies were no-hit by the National Player of the Year in Tennessee’s Monica Abbott. The game was deadlocked at zero until the Lady Vols plated two runs in the top-half of the seventh inning, propelling them to a 2-0 victory over the Aggies.

Baylor’s 2-1 loss to No. 1 Arizona came off an extra-inning walk-off blast by Wildcat shortstop Kristi Fox in the bottom of the ninth. After tying the game off a passed ball by Arizona catcher Callista Balko in the fifth, Fox made a stellar leaping two-out catch just behind second base to keep Baylor from causing any damage and taking the lead.

The Aggies have a 49-17 all-time advantage over the Lady Bears. However this season, Baylor beat A&M 3-1 in College Station and 5-4 in Waco with both games going into extra innings.

The winner of the A&M/Baylor game will advance to face the loser of the Washington/Northwestern match-up on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.