Playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder, the Baylor Bears were poised to show the world that the team that lost 11-0 to Florida on Thursday wasn't their real team. They got off to a good start in proving that point on Saturday when they hammered the National Player of the Year Lacy Waldrop for six runs off of five hits in a 7-2 win over Florida State.
"That's the team that loaded the bus in Waco," Baylor Coach Glenn Moore said. His Bears were relentless from the plate and made every pitch count. Infielder Linsey Hayes went 3-for-3 in the game and made it all the way home on all three of her trips to the bases. Home runs by Jordan Strickland in the second and sixth innings helped Hays' cause in getting around the bases.
"That was not us two days ago against Florida and I think that's evident now," Hays said after the game.
For Florida State it was a bitter-sweet moment. The loss sends the Seminoles back to Tallahassee with an 0-2 record in the World Series but the fact that they are back in Oklahoma City after a ten year hiatus shows that the program is back on the rise.
FSU got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when a Briana Hamilton home run made it a 5-2 score but Strickland's second home run put to rest and ideas of a Seminole rally.
The Bears will face Kentucky tonight in their second elimination game of the day.