OKLAHOMA CITY – With its 6-3 loss to Oklahoma, Baylor will face Oregon in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Women’s College World Series.
It will be a rematch of last year’s regional when the Ducks won two of three games against the Lady Bears in Eugene to advance to the Super Regional. The Ducks dropped a 3-1 decision to Pac-12 rival Washington on Friday.
“They’re an outstanding ball club,” said Baylor coach Glenn Moore. “They’ll be tough. Everybody here is good. It’s a great opportunity to play them better than we did a year ago, so we’re looking forward to that rematch. “
First World Series loss to Big 12 rival
Baylor has become accustomed to facing Big 12 rivals in their four World Series appearances.
But Oklahoma is the first conference rival to beat the Lady Bears.
In its first World Series appearance in 2007, Baylor knocked off Texas A&M, 7-5, in an elimination game.
In 2011, the Lady Bears beat Oklahoma State and Missouri by 1-0 scores. The game against the Tigers went 10 innings as Holly Holl hit a walkoff homer.
Lady Bears still confident
Despite losing to the Sooners, the Lady Bears are confident they can make a good run in the World Series.
They need to win four games Saturday and Sunday to make Monday’s championship series.
Baylor hopes it can find the magic it had last weekend when it rallied to beat Arizona in the final two games of the Super Regional after dropping the opener in Tucson.
“I’m very confident,” said Baylor rightfielder Maddison Kettler. “That result today wasn’t what we wanted. But I believe in this team. You saw what we did in Tucson. We can make plays and come through and swing the bats.”