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BAYLOR 10, UC SAN DIEGO 2 (6)
FORT COLLINS, CO — Ana Watson hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, her first home run of the year, and Baylor pitchers allowed just five hits as the Bears topped UC San Diego to advance in the 2022 NISC.
Josie Bower hit a solo home run to center field in the second inning to start it up for Baylor (29-24), with Watson’s blast making it 5-0. The Tritons (28-27) bit into the lead in the top of the fifth — Alexa Demarse doubled to score Rilley Erickson, and a Kelley Renner single drove in Morgan Eng to make it 5-2.
UCSD loaded bases with one out in the sixth inning, but Baylor reliever Kaci West notched a strikeout and a grounder to first to end the threat.
Baylor extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single from Aliyah Binford. An outfield error with the bases loaded plated three more runs for Baylor to invoke the run rule. UC San Diego will play Tarleton State on Monday in an elimination game.