WCWS: Baylor eliminates Florida State

Heather Sterns threw nearly five innings Saturday and got plenty of run support from the Bears’ previously dormant offense in a 7-2 victory over Florida State in the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: May 31, 2014 at 3:52 pm •  Published: May 31, 2014
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Baylor sophomore Heather Stearns hadn’t pitched much the past few weeks.

A text message from Bears coach Glenn Moore on Friday night changed that.


“Hey, there’s been some great sophomore pitchers throw this weekend,” the message read. “It’s time to let one shine for Baylor.”

Stearns did exactly that, throwing nearly five innings Saturday and getting plenty of run support from the Bears’ previously dormant offense in a 7-2 victory over Florida State in the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

“Maybe a little bit surprised, but really excited,” Stearns said about the text message. “I’ve been waiting for my turn. I was just excited and ready to go.”

After a disappointing performance in Thursday’s opener against Florida, an 11-0 loss, Moore said he carefully calculated that Stearns would deliver in the circle instead of veteran Whitney Canion.

The decision paid off, as Stearns did not allow a hit until the third inning and two runs she allowed came on a bases-loaded single by Florida State’s Tiffani Brown in the fifth.

“We’ve been playing so well we haven’t really had to go that deep in our bullpen,” Moore said. “Our sport, sometimes lends you to go with your ace until her arm falls off literally. But we knew had a long road ahead of us, so we were going to have to use her at some point in time.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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