Kimball High 2013 graduate Ariana Hawkins, a freshman at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, came through for the Baylor Bears on Friday in Baylor’s 8-7 win over University of Kentucky in the NCAA Division I College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Baylor was behind 7-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Bears scored three runs, but they still needed four runs to tie it up in their last-chance seventh inning.
Hawkins got the rally started, leading off the seventh with a home run over the left-field fence, and her teammates scored three more runs to put the game into extra innings.
The Bears’ Kaitlyn Thumann doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth, and Hawkins laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Thumann. Hawkins reached safely after the throw to first went into right field, and Thumann scored on the play to give Baylor the win.
The win advanced Baylor to the Saturday’s semifinals, where the Bears lost 6-3 to University of Florida. Florida won the national championship after beating University of Alabama 5-0 on Monday and 6-3 on Tuesday.
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