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No. 21 Baylor Softball Clinches Series Win over Kansas with Walk-off

WACO, Texas – No. 21 Baylor softball (38-12, 9-4 Big 12) took game two of its final regular season home stand, clinching a series win over Kansas (27-15, 4-4 Big 12) with a 3-2 walk-off victory on Saturday evening at Getterman Stadium.

Kendall Potts took the start in the circle, going 4.2 innings, while allowing five hits and two runs. In the top of the fifth, Gia Rodoni (4-1) took over, protecting a 2-2 tie over the final 2.1 frames to earn the win in relief.

Through the first two frames, the two sides were locked in a scoreless tie, with the Jayhawks breaking through in the top of the third.

Stringing together four hits and a walk, the Jayhawks took an early 2-0 lead heading into the home half of the third.

For Baylor, a lead-off double by Jessie Scroggins and a single by Sarah Smith put runners on the corners with no outs.

Riley Browder would pinch-run for Smith, stealing second on the next pitch.

With two runners in scoring position, Scroggins would score on a wild pitch, putting BU on the board and keeping a runner on third. A sac-fly by Shelby Friudenberg would score Browder, tying the game back at 2-2.

With neither team able to break the deadlock through the top of the seventh, it came down to the home half with either a walk-off opportunity or extra innings on the line.

Smith got the rally going with a single, roped into the centerfield grass. Linsey Hays and Smith switched places on a fielder’s choice to second base, keeping Hays on first with one out.

A clutch stolen base by Hays allowed her to advance to third on a wild pitch to Friudenberg, with Friudenberg taking first base on a full-count walk.

Ari Hawkins jumped on the first pitch she saw, skying a fly ball to left-field. Hays tagged up, getting a quick jump to narrowly beat the throw home with a hook slide in front of the plate to avoid the tag.

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