No. 14 Baylor Softball Grabs Series Win over UCF with Shutout - KXXV Central Texas News Now

No. 14 Baylor Softball Grabs Series Win over UCF with Shutout

No. 14/15 Baylor softball (25-4) took its first series win of the 2017 season, working a 5-0 shutout over UCF (14-12) on Saturday afternoon at UCF Softball Complex.

Gia Rodoni (8-0) went the distance for the Lady Bears in the circle, working a complete game, 7.0 inning shutout, allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts.

The Baylor offense kept the bats hot, striking first in the top of the second.

Shelby McGlaun led off the inning with a walk, with Riley Browder subbing in to pinch run.

Lindsey Cargill and Maddison Kettler notched back-to-back singles to load the bases, setting up for a bases loaded RBI walk for Ari Hawkins.

A single for Taylor Ellis plated a second run, with a third coming in on a UCF wild pitch.

Caitlin Charlton drove in the fourth run of the inning on a ground out, giving BU the early 4-0 lead.

The Lady Bears were back in the top of the fourth to take advantage of a series of UCF miscues, with Cargill leading off the frame by reaching safely on a UCF error.

Kettler moved her into scoring position with a sac bunt, with Cargill stealing third on the next play.

A wiLd pitch gave Cargill an easy run across, snagging BU another insurance run and the 5-0 advantage, holding as the final score in the game.

HIGHLIGHTS

Baylor secured its first series win of the 2017 season in its first three-game series, winning games one and two with UCF. The Lady Bears will go for the series sweep on Sunday.

The Lady Bear hitters had zero strikeouts for the second-straight game and the third time this season.

Taylor Ellis had an efficient 1-for-1 performance at the plate, driving in a run and taking two walks.

Shelby Friudenberg extended her on-base streak to 26 games, and counting. The junior slugger moves into a three-way tie with Kaitlyn Thumann (26, 2014) and Kathy Shelton (26, 2011-2012) for the No. 2 spot in Baylor’s record book. Thumann also holds the program record, with a 44-game streak stretching across the 2013-2014 seasons.

STAT OF THE GAME

1 – the number of earned runs allowed by Rodoni over her last 20 innings of work. The sophomore hasn’t allowed an earned run in either of her last two starts.

TOP QUOTE

“Gia was finely tuned today and had great success with her changeup against a very aggressive lineup. I would say we did what was necessary offensively, but our defense, highlighted by Gia’s performance, won this one for us.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor closes out the three-game series and goes for the sweep over UCF on Sunday, March 19, at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT at UCF Softball Complex.

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