No. 14 Baylor Softball Falls to UCF in Series Finale, 4-2 - KXXV Central Texas News Now

No. 14 Baylor Softball Falls to UCF in Series Finale, 4-2

No. 14/15 Baylor softball (25-5) fell short on the sweep attempt, dropping a 4-2 decision with UCF (15-12) on Sunday afternoon at UCF Softball Complex.

Gia Rodoni started the game in the circle for BU, going 4.1 frames allowing five hits and three runs with four strikeouts.

Kelsee Selman (12-3) took the loss in the circle, working the final 1.2 innings, allowing three hits, one run, and striking out three.

The Lady Bears took the first lead in the game in the top of the second, marking the first loss this season in a game where Baylor has taken a lead.

Lindsey Cargill singled into left field, advancing to second on a ground out.

A bunt single attempt for Ari Hawkins forced the muffed catch by UCF, with Cargill coming around to score to give BU the 1-0 lead.

UCF would tie the game with a solo shot in the fourth, taking a 1-1 tie into the top of the fifth.

Hawkins led off the inning with a four pitch walk, moving to second on a sac bunt by Sydney Christensen.

Caitlin Charlton drilled an RBI double off the top of the wall in right center, narrowly missing out on a game changing home run on the line drive held up by the Florida wind.

With BU leading 2-1, UCF plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the 4-2 lead.

The Lady Bears stranded three runners over the final two frames, unable to find the equalizing scores.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lindsey Cargill kept the hot bat for the Lady Bears, going 3-for-3 in the game with a run scored.

Cargill led the offense in the series with a .778 average for the weekend, going 7-for-9 at the plate with five runs scored.

The Baylor bats finished with a .388 average in the series, outhitting the Knights .388-to-.264.

Baylor’s pitching staff finished the weekend with 18 strikeouts to just two walks in 18.0 innings of work.

The Lady Bear hitters’ two strikeouts in the game were the first and only two BU strikeouts of the three game series.

Shelby Friudenberg extended her on-base streak to 27 games, and counting. The junior slugger now holds sole possession of the No. 2 spot in the Baylor program’s record book, passing Kaitlyn Thumann (26, 2014) and Kathy Shelton (26, 2011-2012). She now trails only Thumann for the program record, who had a 44-game streak stretching across the 2013-2014 seasons.

STAT OF THE GAME

29-1 – Baylor’s record when they’ve taken the lead at any point in the game, dropping the 4-2 decision after taking the 1-0 lead in the top of the second.

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor faces Sam Houston State on Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Getterman Stadium, the final tune up game before the Lady Bears open the Big 12 schedule at Kansas, March 24-26.

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