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Fast facts: Baylor vs. McNeese State

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• Baylor extended its program record with its eighth-straight postseason berth, the 13th appearance all-time, all coming under 18th-year head coach Glenn Moore.

• Baylor is 45-28 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, including a 31-11 mark in the regional rounds.

• Baylor has advanced to the Super Regional round a total of six times and is coming off of the program’s fourth Women’s College World Series berth.

• Although Baylor has entered postseason as a Top 16 RPI team each of the last three seasons, in both 2016 and 2018 the Lady Bears have started tournament play on the road.

• Baylor is the only team in the country with two batters in the Top 15 of the nation’s batting averages rankings, with Kyla Walker (.457, 7th) and Jessie Scroggins (.449, 10th) leading the way for BU’s offense.

• Walker and Scroggins continue to stay in lock-step in battle for the program’s single-season batting average record, set in 2017 by Lindsey Cargill (.430).

• Baylor went 1-2 in the Big 12 Softball Championship, making the program’s first appearance in the title game before falling, 6-4, to the two-time defending national champions, No. 3/3 Oklahoma.

• Shelby Friudenberg punched her way to the top of Baylor’s career leaderboard, drilling her 45th career home run in Sunday’s series finale at Texas Tech, passing Chelsi Lake (44, 2004-2007) as the program’s all-time record holder in base knocks.

• Friudenberg passed Lake’s career RBI mark (184, 2004-2007) on a two-RBI single in the first inning of the series

finale at Iowa State on April 29.

• After missing 11 games due to an ankle injury, Kyla Walker is back in the lineup, a huge boost for the Lady Bears as the program’s career batting average leader and the fifth-highest career hitting mark among all active student-athletes in Division I softball, the second-highest among non-freshmen.

• Jessie Scroggins is making a strong case for consideration as the nation’s top centerfielder, holding the 10th-highest batting average in the nation (.449) entering the weekend, the second-highest among the country’s centerfielders (.461, Paige Murphy, EKU) and the highest among CFs from Power 5 conferences.

• Scroggins also leads the Big 12 in stolen bases per game (0.35) and ranks fifth nationally with 79 hits on the year, good for first among the conference’s hitters.

• Scroggins now sits atop the program’s record book for career hits, passing Lindsey Cargill (253, 2014-2017) for the top spot with a single vs. Kansas on April 20.

• A 2-for-3 performance by Scroggins against BYU on March 24 marked the 70th career multi-hit game of her career, passing Naomi Fitzgerald (69, 1998-2001) to set a new Baylor program record.

• Scroggins became the ninth Lady Bear in program history taken in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) College Draft, selected by the Chicago Bandits as the No. 15 overall pick in the third round.

• Scroggins added to her impressive accolade collection, named a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the only centerfielder in the country named to the list.

• Gia Rodoni made it seven-straight seasons that a BU pitcher has notched 200-plus strikeouts in a season, leading the Big 12 in both strikeouts and strikeouts per seven innings, ranking in the Top 20 in the country in both categories.

• Rodoni also made it six-straight seasons that a BU pitcher has posted 20 or more victories in the circle.

• Baylor had seven named to the Academic All-Big 12 teams, marking 11-straight seasons with six or more selections, and five or more for the 16th-straight year.

• Baylor had four All-Big 12 first team selections, with Gia Rodoni, Kyla Walker, Goose McGlaun, and Jessie Scroggins all earning top conference honors.

• Baylor had five NFCA All-Region selections, including tying for the second-most first team honorees in the country. Gia Rodoni, Kyla Walker, Jessie Scroggins, and Carlee Wallace all were named to the first team, with Goose McGlaun earning second team honors.

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