Baylor softball (18-4) closed out the final day of competition in the Judi Garman Classic, splitting with a win over No. 8/7 UCLA (16-5) before falling in the bottom of the seventh inning in the late game with Cal State Fullerton (9-11).
The UCLA game marked the fourth-straight win for the Lady Bears over a top-20 opponent, with BU notching wins over No. 20 Arizona State, No. 14 Michigan, No. 7/8 Washington, and No. 8/7 UCLA.
In the UCLA game, after Gia Rodoni was tested early by the Bruins, Kelsee Selman (10-2) came on in relief, working the final 4.2 frames.
In just 2.1 innings for Rodoni, the sophomore struck out five, allowing three hits with three runs.
Selman picked up the win in relief, scattering eight hits and three runs, while striking out three.
The Lady Bears were first to crack through in the top of the second, with Lindsey Cargill leading off with a bunt single. Maddison Kettler followed up with a single up the middle on a hit-and-run play, with Cargill advancing to third.
Shelby McGlaun took a 1-2 pitch and launched a three-run home run to the berm in left field, putting the Lady Bears in front, 3-0.
The Bruins answered back in the bottom of the second and third inning, with a two-run home run in the second and a solo home run with an RBI double in the third, putting UCLA ahead, 4-3.
The Lady Bears clawed back in front in the top of the fifth, with Caitlin Charlton leading off with a double roped into the gap in right center.
With Riley Browder checking in to run, Jessie Scroggins moved Browder to third on a sac bunt.
An RBI single from Kyla Walker plated Browder to tie the game back at 4-4.
After Walker advanced to second on a wild pitch, Ari Hawkins attempted to drop a sac bunt in, but reached safely and advanced to second after a throwing error on UCLA, with Walker advancing around to score on the play.
Hawkins would score on the next play after a second UCLA wild pitch, giving BU a 6-4 lead.
Back in the top of the sixth, Shelby McGlaun led off with an infield single, with Madi O’Neal pinch running.
O’Neal stole second, bringing Scroggins to the plate with two outs.
A misplayed ball by the UCLA first baseman allowed O’Neal to go all the way around and score on the play, pushing the BU lead to 7-4.
The Bruins cut back in the home half of the sixth with another two-run shot, the third UCLA home run in the game.
Clinging to a 7-6 lead and looking for insurance in the top of the seventh, Shelby Friudenberg reached base on a one-out walk.
Cargill drilled a double to left field, pushing Friudenberg over to third.
Maddison Kettler kept the rally rolling, stretching a double into the corner in left, scoring both Cargill and Friudenberg.
McGlaun added to a remarkable performance at the plate, drilling another no-doubter, a two-run bomb to left field, putting BU up 11-6.
Despite a late push from the Bruins in the home half of the inning, Selman and the Lady Bears finished off the dominant win, forcing a fly out to end the game.
In the late game with Cal State Fullerton, McGlaun (3-2) took the 1-0 loss in the circle, with the BU bats unable to add any run support down the stretch.
The freshman pitcher scattered four hits over 6.1 innings, striking out four.
The lone run came in the bottom of the seventh, with the Titans taking the win on a walk-off fielder’s choice on a late throw to the plate on an infield ground ball.
Shelby McGlaun led the Lady Bears at the plate in the five-game weekend tournament, finishing with a .500 batting average, three home runs, seven RBI, 17 total bases, and a 1.214 slugging percentage.
Kelsee Selman did the heavy lifting in the circle all weekend, going 3-0 with 19.1 innings pitched, four appearances, two complete games, 14 strikeouts, and a save.
BU had its 12-game winning streak come to an end, with the Lady Bears holding the longest win streak of the season among Big 12 teams.
Shelby Friudenberg extended her on-base streak to 19 games, and counting. The junior slugger is now tied with Dani Leal and Kelly Osburn for No. 6 on the program’s record list for most consecutive games to reach base. She is one away from tying Kathy Shelton for No. 5.
STAT OF THE DAY
18-0 – the record for BU this season when taking the lead at any point during the game. The BU pitching staff hasn’t lost a game when the offense takes the lead.
“It has been a tremendous weekend for Baylor softball. We beat every ranked team we played and faced the ace pitchers as the starter in three of those games. I couldn’t be happier with how this team responded to the challenge and I thought we played every aspect of the game at an elite level. We gained a lot of momentum and confidence to carry through the rest of spring break and on throughout the regular season.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore
The Lady Bears jet from California into Louisiana for a pair of doubleheaders, first with Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday, March 7, and then with Northwestern State on Wednesday, March 8.