No. 13/14 Baylor softball (33-6, 6-1 Big 12) secured a 5-1 win in game one of the weekend series with the Iowa State Cyclones (15-25, 0-7 Big 12) on Friday evening at Getterman Stadium.
Kelsee Selman (18-3) worked her tenth complete game of the season, going 7.0 frames and allowing just four hits and one run with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
The Baylor offense snagged the early lead for BU, starting with Lindsey Cargill taking a one-out walk in the bottom of the second.
Taylor Ellis roped a double to the wall in right-center, scoring Cargill from first to give BU the 1-0 lead through two.
The Lady Bears took control in the home half of the third, with Kyla Walker leading off with a single to left center.
Shelby Friudenberg laced a single through the left side of the infield, moving Walker from first to third.
With Riley Browder pinch running for Friudenberg, Browder drew the Cyclones into a rundown, allowing Walker to steal home and Browder to take second.
Shelby McGlaun drilled a single into left field, pushing Browder to third. McGlaun would steal second on the next pitch.
Lindsey Cargill kept the rally going, ripping a double into right field, scoring Browder and moving McGlaun to third.
Still with just one out, Ellis grounded out to shortstop, allowing McGlaun to score to close out a three-run, four-hit inning for BU, giving the Lady Bears a 4-0 lead.
The Cyclones managed to plate a run in the top of the fourth on an inside the park home run to left field, cutting the BU lead to 4-1.
The Lady Bears took the run back in the bottom of the fourth, with Walker reaching safely on a two-out bunt to start the rally.
Ari Hawkins pounded a double to the wall in right center, scoring Walker from first to open the Baylor lead back to four at 5-1.
Lindsey Cargill, the team and Big 12’s leading hitter, extended her hitting streak to 17, a new career high and the team’s season high streak.
Cargill passed Kathy Shelton (16, 2011-2012) to take sole possession of No. 2 in the program’s record books for the longest hit streak. Cargill now trails only Kelly Osburn (19, 2004-2005) for the top spot.
Cargill’s single bumped her career hit total to 225, moving into a tie with Linsey Hays (225, 2012-2016) for the seventh-most hits in program history.
Ari Hawkins extended her on-base streak to 26 games and counting, tying Kaitlyn Thumann (26, 2014) and Kathy Shelton (26, 2011-2012) for the No. 3 streak.
Kelsee Selman has now pitched in each of Baylor’s seven conference games. The Lady Bears improved to 5-0 in Big 12 games that Selman has started.
Selman notched her seventh-career game with 10+ strikeouts, her fourth at Baylor.
Selman has thrown 10+ strikeouts in three of her last four starts.
“Every game you see the kid grow. She just plays hard. I was worried about her earlier playing outside her head when she gets frustrated, and I think she got through that quickly and is playing very mature ball right now. I certainly like what she’s doing. We’re asking a lot out of her. Offensively, her batting average is climbing.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore on Ellis
“What makes us even more confident is I know that if I have an off night that Scroggins, Cargill, or somebody else is going to have an on-night. We kind of pick each other up in that sense. I think that also helps us a whole lot when we know that, even if we are failing, someone else is going to fill that spot, take that role, and step up big time for us. Tonight, I guess it just happened to be me.” – Baylor infielder Taylor Ellis
“The sweep would be nice, of course. Any series that's what we're looking for, so that's what we're going for. We started off on a great note, and hopefully we'll continue that way the next two games.” – Baylor pitcher Kelsee Selman
STAT OF THE GAME
8 – the Lady Bears have now posted eight or more hits in each of the team’s seven Big 12 games this season.
Baylor will look to secure its sixth-straight Big 12 series win on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.