No. 12/13 Baylor softball (35-7, 8-1 Big 12) fell short in a 1-0 decision to the RV/NR Texas State Bobcats (30-8, 11-3 Sun Belt) on Wednesday evening at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Kelsee Selman (18-4) went toe-to-toe with reigning national pitcher of the week, Randi Rupp (20-5), with the two All-America caliber pitchers locked in a scoreless tie through the first six and a half frames.
With the two pitchers allowing a combined eight hits, it was the Bobcats who finally broke through in the home half of the seventh inning, using a bases-loaded RBI groundout to take the walk off victory.
Selman worked 6.2 frames, allowing five hits and striking out eight with four walks.
The Lady Bears had decent opportunities, with the best coming in the top of the fourth.
Lindsey Cargill led off with a bunt single, with Ari Hawkins reaching safely on a failed double play attempt by the Bobcats.
A fly out by Shelby Friudenberg worked like a sacrifice, moving both runners into scoring position with one out.
That was the furthest the Lady Bears could advance, with a groundout and fly out ending the threat and keeping BU scoreless.
Lindsey Cargill, the team and Big 12’s leading hitter, extended her hitting streak to 20, a career high and the team’s season high streak.
Cargill’s 20-game streak sets a new program record, topping Kelly Osburn (19, 2004-2005) for the top spot in the Baylor record books.
Cargill’s single took her career hit total to 231, passing Kathy Shelton (230, 2010-2013) and Kayce Walker (230, 2009-2012) to take sole possession of the No. 3 spot on Baylor’s career hit list.
Ari Hawkins saw her on-base streak end at 28 games, holding sole possession of the No. 3 spot in the program’s on-base streak leaders list. She finishing trailing Shelby Friudenberg (33, 2017) for the second-longest streak for BU.
Baylor was held to a season-low hitting mark, with Rupp allowing just three Baylor hits.
“That was a postseason ballgame being played in the middle of our Big 12 schedule. That’s two postseason teams going head-to-head in a classic pitchers’ duel that you don’t usually see anymore. It’s hard to point fingers and be upset. It was a great ballgame and we just happened to be the team that came up short.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore
STAT OF THE GAME
20 – the hitting streak for Lindsey Cargill, setting a new program record for the Lady Bears.
Baylor enjoys its lone bye week in Big 12 play, taking the Easter weekend off. The Lady Bears return for a doubleheader with Houston on Tuesday, April 18, before the nationally-televised weekend series at Oklahoma.