Lady Bears break records against Kansas

Lady Bears break records against Kansas
Posted at 10:41 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 23:41:12-04

No. 21 Baylor softball (28-13, 6-6 Big 12) swept a doubleheader over Kansas (25-20, 0-11 Big 12) clinching its eighth-straight series win over the Jayhawks in the two-game tilt on Friday evening at Getterman Stadium.

Jessie Scroggins went 2-for-3 in the opening game of the day, with her second hit setting a new program record for career hits, passing Lindsey Cargill (253, 2014-2017) for the most ever by a Lady Bear hitter.

Gia Rodoni (16-9) and Regan Green (9-3) secured the wins in the circle for the Lady Bears, both working complete game efforts.

In game one, Rodoni allowed seven hits, but just a single run, striking out six and walking two.

The Baylor offense gave her another early lead to work with, with Scroggins leading off with a bunt single, stealing second to move into scoring position.

A flyout would move Scroggins to third, driven in on an RBI double from Goose McGlaun to give BU the 1-0 lead after one.

Adding on in the second, a two-out rally was started off the bat of Maddison Kettler on a single up the middle. Another single for Scroggins moved Kettler into scoring position.

Kyla Walker broke the game open for the Lady Bears, lacing a triple down the left field line that rolled into the corner to allow both Scroggins and Kettler to score, pushing the BU lead out to 3-0 through two.

After KU scratched a run out in the top of the fifth, BU would take it back in the home half of the sixth.

Ashley Marchand pinch hit and worked a full-count walk, with Madi O’Neal coming on to pinch run. A sac bunt from Kettler moved O’Neal into scoring position, while an infield groundout moved her 60 feet away on third base with two outs.

Kyla Walker cut a single up the middle, scoring O’Neal and icing the 4-1 victory for the Lady Bears in game one.

In game two, Green spun a gem, allowing just four hits and one run, striking out four and walking one.

BU once again grabbed the early lead, with Goose McGlaun drawing a full-count, 11-pitch walk with one out in the bottom of the second.

Nicky Dawson dropped a single in to right center, with both runners advancing on a sac bunt from Taylor Ellis.

Hannah Smith dropped her first RBI single of the ballgame into centerfield, scoring McGlaun and opening up a 1-0 lead for the Lady Bears after two.

The Jayhawks would tie the game with a single run in the top of the fourth, but BU rallied in the home half of the sixth to regain the lead.

Shelby Friudenberg drew a walk, with O’Neal pinch running on first.

A ground out moved her into scoring position, with a single by Dawson pushing O’Neal to third.

Smith came through in the clutch, dropping a single just out of the reach of the diving KU centerfielder, allowing Dawson to score to take the lead back at 2-1.

Green would finish off the win with a routine inning, closing the game retiring the last 10 KU batters in order.