Quick notes: Baylor softball vs.Texas

Quick notes: Baylor softball vs.Texas
Posted at 5:45 PM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 18:45:11-04

• Baylor finishes off its regular season schedule with the final two games of the split series with Texas, hosting the Longhorns on May 5-6 at Getterman Stadium.

• Although Texas holds a 29-20 advantage in the all-time series, Baylor has won six of the last seven meetings between the programs and has won the series each of the last two season, going for its third-straight with a win in either game of the weekend set.

• Neither side has swept a full three-game season series since the conference moved to a three-game series format in 2012, with BU looking to finish off the season set after winning the first game of the split schedule in Austin with a 3-0 victory on April 17.

• The Lady Bears rebounded from a rocky first half of Big 12 play, taking a road win over Texas and sweeping both Kansas and Iowa State to push back over .500 in conference play, securing a winning record in conference play for the sixth-straight season and has won 10 or more Big 12 games in now eight consecutive seasons.

• Baylor is battling Texas for the No. 3 seed for next weekend’s 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, with BU clinching the third seed on a win in either Saturday or Sunday’s contest which would take the tiebreak on head-to-head.

• 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.

• Gia Rodoni added her name to the top of the program record books, earning her sixth Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors, the most-ever in a single season by a Lady Bear tying for the third-most in conference history.

• 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. She leads the team with a .455 effort on the year.

• In her 26 games since returning to the starting lineup, Walker is batting .478 with 12 multi-hit games and has posted at least one hit in all but three games over that stretch.

• Jessie Scroggins is making a strong case for consideration as the nation’s top centerfielder, holding the 12th-highest batting average in the nation (.453) entering the weekend, the second-highest among the country’s centerfielders and the highest among CFs from the Power 5 conferences.

• Scroggins also leads the Big 12 in stolen bases per game (0.36) and ranks sixth nationally with 72 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.