Baylor Press Release:
WACO, Texas – No. 16/17 Baylor softball (25-10, 3-3 Big 12) saw its five-game winning streak snapped in a 7-3 loss to McNeese (28-14, 10-5 Southland) on Wednesday afternoon at Getterman Stadium.
Gia Rodoni (14-7) had a tough start in the circle, going 4.0 innings with seven hits and five runs, striking out seven with two walks.
Regan Green closed the final 3.0 innings, allowing just two hits and two unearned runs, striking out two and walking none.
McNeese jumped out to the early lead, plating three runs in the top of the second inning.
Trailing 3-0 into the home half of the second, the Lady Bear offense bounced back to even the fight.
Back-to-back walks drawn by Goose McGlaun and Shelby Friduenberg got the inning started, with Carlee Wallace taking a hit by pitch off her ankle to load the bases with no outs.
With Alyssa Avalos running for Friudenberg, a wild pitch scored McGlaun, moved Avalos to third, and pushed Wallace to second.
Hannah Smith drew a full-count walk to load the bases back, with a fielder’s choice from Maddison Kettler keeping the bases loaded with two outs for Nicky Dawson.
Dawson laced a single to centerfield, allowing both Wallace and Smith to score, tying the game back at 3-3 through two.
The Cowgirls would add two more in the fourth, bringing Green out for the Lady Bears to close the final three innings.
A pair of unearned runs off BU errors in both the fifth and seventh innings would push the McNeese lead out to 7-3, with the Lady Bears held scoreless and limited to a single hit over the final five innings, that coming on a double for Jessie Scroggins in the bottom of the fifth.
- Nicky Dawson (1-for-4, 2 RBI) had just the second multi-RBI game of her career, both coming this season.
- Scroggins (246 career hits) now sits just one hit back from Naomi Fitzgerald (247, 1998-2001) for the No. 2 spot on Baylor’s career hits leaderboard and seven away from Lindsey Cargill (253, 2014-2017) for the top spot.
- Baylor falls to 22-6 all-time vs. the Cowgirls, including a 15-2 mark in Waco and 16-2 under head coach Glenn Moore.
“I was very disappointed in our effort today. It’s not what you need going into Stillwater. I let them know that. We’re going to work out before we leave tomorrow and try to fix some things. It wasn’t just offense. It was one of the worst efforts I’ve seen in a Baylor uniform since I’ve been here. I don’t know if that’s chemistry, losing CC (Charlton) shouldn’t make that much of a difference. We should step it up instead of going that direction. So yeah, I’m disappointed in that effort. But all I know to do is to come back and work hard, and they agreed to do that for me. So, we’re going to go right back at it before we head up there tomorrow afternoon.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore
“I didn’t really feel like I had anything working for me today. The only pitch that I had that I felt was consistent was my changeup, so that’s the difference, where I had everything this weekend going right for me, pitch wise, and I don’t feel like I had it today.” – Baylor pitcher Gia Rodoni
“Remain in focus the whole game. We’ve got to come out early fighting, and we’ve got to be able to hold that for the whole seven innings and be able to shut them down from the get-go so we don’t have to chip away at the end and scratch away. We should get it done from the start and I think that’s expected.” – Baylor infielder Nicky Dawson, on what the message was from Coach Moore
The Lady Bears will head back out on the road, facing Oklahoma State in a three-game, Big 12 weekend series, running April 13-15 in Stillwater.