Baylor Press Release
By: Jonathan Hill
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 16/17 Baylor softball (22-9, 1-3 Big 12) posted nine runs over the final two innings, rallying for a 12-8 win over Texas Tech (21-16, 1-6 Big 12) on Friday evening at Rocky Johnson Field.
In a game that saw a combined nine home runs between the two teams, Gia Rodoni started and worked through the first 2.2 innings with five strikeouts and a walk, but a pair of two-run home runs allowed would cut her start short, bringing on Regan Green in relief.
Green (7-2) took the win in relief, going 4.1 allowing seven hits, four runs, and three earned runs, while striking out one and walking one.
After a two-run home run in the home half of the first for the Red Raiders, the Lady Bears were able to cut back and take a run in the top of the second.
Shelby Friudenberg lined a double to right center, with Alyssa Avalos checking on to run.
Goose McGlaun drilled a single to left, scoring Avalos to cut the Red Raider lead back to one at 2-1.
The Red Raiders would add two more in the bottom of the third on a second two-run home run by Jessica Hartwell, the leading home run hitter for Tech.
Trailing 4-1 heading to the fourth, the Lady Bears would cut the lead back to one with a two-spot on a two-out rally.
Shelby Friudenberg punched a solo home run over the centerfield wall, tying Chelsi Lake (2004-2007) for the program record with the 44th home run of her collegiate career and her fourth home run this season.
Goose McGlaun followed with a line shot that just cleared the top of the fence in left center, her team-best 10th home run of the season, cutting the Red Raider lead back to one at 4-3.
A two-out infield single and throwing error by the Lady Bears would plate another run for the Red Raiders in the home half of the fourth, pushing the lead back to two at 5-3.
Back at work in the sixth inning, Scroggins got the ball rolling with a single up the middle.
A walk for Carlee Wallace brought Madi O’Neal on to run with one out.
Friudenberg roped a middle up the middle to score Scroggins from second and push O’Neal to third.
McGlaun kept the hot bat, drilling a three-run home run over the left center wall to push the Lady Bears in front for the first time in the ballgame, up 8-5.
A solo HR and another two-out error by the Lady Bears allowed two more runs to come across, cutting the lead back to one at 8-7.
Jessie Scroggins gave the Lady Bears some breathing room, leading off the seventh with a solo HR, the fourth of the ballgame for BU, and pushing the lead back to two at 9-7.
After Shelby Friudenberg reached on a fielder’s choice and Maddison Kettler drew a two-out walk, Taylor Ellis drilled another two-run home run to left field, pushing BU’s lead to five, up 12-7.
A solo HR for Hartwell, her third of the game, in the bottom of the seventh cut the BU lead back to 12-8, but Green was able to settle back and close out the win for the Lady Bears.