Rodoni Twirls a No-Hitter As Baylor Rolls in Opener

Baylor Press Release

By: Jonathan Hill

WACO, Texas – No. 10/12 Baylor softball (1-0) took an 8-0 victory in five innings over Northwestern State (0-1) on Friday evening at Getterman Stadium, with Gia Rodoni (1-0) working her third-straight no-hitter in starts at Getterman Stadium.

After spinning back-to-back no-hitters to close out the 2017 NCAA Waco Regional, Rodoni wasted no time getting back into postseason form, keeping the Lady Demons off the board and striking out 11, including the first nine batters.

For the offense, after two scoreless frames with nothing doing to crack the scoreboard, the Lady Bears busted through in the third.

Jessie Scroggins roped a one-out single to right-center, followed by a bunt single by Kyla Walker.

Goose McGlaun worked a full-count walk to load the bases for Shelby Friudenberg, who worked her own full count before placing a single through the left side of the infield, scoring both Walker and Scroggins.

Carlee Wallace followed up with her first hit as a Lady Bear, drilling a single down the left field line to score McGlaun and give BU the 3-0 lead after three.

Keeping the pressure on in the fourth, Nicky Dawson picked up her first hit at BU, dotting a single through the left side of the infield with one out.

Scroggins traded places with her on a fielder’s choice to second, moving all the way to third on another single by Walker.

After Walker stole second to put two in scoring position, McGlaun drilled a single up the middle, driving in both runners.

A double by Friudenberg to left field scored McGlaun, bringing up Wallace.

Wallace singled to right field, scoring Friudenberg. An error by the Lady Demon rightfielder allowed Wallace to advance around to third, keeping the two-out rally going.

Maddison Kettler dropped in a single to right field, scoring Wallace to cap off a five-run inning and putting BU up, 8-0 after four.

Rodoni went back to work in the top of the fifth, allowing her first and only walk before striking out the next two, closing out the win and her third-career no-hitter, all coming in her last three starts at Getterman Stadium.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gia Rodoni posted the 24th no-hitter in program history, spinning her third-consecutive no-hitter in starts at Getterman Stadium.
  • Rodoni’s three career complete game no-hitters adds her into the company of Whitney Canion, Heather Stearns and Cristin Vitek as the only four Lady Bears to pitch three or more solo no-hitters.
  • With 11 strikeouts, Rodoni pitched her third-career game with double-digit strikeouts (17, at Northwestern State, 3/8/17)
  • Going 3-for-3 at the plate, Kyla Walker posted her 42nd career multi-hit game.
  • Shelby Friudenberg inched closer to the next place on BU’s career leaderboard for RBI, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI. She now trails Brette Reagan (156, 2006-2009) by just five for the No. 3 spot on the list.
  • Friudenberg’s second RBI of the evening made her just the fourth BU player to hit 150 or more career RBIs.
  • Carlee Wallace made a strong first impression for the Lady Bears, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk, going the distance behind the plate for Rodoni’s no-hitter.
  • Wallace’s single in the fourth inning was the 150th of her collegiate career.
  • Wallace and Nicky Dawson both made their debuts in a Baylor uniform, with Wallace starting at catcher and Dawson starting at second.
  • The Top 6 in the BU lineup went 10-for-15 (.667) and accounted for all 7 of Baylor’s RBI.
  • Baylor improved to 18-0 in home openers under Moore.
  • Baylor notched its 23rd-straight win over NSU and its 16th-straight win at home against non-conference opponents.

TOP QUOTES

“I thought pretty much throughout the lineup we had great at-bats, consistently. We ran the count deep. I think back to Goose, she fouled off a ton in two different at-bats. You start doing that and, even if you don’t get the result of a base hit, when you run the count to seven eight pitches, then it’s going to pay off sometime during the game, later on. You’ll wear a pitcher down if you have multiple batters doing that, and I thought we did a good job of that. Shelby Friudenberg did a great job, had great at-bats.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore

“Gia was hitting on all cylinders, the adrenaline was flowing and she was juiced up and working the zone. She had a great zone back there with Bubba Ewald, a great umpire. A good umpire that you can work with. She can pick apart some hitters’ weaknesses, and she did a good job pushing him and called a great game. What a great start. Dating back to last year on this field, that was her third consecutive no-hitter, so I’m going to expect that from her every time she takes the field from here on.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore

“Incredible. I felt just like I was a freshman again. These coaches and these girls are just incredible. Incredible on the field and off. I’m so thankful and so blessed that the Lord has brought me here and I feel so good out here. It’s just so much fun now.” – Baylor senior catcher Carlee Wallace, on her first game at Baylor

“All her stuff was working out there. It was great. She really attacked hitters. That’s one thing we appreciate her getting ahead of hitters and keeping them on their toes. Her off-speed was good, her rise was great. She did an incredible job.” – Baylor senior catcher Carlee Wallace

“I love this place, nothing better than playing with my best friends, so it’s a good time.” – Baylor junior pitcher Gia Rodoni, on her success at Getterman Stadium

“I try staying in the moment and staying in every pitch, not thinking out too far in advance. I’m not thinking about strikeouts because we still have a long game, seven innings is a long game, so I had to stay in the moment and not get too far ahead and lose focus.” – Baylor junior pitcher Gia Rodoni

“We just wanted to come in and dominate at home. We had a great season last year and we just wanted to pick up where we left off. I think we did a great job of that tonight.” – Baylor junior pitcher Gia Rodoni

WHAT’S NEXT

The Lady Bears close out the three-game weekend series on Saturday, Feb. 10, with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.


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