Baylor Press Release
WACO, Texas – 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.
Game One Highlights:
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.
- Baylor clinched its eighth-straight series over the Jayhawks, winning 15 of the last 16 meetings between the programs.
- Jessie Scroggins (254 career hits) took over the No. 1 spot in the BU record books, passing Lindsey Cargill (253, 2014-2017) for the program record in career hits.
- Scroggins (2-for-3, 2 R) collected her 22nd multi-hit game of the season, extending her program record with the 77th multi-hit game of her career.
- Kyla Walker (3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI) had her 12th multi-hit game of the season and the 53rd of her career, as well as her second multi-RBI game of the season, the 11th of her career.
- Walker’s 3 RBI set a new season-high mark and matched her career high (at Iowa State, 4/3/16)
- In game two, Nicky Dawson (2-for-3) and Hannah Smith (2-for-2, 2 RBI) both notched multi-hit games, with Smith picking up the first of her career and Dawson collecting No. 7 on the season.
- Smith also marked her second multi-RBI game, driving in both of BU’s runs in game two.
“We got them when we had to have them I guess. I thought we had several other opportunities. It would have been nice to have one or two. We’ve just got to be happy with wins right now. I told the team our offense will come around, I really believe it will. Right now, I’m just going to tip my hat to Kansas and the pitching as well, but we’re a better offense than we performed over the last few games or several games but we got them when we needed them.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore on Baylor’s offense
“That’s amazing. When Cargill did it, it was amazing, and then to break it – on Cargill’s birthday by the way. This program is old enough to where anyone who holds a record has done something amazing, so to break any records is a feat she should be very proud of.” – Baylor head coach on Jessie Scroggins record-breaking career
“I’m pretty excited. I haven’t been hitting my best so it was good to turn around and do something different for a change.” – Baylor freshman Hannah Smith
“It was exciting for my team to be able to do that for them. We struggled in the beginning but we’ve been working on playing Baylor softball so it’s nice to take the dub today.” – Baylor freshman Hannah Smith
“She was a great hitter. She set the bar high and I get to set the bar higher, so that’s awesome.” – Baylor senior Jessie Scroggins, on topping Lindsey Cargill’s record
Baylor will look to finish off its fourth-straight home sweep of the Jayhawks, with the series finale set for noon on Sunday at Getterman Stadium.