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Baylor Softball Takes Game One Against McNeese

Baylor Press Release:

WACO, Texas – No. 16/17 Baylor softball (25-9, 3-3 Big 12) had a strong showing in the opening game of a two-game midweek set with McNeese State (27-14, 10-5 Southland), running away with a 10-2 (6) win over the Cowgirls on Tuesday evening at Getterman Stadium.

Regan Green (8-2) threw the complete game for the Lady Bears, going all 6.0 frames. Although she allowed eight hits by the Cowgirls, she held McNeese to just two runs, only one that was earned. Her seven strikeout, zero walk effort kept the damage to a minimum and allowed the Lady Bears to maintain their lead from the first inning on.

The offense provided early run support, with Nicky Dawson leading off the home half of the first with a single down the left field line, moving to second and on to third on back-to-back singles by Kyla Walker and Jessie Scroggins.

A walk with the bases loaded by Carlee Wallace earned an easy RBI, bumping the BU lead to 1-0. A line-out double play and groundout would cut the early scoring opportunity short, with BU holding the one-run lead after the first.

Walker got another offensive push going for the Lady Bears in the third, beating out an infield single.

An infield error by the Cowgirls allowed her to advance around to third, scoring on an RBI single up the middle by Wallace, pushing the Lady Bear lead to 2-0.

The Cowgirls would scratch back a run in the top of the fourth on a leadoff Baylor error and two-out RBI single, cutting the BU lead back to one, but the Lady Bears took it back in the home half of the fifth.

Walker legged out another infield single, advancing to second on the second Cowgirl defensive error.

Scroggins pounded a double off of the extended batter’s eye over the centerfield wall, easily scoring Walker from second to take the lead back to two, up 3-1 through five.

A leadoff solo home run for the Cowgirls in the top of the sixth again kept the pressure on the Baylor defense and Green, but the Lady Bear offense took over in the bottom of the sixth, hanging on to a 3-2 lead.

Goose McGlaun led off the inning with a triple off the wall in centerfield, with Ellis and pinch hitter Ashley Marchand both drawing walks to load the bases with one out.

An RBI single for Dawson would plate the first run, with a passed ball bringing home a second.

A four-pitch walk for Kyla Walker kept the bases loaded, with back-to-back RBI walks drawn by Scroggins and Shelby Friudenberg to score two more runs, with a third coming across on a wild pitch.

Needing two more runs to finish off the run rule victory, leading 8-2, Goose McGlaun singled through the right side of the infield, beating the throw to first to allow Scroggins to score.

With Madi O’Neal pinch running for Friudenberg and standing on third base, Taylor Ellis drove a ball through the left side of the infield into left field, scoring O’Neal to walk off with the 10-2 run rule victory.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nicky Dawson (2-for-4), Kyla Walker (3-for-3), Jessie Scroggins (2-for-3), and Goose McGlaun (3-for-4) all carried multi-hit efforts for the Lady Bears.
  • Walker has had two or more hits in four of her last five games, now with 10 multi-hit games this season and 51 in her career.
  • Scroggins (245 career hits) now sits just two hits back from Naomi Fitzgerald (247, 1998-2001) for the No. 2 spot on Baylor’s career hits leaderboard and eight back from Lindsey Cargill (253, 2014-2017) for the top spot.
  • Friudenberg (179 career RBI) now trails Chelsi Lake (184, 2004-2007) by only five for the program’s RBI record.
  • Baylor improves to 22-5 all-time vs. the Cowgirls, including a 15-1 mark in Waco and 16-1 under head coach Glenn Moore.
  • Baylor has now won five-straight over the McNeese squad and carries a five-game season winning streak into Wednesday’s two-game series finale with the Cowgirls.
  • Regan Green won her third-straight decision and has now made back-to-back starts with five or more strikeouts and no walks.

TOP QUOTES

I guess coaches are never happy. I thought we had an opportunity to really blow this thing open in the first inning with good hitters in the box. We didn’t get it done. Credit them for getting us out in that situation. We had a couple of baserunning mistakes that we shouldn’t be making this time of year. It’s one thing to be aggressive, but to not play sharp is another thing. The good thing is Regan held on and threw a really good game and gave us a chance to have a couple of big innings and we finally got to them a little bit in the end.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore

“I felt great. I know I had my defense behind me. Our hitters certainly backed me up. It felt nice to be back in Getterman, playing in front of our home crowd. It was just awesome being back here. That really helps as a pitcher when you're pitching in your stadium, you have your fans behind you, as well as having your hitters and your defense.” – Baylor pitcher Regan Green

"It was nice to finally capitalize on those runners we were getting and the walks that they were giving us. It was nice that we were having better at-bats against those pitchers." – Baylor infielder Goose McGlaun

WHAT’S NEXT

The Lady Bears look to sweep the season series with McNeese, going for its third win in 2018 over the Cowgirls on Wednesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.


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