No. 16/17 Baylor Softball Takes on Texas Tech in First Big 12 Road Test

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Baylor Press Release

By: Jonathan Hill

• Baylor continues through the Big 12 schedule, playing its first conference road series of the season at Texas Tech on April 6-8 at Rocky Johnson Field in Lubbock.

• Baylor has won the last 12-straight games over the Red Raiders, sweeping the previous four series and winning 14 of the last 15 contests between the program.

• Baylor has won 14-straight Big 12 series over unranked opponents, with its last series loss to unranked competition coming in 2015 vs. Texas.

• The Lady Bears have seen a boost in power numbers in games vs. the Red Raiders, carrying a six-game streak with at least one home run against Texas Tech.

• Rocky Johnson Field is a notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark, with the Lady Bears launching 12 home runs over three games in their last trip to Lubbock. Over the last two series at Tech (2012 & 2014), the Lady Bears have hit a combined 20 home runs over the six game stretch.

• After missing 11 games due to an ankle injury, Kyla Walker is back in the lineup, a huge boost for the Lady Bears as the program’s career batting average leader and the ninth-highest career hitting mark among all active student-athletes in Division I softball.

• Jessie Scroggins is making a strong case for consideration as the nation’s top centerfielder, holding the highest batting average in the nation (.515) entering the weekend.

• Scroggins also leads the Big 12 in stolen bases per game (0.43) and ranks 16th nationally with 51 hits on the year, good for first among the conference’s hitters.

• The reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year has played in 110 games and successfully converted on 162 consecutive fielding chances since her last defensive error, dating back to game three of the OU series in 2016 (April 10).

• The Lady Bears are coming off an 8-5 midweek win over Abilene Christian, with a strong effort at the plate for the Baylor offense.

• Carlee Wallace (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Kyla Walker (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B, 2 runs scored) led the way for the BU offense, accounting for six of BU’s eight runs produced.

• Goose McGlaun hit her team-best ninth home run of the season, the 20th of her career.

• Caitln Charlton (2-for-4, HR, 2B) hit her second home run of the season and the ninth of her BU career.

• Jessie Scroggins (240 career hits) now sits seven away from tying Naomi Fitzgerald (247, 1998-2001) for No. 2 on BU’s all-time career hits leaderboard.

• BU’s single strikeout by the Lady Bear hitters marked the 10th time this season the Lady Bears have struck out one or fewer times in a game.

• Baylor’s offense ranks in the Top 25 nationally in batting average (.330, 9th nationally, 2nd in Big 12) and on base percentage (.400, 24th, 3rd).

• A pair of Lady Bears could be eyeing the record books over the weekend, with opportunity to add their names to the top.

• A 2-for-3 performance by Jessie Scroggins against BYU on March 24 marked the 70th career multi-hit game of her career, passing Naomi Fitzgerald (69, 1998-2001) to set a new Baylor program record.

• She is just 13 hits away (240) from tying Lindsey Cargill for the career hits record (253), a high mark set by Cargill in 2017. She is also seven back from Naomi Fitzgerald (248, 1998-2001) for the No. 2 spot.

• Shelby Friudenberg is chasing two records set by Chelsi Lake (2004-2007), sitting one home run shy (43) of tying the prpgram record in career dingers and 11 RBI shy of matching the record for career RBI.

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