By Cody Soto
No. 9 Baylor softball finished 3-2 at the Baylor Invitational last weekend at Getterman Stadium, where it took a 2-1 win over No. 2 Oregon in the final day of competition.
The Bears (12-2) lost their first two games of the season, both in a row on Thursday and Friday in Waco. The No. 2 Ducks used a three-run seventh inning to run away with the 4-1 win over Baylor on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd, but the Bears returned the favor when Oregon pitcher Cheridan Hawkins hit junior infielder Sarah Smith to tie up the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh and sophomore catcher Christy Lisenby hit an RBI single to hand Oregon its first loss.
The Bears dropped their second game of the season to the University of North Texas with a 1-0 shutout loss on Friday. The game-winning run for the Mean Green came in the top of the second inning and the Bears were not able to respond with a run of their own for the rest of the game.
Baylor countered the loss with a 2-0 win over No. 25 Tulsa on Friday night with sophomore pitcher Brooke Seneshen leading the shutout. Seneshen is 3-0 on the season while she is pitching. Junior pitcher Heather Stearns is 4-1 while freshman Kendall Potts is 2-1 after Friday’s loss.
Then, the Bears finished the weekend with a 4-2 win over Abilene Christian after freshman infielder Shelby Friudenberg hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
The Bears take a break from competition before they travel to the Judi Garman Invitational in Fullerton, Calif., from March 6-8.