Softball stays perfect, sweeps ACU

Junior outfielder Kyla Walker slides in safely for the Lady Bears in their 8-0 win over Northwestern State on Feb. 9 Jessica Hubble | Multimedia Editor

By Ben Everett | Sports Writer

No. 8-ranked Baylor softball took down Abilene Christian 3-0 and 13-2 in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon to remain undefeated on the season.

The Lady Bears (9-0) downed the Wildcats (4-7) behind a combined four runs and four RBIs from senior centerfielder Jessie Scroggins.

Junior pitcher Gia Rodoni started the first game for Baylor and allowed zero hits in the first two innings. Scroggins scored two on an RBI double to put the Lady Bears up 2-0, and junior left fielder Kyla Walker singled to left field to drive Scroggins in and give Baylor a 3-0 lead in the top of the second.

Rodoni picked up two strikeouts in the bottom of the second and senior first baseman Shelby Friudenberg singled in the top of the third, but the Lady Bears left her stranded as Baylor held on to a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the fifth, sophomore pitcher Goose McGlaun and Friudenberg each picked up a single, but the Wildcats defense held strong to keep it a 3-0 game.

McGlaun replaced Rodoni at the bottom of the sixth inning to close out the game for the Lady Bears, pitching two innings and allowing no hits to clinch the win for Baylor.

In the second game, the Lady Bears got off to a hot start with Scroggins singling, Walker picking up a walk and senior catcher Carlee Wallace singling as Baylor took a 1-0 lead. Walker stole home on a foul shot by Friudenberg to give the Lady Bears a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Junior pitcher Regan Green took the mound in the bottom of the first and gave up a solo homer as the Wildcats cut the lead to 2-1.

Baylor continued its offensive streak with Wallace picking up a bases clearing three-run triple as the Lady Bears scored four more runs to extend their lead to 6-1.

Green allowed just two hits in the next three innings, but zero runs scored to preserve Baylor’s lead at 6-1 heading into the fifth.

The Lady Bears’ offense exploded in the final inning, with five different players picking up hits to score a total of seven runs. Wallace homered to left field to complete a cycle on the day and drive in the final two runs of the game as Baylor pulled out a 13-2 victory.

Wallace finished with four hits in four at-bats, including six RBIs and one run.

Baylor looks to remain undefeated as it takes on Michigan at 2 p.m. Friday as a part of the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.