No. 13/14 Baylor softball (32-6, 5-1 Big 12) finished off a three-game sweep over the Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-17, 3-3 Big 12), taking the 4-0 win on Saturday afternoon at Getterman Stadium.
Kelsee Selman (17-3) worked her ninth complete game of the season, including her third complete shutout, going 7.0 frames, allowing just two hits, and striking out five.
Selman took a no-hitter through 4.2 innings, with an infield bloop single breaking up her no-hit bid.
The Baylor bats continued to swing away with 10 hits, notching double-digit hits in the second-straight game and in four of the last five contests.
The Lady Bears were the first to break the tie, cracking through in the bottom of the third.
Maddison Kettler and Jessie Scroggins got the rally going with back-to-back singles. Kyla Walker reached safely on a sac bunt attempt with the Tech first baseman botching the catch at first. Kettler would come around to score, giving BU the 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Bears were held scoreless in the fourth, carrying the razor thin lead into the bottom of the fifth. Scroggins led off with a double to right center, advancing to third on a groundout. With two outs, Shelby Friudenberg added the insurance, busting a two-run blast over the left field wall to push the BU lead to 3-0.
Not holding up in the bottom of the sixth, Taylor Ellis laced a single to the gap in left center to lead off the frame, moving into scoring position on a passed ball.
Kettler roped a double into right field, hooking into the corner down the line to easily score Ellis from second, adding in the fourth and final run of the ballgame.
· Lindsey Cargill, the team and Big 12’s leading hitter, extended her hitting streak to 16, a new career high and the team’s season high streak.
· Cargill entered the weekend tied for the 10th-longest streak in school history, adding three over the weekend to jump up to a tie for second, matching Kathy Shelton (16, 2011-2012) for the No. 2 spot. Cargill now trails only Kelly Osburn (19, 2004-2005) for the top spot.
· Cargill’s single bumped her career hit total to 224, tying Osburn (224, 2003-2006) for 8th-most in program history.
· Shelby Friudenberg drilled her sixth home run of the season, taking her career total to 35. Friudenberg is now three back from tying Osburn (38, 2003-2006) for the No. 4 spot on Baylor’s career home runs list, and nine away from matching Chelsi Lake (44, 2004-2007) for the BU record.
· Ari Hawkins extended her own on-base streak to 25 games and counting, trailing Kaitlyn Thumann (26, 2014) and Kathy Shelton (26, 2011-2012) for the No. 3 streak.
· Kelsee Selman has now pitched in each of Baylor’s six conference games. The Lady Bears improved to 4-0 in Big 12 games that Selman has started.
· Freshman led the way for BU in the weekend series, with Maddison Kettler (.667), Taylor Ellis (.500), and Shelby McGlaun (.429) posting the top three averages for the Lady Bears. The trio accounted for nearly half of Baylor’s hits (13 out of 30) and RBI (5 out of 11).
· The Baylor offense posted a .357 average as a unit, while the pitching staff allowed just a .164 opposing average. The pitchers kept a stifling 1.33 ERA through the series.
“[Selman] is pretty consistent for us. We know what we're going to get out of her. I think she's locked in right now to compete. Everything is working for her. Sometimes you just don't talk to a kid whenever they're in that zone. She's been in it for quite a while, ever since California. Maybe most of the year for that matter, she's thrown really well.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore
“Our pitchers did great on the mound this weekend, I think they did really well. We all did our job as a whole team. I believe in our defense, but also our pitchers do a great job. The whole defense in general, we come together when we need to and make plays.” – Baylor freshman outfielder Maddison Kettler
“We won two of three at Kansas and that was kind of a downer. Coming in and getting the sweep is going to help us out big time since we don’t have a midweek game. We’re going to practice and work on it and be ready for Iowa State.” – Baylor junior infielder Shelby Friudenberg
STAT OF THE GAME
.542 – the combined batting average for the three freshmen in Baylor’s lineup (Kettler, Ellis, McGlaun) in the weekend series
Baylor gets a rare midweek off, returning to Getterman Stadium for a weekend series with Iowa State, April 7-9.
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