Feb. 17, 2007
LAFAYETTE, La. --- The Baylor softball team split a pair of games on day two at the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational, defeating Iowa State, 7-2, in game one before dropping a 10-2 decision in six innings at the hands of No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette. With the win in game one, Baylor got off to its best start in school history as head coach Glenn Moore picked up his 400th career victory with the win.
In game one against the Cyclones, Baylor jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead as Ashley Monceaux lifted a two-run home run over the center field wall, scoring Nicole Wesley as the Lady Bears grabbed a two-run lead.
Iowa State answered right back; however, with two unearned runs to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. The score would remain the same until Baylor was able to break through for five runs in the sixth.
Brette Reagan started the scoring outburst as she took the first pitch of the inning and blasted it over the left field bleacher for a solo home run as the Lady Bears grabbed a 3-2 lead.
Starting pitcher Kirsten Shortridge did the rest of the work, shutting down the Cyclones in the sixth and the seventh as the freshman moved to 3-0 on the season after allowing two unearned runs on two hits over seven innings of work.
Shortridge did not allow a hit after the first inning as the win sent the Lady Bears to 9-0 on the season, the best start in school history. With the win, Moore reached his 400th career win and the 261st with Baylor as he now holds a career 400-165 record.
Baylor was unable to extend the win streak in game two; however, as No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette broke a 2-2 tie with an eight run sixth and went on to claim a 10-2 run-rule victory.
The game went back and forth through the first six innings as the Ragin' Cajuns grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first. Baylor tied the game in the fourth when Monceaux blasted a home run to center field, her second of the day and sixth of the season as the Lady Bears tied the game at 1-1.
Louisiana-Lafayette answered with a run in the fifth as Baylor managed to tie the game in the bottom of the inning when Alex Colyer got caught in a rundown between first and second, allowing Romero to score from third.
The Ragin' Cajuns responded; however, exploding for eight runs in the sixth to put the game away. Melissa Verde had the two key hits in the inning, blasting a solo shot to lead off the inning to give UL-Lafayette the lead before hitting a grand slam later in the inning as the Ragin' Cajuns grabbed a 10-2 lead.
Baylor was unable to score in the inning as the Lady Bears dropped their first contest of the season.
Lisa Ferguson suffered her first loss of the season after allowing six earned runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings as she fell to 4-1 on the season. In the loss, Ferguson tied a career high with 12 strikeouts as the senior threw 122 pitches on the evening.
Brittany Cuevas picked up the win for Louisiana-Lafayette as she improved to 6-0 on the season after allowing two runs on five hits in six innings of work.
Baylor will enter single-elimination tournament play as the No. 2 seed on Sunday, Feb. 18, and will face either Mississippi at 10:30 a.m. Should the Lady Bears win their first game on Sunday, Baylor will play in the championship game at 3:30 p.m.