LONG BEACH, Calif. – No. 12/12 Baylor softball (12-3) took control in the middle frames of a 5-2 win over No. 21/rv Long Beach State (16-5), notching its second-straight win over ranked competition on Tuesday afternoon at the LBSU Softball Complex.
BU was led in the circle by Gia Rodoni (7-2), with the junior ace going all 7.0 frames to pick up her second-straight complete game effort. Rodoni allowed just one earned run, striking out three, walking two, and limiting the 49ers to four hits.
For the Baylor offense, Jessie Scroggins got the scoring started in the top of the first, reaching safely on a one-out walk and stealing second.
With two-outs, Goose McGlaun drilled a double into the left center gap, allowing Scroggins to score and giving BU the 1-0 advantage after the top of the first.
In the home half, back-to-back walks and then two groundouts allowed the 49ers to draw back even at 1-1 after the first full frame.
LBSU took its only lead of the game on a sac fly RBI in the bottom of the second, with the Lady Bears responding in the next half inning.
Nicky Dawson worked a full count walk, leading into an RBI double off of the top post of the fence in left field, scoring Dawson and drawing the game back even at 2-2.
With Alyssa Avalos pinch running at second base, McGlaun skied a two-run shot over the wall in left, giving BU a two-run advantage, up 4-2 after three.
Looking to add on in the top of four, Dawson took another full-count walk with one out, with Scroggins reaching on a catcher’s interference.
Friudenberg gapped a single to right center, scoring Dawson from second to push the BU lead to 5-2 after the top of the fourth.
From there, the defense and Rodoni locked in to keep the 49ers from chipping back in, closing out the final two frames by retiring the final six LBSU batters in order.
• Goose McGlaun paced the offense, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a two-run home run, three RBI, and a double. In her 11 career games played in California, McGlaun now has seven home runs and 15 RBI.
• Shelby Friudenberg provided the other offensive firepower, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double.
• Baylor notched its fourth win of the season over a ranked opponent, knocking off No. 21 Long Beach State in the 49ers’ home opener.
• The Lady Bears handed Cielo Meza her first loss of the season, with the LBSU ace entering the contest with a 9-0 record.
• The BU bats put early pressure on Meza, battling for a 41-pitch opening frame at the plate.
• The one and two-hole hitters, Nicky Dawson and Jessie Scroggins, reached safely in five of their eight plate appearances. Dawson was 0-for-2, with two walks and two runs scored, while Scroggins went 1-for-1, drawing a walk and reaching safely on a catcher’s interference call.
• The teams met in Long Beach, Calif., for the first time, with BU improving to 3-1 over the 49ers in the all-time series.
• Gia Rodoni worked her fifth complete game of the season, matching her career total entering Tuesday’s contest.
Baylor crosses the country overnight to take part in the weekend’s Liberty Spring Classic, hosted March 8-10 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The tournament closes out a 10-day, 11-game road trip that will have covered nearly 5,000 miles of travel, roundtrip.