No. 8/9 Baylor softball (11-3) dropped a tough, 3-1 loss to Iowa (5-7) before rebounding with a 1-0 win over No. 18/17 Louisiana (12-5) on Sunday afternoon, closing out a 2-3 trip to the annual Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.
In the afternoon game, BU was led by Gia Rodoni (6-2) in a masterful complete game of work, going all 7.0 innings of the shutout, striking out four and walking one. The Ragin Cajuns peppered out eight hits, but none of them went for extra bases and only once did they come in the same inning.
For the Baylor offense, a single swing of the bat by Goose McGlaun proved to be the only scoring needed, with Goose launching a solo shot to lead off the top of the first, her third home run of the weekend.
From there, Rodoni and the defense settled in and bottled up the Louisiana offense, which annually ranks among the best in college softball.
In the morning contest, McGlaun (2-1) limited the Hawkeyes to a single run through the first six innings, but a two-run shot in the top of the seventh spoiled a highly effective start in the circle for the sophomore.
She worked 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, striking out three and walking one.
Regan Green closed out the seventh, forcing a groundout for the third out.
Missed opportunities doomed the Lady Bears, with the offense scattering eight hits, but stranding nine runners on base.
Baylor picked up its lone run of the ballgame on an RBI single by Shelby Friudenberg, scoring Jessie Scroggins in the first inning of a 3-for-4, three stolen base effort for Scroggins.
Goose McGlaun had another strong outing at the Judi Garman Classic, matching her home run total from the 2017 tournament with three base knocks. She had a team-high five RBI and 13 total bases over the weekend with a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Jessie Scroggins went 3-for-4 at the plate vs. Louisiana, stealing a career-high three stolen bases.
Baylor notched its third win of the season over a ranked opponent, with its 1-0 win over No. 18/17 Louisiana.
Over the last three seasons, Baylor is now 17-2 against Louisiana schools and has won seven-straight.
With her 63rd career multi-hit game, Jessie Scroggins is now tied with Harmony Schwethelm and Kaitlyn Thumann at No. 5 on BU’s career leader list. She is chasing Naomi Fitzgerald (69, 1998-2001) for the program record.
Regan Green provided a huge lift for the Lady Bears over the weekend’s tournament, going 1-0 with a team-high four appearances, making two starts and throwing a complete game. Over 12.1 innings, she limited opposing hitters to just six hits and one run, striking out 13 with just four walks.
Baylor improved to 10-15 in the all-time series vs. Louisiana, including an 8-12 mark under Moore and winning the last two-straight meetings.
Baylor plays its first midweek contest of the season, taking the short drive to Long Beach State on Tuesday at 2 p.m. PT before crossing the country to take part in the Liberty Spring Classic at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., running March 8-10.