FULLERTON, Calif. No. 8/9 Baylor softball (9-1) dug an early hole that was too large to climb out of, stumbling in its first loss of 2018, 6-3, to No. 25/23 Michigan on Friday afternoon at Cal State Fullerton’s Anderson Family Field.
In a game that was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. PT, rescheduled to 9:30 a.m. PT, and delayed back to 11:15 a.m. PT, both teams were battling the elements throughout the game. An hour and 25-minute delay at the one-hour mark extended an already long day even further, with the game finally concluding nearly five hours after the morning’s expected start time.
Gia Rodoni (5-1) struggled against a powerful Wolverine offense, allowing nine hits and six runs, while striking out three over 3.1 innings.
In one positive spot for the Lady Bears, Regan Green closed out the final 3.2 innings without allowing a run, striking out two and allowing just three hits.
When the game entered the rain delay in the home half of the fourth inning, the Lady Bears had scattered a few baserunners, but were still looking for their first hit.
Shelby Friudenberg was the first to crack through with a base hit for BU, but the Lady Bears were otherwise kept off the scoreboard through to the bottom of the sixth.
An infield single for Nicky Dawson and a second single for Friudenberg set the table for Goose McGlaun.
With a 2-1 count, McGlaun launched her first home run of the season over the left field wall, giving the Lady Bears a spark with the UM lead cut back to 6-3.
Back in the home half of seven, the BU rally ran out of steam, with the bats retired in order to close out the first blemish on the schedule for the Baylor squad.
Despite the slow start, BU peppered in five hits and three runs late.
Shelby Friudenberg went 2-for-3 with a run scored and seven putouts at first base.
Goose McGlaun launched a three-run home run for her first of the season and the 12th of her collegiate career. The 2017 JGC was McGlaun’s breakout performance, launching three home runs, nine RBI, and a .500 average over the weekend.
McGlaun made her third career start in the outfield, her first in right, filling in for injured outfielder Kyla Walker.
Hannah Thompson started as the designated player, with Madi O’Neal replacing her in the lineup and playing left field, moving Maddison Kettler to right for the second half of the contest.
After posting four total doubles and 11 RBI in her entire freshman season, sophomore Taylor Ellis already has three doubles and eight RBI through the first 10 games of 2018.
Regan Green had her strongest outing of the season, facing undoubtedly her toughest competition on the year. After Michigan scored at least one run in each of the first four innings, Green kept the Wolverines scoreless over the final three.
Baylor will continue play in the gauntlet schedule of the Judi Garman Classic, scheduled to play No. 2/2 Florida on Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m. PT, followed by Charlotte at 2:30 p.m. PT.