Kansas drops road finale at No. 21 Baylor, 6-0
WACO, Texas — In Kansas softball’s final road game of the regular season, No. 21 Baylor completed a three-game series sweep of the Jayhawks with a 6-0 decision on Sunday afternoon at Getterman Stadium.
Kansas (25-21, 0-12 Big 12) was stymied at the plate by starting pitcher Gia Rodoni (17-9), who was two outs short of a complete-game shutout for the Bears, finishing with seven strikeouts and four hits allowed in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
Sunday’s contest closes a stretch of six-straight games against teams ranked in the NFCA top-25 for KU, including nine-straight games against teams currently ranked in the top-25.
Baylor’s (29-13, 7-6) Goose McGlaun and Kyla Walker both went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead a 10-hit day for the Bears’ offense as McGlaun drove in three runs and Walker scored three runs.
Senior third baseman Jessie Roane singled in the first inning for the Jayhawks to extend her hitting streak to three games. Roane finished the day 1-for-3 at the plate and is hitting .450 (9-for-20) in the last seven games.
Senior catcher Harli Ridling led off the third inning with a double down the left field line, followed by sophomore first baseman Becki Monaghan’s second walk of the day, but the Jayhawks could not convert the leadoff double into runs.
KU stranded a total of seven runners on base, including a late seventh-inning single by sophomore Sam Dellinger. After Dellinger’s single, Baylor turned to reliever Regan Green who registered the final two outs of the game with three pitches.
Junior pitcher Andie Formby (11-8) threw the first three innings for the Jayhawks, giving up three runs with two strikeouts as the pitcher of record. Junior Brynn Minor finished the day in the circle for KU by retiring six of the seven batters she faced in two shutout innings in the sixth and seventh frames.
Senior Amanda Organ was vaulted up into the leadoff position in KU’s lineup before the game. Organ hit 2-for-6 against Baylor during Friday’s doubleheader against the Bears, which were her first two starts of the season.
Kansas returns to Lawrence for a seven-game home stand at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park that will usher in an end to the regular season.
The Jayhawks play host to Omaha in the final nonconference game of the regular season this Wednesday, April 25 at 4 p.m., followed by a weekend Big 12 series against Texas Tech, April 27-29. The regular season comes to a close with a three-game series against Iowa State, May 4-6.
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