OKLAHOMA CITY – Kelsee Selman threw a two-hitter as No. 12 Baylor knocked off Iowa State, 4-0, in the second round of the Big 12 softball tournament Friday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The win gave the No. 2 seed Lady Bears (42-12) a split for the day after dropping a 2-1 decision to Oklahoma State.
Baylor will play No. 4 Texas in the third-place game at 1:30 Saturday.
No. 3 seed Oklahoma State advanced to the 4:30 p.m. championship game against No. 1 Oklahoma after a 10-0 win over No. 6 Iowa State.
Shelby Friudenberg blasted a pair of homers against the Cyclones (23-34). She lifted a solo shot in the third inning before pounding a two-run homer over the right-field fence in the seventh inning to give her nine for the season to tie Shelby McGlaun for the team lead.
The Lady Bears scored their other run in the first inning when Lindsey Cargill singled and came across on Sydney Christensen’s single. Baylor finished with nine hits off Emma Hylen.
Selman (22-8) walked one batter and struck out five in her complete-game performance.
In the opener against Oklahoma State, Baylor let numerous opportunities slip away.
Oklahoma State’s Brandi Needham (19-8) scattered eight hits and Baylor hit into double plays in the final two innings. The Cowgirls (35-22) scored both runs off Selman in the third inning.
Maddi Holcomb singled and stole second before scoring on Baylor first baseman Friudenberg’s error on a ground ball hit by Taylor Lynch. Kristin Reasnor followed with a run-scoring single to chase Selman out of the game after just 2 2/3 innings.
After missing several early opportunities, Baylor broke through with its only run in the fourth inning when Jessie Scroggins singled and scored on Christensen’s double to right field.
Kyla Walker opened the fifth with a triple but was stranded after Needham retired Ari Hawkins, Friudenberg and Shelby McGlaun.
In the sixth inning, Scroggins led off with a single before Maddison Kettler popped out. Christensen then lined to third baseman Rylee Bayless who threw to first base to double off Scroggins after she had left the bag.
Oklahoma State clinched the win in the seventh when Needham got Walker for the final out. Cargill hit into a double play after Taylor Ellis opened the inning with an infield single.