OKLAHOMA CITY – Baylor has relied on Ari Hawkins, Shelby Friudenberg and Shelby McGlaun to supply power all season.
But in Baylor’s two World Series losses, the trio went 1-for-20 with one RBI.
In Saturday’s 7-4 loss to Oregon, the Lady Bears couldn’t have been in a more ideal situation in the bottom of the seventh.
Baylor loaded the bases on Maggie Balint’s walk to Maddison Kettler and singles by Lindsey Cargill and Kyla Walker.
But reliever Megan Kleist struck out Hawkins and Friudenberg before forcing McGlaun to ground out to end the game and the season for the Lady Bears.
“A changeup changes everything,” said Baylor coach Glenn Moore. “You can come in and throw 70 miles per hour and we’re going to get on you. We’re going to put the ball in play. But her changeup was really good. We knew she had it. She was spot on.”
Selman wanted LSU
If the Lady Bears had beaten Oregon, they would have faced LSU later Saturday night.
Nobody was looking forward to that matchup more than Baylor senior pitcher Kelsee Selman.
Selman pitched at LSU for two seasons before transferring to Baylor for her final two seasons. She was part of LSU’s 2015 World Series team before helping Baylor reach the World Series this season.
“I really wanted to play LSU, I really wanted to pitch against them,” Selman said. “I’m really disappointed. I didn’t want the season to end. Of course, I want a national championship.”
Cargill’s career ends
All-America third baseman Lindsey Cargill finished her tremendous four-year career for the Lady Bears by going 1-for-3 with an RBI against the Ducks. She went 3-for-7 in the two World Series games.
Cargill set Baylor’s single-season batting record with a .430 average and finished with a .360 career average. Her 253 career hits were the most in school history.
“She’s a bar setter,” Moore said. “She never showed up for a practice that she didn’t give 100 percent when nobody was looking. She’s unbelievably passionate about the game. I’m proud of that kid for more reasons than just softball, but she certainly left the program in better shape than she found it, and it was in pretty good shape when she found it.”