FULLERTON, Calif. – After dominating hitters in her first six appearances, Baylor ace Gia Rodoni didn’t have her best stuff and Michigan made her pay for it.
The No. 25 Wolverines rocked Rodoni for nine hits as they rolled to a 6-3 win over the No. 8 Lady Bears on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Judi Garman Classic that was marred by weather delays.
Baylor dropped its first game of the season after nine wins. Rodoni (5-1) allowed six runs, including four earned runs, in 3 ⅓ innings before she was relieved by Regan Green. Green shut out the Wolverines the rest of the way but the damage was already done.
“Gia said she knew she didn’t have her best stuff and she’ll learn from it,” said Baylor coach Glenn Moore. “We were playing a talented team that’s played a tougher schedule than us coming into the tournament. It was an eye opener but we’ll grow from this competition.”
The Wolverines (11-6) quickly jumped on top in the first inning when Tera Blanco blasted a three-run homer after Faith Canfield singled and Natalie Peters reached on an error.
Canfield followed with a solo homer in the second inning before Nikki Wald scored on an error in the third. Michigan pushed its lead to 6-0 with Peters’ run-scoring single in the fourth.
Michigan’s Meghan Beaubien (9-2) allowed five hits in a complete-game performance, and had a shutout until Goose McGlaun lifted a three-run homer in the sixth after Nikki Dawson and Shelby Friudenburg singled.
The Bears played without leftfielder Kyla Walker who has an ankle injury.
“She throws really hard, and is a freshman who will be a big name later on,” Moore said. “She was working against our lefties and was very effective. She’s an outstanding pitcher and it took us too long to make adjustments. It was a somewhat sloppy game with the weather and we could never get in a good rhythm.”
The Lady Bears will face No. 2 Florida at noon Saturday followed by Charlotte at 4:30 p.m.