After watching Ish Wainright slug a towering homer over the centerfield scoreboard at Thursday’s softball practice, Ari Hawkins tried her best to outdo him.
Hawkins blasted a two-run homer into the wind over the left-field fence as No. 13 Baylor completed a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma State with a 7-3 win Friday night at Getterman Stadium.
Kyla Walker collected four hits to support Kelsee Selman’s seven-hit pitching in Baylor’s 5-1 opening win.
Wainright made news last weekend when he caught a touchdown pass in Baylor’s spring football game just days after coming out for practice. Wainright is planning to play tight end for the Bears after four seasons on the Baylor basketball team.
Wainright impressed the softball team when he pounded a homer estimated at 300 feet at practice. Hawkins, who is dating Wainright, lifted her homer in Baylor’s five-run third inning.
“Hers went about a third of the distance of his, but that’s all she needed, and it was into the wind,” said Baylor coach Glenn Moore. “I don’t know if his was into the wind. He doesn’t have much softball eligibility left, anyway. He came out and showed her how to hit.”
Hawkins said she actually gave Wainright some hitting tips before he hit his homer.
“I’ve been trying to work with him,” Hawkins said. “I took him to the cages and got in some practice sessions.”
Baylor (39-9, 11-3) pulled into a second-place tie with Oklahoma State (32-19, 11-3). Both teams are 1½ games behind Oklahoma (12-1) with four to play including Saturday’s series finale at 2 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.
“That team has been red hot,” said Moore. “To take the series — it wasn’t beautiful, but the outcome was beautiful. I’m certainly happy with that. Our offense, if we aren’t hitting on all cylinders, then we’re certainly almost hitting. We’re putting a lot of pressure on them, and we’ve been doing that for a while now.”
In the opener, Selman (19-6) walked one batter and struck out seven. Oklahoma State scored its only run in the third inning when Vanessa Shippy drilled a run-scoring double.
The Lady Bears jumped on Oklahoma State’s Brandi Needham (17-6) for three first-inning runs.
After Jessie Scroggins and Walker singled, Shelby Friudenberg brought in the first run with a single. Oklahoma State then hurt itself as Walker scored on a passed ball and Friudenberg came across on a wild pitch.
Baylor added another run in the fourth when Lindsey Cargill singled and scored on Sydney Christensen’s bloop double.
Baylor added its last run in the fifth as Walker and Hawkins singled and Friudenberg delivered her second run-scoring single.
With Gia Rodoni (14-1) throwing a five-hitter, the Lady Bears cruised to a win in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Lady Bears jumped on Cowgirls starter Shea Coats (6-8) for a pair of first-inning runs and added five more in the third. Scroggins and Walker opened with singles and scored on Hawkins’ two-run single to open the game.
Hawkins made a much louder noise in the third inning with her homer.
Coats walked Friudenberg and Cargill singled before Maddison Kettler pounded a long drive to centerfielder Maddi Holcomb. The ball glanced off her glove for a two-run triple when she collided with rightfielder Taylor Lynch. Lynch was carried off the field and replaced by Hayleigh Galvan.
Shelby McGlaun hit a sacrifice fly to give the Lady Bears a 7-0 lead after the third inning.
After McGlaun came into pitch in the seventh, she walked three batters and gave up a hit without recording an out. Rodini re-entered the game and allowed a single to Shippy and hit Jessi Haffner with a pitch as the Cowgirls cut the lead to 7-3 before Baylor got the final two outs.