BAYLOR 4, SOUTH CAROLINA 1
Effective pitching from starter Sidney Holman and reliever Madison Lindsey gave No. 18 Baylor the edge against No. 9 South Carolina, giving the Bears a win in their first game of the season.
Holman went 5 1/3 innings and worked around her six walks, while Lindsey got key strikeouts to end the sixth and seventh innings.
Baylor’s first three batters in the top of the first inning reached on walks; after a strikeout, Kassidy Krupit also walked to bring in the Bears’ first run. The lead went to 2-0 on a sacrifice fly from Taylor Ellis.
South Carolina cut its deficit in half in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly from Madison Owens. The Gamecocks missed a chance to add more on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third, when Jana Johns led off with a triple but never moved off third base. South Carolina finished with 12 runners left on base.
Dixie Raley did nice work in relief for South Carolina after pitching three innings and getting the win earlier Thursday against BYU. Raley, one of two seniors on the SC roster, threw three innings against the Bears, allowing one hit.