Baylor 12, St. Benedict 2. The Baylor softball team fell behind St. Benedict 2-0 after one inning of game one of the state quarterfinal series Thursday, but Morgan Sharpe's grand slam homer in the second started a Raider avalanche of offense as Baylor came back to win 12-2. Sharpe finished 3-for-4 on the day.
Baylor starter Kaylee Snyder appeared to be struggling in the first frame but righted the ship to strike out the last batter of the inning. She then went on to strike out 10 more in the final four frames. She allowed just two hits in the game.
Katie Raper added a two-run homer, going 2-for-3 and driving in four, and Cadashia Collins and Riley Oleksik both doubled.
Baylor 16, St. Benedict 2. The Baylor offensive onslaught continued in game two as the Raiders punched their ticket to next week's Spring Fling with a 16-2 victory. Baylor will be vying for a seventh consecutive state title, their 10th out of the last 11th, and 15th overall.
While Avery Shamblin was allowing just three hits and fanning 11 in five innings, Cadashia Collins smashed a three-run homer and ended with four RBI and Katie Raper went back-to-back with Collins on a solo shot of her own. Addi Yates was 2-for-3 with a two-run double, Holly Merritt was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Raven Jones and Riley Oleksik had two hits and an RBI each, Morgan Sharpe was 2-for-3, and Kylie Henderson and Shamblin had RBI singles.
Baylor, 29-3, will begin their title defense on Wednesday at Murfreesboro Sportscom. The first opponent in the double elimination tournament has not been determined.