Trautwein Shines In 2-0 Loss To No. 12 Baylor
Freshman Tosses Fourth Complete Game In Five Starts
WACO – For just the second time in the last six meetings in Waco, the North Texas softball team fell to No. 12 Baylor, this time by a score of 2-0. After both teams were scoreless through 5 2/3, the Lady Bears put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off the Mean Green in the seventh to secure the win.
“When you play a team of Baylor’s caliber, you truly have to play perfect,” North Texas head coach Tracey Kee said.
Gia Rodoni (11-3) earned the win and gave up just two hits with 10 strikeouts, the second-most by North Texas (12-15) this season. Rodoni completed just the third shutout of the Mean Green offense this season.
“She’s one of the best pitchers in the nation,” Kee said. “When you look at how far she’s taken her team and all she’s accomplished, I thought she did a great job with our hitters.
“Every game is tough and every pitch counts, but I just had to work better and harder to give my offense time,” Tratuwein said.
Hope Trautwein (6-6) suffered the loss despite tossing her sixth complete game as she gave up a pair of unearned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.
“Tonight says a lot about Hope as a competitor,” Kee said. “With a freshman on a big stage like that, it can go one of two ways. To see her confidence and her going about her game plan and making the pitches she needed to, I’m proud of her.”
Baylor (18-4) threatened in the bottom of the fourth after Taylor Ellis’ two-out single past Harley Perella put runners at second and third. Trautwein got her glove on a Maddison Kettler grounder right up the middle and made the play at first to keep the Lady Bears off the board.
“I was very confident in myself and my defense,” Trautwein said. “They were making the plays off my good pitches. It was a whole team effort there.
After a miscommunication caused Nicole Ochotnicki to drop a pop-fly in foul territory, Ellis capitalized on the error with a double to put two runners in scoring position. Both came home on a sacrifice fly and a RBI single from Caitlin Charlton.
“Great teams will take advantage of your mistakes and that’s exactly what they did,” Kee said.
North Texas returns home to host the reigning C-USA tournament champion, LA Tech, in a three-game series beginning with a double-header on Saturday at 1 & 3 p.m.
• Trautwein tossed the fourth complete game in her last five starts.
• The loss snaps a three-year streak of beating Baylor in Waco.
• Lacy Gregory’s nine-game hitting streak came to an end in the loss.