SB Drops Series Final vs. Iowa State, 6-1
Baylor Bear Insider
Tee off in the right field and go 2 for 2 with an RBI off the 9-hole, former Midway standout Rhine Trochim had a senior day to remember for Baylor softball in Sunday’s series finale against Iowa State.
Trouble is, the rest of the team was a combined 0 for 20 as the Bears (27-21, 5-10) suffered their second straight 6-1 loss to the Cyclones (24-25, and lost a series at Getterman Stadium that they could not afford to lose.
“As I keep saying, we have to win,” said Baylor coach Glenn Moorewhose team entered the weekend with an RPI rating of 56and, likely on the outside looking for a potential NCAA regional offer. “It was a series that we absolutely had to win, and we didn’t play well today. Unfortunately, we played the worst game we’ve played in a long time. It was disappointing.”
Baylor wraps up regular season with split streak next weekend vs 17and-ranked Texas (35-15-1, 10-5), hosting the Longhorns on Friday night, then playing the bottom two in Austin.
“I think we know how important this series is to us, it’s pretty personal,” said Trochim, a fifth-year senior transfer who played his first four years at Illinois. “We just need to get out this week, focus on practice and work as hard as we can to stay ready for Texas.”
After winning their last two Big 12 series and nine of 11 games overall, the Bears have struggled in the series against the Cyclones, scoring just three runs on 11 combined hits over the three games.
“It comes down to our offensive production, it’s nowhere to be found at the moment,” Moore said. “We have an opportunity with the bases loaded and took a third strike. It’s a state of mind, I think. We’re just not determined enough up there to make things happen.”
The pivotal moment of the game came in the third inning, when Trochim picked the middle to break up Saya Swain’s hit, followed by two straight goals by McKenzie Wilson and Emilie Hott which was loading the bases.
With a chance to strike first, 3-hole hitter Aliyah Binford took a third strike called on a 3-2 pitch to the outside edge of the plate.
Baylor starter Dariana Orme (12-12) had a one-run shutout in three, but the Cyclones scored in each of the next three innings, then opened it with Mikayla Ramos’ two-run homer in the seventh.
“I just have to take my hat off to how they came to play today,” Moore said. “They got better every day from Friday. They got smarter as hitters and made it harder, and we didn’t get better every day.”
Trailing 3-0, the Bears recovered a run in the bottom of the fifth. Zadie La Vallee had a first walk, with a pinched runner Grace Powell moving to second base on a groundout and third base on a passed ball. Trochim hit an RBI single down the right side to score Powell, but the rally fell through when Wilson lined up in a double play.
“We arrived ready to play, but we missed,” Trochim said. “While I was there I was going all out for my team, doing everything I could to get Dari’s back and my team’s back.”
Although Iowa State veered on two runs to extend their lead to 5-1, Baylor found a highlight in the top of the fifth when LaValley ejected Carli Spelhaug trying to steal second base. Spelhaug was a perfect 43 for 43 on stolen base attempts in her career and was the only active Division I player with a perfect stolen base percentage (with a minimum of 40 attempts).
Throwing in all three games, Spelhaugh allowed just one hit and faced the minimum over the last three innings to finish the combined at two hits with Swain (7-4).
Moore, who tried to recruit Trochim out of Midway, called her a “special kid.”
“She comes to work every day and puts in as much effort as anyone in practice, trying to improve her game,” Moore said. “We asked her to move from the outfield to an infield position that she’s never played (first base), and she didn’t blink. . . . . I wish she had was in the mix with a lot of hits, but for her to come into the 9 hole and get our only two hits, I was really proud of her.”
After the game, Trochim watched the senior video with his family — his mother, Shawn, is McLennan Community College‘s athletic director; and her father, Ed, is a retired softball and baseball coach.
“I didn’t start my career here, but I always dreamed of being a Baylor Bear and playing for Coach Moore,” Rhein said. “It was so important to me to finish my career here, standing with my family, my fiancé and just watching the video. I’m so grateful to everyone here in Waco.”
WACO, TX- Baylor softball fell in the series finale, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Getterman Stadium as Iowa State won the series 2-1.
After a quick five-pitch high from the first and a six-pitch low from the first, the Bears worked from the second inning after the Cyclones hit a first single.
Celebrating seniors day, seniors Rhine Trochim and Kendall’s Cross each has made starts for the Bears. Trochim, who was 2-for-2 that day, singled for the first time late in the third with two outs. McKenzie Wilson and Emilie Hott then drew back-to-back walks to charge the bases for the Bears’ only real threat in the game, but a strikeout ended the inning before a run occurred.
Iowa State scored a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead before the Bears could recover a point.
Zadie La Vallee walked to lead in bottom of fifth before pinch runner Grace Powell came in and moved to third on a groundout and passed the ball. Trochim lined up his second hit of the day down the middle to tackle the Bears’ lone run.
The Cyclones scored three more over the next two innings to claim a 6-1 victory as the Bears couldn’t get more baserunners.
- Senior Rhine Trochim went 2-for-2 at home plate, recording the Bears’ only hits of the day and the only RBI
- pinch runner Grace Powell scored the only point
- Only four people made it to the base, with three bears drawing rides
- Iowa State’s Carli Spelhaug was a perfect 43-43 in stolen base attempts in her career before today when she was kicked out by the catcher Zadie La Vallee at the top of the fifth; she was the only active Division I player with a perfect stolen on-base percentage (min. 40 attempts)
Glenn Moore on seniors…
“Obviously Kendall (Cross) has been here the longest, and we appreciate her leadership and what she’s brought to the team. She’s worked hard to get playing time. This year she’s done well. played. So, I “I’m very, very happy with her and I wish her the best. And of course we still have a few games to play with her. But I appreciate what she brought.”
“Rhein (Trochim) we recruited her out of high school and wanted her in green and gold. She went to Illinois and got smart and came back. She’s a special kid. She’s coming to work every day and putting in as much effort as anyone we’ve ever had in practice, trying to improve their game. We asked her to move from the outfield to an infield position that she never played, and didn’t blink. She came in and did her best to try to master that position. Look who’s coming out with hits today. On senior day, she did our only two hits. I wish she had been in the mix with a lot of hits. But for her to come into the nine holes and get our only two hits, I was really proud for her. I think she would say the same. You want to be able to play them on seniors day. Luckily they had enough z played for me this year to give me an opportunity to start them and stay with them for most of the game.”
Rhine Trochim on his performance today…
“While I was there we came out ready to play. We just missed out but while I was there I was pulling out all the stops for my team, doing everything I could to get the Dariana’s back, my team’s back This senior day is very important, it’s very important to Kendall’s Cross well, who’s been here for four years now. So it’s just a roller coaster of emotions. When I got those hits, I thought to myself, “I’m doing everything I can to help my team. “”
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