MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WRCB) -- For the first time in five years, Girls Preparatory School was not in the dugout opposite Baylor in the Division II-AA state softball final.
In hindsight, Pope John Paul II may have happily traded places.
Baylor pounded out 23 hits and 27 runs to sweep two games from the Knights to clinch its third straight state championship Friday night at Spring Fling.
The Red Raiders, who made their way back through the loser's bracket after a 5-3 loss to St. Benedict in their tourney opener, romped to wins of 10-1 and 17-1 to clinch the title.
Lauren Lewis carried the load for Baylor, collecting five hits and driving in a whopping 12 runs between the two games. She hit a grand slam and set a new single-game state tournament record with eight RBI in the opener, then added a two run shot and four more RBI in the nightcap.
Sarah Moore and Maya Mathis also homered in game two as the Red Raiders (36-7) racked up 15 hits, including six doubles. Already up 7-0, Baylor blew the contest open with eight runs in the fourth inning.
Moore picked up the win in each game, throwing five shutout innings in game one and four scoreless frames in game two. She allowed to finish with a 17-1 mark on the year.
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