UCF Edges No. 3/4 Florida Softball, 2-0, in Mid-Week Action in Orlando
|UCF 2, Florida 0
|Kentucky 9, Arkansas 7
|Arkansas 7, Kentucky 3
|Georgia 4, South Carolina 3
|Georgia 8, South Carolina 3
|LSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana (Cancelled)
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida senior Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) was 2-for-3 on the evening, accounting for UF’s two hits in the contest against UCF, but the Knights got the best of the Gators Wednesday in Orlando, coming out on top with a 2-0 victory at the UCF Softball Complex. The No. 3/4 Gators moved to 35-5 overall on the season and will return to SEC play with a three-game set against Auburn this weekend at home.
UCF hurler Mackenzie Audas (16-5) fanned 11 Gator batters, while dealing out three walks in the complete-game two-hit shutout. It was a pitcher’s duel all around as Florida sophomore ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) retired seven Knights by strikeout, giving up just three hits and UCF’s two first-inning runs, while only walking one and shouldering just her third loss of the season to move to 20-3.
A total 747 fans, the second-largest crowd in UCF history, gathered in Orlando to watch the in-state rivalry shootout, as the Knights tallied their first-ever win against the Gators at home.
UCF’s Farrah Sullivan roped a base hit to left field in the first stanza that allowed two Knights to cross home for the early 2-0 lead that would eventually be the final. Two of UCF’s three base hits on the evening came in the first inning, as Natalie land led off the UF-UCF clash with a hit to second base before Sullivan connected to send Land and Vanessa Perez – who walked – across home.
Danielle Brewer then led off the home half of the second inning with the third and final hit of the game for UCF with a single through the right side, but Rogers and the Gators kept the Knights off the scoreboard with a fielder’s choice, a strikeout and a ground out.
After freshman Katie Medina (Downey, Calif.) drew a one-out walk in the third stanza for the Orange and Blue, Moultrie connected for UF’s first base hit of the contest, dropping a two-out lob in shallow left center for runners on second and third, but a lineout to UCF’s third baseman prevented the Gators from capitalizing.
After 15 consecutive batters sat down in order in both teams’ dugouts through the next two and a half innings, Moultrie struck again the top of the sixth for Florida, laying down a one-out bunt single to get on base. Audas, however, used the UCF momentum to force a lineout, while then chalking up her 10th strikeout of the game to retire the side.
With two outs on the board in the top of the seventh, junior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) drew UF’s third walk of the game for a little hope, but an ensuing groundout to first base ended the tilt, allowing UCF to improve to 30-10 on the season.
Cardiac Cats Walk Off With 9-7 Extra-Inning Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. – With runners at first and second, and Kentucky trailing by one run in the bottom of the eighth inning, senior Erika Silence blasted her second homer of the season over the wall in deep center to give UK a come-from-behind 9-7 win in eight innings in the opening game of an Southeastern Conference doubleheader Wednesday at the UK Softball Complex. Arkansas answered with a 7-3 win in the second game of the series to earn a split with the Blue and White.
Following the two games, UK’s record now stands a 19-22 and 6-8 in league action. Arkansas moves to 20-19 and 4-15 in SEC play.
The Wildcats offense was at its best in the opening game, accounting for a season-high 19 hits, including three home runs from Silence, sophomore Emily Jolly and senior Brittany Cervantes. For Cervantes, it was her fourth consecutive game connecting on a homer, a streak that is a season high.
The scoring was back and forth throughout the whole game, as the contest saw three lead changes and four ties throughout the course of the game.
The Razorbacks, trailing 4-2 at the time, struck for four runs in the top of the fifth to give Arkansas a 6-4 lead at the time. However, Kentucky rallied for one run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to tie the game and send the game into extra innings.
Arkansas struck first in the top of the eighth with a solo blast from Jennifer Rambo heading into the bottom of the eighth with Arkansas leading 7-6.
After a leadoff four-pitch walk drawn from sophomore Lauren Cumbess and a single from Jolly, UK head coach Rachel Lawson called on Silence to pinch hit with one out in the inning. Silence delivered with two strikes with a towering shot to deep center to give UK the walk-off win.
Senior Chanda Bell went two innings, only allowing one hit, and picked up her 10th win of the season to improve to 10-7 on the season. Arkansas pitcher Kimmy Beasley falls to 5-5 on the year.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Arkansas used a three-run seventh inning to add insurance to what was a 4-3 lead heading into the inning, and defeated the Wildcats 7-3. Senior Rachel Riley went yard for the Cats as well as Cervantes driving in two runs in the second inning to tie the game at the time.
No. 11 Georgia Takes Two From Gamecocks
ATHENS, Ga.—The No. 11 University of Georgia softball team (33-8, 11-5) took two games from South Carolina (23-20, 3-13) on Wednesday after winning game one 4-3 and game two 8-3.
Senior Kristyn Sandberg led the way in the twin bill, as she posted a .667 average off of four hits, including two home runs and a triple, while grabbing four RBI. Junior Tess Sito and freshman Paige Wilson followed with three hits each while Wilson also added three runs.
Game One-Georgia 4, South Carolina 3
Wilson’s game-winning RBI double pushed Georgia to a 4-3 win over South Carolina in game one while giving the program its 700th all-time win in its 16-year history.
Senior Erin Arevalo (17-3) earned the victory after giving up eights hits and striking out 11 while giving up two walks. South Carolina’s Kristen Struett (2-1) took the loss after giving up the winning run in the seventh, as she gave up two hits in the seventh inning. Kierstyn White came out after 5.2 innings of work with five hits and three runs to her name.
Back-to-back walks given to Wilson and senior Ashley Pauly started the game for the Bulldogs. Senior Ashley Razey then singled to bring in Wilson and make it a 1-0 game after one inning.
After a scoreless second, USC came out in the third to tie the game at one apiece. Shelby Gonzales doubled to left field before a groundout and single from Lauren Lackey scored pinch runner Jackie Slawson.
With two outs in the sixth, back-to-back solo home runs from Sandberg and Sito put Georgia back on top 3-1. However, the Gamecocks tied it in the top of the seventh. Gonzales put down a double to right center before Lackey reached first on a dropped third strike and advanced Gonzales to third. Dana Hathorn then singled to center to bring in the base runners.
Senior Brittney Hubbard reached first on a single to third base to set up the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Macie Couey then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance her to second before Wilson’s deciding hit went to left center field.
Game Two-Georgia 8, South Carolina 3
A trio of home runs helped Georgia close the doubleheader with an 8-3 win. Wilson, Pauly and Sandberg each had two hits in the contest, with one being a home run for each.
Sophomore Morgan Montemayor (9-4) got the win after allowing six hits and striking out eight while South Carolina’s Katelynn Howser (8-6) took the loss after giving up 12 hits, walking five and striking out two.
With Razey on first from a walk, Sandberg powered a triple to the center field wall to bring Razey around the bases and give Georgia the 1-0 lead in the first. Sito followed with a single toward the pitcher to quickly give Georgia the 2-0 advantage.
Each team put up two runs in the fourth inning, as Chelsea Hawkins posted a two-RBI hit to right center to knot the game two. Georgia responded in the home half of the inning with Pauly notching an RBI-double to right center to score Wilson from first and Razey scoring Pauly with a single to center field to put the lead at 4-2.
For the third game in a row, Georgia put up back-to-back home runs, as Wilson and Pauly tallied solo shots in the sixth inning. Razey followed with a walk before Sandberg put up a shot over the trees in center field to make it an 8-2 ballgame.
The Gamecocks posted one more run in the seventh, as Hawkins doubled before advancing to third on a groundout. A fielding error on Georgia then allowed Hawkins to add the final run.
No. 22 Softball Postponed at Southeastern Louisiana
HAMMOND – The No. 22 LSU softball team had its game tonight at Southeastern Louisiana postponed due to rain following afternoon showers in the Hammond area. A reschedule date has yet to be determined at this time.
LSU (29-10) finishes off its season’s long six-game road trip over the weekend against No. 10 Tennessee. Game times are set for 5 p.m. CDT [Friday], 11 a.m. CDT [Saturday – Televised by ESPN] and 3 p.m. CDT [Sunday – Televised by ESPN].
All three games of the series will have live audio and live stats inside the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The games also will be carried live Country Legends 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright and Matt Dunaway on the broadcast.