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    SEC Softball Today: May 18

    softBALL RESULTS
    Georgia 13, Coastal Carolina 3
    LSU 1, Texas State 0
    Michigan 3, Kentucky 2
    Houston 2, Auburn 1
    Alabama 5, Tennessee-Martin 1
    Portland State 2, Mississippi State 0
    Miami (Ohio) 1, Tennessee 0
    Florida Gulf Coast 2, Florida 1
    Arkansas 3, Boston University 2

    Offense Leads Georgia to 13-3 Win Over Coastal Carolina

    ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 10 overall seed University of Georgia softball team took game two of the Athens Regional 13-3 over Coastal Carolina in five innings Friday at Jack Turner Stadium. With the win, Georgia improves its overall record to 42-15 while CCU is 43-19.

    The offense took over the game for Georgia, as 12 hits came off of the Bulldogs’ bats. Freshman Gracie Goulder led the way with a perfect 3-for-3 performance with three runs and one RBI. Seniors Ashley Pauly and Ashley Razey posted two hits each to round out the multi-hit efforts. Pauly added three RBI and one run while Razey notched two runs and two RBI.

    Senior Erin Arevalo (24-7) earned the win after allowing three runs on three hits while striking out five in 4.0 innings. Sophomore Morgan Montemayor finished the game, as she struck out two of the three batters faced. CCU’s Kiana Quolas (24-10) took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings of work. Ashley Bagwell followed Quolas in the circle, and gave up eight runs on five hits.

    CCU jumped out of the gates with a 2-0 lead in the first. Sarah Maples opened the game with a single before a two-base Georgia error put her to third and Brooke Donovan at second. A Kory Hayden RBI-single the following at-bat scored Maples before a groundout brought home Donovan.

    A quick answer came from Georgia in the bottom first, as the Bulldogs pulled ahead 3-2. Pauly and freshman Paige Wilson started a string of five-straight hits from Georgia with both hitting a single up the middle. As the base runners advanced to third and second, respectively, off of a wild pitch, senior Kristyn Sandberg’s two-RBI single tied the game. Razey then sliced a hit through the left side to give Georgia the lead.

    A two-run second inning from Georgia extended its lead to 5-2. Goulder made her way to third off of a single to right, stolen base and fly ball before junior Tess Sito made it to second on a hit by pitch and stolen base. Pauly then dropped a single in the right-center gap to bring in the runs.

    The Chanticleers added a run in the third inning after a two-out walk allowed Hayden to reach and eventually score with an error and Cacia Pierre single. In the home half of the inning, Razey added a solo home run while freshman Niaja Griffin blasted her first career home run with a two-run shot that put the score at 8-3. Later in the inning with Goulder on third and Swafford on second, a Pauly groundout sent Goulder home and set the lead at 9-3.

    Georgia closed the game in the fourth with four more runs to take the win 13-3. Sophomore Macie Couey would pinch run for Sandberg and steal third and score on a CCU error. With the error, Razey took second before eventually scoring on another miscue on Griffin’s at-bat. Goulder followed with a two-base hit down the left field line for a RBI, as she would score two batters later on senior Brittney Hubbard’s sacrifice fly.

    The Bulldogs will continue Regional action on Saturday, May 19 with game three at noon versus North Carolina. The loser of that game will take on the winner of Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina at 5 p.m.



    LSU Softball Defeats Texas State Walk-off Style, 1-0
     
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Juliana Santos delivered a clutch RBI single through the middle with one out during the seventh inning to propel the LSU softball team to a dramatic 1-0 walk-off victory over Texas State Friday to open the NCAA College Station Regional in-front of 1,265 fans at the Aggie Softball Complex on the Texas A&M campus.
     
    LSU (35-22) ended a four-game May losing streak and secured its 35th victory of the season. The Tigers will face either No. 8 national seed Texas A&M or Bethune-Cookman in Saturday’s winner bracket game at 1 p.m. carried live by ESPN3.com with Cara Capuano and Cheri Kempf serving as the broadcast team.
     
    “When we have hit this season, we have hit contagiously,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I think our kids will start feeling more confident knowing that they are capable of grouping those hits together. Hopefully, they will give us some momentum going into tomorrow’s game.”
     
    Texas State’s (38-16) Chandler Hall carried a no-hitter and retired 17 consecutive batters after issuing a leadoff walk to Simone Heyward during the first inning.
     
    It was Heyward, making her start since April 17, who chopped an infield single down the third base line to end Hall’s run and start a three-hit barrage for the Tigers. Two batters later, Ashley Langoni ripped a single of her own off of Hall’s foot.
     
    That set the stage for Santos, who knocked a 1-1 offering into centerfield off the second base bag to score Heyward standing up for the game-winner.
     
    “The fact that Simone was able to get on-base and let everyone us in the dugout know that are capable of doing it,” Torina said. “Our players know with Simone’s speed that they only have to do a little bit to get her to score from second base. Both seniors at the end, Ashley Langoni and Juliana Santos, came up big for us. When we’re at our best, that combination was been huge.”
     
    “Before the hit, Coach Torina told me to not try to do too much,” Santos said. “Be a productive out so I went to the plate with the mentality to move Simone [Heyward] to third base. I was expecting the change-up because she got me on the same pitch in my previous at-bat. I wanted to be ready for it, and I got it through. As soon the pitcher wasn’t able to field it, I knew Simone was going to score.”
     
    Rachele Fico fired a two-hitter to claim her 21st career shutout. In the process, the junior right-hander eclipsed Dani Hofer for sole possession of fourth place on LSU’s all-time list. She recorded six strikeouts against two walks on an economical 93 pitches.   
     
    Hall was dealt the tough-luck loss and fell to 22-7 on the season for the Bobcats.
     
    “A ton of credit goes to Chandler Hall,” Torina said. “She is talented, a great player and everything we thought she would be. We’ve had offensive struggles at times on our part. Hopefully, we’ve broken out of it, and we will carry that momentum into tomorrow’s game.”   
     
    Texas State’s best opportunity to score came in the seventh inning. Anna Hernandez provided an opening single and advanced into scoring position on a Hall sacrifice bunt.
     
    Courtney Harris connected for a line drive, but Langoni ran the ball down from her left field post to keep the Bobcats off the scoreboard.    
     
    “Today wasn’t my best day,” Fico said. “My pitches weren’t as sharp as I would like them to be, so we worked on spotting the ball better, and trying to get ahead in the count. I would have liked to have had a better performance, but my defense played phenomenally behind me. Ashley Applegate and Ashley Langoni made some great plays for me in the outfield. It is really easy to pitch on the mound when you know that your team is going to back you up.”
     
    Every LSU postseason game will have live audio and live stats available inside the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The games also will be carried live on Country Legends 104.9 FM in the Baton Rouge area with Patrick Wright and Matt Dunaway set to call the action.



    Kentucky Suffers Heartbreaking Walk-Off Loss in NCAA Opener

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After rallying for two scores in the top half of the seventh, the Kentucky softball team fell in heartbreaking fashion in the home half of the inning to drop a 3-2 contest to No. 21 Michigan in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The loss sends the Wildcats to the elimination side of the bracket where UK will need to win four times to advance to a Super Regional. UK is set to play the loser of the Valparaiso-Louisville contest at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday with the game airing live on ESPN.
     
    In what was an eerily similar contest to Kentucky’s dramatic win over the Wolverines a season ago, Kentucky rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the top half of the seventh to take a 2-1 lead. Michigan, however, answered the call with a two-out two-run double to earn the walk-off win over Kentucky.
     
    UK drops to 29-29 on the season with Michigan improving to 40-15. Senior Chanda Bell worked 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and striking out two for the Wildcats. Michigan’s freshman hurler Haylie Wagner picked up her 30th win of the season, tossing seven innings while striking out four Wildcat batters. Sophomore Ginny Carroll led the offensive output with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the dish while scoring what was the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.
     
    With the Wildcats trailing by a run going into their final at-bat, junior Alice O’Brien led off the frame with a base-hit knock that found grass in right field. After a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Lauren Cumbess, Carroll sliced a single over the head of the first basemen to put runners on the corners with one out. After Wagner recorded a strikeout, UK struck for its first run when sophomore Emily Jolly reached first on a fielder’s choice, with O’Brien scoring from third.  
     
    Senior Brittany Cervantes then fought off several pitches before lacing a ball to the shortstop, which was fumbled, allowing Carroll to score from second, and plate the go-ahead run on the error. The inning closed on a 5-3 put out with UK in front 2-1.
     
    Wolverine right fielder Lyndsay Doyle led off the bottom of the seventh with a single up the middle that got a rally started for the Maize and Blue. On a bullet hit to Kara Dill, the junior cleanly fielded the ball, and got the lead runner on a force to record the inning’s opening out. Slapper Nicole Sappingfield smacked a single up the middle with one down to put runners at first and second. Big 10 Player of the Year, Amanda Chidester, fouled out to Carroll in left for the second out before clean-up hitter Sara Driesenga laced a two-run double into left field to plate the winning runs to earn the walk-off 3-2 win.
     
    Michigan commenced the game’s scoring, striking for a run in the bottom of the fourth. With one down in the inning, Haylie Wagner was struck on the leg with a pitch, putting a runner on first. After getting the second out in the inning, Wolverine pinch runner Jaclyn Crumby advanced to second on a stolen base. With Crumby in scoring position, Stephanie Kirkpatrick laced a single through the left side of the UK defense to plate Crumby and put Michigan ahead.
     
    With the loss, Kentucky falls to the consolation bracket and will face the loser of the (1) Louisville and (4) Valparaiso game at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN Saturday afternoon in Louisville.  



    Houston Tops Auburn Softball 2-1 In Opening Round of NCAA Austin Regional

    Austin, Texas – The Houston Cougars scored two runs on a wild pitch and an illegal pitch to claim a 2-1 victory over the Auburn softball team in the opening round of the NCAA Austin Regional.
     
    Auburn (33-22) will play the loser of the Texas vs. Northwestern game at 3 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game. The winner of that game will play again at 6 p.m. Saturday.
     
    “This was a tough game,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “We did a good job putting runners on but we just couldn’t get that one hit to drop. Branndi (Melero) had a good day with a couple hits including that big home run. Amber (Harrison) had a couple hits for us as well. We know what we’re up against tomorrow.”
     
    Lauren Schmalz took the loss to fall to 9-9. Schmalz allowed one run, earned, on two hits with a walk and one strikeout. Jenee Loree started and went three and two-thirds innings, allowing one run (earned) on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Angel Bunner pitched the final inning, allowing one hit, one walk, two illegal pitches and one strikeout.
     
    Bailey Watts improved to 10-4 with the complete-game win. Watts gave up one run, earned, on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
                    
    The Tigers put their first runner in scoring position when Branndi Melero led off the bottom of the third with a double to center. Watts, however, retired Lauren Guzman and Brooke Lathan on foul pop-ups. With two outs, Elizabeth Eisterhold took ball four on a 3-2 to count to put runners at second and first. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Caitlin Jordan grounded to Holly Anderson at third base, who touched the bag to get Melero on the force to end the inning.
     
    Houston took advantage of an Auburn miscue to plate the first run of the game. Haley Outon reached on an infield single in the top of the fourth. A sacrifice bunt by Reina Gaber moved Outon to second base. After advancing to second, Outon waited three pitches before stealing third base. After registering a ground out, Loree threw a wild pitch on a 1-2 count to Julia Pecina which allowed Outon to race home for the first run of the game.  
     
    The Tigers missed a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth. Amber Harrison led off with a single and took second after Baylee Stephens was hit by a pitch with two outs. Melero followed with a walk to load the bases, but Watts worked out of the jam when she forced Lauren Guzman to fly out to right field.
     
    After stranding nine base runners through five innings, Auburn’s first run-producing hit came without a runner on base. In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, Melero crushed a 2-2 pitch over the fence in left-center for a game-tying, solo home run. It was Melero’s third home run of the season and first since Feb. 26.
     
    A leadoff single from Diedre Outon in the top of the seventh brought Bunner in for Schmalz. On her second pitch of the game, Bunner moved Outon to second on an illegal pitch. A walk to Anderson and a single through the left side by Ashleigh Jones loaded the bases for Houston with no outs.
     
    The Tigers picked up the first out of the inning on a fielder’s choice ground ball which forced Outon out at home. Bunner then registered the second out with a swinging strikeout of Haley Outon. On a 1-2 pitch to Gaber, an illegal pitch was called on Bunner to force Anderson home from third, giving Houston a 2-1 lead.
     
    In the bottom of the seventh, Brooke Lathan led off with a single to center to put the tying run aboard. Watts, however, retired the next three Auburn batters to end the game and send the Tigers to Saturday’s eliminated game. Lathan was the 10th Auburn base runner left stranded for the game.



    Alabama Opens Tuscaloosa Regional with 5-1 Win
     
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The second seeded Alabama softball team opened the Tuscaloosa Regional with a 5-1 win, Friday night at Rhoads Stadium. With the victory the Crimson Tide improves to 51-7 overall and 36-9 in NCAA first round regional play.
     
    UA banged out 11 hits as senior Jennifer Fenton led the way with a 3-for-4 night. Senior Cassie Reilly-Boccia and freshman Danae Hays collected two hits apiece.
     
    Senior Amanda Locke (5-1) earned her second consecutive win, allowing one run on three hits in seven complete innings. The right-hander struck out a season high seven batters and walked two.
     
    Alabama got on the board early, scoring two runs before recording an out. After back-to-back singles by junior Kayla Braud and Fenton and then a double steal, sophomore Kaila Hunt drilled a line drive up the middle to give the Tide an early 2-0 lead. UA increased its first inning lead to 3-0 when Reilly-Boccia ripped a single of her own up the middle to plate Hunt.
     
    The Tide continued its scoring ways when Hays led off the second inning with a solo home run to increase the Alabama lead to 4-0. The home run was her fifth on the season.
     
    After UT Martin hit a home run to move the score to 4-1, Alabama got the run back when Fenton lined a single through the left side to plate pinch-hitter Jadyn Spencer for the final 5-1 score.
     
    The win is the 17th in a row for the Tide in regional play. The two RBI by Hunt moved her season total to 66 on the season which puts her fourth all-time in the Alabama single season annals.
     
    Alabama will now face South Alabama in the winner’s bracket game. The two instate foes will face off on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.



    Mississippi State Softball Ends 2012 Season With 2-0 Loss To Portland State

    EUGENE, Ore. – Portland State’s Anna Bertrand tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Vikings’ (28-24) defeated Mississippi State, 2-0, Friday afternoon on the second day of the NCAA Eugene Regional. With the loss at Howe Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, the Bulldogs ended the 2012 campaign with a 33-24 record.

    “You have to give Portland State a lot of credit because they are a feisty group,” said Vann Stuedeman, the winningest first-year head coach in MSU history. “They are great competitors and we wish them the very best of luck in the rest of the tournament.”

    Junior left-handed pitcher Kylie Vry was the star in the circle for the Bulldogs yet again Friday, striking out six in as many innings. The southpaw was the hard-luck loser after surrendering two runs off five hits. Vry wrapped up MSU’s appearance in the Big Dance with the individual school record for strikeouts in a NCAA Tournament game (10), series (16) and career (16).

    At the dish, senior catcher Ka’ili Smith ended her stellar Bulldog career 1-for-3 with a walk. Sophomore center fielder Jessica Offutt finished 1-for-3 as well, ending her showing with a .429 average (3-for-7). Sophomore Heidi Shape and juniors Jessica Cooley and Shelby Fisher reached base via the walk. Senior Brittany Bell was hit by a pitch for the 52nd time in her career, finishing her tenure in Starkville second all-time in the SEC.

    Pitching was the dominant theme through the first 29 outs of the game, with four hits given up in the first 33 at-bats. The 34th at-bat of the elimination contest came with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, when Vikings’ junior second baseman Carly McEachran roped a line-drive home run over the wall in right field for a 1-0 lead in favor of Portland State.

    The Vikings added one last run in the sixth stanza, which started with Vry recording a quick out on a line drive back to the circle. The junior struck out PSU’s Brittany Hendrickson on a wild pitch, but the runner reached first safely. Sophomore Crysta Conn reached on a fielder’s choice when Hendrickson was forced out at second. Left fielder Sadie Lopez followed the force out with a single to right-center field to push Conn over to third. Senior pitcher Lindsey Dunlap subbed in for Vry, and threw an illegal pitch on her first throw. The call plated Conn across the dish for the second and final run of the game.



    No. 5 Tennessee Drops Knoxville Regional Opener to Miami (Ohio), 1-0
     
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Junior pitcher Ivy Renfroe allowed just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts during a complete-game effort, but it wasn’t enough as the #5 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (46-11) dropped a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to the Miami RedHawks (41-18) in front of 1,598 fans on Friday night in NCAA Knoxville Regional action.
     
    The Big Orange now faces an elimination contest against UAB on Sat., May 19, at 4 p.m. ET.  Virginia Tech and Miami will begin Saturday’s action in a winner’s bracket match-up at 1:30 p.m. ET.
     
    Renfroe (19-8) permitted the single tally and both hits during the top of the first inning before finishing off the contest by retiring the last 19 RedHawks she faced.  Her counterpart in the circle for MU, Jessica Simpson (32-13), scattered five hits, walked one and struck out six in the shutout.
     
    UT junior third baseman Raven Chavanne (1-for-3), junior right fielder Kat Dotson (1-for-3), sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman (1-for-3, steal), junior first baseman Melissa Brown (1-for-2) and sophomore center fielder Tory Lewis (1-for-2) each registered one of the Tennessee offense’s five total hits.
     
    “All the credit goes to Miami,” Lady Vol Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly.  “They beat us. They just flat beat us. We couldn’t answer their pitcher. We couldn’t get two hits back-to-back. They jumped on us early and got one run, and that’s all they needed. Hats not only off to their players but their pitcher and their coaching staff.  But we aren’t done yet.”
     
    Miami (Ohio) got on the scoreboard immediately in the top of the first, nabbing a quick 1-0 lead on a pair of hits.  Right fielder Kirstie Fehrenbach started things off with a perfect slap single over third, and eventually advanced to third on consecutive groundouts.  With two down third baseman Daniela Torres lifted a little bloop hit just over the second base bag as Fehrenbach scored from 60 feet away for a one-run advantage.
     
    The Big Orange attempted to answer right back in the bottom of the first, getting two base runners on with one down via a bloop single from Dotson and a walk issued to junior second baseman Lauren Gibson.  Shipman hit the first pitch she received from Simpson directly to RedHawk infielder Kristy Arbour.  She made a catch right at her shoe tops and quickly doubled the UT runner off second for a deflating inning-ending twin killing.
     
    One-out singles by Lewis in the third and Shipman during the fourth went for naught as Tennessee’s offense just couldn’t come up with the big hit needed to get on the scoreboard.
     
    Meanwhile, Renfroe was keeping Miami (Ohio) under control from the circle following the eventful opening inning, retiring 19 straight RedHawk batters from the first through the seventh frames.
     
    With the Lee Stadium faithful on their feet in a show of support, Chavanne attempted to give the Lady Vol offense some life by christening the bottom of the sixth with a perfect bunt single.  Following a fly out on a blooper from Dotson, Gibson hit a promising drive that was nabbed on the run near the warning track.  Shipman then lifted a routine fly ball to Miami’s Fehrenbach as UT wasted the lead-off hit.
     
    Facing a last chance in the bottom of the seventh, Brown managed a two-out single to put the tying run on the base paths.  Unfortunately, a swinging strikeout, the sixth K of the contest for Simpson, concluded UT’s 1-0 defeat.



    No. 5 Seed Gator Softball Edged, 2-1, by FGCU in 2012 NCAA Regional Opening Match-Up
     
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – FGCU used two solo homers Friday to top the No. 5 seed Florida Gators, 2-1, in the opening contest of the 2012 NCAA Softball Gainesville Regional at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. After a second-inning bomb for the Eagles, the Orange and Blue (46-12) knotted the game at one-all in the third before a sixth-frame blast gave FGCU (38-22) the 2-1 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
     
    Florida will clash with UCF at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, while Friday’s winners, USF and FGCU, will open the day’s events with a 1 p.m. first pitch. The loser of game one will match up with game two’s winner in game three – slated for 6 p.m. The losers in game two and three will both be eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
     
    Keep up with all the NCAA Softball Gainesville Regional action at Tournament Central, featuring live streaming, box scores, live stats and quotes from participating teams.
     
    While Friday’s outcome wasn’t exactly the result Florida expected, a highlight was the return of junior Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) to the UF lineup following an early-season injury in March. Read GatorZone.com’s Chris Harry’s ‘Harry Fodder’ blog entry on Schutte.
     
    Also check out GatorZone.com’s Scott Carter on Friday’s tourney action for the Gators.
     
    Freshman Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) led Florida at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance, driving in the Gators’ one run on a single up the middle in the third to plate classmate Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.). Little kicked things off in the stanza, as Florida was looking to battle back after a second-inning Kirsten Bembnowski bomb to left field. Little sent a base hit of her own to left field, then swiped second on a UF strikeout with two down in the frame before freshman Jess Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) sent her to third with an infield base hit to set up Haeger’s RBI single.
     
    Two scoreless innings ensued before Emily Lanier got ahold of a Gator Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) pitch, sending it over the left-field fence for the game-winning RBI in the top of the sixth.
     
    Rogers (27-7) and FGCU’s Shelby Morgan (23-6) squared off in the circle for both squads, Morgan taking her 23rd victory of the season, while Rogers shouldered the loss. Both hurlers went the distance, Morgan giving up five hits, Florida’s one run and fanning four, while walking two. Rogers retired nine Eagles by strikeout, gave up just six hits, two runs in FGCU’s two blasts and walked two. For UF’s ace, nine strikeouts were her second-most this season, the most since her season-best 11 March 1.
     
    Lanier led FGCU to its first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament victory in school history in any sport, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a run and RBI from her shot in the sixth.
     
    The Gators are now 21-17 all-time in NCAA Regional play and dropped their opening round contest for the first time since 2006, when FAU got the best of the Gators, 2-0, in Gainesville.



    Arkansas wins first game at Berkley Regional

    Berkeley, Calif. - The University of Arkansas softball team defeated Boston University 3-2 in the opening game at the Berkeley Regional. Arkansas improves its overall record to 28-26 and 1-0 in post season play. The victory over Boston University is the fourth NCAA Tournament victory for Arkansas and the first since the 2008 season when the Razorbacks defeated Tulsa.
     
    "It was fantastic to get that first win under our belt," said head coach Mike Larabee. "I thought we came out and swung the bats really well today."
     
    Arkansas's debut on defense at the 2012 NCAA Tournament was a strike out from junior pitcher Hope McLemore.
     
    Sophomore Clarisa Navarro was the first Razorback to reach base in the Berkeley Regional with an error from Boston's second baseman. She then advanced to second off of a fielder's choice decision.
     
    Boston placed its first runner in scoring position in the top of the second after Emily Roesch hit double to the right center field wall. The Terrier's put the first run on the on the board after a single hit by Mandy Fernandez brought home Reosch who was on second giving Boston the 1-0 lead.
     
    Chloe Oprzedek recorded her first hit of the game in the bottom of the second as the leadoff batter of the inning. Andrea Sullivan followed with a single to right center field allowing Oprzedek to run all the way home and tying the game at one. Jayme Gee came up to the plate and collected her first hit of the game driving the ball to the right field wall for a double and bringing home Alyssa Bass who was pinch running for Sullivan.
     
    Boston threatened in the top of the third placing a runner in scoring position. McLemore held strong in the circle recording her third strikeout of the game.
     
    Devon Wallace recorded her first hit in the bottom of the third when she singled to the shortstop and outran the throw to first. Navarro hit the ball into a fielder's choice putting Wallace out at second, but Navarro made it to second off of a bad throw from the second base to first. Jennifer Rambo recorded her first hit of the tournament with a single out to right field bringing home Navarro and giving Arkansas to 3-1 lead.
     
    "I was really pleased with our hitting today," said Larabee. "Their pitcher averaged over a strike out per inning and she only got us once today. I thought our coaching staff prepared our hitters very well for what they would see out on the field."
     
    Arkansas had a solid defensive performance in the top of the fourth with McLemore recording her fourth and fifth strikeouts of the game.
     
    Wallace doubled in the bottom of the fifth to left center field, but was thrown out at third. Navarro hit the ball right up the middle for a single. Sierra Bronkey followed with her first hit of the tournament with a single placing Navarro in scoring position. Both runners were stranded with a pop up out for the Terrier's to end the inning.
     
    Boston put another run on the board in the top of the sixth with a solo home run from Megan Volpano making the score 3-2 in favor of Arkansas.
     
    Arkansas put a running in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth after Megan Pearson was hit by a pitch and Jayme Gee hit a single up the middle. Both runners were stranded keeping the score 3-2.
     
    The Terriers threatened again in the top of the seventh after back-to-back batters were hit by a pitch placing the tying run on second. The Arkansas defense held strong and collected the final out with a fly ball to center field to give Arkansas the 3-2 victory.
     
    McLemore threw all seven innings in the circle collecting her second win of the season giving her a 2-0 record for her junior campaign. She struck out six batters while not allowing any walks.
     
    "I thought Hope competed very well today," said Larabee.