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    SoftBALL RESULTS
    Auburn 5, Kent State 3
    Tennessee 5, South Dakota 0
    South Carolina 11, Michigan State 3
    Georgia 8, Elon 0
    Texas A&M 7, Cal State Bakersfield 1
    Ohio State 5, Georgia 4
    Florida 7, Cal State Northridge 0
    Arkansas 8, Loyola Marymount 3
    Tennessee 6, BYU 3
    Alabama 8, Drake 2
    Kentucky 5, Oregon State 3
    South Carolina 14, Stetson 4
    Mississippi State 8, Tenn. State 0
    Texas A&M 11, Wright State 0
    Alabama 10, U.W. Green Bay 7
    Arkansas 10, Weber State 2
    LSU 1, Tulsa 0
    Arizona State 8, Kentucky 1
    Mississippi State 9, Ga. State 1
    Florida 7, California 4
    LSU 7, Hampton 3


    Auburn Rallies for Win Over Kent State

    Auburn, Ala. - The Auburn softball team rallied from a pair of deficits to defeat Kent State 5-3 Saturday in the second day of the Plainsman Invitational.
     
    Auburn improved to 3-0 with the win and will play Army at 11:30 a.m. and Austin Peay at 2 p.m. Sunday. Kent State dropped to 1-1.
     
    "I'm really proud of the way we fought back twice today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We had a lot of different people step up and come through with big plays. Austyn (West) delivered a big home run and Brooke (Lathan) came through in the seventh. This was a good win for us, but we have to keep improving."
     
    Marcy Harper started and earned the win to improve to 2-0. Harper went six and one-third innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on nine hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Hilary Mavromat earned her first save, recording the final two outs of the game with the tying runs aboard.
     
    Emma Johnson (0-1) took the loss in a complete-game effort. Johnson allowed five runs, three earned, on five hits with five walks and eight strikeouts.
     
    Kent State jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Kim Kirkpatrick drew a leadoff walk and moved to third when left fielder Tiffany Howard dropped a fly ball off the bat of Dani Ramos. With runners at second and third, Abbey Ledford loaded the bases with a bloop single. After a strikeout, Shelby Tilton laced a single to left to score Kirkpatrick and Ramos to give Kent State a 2-0 lead.
     
    A wild pitch moved Ledford to third and Tilton to second, but the Tigers worked out of the jam as Carrie Kilbane flied out to left for the second out and Rocker quickly fired home to nail Ledford at the plate for the third out. 
     
    The Tigers mounted a scoring threat in the top of the second, loading the bases with two outs. Emily Carosone reached on an error and took second on a single by Caitlin Schutlze. A two-out walk to Kelsey Bogaards loaded the bases, but Johnson ended the scoring threat when she fanned Howard.
     
    Branndi Melero put the Tigers on the board with a two-out, RBI triple in the top of the fifth inning. Bogaards singled to open the inning and advanced to third after a pair of ground outs. Melero then laced a triple to the wall in center to plate Bogaards and cut the deficit to 2-1. Brooke Lathan followed with a walk to put runners on the corners.
     
    After Lathan stole second, Caitlin Jordan took ball four on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. On the first pitch to pinch-hitter McKenzie Kilpatrick, catcher Erika Warren let the pitch get by her allowing Melero to score the tying run on a passed ball. The rally ended, however, when Kilpatrick popped up on the next pitch for the third out.
     
    Kent State quickly regained the leading, taking advantage of a sacrifice fly from Ledford that plated Kirkpatrick (single) from third for a 3-2 lead in the bottom half of the fifth.
     
    The Tigers responded in the top of the sixth when Austyn West cranked her first career home run, a one-out, solo shot, over the wall in left to tie the game at 3-3.
     
    With the game tied after six innings, Morgan Estell drew a walk to open the top of the seventh to represent the go-ahead run. Melero then hit a ground ball that shortstop Abbey Ledford threw wildly to first, allowing Estell to advance to third. Melero took second on the play as the defense turned its attention to Estell at third. On the next pitch, Lathan hit a single past short to score both runners and give the Tigers a 5-3 lead.
     
    In the bottom of the seventh, Harper forced Lauren Kesterson to ground out to second on a 3-2 pitch for the first out of the inning before allowing Kirkpatrick to single to shallow center. Ramos followed with single through the left side to put runners at second and first with one out.
     
    Mavromat was then brought in to relieve Harper. On a 2-2 pitch to Ledford, Mavromat was wild to the plate allowing the runners to advance. On the next pitch, however, Ledford lined out to Jordan at first for the second out of the inning. Kim Morgason was then put in to pinch-hit, but was unable to deliver as she ground out to Mavromat to end the game.



    Tennessee Wins A Pair in Utah

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The No. 6/5 Tennessee softball team improved to 5-0 this season with a pair of wins over South Dakota and BYU on Saturday in the Red Desert Classic at the Canyons Complex.
     
    Playing in temperatures in the 30s and 40s, Cheyanne Tarango hit a two-run homer and Lauren Gibson launched a solo shot in UT’s 5-0 win over South Dakota in the morning. A three-hit effort from Madison Shipman and a nine-strikeout performance by Ellen Renfroe paced the Lady Vols in their 6-3 win over BYU in the afternoon.
     
    “I’m proud of the way our kids battled the elements,” co-head coach Karen Weekly said. “It was very chilly out there, but they stayed energetic and fired-up all day. I thought we put some good swings on the ball today and hit some long balls and had some long outs. We didn’t put as many runs on the board, but I was pretty pleased with the way we swung the bats, especially against South Dakota.”
     
    Madison Shipman had three hits and scored three times, Hannah Akamine blasted her first homer of the season and Ellen Renfroe fanned nine batters over seven frames to lead the No. 6/5 Tennessee softball team to a 6-3 win over BYU on cold Saturday afternoon in the Red Desert Classic. 
     
    The Lady Vols (5-0) tallied 10 hits against a good BYU (1-3) team that started 2012 20-game winner Tori Almond in the circle. UT improved to 4-0 all-time against the Cougars, who were an NCAA Tournament team last year. 
     
    Shipman led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and a stolen base. Akamine was 2-for-2 with a solo home run. Lauren Gibson reached base three times with a big triple to the gap in right field and a pair of walks. 
     
    In the circle, Ellen Renfroe improved to 2-0 after striking out nine batters and allowing two earned runs over seven innings. Ivy Renfroe allowed one run in the seventh. 
     
    Almond (1-1) took the loss after allowing six runs in 6.2 frames. 
     
    Tennessee jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After Raven Chavanne legged out an infield single to second base, Kat Dotson knocked an RBI single and advanced to second base on the play. After a Madison Shipman single to short and a four-pitch walk for Lauren Gibson, the bases were loaded. Two batters later, Melissa Davin reached on an RBI fielder's choice. In the next at-bat, Shipman scored from third when Davin got caught in a rundown between first and second. 
     
    Akamine opened the top of the second inning with a homer to left center, a rocket shot off an 0-2 pitch. UT's lead grew to 4-0. 
     
    In the third inning, Shipman hit a one-out double to right center. Gibson followed with a hard-hit RBI triple to right center, motoring around the base paths. 
     
    The Lady Vols extended their advantage to 6-0 in the fifth inning when Cheyanne Tarango hit an RBI single to left field to plate Shipman from third base. 
     
    BYU kept fighting late, scoring three runs in the seventh. After back-to-back singles and a five-pitch walk, Madisen Robb scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Ivy Renfroe, who entered in relief after the walk. Ellen Renfroe re-entered and JC Clayton plated Alexandra Hudson Shamo on an RBI groundout to second. The Cougars drew to within 6-3 when Lacey Millett hit an RBI single to short. Ellen Renfroe closed out the game with a strikeout to give UT the win. 
     
    The Lady Vols will conclude their stay in St. George, Utah, on Sunday with a 1 p.m. ET (11 a.m. MT) game against Oklahoma State at the Canyons Complex. UT is the designated home team for that game. 



    No. 17 Texas A&M Drops Cal State Bakersfield

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 17 Texas A&M softball team (2-0) pounded CSU Bakersfield (0-2), 7-1, Saturday in the Aggies' second day of UCLA's Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament.
     
    Junior Nicole Morgan had five RBI on a pair of home runs, including a seventh-inning grand slam, to lead the Aggies to a 7-1 victory over CSUB in A&M's first game of the day.
     
    Sophomore Lauren Ainsley got her first start of the season in the circle against the Roadrunners and took control of the defense early, ending the day with a career game-high 10 strikeouts. The right-hander tossed six strikeouts through the first three innings for the Aggies.
     
    Junior Jenna Stark started the scoring in her home state with a single through the left side that scored junior Cassie Tysarczyk from third in the top of the second against CSU Bakersfield. Tysarczyk reached on a hit by pitch and stole second before an Amber Garza base hit pounded through the right side sent her to scoring position at third base.
     
    Despite having five hits on the board, the Aggies were unable to reach above their 1-0 lead through five innings. Sophomore Kaydee Rayburn hit a first-pitch bunt single while pinch hitting in the top of the fifth and moved to second on a groundout but was left stranded in scoring position.
     
    In the bottom of the half-inning, Ainsley caught a batter swinging for her eighth strikeout of the game, tying the sophomore's career single-game high.
     
    The Aggies broke the one-run lead in the top of the sixth when junior Nicole Morgan found her perfect pitch and sent it searing down the left field line and over the fence for a solo home run, her second bomb and fifth RBI of the season.
     
    With A&M leading 2-0, junior Amber Garza hit an infield flare to reach first before running to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch. The third baseman was left on her bag, however, and the Aggies maintained their two-run lead.
     
    Ainsley's strikeouts became a career-high nine in the bottom of the sixth before the Roadrunners scored an unearned run on a single through the right side with two outs. Facing CSUB power-hitter Jessica Castaneda, Ainsley got ahead in the count, 0-2, before throwing a pair of balls to even the count. A changeup strike caught Castaneda looking, and the Roadrunners left the half-inning trailing by one with two on base.
     
    The top of the seventh inning gave the Aggies run security when senior Meagan May reached on an RBI error and Morgan cleared the fence again for a grand slam. Morgan has nine RBI through her first two games of the season.
     
    The Roadrunners had no response to the Aggies' late surge, and A&M improved to 2-0 on the season with the victory.
     
    Ainsley (1-0) tossed a career-best 10 strikeouts and gave up no earned runs on two hits and no walks to lead the Aggies to the win. CSUB's Kelsie Monroe (0-2) threw six innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits and two walks while fanning two.
     
    Up next, the Aggies will take on Wright State (0-2) in the team's third game of UCLA's Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.



    Ole Miss Takes Care of St. Mary's

    HONOLULU – Ole Miss plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and defeated Saint Mary’s 7-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic in Honolulu. The Rebels will now face No. 16 Hawaii (4-0) at 5 p.m. CT.
     
    Ole Miss (2-3) junior first baseman Londen Ladner scored a team-high two runs, and the Rebels got three RBI from junior centerfielder RT Cantillo and a pair of RBI from freshman designated player Madi Osias to lead them to victory. Haley Culley, Allison Brown, Melina Preciado, Osias and Bri Payne each scored runs.
     
    Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the second, Ole Miss scored one run in the bottom of the inning, one more in the fourth and broke it open with five runs in the fifth. All seven of the Rebels’ runs came unearned.
     
    Junior pitcher Shelby Jo Fenter picked up her first win as a Rebel, throwing a complete game, and allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out six.
     
    The win was Ole Miss’ second victory over Saint Mary’s (0-5) at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic. Ole Miss defeated the Gaels 10-2 on Thursday in the Rebels’ season opener.
     
    For all Ole Miss softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.



    Gators Win in California

    On the second day of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, the No. 14/15 softball team used a season-best 11 hits and a stellar pitching performance from sophomore Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) to down Cal State Northridge, 7-0, in the first of two games Saturday afternoon at the Tempe Sports Complex.
     
    Florida and No. 3 Cal will take to the field at approximately 7 p.m. ET as the Gators aim to start the campaign 4-0.
     
    Bache earned her first victory of the 2013 season against Northridge after working a complete game, just the fourth of her career as a Gator with the four-hit shutout. Bache additionally fanned a career-tying five Matador batters, but gave up five walks on the day.
     
    The Gators, who added their second shutout of the season after blanking the No. 5 Oregon Ducks Friday, wasted no time getting after it Saturday against Northridge, starting with an aggressive offensive game plan that featured four stolen bases in the first inning alone. UF tacked on four runs right away against the Matadors and the relentless UF squad kept grinding and creating opportunities to increase the advantage.
     
    The Orange and Blue finished with six stolen bases, putting up four runs in the first, two in the second and a final run in the fifth inning.
     
    Eight Gator batters connected for hits against CSUN, led by sophomore Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) and freshman Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) who both went 2-for-3, while freshman second baseman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) was 2-for-5 against the Matadors.
     
    Stewart connected for a leadoff single to start the contest for UF, while Merritt drew a walk for runners on first and second. After a senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) sac bunt but both runners in scoring position, freshman Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.) came up  big for the Gators with a RBI double that plated Stewart for the first run of the game.
     
    The Gators never looked back as sophomore Bailey Castro (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) sent the second run of the inning home after an infield single. With runners on first and third, the Orange and Blue perfectly executed a double steal to tack on run number three of the frame. With Castro on third, Little reached on a hit-by-pitch and swiped second before freshman Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach, Fla.) loaded the bags with the second hit-by-pitch of the inning. In her first plate appearance of the season, sophomore Jess Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) drew a walk to plate UF’s fourth run of the inning for her first RBI of the season.
     
    After batting through the lineup, Stewart grounded out to end the first frame for the Gators. Abby Linn, Korinne Randazzo, Maylynn Mitchell and Mia Pagano accounted for CSUN’s four hits in the game.
     
    Horton and junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) both connected for RBI singles in the second inning and a Fuller sac fly accounted for Florida’s final run in the fifth inning – her team-leading second RBI of the day.
     
    Pagano (0-2) was charged the loss for the Matadors after allowing UF’s first-inning damage before being relieved by Brianna Elder for the next 4.0 innings. Crystal Maas put in an inning of work for CSUN to close out the contest for the Matadors.
     
    Florida will return to ASU’s Farrington Stadium tomorrow for its final contest of the Kajikawa Classic against No. 13/14 Arizona before heading back to Gainesville for the 2013 Lipton Invitational Feb. 17-19. Gator fans can follow UF’s final game of the tournament on Gametracker through the UF schedule page, or by tuning the radio dial to WYGC-FM105 The Game (104.9) locally with play-by-play Mike Gillespie and former Gator All-American Megan Bush on the call. Fans can also tune into the live audio stream of each broadcast online.
     
    Be sure to follow the Gators on Twitter and visit the team on Facebook for all the latest on Florida softball and for updates throughout opening weekend.



    Wildcats Take Down Beavers, Fall to Sun Devils

    TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Kentucky softball team split its doubleheader on day two of the Kajikawa Classic, earning a 5-3 win over Oregon State, who is receiving votes in both major preseason polls, before falling to host school and fourth-ranked Arizona State 8-1 in its final game. Both games were played at Farrington Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. 
     
    Kentucky (3-1) got strong pitching and clutch hitting from a number of different Wildcats against OSU. Junior pitcher Ellen Weaver started the game, going 4.2 innings allowing three runs – one earned – on six hits with six strikeouts. She was relived in the fifth inning by freshman Kelsey Nunley, who pitched a scoreless 2.1 innings to earn the win for UK. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., allowed only four hits and struck out two to move to 2-0 on the year.
     
    Nunley faced some adversity in the top of the seventh inning, but made key pitches to get UK the win. The inning started when Desiree Beltran was hit by a pitch, advancing to second when Natalie Hampton reached on an error. After Lea Cavestany popped up for the first out, Ya Garcia singled on a bunt attempt to load the bases. Ally Kutz fouled out to the catcher for the second out before pinch hitter Bailee Niehus grounded a slow roller back to Nunley, who fielded the ball and threw a strike to first to end the inning and give UK the victory.
     
    At the plate, juniors Ginny Carroll and Lauren Cumbess, and freshman Nikki Sagermann continued their impressive offensive starts by each collecting multi-hit games. Carroll earned the game-winning RBI, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, including a double – her team leading second double of the season. Cumbess was also solid at the dish, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Sagermann went 2-for-3 with a double.
     
    UK got on the board early against Oregon State, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning when Cumbess roped an RBI single to right field. The inning started with Kara Dill drawing a walk, later advancing to second on a stolen base. Maisie Steed struck out for the first out and Alice O’Brien fouled out to first for the second out before Cumbess stepped in and continued her impressive start at the dish, ripping a single to right field that easy scored Dill and gave UK the 1-0 lead. Sagermann would groundout to end the inning.
     
    Weaver worked out of trouble in the second inning after giving up an infield single to short and a bunt single. With runners on first and second and one out, Weaver got Kutz to strike out on a wild pitch for the second out although the runners advanced to second and third. Weaver then punched out Maggie Dorenus to end the OSU threat. 
     
    Kentucky got two runs in the fourth inning after Sagermann and Carroll each roped doubles. Cumbess started the inning with a groundout to shortstop followed by the first career double by Sagermann, who was pinch ran for by Darington Richardson. Richardson came home to score a few pitches later when Carroll belted a double just fair in left field. After Krystal Smith pinch hit and lined out to second base, Weaver drew a walk and was pinch ran for by the flex player, Emily Jolly. Both Carroll and Jolly would advance into scoring position on a passed ball with Christian Stokes joining them on base later with a walk. OSU would make several defensive changes after the walk, including a pitching change, bringing in Marina Demore to face Dill, who reached on an error by the first baseman to score Carroll and give UK the 3-0 lead. 
     
    But Oregon State tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth. Head coach Rachel Lawson made several defensive changes before the inning. Kutz started the inning with a double later advancing to third on a wild pitch. Weaver then put runners on the corners when she walked Ashley Sanchez, who stole second to get into scoring position. A few pitches later, Kutz would score on a wild pitch while Sanchez moved over to third. Elizabeth Santana then reached base on a throwing error by Stokes, allowing a run to score and make it a 3-2 game. OSU would later tie the game on a single by Cavestany. 
     
    UK would grab the lead back for good in the bottom of the fifth inning on back-to-back-to-back singles from Cumbess, Sagermann and Carroll. After O’Brien started the inning flying out to center, Cumbess singled to left field and was pinch ran for by Kara Howard, who advanced to third on the single by Sagermann to right field. Carroll then delivered the game-winning run with a single to center field, giving UK the 4-3 advantage.
     
    The Wildcats added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by O’Brien. Dill would score the run, singling to center and moving to second on the single by Steed. Dill and Steed both advanced on a passed ball before O’Brien drilled a ball to deep center field that scored Dill from third. 
     
    In the night cap, Arizona State was the team that got off to a fast start, getting a two-run homer from Sam Parlich in the second inning and a sacrifice fly from Haley Steele in the third inning to take an early 3-0 lead. 
     
    The highly ranked Sun Devils would put up five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bethany Kemp started the inning with a single, advancing to second when Baily Wigness hit into a fielder’s choice but Dill’s throw to second was late. After another pop out, Elizabeth Caporuscio hit a two-run double to make it 5-0. Steele then placed a slow roller by the pitcher for a single, but it would be misplayed, allowing a run to score. Amber Freeman then delivered the big blow with a two-run homer, giving ASU a 8-0 lead. 
     
    UK would get a run in the top of the fifth when sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner blasted her first homer of the season to right field. The roundtripper was the lone run of the game for the Wildcats. 
     
    The Wildcats conclude play in the Kajikawa Classic on Sunday when it faces Portland State and Stanford. UK will face PSU at 10:30 a.m. ET and be back on field at 1:30 p.m. ET to square off against No. 20/21 Stanford. Both games will be played at the Tempe Sports Complex. 
     
    Kentucky will play host to the SEC Tournament this season for the first time in school history. The event, which is considered one of the most prestigious softball tournaments in the nation, will be May 8-11 in Lexington. The championship game will be featured on ESPN2, while all other games will be shown on ESPNU. Ticket information for the tournament will be released next week on UKathletics.com.
     
    For the latest on UK softball, follow “@UKSoftball” on Twitter or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook.



    Ole Miss Drops Close Game at Hawaii

    HONOLULU – The Ole Miss softball team (2-4) and No. 23 Hawaii (5-0) played another tight game at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but Hawaii again was able to pull off a tight 2-0 victory to advance to the finals of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic.
     
    Just two days after dropping a 2-0 decision to Hawaii in which each team recorded just one hit, Ole Miss again played the host school tight and allowed just three hits, but couldn’t bring any runs home and fell to the top-25 ranked team. Despite the loss, Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees still saw a lot of good things from her team.
     
    “It’s fun to play top 25 teams, and they’re a good squad,” Thees said. “(Hawaii’s Kaia Parnaby) is a tough pitcher, but we definitely put the bat on the ball more today. We just hit the ball too hard at the wrong times right to somebody. We had bases loaded, one out, and rip one but they turn a double play on it and that kind of let the wind out of our sails. That was a great inning for us and we were finally really attacking on their pitcher. 
     
    “I’m proud of the growth of our team. We have nine new people on our squad this year, and getting out here playing the best of the best is really good for us because I think the kids have really elevated their games and it will really help us as we go into the season.”
     
    The Rebels’ best opportunity of the game came in the top of the sixth inning. Freshman right fielder Bri Payne began the inning with a leadoff double to left-center field, followed by a pair of beautiful bunts from junior centerfielder RT Cantillo, and freshman shortstop Haley Culley to load the bases with no outs. Ole Miss was unable to drive any runs home though, as the Rainbow Wahine forced a pop up and turned a double play on a hard hit ball to third base.
     
    Ole Miss received strong pitching performances from its two junior transfer pitchers, Carly Hummel and Shelby Jo Fenter. Each pitcher threw complete games, as Hummel allowed just three hits and struck out four against Hawaii, while Fenter allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six against St. Mary’s earlier in the day.
     
    “They both had their ups and downs this weekend, but I feel like they learned so much in just three days of playing and pitching, about themselves, about how to pitch fatigued, about what they need to do in the dugout and about how they need to look at scouting reports,” Thees said. “I’m really, really pleased with what I see out of them. I think by the end they both were pitching better than they ever did.”
     
    Another bright spot for the Rebels were the performances from their freshmen. Welcoming in seven rookies this season, Ole Miss started four freshmen in each game Saturday, and played five freshmen total against Saint Mary’s.
     
    “I’m so pleased right now (with our freshmen),” Thees said. “Haley Culley at shortstop just makes everything look so easy and she had a great day and a great tournament, really. I’m really excited to see her as a Rebel moving forward. Natalie Martinez throwing somebody out, and gunning them down was great, and Haley had a great tag at second. Then Bri Payne at the fence catching one and the kid tried to tag from second to go to third and she threw a bullet and it wasn’t even close. She was out by a mile.”
     
    Ole Miss will play again Wednesday in its home opener against No. 10 LSU. The game will be a rare non-conference matchup between the two Southeastern Conference foes. With the Rebels and Tigers not meeting in the SEC regular season, Thees and Tigers head coach Beth Torina decided to continue the rivalry.
     
    The game is also special because the Rebels will be participating in the Geaux Play program established by former LSU All-American Brittany Mack. Ole Miss is asking fans to donate any new or gently used sports equipment. Those who donate sports equipment at the game will receive two free tickets to the baseball home opener vs. TCU on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. CT.



    Georgia Splits With Elon, Ohio State

    Game 1 
    Georgia 8, Elon 0 (5 Innings)
     
    Geri Ann Glasco and Katie Browne combined to go 4-for-4, to lead the Bulldogs to a 8-0, five-innig win over the Phoenix in the first game. Glasco hit her first career home run, and the first of the season for Georgia, to bring in the final runs of the game.
     
    Morgan Montemayor earned her first win of the season after pitching a complete-game, two-hitter. Montemayor allowed just two hits and retired nine consecutive batters to help keep Elon scoreless. Karen Berna suffered the loss for Elon after giving up 10 hits in four innings and falls to 0-1 this season.
     
    Elon's offense got started early putting runners in scoring position in the top of the first, before the Bulldog defense settled in to retire the final two batters.
     
    Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Katie Browne sailed a long double off of the centerfield wall to drive in Criket Blanco and Christine Olney. The Bulldogs added another run when an Elon error allowed Browne to cross the plate.
     
    Georgia increased its advantage in the fourth, when Samantha LaZear used a single to right field to drive in Anna Swafford, who came on to pinch run for Browne.  Paige Wilson extended her hitting streak to 15 games and put Georgia up 6-0 with a two-run bunt single that scored Niaja Griffin and LaZear. With Wilson on first, Glasco belted a two-run home run over the left field wall to seal Georgia's 8-0 win. 
     
     
    GAME 2 
    Ohio State 5, Georgia 4 (Eight Innings)
     
    In the second game of Georgia's doubleheader, the Bulldogs fell to Ohio State 5-4 in eight innings.
     
    The Buckeyes got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the first inning. Georgia answered with two in the bottom of the frame to make it a 4-2 game. With two outs, Wilson kept her hit streak alive with a single. Glasco followed with a double deep to left field, scoring Wilson for Georgia's first run of the game. Tina Iosefa added a single to score Glasco and make it a 4-2 game.
     
    The offenses remained quiet over the next three innings, before Wilson homered to straight away center to cut the lead to 4-3.
     
    Ohio State threatened in the top of the seventh after each of its first three hitters singled to load the bases. Montemayor, who came on in relief of Chelsea Wilkinson, along with the Bulldog defense worked out of the no out, bases-loaded jam as Montemayor struck out the next batter, then forced Melaina Saalfeld to ground into a fielders choice which led to the force out at home. Jayla Saibene came in as a pinch hitter for the Buckeye's but grounded out to Wilson at short to end the inning.
     
    Tess Sito put the Bulldogs in position to tie the game in the seventh inning, reaching second base on an error by the Buckeyes. With a runner in scoring position and the heart of the Georgia lineup due up, O'Reilly was relieved by Alex DiDomenico.
     
    Down to Georgia's last out, Glasco came through with a RBI-single to left field that sent Sito home to tie the game at four and send the game into extra innings.
     
    Ohio State was able to come up with a run in the top of the eighth with an RBI-single off the bat of Megan Coletta that gave Ohio State a 5-4 lead. The single  proved to be the difference as Georgia only managed one base runner in the bottom half of the eighth and Ohio State hung on for the win.
     
    Alex DiDomenico (1-0) picked up the win for the Buckeye's replacing Olivia O'Reilly with 1.2 scoreless innings. DiDomenico allowed just two hits and did not give up a run. O'Reilly allowed four runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings in the circle.
     
    Montemayor suffered the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. She allowed one run on eight hits and struck out five in 6.2 innings of relief. Wilkinson got the start and allowed four runs on two hits in 0.1 innings. Glasco also saw time in the circle, but did not give up a run and allowed just one hit.
     
    Georgia returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m., when it takes on the Winthrop Eagles in the final day of the Red and Black Showcase.



    Arkansas Sweeps Two

    St. George, Utah – The University of Arkansas softball team defeated the Loyola Marymount Lions, 8-3 and the Weber State Wildcats, 10-2 in five innings, at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah.

    The Arkansas pitching staff led the team to two victories on day two of the Red Desert Classic. Kimmy Beasley led the Razorbacks in game one against LMU. She recorded eight strikeouts while only allowing two hits and one earned run in 4.2 innings of work. Hope McLemore was able to come in and finish the job in game one. She threw 2.1 innings, struck out a batter and allowed one run. Game two also featured a strong pitching performance, this time by freshman Kelly Young. She went five innings, striking out nine and allowed only one earned run. Head coach Mike Larabee praised his freshman pitcher.

    “Young did a nice job in her first start,” Larabee said. “She had nine strikeouts in five innings. We recruited Kelly because she is a winner. She was 26-and-0 in postseason games in high school. She is a competitor and one of the hardest workers on our team. She just loves to compete.”

    The Razorback bats were also in full swing as Arkansas outscored its opponents 18-5 in the two games. The Hogs were led in game one by Devon Wallace, Clarissa Navarro and Chloe Oprzedek, all three notched three hits in the game. Navarro, Nicole Schroeder and freshman Claire Clark all netted three RBI. In game two the team was led again by Wallace, she went 1-for-2 with two walks, three runs scored and a three-run homerun that landed in the bullpen behind the centerfield fence. Schroeder and Jayme Gee also delivered solo homeruns in game two. 

    “I thought we swung the bats really well today,” Larabee said. “We had some runners on base that we need to get home, but the good thing is that we are getting the runners on base. It was nice to see three balls leave the yard. Schroeder and Gee got their first ones and Devon Wallace hit a no-doubter.”

    Game one started with two scoreless innings for both teams. Arkansas struck first in the top of the third when pinch runner Ashley Martindale scored on a throwing error from the Loyola defense. 

    The Lions fought back to tie the game at one run apiece before the Razorbacks delivered three runs in the top half of the fourth. The inning featured a triple by Oprzedek and she eventually scored when Schroeder hit into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. 

    Arkansas broke the game open in the seventh inning when Oprzedek again led off the inning with a hit. Wallace walked and Canfield hit a single to load the bases for Clarissa Navarro. Navarro roped a single up the middle that scored two and the game was out of reach at 6-2. The Razorbacks added two more runs in the inning and the Lions plated one in the bottom of the seventh to make the final 8-3.

    Game two featured the Weber State Wildcats jumping on the board first when Alyson Kulp singled and scored on a Silva single. Young struck out three batters in her first inning as a Razorback. 

    Arkansas answered in the bottom half of the inning when Amanda Geile lined a single up the middle scoring Navarro. Gee continued the scoring in the second when she towered a homerun to dead centerfield, making the score 2-1, Hogs, after two.

    This time the Wildcats answered, in the top of the third, when an arid throw from Gee on a double steal resulted in Kulp stealing third. The ball squirted into the outfield and WSU picked up its second run of the game as Kulp trotted home. Young was able to work out of the jam, striking out the next two batters for her fifth and sixth strikeouts of the game.

    Schroeder continued the back-and-forth pace when she rocketed a solo homerun over the leftfield wall. Geile followed the solo shot with her second hit of the game, a double off of the centerfielder’s glove. Geile was advanced to third on a single from Gee and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Sierra Bronkey. Wallace then continued the hit parade when she hit a three-run homer to centerfield, scoring three and giving Arkansas a 7-2 lead after the third inning.

    After the five-run third inning, Young started to settle in. She retired six of the next seven batters, including three strikeouts. These seven batters were the last that Young would see as Arkansas ended the game in the fifth when Canfield lined a triple into the right field wall, scoring Oprzedek and Wallace. Two batters later Navarro scored on a Schroeder double to right field. Arkansas improved to 4-0 on the young season.
        
    The Razorbacks will conclude play in the Red Desert Classic tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT against the PAC-12’s Utah Utes.
     



    South Carolina Caps Night With Win Over Stetson

    DELAND, Fla. - The third-straight double-digit run outing for South Carolina (3-0) sent the Gamecocks to a 14-4 win over Stetson (0-3) in front of 727 fans at Patricia Wilson Field on Saturday afternoon.
     
    Two Gamecocks tied a record in the game, as senior shortstop Samie Garcia and freshman left fielder Alaynie Page both scored four runs, Garcia tying it for the second time on the day. Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double, but her consecutive reached-base streak ended in the fourth at 10 plate appearances thanks to a leaping grab by Stetson second baseman Kayla Drury. Page was 2-for-3. Junior centerfielder Ashlyn Masters tallied six RBI in a 2-for-3 day, posting two sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded triple. Junior third baseman Codee Yeske went 2-for-4 in her first start of the year, while sophomore first baseman Olivia Lawrence hit her first homer of 2013.
     
    The Hatters had homers from both third baseman Demi Meza and Jessica Griffin, with Meza driving in three runs.
     
    South Carolina jumped on the board with five runs in the first. Junior second baseman Dana Hathorn drove in the first run with a single to center, plating Garcia after her game-opening double. Page scored on a wild pitch, and Hathorn came home on Masters' RBI groundout. Junior designated player Kristen Struett plated junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins with a single after Hawkins doubled to right center, and redshirt sophomore pitcher Julie Sarratt doubled home Struett to close the scoring. 
     
    The Gamecocks added two more in the second, starting with Hathorn's RBI groundout, scoring Garcia from third. Masters then hit the first of her sac flies to deep center, giving Page the chance to score.
     
    The score stayed at 7-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when Stetson's Meza hit a three-run homer to center. The Gamecocks finally responded in the sixth with three more runs. Yeske started the inning with a double and later scored on an errant Hatter throw that let Garcia, who reached on a hit by pitch, get to third after she stole second. Masters' second sac fly let Garcia score, while Hawkins drove in another run with a groundout, making it 10-3 in South Carolina's favor.
     
    In the seventh, Lawrence stepped up with one down and sent one out to center. The Gamecocks loaded the bases with a single, a hit by pitch and a walk to the top three hitters, including freshman pinch hitter Lauren Masters, in the order, bringing up the elder Masters. She drove the 1-0 pitch to the wall in right, allowing all three runners to score on her triple. Stetson made it 14-4 on Jessica Griffin's solo shot in the bottom of the seventh.
     
    Sarratt (1-0), in her first start since 2011, went the distance in the win, allowing four runs while scattering five hits and a walk and striking out five. Sarah Read (0-1) took the loss, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits in one inning of work.
     
    The Gamecocks close the trip to the Stetson Lead-Off Classic with a 12 noon EST contest against Michigan State on Sunday. Live audio will be available at GamecocksOnline.com.



    Mississippi State Pitches Shut Out

    DELAND, Fla. - The third-straight double-digit run outing for South Carolina (3-0) sent the Gamecocks to a 14-4 win over Stetson (0-3) in front of 727 fans at Patricia Wilson Field on Saturday afternoon.
     
    Two Gamecocks tied a record in the game, as senior shortstop Samie Garcia and freshman left fielder Alaynie Page both scored four runs, Garcia tying it for the second time on the day. Garcia went 3-for-4 with a double, but her consecutive reached-base streak ended in the fourth at 10 plate appearances thanks to a leaping grab by Stetson second baseman Kayla Drury. Page was 2-for-3. Junior centerfielder Ashlyn Masters tallied six RBI in a 2-for-3 day, posting two sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded triple. Junior third baseman Codee Yeske went 2-for-4 in her first start of the year, while sophomore first baseman Olivia Lawrence hit her first homer of 2013.
     
    The Hatters had homers from both third baseman Demi Meza and Jessica Griffin, with Meza driving in three runs.
     
    South Carolina jumped on the board with five runs in the first. Junior second baseman Dana Hathorn drove in the first run with a single to center, plating Garcia after her game-opening double. Page scored on a wild pitch, and Hathorn came home on Masters' RBI groundout. Junior designated player Kristen Struett plated junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins with a single after Hawkins doubled to right center, and redshirt sophomore pitcher Julie Sarratt doubled home Struett to close the scoring. 
     
    The Gamecocks added two more in the second, starting with Hathorn's RBI groundout, scoring Garcia from third. Masters then hit the first of her sac flies to deep center, giving Page the chance to score.
     
    The score stayed at 7-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when Stetson's Meza hit a three-run homer to center. The Gamecocks finally responded in the sixth with three more runs. Yeske started the inning with a double and later scored on an errant Hatter throw that let Garcia, who reached on a hit by pitch, get to third after she stole second. Masters' second sac fly let Garcia score, while Hawkins drove in another run with a groundout, making it 10-3 in South Carolina's favor.
     
    In the seventh, Lawrence stepped up with one down and sent one out to center. The Gamecocks loaded the bases with a single, a hit by pitch and a walk to the top three hitters, including freshman pinch hitter Lauren Masters, in the order, bringing up the elder Masters. She drove the 1-0 pitch to the wall in right, allowing all three runners to score on her triple. Stetson made it 14-4 on Jessica Griffin's solo shot in the bottom of the seventh.
     
    Sarratt (1-0), in her first start since 2011, went the distance in the win, allowing four runs while scattering five hits and a walk and striking out five. Sarah Read (0-1) took the loss, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits in one inning of work.
     
    The Gamecocks close the trip to the Stetson Lead-Off Classic with a 12 noon EST contest against Michigan State on Sunday. Live audio will be available at GamecocksOnline.com.



    A&M Downs Wright State in Five

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 17th-ranked Texas A&M softball team improved to 3-0 on the season with an 11-0 run-rule victory over Wright State (0-3) Saturday at UCLA's Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium.
     
    The Aggie bats were strong with two outs, sending eight runs across the plate with two marks against them. The team played to a steady victory, scoring in each inning on the way to the win.
     
    Junior Nicole Morgan, who entered the game with nine RBI on the season, added a sixth hit of the year with an infield single in the first. Senior Mel Dumezich took full advantage of the runner on base, sending a ball screaming over the fence in left field for a two-run home run. The hit flew in a perfect line down the baseline, grazing the foul pole on its way over the wall.
     
    In the top of the second, three doubles put the Aggies ahead 5-0. Freshman Cali Lanphear blazed a double into right-center field, but was tagged out in a run-down. With runners on first and second, junior Emily Albus hit a perfect double down the left-field line that bounced just inside fair territory and took a dive toward the third-base dugout to give junior Amber Garza time to score from second.
     
    Stepping up behind Albus, senior Meagan May got down in the count before hitting a double to left that ricocheted off the wall and sent Albus and sophomore Brittany Clopton home for the 5-0 lead.
     
    Dumezich added a fourth double of the game to lead off in the third inning. A two-out ssingle to right field by Garza sent the senior home from third. A double steal by Garza and junior Jenna Stark gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead when Stark crossed the plate. Albus hit a bunt single for her second RBI of the game, pushing Garza home for the 8-0 run.
     
    Pinch hitting for Dumezich, freshman Breanna Dozier reached on an error and took third on a Cassie Tysarczyk single and a hit-by-pitch for Lanphear. With bases loaded, California native Jenna Stark slugged a line drive into left field to score Dozier for the 9-0 run. An RBI hit-by-pitch put Garza on first and sent Tysarczyk home for the 10-0 lead.
     
    Leading off in the top of the fifth, May hit a ball that bounced off of the top of the wall in left field and reentered the stadium. The hit was originally called a single, but was ruled a home run after junior Allison Garrett had entered to pinch run. May was credited with the run and Garrett maintained substitute eligibility.
     
    The Aggies held their 11-0 lead through the bottom of the inning to end the game in an 11-0 run-rule.
     
    Dumezich (2-0) picked up her second victory of the season with three shutout innings. The senior fanned six batters and allowed just two on base with two walks and no hits. Freshman Kristen Davenport spent two innings in the circle in her collegiate debut. The right-hander gave up no runs on two hits in two innings of relief. Wright State's Krystian DeWitt (0-2) took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in two innings of work.
     
    The 17th-ranked Aggies will close out opening weekend tomorrow with a 1:30 p.m. CST game vs. host school No. 19 UCLA before returning to the Lone Star State. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.



    Alabama Handles Day Two

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The top-ranked Alabama softball team swept day two of the UNI-Dome Classic with and 8-2 win over Drake and a 10-7 victory against UW-Green Bay, Saturday afternoon on the campus of Northern Iowa. With the pair of victories, the Crimson Tide improves to 4-0 on the young season.
     
    The freshmen duo of Haylie McCleney and Andrea Hawkins collected six hits on the day while junior Jackie Traina and senior Keima Davis drove in three runs apiece. The Tide stole 15 bases on day two of the tournament.
     
    Game One
     
    The top-ranked Alabama softball team opened day two of the UNI-Dome Classic with an 8-2 victory over Drake, Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson Tide remains perfect at 3-0.
     
    Alabama plated eight runs on 13 hits as redshirt junior Lauren Sewell earned the win. Sewell, who is coming back from an injury that cut her 2012 season short, went the distance, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four.
     
    The freshmen pair of Haylie McCleney and Andrea Hawkins paced the Tide attack atop the order. Both rookies collected three hits. McCleney scored two runs and drove in two while Hawkins scored and drove in a run while stealing three bases. Junior Jackie Traina also collected three hits, including a three-run home run.
     
    Alabama got things going in a hurry as Traina gave the Tide the early lead. Traina belted a three-run shot well over the wall in left for her first home run of the season. The homer plated Hawkins and Kaila Hunt.
     
    The Tide tacked on another in the second inning when McCleney continued her torrid start to the 2013 campaign. The rookie bounced an inside the park home run over the diving left fielder, taking advantage of the turf to race around for her first collegiate homer.
     
    McCleney once again came through for the Tide, this time hitting an RBI triple in the gap in left-center to bring in senior Keima Davis from second. Hawkins then hit a screamer off the third baseman to plate McCleney from third to hand UA a 6-0 lead in the fourth inning.
     
    After Drake scored a pair in the bottom half the Tide got the runs back in the fifth. Junior pinch-hitter Ryan Iamurri plated two runs with a single up the middle to move the score to 8-2.
     
    Game Two
     
    After a pesky UW-Green Bay team fought all the way back to tie the score at seven, it took a two-out seventh inning three-run home run by senior Keima Davis to secure the win for the top-ranked Crimson Tide.
     
    The home run was the second of the tournament for Davis as the shot to dead-center field scored senior Courtney Conley and junior Jackie Traina.
     
    Traina came in relief for the Tide as she earned her second win in as many days. UA used all three pitchers in the contest. The junior struck out four and allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings.
     
    The speedsters for Alabama wreaked havoc on Green Bay as the freshmen duo of Haylie McCleney and Andrea Hawkins and senior Kayla Braud collected three hits apiece. The trio combined to steal eight bases in the game as Braud swiped four bases in the nightcap.
     
    Alabama started things off in a hurry, plating three runs on four hits, spearheaded by the top of the order. Braud started the scoring with a single to left-center that drove home McCleney. Conley then hit a deep sac-fly to center to score Hawkins. Sophomore Danae Hays then singled to center to plate Braud.
     
    An error and a wild pitch increased the Tide lead to 5-1 in the second before Conley drilled a triple off the base of the wall in center to score Braud and turn it into a three-run second and push the lead to 6-1.
     
    After Green Bay got some runs back and pulled the score to 6-3, junior transfer Molly Fichtner got one run back for the Tide in the fourth by hitting a sac-fly to right to score Hawkins.
     
    In the fifth, the Phoenix tied the score by scoring four runs before junior Jackie Traina came in to end the threat.
     
    Alabama will close the tournament with a single contest on Sunday. The Tide will face North Dakota State at 10 a.m.