|friday sec softball RESULTS
|Missouri 11, UC Santa Barbara 3
|Missouri 4, Fresno State 0
|Kentucky 3, Washington 2
|Tennessee 7, NC State 0
|Tennessee 8, Coastal Carolina 0
|Hofstra 8, Arkansas 1
|Florida State 9, Arkansas 1
|Auburn 3, Tennessee State 2
|Auburn 10, Bryant 0
|Ole Miss 11, Lamar 1
|Central Arkansas 4, Ole Miss 2
|Georgia 6, Northwestern 5
|Georgia 11, Campbell 0
|Texas A&M 1, North Carolina 0
|Texas A&M 7, Pitt 3
|South Carolina 8, Stetson 3
|Florida A&M 5, South Carolina 4
|Florida 10, UNC Wilmington 0
|Florida 12, Savannah State 0
|LSU 9, N. Dakota State 0
|LSU 7, Virginia 2
|Alabama 9, Appalachian State 3
|Alabama 2, FGCU 1
MISSOURI STARTS 2-0 AT UCSB’S GAUCHO CLASSIC
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The No. 8/7 Mizzou softball team blasted its way to a 2-0 record to start the 2013 season at UCSB’s Gaucho Classic at Campus Diamond on Friday. The Tigers sent out eight home runs in their first two games of the season, including five home runs in the initial 11-3 win over the Gauchos (5-1 overall) to match the program’s all-time best. Senior 3B Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) and sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yoba Linda, Calif.) highlighted the day for the Mizzou offense, with both Tigers belting three home runs over the two games.
The Tigers kept the hitting up into the second game, powering to a 4-0 victory over Fresno State (6-2 overall) behind the pitching of two-time All-American Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa). The redshirt senior (1-0) threw 7.0 innings and struck out nine Bulldogs, yielding just two hits.
Seventh-year head coach Ehren Earleywine improved to 6-1 in season openers at Mizzou with the squad’s defeat of the Gauchos. The Tigers are now 29-8 all-time in the first game of the season.
Mizzou’s bats were tuned in for the squad’s season-opener against host UCSB, with the squad knocking around seven total extra base hits in the win. Hudson accounted for two long balls, batting 3-for-3 in the game with an additional single. The senior’s second home run of the game was a three-run blast in the third inning.
Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.), Roth and senior catcher Rachel Hay (Kansas City, Mo.) also notched home runs against the Gauchos, with Randazzo immediately following Hudson’s first blast by going yard in the second inning. Roth and Hay launched their home runs out of the park during Mizzou’s six-run fifth inning. Randazzo finished 2-for-2 in the game, also smacking a double.
Sophomore Bailey Erwin (Claremore, Okla.) picked up the win (1-0), pitching 5.0 innings with three strikeouts while allowing eight hits and three earned runs. The Tigers scored six hits off UCSB starter Shelby Wisdom before notching another seven hits off Gaucho Andriana Collins.
Into action in the second game of the day, the Tigers outhit the Bulldogs 6-2. Roth hit her second and third home runs, while Hudson added her third. Roth’s first of the game was a two-run shot in the second inning that scored Randazzo, who had previously singled. Roth finished the second game batting 2-for-2, also drawing a walk.
Nunley’s Pitching Gives UK Win vs. No. 16 Washington
SAN DIEGO – Behind another strong pitching effort from true freshman Kelsey Nunley, who went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, and a two-run first innings homer from junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess, the No. 22/24 University of Kentucky softball team took down its third ranked opponent of the season, defeating No. 16/18 Washington 3-2 on Friday. The game was played as part of the 23rd Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego.
The win for Kentucky (7-2) was its third of the season against a ranked foe and the 34th over a top-25 team under head coach Rachel Lawson. UK started the season with a win over then-No. 3 Cal before taking down No. 20 Stanford in the final game of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The win over Washington on Friday improved UK’s all-time record against the Huskies to 2-0.
Nunley was again terrific for the second consecutive game for the Wildcats. After throwing a complete game shutout last night against host San Diego State, who is receiving votes one poll, the freshman returned to the mount Friday afternoon to face another quality opponent in Washington. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., silenced UW’s bats in the first four innings before giving up a run in the fifth inning. Nunley would be relieved by junior Ellen Weaver in the fifth inning before returning to the mound for a quiet seventh inning to clinch the victory.
In the circle, Nunley went six innings, allowing one run – none earned – on six hits with three strikeouts. On the season, Nunley is 5-0 with a team-low 1.62 ERA. In her four starts, Nunley has thrown 25 innings, allowing only three runs – two earned – while striking out 27 and walking seven.
UK also got several solid performances at the plate against UW, led by Cumbess, who launched her second homer of the season in the first inning. After two quick outs to start the inning, senior Alice O’Brien walked, bringing up Cumbess, who blasted the second pitch she saw over the bleachers in left field for a two-run homer.
Cumbess, who is now on a three-game hitting streak, finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. On the season, Cumbess leads the team in batting average with a .400 (12-for-30) mark with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI. Junior Krystal Smith also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3, while senior Kara Dill had a hit and RBI and freshmen Christian Stokes and Sylver Samuel also gathered a hit.
UK increased its lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning after Samuel started the inning with a bunt single. Samuel then stole second before Dill singled up the middle, scoring Samuel and giving UK the three-run lead.
Washington closed the gap in each of the next two innings, getting runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings. The bottom of the fifth started smooth for Nunley, who got the first batter to line out but would drop a foul ball during the next at bat extending the at bat and lead to a double by Shawna Wright. Kimberlee Souza then grounded out, advancing the runner to third before Jennie McNeill hit an infield single to put runners on the corners. Victoria Hayward then hit a soft liner that feel into right field to score a run and make it a 3-1 UK lead.
Washington’s second run came in the sixth inning after Coach Lawson went to the bullpen and brought in junior pitcher Ellen Weaver. Weaver got the first batter to pop up before walking the second batter and giving up a single to put runners on the corners with one out. Hooch Fagaly then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Washington’s final run of the game.
Nunley reentered in the seventh inning, allowing a single before striking out a pinch hitter to end the game and seal the UK victory.
TENNESSEE DEFEATS NC STATE, COASTAL CAROLINA
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 4/4 Tennessee softball team enjoyed a pair of pitching gems and more strong offensive play on Friday, taking a pair of wins over NC State and Coastal Carolina in the USF 4 Team Tournament at USF Softball Stadium.
Behind Ivy Renfroe’s seven-strikeout, three-hit shutout, the Lady Vols (7-0) defeated NC State, 7-0, to open their stay in the Sunshine State. Erin Gabriel tossed an eight-strikeout, one-hitter to propel UT to an 8-0, six-inning victory over Coastal Carolina in the afternoon.
GAME 2: No. 4/4 Tennessee 8, Coastal Carolina 0 (6 Innings)
TAMPA, Fla. - Erin Gabriel was electric in the circle in a one-hit shutout and Melissa Brown, Rainey Gaffin and Madison Shipman each had two RBIs to lead the No. 4/4 Tennessee softball team to an 8-0, six-inning victory over Coastal Carolina on Friday in the USF 4 Team Tournament at USF Softball Stadium.
The Lady Vols (7-0) tallied 11 hits and scored in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth to put away a Coastal Carolina (2-4) squad that was a 2012 NCAA Tournament participant. UT was the designated home team in this contest.
Gabriel (2-0) was aggressive in the circle, fanning eight batters in six frames while limiting the Chanticleers to just one hit. The Poland, Ohio, native improved to 2-0 on the season to give Tennessee three pitchers with a 2-0 record.
Brown was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored. Gaffin had a two-RBI single in the second. Shipman finished 2-for-4 with a two-RBI single in the home sixth to end the game.
Coastal Carolina starting pitcher Kiana Quolas (1-2) tossed 5.2 frames, allowing eight runs (four earned).
Tennessee climbed out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. With two runners on base and two outs, Gaffin knocked a two-RBI single through the left side.
The Lady Vols poured on three runs in the fourth inning. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Brown had an eight-pitch at-bat that ended with her hammering a two-RBI single to left center. Two batters later, Raven Chavanne scored when Kat Dotson stole second base and advanced on a fielding error by the shortstop.
In the fifth, Tory Lewis extended UT's lead to 6-0, driving in Lauren Gibson from second base when she legged out an infield single to first.
With one out in the sixth and Brown on third and Chavanne on second, Shipman pounded a two-RBI single up the middle to end the game early.
GAME 1: No. 4/4 Tennessee 7, NC State 0
TAMPA, Fla. - Cheyanne Tarango and Lauren Gibson each drove in a pair of runs, Ivy Renfroe tossed a complete-game shutout and the No. 4 Tennessee softball team muscled its way past N.C. State on Friday for a 7-0 win to open the USF 4 Team Tournament at USF Softball Stadium.
The Lady Vols (6-0) used a four-run third to take command of the game and earn their sixth win of the season. UT, the designated away team, totaled nine hits against N.C. State (4-2) in the second all-time meeting between the teams.
Tarango knocked a pair of doubles, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Gibson was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in and one run scored. Raven Chavanne went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base.
Ivy Renfroe (2-0) was impressive in the circle, fanning seven Wolfpack batters and fielding her position well with one putout on a high liner and a pair of assists on grounders to the circle.
N.C. State ace Emily Weiman (4-1) took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) over five innings of work. Chelsea Stanfield gave up a pair of runs over two relief frames.
UT got things rolling in the third inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Gibson hammered a single to right field to plate Chavanne and Kat Dotson and give Tennessee a 2-0 lead. Tarango followed with a double to right field, bringing home Madison Shipman and Gibson.
Chavanne led off the fifth with a single to the shortstop and scored three batters later when Gibson reached on a throwing error by the second baseman.
Tennessee added two more runs in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Haley Tobler drew a walk on five pitches. Shipman drilled a double to center field to drive in the freshman and extend the Lady Vols' lead to 6-0. Gibson singled through the right side and advanced on the throw before getting thrown out at third. Shipman scored during the play to give UT seven runs.
Arkansas suffers two losses in Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Arkansas softball team fell to the No. 20 Hofstra Pride, 8-1 and the No. 25 Florida State Seminoles, 9-1, in five innings on Friday in Tallahassee, Fla. at the Unconquered Invitational.
Arkansas faced one of the best pitchers in the nation in game one, Olivia Gala¬¬¬ti. She led the country in ERA in 2012 with a 0.95 mark. The Razorbacks were able to muster four hits and score one run on a Devon Wallace solo homerun against Galati as she collected the win. This was Hofstra’s first game of 2013.
The hit plague continued in game two as Arkansas left seven runners on base against the Florida State Seminoles (5-1). Amanda Geile had a single in the game, giving her two hits on the day. Head coach Mike Larabee is confident that the team will improve tomorrow.
“We had runners on base,” Larabee said. “We just need a couple base hits and we are back in the ballgame. We haven’t got that clutch hit when we need to. We made a couple defensive plays, but all in all I was disappointed. The nice thing is that tomorrow is a new day. We have Tulsa in the morning, it is going to be tough competition, but if we get two wins tomorrow, we can be in the championship game.”
Game one on Friday against the Hofstra Pride (1-0) saw the Razorbacks registering their first two hits in the second inning, a pair of singles to left field by Geile and Jayme Gee. Unfortunately the Hogs were unable to plate either runner.
In the bottom half of the inning the Pride jumped out to an early lead on a Jess Hirschbuhl two-run homerun to dead centerfield. Starting pitcher Kimmy Beasley was able to compose herself and get out of the inning, only allowing two runs.
Wallace answered in the third with a solo homerun of her own, making the score 2-1. Stephanie Canfield followed the solo shot with a single up the middle; this extended an eight-game hit streak to start her college career.
Hofstra scored again in the bottom of the third when Chloe Fitzgerald crossed the plate as Becca Bigler was walked with the bases loaded. Kelly Young was then inserted into the game facing the bases loaded with zero outs. Young was benefited by a double play from Clarisa Navarro at shortstop. She was able to tag the runner and throw out Tessa Ziemba for the second out. Hofstra scored its fourth run on the play as Alyssa Cuzzola scored on the groundout. Young then got Caryn Bailey to groundout and escaped the inning only giving up one run.
The Pride notched three more runs on a two-out, bases loaded double by Bailey. Hofstra led at the end of the fifth 8-1. Young gave up four unearned runs in the fifth after two errors hurt the Hogs. Young finished her the game with 0 earned runs allowed, giving up one hit, while striking out three in four innings pitched. Arkansas dropped game one, 8-1.
The latter game of the day pitted Arkansas against Florida State. The Seminoles scored the first runs of the game on a three-run double from Maddie O’Brian in the first inning off of starter Chelsea Cohen, who came into the game with three wins in three appearances.
Coach Larabee immediately went back to his freshman, Kelly Young, in the second inning. She was able to retire three of the next four batters that she faced. The inning was ended with a fantastic stab by third-baseman Chloe Oprzedek.
Oprzedek carried the defensive momentum into the top half of the third inning as she lined a double down the rightfield line. However, Arkansas was unable to hit her home, with back-to-back groundouts from Wallace and Canfield.
The ‘Noles scored three more unearned runs with two outs in the fourth, Kristin Austin highlighted the inning with a two-run single.
Sierra Bronkey cut into the lead with a two-out, bases loaded, walk as she stayed patient at the plate and Geile scored on the play. Arkansas had the bases loaded for Oprzedek but she was unable to deliver and Arkansas left all three runners on base and the score stood at 7-1, FSU.
Cohen back came in to pitch the fourth inning and retired the side in the fourth. She gave up a solo homerun to Courtney Senas in the fifth, giving the Seminoles an 8-1 lead. FSU ended the game two batters later as a ball got away from catcher Morgan Clark and Tiffani Brown scored her first run of the game. Arkansas fell to Florida State, 9-1, in five innings.
Auburn Softball Stays Undefeated
Auburn, Ala. -- The Auburn softball team improved to 9-0 with a pair of wins Friday at the Tiger Invitational. Auburn defeated Tennessee State 3-2 in eight innings and defeated Bryant 10-0 in five innings.
In game two, Caitlin Schultze and Emily Carosone each drove in a pair of runs as Auburn defeated Bryant 10-0 in five innings.
Hilary Mavromat (4-0) earned the win in a complete-game effort. Mavromat scattered three hits, walked two and fanned six.
The Tigers struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Morgan Estell reached on a leadoff bunt single and took second on a sac bunt. Brooke Lathan brought Estell home with an RBI single for her ninth run driven in of the season. Lathan was thrown out attempting to advance on the play, but the Tigers were not done scoring. A walk to McKenzie Kilpatrick, a single by Caitlin Jordan and a walk to Emily Carosone loaded the bases. Caitlin Schultze made it a 2-0 game with a single to right, but the rally was ended when Jordan was thrown out at home on the play.
A series of Bryant errors gave Auburn a larger lead in the top of the second inning. Kelsey Bogaards led off with a double and came in to score when second baseman Liana Ogata could not catch (error) the throw at first on a sac bunt by Tiffany Howard. The ball rolled into right field allowing Bogaards to score for a 3-0 Auburn lead. Howard took second on the play.
Estell followed with a single to left that moved Howard to third. On the throw to third, Estell raced for second base. Third baseman Taylor Bell threw wildly to second. The ball rolled to the wall in center allowing both runners to score for a 5-0 Auburn lead.
In the top of the fifth, Kilpatrick reached on a one-out single and took second on a single to left by Jordan. Carosone plated both runners with a double to center that made it 7-0. Carosone took third on the throw home and scored on a single to center by Schultze to make it 8-0. The Tigers made it a 10-0 game later in the inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Bogaards (fielder’s choice) came in to score on a wild pitch and Howard raced to third. The throw from the catcher to pitcher Jennifer Jacob covering home was mishandled by Jacob, allowing Howard to score for the 10th run of the game.
In game one, the Tigers scored twice in the top of the eighth and held off a last at-bat rally to defeat Tennessee State 3-2. Auburn improved to 8-0 while TSU dropped to 0-5.
Hilary Mavromat earned the win in relief to improve to 3-0. Mavromat pitched the final two and two-thirds innings allowing one run, unearned, on one hit with one walk. Lexi Davis started and went five and one-third innings allowing one run, earned, on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Olivia Gamache took the loss to fall to 0-2. Gamache allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Tigers jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Emily Carosone reached on a fielder’s choice and then stole second base. A single by Austyn West moved Carosone to third with two outs. Kelsey Bogaards followed with a ground ball that shortstop Ashley Haynes backhanded, but was unable to glove for an error which allowed Carosone to score.
Tennessee State tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Kacie Daughtery reached on a fielder’s choice, which forced the second out of the inning. After a wild pitch moved Daughtery to second, Tayler Shimizu brought her home with a single to right to even the game at 1-1.
After a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth Davis was pulled for Mavromat. With the go-ahead run at first, Mavromat induced an inning-ending double play to send the game to the top of the seventh.
In the top of the eighth, Bogaards was put at second for the international tiebreaker rule and took third on a wild pitch. Tiffany Howard delivered a single up the middle to plate Bogaards and give Auburn a 2-1 lead. Morgan Estell followed with a double to center to put runners at third and second.
Melero made it 3-1 with a RBI ground out to second which scored Howard and moved Estell to third with one out. Gamache would leave Estell stuck at third, however, as she forced a pair of ground outs to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Brianna Roberts was placed at second and took third on a wild pitch. Daughtery then drilled a pitch to center for a single to score Roberts and make it a 3-2 game. A sac bunt by Shimizu pushed Daughtery to second with one out.
A walk to pinch-hitter Kate Morris put runners at second and first. Kiarra Freeman, who was lifted for Morris, was then put back in to run at first. Jennifer Givens chopped into a fielder’s choice which forced Daughtery out a third for the second out of the inning, but moved Freeman to second. Mavromat, however, put an end to the rally by forcing Ashley Haynes to pop out to Carosone at third base for the final out of the game.
Ole Miss Splits Games To Open Mardi Gras Invitational
MOBILE, Ala. – The Ole Miss softball team (3-6) defeated Lamar 11-1 in five innings, but fell to Central Arkansas 4-2 on Friday, the opening day of the Mardi Gras Invitational in Mobile, Ala.
The Rebels outhit Central Arkansas in game two of their doubleheader, but a three-run home run by the Bears (5-2) in the bottom of the fifth was the difference.
“We played two good games today, but we need to finish,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “We have been doing good things out there, but we need to get runs home and finish off games.”
Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown continued her strong play from game one of Friday’s doubleheader into the afternoon matchup. Brown, who went 2-4 with a double and three RBI against Lamar, was 2-3 against Central Arkansas with a double, triple and two runs.
Junior centerfielder RT Cantillo made a pair of strong plays in the outfield, laying out for a gorgeous catch to begin the bottom of the fourth, and gunning down the Bears’ Melanie Bryant at home plate to save a run in the same inning.
Ole Miss got on the board first in the top of the fourth, but the Bears tied it in the bottom half of the inning. UCA then took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run home run. Ole Miss got one run back in the top of the sixth, but couldn’t bring any more runs home.
Junior pitcher Carly Hummel was carded with the loss. Hummel tallied 5.2 innings of work, allowing five hits and striking out five.
Ole Miss will continue play in the Mardi Gras Invitational on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT against tournament host South Alabama. The Jaguars (3-1) are currently receiving votes in each of the two major polls.
Rebels Throttle Lamar 11-1
MOBILE, Ala. – The Ole Miss Rebels jumped on the Lamar Cardinals early and never let up, cruising to an 11-1 victory Friday at Jaguar Field in Mobile, Ala.
Ole Miss got a complete game out of freshman pitcher Madi Osias against Lamar, allowing one run on four hits and recording one strikeout. The win is the first of Osias’ collegiate career.
Brown and Cantillo led Ole Miss at the plate against Lamar, driving in five RBI combined. Brown went 2-4 with a double and three RBI, while Cantillo was 3-3 with two runs and a pair of RBI.
The Rebels plated two runs in the first inning, and six more in the bottom of the third to take an 8-0 lead. After allowing one run in the top of the fourth, Ole Miss finished off the Cardinals with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 11-1 lead.
In all, seven Rebels tallied one or more RBI in the game, led by Brown’s three and Cantillo’s two.
Georgia Sweeps on First Day of Softball Classic
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 13/14 University of Georgia softball team improved to 5-2 after beating Campbell 11-0 and Northwestern 6-5 on Friday, February 15 at Jack Turner Stadium during the 10th Annual Georgia Softball Classic.
The Bulldogs rallied from a 5-1 deficit to edge out Northwestern in the second of two games. Geri Ann Glasco hit a home run in each of the games, the first time this season a player has homered in two games in one day.
Georgia 6, Northwestern 5
Morgan Montemayor picked up the win and improved to 2-1 after pitching 5 1/3 innings, while Meghan Lamberth took the loss and dropped to 0-2 after pitching a complete game and giving up six runs. Glasco went 3-for-4, knocking in three RBIs to lead the Bulldogs offensively.
After a pitchers' duel that lasted two and a half innings, Georgia went up 1-0 in the third inning after Tina Iosefa singled up the middle to bring in Anna Swafford, who was pinch running for Glasco.
Northwestern took the lead in the fourth inning off a two-run single by Marisa Bast and went up 5-1 after a three-run home run by Anna Edwards.
The Bulldogs cut Northwestern's advantage to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth after Samantha LaZear drove in Christine Olney, who hit a double to centerfield.
Georgia took a 6-5 lead in the sixth when Glasco took the 1-0 pitch deep over the right center field wall for a three-run home run, driving in LaZear and Paige Wilson. Bryanna Blanco scored earlier in the inning after singling to get on base and crossing the plate on a wild pitch.
Montemayor retired the side in the top of the seventh to seal Georgia 6-5, come-from-behind win.
Georgia 11, Campbell 0
Glasco picked up the win and improved to 3-0 after pitching four innings and striking out six of 15 batters faced. Kaylee Puailoa and Wilson led Georgia's offense, combining to go 7-for-7, scoring five runs and accounting for seven RBIs.
Julia Callicutt dropped to 2-1 after suffering the loss for Campbell. Callicutt gave up 10 hits and eight runs in 2 1/3 innings.
The Bulldogs took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Wilson led of with a single and scored on a towering home run to left field off the bat of Glasco. Puailoa followed with a home run of her own, marking the first time since 2011 that Georgia hit back-to-back home runs.
Georgia increased its advantage to 5-0 in the second after LaZear and WIlson both crossed the plate. LaZear came home on an RBI-single by Wilson, who scored on a Puailoa single.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead in the third, scoring five runs to bring the score to 10-0. Tess Sito led off with a double to left field and was driven in by Niaja Griffin. Puailoa hit a two-run single to bring in Wilson and Katie Sowers. Griffin also scored for Georgia.
Glasco faced the minimum through three innings, and after allowing back-to-back singles at the top of the fourth, worked her way out of a bases-loaded one-out jam with a strike out and a ground out.
Sito came home again in the fifth to make the score 11-0 after Wilson singled to right field. Wilkinson pitched the fifth inning for Georgia, retiring each of the three batters she faced to clinch the win. The victory marked the second time this season that the Bulldogs have defeated their opponent in a shortened game.
Texas A&M Remains Undefeated with Wins Over Pitt, UNC
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 10th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (7-0) remained undefeated as it topped Pittsburgh (0-2), 7-3, and battled to a 1-0 shutout of No. 23 North Carolina (6-3) Friday on day one of the Aggie Classic at the Aggie Softball Complex.
Junior Emily Albus went 4-for-5 on the day with two runs scored. Senior Mel Dumezich, juniors Nicole Morgan, Amber Garza and Jenna Stark each contributed two RBI despite gusting winds that carried the ball back toward home plate and allowed A&M no home runs for the first time this season.
The Aggies will rematch with both teams tomorrow on day two of the Aggie Classic.
A&M fought to a 7-3 win over Pitt in game one to improve to 6-0 on the season. The Panthers struck first, scoring an unearned run on a double to left field. A&M answered immediately, however, when a hard-hit single by Morgan sent Albus home from third.
A Pitt sacrifice fly out in the top of the fourth put the Panthers back in a one-run lead, but the Aggies again responded in the next half-inning with a pair of runs. A two-out double by Dumezich plated Albus and senior Meagan May for the 3-2 lead.
The battle continued as a solo home run by Pitt in the top of the fifth evened the score again at 3-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, Stark hammered a single up the middle and gave junior Cassie Tysarczyk time to score from second for the go-ahead run. May slugged a ball that was sure to clear the fence to center field with bases loaded, but gusting winds carried the ball back and into right field for the final out of the inning as the Aggies held their 4-3 lead.
Dumezich entered to pitch for A&M in the top of the sixth, loading the bases before shutting down the final batter with a strikeout.
The Aggies stretched to a 7-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth on the wheels of a two RBI triple by Garza and a sacrifice fly out by Stark.
Dumezich threw two strikeouts and a groundout for a three-up, three-down bottom-of-the-seventh to hold onto the 7-3 win for a save. Ainsley (2-0) took the win after striking out five batters and allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk. Pitt’s Alexa Larkin (0-1) took her first loss of the season, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and eight walks while fanning four.
A&M put three runners on through the first four innings vs. UNC but were unable to capitalize on chances until the bottom of the fifth. Garza reached on catcher interference and flew home for an unearned run when Clopton poked a double into left field for the 1-0 lead.
That was the only run the Aggies would need as they took a one-run victory over the Tar Heels. Albus had two singles during the game and was joined in the hits column by Clopton and Morgan, who had a seventh-inning single.
UNC put seven runners on base with four hits and three walks, but a determined Aggie offense held them at bay for the shutout.
Dumezich (5-0) picked up her 82nd career win and 28th career shutout with the win, fanning seven batters and giving up six hits while walking three.
UNC’s Lori Spingola (3-2) took the loss after giving up one unearned run on four hits and no walks, and striking out six.
Gamecocks Split Two In Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – South Carolina (5-1) returned to the win column in Friday’s nightcap against Stetson (1-4), as the Gamecocks beat the Hatters 8-3 to close out the first day of the UCF Holiday Inn Select Tournament.
Sophomore designated player Kristen Struett led the Gamecocks with a 2-for-3 outing, hitting a three-run homer. Freshman left fielder Alaynie Page went 2-for-3 as well, scoring twice and driving in a run. Senior shortstop Samie Garcia tripled, tying for 14th on the Gamecock career list with the seventh for her career, and scored. The Hatters’ Chelsea Whalley went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer.
The Gamecocks posted three runs in the first, all with two outs. Sophomore right fielder Chelsea Hawkins drove in Page with a single over the Hatter first baseman’s head. After Struett drew a walk, redshirt sophomore first baseman Julie Sarratt posted a two-RBI single, scoring junior centerfielder Ashlyn Masters and Hawkins. That advantage grew to 4-0 after Page plated Garcia with a single after the senior posted her second triple of the year.
Stetson drew within one in the sixth when Whalley came up with two down and two on and hit the first pitch of the at bat off the top of the wall in left, and it bounced over for the homer that made it 4-3. South Carolina answered in the bottom of the frame, as Page scored on a wild pitch and Struett sent her second homer of the year over the left-field fence with two runners on base, making it 8-3.
Gamecock freshman Katie Marks (2-1) got the win, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Sophomore Katelynn Howser picked up her first save of the year with a spotless one and one-third innings, fanning one. Taylor Cochran (0-1) took the loss, giving up four earned runs on four walks and six hits in four innings.
South Carolina closes the second day of the UCF Holiday Inn Select Tournament with games against the host Knights and the Buffalo Bulls on Saturday evening.
Gamecocks Let One Slip Away Against Florida A&M, 5-4
ORLANDO, Fla. – Two South Carolina (4-1) errors, including one on the game’s final play, cost the Gamecocks as Florida A&M (1-5) picked up a 5-4 win on Friday afternoon at UCF Softball Stadium.
Six Lady Rattlers had hits, with Arianna Stewart, Genesis Lopez and Kieifi Myrick driving in runs. Senior Samie Garcia, junior Codee Yeske and freshman Alaynie Page all had two hits for the Gamecocks, with Garcia scoring twice and Yeske posting a double.
Florida A&M came from behind in the seventh for the victory, loading the bases with two down on two singles and a walk. Stewart singled home Robbielyn Roberson to draw the Lady Rattlers within one at 4-3. Lopez drew a bases-loaded walk to score Tikeya Strong. Gamecock freshman reliever Katie Marks fanned the next hitter to get the second out. Alyssa Weaver chopped a ball toward the hole on the left side, and the ball went under the Gamecock shortstop’s glove, allowing Bianca Torres to score and hand Florida A&M its first win of the year.
Florida A&M took the initial lead in the second on Myrick’s RBI single, scoring pinch runner Naesha Lewis from third. The Gamecocks tied things in the fourth on junior Ashlyn Masters’ bases-loaded grounder, scoring Garcia after she started the inning with a single. The Lady Rattlers retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Weaver scored after a throw from the Gamecock catcher got away from the second baseman covering first on Christina Robbs’s bunt single.
The Gamecocks retook the lead in the fifth thanks to Page and a Florida A&M error. After Yeske got a two-out double, Garcia ground one to shortstop that she couldn’t handle. She threw to third, but Yeske got to the bag first, giving the Gamecocks runners at the corners. Page sent one up the middle that got through, scoring Yeske from third. Garcia took third on the play and scored when the throw from center went toward the third-base dugout. Masters added an insurance run in the sixth with her shot over the batter’s eye in the sixth.
Marks (1-1) took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks. Redshirt sophomore Julie Sarratt tossed the first six innings for South Carolina, scattering three hits and three walks with two runs, one earned, while fanning three. Kelly Hunter (1-1) got the win for Florida A&M, allowing only two hits in two innings of work.
No. 5 Florida Softball Uses Two Run-Rule Victories to Improve to 8-0 After Day One of 2013 Lipton Invitational
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 5 Gator softball squad added two run-rule wins to the tally Friday to open play in the three-day 2013 Lipton Invitational at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Orange and Blue collaborated for nine extra-base hits, including four homers, three doubles and two triples, as Florida downed UNC Wilmington 10-0 in five innings in the first game of the afternoon, and Savannah State 12-0 in run-rule fashion to close out the evening.
Florida is off to an 8-0 start for the third-consecutive season and with their 22 runs Friday, the Gators have now out-scored their opponents 75-13 this season.
Sophomore pitchers Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) and Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) each chalked up Ws in the circle for the Gators Friday, Bache (2-0) with a one-hit shutout against Savannah State in Florida's second game of the night and Haeger (3-0) with a two-hit shutout against UNC Wilmington in the early game. Haeger fanned eight through five innings against the Seahawks and walked three, while Bache walked just one and retired a career-tying five batters by strikeout in the nightcap against the Tigers. For Bache, the one-hitter was her first complete-game one-hit shutout donning the Gator uniform.
Not only did Haeger go to work in the circle for UF, she was 4-for-5 on the day at the plate, including a perfect 2-for-2 against the Tigers, registering an. 800 batting clip with a two-run blast - her first of the season - and two doubles to account for seven of Florida's 21 RBI on the day.
The hot bats were contagious in the Florida dugout - eight Gator players batted .333 or above Friday, led by Haeger's .800 clip and followed closely behind by junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) (.750) and freshmen Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) and Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.), who were both .500 on the day at the dish. Senior outfielder Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) was 2-for-5 at the plate (.400).
Florida was an aggressive 9-10 on the base paths, bringing its season stolen-base tally to 27-29. Stewart swiped four on the night, followed by two each for Tofft and Merritt and one for freshman Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.), her third of the season. Stewart leads UF in the category this season with a perfect 10-10 through the first eight games of 2013.
The Gators put up a two spot in the second inning against UNC Wilmington and never looked back, finishing with four runs each in the third and fourth innings to serve the Seahawks their second loss of the day. A sophomore Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) two-run shot - her second long ball of the season - started things off for the Gators.
Merritt, sophomore Bailey Castro (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Haeger all knocked in runs in the third inning against UNCW, Merritt with a two-run blast - her second of the season - and Castro and Haeger with a single up the middle and double to left center, respectively, for the 6-0 Gator lead.
A Castro two-RBI base hit and Haeger two-RBI single plated Florida's four runs in the fourth inning against the Seahawks, and indication of UF's speed on the base paths.
UNCW hurler Kayla Pine dropped to 0-2 on the season with the loss to the Gators, while teammates Morgan McCann and Camry Wagner connected for the Seahawks' lone two hits of the contest.
In game two of the night for Florida against the Savannah State Tigers, Florida scored multiple runs in the first three innings, powered by a six-hit, seven run second frame. The Gators put up two in the first, seven in the second and three in the third in UF's third run-rule win of the season.
Bache carried a no-hitter through 4.1 innings before Tiffany Taylor dropped a blooper in shallow center field for Savannah State's one hit of the match-up. Bache popped Chloe Brett up and fanned Antonette Smith swinging to wrap up the game in the top of the fifth and improve to 2-0 on the season.
A Haeger sacrifice fly and a SSU defensive miscue helped the Gators get things going offensively in the nightcap for a 2-0 advantage after the first inning, but the Orange and Blue busted it wide open in the second thanks to a freshman Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) infield RBI single, a Merritt two-RBI triple, a Haeger RBI double and a Tofft two-RBI triple. The Gators capitalized on one of three SSU defensive errors for the seventh run of the frame, as Florida took a 9-0 lead to the third.
UF piled on three more runs in the home half of the third inning, first when Stewart showcased her speed with a two-out inside-the-park homer that flew deep to center and smacked off the wall to extend UF's lead, 10-0. Next up, a Merritt hit-by-pitch set up a Haeger two-run jack to left field - her first of the 2013 campaign - that capped off UF's scoring against the Tigers at 12 runs.
SSU pitcher Madison Hedderly moved to 2-2 on the season after shouldering the loss against the Gators.
No. 10 Softball Dumps North Dakota State and Virginia
BATON ROUGE – The No. 10 LSU softball team racked up 20 hits and Rachele Fico joined the illustrious 600 career strikeout club as the Tigers picked up a pair of wins over North Dakota State (9-0 – 5 Innings) and Virginia (7-2) on day one of the Purple & Gold Challenge Friday at Tiger Park.
LSU (7-1) dented the scoreboard early and often against North Dakota State (2-5), a NCAA Regional and 40-win program from a season ago.
The Tigers struck for a quartet of runs during the first inning. A.J. Andrews and Jacee Blades set the table for Allison Falcon’s three-run home run on a 2-1 offering onto the left field berm.
Kailey McCasland coaxed a walk, and Tammy Wray smacked a double down the left field line to put runners in scoring position. Two batters later, Lauren Houston laced a RBI single to make it 4-0.
“I like to see them come out like that,” head coach Beth Torina said. “That is two weekends in row where we are playing at home and coming out like that. This team is very talented on both sides of the ball. Every day they are making me a believer.”
LSU busted the game open with a two-out rally which produced three runs in the third inning. Rikki Alcaraz was hit-by-pitch leading into Katie Guillory’s two-run dinger that ricocheted off the scoreboard in right field to extend the lead to 6-0. It was Guillory’s first career long ball.
“It was a really special moment for her and for me as a coach to see her do that,” Torina said. “I think I was cheering as loud as anyone in the stadium for her. I was so excited. She definitely earned it with all the hard work and effort she has put in.”
“We train not so much to look at where the ball goes, but to look at the ball on our bat,” Guillory said. “Whenever you feel it, you automatically know where it goes without looking. Coaches and teammates kept telling me this day would come. I stayed with it, I believed in it and I bought into it. When it came off the bat, it just felt good.”
Andrews kept the pressure on the Bison with a walk. She stole second base and came around to score LSU’s seventh run on a Blades RBI single through the middle.
During the fourth inning, LSU added two more runs for the final margin of 9-0. Alcaraz provided a double into the left centerfield gap to plate Sandra Simmons and Houston, who reached base on consecutive out-out singles.
Fico twirled a one-hit shutout and recorded eight shutouts against zero walks to improve to 4-0 on the season. The lone blemish for the senior right-hander was a soft single that didn’t leave the infield to leadoff the fourth inning.
The eight strikeouts enabled Fico to etch her name as the sixth hurler in program history to eclipse 600 career Ks. The Connecticut native reached that feat by mowing down the side during the second inning. In the process, Fico moved past former All-American and teammate Brittany Mack for fifth place on the program’s all-time list.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Fico said. “The people who have worn this jersey and the letters LSU across their chest before me are incredible. They have definitely paved the way for softball and the younger athletes. They have definitely made everything we have here at Tiger Park possible. It’s really an honor.”
Game 2 – No. 10 LSU 7, Virginia 2
LSU picked up its first comeback win of the season and overcame a 2-1 deficit courtesy of three-run frames during the fourth and fifth innings.
Bianka Bell started the rally with a leadoff single to open the fourth inning. Two batters later, she crossed the plate with the equalizer on a Sandra Simmons RBI double.
After Tammy Wray walked and Kellsi Kloss added an infield single to load the bases, Katie Guillory lifted a bloop RBI single to right centerfield to push the Tigers ahead by a 3-2 margin. LSU tacked on another run on Lauren Houston bases loaded walk to give the Tigers a two-run cushion.
Bell ripped her first career home run, a line drive to the left field berm, on a 2-0 pitch to start the fifth inning and give LSU a 5-2 edge. The Tigers drew four walks and tacked on two more on UVA wild pitches for the final margin of 7-2.
“I was happy to see three freshmen (Bell, Kloss and Simmons) come together for some of the things they did today,” Torina said. “They are helping us now, but at the same time they are also showing us that the future is very bright for this group.”
Meghan Patterson sat down 14 of the last 15 batters she faced after Virginia scored its two runs in the third inning. The Cavaliers made the most of a leadoff walk, a Heidi Velk single and a LSU error.
Patterson was touched up for two runs, one earned, on two hits. She totaled four strikeouts versus three walks and notched her second win in three decisions for the season.
Jacee Blades turned in a 3-for-3 performance from the second spot in the lineup. The three hits for Blades tied a career-high.
Alabama Opens FGCU Tournament with Two Wins
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The top-ranked Alabama softball team (7-0) opened the FGCU/LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tournament with two victories, Friday at the FGCU Softball Complex. The Crimson Tide downed Appalachian State, 9-3, in the opener and then defeated host FGCU, 2-1, in front of a record crowd of 1,109.
The top-ranked Alabama softball team opened the FGCU Tournament with a 9-3 win over Appalachian State. UA banged out six hits and scored in every inning but one to earn the win and improve to 6-0.
Redshirt-junior Lauren Sewell (2-0) earned the win. The right-hander allowed three runs on two hits and struck out nine in five innings.
Junior Jackie Traina, sophomore Danae Hays and freshman Haylie McCleney collected two hits apiece while Traina and Hays also drove in a pair.
Alabama took an early lead by plating two first inning runs. McCleney kept her torrid start going with a double to left-center to start the game, and after getting bunted over to third by junior Ryan Iamurri, was brought home by senior Kayla Braud. Traina then drove home Braud on a single up the middle.
Back-to-back homers powered the Tide in the third. Traina started things off with her second home run of the season, this time a blast over the wall in right. Hays then drilled the scoreboard in left to give Alabama a 4-0 lead.
A three-run fourth gave the Tide a 7-0 lead. Alabama took advantage of some mistakes, loading the bases and scoring on a wild pitch, a hit-by-pitch and a passed ball.
After a three-run homer by Appalachian State in the fifth, Alabama got one back when Iamurri drove in Keima Davis on a groundout to push the score to 8-3.
Alabama capped off its scoring when sophomore catcher Chaunsey Bell drove in Hays on a fielder’s choice.
Behind All-American Jackie Traina, the top-ranked Alabama softball team was able to down FGCU, 2-1, in front of a record crowd in Fort Myers.
Traina allowed one unearned run on three hits and struck out 12 in the complete game effort to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Junior All-American Kaila Hunt led the Tide with two hits, including a solo shot in the winning effort.
Alabama got things going in the fourth inning when Hunt hit a solo home run off the light pole in left-center. The home run was her third on the season.
The Tide tacked on another run in the fifth inning when freshman Haylie McCleney doubled down the right field line to plate Jadyn Spencer from second. Spencer started the frame with a single up the middle.