|SundAY sec softball RESULTS
|Alabama 10, Southern Illinois 1
|Tennessee 8, North Carolina State 2
|Ole Miss 10, Jackson State 2
|UT-Arlington 9, South Carolina 6
|Missouri 12, UC-Santa Barbara 1
|Northwestern 5, Georgia 5 (Halted)
|Middle Tennessee at Georgia
|Hofstra 6, Arkansas 4
|Florida 9, UNC Wilmington 1
|Mississippi State 4, Murray State 1
|Texas A&M 9, Stephen F. Austin 0
|Mississippi State 4, Lipscomb 3
|Chattanooga 6, Auburn 4
|Florida 4, Charleston Southern 3
|LSU 1, Nicholls State 0
Alabama Softball Claims FGCU/LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tournament Title
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The top-ranked Alabama softball team claimed the FGCU LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tournament title with a 10-1 victory over Southern Illinois, Sunday morning at the FGCU Softball Complex. The Crimson Tide went 5-0 on the weekend and improves to 10-0 on the season.
Alabama junior Kaila Hunt capped off the tournament with a 3-for-3 effort. The Evans, Ga., native scored three times and drove in four. Senior Kayla Braud collected two hits, scored twice and drove in a run while sophomore Danae Hays batted 2-for-2 with two RBI.
Sophomore Leslie Jury improves to 3-0 after allowing one unearned run on four hits. The right-hander struck out six and walked three.
Alabama got things going in the opening frame as Hunt smacked a double off the wall in left to easily score Haylie McCleney. The freshman reached on an infield single, stole second and then moved to third on a throwing error before giving the Tide a 1-0 lead. UA added another in the first when Hays drove in Hunt on a single through the right side.
Hunt came through again for the Tide, expanding the lead to 3-1 in the third. The All-American singled through the left side to score Braud from second. Braud reached on a bunt single and moved into scoring position on a McCleney groundout. Junior transfer Molly Fichtner then made it 4-1 with a single up the middle to plate Hunt.
A five-run fourth inning broke the game wide open for the Tide. After a throwing error scored Danielle Richard all the way from first, the Alabama bats heated up. Braud tripled off the wall in right-center to score Keima Davis and then Hunt continued her hot hitting with a double down the line if left to plate Braud and McCleney. Hays then capped off the scoring in the frame with a single through the left side to score Hunt from second.
The onslaught was concluded in the fifth when freshman Leona Lafaele recorded her first collegiate hit. The California native slugged a double down the line in right to Richard all the way from first.
NO. 4/4 TENNESSEE DEFEATS NC STATE, 8-2, TO WIN USF TOURNAMENT
TAMPA, Fla. - Raven Chavanne clubbed a three-run homer and Ellen Renfroe struck out 13 as the No. 4/4 Tennessee softball team took an 8-2 win over NC State on Sunday to win the championship of the USF Softball Classic.
The Lady Vols (10-0) won the tournament at USF Softball Stadium after running the table with wins over NC State (6-4) and Coastal Carolina on Friday, wins over No. 12/12 USF and Coastal Carolina on Saturday and another win over NC State in Sunday's championship game.
Chavanne went 3-for-4 with a three-run jack in the fifth inning. She also scored twice and had a stolen base in the victory. Kat Dotson had an outstanding day at the plate, going 3-for-4 and finishing a home run away from the cycle. Melissa Brown wend 2-for-3 with a two-RBI double. Cheyanne Tarango had two hits and two RBIs. Lauren Gibson went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored.
Ellen Renfroe (4-0) was strong in the circle. Striking out 13 and allowing just four hits and two earned runs against a solid NC State lineup.
The Wolfpack's ace, Emily Weiman (6-3), got into some trouble early in the game and allowed four earned runs in just one inning of work. Rookie Chelsea Stanfield tossed five relief frames and gave up four runs (three earned).
Tennessee jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, Madison Shipman knocked an RBI single to right to plate Chavanne and give UT the lead. Two batters later, Tarango connected for a two-RBI single to right field, plating Shipman and Gibson. Another two batters later, Brown slugged a double to center field to drive in Tarango.
NC State climbed back into the game, scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. After Lana Van Dyken drew a leadoff walk, Renada Davis hit a two-run homer over the wall in left field to bring the Wolfpack to within 4-2.
UT answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth when Chavanne sent a 2-0 pitch from Stanfield soaring over the wall in center field, plating Hannah Trainer and Rainey Gaffin. The Lady Vols' lead grew to 7-2.
Tennessee added one more run in the bottom of the sixth. Gibson led off the inning with a double to left field and Tarango reached on a fielding error at third. Two batter later, Brown hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Gibson from third base.
Over the course of UT's 5-0 run through USF's tournament, the Lady Vols combined to hit .380 and outscore opponents, 44-5. Gibson led all UT batters with a .600 batting average (9-for-15) for the week with one homer, one double and five RBIs. Dotson hit .500 (7-for-14) with three triples, one double, three RBIs and six runs. Brown also hit .500 (6-for-12) with a double, a triple and six RBIs. Tarango batted .400 (6-for-15) with a homer and two doubles and she led the team with eight RBIs.
Ole Miss Tops Jackson State 10-2
MOBILE, Ala. – Freshman designated player Madi Osias batted in four runs and junior pitcher Carly Hummel struck out nine as the Ole Miss softball team (4-7) defeated Jackson State 10-2 in six innings Sunday morning at the Mardi Gras Invitational in Mobile, Ala.
Osias, who opened the tournament against Lamar with her first collegiate victory as a pitcher, finished it as a designated player against JSU (3-7) with her first collegiate home run, a three-run shot over the left field wall. Osias went 3-4 against Jackson State, with four RBI, a home run, and one run scored.
Hummel was in command in the circle throughout the game against the Lady Tigers, throwing all six innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out nine, a season-high.
“Allison Brown was able to keep her hitting going which was great, and Carly Hummel pitched well out there,” Ole Miss assistant coach Mike Perniciaro said. “Lauren Lindsey’s pinch hit double was probably the biggest hit of the game. That really broke it open. Madi Osias had a few key hits and was able to drive in some runs for us as well.”
Ole Miss wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first. After reaching first on a fielding error, senior left fielder Brittany Broome stole second, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and came home on a wild pitch. RT Cantillo then hit a double to left-center, and advanced to third on a fly out from Londen Ladner. With Allison Brown on first, the Rebels executed a double steal to perfection to give them the 2-0 lead after the first.
The Rebels broke the game open in the top of the fourth with five runs on six hits. Freshman catcher Natalie Martinez singled to left field, followed by a single from freshman right fielder Bri Payne. After a sacrifice bunt by Broome advanced both runners, Lindsey came in as a pinch hitter and clobbered a two-run double to right-center to give Ole Miss a 4-0 lead. Cantillo then drove in Haley Culley, who came back in the game for Lindsey, with a single up the middle. Brown followed Cantillo by driving her in with her first of two doubles on the day to give Ole Miss a 6-0 lead. Osias closed out the scoring in the fifth with an RBI single to right field.
Osias, a native of Tustin, Calif., finished the game off in the sixth inning with a three-run home run over the left field wall, driving home Melina Preciado and Cantillo to give Ole Miss a 10-0 advantage. Jackson State scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn’t extend the game with a third run.
Brown finished the day with two doubles, and has now hit a double in five straight games. In those five games, Brown has notched six doubles, and her nine doubles on the season are one shy of her 2012 season total.
Cantillo also registered multiple hits against the Lady Tigers, going 2-3 with three runs scored, a double, one RBI and a walk. Cantillo also had a career-high three stolen bases.
South Carolina Falls to UT Arlington 9-6
ORLANDO, Fla. – South Carolina (6-3) dropped a tight 9-6 contest to UT Arlington (4-1) on Sunday to close out its stay at the UCF Holiday Inn Select Tournament at the UCF Softball Stadium.
The Mavericks’ Rebecca Stokes went 3-for-3 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored, leading to the win. Jolene Schaefer, Taylor Zink and Meagan Michele all had two hits, with Zink and Michele both scoring twice as well as Kallan Thompson. Schaefer also had a double for the Mavs.
Senior shortstop Samie Garcia led the Gamecocks with a 2-for-4 day, driving in three runs and tripling for the fifth time in 2013. That triple stands as the 10th in her career, tying her for 10th in South Carolina history. Junior centerfielder Ashlyn Masters went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and redshirt sophomore Julie Sarratt drove in a run on a 2-for-3 day. Junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins scored twice and had a two-run homer.
A four-run sixth allowed UT Arlington to retake the lead. Two singles chased Sarratt (1-1) from the circle, and an error loaded the bases for UTA. Britnea Barilli drew a walk to tie the game, and Stokes followed with a two-RBI single, giving the Mavs the lead for good. Teri Lyles plated the final UTA run with a sacrifice fly, scoring Stokes.
This came after the Gamecocks took the lead for the first time in the top of the sixth. Masters singled and stole second before moving to third on a grounder that Hawkins reached on after an errant Maverick throw. Another throwing error, this one by the Maverick catcher, let Masters score and put Hawkins at third. She came across on Sarratt’s RBI single. Sophomore catcher Olivia Lawrence got hit by a pitch, giving the Gamecocks a pair of runners. Both moved into scoring position on freshman pinch hitter Ansley Ard’s groundout, and Garcia brought both runners home with her triple, handing South Carolina the 6-5 advantage.
UT Arlington scored one in the first and two in the second. Schaefer doubled to right center, scoring Stokes after her one-out double to give the Mavs the initial lead. That grew to 3-0 in the second on Nina Villanueva’s two-RBI single on a ball the Gamecocks lost in the sun, scoring both Meagan Michele and Thompson.
The Gamecocks drew within one for the first time in the fourth when Chelsea Hawkins drove the seventh pitch of her at-bat over the wall in left. But the Mavericks answered with two in the bottom of the frame, getting RBI singles from Barilli and Stokes to make it 5-2.
Lyles (3-0) got the win in relief, tossing 3.2 innings and giving up four runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk. She struck out four. Sarratt took the loss, giving up four earned runs on six hits and a walk in four innings of relief.
NO. 8/7 MIZZOU POWERS PAST UCSB TO IMPROVE TO 5-0
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The No. 8/7 Mizzou softball team finished off UCSB’s Gaucho Classic with a 12-1 win over UCSB at Campus Diamond on Sunday. The Tigers improved to 5-0 with the victory, using a 4-for-4 performance from senior 1B Lindsey Muller (Stilwell, Kan.) to power the offensive showcase. Muller sliced three singles and a booming two-run home run to pace the Tigers.
Standout senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) earned the win (2-0) from the circle with 7.0 innings of work, allowing just three hits. The Gauchos’ lone run was unearned. Thomas retired the entire Gaucho batting order her first time through, notching seven strikeouts along the way. She finished the game with 10 strikeouts.
Muller tied for the team-high with three RBI and fellow senior Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.), batting from the designated player spot, also matched that total. Hudson finished the five-game tournament with 11 RBI from seven hits, including five home runs.
Mizzou jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a four-run outburst in the third inning, with sophomore SS Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.), senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.), Hudson, Muller and redshirt freshman Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.) notching singles to help the Tigers’ efforts.
UCSB scored two hits in the fourth inning, first from leadoff batter Jessica Soria. A fielding error at second base allowed the Gauchos’ Arianna Palomares to reach base safely, but the Tigers’ responded defensively with a double-play turned by Genovese and sophomore Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.). UCSB’s Keilani Jennings poked a ball into the outfield that scored Soria.
The Tigers improved their lead to 7-1 in the fifth inning with Muller’s two-run shot, which scored sophomore CF Kayla Kingsley (Oklahoma City, Okla.), who reached base after a bunt was mishandled by UCSB.
Mizzou closed out the victory with five additional runs in the seventh inning. Thomas forced three ground outs from the Gauchos in their final chance at offense.
Arkansas drops final game in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Arkansas softball team fell to the Hofstra Pride, 6-4, in six innings on Sunday in Tallahassee, Fla. at the Unconquered Invitational.
Jennifer Rambo continued to dominate at the plate on Sunday. She went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. She finished the weekend going 5-for-7 with a double, a homerun, five RBI and two runs scored. Head coach Mike Larabee liked what he saw from the junior this weekend.
“She had two more hits today,” Larabee said. “Offensively she had a great day yesterday and a great day today. Her bat has got to be in our lineup.”
Sophomore Kimmy Beasley started in the circle for the Razorbacks. She ran into trouble in the first inning when Caryn Bailey lined a triple down the rightfield line. After getting Becca Bigler to fly out, Tessa Ziemba reached on an error, scoring Bailey. Maggie Hawkins then doubled down the leftfield line, scoring two more unearned runs for the Pride. Hofstra led 3-0 going into the second.
Rambo continued her hot streak at the plate with a double to start the top of the second. The Razorbacks, however, were unable to hit her home.
Beasley notched three strikeouts in the bottom half of the second and got out of a two-on with nobody out jam. Hofstra scored its fourth run in the third on a suicide squeeze bunt by Erin Trippi. She laid down a perfect bunt that scored Jess Hirschbuhl.
Rambo again reached base to start the fourth inning, this time on an error. She eventually scored when Jayme Gee hit a single through the left side of the infield. Amanda Summerford and Alyssa Bass scored on the play after both pinch ran earlier in the inning. Gee advanced to third on the play after a throwing error from the Pride leftfielder, D.J. Slugh. After Kyndra Meeker pinch ran for Gee, she scored on a groundout from Stephanie Canfield. This tied the game at four in the fourth inning.
Hofstra answered in its half of the fourth, as Bigler scored on a Hirschbuhl sacrifice fly. This was another unearned run given up by Beasley. Hawkins followed the sac-fly with a double off of the centerfield wall, scoring Ziemba. The Pride reclaimed the lead at 6-4. This would end the day for Beasley, she went four innings, giving up six runs, one earned while striking out six.
NO. 10 SOFTBALL RUN-RULES SFA, WINS AGGIE CLASSIC
COLLEGE STATION—No. 10 Texas A&M completed a dominating weekend with a 9-0, five-inning run-rule win over SFA Sunday afternoon before 873 fans at the Aggie Softball Complex.
The Aggies ran their record to a perfect 10-0, continuing their best start since the 2007 season (12-0 start). A&M outscored its opponents 29-9 in the five-game Aggie Classic, hitting .356 as a team and smashing 15 extra-base hits, including six home runs.
“I thought it was our best game of the weekend,” head coach Jo Evans said. “SFA really looked good in this tournament--they had some big wins against some good teams. We came out today and really separated ourselves from the pack, and that’s something we had talked about needing to happen. We looked great at the plate today, and that started with very first at bat--with Emily Albus getting 11 pitches and drawing a walk. Putting pressure on their pitchers and pressure on their defense all day, I love to see that. We’re hitting throughout the order and putting a lot of runs on the board. It’s getting our pitchers comfortable and our defense comfortable and it’s fun to play the game that way.”
It would be the long ball that would lead Texas A&M to victory on Sunday. The Aggies connected on three homers—a solo shot by Cali Lanphear, two-run blast by Cassie Tysarczyk and the big blow, a grand slam by Nicole Morgan.
Tysarczyk would open the scoring in the first with a one-out double that scored Albus with the game’s first run.
The Aggies loaded the bases off SFA (4-7) starter Angela White one frame later courtesy a hit batter, a single and a walk.
Morgan took one pitch before crushing a 1-0 offering deep over the wall in left center, clearing the bases and making the score 5-0. The round-tripper was Morgan’s seventh of the year in 10 games.
Lanphear made it 6-0 with a solo shot to right in the third, her third of the season.
Tysarczyk drilled a two-run shot in the fourth inning over the fence in right center, her fourth of the year, extending the A&M lead to eight. Lanphear then just missed her second homer of the game—hitting the very top of the wall in right center with an RBI double that plated Amber Garza with the game’s final run.
Senior All-American Mel Dumezich (7-0) was nearly flawless in the circle, allowing only a two-out single in the second. She hit one and walked one, while fanning six, for her team-leading seventh victory of the year.
White (0-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven hits and six runs over three innings of work.
Albus earned Most Valuable Player honors for the tournament, hitting .692 on the weekend with nine hits, two doubles, three RBIs, four runs scored and five stolen bases.
Over A&M’s first 10 games, the team has outscored opponents 70-16, hit 21 home runs and sports a 0.98 earned run average in the circle.
Foulks Hero: Bulldogs Walk-Off A Winner In Doubleheader Sweep
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Led by one of the Southeastern Conference’s deepest pitching staffs, the Mississippi State softball team recorded a doubleheader sweep Saturday afternoon in the final day of the Bulldog Battle. Starkville’s Team defeated Murray State, 4-1, in game one, before a 4-3 walk-off win courtesy of junior Logan Foulks in the 10th inning against Lipscomb in game two. With the sweep, the Bulldogs improved to 6-3 on the season.
“We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend,” Head Coach Vann Stuedeman said. “It’s exciting to see how much and how quickly we’re growing up and gelling as a team.”
State’s pitching staff finished with 28 strikeouts Sunday, including a school-record 21 K’s in game two. The game two total was one shy of tying the SEC single-game record, set by Tennessee in 2007 vs. Florida.
For the first time since 1998, MSU had a pitcher fan 14 batters in a single contest, with Alison Owen tying the school record in game two on
76 pitches (61 strikes).
The 10-inning game in the second half of the double dip tied for the longest game in school history (by inning, done 14 times).
Game One Recap
Senior Kylie Vry and freshman Jacey Punches combined to strike out seven and walk none as the Bulldogs improved to 5-3 with a 4-1 win against Murray State. Vry picked up her first win of the year (1-1), while Punches nabbed her first career save. Murray State pitcher Shelby Kosmecki dropped to 1-2 in 2013, while her Racers fell to 1-3 overall.
Senior Jessica Cooley finished 2-for-2 with a career-high two doubles and an RBI. Fellow senior Shelby Fisher tallied a season-high two hits and drove in her first run of the season, while sophomore Julia Echols drove in a season-best two Bulldogs.
State got things going in the bottom of the second with Cooley’s first two-bagger of the afternoon. Two batters later, Fisher punched a 3-2 pitch to shallow center for the first run of the game, bringing Cooley home.
Junior Sam Lenahan walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth frame.Freshman Kayla Winkfield pinch ran for Lenahan and immediately stole second base. The Maroon and White wasted no time plating a second run as Cooley’s second double allowed Winkfield to tap the dish.
Stuedeman’s squad pulled away in the fifth with two runs, which began with two-out walks by junior Logan Foulks and Lenahan. Following another walk by Cooley to load the bases, Echols pulled a 2-1 offering down the line in left for a two-RBI single.
The Racers scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth to give the game its final score of 4-1 in favor of Starkville’s Team.
Game Two Recap
Playing international tiebreaker rules in the 10th inning, Foulks roped a base hit up the middle to score fellow junior Jessica Offutt in walk-off fashion for the 4-3 triumph vs. Lipscomb.
State collected four runs on 12 hits, including multiple-hit efforts from junior Heidi Shape (2-for-4, two runs, walk), Lenahan (3-for-4, 2 RBIs, run) and Offutt (2-for-4, run).
Senior southpaw Stephanie Becker started game two and struck out seven in 4.0 innings, before Owen showed up in relief and tied the school record with 14 K’s in the final 6.0 frames. The right-hander moved to 3-1 in 2013, while Lipscomb’s Heather Parker dropped to 1-2.
The home team wasted no time in the bottom of the first as Shape recorded her first triple of the 2013 campaign (third career) with one out. Following a sacrifice fly by Foulks that scored Shape, Lenahan roped a line drive off the scoreboard in left for a solo shot that made it a 2-0 Bulldog lead.
Both teams went scoreless for two innings before Lipscomb tied it up with a two-run home run by Mickey Bell in the top of the fourth.
State responded in the bottom of the fifth with some hustle and heart.
Shape ripped a one-out single to the gap in right and advanced to second on a groundout by Foulks. Lenahan, Shape’s childhood best friend, stepped to the plate and dribbled a pitch past the pitcher up the middle. Lenahan was called safe on an infield single, but Shape never slowed down rounding third, sliding head first at the plate to give MSU the lead once again.
The Lady Bisons countered in the top of the sixth with a solo home run by Kristen Sturdivant.
Both teams played scoreless softball through the ninth until the game was moved to international tiebreaker rules in the 10th. With each team getting a base runner on second with no outs to start the inning, it was State that came through in the clutch with Foulks driving in Offutt with a base hit to win the game.
No. 5 Florida Softball Wraps Up Lipton Invitational Play With Victories over UNC Wilmington and Charleston Southern Sunday
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 5 Florida softball team picked up two wins Sunday over UNC Wilmington and Charleston Southern to complete an undefeated weekend in the 2013 Lipton Invitational at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators (12-0) first downed the Seahawks, 9-1, in six innings before topping the Buccaneers, 4-3, for their first extra-innings victory of the season.
The Gators are out to a 12-0 start for the second time in the last three seasons and will look to extend the streak with tournament play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic next weekend in Palm Springs. A total of 26 extra-base hits highlighted the weekend for Florida as the Gators posted four run-rule wins, four shutouts and capped the Lipton Invite off with an eight-inning thriller Sunday over a feisty and competitive Charleston Southern squad.
Florida's three-woman pitching triumvirate of Alyssa Bache (10.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 14 K, 1 BB), Hannah Rogers (15.0 IP, 1 ER, 9 H, 13 K, 5 BB) and Lauren Haeger (11.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 15 K, 5 BB) allowed just four runs throughout the duration of the tournament, while the Florida offense posted 54 runs during the six weekend games. As a team, UF batted .338, had a .676 slugging percentage and .464 on-base mark throughout its Lipton Invite schedule.
Six Gators batted over .400 on the weekend, highlighted by Haeger, who went 4-for-7 (.467) with two doubles and two homers, including the equalizer in the bottom of the seventh to force extras Sunday against Charleston Southern.
A series of illegal pitches for CSU hurler Jennifer Giles in the sixth frame made things interesting in the final game of the Lipton Invite. Giles' setbacks put the Gators within striking distance after the Orange and Blue faced a 3-0 deficit heading to the bottom of the inning.
With just two hits apiece and zeros on the board in the runs column for both teams after the fifth, a Marci Christian RBI double put up the first run for the Buccaneers in the top half of the sixth before two costly Gator errors allowed two more CSU runs to cross for the 3-0 Charleston Southern lead heading to the home half of the stanza.
UF capitalized on Giles' illegal pitches when both Schwarz, running for Haeger, and senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) moved around the bases and crossed home as a result of the IP calls to narrow the CSU lead, 3-2, entering the final inning. Rogers allowed just one hit in the top of the seventh and forced three groundouts to retire the side before setting up Haeger's two-out game-tying jack off relief pitcher Linzy Rother in the bottom of the seventh that forced extras.
With the international tie-breaker rule in effect, CSU's Lizzy Olmstead started the eighth on second and moved to third on a sac bunt before Rogers forced two straight groundouts to limit CSU from adding to its tally. In the home half of the eighth, sophomore Bailey Castro (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was placed on second, moved to third on a Horton sac bunt, and crossed home on a sophomore Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) RBI double to right center that plated the game-winning run for the Orange and Blue.
A freshman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) base hit in the bottom of the third counted as UF's first hit against the Buccaneers, and a one-out Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) double added a hit to the tally in the second, but the Gators were unable to capitalize until the momentum swing in the sixth.
Both Florida and Charleston Southern had five-hit performances in the final game of the tournament, as Christian went 2-for-4 against the Gators with a RBI. Rogers picked up her fifth win of the season in the circle.
In the first of Florida's two games Sunday against UNC Wilmington, Horton and Damico each blasted their second home runs of the season and Stewart delivered three hits against the Seahawks as Haeger moved to 4-0 on the season in the circle after tossing a six-inning complete game to help lift the Gators to a 9-1 victory in the early matinee.
After UNC-Wilmington opened the scoring in the second inning with a Jordan Critcher home run off the top of the left field wall, the Gators quickly answered in the bottom of the frame. After a leadoff walk for Castro, Horton launched a long ball over the left field wall to give the Orange and Blue a 2-1 advantage. Damico and Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) next earned free passes and stole their way into scoring position before Katie Medina (Downey, Calif.) poked a two-run single just inside the right field line to extend the lead to 4-1.
Florida tacked on two more in the fourth on a leadoff bomb to center by Damico and a RBI double from Stewart and then ended the game in the sixth after Medina lined an opposite field RBI double followed by a Munro two-bagger and Stewart RBI base hit to invoke the run-rule.
Meanwhile, Haeger settled down after the early run and conceded only one hit in the final four stanzas, keeping the Seahawks at bay.
Auburn Falls To Chatanooga
Auburn, Ala. -- Chattanooga used a four-run fifth inning to overcome a three-run deficit and claim a 6-4 victory over the Auburn softball team Sunday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn falls to 10-1 on the season while Chattanooga improved to 4-5. The Tigers return to action Wednesday at 5 p.m. at home against Georgia State.
“We made a lot of mistakes tonight,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “We didn’t capitalize on some opportunities at the plate or with our pitching. We’ve got to learn from this and get better and prepare for a good Georgia State team this week.”
Marcy Harper (3-1) took the loss in relief after allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits with three strikeouts in two and two-thirds innings. Hilary Mavromat started and went four and one-third innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Taylor Deason (3-3) earned the complete-game win, allowing four runs, none earned, on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Auburn took advantage of a pair of Chattanooga miscues to plate the first run of the game. In the bottom of the first, after the first two batters were retired Brooke Lathan hit a fly ball that right fielder Stephanie Rieck dropped for an error. Lathan took second on the play and took third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Caitlin Schultze, a second wild pitch brought Lathan home for a 1-0 Auburn lead.
Chattanooga tied the game in the top of the fourth inning, taking advantage of an Auburn error. Sam Taylor led off with a double to the wall in left-center. With one out, Sarah Beth Roberts put down a bunt which was fielded by Schultze who fired high to first. The ball sailed into foul territory allowing Taylor to score and even the game at 1-1. A sac bunt moved Roberts to third and was followed by a four-pitch walk to Stephanie Rieck. Jenny Garcia was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Mavromat worked out of the jam, however, when she forced Ninjja Suetsugu to ground out to first to end the inning.
The Tigers recaptured the lead in the bottom half of the fourth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Branndi Melero hit a ground ball that shortstop Alyssa Taylor booted, allowing McKenzie Kilpatrick (walk) to score from third to make it 2-1. Lathan followed with a double to the wall in left which scored Tiffany Howard (walk) and Morgan Estell (single) to give the Tigers a 4-1 edge.
Chattanooga rallied to take the lead in the top of the fifth. Anyssa Robles laced a single to right-center with one out to plate Sara Poteat (fielder’s choice) to make it a 4-2 game. Taylor (walk) took third on the play to put runners on the corners. Harper came in for Mavromat following the RBI single while Carmen Wooden ran for Robles at first. Roberts made it a 4-3 game with a single through the right side which brought Taylor home for the Mocs.
A single to shallow left by Rieck loaded the bases and Jenny Garcia followed with a single to center on a 3-2 pitch that plated Wooden and Roberts to give the Mocs a 5-4 lead.
Roberts gave the Mocs a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh with a one-out, solo home run over the wall in left. It came on the first pitch of the at-bat and was the first home run allowed by Harper this season.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers put a runner aboard when Lathan led off with a single through the left side but Deason didn’t allow the Tigers to mount a rally as she retired the next three hitters to end the game.
Patterson’s Gem Completes Perfect Weekend for No. 10 LSU
BATON ROUGE – The No. 10 LSU softball team rode Meghan Patterson’s right-arm to a masterful four-hit shutout fueled by eight strikeouts as the Tigers completed a perfect weekend with a 1-0 victory over Nicholls State Sunday at Tiger Park.
LSU (10-1) has won 10 of its first 11 games, the program’s best start since opening the 2007 campaign with an 11-0 mark.
Patterson stranded a baserunner during every frame, three in scoring position, en route to her second shutout of the season. In the process, the junior right-hander improved to 3-1 on the season.
“Luckily, we got a great pitching performance out of Meghan Patterson today,” head coach Beth Torina said. “She was so solid for us. I think her coming out and getting the final win of the tournament for us is fitting. She deserves it. She’s earned it, and I was happy to see her do that. Of course, we want to see more out of our offense today, but we will take our five wins and call it a good weekend.”
The Tigers used some two-out lighting during the first inning to score the game’s lone run. Allison Falcon ripped her team-leading fifth double of the season. After a Bianka Bell walk, Tammy Wray connected for a RBI single to left field to plate Falcon.
LSU continued its trend of scoring early and has scored in the first inning on seven occasions this season. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a 19-0 margin this season.
“There is a little bit more stress on you when you get to the plate with two outs and runners in scoring position,” Wray said. “It is a mental thing. You have to calm yourself down. I knew that all I had to do is hit something fair and hope that (Allison) Falcon is fast enough to score the run. I pulled the pitch, it fell in and it all worked out.”
Nicholls State (4-5) had its best opportunity to score during the fourth inning after a Leah Andrus leadoff double. Patterson bucked down with a groundout followed by consecutive strikeouts to escape the threat and keep the score 1-0 in favor of LSU.
“There is definitely some pressure,” Patterson said. “One run isn’t always enough. You just have to rely on your defense. As a pitcher, you just have to keep your team in the game. I had a good mix of pitches. I had the high and low stuff today. They got a couple hits today, but our defense was solid.”
The Colonels put another runner into scoring position in the fifth inning, but Patterson shut the door again with a strikeout.
Nicholls’ Ashton Bennett was dealt the hard-luck loss and fell to 3-2 on the season. She scattered one run on five hits and recorded one strikeout versus one walk.
“This pitcher was really different from anyone we saw this weekend,” Torina said. “She did a nice job. She has to get some of the credit. At the same time, we have to go back to the drawing board and work a little bit harder too.”