Garcia reached twice on walks but saw her hitting streak snapped at 15 games. The top three in the order, Garcia, Page and Hathorn, all reached safely, extending all three's skeins to 16 for reaching base safely.
TAMPA, Fla. - Despite homers from senior catcher Shelby Gonzales and redshirt sophomore first baseman Julie Sarratt, South Carolina (13-4) could not hold off USF (12-10), as the Bulls won a 5-3 decision over the Gamecocks on Friday afternoon at USF Softball Stadium.
Gonzales went 2-for-3 with the solo blast, while Sarratt had a two-run shot for the Gamecocks. Senior shortstop Samie Garcia went 2-for-4 and stole a base, while four other Gamecocks had hits. Stephanie Medina led USF with a 2-for-3 day, getting a two-run homer and an RBI double. Mo Santos also had a homer in a 2-for-3 day for the Bulls.
The Bulls used a three-run fifth to take the final lead. Santos started the inning with a solo home run, tying the game at 3-3. Medina doubled home D'Anna Devine to give USF the lead, and Medina scored an insurance run on the next play after a Gamecock error.
Medina gave USF an initial 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first, plating Devine after she started the contest by being hit by a pitch.
South Carolina cut the lead in half with Gonzales' monster shot out to left in the third and took the lead in the fourth on Sarratt's two-out blast to center, scoring sophomore centerfielder Kristen Struett as well after she got a one-out hit.
The Bulls' Sara Nevin (5-4) got the win in relief, throwing three shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out two. Redshirt senior Audrey Broyles (4-2) took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and a walk. She struck out two in 4.2 innings of work. Freshman Katie Marks allowed a hit and fanned one in 1.1 innings of relief for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina takes on Northwestern and Villanova on day two of the USF Under Armour Showcase, playing on Field 8 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Cleartwater, Fla. Saturday's first pitch against the Big Ten's Wildcats is set for 9:30 a.m. EST.
Georgia Wins Two On Friday
ROCK HILL, S.C. – The No. 24 University of Georgia softball team broke several records on its way to an 18-0, five-inning win over the Delaware State Hornets and a 12-3, six-inning win over the Winthrop Eagles on Friday afternoon, March 8, at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. The wins moved Georgia to 14-7 on the season. Delaware State dropped to 1-9, while Winthrop fell to 8-11 on the year.
Among the records that the Bulldogs broke in their 18-0 win over Delaware State was home runs in a game. Georgia hit a school-record seven home runs, besting the previous record of six, set last year against Cal State Fullerton. The Bulldogs crossed the plate 13 times in the bottom of the second, tying the single inning record that was set in 2010 against Bowling Green. Georgia also sent 18 batters to the plate in the second, breaking the previous record of 17, also set against Bowling Green in 2010.
As a team, Georgia hit .492 over two games, while holding its opponents to a .195 average. The Bulldogs also totaled 10 home runs and four doubles, while slugging 1.049 as a team.
Georgia 18, Delaware State 0 (Five Innings)
Anna Swafford, who went four-for-four with four runs scored and four RBI, set the tone by taking the first pitch of the game over the left field wall to put Georgia up 1-0. Paige Wilson followed with a solo shot on the next pitch that made it a 2-0 game. Geri Ann Glasco picked up Georgia’s third home run of the inning during the next at bat with a solo blast to center, giving Georgia a 3-0 lead.
Georgia’s historic 13-run inning started when Samantha LaZear led off with a double to shallow right and moved to third on a wild pitch. Swafford followed with her second home run in as many at bats, this time a two-run blast to right center that extended Georgia’s lead to 5-0. With one away, Glasco doubled off the center field wall, giving Tina Iosefa a runner in scoring position. With Tiesha Reed pinch running, Iosefa singled to right, scoring Reed, which made it a 6-0 game. After an RBI-single by Tess Sito, Christine Olney delivered a home run to center, the first of her career, extending Georgia’s lead to 9-0. Katie Browne followed with her first career home run, which made it a 10-0 game. After a LaZear double, Swafford singled to the pitcher, allowing LaZear to cross the plate for the second time, extending Georgia’s lead to 11-0. An RBI-single off the bat of Glasco made it a 12-0 game and put runners at first and third for Iosefa, who homered down the right field line, resulting in a 15-0 Georgia lead. A pair of singles put runners in scoring position for Olney, who singled, and an error by the Hornets allowed the 13th and final run of the inning to score, giving the Bulldogs a 16-0 lead.
Georgia tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third, resulting in an 18-0 Georgia lead. With one out, Swafford and Wilson each singled, putting runners on for Glasco, who hit an RBI-single to right. Iosefa drove in the final Georgia run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Morgan Montemayor threw a gem, giving up just one hit in a complete-game shutout that improved her record to 4-4 on the year. Montemayor also struck out 11 batters, one shy of her career-best and walked just one batter.
Georgia 12, Winthrop 3 (Six Innings)
The hit-fest continued in the second game of the day, as the Bulldogs powered their way to a 12-3 win over tournament-host Winthrop. Georgia tallied 10 hits, including three home runs and a double.
For the fourth game in a row, Georgia scored in the first inning. With one out, Swafford drew a walked and moved to third on a stolen base and groundout. Glasco drove a pitch up the middle for an RBI-single that put the Bulldogs up 1-0.
Georgia added four runs in the top of the second to extend its lead to 5-0. After a walk by Olney, a Browne single and a bunt single by LaZear loaded the bases for the Bulldogs, Swafford reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Olney and Browne to score, putting Georgia up 3-0. Wilson then delivered a single to center that drove in Swafford and LaZear and made it a 5-0 game.
In the top of the third, Georgia added one run to make it a 6-0 game. With two outs, Olney hit her second home run of the day, allowed Georgia to extend its lead. Winthrop got three runs back in the bottom of the inning on a three-run home run by Chelsey Schoenfeldt.
Georgia answered with three runs of its own in the top of the fourth, extending its lead over the Eagles to 9-3. LaZear led off with her second bunt single of the game and stole second, putting a runner in scoring position for Wilson, who delivered a RBI-single to center that made it a 7-3 game. Iosefa then hit a two-run home run to left center that scored the final two runs of the inning for Georgia.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Bulldogs scored three runs on two hits in the top of the sixth to make it a 12-3 game. With two away and runners at first and second, Kaylee Puailoa belted a two-run home run to deep center field, allowing Georgia to take a 12-3 lead.
Winthrop got two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, but Glasco struck the final Winthrop batter out, sealing the 12-3 Bulldog win.
Glasco improved to 8-1 on the year in the complete-game performance. She allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, while tying her career-best with eight strikeouts.
Georgia returns to action tomorrow, March 9, when it takes on Kent State at 1 p.m., and Western Illinois at 3 p.m.
Ole Miss Tops No. 15 Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior pitcher Carly Hummel threw a complete game, and the Ole Miss softball team (17-9, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) defeated No. 15 Kentucky 3-1 Friday evening at the UK Softball Complex in Lexington, Ky. The win is Ole Miss’ 13th in the last 14 games.
“It’s a big win for our program and for this team right here to get off to a good start in the SEC,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “On a cold day here in Kentucky, we came out ready to play. Our team is focused and on a mission this year. We’re going to have to give it all we got. We’re playing some great teams; Kentucky’s an awesome team, we were lucky that we really saw their pitcher well today and got eight hits.”
Hummel, who is 5-0 in her last six starts, allowed four hits and struck out two in the victory and moved to 7-4 on the year. Junior center fielder RT Cantillo hit her team-high fourth home run of the year, and senior left fielder Brittany Broome extended her hitting streak to 13 games, a program record.
“(Carly was) phenomenal,” Thees said. “… I’m really proud of her. She needed this. When I coached her at Memphis she beat Kentucky and I think she came in today with a little bit of confidence even though that was years ago and completely different teams. Today she got her Ole Miss win against Kentucky, and I think for her this is a big stepping stone.”
Ole Miss got great production from the bottom of its lineup, as the seven, eight and nine batters – Melina Preciado, Natalie Nimmo and Haley Culley – went a combined 4-9 with two doubles.
“We talk about it every single day,” Thees said. “We need a different hero every day and I felt like we got some great at bats from some of our kids.”
Cantillo broke open the scoreless game in the top of the third with a solo home run to right-center.
Two innings later, Culley led off the top of the fifth with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. After a sacrifice bunt by Cantillo, Broome hit an RBI single through the right side to bring Culley home.
After a stolen base by Broome, her 22nd of the year, and a walk for Allison Brown, junior first baseman Londen Ladner hit her second double of the game to bring Broome home and extend the Ole Miss lead to 3-0.
Kentucky tacked on a run in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run from Christian Stokes, but would get no more as Hummel finished out the game to give the Rebels a victory in the conference opener.
The Rebels and Wildcats will play again Saturday and Sunday at noon CT each day.
For all Ole Miss softball news and information, including live stats of the Rebels’ final two games against No. 15 Kentucky, go to OleMissSports.com. Fans can follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.
Tennessee Wins Thriller Over No. 1 Alabama
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- Welcome to 2013 SEC softball. Madison Shipman came through with a game-winning RBI single in the bottom seventh and Cheyanne Tarango hit a monster three-run homer in the fourth to lead No. 8/10 Tennessee to a thrilling 4-3 victory over rival No. 1/2 Alabama on Friday night at Lee Stadium.
The Lady Vols (20-3, 1-0 SEC) took command of the game in the fourth thanks to Tarango's blast, but Alabama (22-2, 0-1 SEC) came roaring back with one run in the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh to tie the game and set up Shipman's late heroics. Friday's game was sold out with 1,689 fans at Lee Stadium to watch the SEC opener for both teams.
Tennessee has beaten a No. 1 ranked Alabama team in each of the last three seasons, knocking the Crimson Tide off 5-2 last season and 4-1 in 2011.
Whitney Hammond drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh, just moments after Alabama had seized momentum to tie the game. Hammond advanced to second on a wild pitch and Raven Chavanne moved her to third base with an infield single. Chavanne would then steal second base, giving her 121 for her career to pass Lindsay Schutzler and become Tennessee's all-time stolen base queen. Two batters later, Lauren Gibson drew an intentional walk with one out to load the bases. Then, on a 2-2 pitch, Shipman ripped a single down the line in left field to plate Hammond and win the game.
Shipman finished 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI. Tarango's homer in the fourth was her team-high sixth on the year. Gibson went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Chavanne tied Schutzler's previous record of 120 stolen bases with a swipe in the third inning.
Ivy Renfroe (7-1) earned the win after throwing one inning of relief. Ellen Renfroe started the game and threw the first six frames with six strikeouts and three earned runs allowed.
Jackie Traina (10-2) took the loss for Alabama after striking out four and allowing four earned runs over 6.1 frames.
The teams were locked in a pitchers' duel through the first three frames before Tennessee's bats broke loose in the bottom of the fourth. Gibson led off the frame with a single to third and Shipman followed with a single to right center. After Shipman stole second and Gibson advanced to third, Tarango stepped in and a launched a 1-1 pitch from Traina over the wall in center field, bouncing off one of the light poles about a third of the way up. The Lady Vols were in the driver's seat with a 3-0 lead.
Alabama's bats got going in the top of the sixth when the Tide opened the inning with back-to-back singles in front of home plate by Andrea Hawkins and Kayla Braud. Two batters later, with runners on first and second and one out, Kaila Hunt knocked an RBI single to left field to plate Braud and bring UA to within 3-1.
In the top of the seventh, Danielle Richard opened the inning with a single up the middle. After Danae Hays drew a four-pitch walk, Ivy Renfroe entered the game in relief of Ellen Renfroe. After a short pop up, Hawkins came through for Alabama, knocking a double to left field to plate two runs and knot the game at 3-3. The Crimson Tide loaded the bases later in the inning, but Traina popped up to Gibson at second base to end the Alabama scoring threat.
Tennessee and Alabama will play the second game of their season series on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The game will feature a free live video broadcast through UTSports.com with Evan Ellis on the call. There will also be free live statistics and a free live interactive blog through UTSports.com. All three games of the UT-UA series are sold out.
Sunday's third game is at 1:30 p.m. It's Family Day, so the first 150 kids 12 and under will eat for free. There will also be a pre-game kids carnival with fun activities.
Mizzou Downs No. 7 Texas A&M
COLUMBIA, Mo. - No. 5 Mizzou claimed its second Top 10 victory of the season and first-ever Southeastern Conference win with a two-run home run from sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) in the bottom of the seventh inning. The moon shot pushed the Tigers past No. 7 Texas A&M, 2-0, at University Field on Friday.
The fifth home run of the season for Roth closed a strong one-hitter pitching performance from senior Chelsea Thomas (Pleastantville, Iowa). The two-time All-American threw the complete game (7.0) and struck out 11 Aggie batters for the win (4-0).
The Tigers improved to 10-1 (1-0 SEC) with the win, while Texas A&M dropped to 22-2 with the loss. Head coach Ehren Earleywine improved his Mizzou win total to 298 with the result.
Junior utility player Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) nearly ended it for the Tigers with a line drive off the wall down the left field line for a double with two outs in the seventh. She trotted home ahead of Roth after the game-winner sailed over the left center field wall.
Texas A&M came closest to adding runs in the top of the sixth inning with two base runners and two outs. Aggie catcher Nicole Morgan flew out to deep right field to end the threat and keep the 0-0 score.
Senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) recorded Mizzou's first base knock with a single to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs.
Aggie pitcher Mel Dumezich (15-1) took the loss for the visiting squad after yielding three hits and surrendering the two earned runs.
Mizzou returns to action with the second game of the Texas A&M series on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at University Field. Live coverage will be provided to Mizzou Network subscribers.
Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets, @MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for updates and information throughout the season.
Florida Blanks Auburn in League Opener
The No. 4 Florida softball squad opened the 2013 Southeastern Conference schedule with a 13-0, five-inning victory over Auburn Friday at Jane B. Moore Field to kick off the series between UF and UA. The Gators used 10 hits and drew eight walks on the evening to seal the victory over the Tigers and improve to 24-1 on the season with their first league win of the season.
With their victory Friday, the Gators are now 24-9 all-time on SEC opening day and 11-4 under head coach Tim Walton in league openers. The run-rule win marked UF’s eighth of the season.
Junior hurler Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) and sophomore righty Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) combined for the shutout, Rogers earning the win to improve to 12-1 after four innings of scoreless work to start things off for UF. The righty gave up just two hits and fanned six before Bache came on to close it out in the fifth and final frame. Bache held the Tigers scoreless, allowing just one Auburn hit in the final stanza.
Sophomores Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) and Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) led Florida at the plate, Little with a perfect 2-for-2 performance, one RBI, four runs scored, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, while Haeger went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a three-run jack in the fourth. Sophomore Bailey Castro (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) also went yard with her second pinch hit grand slam of the season over the scoreboard and beyond in left center in the fourth inning, upping UF’s grand slam total to six this season.
A Little leadoff double in the top of the second frame – her third of the season – got things started for the Gators offensively before junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) drew a one out walk, followed by a freshman Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach, Fla.) hit-by-pitch that loaded the bags. Freshman Taylore Fuller (Chiefland, Fla.) lined a hard-hit ball to the AU third baseman to plate Little for UF’s first run of the game on the fielder’s choice.
Little and Tofft collaborated for UF in the top of the third to take the Orange and Blue up, 4-0, after the visiting half of the stanza after both connected for RBI hits – Little a RBI single to left and Tofft a two-RBI double to right field to cap off a four-hit inning for UF.
Tiffany Howard accounted for AU’s first hit of the game in the third on a one-out bunt single, but a fielder’s choice and Rogers strikeout retired the Tigers and prevented an scoring opportunities in the frame.
The Orange and Blue used a five-hit, eight-run performance in the fourth to extend its lead over the Tigers Friday to 12-0; a Haeger three-run shot lined straight to the scoreboard in left center and a Castro pinch hit grand slam blasted way over the scoreboard highlighted the inning for the Gators. Haeger’s bomb counted as her team-leading seventh of the season and chased AU starter Hilary Mavromat from the circle, while Castro’s grand slam off righty hurler Lexi Davis was her second pinch hit grand slam of the season, contributing to UF’s six on the year.
With one down in the bottom of the fourth, Rogers worked her way out of an Auburn bases-loaded jam, using a strikeout and a groundout to hold the Tigers scoreless.
Auburn opted to go with Tiffany Howard in the circle in the fifth, but the Gators kept the momentum going. Little was tagged with her team and SEC-leading ninth pitch of the season, while senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) drew her team-leading 18th walk of the year. Both moved into scoring position on a fly out and Little scored on a Howard wild pitch to take UF ahead, 13-0.
Sophomore righty Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) came on to finish the shutout in the fifth for UF, tossing an inning of scoreless relief to close out the Gators’ first conference victory.
Mavromat shouldered the loss for Auburn to move to 5-2 on the season, while Florida faced three different Tiger pitchers on the day. Emily Carosone, Brooke Lathan and Tiffany Howard accounted for AU’s three hits.
Florida and Auburn will tilt at 2 p.m. (ET) Saturday in the second game of the series at Auburn’s Jane B. Moore Field before wrapping up with the finale Sunday at 2 p.m.
All Gator softball games this season will be live locally on WYGC-FM 105 (104.9) The Game, with audio streaming available on GatorZone.com. For all other broadcast and television information, visit the UF schedule page.
The entire Florida | Auburn series will be streamed live online and is pay-per-view, while live stats for each game will additionally be available online through Gametracker.
LSU Outlasts Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A.J. Andrews hit her first career home run with one out in the top of the 14th innings, while pitcher Rachele Fico finished off the LSU softball victory with her SEC record-tying 22nd strikeout in a 1-0 win at Mississippi St.
Fico allowed only four hits with three walks.
Arkansas Takes Care of Business
FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball team shutout the Utah Valley University Wolverines, 3-0, on Friday at Bogle Park.
Arkansas (17-6) was led by Chelsea Cohen in the circle. She faced only 16 batters in the game as the senior captain went five scoreless innings, allowing one hit, while striking out seven. This was Cohen’s eighth win of the season and she now has 78 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. Beasley came on in relief and retired all six batters she faced, notching her second save of the season.
“Both Chelsea and Kimmy threw outstanding,” head coach Mike Larabee said. “They were really in command tonight with all of their pitches. I am very pleased with them getting ahead of the hitters.”
At the plate it was, again, Devon Wallace who fueled the Arkansas offense. The reigning SEC player of the week went 1-1 with three walks and a two-run homer. Her three walks give her 30 on season after she set the UA single season record last year with 53. Wallace’s on base percentage moved to a staggering .674 and a slugging percentage of 1.034.
“Devon came in and gave us some insurance runs,” Larabee said. “We talked in pregame about getting two-out hits. We had two-out rallies tonight. I was happy to see them do that tonight.”
Both teams went scoreless in the first inning as Arkansas started the game with back-to-back walks from Wallace and Sierra Bronkey. The Razorbacks eventually loaded the bases for Jennifer Rambo and Amanda Geile but the two veterans were unable to plate any runners.
Utah Valley University started the second with a walk from Debra Lovell, but after a strikeout from Cohen, the senior pitcher caught a rocket off of the ground, hit right at her, from Dynasty Lauvai and then turned a double play to end the inning.
Arkansas used the defensive momentum to score a run in the bottom half of the inning. The inning began with freshman Claire Clark reaching on an error from the second-baseman, Lauvai. She stole second and would eventually score on a two-out single from Bronkey.
Cohen continued to cruise through the third as she faced the minimum amount of batters through three innings, striking out three. Her no-hitter was broken up with two outs in the fourth when Amanda Robinson singled through the leftside of the infield. However, Cohen fought back and got the next batter, Lovell, to fly out to Wallace at first to end the inning.
Arkansas started a two-out rally in the bottom half of the fourth as Chloe Oprzedek was nailed in the back with a pitch. The next pitch was sent into the centerfield grass by Wallace to give the Razorbacks a 3-0 lead. Her eighth homerun of the season almost hit the flagpole in center.
The great pitching continued in the fifth as Cohen mowed down the Utah Valley lineup, striking out the side on a nice mix of fastballs and off-speed pitches. This ended Cohen’s outing at five innings as she gave way to sophomore, Kimmy Beasley.
Beasley picked up where Cohen left off in the sixth as she retired the last six batters of the game, striking out four and the last three batters of the contest. The Arkansas defense had a nice showing in helping its pitchers, as numerous spectacular plays were made in the field. These included a line-drive catch from the third baseman, Oprzedek. A quick double play turned by Cohen in the second inning and a ball-hawking catch in centerfield made by Claire Clark in the third. The defense did not make an error in the game and Arkansas won, 3-0.
Next up for the Razorbacks is the second game of the series against Utah Valley University. Game two is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Bogle Park.