|sec softball RESULTS
|Tennessee 5, Texas A&M 4
|South Carolina 4, LSU 1
|Alabama 13, Auburn 1
NO. 8/8 UT EDGES NO. 5/4 AGGIES, 5-4, TO SWEEP SERIES
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Madison Shipman hit the game-winning RBI single down the right field line and Raven Chavanne tallied three hits and two runs on her birthday to lead No. 8/8 Tennessee to 5-4 win on Sunday and a series sweep of No. 5/4 Texas A&M for the weekend.
To start SEC play this year, Tennessee has now gone 6-3 against No. 1/2 Alabama, No. 3/3 Florida and No. 5/4 Texas A&M.
Tennessee (27-6, 6-3 SEC) scored four runs over the first two innings to seize control of the game early on. Texas A&M (26-5, 4-4 SEC) scored two in the second and two in the fifth to even the game at 4-4 before Shipman knocked the walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded.
Shipman finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Chavanne went 3-for-4 with one double, one RBI and two runs. Kat Dotson was 2-for-4 with one run. Lauren Gibson reached base three times with an RBI single and two walks. Melissa Brown drove in two runs.
Ellen Renfroe was tough in the circle, striking out five while allowing four runs (two earned) over 6.1 innings. Ivy Renfroe (12-3) earned the win, striking out two to get the final two outs of the top of the seventh.
UT jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With two outs and runners on second and third, Brown hit a two-RBI single up the middle.
Texas A&M tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the second when Dumezich and Cali Lanphear scored with two outs following an errant throw from third base that allowed Emily Albus to reach.
The Lady Vols pulled back in front, 4-2, in the bottom of the second. With one out and Rainey Gaffin on second, Chavanne clubbed an RBI double to left field. Two batters later Gibson hit an RBI single to right field and advanced on the fielding error, bringing home Chavanne on the play.
The Aggies plated two runs in the top of the fifth to knot things at 4-4. Albus legged out an infield single right in front of home plate to lead off the inning. In the next at-bat, Meagan May swung at the first pitch she saw and hammered a two-run homer over the wall in center field.
Tennessee escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth when Ellen Renfroe induced a groundout to third. UT dodged an Aggie runner on third base in the top of the seventh when Ivy Renfroe entered in relief and fired a pair of strikeouts.
Chavanne led off the bottom of the seventh with an infield single to short. Dotson followed with a single to first base. Gibson drew a walk on a full count to load the bases. Shipman sent a 1-0 pitch to right field to plate Chavanne for the game-winning run.
Gamecocks Take 4-1 Win on Sunday at No. 13/12 LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. – Behind a 3-for-3 day from sophomore Kristen Struett, South Carolina (18-11, 1-5 SEC) picked up its first Southeastern Conference win of 2013 in a 4-1 victory over No. 13/12 LSU (27-6, 7-2 SEC) in front of 1,230 fans at Tiger Park on Sunday afternoon.
Struett had two RBI singles while also drawing a walk and hitting a double in the win. Junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins went 1-for-3 with a two-RBI single. Freshman left fielder Alaynie Page scored twice, going 1-for-3, while senior shortstop Samie Garcia tripled and scored.
Garcia started the contest with a triple to right and scored on Struett’s first run-scoring hit, a single that the Tiger shortstop fielded deep in the hole but could not get the throw to first in time to catch Struett. The sophomore struck again in the third, plating Page with her hit to left center after the freshman drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a groundout.
LSU cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth on Kellsi Kloss’s two-out double, scoring Tammy Wray from first after she drew a two-out walk. But the Gamecocks answered in the next half inning, loading the bases to start the frame on Page’s bunt single, Hathorn’s 12th hit by pitch of the year and a walk to Struett. LSU starter Rachele Fico (16-4) got a strikeout before Hawkins poked a 2-2 pitch into right field for a hit, scoring Page and Hathorn.
Gamecock redshirt senior Audrey Broyles (7-4) got the victory with a complete-game performance, fanning two and walking two while giving up five hits and one earned run. Fico took the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and three walks. She struck out four.
Sandra Simmons was the only Tiger to collect two hits, while Andrews and Kloss both had doubles for the Tigers.
South Carolina gets its first win at new Tiger Park, which opened in 2009, in nine tries. It snaps a 15-game losing streak to the Tigers, and it’s the first road win over a ranked team since South Carolina’s last win in Baton Rouge, April 6, 2007. The Gamecocks get their first win over a ranked team since April 23, 2011, when the Gamecocks, in head coach Beverly Smith’s first year, downed No. 20 Kentucky 4-3 in eight innings at home.
Softball Secures Series with 13-1 Win over Auburn
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – An 11-run third inning propelled the Alabama softball team to a 13-1 victory over rival Auburn, in front of a sellout crowd, Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 29-4 overall and 6-3 in Southeastern Conference play.
Senior Kayla Braud, junior Kaila Hunt and sophomore Jadyn Spencer collected two hits apiece. Braud scored three runs and stole two bases while Hunt scored twice, had two RBI and Spencer drove in three.
Junior Jackie Traina (14-2) allowed one run on one hit and struck out one in the run-rule victory. She did not allow a hit until the fourth inning.
Alabama opened its portion of the first inning with two runs. Freshman Haylie McCleney started the scoring by coming all the way home after a throw sailed into centerfield on a stolen base attempt at second. Junior Lauren Sewell then tomahawked the first pitch she saw down the line in left to plate Braud.
The sun came out and the runs poured in for the Tide as Alabama scored its most runs in a single inning on the season, putting an 11-spot on Auburn in the third inning. The Tide banged out eight hits in the frame. Four different Tide players had two RBI base hits as Spencer started the inning with a single through the right side, freshman pinch-hitter Leona Lafaele singled up the middle, McCleney got in the action with a single and then Hunt singled up the middle as well for the pair of RBI hits.