|Friday Night Softball RESULTS
|Tennessee 6, Kentucky 0
|Auburn 8, Mississippi State 3
|Auburn 7, Mississippi State 5
|Alabama 3, Texas A&M 2
|Arkansas 5, Georgia 2
|Florida 4, Ole Miss 1
|Missouri 10, South Carolina 2
ELLEN RENFROE SHUTS DOWN WILDCATS; NO. 6/5 UT WINS, 6-0
LEXINGTON, Ky. -Ellen Renfroe fired a two-hit shutout, Kat Dotson hit a three-run homer and Lauren Gibson had two RBIs as No. 6/5 Tennessee defeated No. 21/20 Kentucky, 6-0, on Friday at UK Softball Complex.
Tennessee (29-6) enjoyed two big innings of offense, scoring three in the third and three in the seventh while Renfroe shut down the Wildcats (24-9) from start to finish. UT improved to 8-4 against ranked teams with the win.
Dotson bashed the three-run homer in the seventh and scored two runs. Gibson drove in two runs in the third. Melissa Davin had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one run scored. Raven Chavanne scored two runs.
Renfroe (9-1) struck out four and allowed just two hits in the seven-inning shutout. The win marked her sixth complete game and her fourth shutout of the year.
After both teams traded scoreless first and second innings, Tennessee put three runs up in the top of the third. Davin led off the inning with a single to left. Raven Chavanne and Kat Dotson drew two-out walks to load the bases before Gibson ripped a single to right field to plate two runs and give UT the 2-0 lead. Dotson stole home in the next at-bat as Gibson escaped a rundown between first and second.
UT left the bases loaded in the top of the fifth when Nunley induced an infield fly and a fielder's choice at second to escape and leave The Lady Vols' lead at 3-0.
Chavanne had a pair of great stops to get the first two outs of the bottom of the fifth. The senior third baseman made a great dive and throw from her knees to get Nikki Sagermann out. Then she made a great stab near the line and a throw across the diamond to get Krystal Smith out.
Tennessee's lead grew to 6-0 with one big swing of the bat in the seventh. Rainey Gaffin drew a pinch-hit walk to lead off the inning and Chavanne reached on a throwing error by the pitcher. Dotson sent a 2-0 pitch just over the left field wall to the right of the foul pole.
Arkansas takes down No. 22 Georgia
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas softball team beat the No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs, 5-2, on Friday at Bogle Park.
Arkansas (23-13) was led by three homeruns in the game. Devon Wallace and Chloe Oprzedek each hit two-run blasts and Jayme Gee had a solo-shot in the fourth inning. Wallace finished the game 3-for-3 and also scored a run. Oprzedek finished her day 2-for-3 at the plate. All together, the Razorbacks notched 10 hits to Georgia’s five. Head coach Mike Larabee was happy with the offensive production.
“It is great to be back at Bogle Park,” head coach Mike Larabee said. “I love the way our team came out and competed. A lot of teams in the past would have got down after giving up two in the first inning, but not this team. They battled back and won. It was a beautiful night at the ballpark.”
In the circle it was the senior captain, Chelsea Cohen, who picked up her 11th win of the season. She threw a complete game and gave up two runs on five hits. She also struck out four batters in the contest.
“Great performance by Chelsea Cohen,” Larabee said. “There is no doubt about it that she is our best pitcher right now. I believe that the changeup is the best pitch in fast-pitch softball. She really had her’s going tonight.”
Georgia jumped on the board in its third at-bat of the game. Geri Ann Glasco crushed her 13th homerun of the year over the centerfield fence. The two-run shot scored Paige Wilson and gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage.
Cohen bounced back in the second, retiring Katie Browne to start the inning. After a single from Niaja Griffin, the senior pitcher struck out Anna Swafford for her first strikeout of the game. The next batter, Wilson, flew out to end the top of the second. Cohen also worked a scoreless third as she retired the Bulldogs in order.
Clarie Clark started the bottom of the third, legging out an infield single. She came around to score on the next pitch as Wallace hammered a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. Stephanie Canfield followed the bomb with a standup double to left-center. She scored three batters later when Oprzedek belted a two-run shot of her own. The junior’s eighth long ball of the season gave Arkansas a 4-2 lead after the third inning.
Cohen hit Tess Sito to start the top of the fourth. After back-to-back outs, Griffin grounded a ball to Clarisa Navarro at shortstop. Navarro made a diving stop, going to her left, and threw out the runner moving to second from her stomach. This sent the game to the bottom of fourth.
Arkansas used the defensive momentum in the bottom of the inning and plated another run. Jayme Gee was the second batter of the inning and she rocketed a solo-homerun into the leftfield grass. Her sixth homerun of the season gave Arkansas a 5-2 lead.
Arkansas’ senior pitcher used the three run lead to her full advantage. She retired six straight batters into the seventh inning. She closed the top of the sixth by hustling out of the circle and made a nice play to retire the speedy Sito.
Sierra Bronkey started the bottom of the sixth with an infield single. This was the junior’s second hit of the game and the tenth overall for the Razorbacks. However, the Hogs were unable to score her and the lead remained at three runs into the seventh inning.
Cohen came out for the seventh inning and finished her gem. She retired the side in order and took down her ninth straight batter to end the game and give the Razorbacks the win.
No. 3 Florida Softball Opens Series at Ole Miss With a 4-1 Victory
OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 3 Florida softball team opened the series at Ole Miss with a 4-1 victory Friday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex, as junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) and sophomore Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) each drove in two runs, while freshman Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.) was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Gators.
Florida (33-3, 8-2 SEC) made it eight straight wins over Ole Miss (19-19, 1-9 SEC) Friday with its 37th all-time victory over the Rebels, 16th in Oxford, to open the three-game conference set.
The Gators put up seven hits in the contest, Tofft and Fuller with two each.
Junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) led the way in the circle for the Orange and Blue with her 13th complete game of the season. Rogers fanned five, gave up one run and two hits to improve to 19-2 overall on the year. Carly Hummel (8-11) shouldered the loss for the Rebels after giving up UF’s seven hits and four earned runs, also going the distance. Hummel finished the evening with six Ks and dished out one free pass.
The Gators were off to a quick start in the top of the first, as freshman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) dropped a leadoff bunt single, then swiped her 26th stolen base of the season to set up a Tofft RBI double to deep center for the early 1-0 lead. For Tofft, the two-bagger was her team-leading 11th of the year.
Rogers went to work in the circle in the home half of the stanza, retiring the Rebels using an efficient six pitches for three up, three down to bring up the second.
With two down in the top of the second and senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) on first after the team’s 45th hit-by-pitch of the season, Damico went yard with her fifth long ball of the season – a two-run shot – to extend the Gator advantage, 3-0.
On defense, Rogers faced just 10 Ole Miss batters through the first three innings and fourteen through four, walking one in the second and giving up Ole Miss’ first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, while retiring the remaining 12. The Rebels drew their second walk of the contest in the bottom of the fifth, while the Gators’ righty faced just four in the stanza.
The Rebels made a push in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and second after a RT Cantillo walk and Brittany Broome bunt single, while Cantillo and Broome moved to second and third with one down after a sacrifice bunt. Londen Ladner then connected for a sac fly to center to narrow the Gators’ margin, 3-1, heading to the seventh.
Florida added one run for insurance in the top of the seventh after a leadoff single through the left side for Fuller followed by a Damico sac bunt to move Fuller into scoring position at second. With two down in the top of the final frame, Tofft knocked her second RBI base hit of the contest, sending a single to center to plate Fuller for the 4-1 Gator lead heading to the home half of the seventh.
Rogers retired Natalie Nimmo, pinch hitter Lauren Lindsey and Marina Parra in order in the bottom of the seventh to solidify UF’s eighth conference win of the season.
Dumezich Guides No. 9 Aggies to 3-2 Win over No. 4 Alabama
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior Mel Dumezich pitched a full game and hit the game-winning, two-run home run as the No. 9 Texas A&M softball upset defending National Champion Alabama, 3-2 on Friday in the first game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at the Aggie Softball Complex.
A program fourth-best crowd of 1,927 were in attendance for the top-10 thriller as A&M (28-5, 5-4 SEC) stretched to a 1-0 series lead over Alabama (30-5, 6-4 SEC). With the win, the Aggie softball team became the fourth A&M team to beat a defending national champion this year. The teams will rematch tomorrow at 4 p.m. Central in front of a sold-out crowd.
The Aggie defense was efficient against the Crimson Tide. Dumezich tossed six strikeouts on the night and left the rest to her teammates as four Alabama players were left on the bags on the night.
A&M got on the board early when junior Cassie Tysarczyk pounded a one-out laser over the wall in right-centerfield for a solo home run in the bottom of the second.
The Tide answered in the top of the fourth on a first-pitch solo shot over left to tie the game at 1-1. An RBI groundout in the top of the fifth gave Alabama its first lead of the night as the game entered the bottom of the frame with a 2-1 UA advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth, junior Nicole Morgan was hit by a pitch and replaced on the base paths by junior Allison Garrett before Dumezich hammered a two-run jack over the 220 mark in dead-centerfield for the 3-2 lead.
A leadoff single in the top of the seventh put one on base for Alabama. With a runner on first, UA first baseman Leona Lafaele bounced a pitch high over the head of Aggie third baseman Amber Garza. Garza jumped, snagged the ball and zipped it to second baseman Jenna Stark who tagged second before turning a double play with a big throw to first.
The crucial double play set the table for the A&M win as Dumezich caught the final batter looking to end the game in a 3-2 Aggie victory.
Dumezich (19-3) allowed just two runs on four hits and one walk on her way to the fourth conference win of her SEC career. Crimson Tide All-American Jackie Traina moved to 14-3 on the year with the loss after giving up three earned runs on four hits and three walks.
Auburn Sweeps Doubleheader From Miss. State
Starkville, Miss. – The Auburn softball team swept a doubleheader with the Mississippi State Bulldogs Friday, taking game one 8-3 and using a seventh-inning rally to claim a 7-5 win in game two.
Auburn improved to 23-13 overall and 4-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State dropped to 20-12 overall and 1-7 in the SEC. The Tigers and Bulldogs conclude the series at 1 p.m. Saturday.
“I can’t say enough about the fight in this team,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “We kept fight back and fighting back. Our pitchers gave up some runs early in both games, but they settled down and kept us in the game. These were total team efforts. Tomorrow is a big game. We need to eliminate the mistakes we made today and take advantage of every opportunity we get.”
Lexi Davis started and earned the win to improve to 6-5. Davis allowed five runs, all earned, on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Marcy Harper earned her first save, allowing just one two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh.
Stephanie Becker took the loss in relief to fall to 6-5. Becker allowed three runs, all earned, on two hits with one walk. Allison Owen started and pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs, all earned, with 14 strikeouts and no walks.
Once again Mississippi State jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. After Sam Lenahan led off with an infield single, Logan Foulks ripped a one-out home run to right to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. It was Foulks’ eighth home run of the season.
Foulks struck again for the Bulldogs, this time with a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. It was Foulks’ ninth home run of the season and it came with Loryn Nichols (single) and Lenahan (single) aboard, giving MSU a 5-0 lead.
Morgan Estell made it a 5-1 game with a one-out RBI single in the top of the third inning. Tiffany Howard singled with one out and then stole second base. Howard was able to advance to third on the steal as the throw from catcher Lenahan sailed into centerfield for an error. Estell followed with a sharp single back up the middle to plate Howard.
Emily Carosone followed Estell with an infield single. After a foul out for the second out of the inning, Branndi Melero drilled a triple to left that plated Estell and Carosone to make it a 5-3 game. Owen would get a strikeout to end the rally, however with Melero stranded at third.
After scoring a combined eight runs in the first three innings, the bats for both teams went silent. The Tigers stranded one runner in the fourth and two in the fifth before going down in order in the sixth. The Bulldogs left one runner on in the third, two in the fifth and two in the sixth.
The Tigers rallied In the top of the seventh. Howard led off with a slap single to third. Owen was then pulled for Becker, who got the first out when Estell grounded out to second. Howard took second on the play. Carosone followed with a single through the right side that moved Howard to third. Carosone took second on interference by the MSU first baseman Shelby Fisher who ran into her after rounding first base. Lathan the delivered the game-tying hit with a double down the line in right that scored both runners, making it 5-5. After a walk to Melero, Becker was pulled for Owen.
Schultze then delivered her first hit of the day, a two-run double to the wall in left field. It scored both runners to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead. Jade Rhodes was put in to run for Schultze and took third on a passed ball. Owen would recover and end the inning on her 14th strikeout without another run scoring.
In the bottom of the seventh, Harper retired the first two batters of the inning before issuing a walk to pinch-hitter Chrissie Rovtar. After Ashley Phillips was put in to run for Rovtar, Harper ended any chance of a rally by forcing Erin Nesbit to pop out to second to end the game.
In game one, the Tigers overcame a two-run deficit with a five-run fifth inning and cruised to an 8-3 win over the Bulldogs.
Marcy Harper improved to 12-5 with a complete-game effort. Harper allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Stephanie Becker (6-4) started and took the loss. Becker allowed five runs, all earned, on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts in four and two-third innings.
Mississippi State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, taking advantage of two walks issued by Harper. Sam Lenahan led off with a walk and took second on a one-out walk to Logan Foulks. After a foul out for the second out, Heidi Shape dropped a bloop single into shallow right field to score Lenahan and give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
An Auburn two-out error gave the Bulldogs their second run of the game. Lenahan led off with another walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.
After a pop-up for the second out, Briana Bell hit a ground ball to Emily Carosone at shortstop who booted the routine grounder. The ball rolled into center, allowing Lenahan to score easily for a 2-0 Mississippi State lead.
Auburn rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth. The Tigers put the leadoff hitter on for the first time in the game when Caitlin Schultze drew a walk. Kristyn Richards was put in to run for Schultze. Caitlin Jordan followed with a pop-up to shortstop for the first out of the inning. Baylee Stephens then picked up Auburn’s first hit of the game with a single through the left side, which moved Richards to second.
Jade Rhodes was put in to hit for Maris Medina and on a 1-0 count, Richards and Stephens pulled off a double steal to put runners at third and second with one out. Rhodes got the Tigers a run with a ground out to second base, which plated Richards to cut the deficit to 2-1. After falling behind in the count 1-2, Tiffany Howard fouled off three straight pitches before lacing a single back up the middle to score Stephens and tie the game 2-2.
After Howard stole second base, Morgan Estell was hit by a pitch and Carosone took ball four on a 3-2 pitch to walk and load the bases. The walk chased Becker and brought Allison Owen into the game. Brooke Lathan pushed home the go-ahead run after taking ball four in a 14 pitch at-bat. Lathan’s walk plated Howard, giving Auburn a 3-2 lead. Branndi Melero followed with a two-run single to center, scoring Estell and Carosone which gave the Tigers a 5-2 lead. That would cap the rally as Melero was called out for leaving first base early on a steal attempt.
Mississippi State cut into the Auburn lead when Bell crushed a one-out, solo home run over the fence in left-center in the bottom of the sixth. It was Bell’s sixth home run of the season and it made it a 5-3 game. Harper, however, would get a fly foul out and a fly out to right to end the inning with just one MSU run scoring.
Leading by two in the top of the seventh, the Tigers added three insurance runs. Medina led off with an infield single and advanced to third on a throwing error by Foulks on a sac bunt by Howard, who took second on the play. An intentional walk to Estell loaded the bases. After a fielder’s choice forced Medina out at home, Lathan plated Howard and Estell with a double to center. A RBI ground out by Melero pushed Carosone (fielder’s choice) home to give the Tigers an 8-3 lead.
Despite allowing a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh, Harper shut the door on the Bulldogs to seal the victory for the Tigers.
NO. 6 MIZZOU RUN-RULES SOUTH CAROLINA IN SIX, 10-2
COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 7 Mizzou softball’s offense was clicking with 10 runs from 10 hits as the Tigers defeated Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina in six innings, 10-2. The victory was its fourth-straight run-rule shortened win, as well as its eighth of the season. Sophomore first baseman Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) led the way for Mizzou offensively with her second grand slam of the season in the bottom of the first inning for her ninth home run overall. She batted 2-for-3, also adding a single in the bottom of the third.
The Tigers’ win moves their record up to 18-2 overall, with a 5-1 mark in conference play. The Gamecocks dropped to 18-12 (1-6 SEC) with the loss.
Roth’s four-run shot started Mizzou’s scoring, with the Tigers adding two more in the bottom of the second. Sophomore shortstop Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) knocked in freshman outfielder Sarah Moore (Chino Hills, Calif.) to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. Senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) then flied out to left field to sacrifice in Genovese who had advanced to third base on a passed ball.
Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) threw 4.0 innings and allowed no hits. The two-time All-American struck out seven Gamecocks while issuing three walks.
Senior Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) entered for the final 2.0 innings of pitching duties. South Carolina got two runs back in the top of the sixth inning off two singles and an error in Mizzou’s defense. Hudson finished with two hits allowed and two unearned runs.
The Tigers poured on four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to secure the run-rule. Sophomore Kayla Kingsley (Oklahoma City, Okla.) started with a single, with redshirt freshman outfielder Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.) following with a sacrifice bunt that was played by a USC as a fielder’s choice with all runners safe. Sophomore Kelsi Jones (Carmel, Ind.) continued the hitting with a single that loaded the bases.
Freshman second baseman Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) hit a single down the left field line that resulted in two runs scoring after a fielding error allowed in Gadbois after Kingsley scored. Hudson was intentionally walked between outs. The second out, a groundout by senior infielder Princess Krebs (Lithonia, Ga.), scored Jones. Junior outfielder Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) delivered with two outs, hitting a single up the middle to drive home Crane for Mizzou’s 10th run.