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    wednesday Softball RESULTS
    Missouri 12,  Missouri State 0  (Game 1)
    Missouri 7,  Missouri State 0  (Game 2)
    LSU 5,  Florida State 4
    Georgia 20,  Georgia Tech 1
    Florida 2,  UCF 1
    Louisville 5,  Kentucky 1
    South Carolina 5,  App State 0
    Mississippi State 3,  UAB 2

    Georgia Stings Georgia Tech, 20-1
    ATHENS, Ga. --- Kaylee Puailoa went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI to lead the University of Georgia softball team to a 20-1 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Wednesday night in front of a capacity crowd at Jack Turner Stadium. The Bulldogs improved to 27-10 for the season, while Georgia Tech dropped to 17-19. The win allowed Georgia to sweep the regular-season series with Georgia Tech.
    Georgia hit six home runs, including Puailoa’s grand slam, which was the third grand slam of the season for the team. The Bulldogs recorded 14 hits, seven of which were multiple base hits. The 20 runs was the most runs scored by Georgia this season, which led the largest margin of victory of the season. It was also the most runs scored against Georgia Tech in program history.
    Morgan Montemayor (7-5) got the start for Georgia and struck out eight of the 15 batters she faced in four innings of work. Montemayor gave up just one hit and one run. Chelsea Wilkinson came to the circle at the top of the fifth and faced the minimum to end the game, including two strikeouts.
    Karly Fullem (3-1) suffered the loss for the Yellow Jackets after giving up 15 runs off of eight hits in 1 2/3 innings in the circle. Fullem also walked five Georgia batters and hit three with pitches. Kylie Kleinschmidt also pitched for Georgia Tech, giving up five runs off of six hits.
    The Bulldogs loaded the bases early in the first inning off of a Paige Wilson single and two walks. Puailoa followed with single to right field to drive in the first run. Georgia went up 2-0 after Tess Sito was hit by a pitch to bring pinch runner Katie Sowers across home plate. Christine Olney’s single to center field drove in two runs before Katie Browne laced a three-run home run to extend Georgia’s lead to 7-0. The Bulldogs loaded the bases again, and after Geri Ann Glasco drew her second walk of the inning, Niaja Griffin crossed the plate to put Georgia up 8-0. Puailoa belted a grand slam to the scoreboard to put Georgia up 12-0, bringing in Anna Swafford, Wilson and Glasco.
    In the second inning, Griffin reached on an error and crossed home after Swafford roped a double to the left field wall. Wilson knocked a round tripper to the scoreboard to put the Bulldogs up 15-0. Two batters later, Georgia Tech made a call to the bullpen and brought Kleinschmidt to the circle. A defensive stop by the Yellow Jackets ended the second inning and kept the score at 15-0.
    Georgia added a run in the third inning when Sito sailed a homerun over the left field wall that increased Georgia’s lead to 16-0.
    Georgia Tech got its first hit of the night when Ashley Thomas delivered a long single to center field in the fourth inning. Thomas scored for the Yellow Jackets off a fielder’s choice that allowed Katie Johnsky to reach. Montemayor struck out the next batter to halt Georgia Tech’s momentum and keep the score 16-1.
    Tina Iosefa added a home run of her own in the fourth inning to stretch the Bulldogs’ lead to 18-1. Sito hit a single to center field and was followed by Olney, who hit a no doubter over the right field wall to bring the score to 20-1. The home run marked Olney’s first career home run in Jack Turner Stadium.
    The Bulldogs recorded three quick outs in the top of the fifth inning to end the game with a final score of 20-1.

    Kentucky Falls at No. 11 Louisville 5-1

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 11 University of Louisville softball team posted three runs in the second inning to grab a 3-0 lead and rode a strong pitching performance from junior hurler Caralisa Connell to defeat the No. 20 University of Kentucky softball team 5-1 on Wednesday at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

    Kentucky (24-10) will return to Southeastern Conference action by traveling to South Carolina for a three-game series beginning Friday. First pitch Friday is set for 7 p.m. ET, followed by a 4 p.m. ET first pitch on Saturday and a 1 p.m. ET start on Sunday.

    After the series, UK will return to Lexington to face Marshall on Tuesday, April 9 in a rescheduled game from an earlier rainout before a doubleheader at Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, April 10. UK has a big weekend planned on April 12-14 vs. Florida as it will officially open the newly constructed UK Softball Complex. The weekend will feature numerous promotions to introduce UK fans to the new facility. Stay tuned to for more information on the weekend’s events. Admission to all games is free of charge.

    Junior pitcher Lauren Cumbess started in the circle for Kentucky, throwing two innings, allowing two hits and three runs – all earned – with one strikeout. She was relieved to start the third inning by freshman Kelsey Nunley, who threw the final four innings of the game, allowing two earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Cumbess received the loss, falling to 6-3 on the year.

    The Wildcats were led offensively by junior Krystal Smith, who drove home the lone Wildcat run with her second double of the season. The run was scored in the top of the sixth inning after freshman Sylver Samuel reached on an infield single, moving to second on a throwing error by the first baseman. After a groundout moves Samuel to third, Smith laced a double to right-centerfield to cut the Louisville lead to 5-1.

    Connell was impressive in the circle for Louisville (29-6), throwing a complete game two-hitter, while striking out four UK batters. Connell, who earned the win to move to 19-2 on the year, kept the Wildcats hitless for five innings before Samuel and Smith got the rally started in the sixth. Kayla Soles led the U of L offensive attack, going 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. Senior Alicja Wolny and junior Hannah Kiyohara each had an RBI in the game.

    The Cardinals took the lead first in the game, getting a three-run home run from Soles, her third homer of the season. The inning started with Cumbess getting a lineout to center, followed by a hit batter and a walk, setting the stage for Soles, who hammered a line drive over the wall in leftfield. Whitney Arion followed with a double to right-centerfield before Jasmine Smithson-Willett reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and second with one out. Katie Keller then hit a soft popup to shallow centerfield that went off the UK second baseman’s glove but right to centerfielder Emily Jolly, who threw to third for a force out. Cumbess then got a groundout to end the inning.

    Louisville posted two more runs in the fifth inning to increase its lead. Jordan Trimble started the inning with an infield single, followed by a triple to right-centerfield by Wolny, who was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a grounder by Maggie Ruckenbrod. After a groundout for the second out, Kiyohara singled to rightfield, scoring Ruckenbrod to give U of L a 5-0 lead.  Nunley got a strikeout to end the inning.

    Louisville leads the all-time series against Kentucky 18-13, including a 9-7 edge in the series in Louisville. The Cardinals have won eight straight home games in the series dating back to 2007, including two last season. U of L leads the all-time series in games played in Lexington 6-9. UK has played more games against Louisville than any other non-SEC team in school history.

    Andrews Three RBIs Vault No. 13 Softball Past Florida State, 5-4

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A.J. Andrews turned in a 3-for-3 performance with three RBIs which included the eventual game-winning RBI single during the sixth inning to claim a 5-4 comeback victory over Florida State Wednesday at JoAnne Graf Field.

    The three RBIs for Andrews equaled a career-high, while Lauren Houston reached base in all three of her plate appearances and scored a career-best three runs. Simone Heyward also chipped in a 2-for-2 effort with two runs scored.

    There was a 55-minute rain delay during the top of the seventh inning. Afterwards, Florida State (28-13) put a pair of runners on-base before Rachele Fico slammed the door by catching a popout on the run for the game’s final out to improve to 18-5 on the season.

    Fico sprayed seven hits and allowed four runs, two earned. The senior right-hander allowed only one run after the second inning and recorded five strikeouts versus four walks.  

    The Tigers (31-7) have won 13 of their last 15 outings since March 10. In the process, head coach Beth Torina collected her 200th career victory.  

    “Florida State is a quality program, and this win will go a long way for us,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I thought we stayed mentally tough throughout the rain delay. We made it a point before the day started that we weren’t going to let the rain become a factor. Our players did a fantastic job of keeping up their intensity no matter what was thrown their way.”  

    Florida State jumped out to a 2-0 edge during the first inning. The Seminoles made of the most of leadoff error, a walk and a hit batter to fill the bases. Morgan Bullock knocked a RBI single through the left side for the game’s first run followed by a Kirsten Allen RBI groundout.

    Florida State tacked on another run in the second inning courtesy of a two-out rally started by a Victoria East triple off the left field fence. She crossed the plate on a Courtney Senas RBI single to left field to the Seminoles advantage to 3-0.  

    LSU rallied for a pair of runs during the third inning. The bottom of the lineup set the table for the Tigers as Houston and Heyward connected back-to-back singles. Andrews coaxed a walk to load the bases. Two batters later, Bell lifted a sacrifice fly to left centerfield. The Tigers also scored via an illegal pitch to cut the deficit down to 3-2.

    LSU added two more runs by using some two-out magic in the fourth inning. Once again, it was Houston and Heyward who reached base with a hit batter and an infield single, respectively. Andrews cranked a two-run double on a 1-1 offering to the centerfield wall to vault the Tigers ahead by a 4-3 margin.

    “It was nice to see A.J. come through for us in a big way,” Torina said. “She’s been up-and-down lately, but it was nice to see her get back on-track. Lauren was phenomenal in getting a couple of rallies started for us and did an excellent job of leading our team tonight.”  
    The two teams traded runs during the sixth inning. Andrews connected for her third hit of the contest, a RBI single through the right side, while FSU countered with an East RBI single to make it 5-4. The Seminoles placed the tying and go-ahead run into scoring position, but Fico buckled down by getting Senas to fly out to Andrews in centerfield.  

    “Rachele had a few things that weren’t working 100 percent for her,” Torina said. “She was able to make an adjustment and throw some pitches that aren’t typically her best stuff. I was impressed with how Rachele was able to win was what she had which ultimately is a great sign of a great pitcher.”

    South Carolina Takes Down App. State 5-0
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Behind 2-for-3 nights from senior shortstop Samie Garcia and sophomore centerfielder Kristen Struett, South Carolina (19-14) defeated Appalachian State (15-13) in front of 967 fans on Wednesday evening at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field, marking the first victory for the Gamecocks in their new facility.

    Garcia scored twice and added her seventh triple of the year, tying her for the NCAA Division 1 lead. Struett had two RBI and scored a run. Freshman left fielder Alaynie Page scored a run and drove in another, while junior second baseman Dana Hathorn scored as well.

    The Gamecocks got on the board in the first on Struett’s two-RBI single, scoring Garcia and Page. Hathorn also scored on the play when the throw to third sailed from the Mountaineer centerfielder. Struett scored on a wild pitch two pitches later, giving South Carolina a 4-0 lead.

    It took four more innings before South Carolina added to its lead. Garcia led off the fifth with a triple, the first by a Gamecock in Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field, and scored on Page’s sacrifice fly, handing the Gamecocks a 5-0 advantage.

    Gamecock redshirt sophomore Julie Sarratt (3-2) got the win, tossing five shutout innings, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out four. ASU’s Shivaun Landeros (6-5) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk. She also struck out four.

    Gators Earn 2-1 Win Over UCF

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 3 Gator softball team defeated in-state opponent UCF, 2-1, amidst rainy conditions late in the contest at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium Wednesday evening. With UF leading 6-1 with one out in the bottom of the sixth, the contest was called due to a downpour resulting in a 2-1 final, the score through the fifth and last complete inning played between Florida and Central Florida.

    The Gators improved to 9-2 against UCF all-time under Florida head coach Tim Walton, including their eighth win against the Knights in Gainesville. On the season, the Orange and Blue moved to 36-3 overall and the Gators will carry their 10-2 SEC record into a weekend set at home with Mississippi State April 5-7.

    Florida utilized its entire pitching staff in Wednesday’s clash with UCF, with sophomore Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) earning the start and tossing two innings of scoreless ball, giving up three hits and one free pass. Sophomore Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) handled the third and fourth frames for the Orange and Blue. Haeger used one strikeout and gave up one walk and two hits, while the Knights scratched across a run in the third before junior righty Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) came on for the fifth and sixth for UF to earn the victory.

    Rogers worked two innings of one hit scoreless relief, including four strikeouts, to improve to 21-2 on the season for the Orange and Blue in the circle.

    Despite being out-hit by the Knights, 6-2, the Gators took advantage of 13 free passes and two hit-by-pitches to help manufacture some offense. Freshmen Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) and Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) accounted for Florida’s two hits in Wednesday’s match-up.

    Most notable among the walks and hit-by-pitches for the Gators was sophomore Briana Little’s (Middleburg, Fla.) 14th hit-by-pitch of the season in the bottom of the sixth, one shy of the school-record 15.

    Sophomore Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) drew a bases-loaded RBI walk in the bottom of the first to take the Gators ahead 1-0 early, started by a Stewart leadoff walk, followed by her 28th stolen base of the season. A Haeger one-out walk, followed by a Little walk on illegal pitch juiced the bags and Damico’s patience at the plate paid off with the base on balls for her 16th RBI of the season.

    The Gators took advantage of another Mackenzie Audas illegal pitch in the bottom of the second with runners on second and third to plate Florida’s second run of the game. First, freshman Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) turned over the UF lineup with a one-out walk before Stewart dropped a blooper over the third baseman’s head for a double, moving both Gators into scoring position to set up the run on Audas’ second IP of the game.

    Florida took a 2-0 lead to the third for Haeger, on in relief, where the Knights scratched their first run across during a rundown between first and second, allowing pinch runner Lauren Aldridge to bridge the gap, 2-1, crossing home from third.

    After a scoreless fourth for both teams, the Gators turned to the bullpen again, bringing on Rogers to finish it out. The Gators’ ace allowed just one hit in the fifth and fanned two in the stanza before striking out two in the top of the sixth as well. Rogers gave up one walk each in the fifth and sixth.

    While the score in the books is a 2-1 victory in five innings, stats count through the sixth for both teams and the Gators took advantage. The Orange and Blue first added a third run in the bottom of the sixth with a senior Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) bases-loaded RBI walk with one down, thanks in part to Little’s 14th hit-by-pitch of the season that loaded the bags for Gammel.

    With rain beginning to fall and the Gators up, 3-1, both teams continued to work. Next up, sophomore Katie Medina (Downey, Calif.) got in on the walks, drawing her 11th walk and plating her 11th RBI of the season when Haeger came home, extending UF’s lead to 4-1.

    UCF then traded Audas for relief pitcher Shelby Turnier. Facing Schwarz, a Hayley Barrow passed ball accounted for UF’s fifth run when Little scampered home taking UF up, 5-1. Schwarz drew UF’s 13th and final walk of the day for bases loaded to set up a RBI for Gator freshman catcher Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.) after UF’s second hit-by-pitch of the night. With UF ahead, 6-1, the rain became too much, with the umpires calling the contest at that point.

    Audas (7-13) shouldered the loss for the Knights (18-21, 1-11 C-USA) after working 5.1 innings with 12 walks, 11 strikeouts, while giving up just two Gator hits, but six total runs through the contest.

    Cooley’s Fifth-Inning Homer Propels MSU To 3-2 Win Vs. UAB

    RIDGELAND, Miss. – Trailing by a run with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Mississippi State softball senior Jessica Cooley crushed a two-run home run, carrying the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win against UAB Wednesday night at Freedom Ridge Park. The Bulldogs improved to 23-12 overall, while the Blazers fell to 24-8 on the year.

    “It was another great game between the two teams, and it was important for RPI purposes,” Head Coach Vann Stuedeman said. “We were glad to pull it out tonight.”

    In a matchup of two NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago featuring a pair of squads in the top 35 of the RPI, the Bully Bombers who struck first on the scoreboard. Junior catcher Sam Lenahan started off in the opening stanza with a deep solo shot on her second pitch, giving the home team an early 1-0 lead.

    The Blazers tied it up in the fifth with solo homers by Chandler Orr and Amy Dennis.

    Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, MSU freshman Loryn Nichols doubled down the left-field line to put the tying run in scoring position. Following the second out of the frame, Cooley stepped to the dish. Three pitches in, the Birmingham Bombers sent a 1-2 offering deep into the Mississippi Night, scoring the game-winning run with her fourth long ball of the season.

    “Jessica is one of those players you pull for all the time,”Stuedeman said. “I am so happy for her to pull us through.”

    Junior right-hander Alison Owen relieved senior lefty Stephanie Becker in the top of the fifth to pick up her 12th triumph in 2013 (12-5), striking out seven Blazers in eight batters faced to seal the victory.

    Tigers take care of Bears with 12-0 (5) and 7-0 wins, with Thomas winning her 100th career game

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – No. 7 Mizzou softball powered past and shut out Missouri State, winning with a five-inning, 12-0 result before a second 7-0 win in its doubleheader at Killian Stadium on Wednesday. Sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) continued her hot-hitting ways, batting 4-for-6 with two home runs, one double and five RBI. Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) joined in on the power hitting, going 3-for-6 with two home runs and five RBI. The Tigers smacked seven home runs over the two games.

    Two-time All-American pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) started both games for Mizzou and threw 4.0 innings in the opening game before tossing 3.0 innings in the second. She earned the win in the opening contest to improve to 13-1 in 2013 and record her 100th career victory at Mizzou. Fellow senior Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) threw the final 4.0 innings in the second game to take the win (6-0).

    Mizzou’s wins improved its record to 22-2 overall. The Bears dropped to 14-18 with the two losses.

    Crane started the scoring for the Tigers’ with game one’s first at-bat, slamming a home run to deep center field for her second long ball of the season. The Tigers’ 1-0 lead after the opening frame was added to by Crane in the second with a sacrifice fly to left field that brought home redshirt freshman RF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.).

    Mizzou’s offensive firepower come out in the top of the fifth inning with a remarkable 10-run outburst. Randazzo started the runs with her three-run shot followed by Sykes’ two-run blast for a 7-0 lead.

    Sophomore SS Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) doubled to left center to put the Tigers back on the bases. Rose’s third hit in a perfect 3-for-3 performance brought in Genovese for an 8-0 advantage. Rose advanced to second base on the throw home, but did not stand there for long. Senior Rachel Hay (Kansas City, Mo.) hit her third home run of the season to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead.

    Three doubles helped Mizzou knock in its final three runs. Crane doubled to restart the process for the Tigers and was pinch-run for with redshirt freshman Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.). Senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) nearly put the ball out of the stadium, but her fifth double of the season brought around Gadbois. Randazzo finished the scoring with a double over MSU’s right fielder to plate Marston to set the final score of 12-0.

    Hudson got the Tigers started in game two with her 10th home run of the season, a two-run bomb that scored Crane.

    Mizzou was held away from the plate until the fifth inning when junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) homered to center field, a three-run missile. The home run was Sykes’ fifth home run of the season.

    The Tigers added one more run in both the sixth and seventh inning. Marston hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the sixth to bring home sophomore CF Kayla Kingsley (Oklahoma City, Okla.). Randazzo hit her game two long ball, a solo shot, for Mizzou’s scoring in the seventh inning.

    Randazzo’s four hits in the doubleheader were matched by Crane, who batted 4-for-5 with her long ball and one double for two RBI. Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) hit 3-for-6 against the Bears, while freshman OF Sarah Moore (Chino Hills, Calif.) batted 2-for-3 with one double.

    Mizzou’s first victory of the day marked the seventh-straight win by run-rule for the Tigers. Head coach Ehren Earleywine’s squad has won its last 12 games.