|friday Softball RESULTS
|Florida 9, Mississippi State 1
|Tennessee 10, Georgia 3
|Kentucky 3, South Carolina 1
|LSU 8, Arkansas 2
|Auburn 9, Ole Miss 0
|Texas A&M 10, Colorado State 0
|Alabama 4, Missouri 1
Stokes, O’Brien, Sagermann Hit Homers, UK Rolls USC 3-1
LEXINGTON, Ky. – True freshman infielder Christian Stokes and senior outfielder Alice O’Brien each hit home runs in the first inning, while freshman infielder Nikki Sagermann added a solo blast in the fourth inning, giving freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley all the run support she would need as the No. 20 University of Kentucky softball team defeated South Carolina 3-1 on Friday night at Carolina Softball Stadium.
The win for Kentucky (25-10, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) was its fourth straight in SEC action after sweeping Mississippi State two weekends ago in Lexington. The series will resume Saturday with a 4 p.m. ET first pitch, followed by a 1 p.m. ET first pitch on Sunday. Live stats and live video from both games will be available online through the links provided below. Fans can also get real-time updates on Twitter by following @UKSoftball.
Kentucky used three solo home runs to earn the win, including two in the first inning by Stokes and O’Brien. Stokes, who is a native of South Carolina and was playing in front of her family and friends, launched her fourth homer of the season to start the scoring, followed by O’Brien’s fourth home run of the season two at-bats later. O’Brien led UK in hitting, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Stokes was 1-3. Sagermann also blasted a home run in the game, her third of the season, finishing 1-for-3. Sophomore Griffin Joiner, junior Lauren Cumbess and freshman Sylver Samuel all collected hits. Samuel is now on a three-game hitting streak, the longest of her career.
Nunley was fantastic for Kentucky in the circle, throwing a complete game allowing one run to get the win. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., scattered six hits in the game, striking out seven USC batters. For the season, Nunley is 16-4 with a 2.0 ERA and 106 strikeouts. Nunley’s 16 wins ranks her tied for fifth on UK’s single-season record list with former UK star Chanda Bell, who had 16 wins in 2012. Bell was the last player to have more than 16 wins in a single season with 18 in 2010, while she also holds the school record for wins in a season with 19 in 2009.
Nunley and the Wildcats made things interesting in the seventh inning as Nunley gave up back-to-back singles to start the frame before giving up a walk to load the bases. After sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson came out to talk with Nunley, the rookie hurler got a strikeout, infield popup and a groundout to third to end the game and seal the UK win.
South Carolina infielder Kelly Dillon went 2-for-3 in the game to lead USC, while pitcher Audrey Broyles picked up the loss after allowing all three runs in 3.1 innings pitched. Katie Marks completed the game with 3.2 innings pitched, allowing three hits and no runs.
Kentucky scored first in the game and is now 16-2 on the season when it scores first. After a groundout started the game, Stokes stepped to the dish and hit a solo home run to left-centerfield to give Kentucky the 1-0 lead. After another groundout, O’Brien gave Kentucky a 2-0 lead with a solo home run to rightfield. Broyles got a groundout to end the inning.
The Wildcats increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning when Sagermann hammered her third home run of the season. The inning started with a grounder to first base before Sagermann lined a roundtripper over the wall in centerfield. Junior Ginny Carroll kept the rally going with a laser single back up the middle that deflected off the South Carolina pitcher. After a pitching change, Samuel hit an infield single to put runners on first and second with two outs before freshman Maisie Steed hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
The Gamecocks got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting a sacrifice fly by infielder Julie Sarratt. Chelsea Hawkins started the rally with a one-out double to leftfield before an infield single by Ashlyn Masters put runners on the corners with one out. Nunley then got Sarratt to hit a deep sacrifice fly to leftfield that scored Hawkins. A pop up on the infield ended the inning with UK up 3-1.
South Carolina leads the all-time series against Kentucky 35-19, including an 18-9 mark in games played in Columbia, S.C. The Wildcats are 10-6 against the Gamecocks under Lawson, including a 5-2 mark in Columbia. The Gamecocks lead the all-time series in games played in Lexington 10-15 and at neutral sites 2-0. UK has played 54 games against USC all-time, marking the second-longest series in program history. The longest series is 57 all-time games against Georgia.
SHIPMAN, GIBSON, AKAMINE HOMER AS NO. 5 LADY VOLS BEAT UGA, 10-3
ATHENS, Ga. --Madison Shipman, Lauren Gibson and Hannah Akamine homered as No. 5 Tennessee used an early surge and a late surge to defeat Georgia, 10-3, on Friday at Jack Turner Stadium.
Tennessee (32-6, 7-3 SEC) scored four in the first and three in the seventh to seize momentum early in the game. After Georgia (27-11, 6-4 SEC) scored runs in the second, third and fourth to pull within 7-3, Gibson hit a solo jack in the top of the fifth and Akamine added a two-run blast in the sixth to keep the Lady Vols in control.
Shipman went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, two runs and a stolen base. Akamine was 2-for-3 with the two-run homer, three RBIs, one run and one walk. Gibson scored twice and drew a walk to go with her solo blast. Raven Chavanne was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Cheyanne Tarango had one RBI and two runs.
Ivy Renfroe (14-3) earned the win and tossed 5.1 strong innings, striking out two and containing a potent Georgia lineup o just three runs. Ellen Renfroe tossed 1.2 hitless innings of relief with three strikeouts.
Morgan Montemayor (7-6) took the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) after 1.1 frames of work. Chelsea Wilkinson threw the remaining 5.2 innings and allowed three runs.
Tennessee wasted no time offensively, leaping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Chavanne opened the game with single to left field and advanced to third on a stolen base and an errant throw. Kat Dotson drove in Chavanne with a single through the right side to give UT the lead. Three batters alter, Melissa Davin drew a walk on five pitches to load the bases. Tarango followed with an RBI fielder's choice with the out at second. Melissa Brown knocked an RBI single through the left side to give UT a 3-0 lead. Akamine followed with an RBI single through the right side.
In the bottom of the second, UT poured on three more runs. With two runners in scoring position and one
out, Shipman drilled the first pitch she saw off the scoreboard in left field for a three-run homer, her third three-run blast of the week. Wilkinson entered the game after Shipman's home run.
Georgia got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Christine Olney hit into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded and no outs. Pinch-runner Tiesha Reed scored from third base.
The Bulldogs pulled to within 7-2 in the bottom of the third when Anna Swafford hit a leadoff homer to center field off a full count pitch. UT had a great defensive play in the inning as Paige Wilson grounded out into a 4-6-3 double play.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kaylee Puailoa hit a leadoff homer to center field to pull the Bulldogs to within 7-3. The inning ended in dramatic fashion. With two outs and the bases loaded, a pitch got away from Akamine behind the plate, but UT's sophomore catcher threw out Niaja Griffin trying to get to second base.
Gibson gave UT the momentum once again when she hit a one-out homer to right field off an 0-2 pitch from Wilkinson.
With two outs and Tarango on first in the top of the sixth, Akamine sent the first pitch she saw over the fence in right center to push UT's lead back to seven runs at 10-3.
Hannah Rogers Tosses First Career No-Hitter as No. 3 Florida Takes Series Opener Over MSU, 9-1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida softball team used patience at the plate before breaking open a scoreless tie with a seven run two-out rally in the fourth, featuring a three-run homer by senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) and a grand slam from junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.), en route to a 9-1 six-inning victory over Mississippi State Friday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) made the runs stand up in the circle, hurling her first career no-hitter (6 IP, 1 ER, 7 K, 4 BB) as the Gators (37-3, 11-2 SEC) won their 15th consecutive contest against the visiting Bulldogs (23-13, 2-8 SEC) to open the three-game conference series.
Rogers improved to 22-2 in the circle with the 11th no-no in program history, the last since Gator All-American Stacey Nelson no-hit Arkansas April 26, 2009. The righty has allowed just three earned runs in her last 38.0 innings pitched in Southeastern Conference play and has given up just five earned runs in her last 53 innings in the circle overall.
The Gators drew 11 walks Friday night and used four hit-by-pitches – including sophomore Briana Little’s (Middleburg, Fla.) single-season record-tying 15th – to manufacture base runners. Little’s 15th peg of the season tied former All-American outfielder Francesca Enea’s tally from 2010, as UF now has 52 hit-by-pitches this season, seven shy of the school-record 59 in 2006.
Horton and Tofft each drove in four runs, while Horton scored two and posted a1-for-1 performance at the plate with her game-winning three-run shot.
Rogers started the game hot with strikeout, while handling a UF 1-3 double play thanks to her heads-up defense in the circle to retire the Bulldogs in order in the top of the first and get things started for the Orange and Blue. In the top of the second, Rogers struck with her second K of the game, stranding MSU’s Briana Bell on third to get in a groove and keep rolling. The two-time All-American would fan one in the third and two Bulldogs each in the fourth and sixth.
In a classic pitchers duel between Rogers and Bulldog lefty Stephanie Becker (L, 6-6), zeros laced the board for both squads through three and a half innings – both pitchers giving up two walks and tallying five strikeouts heading into the bottom of the fourth – before the Gators found a way, busting it open with a four-hit, seven-run stanza after batting through the order – all the damage with two outs in the bottom of the frame.
With two down for the Gators in the fourth after good contact from both Haeger and Little on fly outs to center field, freshmen Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) both connected for two-out singles, Schwarz through the left side and Merritt up the middle for runners on first and second, the first two hits of the contest.
After a little Gator momentum, the Bulldogs opted to trade Becker for Kylie Vry in the circle to face Horton and the Gator senior made the Bulldogs pay with a three-run blast over the left-center fence for the 3-0 UF lead on her sixth bomb of 2013. Vry then walked freshman Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.) and sophomore Jess Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) to spur another pitching change, this time to freshman Jacey Punches with the top of UF’s order coming to the plate.
Punches issued a free pass to freshman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) to juice the bags, setting up Tofft’s first grand slam as a Gator – Florida’s ninth granny this season – for the 7-0 UF lead.
Patience at the plate continued to pay off for the Orange and Blue as Haeger walked next before Little was pegged with her 15th pitch of the season. Schwarz was issued another walk for ducks on the pond yet again for the Gators, but Punches popped Merritt up to end UF’s fourth-inning scoring splurge.
With runners on the corners in the top of the fifth after a walk, fielder’s choice and hit-by-pitch, the Bulldogs executed a double steal to plate pinch runner Kayla Winkfield from third, as Fuller was called for obstruction on the play, narrowing UF’s lead, 7-1.
Horton struck again in the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff walk, while Fuller was hit by a pitch to set up a sophomore Katie Medina (Downey, Calif.) sac bunt that moved both into scoring position and turned over the lineup. Stewart dropped a sac fly to right field to plate Horton for the 8-1 Florida advantage heading to the sixth.
Rogers maintained a clean slate in the hits column in the top of the sixth, forcing a groundout along with two strikeouts, her sixth and seventh Ks of the day, to sit the side down.
In the home half of the frame, Little drew a one-out walk, while Schwarz was hit with UF’s fourth pitch of the day to put runners on first and second, one out. Merritt and Horton followed by earning free passes, with the latter plating Little with the decisive ninth run to enforce the Gators’ 11th mercy-rule of the 2013 season.
Tysarczyk Grand Slam Highlights Aggies’ 10-0 Run-Rule of CSU
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Junior Cassie Tysarczyk hit the first grand slam of her career in the bottom of the fourth to seal the five-inning run-rule as the No. 9 Texas A&M softball team topped Colorado State, 10-0 in the series opener.
The Aggies and Rams will play game two tomorrow at 4 p.m. All Bryan/College Station youth softball teams will receive FREE access to that game with the wearing of their team’s jerseys. All teams in attendance can attend a FREE postgame clinic, hosted by the Aggie softball team.
A&M wasted no time taking a lead, batting through the lineup and scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Emily Albus and senior Meagan May drew leadoff walks before a double down the left-field line by junior Nicole Morgan plated Albus for the first run of the game.
Senior Mel Dumezich also walked and was thrown out on an RBI fielder’s choice by junior Jenna Stark that sent May home for the 2-0 lead. With two outs, freshman Cali Lanphear doubled to right-centerfield, scoring Morgan and Stark, before an RBI single by junior Amber Garza plated Lanphear for the 5-0 lead.
The Aggies put runners on base in each of their four half-innings, and stretched to a 6-0 lead in the third. Lanphear hit a two-out double to right-center, her second of the night, and was pushed home on Garza’s second RBI base hit of the game. Both Aggies were 2-for-2 with two RBI, and Lanphear scored two runs.
In the bottom of the fourth an Albus single and two walks, by Morgan and Dumezich, loaded the bases before Tysarczyk hammered a pitch over left field to push the score to 10-0.
Colorado State put four runners on base throughout the game but had no answer for the powerful Aggie offense. A&M stranded just three runners on the night.
Dumezich (20-5) started the game in the circle and threw three perfect innings and striking out seven, before sophomore lefty Sara Mireles entered to finish the shutout. Mireles fanned one batter, walked one and gave up three hits as she tossed a career-best two innings. CSU starter Molly Randle (0-2) suffered the loss after allowing eight earned runs on six hits and five walks in 3.1 innings of work.
LSU Races Past Arkansas, 8-2
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bianka Bell and Sandra Simmons turned in a pair of multi-hit efforts and combined for five RBIs as the No. 13 LSU softball team collected an 8-2 victory over Arkansas during the series opener Friday at Bogle Park.
LSU (32-7, 8-2 SEC) has won 14 of its last 16 outings since March 10. With the win, the Tigers also claimed their 12th straight victory over Arkansas (25-14, 3-7 SEC) going back to the 2009 season and maintained sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division standings.
LSU’s offense pounded out 11 hits en route to its 11th double digit output of the season. In addition to Bell and Simmons, A.J. Andrews picked up a 3-for-5 performance. She scored three runs and stole a pair of bases from the top of the lineup. The Tigers also received RBIs from Rikki Alcaraz, Allison Falcon and Dylan Supak.
“I thought we did an excellent job on the offensive end, and a lot of people contributed to tonight’s win,” head coach Beth Torina said. “We did everything from hitting the ball off the wall to bunt singles and showed a lot of versatility mixing up in our offensive approach. Sandra was spectacular and provided some key hits in situations with runners on-base.”
Rachele Fico went the distance for LSU in the circle and improved to 19-5 on the season. She was touched up for two unearned runs on three hits and recorded six strikeouts against five walks.
LSU’s offense scored runs off all three of Arkansas pitchers who saw action. Chelsea Cohen allowed five of the eight runs over the first 2.1 innings and dropped to 12-7 for the season.
“We were ready to play ball tonight and wanted to keep the momentum going after Wednesday’s win over Florida State,” Andrews said. “I thought we did a great job as a team of executing our hitting plans. Being a leadoff hitter, my job is to set the tone for the rest of the offense. When I’m able to get on, I know it pumps my teammates up to drive me in.”
LSU grabbed a 1-0 edge during the first inning. The Tigers put together a two-out rally ignited by a Bell single and a Falcon walk. Simmons laced a RBI single through the left side to plate Bell with the game’s first run. LSU has won all 16 of its games when scoring in the first inning this season.
The Tigers garnered a four-run uprising in the third inning. Andrews slapped a leadoff single, stole second base and scored on Bell’s RBI double to left centerfield. After Falcon reached on an error, Simmons made the Razorbacks pay with a two-run triple. Alcaraz tacked on a RBI double of her own to extend the LSU lead to 5-0 which chased Cohen from the game.
“You don’t even know that Bianka and Sandra are freshmen because they’re both so confident when they go up to the plate,” Andrews said. “They swing so hard and with such power. Everyone on the team has a lot of confidence that they are going to get the job done when they come up in clutch situations. I know they’ll continue to do well as the season goes along.”
The Tigers added another tally during the fourth inning. Andrews and Jacee Blades set the table with consecutive infield singles. A passed ball enabled both runners to move into scoring position, and Andrews sprinted home on Bell’s ground out to make it 6-0.
LSU pushed its advantage to 7-0 in the sixth inning. Once again, Andrews led off the frame with a single. She swiped second base and raced home on Falcon’s two-out RBI single through the left side.
Arkansas rallied for two unearned runs in the home half of the frame. The Razorbacks took advantage of a Bell error to open up the stanza. Nicole Schroeder followed with a single, and Chloe Oprzedek knocked a RBI double.
The Tigers received a spectacular diving catch from Andrews for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, Gee secured a RBI via a sacrifice fly to cut the LSU lead down to 7-2. Arkansas loaded the bases courtesy of a hit batter and a walk. However, Fico buckled down to get the final out of the stanza. She got Devon Wallace, the reigning SEC Player of the Week, to pop out.
“Arkansas is a solid team, and their swinging the bat very well,” Torina said. “I thought Rachele was impressive and was able to shut them down especially when they had runners on. We got some unbelievable defensive plays. A.J’s catch was one of the best I’ve seen only bettered by another one of her catches earlier this season.”
LSU used a pair of walks and a pair of hit batters for the final margin of 8-2. Supak coaxed a four-pitch walk for the run-scoring play.
“We definitely have some things we need to work on,” Torina said. “They’re always some things we need to work on, and we’re always trying to get better. It’s one of those nights where it’s easier to give them coaching points after a win instead of when they’re beating themselves up after a loss.”
Alabama Opens Series with 4-1 Win over Missouri
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 4 ranked Alabama softball team tagged the NCAA leader in ERA, Chelsea Thomas, for four runs en route to a 4-1 victory over No. 7 Missouri, Friday night at Rhoads Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 34-5 overall and 9-4 in Southeastern Conference play.
Alabama scored the four runs on seven hits and used a stellar pitching performance from All-American Jackie Traina to down Missouri. Traina allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in the winning effort.
Thomas (13-2) took the loss after allowing all four runs on seven this while striking out six. Missouri falls to 22-3 overall and 7-2 in the SEC.
Junior Molly Fichtner led the offensive attack with a 3-for-3 night with a run and a RBI. Junior Kaila Hunt batted 2-for-2 while senior Courtney Conley drove in two.
With two outs and a full count in the second inning, the Tide opened the scoring with two runs on one swing of the bat. Conley drilled a double to deep left-center to plate Fichtner and sophomore Danae Hays to take a 2-0 lead.
Alabama extended its lead to 4-0 with two runs in the third. Senior Kayla Braud was able to beat out a throw at the plate on a Traina chopper to third. Fichtner then singled to left to score Hunt.
Missouri put up their only run of the night in the top of the seventh with a RBI single from first baseman Kelsea Roth.