Auburn, Ala. – Auburn pitcher Marcy Harper registered nine strikeouts to lead the Tigers to a 3-1 win over Southern Mississippi in softball Tuesday night at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn improved to 26-15 overall, while Southern Miss dropped to 11-29. The Tigers host Troy on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
“I’m proud of the way Marcy threw tonight,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “She did a good job keeping them off base in those middle and late innings. They were able to scratch out one run, but she recovered and did her job. Offensively, we were able to do just enough. We have a big game against Troy tomorrow and we are going to have to be at our best.”
Harper improved to 14-6 with the complete-game win. The nine strikeouts were the second most this season by the freshman. Harper allowed one run, earned, on five hits in seven innings. Harper’s 14 wins is one shy of tying the Auburn freshman record of 15 wins by Anna Thompson in 2007.
Beth Dietrich took the loss to fall to 1-10. Dietrich allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts six innings.
A Southern Miss two-out error gave the Tigers their first run of the game in the bottom of the first. Tiffany Howard singled with one out and moved into scoring position after stealing second base. With two outs, Brooke Lathan hit a slow chopper that first baseman Sarah Evans allowed to go past her for an error. Howard, running on contact, scored easily for a 1-0 Auburn lead.
Auburn picked up another run in the bottom of second inning. Baylee Stephens doubled with two outs and came in to score on a single to left by Kristyn Richards to give the Tigers a 2-0 edge.
The Golden Eagles were able to put runners on in each of the first three innings. Southern Miss got leadoff singles in the first and second innings, and put two on in the third on a hit-by-pitch and a two-out single, but was unable to push a run across on Harper.
Emily Carosone gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth with an infield single deep at second that scored Richards from third. Richards led off with a walk and took second on a ground out. A sacrifice bunt by Tiffany Howard moved Richards to third, setting up Carosone’s RBI.
After allowing four base runners through the first three innings, Harper turned it up a notch and retired the next 11 consecutive batters. The string was snapped with one out in the seventh on an infield single by Michelle Stringer. With two outs, Taylor Beck broke up the shutout bid with a double to the wall in left-center to score pinch-runner Kimberly Wilson to make it a 3-1 game. Harper, though, fanned pinch-hitter Kimberly Wagner to end the game.
Hummel Tosses No-Hitter to Lead Ole Miss to Victory
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss junior pitcher Carly Hummel threw the fourth no-hitter in school history, and the Rebels (21-23) defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8-0 in five innings on a gorgeous Tuesday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
Hummel (10-13) was in command throughout the game Tuesday, striking out a season-high 10 batters en route to the no-hit victory. Hummel’s no-hitter is the first by an Ole Miss pitcher since May 1, 2012 when Kendall Bruning threw a no-no against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the first game of a doubleheader.
“Carly has great stuff,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “Coming back from hand surgery in January, she’s really just starting to hit her stride right now. She’s just getting back to 90-95 percent from the recovery of that. I’m excited to see where she’s going and she’s definitely going to be a leader for us as we head into the home stretch here.”
“It’s awesome, but I really just care about the win to be honest,” Hummel said. “If I can break records and that kind of stuff it’s an awesome bonus, but I’m really more excited about the win.”
Hummel’s no-hitter comes on the heels of a two-inning, shutout performance at Auburn on Sunday in which she came in to start the sixth and picked up the win.
The Rebels recorded eight runs Tuesday on seven hits and did not commit an error against the Lady Lions (10-21).
“After the 11-9 win Sunday, having a no-hitter for our defense was really nice to see,” Thees said. “It let our offense get runs and our defense had to make a few plays, but Carly had 10 strikeouts. It was really good to see us win it in a different way and I think that helps the team a lot.”
Freshman first baseman Madi Osias led the Rebels at the plate, going 3-3 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Osias’ three runs and two doubles were each season highs, and her three hits tied a season high.
“Our freshmen hit really well and hit big RBIs for us. As a whole, obviously I’m very proud of the way our kids played.”
Ole Miss got on the board in the bottom of the second, bringing home two runs on three hits. Following a double to the left field wall by Osias, freshman catcher Natalie Martinez hit an RBI single up the middle. After Martinez stole second, her fourth stolen base of the year, junior second baseman Marina Parra hit an RBI single up the middle to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore third baseman Allison Brown, fresh off a 4-4 performance Sunday at Auburn, led off the bottom of the third with a single to left field, followed by a bunt single by junior outfielder RT Cantillo. A double to right-center by Osias then scored Brown from second, giving Ole Miss a 3-0 lead. Cantillo and Osias later scored on a wild pitch and illegal pitch, respectively.
The Rebels then used a two-out rally in the fourth inning to score three runs on one hit and take an 8-0 lead which would prove to be the final score. Following a pair of walks to Brown and Cantillo, Osias hit an RBI single to center field that scored Brown and advanced Cantillo to second. Senior designated player Erinn Jayjohn then reached first on a UAPB throwing error, scoring Cantillo and Osias.
The Rebels will play again Friday when they travel to Starkville, Miss., to take on Mississippi State at 7 p.m. CT. Friday’s game will be televised by ESPNU and can also be seen at WatchESPN.com. Holly Rowe and Garland Cooper will be announcing the game.
Saturday and Sunday’s games at Mississippi State are each scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.
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Aggies Sweep Lamar with Pair of Run-Rule Wins
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 10 Texas A&M softball team (33-7) scored 21 runs as it swept Lamar (18-25) in a Tuesday doubleheader at the Aggie Softball Complex. A 9-0, five-inning run-rule in game one was followed by a 12-4 run-rule by the Aggies in game two.
A&M had 23 hits on the night, including six doubles, a triple and five home runs.
A Nicole Morgan RBI single in the bottom of the first put the Aggies on the board early in game one as junior Cassie Tysarczyk, who reached on a walk and stole second, scored the 1-0 run.
A six-run second inning pushed the A&M lead out to 7-0. A pair of one-out doubles by junior Amber Garza and senior Meagan May set the scene for a sacrifice fly out by junior Taran Tyler. Junior Emily Albus followed with a bunt single before Tysarczyk went yard with a very long three-run home run over right field.
The pressure didn’t stop there. Junior Nicole Morgan drew a two-out walk, and was sent into scoring position on two base hits by senior Mel Dumezich and junior Jenna Stark. With bases loaded, freshman Cali Lanphear hit a first-pitch double down the right-field line to plate the final two runs of the inning.
Lefty slapper Emily Albus added a second home run on the day when she cleared the wall in left for the first bomb of her career. The solo homer pushed the Aggies’ tally to 8-0. Albus was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI on the game.
A one-out home run by Lanphear sealed the 9-0 deal in the bottom of the fourth. The outfielder was 2-for-3 on the game with three RBI.
Aggie starter Lauren Ainsley (10-2) took the win after fanning five, walking two and giving up three hits in three scoreless innings. Sophomore Sara Mireles aided in the combined shoutout, giving up just one hit in two innings in the circle. Lamar’s Tina Schulz (4-9) suffered the loss after allowing seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks.
A&M got another early lead in game two when Dumezich plated Tysarczyk on a single to left field for the 1-0 run. Tysarczyk reached on a base hit to right field and stole second.
Stark led off in the bottom of the second, taking a pitch to the body to reach first before Lanphear cleared the wall for a second time on the day as the Aggies stretched to a 3-0 lead. Garza followed with a single lined to right field and scored on a Meagan May double. May’s hit bounced on top of the wall in left and reentered the stadium.
Albus slapped a ball past the Lamar shortstop and sped to third for a standup triple that plated May and Tyler, who had reached on a walk and stole second.
With a 6-0 lead headed into the bottom of the third, A&M scored two runs in the half-inning. Freshman Breanna Dozier drew a walk and stole second before an RBI double by sophomore Brittany Clopton sent her home for the seventh run of the game. Clopton sped home on a single to centerfield by Garza for the 8-0 lead.
The Lady Cardinals scored their first runs of the day when a home run over left in the top of the fourth scored two. The lead runner reached on a double to right field, Lamar’s first hit of the game. A solo home run that bounced off the wall in centerfield in the top of the fifth narrowed the Aggie lead again, before a second one-RBI shot over left brought the score to 8-4.
Dozier answered with a laser hit over the wall in right field in the bottom of the inning for the 9-4 lead. The solo long ball was the first of her career. Senior Sydney Shannon kept the momentum going, finding the gap in centerfield with a one-out single. With two outs on the board, junior Allison Garrett ripped an RBI double into left field, sending Shannon home for the 10-4 lead. Garrett followed her across the plate on an RBI single to center by May.
May advanced to second on the throw from centerfield and was replaced on the base paths by freshman Alex Masek, who stole second. Tyler drew a two-out walk to put runners on the corners, and Albus took advantage of the situation when her infield single sent Masek home for the walk-off run-rule win.
Albus hit for the cycle on the day, with a double and a home run in game one, and a triple and base hit in game two.
Freshman Kristen Davenport (1-0) earned her first career win, tossing three innings and giving up four earned runs on four hits while striking out one. Lamar’s Melissa Smith suffered the loss after allowing six earned runs on five hits and a walk in one inning of work.
The Aggies host LSU in a three game Southeastern Conference series this weekend, with two games being aired on national TV. Game one is at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by game two at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. The series finale is set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday on FSN. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
Alabama Improves to 36-6 on the Season with Win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 4 ranked Alabama softball team opened midweek play with an 8-5 victory over Mississippi Valley State, Tuesday night at Rhoads Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 36-6 while MVSU moves to 13-24 on the season.
The reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, junior Molly Fichtenr, once again paced the Tide, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Senior Kayla Braud batted 3-for-4 with a run while sophomores Danielle Richard and Jadyn Spencer had two RBI apiece.
The Tide opened the scoring in the first with three runs. Fichtner got things going with a single to left that scored Braud. Richard then pounded a two-run shot for her sixth home run on the season to cap the scoring in the opening frame.
After Mississippi Valley State evened the score in the fifth inning, Alabama responded in the bottom half with four runs. Fichtner once again got it started, this time with a double to center that scored freshman Haylie McCleney all the way from first. Spencer then hit a two-run pinch-hit double down the line in left before junior Ryan Iamurri doubled to right to plate pinch-runner Andrea Hawkins.
Sophomore Leslie Jury (12-3) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings. Starter Lauren Sewell allowed three runs on five hits while fanning nine in 4 1/3 innings.
Alabama will host UAB to round out its short week tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Kentucky Downs Marshall in Walk-Off Fashion
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior outfielder Ginny Carroll laced a bases-loaded, walk-off single into right-centerfield to cap off a three-run, seventh-inning rally lifting the No. 20 University of Kentucky softball team to a thrilling 4-3 victory Tuesday night at the UK Softball Complex in Lexington, Ky. The win was Kentucky’s fourth consecutive after sweeping Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina last weekend.
The wild seventh inning started with the game tied 1-1 before Marshall posted two runs in the top of the seventh inning before UK’s three-run seventh to win the game. Alexandra Bayne started Marshall’s rally with a double to centerfield to bring up Kaelynn Greene, who bunted for a hit, making a sharp turn around first base. The sharp turn drew a throw to second base, where centerfield Sylver Samuel was covering the bag. Samuel ran Greene back to first before noticing that Bayne was heading home attempting the score. Bayne beat the throw home to untie the game and Greene took second base. With a runner at second and no outs, Ashley Gue singled through the rightside of the infield, scoring Greene and giving the Thundering Herd a 3-1 lead. UK true freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley got out of the jam with a strikeout and back-to-back groundouts.
Kentucky’s three-run seventh had just as much adventure. Freshman Maisie Steed started the game-winning rally with an infield single to the shortstop. A few pitches later with freshman Christian Stokes at the plate, Steed advanced to second on a wild pitch with the Marshall catcher fielding the ball and attempting to throw to second base before the ball hit Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson and deflected into leftfield allowing Steed to move to third. Stokes later hit a slow roller to third that the third baseman gathered and threw wildly behind Steed at third, allowing Steed to score and Stokes to move to second base.
Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner kept the rally alive with a walk and was pinch-ran for by sophomore Kara Howard. Junior Lauren Cumbess tied the game at 3-3 with her double off the third baseman’s glove, scoring Stokes and putting runners at second and third for senior Alice O’Brien, who was intentionally walked. Freshman Nikki Sagermann followed with a grounder back to the pitcher for a fielder’s choice at home to keep the bases loaded. That set the stage for Carroll, who hammered a full-count pitch over the drawn in centerfielder to score the winning run and end the game.
Five Wildcats collected hits in the game with Carroll finishing 1-for-4 with an RBI. Steed and Stokes were also 1-for-4 in the game with each scoring a run, while Cumbess was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Sagermann was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Nunley earned the win in the game, throwing all seven innings, allowing three runs – two earned – on eight hits with four strikeouts. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., is now 18-4 on the season, becoming only the third player in school history to record 18 or more wins in a season. Nunley is now tied for second on UK’s single-season wins list with former UK star Chanda Bell. Bell and Keary Camunas own the school record for wins in a season with 19 in 2009 and 2000, respectively. Nunley has now thrown 154.1 innings this season with 121 strikeouts, which ranks her tied for eighth on the single-season record list.
Williamson earned the loss for Marshall (25-14) throwing a complete game allowing four runs – three earned – on six hits with two strikeouts. Williamson is now 24-13 on the year and entered Tuesday’s game leading the NCAA in strikeouts. The top of Marshall’s order did most of the damage at the plate with Greene going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Gue was 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Bayne also went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Kentucky (27-10) will return to action Wednesday with a doubleheader at Eastern Kentucky starting at 2 p.m. ET. Live stats from both games will be available on UKathletics.com.
EKU is 23-14 overall this season and 10-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Colonels have won four straight games, winning both games of a doubleheader against Murray State and Austin Peay over the weekend. Freshman Sarah Fobbs leads the team in hitting this season with a .356 (32-for-90) average, belting five doubles and eight homers with 23 RBI. Senior infielder Raquel Howes leads the team in RBI with 26 along with seven home runs, while sophomore catcher/infielder Katie Tackett has also hammered seven home runs. Sophomore pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger leads the team in the circle with a 14-7 record and 1.97 ERA, while sophomore pitcher Shaylon Robb is 7-7 with a 3.49 ERA.
After the midweek action, UK will return to conference play April 12-14 vs. Florida. The weekend series will be packed with excitement as UK will officially open the newly constructed UK Softball Complex. The weekend will feature numerous promotions to introduce UK fans to the new facility, including a grand opening ceremony on Saturday beginning at approximately 11:45 a.m. ET. Gates to the stadium will open at 11:30 a.m. ET with the dedication ceremony taking place on the main staircase of the stadium.
Both teams got on the board in the fourth inning with single runs. Gue started the Marshall fourth inning with a single, moving to second when Shaelynn Braxton was hit by a pitch. Marshall then tried a double steal with Joiner throwing to third base out of reach of the fielder who was late covering, allowing Gue to score.
UK tied the game in the bottom of the frame after O’Brien singled to the shortstop and Sagermann singled down the rightfield line. Carroll then loaded the bases after reaching on an error. Krystal Smith hit into a fielder’s choice to keep the bases loaded for pinch hitter Emily Gaines, who walked to tie the game 1-1.
Kentucky will play host to the SEC Tournament this season for the first time in school history. The event, which is considered one of the most prestigious softball tournaments in the nation, will be May 8-11 in Lexington. The championship game will be featured on ESPN2, while all other games will be shown on ESPNU. Ticket information is available at www.UKathletics.com/secsoftball.
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