Today In SEC Softball: April 21 > SEC > NEWS
  • JOIN THE SECNATION   Register / Login
  •  

    Today In SEC Softball: April 21

    Sunday Softball RESULTS
    Florida 8, Longwood 0
    Tennessee 9, Ole Miss 1
    Georgia 6, Texas A&M 3
    South Carolina 3, Auburn 1
    Kentucky 5, Arkansas 3
    Mizzou 3, LSU 2
    Alabama 9, Mississippi State 8


    Rogers Throws No Hitter as Gators Take Sweep

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Behind a junior Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) no-hitter and perfect 3-for-3 performances at the plate from freshman Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) and junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.), the No. 3/4 Florida softball team wrapped up the 2013 non-conference slate with an 8-0 run-rule victory over Longwood (33-14) to sweep the series with the Lancers at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium Sunday.
     
    After improving to a nation-best 45-5 overall this season, and boasting a 14-4 conference record, the Gators will enjoy a mid-week free of games before welcoming SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia to town April 26-28 for UF’s regular-season home finale, as the Orange and Blue will honor seniors Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) prior to Saturday’s contest.
     
    Florida head coach Tim Walton, the UAA, IMG College and 105 The Game will additionally debut a special three-show series this week, The Tim Walton Show, MONDAY, April 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Ballyhoo Grill in Gainesville<http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=25520>. Gator fans will be able to attend the show live at Ballyhoo and ask questions on air. Fans can also call 352-372-3700 to ask questions to Coach Walton during the broadcast. Adam Schick, Gator soccer, softball & women’s basketball play-by-play commentator and co-host of The Midday Tailgate on WYGC – 104.9FM, 105 The Game, each weekday, will play host to all three shows.
     
    Rogers tossed her second complete-game no-hitter of the 2013 campaign in Sunday’s series finale against the Lancers (6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K), the first Gator since Stacey Nelson in 2009 to have two in a season, bringing her weekend strikeout total versus Longwood to 19. The Gators’ ace improved to a staggering 25-3 in the circle (1.41 ERA) with two wins, while sophomores Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) and Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) both picked up wins in the circle in the past week, Bache (8-0) with her second over a top-25 team Wednesday versus No. 23 FSU, while Haeger fanned a season-high 10 batters in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader to improve to 12-2 in the circle.
     
    Tofft batted an impressive .800 (8-for-10) in the series against the Lancers with two doubles, a triple and three homers, accumulating nine RBI through the two day set. On the week, including UF’s mid-week run-rule against the Seminoles, Tofft turned in a .769 clip at the plate (10-for-13).
     
    The Orange and Blue backed up Rogers in the circle with a 14-hit performance, highlighted by 3-for-3 days for both Merritt and Tofft, while freshmen Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) were 3-for-4 and 2-for-3, respectively. Pinch hitter Bailey Castro (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and sophomore classmate Jessica Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) both were 1-for-1 and senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) batted .500 on the day with a 1-for-2 performance.
     
    Schwarz turned in a .500 batting clip on the week behind Tofft, going 6-for-12 with two homers and seven RBI. Florida used six doubles, a triple and seven homers in the sweep against the Lancers, connecting for 30 hits, while limiting Longwood to 11. The Gators knocked in 20 RBI to the Lancers’ five.
     
    Florida scattered one run each in the first and second innings in the series finale against the Lancers and a Tofft two-run blast in the fifth made it 4-0 before Florida poured on four more runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth to enforce the mercy rule for the 14th time this season. UF’s shutout against Longwood marked its 16th of the 2013 campaign.
     
    A Horton sac fly in the first counted as UF’s first-inning run, while a Schwarz leadoff solo shot – her seventh of the year – plated Florida’s second-inning score for the 2-0 lead.  Tofft then connected for her sixth bomb of the year, a two-run success in the bottom of the fifth to take the Orange and Blue up, 4-0.
     
    After two bunt singles for Merritt, the centerfielder brought Castro home for the Gators’ first score in the sixth after Castro led off with a double to left field and moved to third on a Stewart sac bunt before crossing for the 5-0 Gator advantage. Next up, a Damico two-out single put two runners in scoring position after the speedster took second on the play, while Merritt moved to third, setting up a bases-clearing double for Tofft and increasing UF’s lead, 7-0.
     
    Schwarz then nailed a sharply hit ball to shortstop to score Tofft for the Gators’ eighth and final run of the contest for the series sweep. Lancers starter Libby Morris (14-7) shouldered the loss for LU, while UF faced three different Longwood hurlers in the series finale.



    Chavanne Homers as Lady Vols Sweep Ole Miss

    OXFORD, Miss. - Raven Chavanne went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and Ellen Renfroe struck out five over five innings as No. 2 Tennessee defeated Ole Miss, 9-1, in five innings on Sunday to complete the series streak and extend its winning streak to 19 games. 
     
    Tennessee (42-6, 15-3 SEC) scored four in the first, three in the third and four in the second. Ole Miss (22-29, 2-19 SEC) scored its lone run in the second. 
     
    Chavanne tallied one homer, a pair of singles, two RBIs, two runs and one stolen base in the win. Lauren Gibson, completed an outstanding week at the plate, going 1-for-1 with a two-RBI hit, two walks and two runs scored. Melissa Davin drove and Cheyanne Tarango each drove in two runs. 
     
    Ellen Renfroe (15-1) earned the win after striking out five over five innings with one earned run allowed. The win marked her eighth complete game of the season. 
     
    Carly Hummel (11-16) took the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) over three innings pitched. Erinn Jayjohn allowed two earned runs in two relief innings. 
     
    Tennessee took command early with a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Chavanne got things going with a leadoff single up the middle and Kat Dotson advanced her to third base on a sacrifice bunt and a fielding error at first. Gibson followed with a two-RBI hit to center field off an 0-2 pitch from Hummel. Two batters later, Davin smashed a 2-2 pitch for a two-run homer to right center. 
     
    Ole Miss pulled to within 4-1 in the bottom of the second when Bri Payne hit a two-out double off the wall in left center to score Haley Culley from first base. 
     
    In the top of the third, UT extended its lead to 7-1. With one on and one out, Lexi Overstreet clubbed an RBI double to right center to score pinch-runner Jennifer Burroughs from first base. With two outs two batters later, Chavanne smashed a 2-0 pitch over the wall in right center for a two-run jack and her sixth home run of the season. 
     
    Tennessee put the game out of reach in the top of the fourth. Gibson drew a four-pitch walk and Madison Shipman followed with a single through the left side to start the inning. Three batters later, Tarango ripped a two-out, two-RBI single through the left side with Shipman sliding in safe under the tag for UT's ninth run of the day. 
     
    Gibson enjoyed a superb series against Ole Miss this weekend, batting .800 (8-for-10 with four homers, three doubles, 15 RBIs, seven runs and two walks. She had an astronomical slugging percentage of 2.300 and an outstanding .833 on-base percentage. Chavanne was also stellar at the plate in Oxford, batting .636 (7-for-11) with two homers, one double, five RBIs , eight runs and two stolen bases. 
     
    Gibson's numbers for the week, which includes a 9-0 win over Appalachian State on Tuesday, were very impressive. The senior from Pasadena, Md., hit .818 (9-for-11) on the week with five homers, three doubles, 18 RBIs, eight runs and three walks. Her OPS on the week was 3.255 (2.455 slugging percentage, .800 on-base percentage). 
     
    The Lady Vols will next host James Madison in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 24, starting at 5 p.m. Kids 12 and under get in free and receive a complimentary reserved bleacher back ticket. UT closes out its regular season home schedule Friday through Sunday with a three-game series against Arkansas. Tennessee will celebrate its second Senior Day of 2013 on April 27, honoring Raven Chavanne and Whitney Hammond before the game. 



    Georgia Gets Sweep of No. 13 Texas A&M

    ATHENS, Ga. – Morgan Montemayor picked up her second win in as many games as the University of Georgia softball team completed a sweep of the No. 13/13 Texas A&M Aggies with a 6-3 win on Sunday, April 21 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 34-15 on the season, including an 11-7 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M dropped to 35-12 overall and 6-11 in league play. The sweep is the third SEC series sweep for the Bulldogs this season.
     
    Montemayor spun a brilliant game from the circle to improve to 11-6 on the year, throwing the final five innings for Georgia, scattering six hits and allowing just one run.  Geri Ann Glasco started the game for the Bulldogs and gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in two innings of work. Lauren Ainsley suffered the loss for the Aggies to drop to 11-5 on the year. She allowed six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks in five innings in the circle. Kristen Davenport came on for the final inning and allowed just one hit.
     
    Georgia did not waste any time getting on the board, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Niaja Griffin led off with a single up the middle and stole second. With two outs, Kaylee Puailoa laced a single to right field, allowing Griffin to race home for the first run of the game.
     
    Texas A&M answered in the top of the second, scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead. With two outs, the Aggies strung together a pair of walks and a single to load the bases for leadoff hitter Brittany Clopton, who hit a two-run single up the middle that allowed Texas A&M to take the lead.
     
    The Aggie lead didn’t last long, as the Bulldogs got two runs in the bottom of the second to retake the lead at 3-2 without any ball leaving the infield. Tess Sito led off the frame with a bunt single and stole second before Anna Swafford drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Katie Browne moved both runners into scoring position. Samantha LaZear then laid down a perfect bunt to the first base side that allowed Sito to score the tying run and Swafford move to third. Griffin followed with a bunt single that scored Swafford for the go ahead run that made it a 3-2 game.
     
    After a leadoff walk was issued in the top of the third, the Bulldogs made a call to the bullpen for Montemayor, who after giving up a single, set down the next three batters on a foul out to first, a fielder’s choice and a pop out to shallow center to end the inning.
     
    The Aggies looked to threaten in the fourth, as a pair of infield singles and a walk loaded the bases. Montemayor got the final batter swinging to end the inning and any threat of an Aggie run.
     
    Georgia added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 6-2. Puailoa started things off by drawing a walk, before Bryanna Blanco came on to run for Puailoa. With no outs and a runner at second after Blanco swiped the base, Tina Iosefa launched a two-run home run off of the foul pole in left field. After the home run, Sito reached on a fielding error then stole second before Swafford walked. A groundout by Browne allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. With two on and one away, Christine Olney came on to pinch hit and delivered a RBI-single to right field that scored Sito and put the Bulldogs up 6-2. 
     
    Amber Garza got a run back for the Aggies in the top of the seventh with a leadoff home run to left center field that made it a 6-3 game. With one away and a runner on, Montemayor got the second out on a liner back to the circle. With two on and two outs, Meagan May fouled out to Blanco at third, sealing Georgia’s 6-3 win and the series sweep.
     
    Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m., when the Bulldogs host Georgia State in the final non-conference game of the regular season.



    South Carolian Takes Series from Auburn

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina (25-20, 4-14 SEC) scored twice in the seventh to pick up a series win at Auburn (28-20, 7-14 SEC), winning 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field.
     
    Junior third baseman Codee Yeske, one of two Gamecocks to tally two hits on the day, led off the seventh with a double off the wall in left. She moved to third on senior shortstop Samie Garcia’s sacrifice bunt. Freshman left fielder Alaynie Page, with a 1-0 count, missed on a suicide squeeze attempt, but the throw to third to get Yeske was dropped, giving the Gamecocks another chance. Page made the most of it, hitting the next pitch to left center to plate Yeske and give South Carolina the lead. Page went to third after the throw in from left got away from Auburn’s infielders. With two down, junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins hit a slow roller up the middle that the Auburn shortstop threw away, allowing Hawkins to reach and Page to score to make it 3-1.
     
    Redshirt sophomore Julie Sarratt (8-5) tossed a 1-2-3 seventh to complete her eighth win of the year, getting two of her seven strikeouts in the final frame. She gave up one earned run on four hits and two walks in her second complete-game win of the weekend.
     
    The Gamecocks took the initial 1-0 lead in the second. With one out, sophomore designated player Olivia Lawrence doubled to left. After a line out, a wild pitch let junior pinch runner Brooke Barnhill move to third, where she scored easily on senior catcher Shelby Gonzales’ single to right.
     
    Auburn tied things in the fifth when freshman Kelsey Bogaards scored from first on Tiffany Howard’s two-out double to left, as Howard beat the slap defense by driving it over everyone’s heads. Bogaards reached on a one-out walk.
     
    The Tigers’ freshman Marcy Harper (15-9) got the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits in three innings of relief. She struck out one. Howard went 2-for-3 to lead the Auburn offense.
     
    Garcia joined Yeske with two hits on the day, with both having doubles as well as Page and Lawrence. Only one Gamecock starter didn’t collect a hit in the game. The win gave South Carolina its first series win of 2013 and marks its first win of a series at Auburn since a 2003 trip.
     
    The Gamecocks return home to host Charlotte in a doubleheader on Wednesday, with first pitch set for 4 p.m. EDT at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.



    Pair of Homers Boost Kentucky Past Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 17 University of Kentucky softball got a two-run home run from junior Lauren Cumbess, who also earned the win in the circle, and a three-run opposite field blast from freshman Nikki Sagermann en route to a 5-3 victory over Arkansas on Sunday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, Ark. Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley threw three effective innings to end the game and pick up her second save of the season.
     
    Cumbess had a great game for Kentucky (34-14, 10-8 Southeastern Conference) throwing four strong innings to start the game, allowing two runs on two hits with one strikeout. The two-way player made an impact in the game before ever stepping in the circle, launching her team-leading 11th home run of the season in the top of the first inning. Cumbess finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
     
    The native of Normal, Ill., has hit safely in 13 of her last 14 games and has an extra-base hit in nine of those 14 games. For the season, Cumbess leads the team with a .359 (56-for-156) average, including 12 doubles, 11 homers and 37 RBI. In the circle, Cumbess is 10-5 with a 3.52 ERA, striking out 77 in 99.1 innings pitched. 
     
    Sagermann was responsible for the other three UK runs when she hit a no-doubt laser over the wall in rightfield to give UK a 5-0 lead. The freshman finished the game 1-for-2 with a run scored and three RBI, increasing her batting average to .323 (32-for-99) with two doubles and five home runs. 
     
    The Wildcats posted nine hits total in the game with junior infielder Krystal Smith going 2-for-3, while senior outfielder Alice O’Brien, sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner and freshmen Christian Stokes and Sylver Samuel each had singles in the game. 
     
    Nunley was impressive in her first relief outing of the weekend, throwing three innings, allowing only one run on one hit with three strikeouts. Nunley, who earned her second career save, is now 20-6 on the season with a 2.08 ERA, striking out 143 in 185 innings pitched. 
     
    Arkansas (30-17, 8-10 SEC) started Kimmy Beasley in the circle, throwing three innings allowing five runs – all earned – on four hits with three strikeouts. Senior Chelsea Cohen finished the game, throwing four innings allowing no runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Beasley picked up the loss, moving to 7-7 on the season with a 3.00 ERA.  
     
    The Wildcats will return to action Wednesday against top-10 ranked Louisville at 6 p.m. ET to start a four-game homestand. The game against Louisville is staff appreciation night while the first 100 fans in John Cropp Stadium on Wednesday will receive a free pack of 2013 softball trading cards. The team will also sign autographs after the game. UK will conclude the homestand with a three-game series with highly ranked Missouri starting Friday. 
     
    The UK/IMG Sports Network will televise Wednesday’s game with Louisville while it will also televise UK’s conference showdowns with highly ranked Missouri on Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m. ET (originally scheduled for 6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. ET. The UK-U of L game and Sunday’s Missouri game will be shown live throughout the entire Fox Sports South footprint, while Friday’s Missouri game will be shown live in the state of Kentucky and parts of North Carolina with the full Fox Sports South footprint getting the game on a delayed basis.
     
    Kentucky jumped on the Razorbacks early Sunday, getting two runs in the first inning. After a strikeout to start the game, Beasley walked Joiner to put a runner on for Cumbess, who hammered her team-leading 11th home run of the season to leftfield to put Kentucky up 2-0. Beasley got a groundout and strikeout to end the rally. 
     
    The Wildcats increased their lead to 5-0 with a rally in the fourth inning that would chase Beasley from the circle. The inning started with an infield single by Cumbess, who was pinch ran for by senior Kara Dill, who moved to second on the bunt single by O’Brien. After Dill stole third, Sagermann hammered a line drive home run over the wall in right-centerfield to give UK a 5-0 lead. Arkansas made a pitching change after the homer, turning to Cohen, who got out of the inning.
     
    The Razorbacks answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The rally started with a leadoff walk to Chole Oprzedek, who moved to second on a groundout. After an infield single by Sierra Bronkey, Cumbess walked Jennifer Rambo to load the bases and then walked Nicole Schroeder to score UA’s first run. Jayme Gee followed with a sacrifice fly to rightfield to make it 5-2 UK. Cumbess got a groundout to end the rally. 
     
    Arkansas added a run in the bottom of the fifth. Nunley started the inning in the circle hitting the first batter she saw to start the rally. A one-out walk then put runners on first and second before Nunley got a strikeout for the second out. An error then loaded the bases before Nunley issued a walk, cutting the UK lead to 5-3 before getting a lineout to end the inning.
     
    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.
     
    For the latest on UK softball, follow "@UKSoftball" on Twitter or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook.



    No. 12 Missouri Edges No. 11 LSU 3-2

    BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 12 Mizzou softball team clinched the series at No. 11 LSU with a 3-2 victory at Tiger Park on Sunday, powered by two home runs from senior Nicole Hudson (Webb, City, Mo.) in a 3-for-4 batting performance. Senior pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) threw the complete game (7.0 IP) for the win, striking out 10 LSU batters and allowing five hits and one walk.
     
    The Tigers improved to 26-7 overall and 11-6 in Southeastern Conference action with the win, while LSU dropped to 37-11 (12-6 SEC) with the loss.
     
    Mizzou took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning with a two-out, two-run long ball from Hudson to left center. The homer scored 2B Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.), who had previously reached base on an infield single.
     
    Hudson took Fico for another ride in the top of the fifth inning, a solo shot that hit the top of LSU’s scoreboard beyond the right field wall. The homer was her 12th of the season and the 42nd home run of her career.
     
    Two hits helped LSU take an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two base runners, Thomas stopped LSU short with her first strikeout of the day. LSU added a second run in the bottom of the fifth inning to set the final score of 3-2 in Mizzou’s favor.
     
    Thomas was on her mark to close out the game, striking out five of the last six batters she faced. Sophomore SS Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.) snared a line drive while falling backwards to record LSU’s second-to-last out. Thomas fanned LSU’s last batter to finish the game with her 10th strikeout.
     
    The Tigers’ other win in the LSU series came from a 6-1 score on Friday, April 19. The two-time All-American Thomas struck out 13 LSU batters in that outing, with Hudson batting 3-for-5.
     
    Mizzou returns to action at University Field, hosting Western Kentucky for a mid-week non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 24. Start times are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
     
    Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets, @MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for updates and information throughout the season.



    Walk-Off Heroics Lift Bama Over MSU

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama sophomore Danae Hays ripped a seventh inning walk-off single to lift the No. 4 ranked Alabama softball team to a 9-8 victory over Mississippi State, Sunday afternoon in front 3,814 fans at Rhoads Stadium. With the win the Crimson Tide improve to 40-7 overall and 12-6 in Southeastern Conference play.
     
    The Tide nearly pushed across the game-winner on the previous play but junior Molly Fichtner was thrown out at home. Hays came through though with two outs as she scored pinch-runner Jordan Patterson to end the back-and-forth affair and give UA the series victory.
     
    The two teams banged out 10 hits apiece with freshman Andrea Hawkins and McCleney leading the way with two hits each.
     
    Alabama sophomore pitcher Leslie Jury (15-3) earned the win in relief, striking out two in one hitless inning. Junior Jackie Traina allowed eight runs -seven earned on 10 hits while striking out nine in six innings.
     
    After giving up a run to the Bulldogs to open the game the Crimson Tide answered with three runs in the bottom half of the opening frame. With the bases loaded Traina delivered a two-run single to right and then sophomore Jadyn Spencer hit a sac-fly to left to score Fichtner.
     
    Alabama took advantage of some MSU miscues in the second inning to expand its lead to 6-1. The Tide pushed two across on a throwing error and then scored another on a very shallow sac-fly off the bat of Traina that McCleney was able elude the tag for the run.
     
    Mississippi State (29-16, 7-11 SEC) then rallied to even the score with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth but once again Alabama had an answer. The freshman duo of Hawkins and McCleney gave the Tide the lead. After Hawkins beat out an infield single to second, McCleney smashed her fourth home run of the season over the wall in right to give the Tide an 8-6 advantage.
     
    The Bulldogs pushed the game to the bottom half of the frame with another comeback, this time on a Briana Bell two-run home run that tied the game at eight.
     
    Alabama will hit the road for a crucial SEC Western Division series in Baton Rouge. The three-game set against LSU will begin on Thursday, April 25, with first pitch slated for 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.