South Carolina goes for the sweep on Sunday against Mississippi State, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. CDT.
OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 15 Texas A&M softball team broke out of a conference slump with an 8-4 win at Ole Miss, Saturday in the second game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series.
The win ties the series at 1-1 between the Aggies (36-13, 7-12 SEC) and the Rebels (23-30, 3-20 SEC). The rubber match between the two teams is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Freshman Cali Lanphear started the game with a two-run home run in her first at-bat, after she also started Friday’s game with a long ball. Today, junior Amber Garza reached on a single to right field and was plated on the laser over right-centerfield as A&M took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Ole Miss evened the score in the bottom of the inning on a two-run homer over left field, and took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second.
Junior Jenna Stark tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the third when her one-out solo home run cleared the fence down the left-field line to put the Aggies back in the game.
A four-run fifth inning gave the Aggies their second lead of the day at 7-3 as two-RBI hits by Garza and junior Cassie Tysarczyk scored runs for A&M.
Junior Emily Albus led off with a bunt single and, with one out on the board, Stark singled up the middle and was replaced on the base paths by junior Allison Garrett. Garrett stole second before Garza hammered a base hit down the right-field line to send Albus and Garrett home for the 5-3 lead.
With Garza at first, junior Nicole Morgan drew a walk before Tysarczyk doubled to left-center field to plate two runs and give A&M a four-run advantage.
A bases-loaded walk by Morgan in the top of the sixth pushed in the Aggies’ final run of the game. Morgan reached three times on the day, on a hit-by-pitch and two walks.
Albus led off again in the sixth with a single to centerfield, and was joined on base by sophomore Brittany Clopton, who also reached on a base hit. The pair advanced into scoring position on a passed ball before a two-out walk by Lanphear loaded the bases just in time for Morgan to force the 8-3 run home on a walk.
The Rebels scored one last run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single, but it wasn’t enough as the Aggies broke free from a slump with the 8-4 victory in Oxford.
Senior Mel Dumezich (24-6) threw seven complete innings, fanning four batters and giving up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks for the win. Ole Miss starting pitcher Madi Osias (3-3) took the loss after allowing five earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three.
A&M’s win ended a losing streak that included six straight conference losses and seven straight SEC losses on the road.
The Aggies and Rebels will play the series finale tomorrow at 1 p.m. to determine a series victor. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
Auburn Sweeps App State on Senior Day
Auburn, Ala. – Seniors Baylee Stephens, Caitlin Schultze and Brooke Lathan combined to drive in six runs on Senior Day to lead the Auburn softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Appalachian State Saturday afternoon. Auburn won the first game 9-0 and won game two 10-0, both in five innings.
Auburn improved to 30-20 with the sweep, while Appalachian State dropped to 27-18. The Tigers will next travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for a three-game series against the Razorbacks next weekend.
“This was a good day for our seniors and good day for our team,” Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. “We came out and hit well from the start of both games and that was certainly good to see. The team really wanted to come out and play well for our seniors and they did that. It was great to see our seniors driving in runs today and playing well defensively.”
In game two, the Tigers scored in every inning to complete the doubleheader sweep with a 10-0 victory.
Hilary Mavromat earned the win in relief to improve to 6-3. Mavromat did not allow a hit or walk while striking out two. Lexi Davis started and went three innings, allowing just one hit with no walks and one strikeout.
Katherine Johnson started and took the loss to fall to 0-2. Johnson allowed nine runs, six earned, on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts in two innings of work.
The Tigers plated six runs in the bottom of the first inning. An Appalachian State error led to the first run of the game. After Morgan Estell walked and stole second, Emily Carosone lofted a pop up behind the bag at second. Meghan Smith allowed the ball to hit off the heel of her glove and hit the ground for an error. As the ball rolled away from Smith, Estell raced home to give Auburn a 1-0 lead.
A wild pitch moved Carosone to third and a single to center by Brooke Lathan brought her home to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. A pair of walks to Caitlin Schultze and Caitlin Jordan loaded the bases with one out. Baylee Stephens followed with a single back up the middle to plate Lathan and Schultze to push the Tigers’ lead to 4-0.
An infield single by Tiffany Howard loaded the bases again, but with two outs. Estell followed with a ground ball back to Johnson who threw wildly to first for an error. Jordan and Stephens each scored on the error which made it a 6-0 game.
In the bottom of the second, Carosone led off with a double and then took third on a ground out to second by Lathan. Following a strikeout of Schultze for the second out, a wild pitch allowed Carosone to cross the plate for a 7-0 Auburn advantage.
Auburn increased its lead in the bottom of the third. Howard led off with a single and took second on an Estell walk. After a strikeout, Jade Rhodes singled through the left side to score Howard and push the lead to 8-0. Estell took third on the play and came in to score one batter later when Lathan hit a sacrifice fly to left, making it 9-0.
Caitlin Jordan made it 10-0 with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was Jordan’s first home run of the season and would close-out the scoring for the game.
In game one, Emily Carosone tied her season high with four RBI as the Tigers cruised to a 9-0 win in five innings.
Marcy Harper improved to 16-9, setting the Auburn record for wins by a freshman pitcher in the process. Harper allowed just a pair of hits, walked two and struck out six in four innings of work. Hilary Mavromat worked the fifth inning, allowing one hit.
Alissa Schoelkopf started and took the loss to fall to 17-10. Schoelkopf allowed nine runs, eight earned on seven hits with seven walks and three strikeouts in four innings of work.
Auburn pushed five runs across in the bottom of the first. Emily Carosone put the Tigers on the board with a three-run homer that hit off the scoreboard in left-center. It was Carosone’s fourth home run of the season and it came on a 3-2 pitch with Morgan Estell (walk) and Branndi Melero (walk) aboard.
Still in the first, Brooke Lathan (walk) and Caitlin Schultze (walk) attempted a double steal. As Lathan slid into third, the throw from catcher Alex Sohl sailed wide and into foul territory, allowing Lathan to score and Schultze to take third. Baylee Stephens followed with a single through the right side to score Schultze and push the Auburn lead to 5-0.
The Tigers increased their lead in the bottom of the second. After a leadoff walk to Estell, Melero crushed her ninth home run of the season to give Auburn a 7-0 lead.
Despite getting a leadoff single from Allie Cashion in the top of the fourth, the Mountaineers would be unable to move a runner into scoring position. Harper forced a fly out, force out and a foul out in consecutive order to end the inning.
Carosone pushed the Auburn lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single that scored Estell from second. Estell singled to open the inning and took second on a walk to Melero. After Carosone stole second to put runners at third and second with one out, Schultze lofted a sacrifice fly to left that scored Melero to give Auburn a 9-0 edge, which would cap the scoring.
No. 12 LSU Tops No. 4 Alabama
BATON ROUGE – The No. 12 LSU softball team erased three separate deficits and completed a series sweep with a dramatic 4-3 triumph over No. 4 Alabama to clinch a share of the SEC Western Division title Saturday as another program-record crowd of 3,231 fans packed Tiger Park.
With the victory, LSU (40-11, 15-6 SEC) secured its 12th 40-win regular season in program history and opened up a three-game lead over the Crimson Tide (40-10, 12-9 SEC) heading into the season’s final week. The Tigers have won eight straight home decisions over Alabama dating back to the 2008 season.
With LSU trailing by a 3-2 margin during the bottom of the fifth inning, Katie Guillory ignited the Tigers by legging out an infield single deep into the hole at second base with two outs. A throwing error enabled Guillory to scamper into second base.
A.J. Andrews kept the two-out rally alive and ripped a 1-1 offering through the middle to plate pinch runner Simone Heyward with the game-tying run. A throwing error by Alabama centerfielder Haylie McCleney allowed Andrews to scoot all the way to third base.
Jacee Blades took the first pitch of the next at-bat and deposited a RBI single on a chopper to shortstop to vault LSU to a 4-3 lead.
Alabama attempted a comeback of its own in the sixth inning. After a Danielle Richard leadoff single, Tammy Wray used her quick release from her third base post and erased Richard on a fielder’s choice ground ball. The Crimson Tide got another single to right field courtesy of Jadyn Spencer, but Simone Heyward fired a one-hop bullet to Wray to gun down Ryan Iamurri for the second out of the frame.
Rachele Fico retired the final four Alabama batters she faced to wrap up the 4-3 win. She fanned McCleney for the game’s final out, who was previously 2-for-2 with two RBIs, in the contest.
Fico sprayed eight hits and allowed three runs, two earned, to improve her record to 24-9 for the season. The senior right-hander added four strikeouts versus one walk and moved one strikeout away from matching fellow All-American Emily Turner for third place on LSU’s all-time list.
Alabama dented the scoreboard first and capitalized on a LSU fielding error to grab a 1-0 advantage in the opening frame. Richard squirted a two-out, RBI single through the left side to score McCleney for the game’s first run.
The Tigers wasted no time and responded with a run during the home half of the inning. LSU manufactured the equalizer started by an Andrews leadoff single to left field. She advanced to second base on Blades’ sacrifice bunt and touched the plate on Bianka Bell’s RBI single down the left field line.
Alabama regained a 2-1 edge in the third inning. The Crimson Tide pieced together consecutive doubles with no outs, one to shallow left field by Kayla Braud followed by a McCleney two-bagger that bounced off the right field fence.
LSU knotted the score at 2-2 during the fifth inning. With two outs, Sandra Simmons ripped a solo home run, her fourth dinger of the season, to right field.
The Crimson Tide snatched back a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Braud knocked a one-out double to left field, moved up to third base on a wild pitch and raced home on McCleney’s sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Alabama’s Jackie Traina was dealt the loss and fell to 17-6 on the season. She surrendered four runs, two earned, on six hits. She picked up four strikeouts versus zero walks.
LSU wraps up the home portion of its regular season schedule and takes on Northwestern State for the only meeting between the two teams during the 2013 season. Tuesday’s first pitch is on-tap for 6 p.m., and the game will broadcast live by the LSU Sports Radio Network on Country Legends 104.9 FM in Baton Rouge. Live video and the radio broadcast can be accessed by Geaux Zone subscribes at www.LSUsports.net/live. Patrick Wright and Kent Lowe will have the radio call.
Fans can follow every pitch of LSU softball this season via live stats at www.LSUsports.net/livestats along with live in-game updates on LSU softball's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsusoftball on Twitter.
The Tiger Park Ticket Office will open 90 prior to the first pitch. Fans can purchase tickets on-site starting at $5 for adult general admission and $3 for youth ages 3-12.