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    SEC Softball Today: April 27

    Saturday Softball RESULTS
    Florida 5, Georgia 2
    Kentucky 8, Mizzou 2
    South Carolina 3, Mississippi State 0
    Texas A&M 8, Ole Miss 4
    Alabama at LSU
    Auburn 9, Appalachian State 0
    Auburn 10, Appalachian State 0
    Arkansas at Tennessee (Moved to Sunday)


    Arkansas and Tennessee to Play Doubleheader on Sunday

    Knoxville, Tenn. – The No. 25 University of Arkansas softball team has cancelled its game with No. 2 Tennessee on Saturday. The game will be made up tomorrow in a doubleheader. 
     
    The game has been cancelled due to expected rain in the area. The Hogs will now play a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 9 a.m. CT. Arkansas will finish its 2013 regular season schedule next weekend when they host Auburn.  You can listen to all Razorback softball games on Razorvision. Be sure to follow the live blog on Arkansasrazorbacks.com. 



    Gators Even Series with Georgia

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A total of 2,232 Gator fans, the sixth-largest crowd in school history, watched the No. 2/3 Florida Gator softball team (46-6, 15-5 SEC) knot the series with No. 23 Georgia (35-17, 12-8 SEC) Saturday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium with a 5-2 victory on Senior Day.
     
    Florida celebrated its two seniors, Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.), in a pregame ceremony before Saturday’s victory as the Orange and Blue improved to 10-4 (.714) against top-25 competition this season with the series-evening win over the No. 23 Bulldogs.
     
    The rubber game between Florida and Georgia will be Sunday, with first pitch slated for noon from KSPS with Cheri Kempf and Bernie Guenther on the call for CSS.
     
     
    Working from behind, with a 2-0 deficit after a Tess Sito two-run double in the second, didn’t faze the Gators as sophomore starting righty Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) delivered a game-winning three-run jack to left in the fourth to take UF up, 3-2. Gammel finished off the four-run fourth inning with a RBI double for the 4-2 Florida lead after four and the Orange and Blue never looked back.
     
    The Gators added a fifth run in the fifth frame thanks to a junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) RBI single up the middle and Haeger worked out of a minor jam in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third, one out. Haeger fanned both Katie Browne and pinch hitter Christine Olney swinging to hold off the Dawgs for the victory.
     
    Florida pounded out seven hits, paced by Haeger and Tofft at the dish Saturday, who both put up 2-for-3 performances, while Gammel and freshmen Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) and Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) all connected for base hits on the afternoon, as Stewart continued her team-best 10-game hit streak. 
     
    The first-year Gator has reached base in all but three games this season and has had three hit streaks of nine or more games as she inches closer to UF’s freshman record for hits (75) with 72 so far this season. For Haeger, the game-winning RBI in the fourth counted as the eighth game this season she’s knocked in the game-winning runs for the Gators. UF’s come-from-behind was the 16th of the year for Florida, the fifth in SEC play.
     
    Haeger (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K) tossed a complete game, her ninth of the season, and fanned nine Bulldog batters in the process to improve to 13-2 in the circle for the Gators.
     
    UF faced two Georgia pitchers in Geri Ann Glasco and Morgan Montemayor, each for three innings, with Glasco shouldering the loss (17-7). For the first time since April 7, 2012, the Gators didn’t strike out. Glasco (3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) gave up UF’s first three hits, including Haeger’s bomb before Montemayor (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) came in for three innings of relief.
     
    Gammel and Horton have accumulated a career record of 199-42 (.825) donning the Florida uniform since stepping on campus as Gators in 2010, including a 77-23 (.770) mark in SEC play. The duo has made two Women’s College World Series appearances and helped led Florida to the national runner-up spot in 2011 in Oklahoma City. Horton, a 2013 Senior CLASS Award Finalist and recipient of a $5K scholarship from the SEC as part of the Brad Davis Award for community service, and Gammel have both shined for the Gators on and off the field, in the classroom and in the community, embodying what it means to be both a student and athlete. Both Kelsey and Ensley are team captains this year.



    No. 19 Kentucky Powers Past No. 11 Mizzou

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior outfielder Alice O’Brien launched her sixth home run of the season and junior outfielder Ginny Carroll lined a two-out, two-run double off the wall in left-centerfield, giving freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley all the run support she needed as the No. 19 University of Kentucky softball team posted an 8-2 series-evening win over No. 11 Missouri on Saturday at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky.
     
    The three-game series will conclude with a 1 p.m. ET start on Sunday. Sunday’s game will be televised on the UK/IMG Sports Network and shown live to the entire Fox Sports South footprint. Admission to the game is free of charge, while live stats will be available online at UKathletics.com. 
     
    There are numerous promotions for fans Sunday at John Cropp Stadium, including a chance to win a free Nike+ Fuel Band. The first 100 fans on Sunday will receive a free package of 2013 softball trading cards, while the entire team will sign autographs after the game. Sunday will also be Senior Day as the UK softball program honors seniors Kara Dill and Alice O’Brien for four great years with Kentucky. 
     
    Offensively, Kentucky (36-15, 11-9 Southeastern Conference) was led by O’Brien and Carroll. O’Brien went 1-for-2 with her sixth home run of the season, including RBI and two runs scored. The native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., has now hit safely in four consecutive games. Carroll, who is currently riding a three-game hitting streak, went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. 
     
    In all, the Wildcats posted eight runs on nine hits, including multi-hit games from junior infielder Krystal Smith, and freshmen infielders Nikki Sagermann and Christian Stokes. Smith went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Sagermann was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Stokes was also 2-for-3 with her first career triple and two RBI. Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner was 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game. 
     
    Nunley, who got the loss Friday night in four innings of relief, was fantastic in the circle on Saturday, throwing her 17th complete game of the year to move to 22-7 overall. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., allowed two runs – one earned – on six hits with four strikeouts. For the season, Nunley has a 2.03 ERA in 203 innings pitched with 153 strikeouts – which ranks her sixth all-time in school history for a single season. 
     
    Missouri (28-9, 12-7 SEC) started senior Nicole Hudson in the circle with the pitcher throwing five innings allowing seven earned runs on nine hits with one strikeout and one walk. She was relieved to start the sixth inning by senior Lindsey Muller, who allowed an unearned run. Hudson got the loss, moving to 7-4 on the season with a 3.76 ERA.
     
    The Tigers’ offense posted two runs on six hits in the game. Senior catcher Jenna Martson went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while junior utility player Mackenzie Sykes was also 1-for-3 with an RBI. 
     
    Kentucky scored first for the second consecutive day, moving to 22-4 this season when it scores first. The rally came in the second inning and was started with a two-out single by Smith, bringing up Stokes, who hammered a line drive in the gap in right-centerfield for a triple that scored Smith and gave UK a 1-0 lead. 
     
    Missouri tied the game at one in the top of the fourth inning on a two-out RBI. After a leadoff walk to Martson, Hudson lined out for the first out of the inning before a single to centerfield by Angela Randazzo to put runners at first and second with one out. Kelsea Roth then fouled out for the second out before Sykes singled to leftfield, scoring Martson and tying the game. 
     
    The Wildcats scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take back the lead. O’Brien started the rally with a leadoff home run to rightfield, making it 2-1 Kentucky. After a groundout, Sagermann singled to centerfield and was pinch ran for by senior Kara Dill, who moved to second on the groundout by Smith. That brought up Stokes, who singled over the shortstop’s head to score Dill and give UK a 3-1 lead. Stokes was caught trying to advance to second on the play to end the inning. 
     
    Kentucky extended their lead to 7-1 with a four-run fifth inning. Freshman Maisie Steed started the rally by getting hit by a pitch with one out, stealing second base after a lineout to centerfield by Joiner. Junior Lauren Cumbess then walked and O’Brien was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Carroll, who doubled off the wall in left-centerfield to score two runs. Sagermann then singled through the left side of the infield to score two more and make it 7-1 UK. 
     
    The Wildcats added an eighth run in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI groundout from Joiner before the Tigers made it an 8-2 game in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Martson. 
     
    Missouri leads the all-time series between the two schools 4-3. This series marks the first ever meeting between the two teams in SEC action. Kentucky, which started its program in 1997, played its second and third games in school history against the Tigers in Oxford, Miss., with Missouri winning both games. The two teams met again in 1999 in Chattanooga, Tenn., with the Tigers claiming a victory. UK and MU last met in 2003 at a tournament in Palo Alto, Calif., with UK winning both meetings. This weekend’s games mark the first non-neutral site games in the series. 
     
    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.



    Broyles Limits MSU to Three Hits in South Carolina Win

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Behind the second-straight shutout performance of the week from redshirt senior Audrey Broyles, South Carolina (29-20, 6-14 SEC) claimed a 3-0 win over Mississippi State (31-18, 7-13 SEC) on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field.
     
    Broyles (9-8) limited the Bulldogs to three hits and a walk while facing only two batters over the minimum. She struck out three and started one of the two double plays that helped her cause in the first, catching the popped-up bunt by Bulldog catcher Sam Lenahan on a bunt-and-run play and throwing to first to get the runner Jessica Offutt, who reached on a walk, to end the inning. The second also ended on a double play, as senior shortstop Samie Garcia caught a liner from Briana Bell and quickly threw to first to double off Heidi Shape, who had the first hit for the Bulldogs.
     
    A three-run fifth proved to be all the support Broyles needed. Sophomore centerfielder Kristen Struett singled to start the inning, setting up junior designated player Ashlyn Masters’ two-run homer. After getting a 3-1 count, Masters took a strike and fouled off the next pitch before driving one over the wall in left center for her second homer of the year. 
     
    The Gamecocks added an unearned run later in the inning. With one out, senior catcher Shelby Gonzales lifted a fly ball into shallow center that the Bulldog shortstop caught but dropped after the centerfielder crashed into her, jarring the ball loose. After a fly out to center, Garcia stepped up and doubled to the opposite field, plating junior pinch runner Brooke Barnhill to make it a 3-0 South Carolina lead.
     
    Alison Owen (15-9) allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, in the complete-game loss. She struck out eight. Logan Foulks and Loryn Nichols also had singles for the Bulldogs.
     
    Garcia and Struett both had two hits with a double on the day for the Gamecocks, with Struett scoring once and Garcia driving in one. Masters had the two-run homer and reached on an error as well. Gonzales reached twice with a bunt single in the seventh and on the fifth-inning error.
     
    South Carolina goes for the sweep on Sunday against Mississippi State, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. CDT.



    Aggies End Dry Spell by Doubling Up Ole Miss

    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.