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Arkansas will finish its 2013 regular season schedule next weekend when Auburn comes to Bogle Park. Game one is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday. Be sure to follow the live blog on Arkansasrazorbacks.com. All three games of the Auburn series will be available to watch on Razorvision.
OXFORD, Miss. – The 15th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (37-13, 8-12 SEC) took the series victory from Ole Miss (23-31, 3-21 SEC) with a 5-1 win in the Southeastern Conference series finale on Sunday.
The Aggies leave Oxford with a new program home run record, hitting 85 long balls so far this season through 50 games. The previous record was 81, set in 2011. The Aggies have also turned an impressive 16 double plays in 2013, including two today and four on the weekend.
A hard-hit double to left field that slammed off the top of the wall by junior Taran Tyler scored two runs for the Aggies in the top of the second. Junior Cassie Tysarczyk reached on a two-out walk and was joined on base when senior Meagan May singled through the left side. Tyler’s hit sent the pair home for the 2-0 lead.
The Rebels scored a payback run in the bottom of the third on an RBI groundout. The unearned run narrowed the A&M lead to 2-1.
A solo home run by May in the top of the fourth expanded the A&M lead to 3-1. May was 2-for-3 on the day with a home run, a walk and two runs scored.
In the top of the sixth, Tysarczyk plated the 4-1 run on an RBI single. The Aggie right fielder was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day with two singles, a double, a walk, a run scored and one RBI. Freshman Cali Lanphear reached on a one-out double and took third on a fly out before Tysarczyk sent her home on the hit to centerfield.
Junior Jenna Stark gave the Aggies their final run of the game, blasting a two-out solo home run over left field for the 5-1 lead. The Aggies end the weekend with 85 home runs on the season, a program best.
After the leadoff runner reached on a bunt single in the bottom of the fourth, the Aggies grabbed two quick outs as they turned their 15th double play of the season. A 16th double play was turned to end the bottom of the fifth, making it the eighth two-out production in the past two weekends.
Sophomore Lauren Ainsley (12-6) was dominant in the circle, giving up just one unearned run on seven hits and a walk while fanning seven hitters for the win. Ole Miss starter Erinn Jayjohn worked 4 2/3 innings for the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks.
The Aggies close out the regular season next weekend with three games against Mississippi State in College Station. The Aggies and Bulldogs will play at 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
Florida Blanks Georgia in Home Finale
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) hurled a two-hit shutout, while freshman first baseman Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and sophomore designated player Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) accounted for No. 2/3 Florida’s five runs in the rubber game between the Gators and the No. 23 Georgia Bulldogs in front of 1,725 Orange and Blue-clad fans Sunday.
UF’s 5-0 victory gave the Orange and Blue 17 shutouts on the year, Rogers’ eighth in the circle, and a seventh series win in Southeastern Conference play as the Gators improved to 47-6 overall, 16-5 through the league slate, having won all their conference series thus far. With the second and third games of the Tennessee | Arkansas series cancelled due to inclement weather in Knoxville Sunday, Tennessee (15-4, .789), Florida (16-5, .762) and LSU (15-6, .714) round out the top three institutions in the standings heading into the final regular-season weekend May 3-5, with both SEC Tournament seeding and the regular-season title up for grabs.
The No. 3/2 Lady Vols will visit No. 11 Missouri next weekend, the Gators face the Gamecocks on the road in Columbia and No. 12 LSU will head to Athens to finish up conference play at No. 23 Georgia.
The Gators blanked the Bulldogs Sunday for the first time since a March 11, 2009, doubleheader, when UF shut out UGA both games. After Georgia took a 3-2 win Friday to open the set, Florida battled back on Senior Day Saturday with a 5-2 win before Sunday’s 5-0 victory, as UF celebrated its two seniors, Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) in the Gators’ home finale this weekend.
The Orange and Blue improved to 11-4 (.733) against top-25 competition with the series clincher against the Dawgs as more UF records toppled at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Schwarz ripped UF’s school-record 18th triple of the year in the third, while classmate Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) connected for a base hit in her career and team-best 11th straight game, now just two hits shy of tying Florida’s freshman single-season record 75.
Rogers improved to a staggering 26-4 in the circle, tops in the SEC, lowering her season ERA to 1.38 (1.60 SEC).
Haeger turned in a 3-for-3 performance in the series finale with Georgia, while Stewart was 1-for-4, Schwarz 1-for-3 and Horton1-for-2 with a walk to pace UF’s six-hit effort.
Schwarz first forced a UGA defensive error in the first that turned into two Gator runs before drilling a two-RBI triple down the right-field line for UF’s two third-inning runs. Haeger went yard in the fifth with a solo shot, accounting for UF’s fifth and final run of the day, as Florida scattered its scores in three different frames.
In the initial stanza, the Gators took advantage of a bases-loaded situation, while also capitalizing on a Georgia defensive miscue at third to plate its first two runs. Florida juiced the bags on a freshman Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) one-out walk before Haeger sent a two-out infield single up the middle. Next up, Horton drew one of UF’s four walks for ducks on the pond to put the pressure on the UGA defense. A Schwarz grounder to third went under the defender’s glove and through her legs, allowing both Merritt and Haeger to scamper home for the 2-0 Gator lead.
After zeros on the board through the next inning and a half, Schwarz struck again in the bottom of the third for the Gators with a two-out two-RBI triple down the right-field line, her second three-bagger of the season, to give Florida a 4-0 advantage.
In the fifth, and facing a full count from Morgan Montemayor – on in relief of starter Chelsea Wilkinson in the circle for UGA – Haeger ripped her team-leading 16th bomb over the left-field fence for the Gators, extending UF’s lead, 5-0.
Rogers (7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 BB, 3 K) settled in nicely as the contest went on, using two of her three strikeouts in the top of the sixth, while relying on her defense to go to work. Florida turned two double plays Sunday, three on the weekend. Georgia’s Tess Sito and Anna Swafford accounted for the Dawgs’ two hits on the afternoon, Swafford in the fourth and Sito in the fifth.
Wilkinson (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) shouldered the loss (6-4), while Montemayor (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) finished out the game for the Bulldogs.
Gammel and Horton closed out their final regular season weekend at home with a career record of 200-42 (.826), including a 78-23 (.772) 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<http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=25418> 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.
Mizzou Blanks Kentucky to Series WIn
LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 11 Mizzou softball sealed its series win at No. 19 Kentucky with a 7-0 shutout victory on Sunday at John Cropp Stadium. The Tigers were led by two-hit days from sophomore SS Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.), sophomore 3B Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) and senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.). Two-time All-American pitcher Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) pitched 6.0 shutout innings in the victory, scattering three hits and two walks.
Mizzou improved to 29-9 overall and 13-7 in the Southeastern Conference with the win, while the Wildcats dropped to 36-16 (11-10 SEC) with the loss. Missouri took a nine-inning, 2-1 win over Kentucky to open the series on Friday, April 26.
The Tiger bats got going in a big way in the top of the second inning, with six runs scoring for Mizzou. The inning started with Randazzo and sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) earning walks. With one out, a Genovese single up the middle scored Randazzo and Roth came in on a UK error for a 2-0 lead after Genovese stole second base.
Redshirt freshman OF Carlie Rose (Nixa, Mo.) and freshman 2B Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) kept the second inning going with two-out walks to load the bases. Marston capitalized with a double off the left field wall to score Genovese, Rose and Crane for a 5-0 advantage. After a walk by senior Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.), Randazzo made it 6-0 by singling through the left side to score Marston from second base.
Mizzou added a seventh run in the top of the sixth with two two-out hits. Randazzo singled to center field and was pinch run for with senior IF Princess Krebs (Lithonia, Ga.). Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) smacked a double to center field to bring home Krebs to set the final score of 7-0.
Thomas improved to 19-4 in the circle with her performance, her 12th SEC pitching victory. Senior Lindsey Muller (Stillwell, Kan.) finished out the game, facing three batters and getting three outs in the seventh inning.
Marston led Mizzou with three RBI in the game, a season-best. Hudson, Roth and Rose each earned two walks in the win.
UK’s Lauren Cumbess lasted 1.2 innings in the loss (10-6), allowing three hits, six earned runs and five walks. Wildcat pitcher Kelsey Nunley entered in relief and threw the final 5.1 innings.
The Tigers stay on the road with a mid-week, non-conference doubleheader at Western Illinois (13-21) on Wednesday, May 1, in Macomb, Ill. The games are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Mary Ellen McKee Stadium.
Mizzou then returns home to University Field for its final home regular season action, a three-game series against SEC foe Tennessee from Friday, May 3-Sunday, May 5. The Friday game starts at 6 p.m., while the Saturday, May 4, contest will be televised nationally by ESPN at 6:30 p.m. The series concludes with a noon first pitch on Sunday for Senior Day.
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.
South Carolina Completes Sweep
MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. – Seventh-inning home runs from juniors Dana Hathorn and Ashlyn Masters propelled South Carolina (30-20, 7-14 SEC) to a 5-4 victory on Sunday to sweep the series at Mississippi State (31-19, 7-14 SEC) for the first time in the SEC three-game set.
Leading off the inning, Hathorn went to an 0-2 count but drove next pitch over the wall in left to break the 3-3 tie and give South Carolina the lead. After a fly out, Masters drove the 1-1 offering from Bulldog pitcher Alison Owen over the wall 10 feet fair, posting what turned out to be a very-important insurance run.
With two down in the bottom of the seventh, Erin Nesbit hit a solo homer to left, cutting the Gamecocks’ lead to 5-4. But South Carolina freshman pitcher Katie Marks (7-7) struck out the next batter to end the contest and hand South Carolina its first three-game road sweep of any foe in SEC play since the 2008 series at Kentucky.
Marks came on in relief of starter Julie Sarratt with two on in the fourth and struck out her first batter before making a catch out of the circle to end the inning. The rookie got the win in relief, tossing 3.2 innings with two hits and a walk while striking out three. Owen (15-10) took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing two earned runs on three hits in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen.
The Gamecocks loaded the bases in the first with no one out with a hit by senior shortstop Samie Garcia, a walk to freshman left fielder Alaynie Page and a hit-by-pitch to junior second baseman Dana Hathorn. After a line out, Masters battled for a walk in a seven-pitch at bat to force in a run. Junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins sent a fly ball to left deep enough to allow Page to score and make it 2-0.
Mississippi State answered in the second with three runs. With the bases loaded, Jessica Offutt got hit by a pitch, forcing in Shelby Fisher to make it 2-1 in favor of the Gamecocks. After Sarratt got a strikeout, Heidi Shape hit one back through the middle to score two and give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.
South Carolina tied things again in the fourth on Garcia’s two-out single up the middle. That scored junior pinch runner Brooke Barnhill, who came on after redshirt senior first baseman Kelley Dillon opened the frame with a single. Barnhill stole second and moved to third on a grounder, setting up Garcia’s hit.
The Gamecocks helped the Bulldogs strand 11 base runners in the contest, including getting out of bases-loaded situations twice. Sarratt induced an infield pop fly in the first to end a rally before getting a strikeout to wrap the third.
Garcia went 4-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI to lead the Gamecocks. Masters went 2-for-3 with the homer, her second of the weekend and third of the season, and two RBI. Hathorn also hit her fourth homer of the season. Shelby Fisher stood as the only Bulldog to collect two hits, adding a double. Nesbit’s homer was her second of the year.
The Gamecocks now stand tied for 10th in the SEC Tournament picture and hold the tiebreaker over both Auburn and Mississippi State, the other two teams at 7-14 in league play. Auburn plays at Arkansas next weekend, while Mississippi State heads to Texas A&M. Barring rainouts, the Gamecocks will need to match the win totals of the Tigers and Bulldogs to clinch the final spot in the tourney, which begins on May 8 in Lexington, Ky.
South Carolina returns home for the final weekend of the regular season, hosting No. 2/3 Florida at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6 p.m. EDT, while Saturday is a 2 p.m. start. Sunday’s contest, which will be Senior Day for the Gamecocks, is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch.