|friday Softball RESULTS
|Kentucky @ Alabama - Postponed
|Georgia 10, LSU 7
|Arkansas 6, Auburn 0
|Texas A&M 5, Mississippi State 2
|Florida 5, South Carolina 0
|Tennessee @ Missouri - Postponed
Bulldogs Overpower Tigers
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 24 University of Georgia softball team defeated the No. 8/7 Louisiana State University Tigers 10-7 on Friday night at Jack Turner Stadium. The victory marked the third consecutive Friday night, SEC win over a ranked opponent. Paige Wilson led the Bulldogs, going 3-for-4, including two home runs and two RBI. This marked the first time this season Wilson has hit multiple home runs in a single game. Georgia improved to 36-18 for the season and 13-9 in Southeastern Conference play. LSU dropped to 40-12 for the season and 15-7 in the league.
Chelsea Wilkinson (7-4) got the start for Georgia and recorded the win after pitching 5 1/3 innings, which included nine hits, six runs and two strikeouts. Morgan Montemayor came in as relief for Wilkinson and picked up her second save of the season. Montemayor threw 1 2/3 innings for two hits, one run and two strikeouts.
Rachele Fico (24-10) suffered the loss for the Tigers after throwing 2 1/3 innings and giving up eight runs on five hits, three walks and two hit batsmen. Meghan Patterson also saw time in the circle for LSU, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits.
In the first inning, LSU went up 2-0 when Bianka Bell hit a two-run homer over the left field wall. Wilson hit a round-tripper of her own in bottom of the inning, to cut into LSU’s lead and bring the score to 2-1.
Georgia turned a double play in the second inning to clear the bases and pick up two quick outs. The inning ended after Simone Heyward, who singled, was caught stealing second.
Tess Sito flashed the leather to record the second out of the third inning with a diving catch in front of second base, keeping LSU’s runners on first and second. Kellsi Kloss walked to load the bases, but a ground out by Rikki Alcaraz ended the inning and kept the Tigers from crossing the plate.
Georgia scored eight runs in the third inning to take a 9-2 lead. The Bulldogs knotted the score at 2-2 after Tina Iosefa was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in Anna Swafford. Georgia took the lead, 3-2, when Wilson crossed home on a single by Kaylee Puailoa. After a fly out by Sito, Christine Olney laced a bases-clearing double to the right field wall to drive in Katie Sowers, Iosefa and Puailoa and stretch Georgia’s lead to 6-2. After Katie Browne walked, LSU called the bullpen and brought Patterson to the circle. Niaja Griffin kept the momentum going and extended the Bulldogs’ advantage to 8-2 when she hit a triple to drive in Olney and Browne. Griffin crossed the plate to bring the score to 9-2 before the inning ended with a pair of outs.
LSU added a run in the fourth inning and brought the score to 9-3 when Lauren Houston came home on of a single by Jacee Blades. Georgia made quick work of the top of the fifth inning with three consecutive outs. Highlighting the inning was a grab by Griffin, who crashed into the centerfield wall, robbing the LSU batter of a hit.
The Tigers cut into Georgia’s lead, 9-6, in the sixth inning when A.J. Andrews hit a three-run home run to drive in Hailey Smith and Heyward. Following the home run, Georgia made a call to the bullpen for Montemayor. LSU added another run when Sandra Simmons drove in Bell to make the score 9-7.
Wilson led off the bottom of the sixth with a no-doubter, her second home run of the night, over the scoreboard to increase Georgia’s lead to 10-7. Montemayor faced the minimum in the seventh inning to end the game with a final score of 10-7.
Arkansas Defeats Auburn, 6-0
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 22 University of Arkansas softball team defeated the Auburn Tigers, 6-0, on Friday at Bogle Park.
In the third inning, Devon Wallace drew her second walk of the game and became the new SEC single-season walks leader. Her 67th walk of the season helped her pass Cassie Reilly-Boccia of Alabama, who set the record in 2010. Wallace finished the game with three walks.
“Devon has 68 walks this season, that’s unbelievable,” head coach Mike Larabee said. “To set an SEC record as a sophomore just shows how great her plate discipline is.”
Arkansas (32-17, 10-10) was led in the circle by sophomore Kimmy Beasley. She went seven scoreless innings and recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts. The Foreman, Ark. native allowed four hits and walked one batter for her ninth win of the season.
“She got into some jams,” Larabee said. “But the way she is pitching right now, her strikeouts will get her out of those jams. She had some big strikeouts tonight and we played great defense.”
At the plate it was Amanda Geile who had the big hit for the Hogs. She belted a two-run homerun over the rightfield fence in the fourth inning. The two-out round-tripper was Geile’s fourth homerun of the season. Sierra Bronkey also notched two RBIs in the game on a double in the fifth inning.
“We haven’t played since last Friday,” Larabee said. “It took our players a little while to get going. We started to make adjustments and Geile’s bomb got us going.”
Beasley came out of the gate strong and retired the first three batters of the game, striking out Morgan Estell in the process.
Wallace walked to begin the bottom of the first and tied the SEC single-season walks record with her 66th walk of the season. The sophomore stole second and advanced to third on a Chloe Oprzedek groundout, but was stranded to end the inning.
Arkansas’ starter, Beasley, continued to dominate into the third. She struck out five straight batters before Baylee Stephens reached on an error. Beasley battled back and worked a 1-2 count to Estell before she flew out.
Wallace drew her second walk of the game in the third inning, making her the new SEC single-season walks leader. However, she was retired on a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat. Oprzedek followed with a two-out walk to put two runners on for Jennifer Rambo. She worked a 3-2 count but eventually flew out to rightfield.
Auburn started the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles from Tiffany Howard and Emily Carosone, putting runners at the corners with zero outs. After Carsone stole second base, Beasley knuckled down and struck out Brooke Lathan and Branndi Maelero. She then walked Caitlin Schultze but struck out Caitlin Jordan to end the top half of the inning and give her nine strikeouts in the game.
Stephanie Canfield belted a one-out double into the leftfield wall in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Two batters later she was plated on Geile’s two-run blast over the rightfield wall. Her fourth homerun of the year gave Arkansas a 2-0 lead.
After Beasley struck out the side in the top of the fifth, Wallace walked for the third time of the game. She was retired on a fielder’s choice on the next pitch for out number one. Oprzedek followed with a single up the middle and Rambo walked to load the bases. Bronkey ripped a two-run double off of the top of the leftfield wall that scored Clarisa Navarro and Oprzedek. Canfield followed the double and hit a hard grounder to the second-baseman, Kelsey Bogaards. She couldn’t come up with the ball and it scooted into rightfield. Bronkey and pinch-running Ashley Martindale scored on the play to give Arkansas a 6-0 lead.
After a single from Howard, Beasley recorded her 13th strikeout, a new career-high, for out number one in the sixth. She also struck out Schultze to end the inning and keep the Tigers scoreless.
The bottom of the sixth started with senior Andrea Sullivan reaching base. Her classmate, Hope McLemore then came on to pinch run, but was retired on a fielder’s choice. Navarro followed with a single up the middle, but was left stranded.
Beasley came out and slammed the door with a 1-2-3 seventh inning. She struck out Bogaards in the inning to bump her total to 15 in the game. Her second complete game shutout of the year gave Arkansas a 6-0 win.
Dumezich Throws 900th Career Strikeout in Aggie Victory
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior Mel Dumezich reached the 900 career strikeout mark as the 14th-ranked Texas A&M softball team took a 5-2 win over Mississippi State, Friday in the Southeastern Conference series opener between the Aggies (38-13, 9-12 SEC) and Bulldogs (31-20, 7-15 SEC).
Dumezich fanned 10 hitters on the night and now owns 902 career strikeouts in the final regular-season weekend of her four-year career. Earlier this week the ace was the female recipient of the Texas A&M Athletics Distinguished Lettermen’s Award, given to the top male and female student-athlete each year.
After three-and-a-half scoreless innings, the Aggies got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Amber Garza led off with a first-pitch single down the right-field line. Freshman Cali Lanphear was hit by a pitch for the second time on the day to reach first and push Garza to second.
A sacrifice bunt by junior Nicole Morgan moved both runners into scoring position in time for a Cassie Tysarczyk bunt single that plated Garza for the 1-0 run. Attempting to make a play, the MSU first baseman underhanded a ball to the catcher, but the catcher bobbled the ball and allowed Lanphear to score on the error and moved Tysarczyk to second.
Dumezich drew a two-out walk and junior Emily Albus bunted and reached first on a single just before the late throw from the catcher sailed over the head of the first baseman. The throwing error advanced all three runners as Tysarczyk ran home to give A&M the 3-0 lead.
Tysarczyk came through for the Aggies again in the bottom of the fifth with a two-RBI double to left field that expanded the A&M lead to 5-0. Garza drew a walk and moved to third when Lanphear singled to right field and advanced to second on the throw. Tysarczyk’s two-out double scored the pair and gave the junior three RBI on the night. She was 2-for-3 on the night with a run scored.
Mississippi State started a late rally in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as A&M ended the game with a 5-2 victory. The Bulldogs plated two runs on a home run over left field and added two more runners on the bags after the play, but both were left stranded on the third out.
A&M stranded four runners in scoring position on the night, but productive fourth and fifth innings were all the Aggies needed to take a 1-0 series lead over Mississippi State.
Dumezich (25-6) took the win as she reached the 900 career strikeouts milestone with 10 tonight. The senior allowed just one earned run on six hits and a walk through seven complete innings. MSU’s Stephanie Becker (10-8) suffered the loss after giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four in a complete-game effort.
Florida Softball South Carolina, 5-0
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A five-run third inning fueled No. 2/3 Florida softball’s 5-0 series-opening victory over South Carolina Friday at the newly constructed Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field in Columbia. Junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) tossed a two-hit shutout to improve to 27-4 in the circle, while UF put up eight hits and played sharp defense to improve to 48-6 overall, 17-5 in SEC play.
Junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) handled a school-record tying 10 assists at the hot corner to back up Rogers, who hurled her ninth shutout performance of the season in the circle as UF notched its 27th straight victory over the Gamecocks (30-21, 7-15 SEC), its 19th win in Columbia. Rogers fanned four and walked none through the complete-game effort.
UF’s 48 victories pace the nation and the Gators are just two wins away from their fifth 50-win season in program history. For Florida, Friday’s win marked its 18th shutout of the campaign.
After Friday’s games across the league, the Gators stand second (17-5, .773) in the SEC regular-season race behind the Tennessee Lady Vols (15-4, .789). The LSU Tigers (15-7, .682), Missouri Tigers (13-7, .650) and Alabama Crimson Tide (12-9, .571) round out the top five teams heading into Saturday’s contests. The series openers between Tennessee/Missouri and Alabama/Kentucky were both postponed due to weather, with the potential of doubleheaders Saturday. LSU fell to Georgia, 10-7, in Athens Friday evening.
Gator sophomore designated player Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) was 3-for-4 at the plate against the Gamecocks with one RBI, while freshman leadoff Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) went 2-for-4, tying UF’s single-season freshman hits record (75), while also tying Florida’s single-season steals mark with her 31st stolen base of the season (31-34). Stewart continued a team-best hit streak Friday, connecting in her 12th straight game.
Tofft additionally plated in a run with a blooper to right field in the third, going 1-for-4. Freshman Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) and sophomore Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) both connected for hits on the night as well to aid UF’s offensive efforts, Merritt with a RBI in the third.
In addition to Tofft’s 10 assists, UF turned a double play in the fifth to negate a Gamecock leadoff hit, the Gators’ 22nd double play of the year.
Stewart led the contest off for the Gators with a single up the middle and followed by swiping her school-record tying 31st base of the season in the first inning. While the Orange and Blue didn’t convert in the initial stanza, the Gators exploded for a five-run, five-hit third inning to grab a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, as the Florida batted through the order in the stanza, starting with eight-hole hitter, freshman catcher Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.).
Munro drew a leadoff walk, while sophomore Katie Medina (Downey, Calif.) dropped a sac bunt and reached on a fielder’s choice following a USC defensive miscommunication, turning over the Gators lineup. Stewart dropped down a bunt single to juice the bags, her UF freshman record-tying 75th hit of the season. Next up, Merritt sent a single up the middle for the 1-0 lead, while Tofft dropped a blooper to shallow right field for the 2-0 lead. On the same play, a throwing error on USC pitcher Julie Sarratt allowed two more Florida runs to cross for the 4-0 Gator advantage.
With no outs on the board, Haeger continued to pour it on for the Orange and Blue, connecting with a single to through the left side to make it a 5-0 ballgame between Florida and South Carolina.
With one out on the board in the third, the Gamecocks traded Sarratt for Katie Marks, who was effective in retiring the side with two strikeouts, but not before Little notched her fourth double of the season, followed by Munro’s second walk of the inning, leaving three on for the Orange and Blue.
Rogers gave up USC’s first hit of the game in the bottom of the third, a leadoff double for Kelley Dillon, but retired the next three batters in the inning, while forcing three up, three down in the fourth. An Ashlyn Masters leadoff single up the middle was erased with a fielder’s choice and Gator 5-4-3 double play in the fifth for Carolina, while Rogers sent the Gamecocks back into the dugout in order in both the sixth and seventh innings.