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    SEC Softball Tournament: Day One Recap

    Wednesday Softball RESULTS
    Alabama 10, Texas A&M 9
    South Carolina 6, Kentucky 3


    Alabama Wins Thriller Over Texas A&M to Open SEC Tournament

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. – With a full count and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Alabama sophomore Danielle Richard smoked a walk-off triple down the line in left to hand the Crimson Tide a thrilling, 10-9 victory over Texas A&M Wednesday night at John Cropp Stadium. The victory sends Alabama to the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament and moves its record to 42-12 on the season. 
     
    Trailing, 9-8, entering the seventh inning the Tide got its first two runners on base. After two quick outs, Richard supplied the heroics, driving in freshman Haylie McCleney from second and junior Molly Fichtner all the way from first for the win. 
     
    McCleney led the Tide at the plate with a 4-for-4 effort. Senior Kayla Braud batted 2-for-3 while junior Kaila Hunt and freshman Leona Lafaele combined to drive in seven. 
     
    Alabama carried an 8-3 lead into the sixth inning but Texas A&M started its charge, down to its final six outs of the contest. 
     
    Amber Garza hit a two-out grand slam over the wall in center to pull the Aggies within one in the sixth inning. Texas A&M then completed the comeback in the seventh as Cassie Tysarczyk hit a two-run home run to give the Aggies the 9-8 lead. 
     
    After Texas A&M took an early 2-0 lead in the first, Alabama answered with four runs in the bottom half. Back-to-back walks to Braud and Ryan Iamurri set the tone as McCleney snuck a hit up the middle to score Braud from second. Hunt then smashed her 13th home run on the year, a three-run shot that drilled the batting cage beyond the wall in left to give the Tide a 4-2 lead. 
     
    After the Aggies cut the Tide lead to one, Alabama answered in a big way in the bottom of the fifth. Lafaele lined her second career grand slam over the wall in left to give the Tide an 8-3 advantage. 
     
    Alabama sophomore Leslie Jury (16-6) earned the win in relief. Jury allowed one hit and walked one in just under an inning of work. Junior Jackie Traina allowed nine runs – eight earned – on nine hits. The right-hander struck out 10 and walked four in 6 1/3 innings. 
     
    Alabama will now face top-seed Florida in the quarterfinal round. The two SEC heavyweights will clash on Thursday, May 9, with first pitch scheduled for 10 a.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPNU.


    Four-Run Third Inning Propels South Carolina to Upset of Kentucky

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Behind a complete game pitching performance from Julie Sarratt and a four-run third inning, the No. 10 seed South Carolina Gamecocks claimed a 6-3 upset victory of No. 7 seed Kentucky in the second game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in John Cropp Stadium.

    South Carolina advances to take on No. 2 seed Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. The game will air live on ESPN.

    The Gamecocks tallied four runs on three hits and one UK error in the top of the third inning to take a 4-1 edge it would never relinquish. Sarratt’s strong pitching and two more runs in the top of the sixth proved to be enough for the upset win.

    Kentucky rallied for a pair of runs on an Alice O’Brien home run in the home half of the seventh, and had the tying run at the plate but Sarratt closed the door with her sixth strikeout of the night for the 6-3 win.