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    SEC Softball In The NCAA Tournament: May 19

    Sunday NCAA Softball RESULTS
    Alabama 13, Western Kentucky 1
    Texas 6, South Carolina 0
    Oklahoma 14, Arkansas 1
    Florida 2, USF 0
    Mizzou 5, Hofstra 0
    Louisiana-Lafayette 1, LSU 0
    Virginia Tech 2, Kentucky 0
    Kentucky 1, Virginia Tech 0
    Tennessee 7, NC State 0
    Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5
    Texas A&M 8, Baylor 0
    Arizona State 2, Georgia 0


    Alabama Wins Tuscaloosa Regional

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama softball team claimed its ninth consecutive NCAA regional title and 11th overall as it raced past Western Kentucky, 13-1, Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium. With the victory the Crimson Tide improves to 45-13 overall. 
     
    Alabama junior pitcher Jackie Traina (19-6) was dominate, allowing just one hit and striking out two in four innings. The Crimson Tide plated the 13 runs on 15 hits to improve to 41-9 all-time in regional action.
     
    The Tide’s speed wreaked havoc on the Lady Toppers (43-18) as senior Kayla Braud, and the freshman tandem of Haylie McCleney and Andrea Hawkins recorded three hits apiece. Braud capped off the tournament with eight hits and moved her hitting streak to 23 games. 
     
    Small ball continued to work for Alabama as they manufactured a run to open the game in the first. After back-to-back infield singles by Braud and McCleney, Hunt put down a sac-bunt that set up a Molly Fichtner sac-fly to left-center that easily scored Braud from third. 
     
    Alabama opened the floodgates in the second inning, scoring six runs to take a 7-0 lead. Sophomore Danielle Richard led off the inning with a solo home run and then after a Courtney Conley run on a passed ball, Hunt smashed a grand slam for her 15th home run on the season. 
     
    The Tide pushed its lead to 9-0 with a pair of runs in the fourth inning, with Fichtner starting the scoring with a sharp liner to left, followed by Richard adding another RBI with a sac-fly to center. 
     
    Alabama wrapped up its scoring with three more runs in the fifth. McCleney ripped a two-run single up the middle and then Fichtner drove in her third run on the day on a groundout to short.  In her final at-bat at Rhoads Stadium senior Jackey Branham ripped an RBI double off the wall in left-center to give the Tide a 13-0 lead. 
     
    Alabama awaits the winner of the Knoxville Regional for its NCAA Super Regional opponent. The NCAA has not announced dates of the best of three series.



    Texas' Thom Blasts Two Homers to Doom South Carolina

    AUSTIN, Texas – South Carolina (34-25) threatened early and often against national No. 4 seed Texas (47-8), but the Longhorns got two home runs from Taylor Thom as the Longhorns won 6-0 to take the Austin Regional in front of 914 fans at McCombs Field on Sunday afternoon.
     
    Thom’s first trot came on a two-run blast on the first pitch she saw in the first. That scored Taylor Hoagland after she started the inning with a walk. Thom struck again in the fifth, again driving the first pitch over the wall in left center with the bases loaded this time to give Texas the 6-0 lead. Stephanie Ceo started the rally with a walk, and Hoagland reached on a Gamecock error. Brejae Washington landed a single in shallow center, setting up Thom’s grand slam. Thom was the only Longhorn with two hits.
     
    The Gamecocks squandered two bases-loaded opportunities in the first two frames. Walks to senior shortstop Samie Garcia and freshman left fielder Alaynie Page started the contest, and junior second baseman got hit by her 24th pitch of the year to load the bags. But Texas starter Blaire Luna got three straight strikeouts to end the first. 
     
    A walk to redshirt senior first baseman Kelley Dillon began the second, and two straight bunt hits by senior catcher Shelby Gonzales and junior third baseman Codee Yeske filled the bases in the second, but the Gamecocks had tough luck next. Garcia blooped one into shallow center that landed in front of Texas’s Washington, who picked up the short hop and gunned the ball home, where catcher Mandy Ogle leaped to make the catch and tagged the Gamecocks’ pinch runner for the first out. Another more conventional fielder’s choice to short cut down the lead runner for the second out, and Luna got a pop out to second to end the frame. In total, South Carolina left 11 runners on base.
     
    South Carolina threatened in the seventh one last time, getting two runners on with one out, but Luna recorded her eighth strikeout and got a grounder to third to end the contest. Luna (28-5) tossed a shutout, scattering five hits, four walks and two hit-by-pitches while striking out seven. Gamecock freshman Katie Marks (8-8) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks in 4.1 innings.
     
    The Gamecocks lose three starters and one pitcher off this squad, the first to record 30+ wins in Beverly Smith’s tenure at South Carolina.



    Arkansas Falls to No. 1 Oklahoma to End Season

    NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 24 University of Arkansas softball team fell to the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, 14-1, in five innings on Sunday in Norman, Okla. 
     
    The 2013 Razorbacks finished the season as the program’s leader in batting average (.283), slugging percentage (.470), on-base percentage (.390), walks (229) and runs scored (304).
     
    “I am very proud of our team,” head coach Mike Larabee said. “We are building a program. This is something that we are going to build on. We set a lot of records this year and we have to take the next step next year.”
     
    The Razorbacks’ starter, Kimmy Beasley, allowed one earned run on two hits in 2.2 innings of work. The Sooners scored nine unearned runs in the game and the Razorbacks left seven runners on base.
     
    “Oklahoma is a great team,” Larabee said. “You cannot give them opportunities or it will snowball. They have a good lineup and will make you pay. Next year hopefully we will be playing a regional in Fayetteville and we will have an easier draw.” 
     
    Devon Wallace notched two of the three hits for the Razorbacks on the day and belted a solo-homerun in the fourth inning. She finished her sophomore season with an SEC-record 79 walks. The Double Oak, Texas native set the UA single-season record in walks (79), slugging percentage (.768) and on-base percentage (.627). She finished second in the all-time record books with a .376 batting average and 55 runs scored.
     
    Stephanie Canfield capped her freshman year with a walk in the season finale. She finished the year as the program’s all-time single-season batting average leader with a .381 mark.
     
    Oklahoma was the away team and garnered its first base-runner when Lauren Chamberlain was pegged in the back by Beasley on the first pitch of the game. She stole second base and came around to score on a Georgia Casey single. Beasley settled down and retired three of the next four batters she faced. The sophomore got Jessica Shults to bite on a changeup to end the top of the first.
     
    Wallace started the hitting in the bottom of the first and lined a single down the rightfield line. Clarisa Navarro followed the single with a gap-double that put two runners in scoring position for Chloe Oprzedek. She worked a five-pitch at-bat before falling victim to an inside changeup. Amanda Geile suffered the same fate as she went down swinging. Canfield followed with a walk to load the bases for Andrea Sullivan. She grounded out to second and the Razorbacks left the bases loaded in the first inning for the second time of the regional against Oklahoma.
     
    After a one-out walk to Destinee Martinez, Callie Parsons grounded a ball to Oprzedek at third. She threw to second but Sierra Bronkey bobbled the ball, this put two runners on for Chamberlain. She walked to load the bases for Casey. Beasley got her to pop-up in the infield for out number two. Shelby Pendley followed with a groundout and Beasley escaped unscathed. 
     
    Jennifer Rambo was hit with a pitch to start the bottom of the second. She advanced a base on a wild pitch two batters later, but was stranded as the Razorbacks were unable to hit her home.
     
    After a strikeout to Keilani Ricketts to start the third, Brittany Williams and Jessica Shults tallied back-to-back walks. Beasley battled back and struck out Martinez for out number two. Callie Parsons followed and skied a ball to rightfield. It was dropped and two unearned runs crossed the plate, leaving Parsons at second. Brianna Turang walked to put two runners on for Chamberlain. She made the Hogs pay and belted a three-run bomb over the leftfield fence. Her 27th long-ball of the year gave OU a 6-0 lead. 
     
    Back-to-back walks with one out from Oprzedek and Geile put two runners on for the Razorbacks in the bottom of the third. This ended the day for the OU starter, Ricketts. Michelle Gascoigne came on and walked Andrea Sullivan to load the bases for Rambo. She worked a nine-pitch at-bat but eventually grounded out. 
     
    The Sooners added another run in the fourth as Pendley shot a solo-homerun over the centerfield wall. After Ricketts grounded out, Williams singled and scored on the next pitch as Shults doubled off of the leftfield wall. Two unearned runs followed to make the score 10-0. Later in the inning, Pendley drove a two-run single into the outfield to make it 12-0, OU.
     
    After a Jayme Gee fly-out to the warning track in rightfield, Wallace worked a full count and barreled up a fastball. Her 13th homerun of the year soared over the centerfield fence to make the score 12-1. 
     
    Kelly Young came in to get the final out of the fourth inning and allowed a leadoff double to Erica Sampson to start the fifth. Young came back and retired Shults by virtue of a groundout. She worked a 3-2 count on pinch-hitting Paris Townsend before earning a pop-out. Javen Henson took the next pitch over the fence for a two-run homer. 
     
    The Razorbacks were retired, in order, in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. The Razorbacks finished the 2013 season with a 36-20 record.
     
    For more information regarding Razorback softball please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



    No. 2 Florida Blanks USF to Advance to Super Regionals

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida softball junior ace Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) tossed a three-hit shutout and the No. 2 Gator softball squad (55-7) used a 2-0 victory over No. 22 USF in the Gainesville Regional Championship to advance to its sixth Super Regional in program history, all under Florida head coach Tim Walton. 
     
    Rogers improved to 31-5 in the circle for the Gators (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), maintaining a clean slate in the earned runs category through regional play as the No. 2 national seed Gators gave up just two unearned runs throughout the weekend. The Gators’ ace added her 10th shutout with Sunday’s win, UF’s 19th of the season. 
     
    The Orange and Blue advance to, and will host, next weekend’s Super Regional round, with times, dates and opponent TBA. UF will play the winner of the Louisville Regional, as a current ‘if necessary’ contest is in progress between UAB and UCLA. The winner will head to Gainesville for Super Regionals.
     
    Rogers earned two wins in the circle throughout the Gainesville Regional and gave up just four hits, both against USF after also tossing a one-hitter Saturday against the Bulls, while sophomore righty Alyssa Bache (Clearwater, Fla.) handled business Friday against Hampton for her first career postseason victory. Bache worked a two-hitter against the Lady Pirates to improve to 9-0 on the season. 
     
    Offensively, sophomore Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) and freshman Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.) both batted above .500 through regionals for the Orange and Blue, Haeger with a .571 clip (4-for-7) and Fuller with a .500 batting average (3-for-6). Haeger and Fuller combined for 12 of UF’s 19 RBI, three of Florida’s four homers and two of the Gators’ three doubles on the weekend. Senior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) went 4-for-9 (.444) with a double, homer and three RBI herself.
     
    A bases-loaded walk, followed by a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch courtesy of USF ace Sara Nevins in the top of the fourth proved to be the difference in Sunday’s Gainesville Regional Championship, as Nevins and Rogers worked in the circle for their teams, Nevins giving up just one hit to Gator freshman leadoff and second baseman Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) in the top of the seventh.
     
    Rogers sat the Bulls down in order in the first, second, third and sixth innings to retire the first nine batters, yielding one hit each in the fourth, fifth and sixth for the Bulls, including two infield singles and a Kenshyra Jackson single down the left-field line in the bottom of the seventh.
     
    Despite Stewart’s one hit in the Regional Championship, the Gators were potent on the base paths, taking advantage of six Nevins walks and two hit-by-pitched, including three walks and a HBP in UF’s two-run fourth inning. 
     
    Freshman Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk and was bunted to second by junior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.), but the Bulls then opted to intentionally walk sophomore designated player and power hitter Haeger for runners on first and second. Merritt and Haeger both moved into scoring position on a wild pitch before Horton walked to juice the bags for freshman Taylor Schwarz’s (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) RBI walk – the game-winning RBI, her second of the weekend, for the 1-0 lead.
     
    After a fielder’s choice eliminated Haeger at the plate, the bases still loaded with Horton on third, Schwarz on second and sophomore Jess Damico (Gray Summit, Mo.) on first, Nevins dished out her first hit-by-pitch to Fuller, plating Florida’s second and final run.
     
    Nevins (6.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 6 K) finished her junior season 26-9, while senior Lindsey Richardson tossed 2/3 of an inning in her final game as a Bull, with one strikeout Sunday. USF finished the 2013 campaign 45-16 overall.
     
    The Gators improved to 21-6 (.778) in NCAA Regional play under head coach Tim Walton with Saturday’s victory, making the Orange and Blue 46-29 (.613) all-time in the NCAA Tournament. UF now owns an .800 win percentage against top-25 opponents after two victories over No. 22 USF in regional play (16-4)
     
    Stay posted to www.GatorZone.com/softball in the coming days for ALL information about upcoming Super Regional action, including broadcast information, game times, scores, notes, super regional and NCAA Tournament brackets, ticket information, parking, participating team information, quotes and box scores from all of the action in Gainesville.
     
    Follow the Gators on Twitter and visit the team on Facebook for all the latest on Gator softball. For broadcast and television information, visit the UF softball schedule page.



    Mizzou One-Hits Hofstra, Advances to Super Regional

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Senior Chelsea Thomas (Pleasantville, Iowa) pitched a one-hitter to get No. 6 Mizzou past Hofstra and into the NCAA Super Regionals with nine strikeouts in the 5-0 win on Sunday at University Field. Thomas did not allow a walk in the win (7.0 IP) to improve to 24-4 in her final Tiger campaign. Sophomore 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and senior LF Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) homered in the game to pace Mizzou on the offensive side of the game.
     
    The win improved Mizzou’s overall record to 38-12, with Hofstra falling to 46-13 to conclude its 2013 season. The Tigers have advanced to the Super Regional round of the tournament for six consecutive seasons.
     
    The Tigers pounced on the Pride in the bottom of the first inning with two outs on the scoreboard, with senior LF Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) doubling to right center to get into scoring position. Junior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) then singled up the middle to drive around Hudson for the game’s opening run and a 1-0 Tiger lead.
     
    Roth’s long ball gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead with one out in the bottom of the second. The blast to left center gave her the team-lead with 16 homers this season, until Hudson matched the total in the fifth with her two-run shot. 
     
    Mizzou started the scoring in the fifth inning with a double from freshman 2B Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.). Senior catcher Jenna Marston (St. Louis, Mo.) followed by hitting into a near-fielder’s choice at Hofstra pitcher Olivia Galati that was misplayed for an error. Crane came around for second base on the play, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Hudson’s home run followed, scoring Marston to set the final score of 5-0. Hudson finished the game batting 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
     
    The Tigers recorded eight hits against the standout Galati for Hofstra, who finished her season with a 40-12 pitching record.
     
    A second game of the day was forced after Hofstra took the initial contest that started at 1 p.m. by a score of 10-0 in five innings. Mizzou opted for Hudson in the circle, with the slugger allowing just three earned runs of the nine scored by the Pride in game one’s bottom of the second inning. She took the loss (2.0 IP) to fall to 11-6 and 1-1 in the Columbia Regional. 
     
    Muller entered in relief after the second inning and pitched the final 2.0 innings of the first game.  
     
    Fans are encouraged to check MUTigers.com and the softball team's social media outlets, @MizzouSoftball and Facebook, for continued updates on the Tigers and the Columbia Regional.



    LSU Drops Narrow Decision to ULL

    BATON ROUGE – The No. 9 national seed LSU softball team was unable to climb out of the loser’s bracket at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional as No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette picked up a 1-0 victory over the Tigers Sunday as 1,688 fans gathered at Tiger Park.  
     
    LSU (42-16), facing elimination for the second time on the weekend, was unable to get the timely hit against ULL’s Jordan Wallace. The sophomore right-hander worked around four hits, four walks and two hit-batters to enable the Cajuns to punch their ticket to the program’s third consecutive NCAA Super Regional. Wallace stranded seven of LSU’s 10 baserunners in scoring position and improved to 31-7 on the season. 
     
    “Congratulations to ULL,” head coach Beth Torina said. “They have a quality team and a quality program. They did a really good job this weekend. They were tough for us. Obviously, this is not what we were expecting. This is not the type of softball that we’ve played all year. We should play better than we did this weekend. We’re a quality program, and I think that’s what matters. We’ll learn a lot from it, and we’ll get back to work. We have a fantastic team, and I have enjoyed every bit of this season. I love this team and how hard they fought.”
     
    Trailing 1-0, LSU put together its best scoring opportunity during the seventh inning. Simone Heyward worked her way to a one-out walk, while A.J. Andrews and Jacee Blades followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. 
     
    On the first pitch of the sequence, Bianka Bell popped out to Wallace in the pitcher’s circle. Wallace completed her third shutout of the weekend and got Allison Falcon to strike out for the game’s final out.
     
    “If we had the bases loaded again with the season on the line, I would put Bianka Bell at the plate every single day and twice on Sunday,” Torina said. “There is not one question in my mind. If I had to put someone at the plate, I would put Bianka Bell there every single time. She’s not going to get a hit every single time – I think that’s clear. But I’m still going to count on that kid every single time. She’s a fantastic player, and she is a name you will know as a part of this program for years to come.”
     
    ULL (46-13) scored the game’s lone run in the first inning. Nerissa Myers knocked a leadoff double off the left centerfield wall on a 3-1 offering. She moved over to third base on Brianna Cherry’s fly out to right field and crossed the plate on Sarah Draheim’s sharp ground ball that rolled through the legs of Bell at shortstop and into left field. 
     
    Rachele Fico was the tough-luck loser and retired the final nine batters she faced. The Connecticut native wrapped up her illustrious career with a 78-43 record and 797 strikeouts. The 797 Ks and 78 wins rank third and fourth, respectively, in program history. It marked the 18th time that Fico received zero runs of support.  
     
    “She is one of the bravest people that I know,” Torina said. “She is an unbelievable competitor. For that kid to go out there and pitch those two games the way she did and stay focused with her dad going through everything that he is going through as he continues to fight, for her to do that when he is not in such great condition, I cannot imagine what that takes. She is such a special, special competitor. I’ve said it since the day I got here. The talent that Rachele Fico brings to this program is such a small part of what she brings to this program. She is just an amazing person and a teammate. She’s a kid that everyone would die to coach.”
     
    LSU finished with 40 victories for the 15th time in 17 seasons since softball was reinstated in 1997. It marked the final game in the careers of Fico, Katie Guillory and Lauren Houston for the Purple and Gold. The Tigers are slated to return 16 letterwinners for the 2014 season.



    Kentucky Splits with Virginia Tech to Advance

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – After dropping game one of the day that forced a winner-take-all regional final, the University of Kentucky softball team got three-plus strong innings of work from junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess in the circle, who also delivered the game-winning RBI single, while freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley shut the door in the final 3.1 innings, lifting UK to a 1-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky. 
     
    Kentucky (41-19) now advances to a NCAA Super Regional for only the second time in school history. The Wildcats will face the winner of the NCAA Tempe Regional between Arizona State and Southeastern Conference foe Georgia. The Super Regional will be a best-of-three game series. More information will be available Monday morning on UKathletics.com. 
     
    The win for Kentucky in game two was its 41st of the season, setting a new school record for wins in a single season. The 2011 squad, which advanced to the school’s first ever Super Regional, had 40 wins. Sunday marked the third time UK has played in a regional final, now holding a 2-2 record in those games. Kentucky is 11-9 all-time in its five NCAA appearances with all five berths coming under sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson. 
     
    Cumbess was the do-it-all star for Kentucky in the final game of the weekend, throwing 3.2 strong innings in the circle and delivering a game-winning RBI single in the fifth inning to propel UK to victory. The junior two-way player allowed only two hits in the game – both in the fourth inning – before leaving the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Nunley came in and kept the Virginia Tech bats quiet the rest of the way, getting out of the jam in the fourth and throwing the final three innings, allowing only three hits with two strikeouts. 
     
    “When I was preparing for Virginia Tech earlier in the week, I actually thought Lauren (Cumbess) was the exact matchup for them,” Lawson said. “Lauren has such a good drop ball and Virginia Tech is such a good hitting team. I wanted to keep the ball in the infield, so I actually had thought about starting her in the first place. But, when you are the head coach at Kentucky and you have a 27-game winner, and I start the one who doesn’t have 27, I am going to have my head on a platter if I am wrong. I have a lot of faith in both of them. I felt good about Lauren coming in. To be honest with you, I pulled Lauren aside before today and I said, ‘If this goes into two games, you are starting the second game and it is your job to come in and shut the door.’ So, whereas she just thinks she was giving (Kelsey) Nunley a rest, that was actually plan B. I don’t like to have plan B, but I always have plan B in case things don’t go our way. So, that was my plan going into the game. I didn’t tell anyone else that plan, but it seems like they were reading my mind I suppose.”
     
    Cumbess did not earn a decision in the game, while Nunley picked up her 27th win of the season, moving her school-record win total to 27-9. Cumbess is still 10-7 on the year with a 3.88 ERA, striking out 82 in 110 innings pitched, while Nunley, who has thrown a school-record high 255.1 innings this season, has a 1.97 ERA – which ranks second lowest in a single-season in school history. Nunley now has 190 strikeouts on the season, which ranks fifth most in school history. Nunley needs 10 more strikeouts to become only the second player in UK history to record 200-plus strikeouts in a single season. 
     
    Cumbess and Nunley received some fantastic efforts defensively in the second game to keep the Wildcats on top. On top of the Wildcat infield turning two double plays in the game, junior outfielder Ginny Carroll made a diving catch in the first inning to rob a Hokie player of a single, while freshman outfielder Sylver Samuel made a great catch up against the centerfield wall in the third inning to rob a Hokie player of a double. In the fourth inning, freshman infielder Christian Stokes made a diving catch in shallow leftfield to take away a single.
     
    “Our defense was huge,” Lawson said. “I thought Christian Stokes’ play when she dove and got the play behind her was big. In game one, we didn’t make that catch, and that’s why they scored two runs. So, the fact that she made that catch and really stepped up on her birthday was cool. I think the fact that Griffin Joiner did such a good job behind the plate (catch every game in the tournament) was awesome. She did a really good job. I think, too, Silver Samuel made a big catch at the wall. I always tell the team that you never know when the game-winning play is going to happen. I believe those were the game-winning plays. And then Nunley coming in and closing the door – being able to come in with the bases loaded and jamming them in and being able to get them to popup was huge.” 
     
    Offensively, Kentucky had eight hits in the game, getting multi-hit games from Carroll and Stokes, who each went 2-for-3. Senior infielder Kara Dill, sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner and Samuel each had singles, while Samuel scored the game’s only run on the RBI single by Cumbess. 
     
    Virginia Tech (38-21) started pitcher Jasmin Harrell in the game, who went seven innings, allowing only one unearned run on eight hits with two strikeouts. Harrell, who threw all 13 innings against Marshall on Saturday night to get Virginia Tech into the regional final, picked up the tough-luck loss, moving to 18-9 on the season. 
     
    The Hokies earned five hits the game, getting a multi-hit day from Baily Liddle, who went 2-for-3, while Dani Anderson, Courtney Liddle and Bkaye Smith each had singles. 
     
    Kentucky scored its lone run of the game in the fifth inning, moving to 26-5 this season when it scores first in the game. Samuel started the rally by reaching on an error by the second baseman, moving to second on Dill’s groundout. After Joiner flied out to deep leftfield to move Samuel to third, Cumbess hit a laser at the first baseman that deflected off the edge of her glove and rolled into foul territory for a single, scoring Samuel. 
     
    Virginia Tech forced the seventh game of the regional with an impressive performance in the first game of the day, taking down the Wildcats 2-0 behind a strong pitching effort from Kelly Heinz. The Hokie hurler threw a complete game in the contest, allowing only three hits with three strikeouts, besting Nunley, who started for UK in game one, allowing two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts. 
     
    For the latest on UK softball, follow "@UKSoftball" on Twitter or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook.



    Tennessee Slams the Door on NC State

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Madison Shipman had a two-run homer and drove in three and Ivy Renfroe fanned five over seven shutout innings as Tennessee punched its sixth trip to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 7-0 win over NC State on Sunday in Game 6 of the Knoxville Regional. 
     
    The Lady Vols (47-10) will now face Alabama in the Supers next weekend at Lee Stadium while NC State finishes its season with a 35-20-1 record after making its first NCAA appearance since 2007. 
     
    Bleacher-back all-session tickets will go on sale to the public starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.  These tickets are $20 each, plus associated fees and can be purchased online 24 hours a day at UTTix.com. Tickets can also be purchased from 8:30am-5pm in-person at the Tennessee Athletics Ticket Office at street level of Thompson-Boling Arena or by phone at 865-656-1200. 
     
    Season ticket holders will have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday to call or stop by the Tennessee Athletics Ticket Office to purchase their season ticket location.  Any seats not purchased by the deadline would be released to the public on Thursday morning at 8:30am.
     
    Renfroe helped Tennessee to its third shutout over the weekend as she and sister Ellen Renfroe combined for 23 scoreless innings to start the NCAA Tournament. 
     
    Shipman finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and three runs while Ivy Renfroe let up just one hit on the day, a single up the middle to Lana Van Dyken in the third inning.  
     
    Raven Chavanne went 2-for-3 and scored twice, moving her career runs total to 242 – a new Tennessee career record. Chavanne broke the previous record of 241 held by Lindsay Schutlzer.
     
    Tennessee scored two in the first, two in the second and three in the fourth and controlled the game from start to finish in the victory. 
     
    The Lady Vols jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Chavanne opened the game with a leadoff single up the middle. Two batters later, Shipman ripped a hard-hit shot past the third baseman and Chavanne later advanced on a wild pitch to give UT runners on the corners. Kat Dotson sent a 1-2 pitch from Weiman through the right side to plate Chavanne. The Lady Vols then pulled off a double steal with Shipman coming home and Dotson moving to second to push the lead to 2-0. 
     
    In the top of the second, Tennessee grew its lead to 4-0 thanks to one big swing from Shipman. Chavanne hit a one-out double through the left side and advanced to third when Lauren Gibson grounded out to second. Shipman sent a 2-2 pitch sailing over the wall in right center for her 10th home run of the year and her first in over a month. 
     
    Tory Lewis led off the fourth inning with a double to right field, her first extra-base hit of the season. Chavanne moved her over to third with a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Shipman sent a pitch high down the left field line that landed between the shortstop and the left fielder for an RBI double. Two batters later, Cheyanne Tarango ripped a two-out, two-RBI single to right field to push UT's lead to 7-0. Chelsea Stanfield replaced Weiman in the circle to close out the inning. 
     
    The Wolfpack threatened in the bottom of the seventh, working two pinch-hit walks but Renfroe got the final two batters to pop out to end the threat.
     
    The Lady Vols return to action next weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals when they host No. 10 seed Alabama at Lee Stadium.



    Baylor Rallies to Force Second Game Against Texas A&M

    Baylor scored seven runs in its final two at bats to top Texas A&M 9-5 Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex and force a second championship game in the NCAA College Station Regional (5:25 p.m., ESPN2).
     
    The Baylor win in game six of the College Station Regional forced a seventh contest for the double-elimination tournament as the Aggies and Lady Bears rematched on ESPN2.
     
    The Aggies couldn’t hold on to the three-run lead that was generated in the top of the second and maintained through the top of the fifth as Baylor took a 9-5 victory in the first game of the day.
     
    Baylor homered over left in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 lead on the Aggies. The lead didn’t hold for long, however as A&M batted through the lineup in the second for a five-run half-inning.
     
    Junior Cassie Tysarczyk led off in the second frame with a high single to left field that dropped perfectly between the Baylor shortstop and left fielder. Senior Mel Dumezich drew a walk before senior Meagan May crossed Tom Chandler Dr. with a long three-run home run to take the 3-2 lead.
     
    A hit-by-pitch put sophomore Brittany Clopton on first before a walk by junior Jenna Stark and a textbook bunt single by junior Emily Albus loaded the bags. With three on base and still no outs, junior Amber Garza sliced a base hit through the right side to score Clopton. Junior Nicole Morgan used a groundout to send Stark home from third, and A&M left the offensive half of the second inning with a 5-2 lead on the Lady Bears.
     
    The Aggies loaded the bases again in the top of the third, but were unable to get a run across to expand the lead. May drew a walk and was followed on by Clopton, who hit an infield single. Stark added a second perfect bunt of the day for A&M when a slow-roller dropped right in front of the plate and three Baylor players collided in the scramble. Stark was at first anyway, and picked up a base hit on the play.
     
    Baylor had two aboard with just one out in the bottom of the inning when Garza snagged a line drive off of the third-base line and zipped it to first to turn the Aggies’ 17th double play of the season and end the fourth with no runs by the Lady Bears.
     
    A&M stranded an eighth runner of the game in the top of the fourth. Morgan reached on a walk and was replaced on the base paths by junior Allison Garrett. Garrett took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout, but was unable to round to home before the end of the inning.
     
    The Aggie defense continued to work to keep Lady Bear runners at bay, holding two on base in the bottom of the fourth to maintain the three-run lead.
     
    Baylor pulled ahead to a 6-5 lead after the Lady Bears added four runs in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff double, a walk and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position before a trio of RBI singles sent four runs home for the designated home team.
     
    The Lady Bears stretched to a 9-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth. A&M couldn’t stop the bleeding as Baylor plated three runs on three hits and an error.
     
    Looking for a miracle in the top of the seventh, the Aggies were unable to produce a comeback run as Baylor earned the win.
     
    Lady Bear reliever Heather Stearns (12-4) took the victory, throwing four shutout innings and tossing four strikeouts for the win. Dumezich (27-8) suffered the loss after allowing eight earned runs on 15 hits and a walk while fanning three.



    Georgia Comes Up Short Against ASU

    TEMPE, Ariz. – The University of Georgia softball team dropped a 2-0 decision to the No. 5 National Seed Arizona State Sun Devils in the championship game of the Tempe Regional at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Georgia ends its season with a 40-21 record, marking the 12th-straight season that the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 40-win mark. Arizona State moves to 48-10 on the year and will advance to the Super Regional round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament where they will host Kentucky.
     
    Chelsea Wilkinson got the start for the Bulldogs and fell to 8-6 on the year. She allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. Morgan Montemayor came on in relief of Wilkinson at the top of the second and threw six scoreless innings for the Bulldogs. She allowed just four hits and faced just three batters over the minimum while striking out one batter. Dallas Escobedo got the complete game win to improve to 28-4 on the season. She allowed just three hits and struck out five batters in the win.
     
    The Sun Devils did not waste any time getting on the board, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Alix Johnson led off the game with a walk and then stole second. She came around to score on an RBI double off the bat of Amber Freeman. Haley Steele followed with a double down the left field line that scored Freeman and put the Sun Devils up 2-0. Wilkinson settled in and got the final two batters to fly out to end the inning.
     
    Niaja Griffin led off the bottom of the first inning by legging out a slow roller to short for an infield single. She would be left stranded as the next three batters were retired in order.
     
    The Bulldogs turned to Montemayor in the top of the second and retired the first four batters she faced before giving up a single in the bottom of the third. She then allowed just three base runners in the final four innings of work for the Bulldogs, keeping Georgia in the game.
     
    Georgia put the leadoff runner aboard in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings but could not get a run across. Tess Sito was the Bulldogs best chance to score, reaching on a single and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Christine Olney in the bottom of the fifth. The final two batters struck out to end the inning and left Sito stranded in scoring position.
     
    The Bulldogs will return 13 players from this season’s team in 2014, including their entire pitching staff and seven starters.



    A&M Advances to Super Regional with Run-Rule Win Over Baylor

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – For the fifth time in program history, the 16th-seeded Texas A&M softball team is headed to the NCAA Super Regional after stunning Baylor with an 8-0 five-inning walk-off win for the College Station Regional title on Sunday. 
     
    The Aggies (42-16) dropped a 9-5 game to Baylor (42-17) to force a second game before caging the Lady Bears in the final game of the doubleheader on Championship Sunday at the College Station Regional. 
     
    “Obviously, I’m very proud of our ball club,” Head Coach Jo Evans said. “It was a long, hot day. Really, the first thing I want to do is congratulate Baylor, I thought they were really terrific and gave us everything we could handle. The way they came back in the first game, it looked much like yesterday. They left a lot of runners on base and weren’t able to take advantage and we ended up finding a way to win yesterday. It kind of flipped on us today and the same thing happened. I just thought they did a really great job of forcing our hand and attacking. It made it very challenging for us going into the second game. 
     
    “I say it all the time, I really love our fight. We never quit. We came out and I think it was huge for Lo (Lauren Ainsley) to do what she did in that first inning. That gave us such a huge boost and then to step up and have Jenna (Stark) draw the walk followed by Garza’s big home run. So many players were on in that game and our kids wanted it really bad. Every player, all 19 of them, really played their hearts out. This wouldn’t have happened if Lo didn’t go out there and give us a chance to stay in the game and let us score some runs.”
     
    A&M will travel to Norman, Okla., next weekend to face No. 1 seed Oklahoma in the Norman Super Regional. Tickets for the Super Regional go on sale Monday at 8:00 a.m., online at SoonerSports.com and over the phone at 405-325-2424 or 800-456-GoOU. Dates and times for the best-of-three series are to be announced, via AggieAthletics.com.
     
    The Aggies are in the midst of a banner season, reaching the 100-home runs mark to lead the NCAA in 2013 tonight, and adding one more for good measure in the walk-off run-rule of the Lady Bears. Senior Meagan May now owns both the A&M career home run record (68) and the career RBI record (188) outright.
    The Baylor win in game six of the College Station Regional forced a seventh contest for the double-elimination tournament as the Aggies and Lady Bears rematched on ESPN2. 
     
    The Aggies couldn’t hold on to the three-run lead that was generated in the top of the second and maintained through the top of the fifth as Baylor took a 9-5 victory in the first game of the day.
     
    Baylor homered over left in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 lead on the Aggies. The lead didn’t hold for long, however as A&M batted through the lineup in the second for a five-run half-inning.
     
    Junior Cassie Tysarczyk led off in the second frame with a high single to left field that dropped perfectly between the Baylor shortstop and left fielder. Senior Mel Dumezich drew a walk before senior Meagan May crossed Tom Chandler Dr. with a long three-run home run to take the 3-2 lead.
     
    A hit-by-pitch put sophomore Brittany Clopton on first before a walk by junior Jenna Stark and a textbook bunt single by junior Emily Albus loaded the bags. With three on base and still no outs, junior Amber Garza sliced a base hit through the right side to score Clopton. Junior Nicole Morgan used a groundout to send Stark home from third, and A&M left the offensive half of the second inning with a 5-2 lead on the Lady Bears.
     
    The Aggies loaded the bases again in the top of the third, but were unable to get a run across to expand the lead. May drew a walk and was followed on by Clopton, who hit an infield single. Stark added a second perfect bunt of the day for A&M when a slow-roller dropped right in front of the plate and three Baylor players collided in the scramble. Stark was at first anyway, and picked up a base hit on the play.
     
    Baylor had two aboard with just one out in the bottom of the inning when Garza snagged a line drive off of the third-base line and zipped it to first to turn the Aggies’ 17th double play of the season and end the fourth with no runs by the Lady Bears.
     
    A&M stranded an eighth runner of the game in the top of the fourth. Morgan reached on a walk and was replaced on the base paths by junior Allison Garrett. Garrett took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a groundout, but was unable to round to home before the end of the inning.
     
    The Aggie defense continued to work to keep Lady Bear runners at bay, holding two on base in the bottom of the fourth to maintain the three-run lead. 
    Baylor pulled ahead to a 6-5 lead after the Lady Bears added four runs in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff double, a walk and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position before a trio of RBI singles sent four runs home for the designated home team.
     
    The Lady Bears stretched to a 9-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth. A&M couldn’t stop the bleeding as Baylor plated three runs on three hits and an error. 
    Looking for a miracle in the top of the seventh, the Aggies were unable to produce a comeback run as Baylor earned the win.
     
    Lady Bear reliever Heather Stearns (12-4) took the victory, throwing four shutout innings and tossing four strikeouts for the win. Dumezich (27-8) suffered the loss after allowing eight earned runs on 15 hits and a walk while fanning three.
     
    A&M refused to give the Lady Bears momentum in game two, retiring the side in the top of the first and taking an early lead in the bottom of the inning. 
    After a leadoff walk and a single down the left-field line, Garza turned a 1-1 pitch into a hard-hit home run over right field for the 3-0 lead.
     
    Garza carried the dominance into defense in the next half-inning, turning her second double play of the day and the Aggies’ 18th of the season.
    Expanding the Aggie lead, May hit a leadoff solo shot over left-field for the 4-0 run in the bottom of the second. 
     
    May sent another solo home run in as many at-bats over the exact same spot in the bottom of the fourth to stretch the Aggie lead to 5-0. The senior slugger hit three home runs on the day to expand the A&M career record to 68, and now owns the A&M career RBI record outright with 188 in her four years as an Aggie.
     
    A three-up, three-down top-of-the-fifth that included a highlight-reel catch by Albus in centerfield, went quickly as the game reached what would be its final half-inning. 
    Albus carried the momentum of her impressive play over to the bottom of the fifth and led off with a perfect bunt single. With her second home run of the game, Garza made history with the Aggies’ 100th home run of the season, a feat accomplished by few teams in NCAA history. 
     
    The long ball pointed to the scoreboard as it topped the fence in right-centerfield and pushed A&M out to a 7-0 lead. 
     
    The Aggies needed just one more run for the run-rule, and Lanphear was ready for it. The freshman’s walk-off homer over left was the 20th bomb of her rookie season.
     
    Sophomore Lauren Ainsley (14-7) tossed five shutout innings for the victory in the circle, fanning four hitters and giving up just two hits while walking three. Baylor starter Heather Stearns (12-5) threw one inning, allowing four earned runs on three hits and a walk, while fanning two.
     
    A&M faced Baylor three times throughout the College Station Regional, picking up a 2-1 record vs. the Lady Bears on the weekend and moving the all-time series record to 60-22-1. 
     
    The Aggies turned three double plays on the weekend and pounded 11 home runs to lead the nation with 101 this season.