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    SEC Softball Central: Sunday, February 9

    SUNDAY SOFTBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS
    Texas A&M 7, Dayton 1
    Tennessee 14, Oakland 3
    Georgia 2, James Madison 0
    Mississippi State 5, Jacksonville St. 0
    Alabama 7, Troy 1
    Auburn 8, Tennessee Tech 4
    Notre Dame 3, Auburn 2
    LSU 8, Central Arkansas 1
    South Carolina 13, UNC Greensboro 0
    Florida 5, Wisconsin 1
    Florida 8, Bethune-Cookman 0
    Baylor 5, Arkansas 0
    Georgetown 8, Ole Miss 2

     

    Aggies End Opening Weekend Undefeated with 7-1 Win Over Dayton

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The No. 11 Texas A&M softball team (5-0) remains undefeated at the end of opening weekend after the Aggies played to a 7-1 victory over Dayton (0-4) on the final day of UC Santa Barbara’s Gaucho Classic I on Sunday.

    Texas A&M has already recorded 48 runs on 54 hits and 18 walks through five games in 2014. The team owns a .370 batting average and has hit nine doubles, two triples and eight home runs for 45 RBI. Freshman April Ryan and senior Nicole Morgan are already in double digits with 12 and 14 RBI, respectively.

    Earning the first starts of their young careers today were the pitching-catching duo of Abby Donnell [pronounced Don-ELL] and Reagan Boenker [pronounced BUNK-er]. The rookies gave up just one hit – a solo home run in the fourth inning.

    “I thought the freshmen did great, in terms of pitch calling by [Reagan] Boenker, and command of her pitches by [Abby] Donnell,” Head Coach Jo Evans said. “Fantastic – I give them both an A, actually. There was one pitch they’d love to get back, and really I didn’t think it was a great pitch to call. Aside from that, they were just dead-on.”

    The Aggies struck first with a lone run in the top of the second inning. Senior Cassie Tysarczyk was hit by a pitch to take first and stole second before, with two outs, Boenker hit a ball to shallow left field. The Dayton shortstop fielded the ball and threw it to first, but the first baseman dropped it, putting Boenker on first and giving Tysarczyk time to score from second.

    Texas A&M used another one-run inning, in the top of the third, to stretch to a 2-0 lead. Ryan followed Boenker in hitting deep to the shortstop and the infielder’s throw was in the dirt at first as Ryan reached on the error. The freshman stole second before senior Amber Garza doubled up the middle to plate the Aggies’ second run of the day.

    Dayton hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to narrow the Aggies’ lead to 2-1, but Texas A&M answered in a big way in the top of the sixth.

    Garza led off with an infield single and was replaced by pinch runner Allison Garrett. A base hit to centerfield by senior Taran Tyler sent Garrett home for the 3-1 lead. Donnell and Boenker added back-to-back singles – the first hits of their careers – to load the bases.

    An RBI walk by sophomore Breanna Dozier forced the 4-1 run and loaded the bases for a second time on the inning. With two outs, Ryan continued her impressive debut weekend and pounded a bases-clearing triple to left-centerfield to secure the 7-1 lead.

    The Flyers had no response after an unassisted double play by Morgan gave Dayton two outs in the top of the seventh. Junior Lauren Ainsley fanned the final batter to end the game with a fifth-straight Aggie win.

    Donnell (1-0) tossed five innings in her first career start for the win. The true freshman allowed one earned run on three hits while striking out three. Sophomore Kristen Davenport tossed an inning, giving up one hit and walking one, and Ainsley pitched one inning, giving up one hit and striking out one to end the game.

    Dayton’s Emily Froment (0-2) suffered the loss after giving up five earned runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings of work.

    Up next, the Aggies return to the Lone Star State for a 5 p.m. Wednesday game at Sam Houston State before hosting the Aggie Classic next weekend. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.





    KOENIG, SHIPMAN COMBINE FOR 7 RBIS; NO. 1 TENNESSEE CRUSHES OAKLAND, 14-3

    STATESBORO, Ga. -- Taylor Koenig and Madison Shipman combined for seven RBIs and Lexi Overstreet hit a home run as No. 1 Tennessee finished its season-opening weekend with a 14-3 victory over Oakland on Sunday in the Eagle Round Robin.

    Tennessee (4-0) took the lead with one run in the third inning before exploding to four in the fourth, three in the sixth and sixth in the seventh put the game out of reach. Oakland (1-4) scored all three of its runs in the sixth.

    Koenig was outstanding in just the fourth collegiate game of her career, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Shipman enjoyed her best game of 2014, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, one run and on walk. Overstreet hit a solo blast to start the fourth and finished with two RBIs. Melissa Davin had a two-run double and sophomore Haley Tobler had two hits and two runs in her offensive season debut. Freshman Shaliyah Geathers was 2-for-2 off the bench with one RBI and one run scored.

    Junior Cheyanne Tarango picked up her first win of the year, going 5.1 innings with three strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. Erin Gabriel pitched 1.2 scoreless relief frames and totaled three strikeouts.

    Erin Kownacki took the loss for Oakland after allowing 14 earned runs over 6.2 frames. Kayla Hensel got the last out of the top of the sixth.

    UT jumped on the scoreboard in the third inning. Tobler led off the inning with a single down the right field line and Shipman drove her in with an RBI single up the middle.

    The Lady Vols' lead grew to 5-0 in the fourth inning. Overstreet hit a leadoff home run to center field, marking her second blast of the season. With two outs, Rainey Gaffin drew a walk to load the bases and Megan Geer drew a walk in the next at bat to score Jennifer Burroughs. Shipman followed with a two-RBI single up the middle.

    In the top of the sixth, Lexi Overstreet hit a bases-loaded sac fly to center field to plate Megan Geer. Two batters later, Koenig knocked a two-RBI single to left, pushing Tennessee's lead to 8-0.

    Oakland answered in the bottom of the sixth when Sarah Hartley hit a three-run homer with one out to bring the Golden Grizzlies to within 8-3. Gabriel relieved Tarango in the circle and got the final two outs of the inning.

    Tennessee exploded to six runs in the seventh. Davin hit a one-out two-run double to left field to plate Shaliyah Geathers and Tobler. Tarango had an RBI double two batters later and Koenig followed with a two-RBI single to right center. Geathers rounded out UT's scoring with an RBI single to right field to plate Koenig.

    Geer was the team's top hitter this weekend, hitting .600 (6-for-10) with two doubles, three RBIs, four runs, five walks and three stolen bases. Overstreet was UT's top run producers, blasting a pair of homers and driving in a team-high eight runs. Tarango, Koenig and Geathers each hit .500.

    Ellen Renfroe (2-0) picked up a pair of wins in starts against Northern Colorado and Georgia Southern. She threw 12 scoreless innings with 15 strikeouts and just three hits allowed.

    UT will next head to Tampa, Fla., to play in the USF Tournament. Tennessee will play Pittsburgh and Binghamton on Friday, Feb. 14.





    No. 23/21 Georgia tops James Madison 2-0 to win Seventh Annual Red and Black Showcase

    ATHENS, Ga. -- Sophomore Chelsea Wilkinson struck out eight batters and allowed just two hits as the No. 23/21 Georgia Bulldogs shut out James Madison 2-0 in the finale of the Seventh Annual Red and Black Showcase in front of a crowd of 304 at Jack Turner Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs improved to 5-0 after sweeping the weekend competition in the season opening tournament.

    Wilkinson delivered another stellar performance for the Bulldogs (5-0), holding James Madison to zero runs on just two hits and no walks in her complete game effort to earn her fourth victory of the season. Wilkinson had a perfect game going into the sixth inning until Hannah Hayes hit a leadoff single into left field, but was caught in a rundown between first and second.

    Jailyn Ford put forth a valiant effort for the Dukes (1-4) recording five strikeouts while allowing just one earned run on four hits through six innings of work. Ford and Wilkinson engaged in a textbook pitchers’ duel Sunday afternoon, but the Bulldogs offense was able to do just enough to best Ford and the Dukes.

    Junior Kaylee Williams delivered the first hit of the ball game in the bottom of the third, recording her first career hit in a Georgia uniform. After Niaja Griffin reached on a bunt single, Alex Hugo drove a sacrifice fly deep to centerfield, where James Madison’s Mimi Morris and Tahli Moore collided on the catch allowing Williams to score from second to push the Bulldogs up 1-0 after three innings.

    Williams also flashed her defensive abilities in the top of the fifth inning, making an incredible diving stop to preserve Wilkinson perfect game at the time. Catherine Calvin appeared to have fouled off Wilkinson pitch to lead off the inning, but the ball took an unexpected turn back into the field of play. Williams was able to scoop the ball up and dive to tag the first base bag to retire Calvin.

    Georgia scored their second run of the afternoon after a series of consecutive errors by James Madison. Kaylee Puailoa reached second base on a bloop single into left field and then an error by the shortstop. Katie Sowers came into pinch run for Puailoa and was able to score on what appeared to be a routine groundout to third by Tina Iosefa, however, James Madison first baseman Cassidy Clayton couldn’t make the catch. Iosefa was thrown out at second but Sowers was able to come around third and score to push the Bulldogs up 2-0 going into the final inning.

    The Bulldogs will return to action on February 14 for the 11th Annual Georgia Softball Classic at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs play host in the tournament that will feature Furman, Mercer, Ohio, and South Alabama. Georgia’s first matchup will come against the Furman Paladins on Friday at 3:00 before facing the Mercer Bears at 5:30 that same evening.





    Softball Completes Bulldog Kickoff Classic Sweep

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- One final offensive showcase helped Mississippi State softball to a 5-0 opening weekend with an 8-0 victory in five innings over Jacksonville State on Sunday to complete the Bulldog Kickoff Classic. It is the second 5-0 start for MSU in the three years under head coach Vann Stuedeman.

    It was not just the offense, however, as the Bulldog pitching staff tossed two shutouts and yielded just three runs in a dominant opening weekend. MSU posted a 0.75 earned-run average and struck out 38 batters while issuing just four walks. The three runs are the fewest allowed by the Bulldog pitching staff through the first five games of a season since surrendering two in 2010.

    Sunday at the plate, freshman Caroline Seitz hit her second home run in as many games and junior Katie Gentle drove in the game-winning run with a pinch-hit double in the second inning.

    From the circle, senior pitcher Alison Owen (2-0) allowed just one hit, a double to Jamie McGuire in the top of the fifth. She struck out six and did not issue a walk in her second complete game in as many days. Casey Akenberger (1-1) took the loss for the Gamecocks, tossing two innings and allowing five runs on five hits and four walks. Tiffany Harbin threw the remaining two-and-two-thirds frames, yielding three runs on four hits and two free passes, and hit a batter. She also fanned one.

    The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second for a 4-0 lead. Seitz and Mackenzie Toler reached on consecutive walks to open the frame. Following a fly out, sophomore Loryn Nichols singled through the left side to load the bases for Gentle, who doubled to the gap in left center to plate Seitz and Toler for a two-run lead. Senior Jessica Offutt followed with a double over first base that plated Nichols and sophomore Kayla Winkfield, who re-entered to run for Gentle. Senior Heidi Shape walked, but a pop out and fly out closed the inning.

    MSU quickly added to the lead in the bottom of the third as Seitz led off with a home run for a 5-0 advantage. Toler followed with a single to left center and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Katie Anne Bailey, who made her Mississippi State debut. Junior Julia Echols walked, but a sacrifice bunt, fielder’s choice and groundout ended the threat.

    Another solo shot in the fourth pushed the MSU lead to 6-0 as senior Logan Foulks hit a one-out long ball to left.

    Owen gave up her lone hit of the contest in the top of the fifth with the McGuire double, but bounced back with consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.

    In the bottom of the fifth, the Bulldogs ended the contest with two runs for the 8-0 final score. After a foul out started the frame, consecutive singles by Echols, Nichols and Winkfield loaded the bases with one out. Offutt popped out to second, but Shape was hit by a pitch to force in a run for a seven-run lead and Foulks received a free pass for the final run.

    MSU wraps up its season-opening home stand on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. CT contest against Southeastern Louisiana.





    Sixth-Ranked Alabama Takes Tournament Title With 7-1 Win Over Troy

    TROY, Ala. -- The sixth-ranked Alabama softball team closed out an undefeated weekend at the Troy Subway Invitational with a 7-1 win over Troy on Sunday afternoon. For their efforts over the weekend, Haylie McCleney and Danae Hays were named to the All-Tournament team and Leslie Jury was named the Tournament MVP.

    Alabama (5-0) closed its weekend with another well-rounded performance, out-hitting the Trojans 8-3 led by Hays’ three RBI performance. Jaclyn Traina (2-0) went the distance allowing three hits and one run, unearned, with 14 strikeouts. It’s her highest strikeout total since throwing 14 against Georgia Southern on Feb. 16, 2013.

    Troy (2-2-1) takes its second loss of the year while starter Jaycee Affeldt (1-1) takes the loss in the circle.

    Kallie Case got the first hit of the day for either team, dropping a double in between three Trojans in shallow center to lead off the top of the third. Later in the inning with Case on third and Haylie McCleney on second, Danielle Richard knocked a hard single into left to drive in a pair and Danae Hays followed that with a two-run homer to left field to put the Tide ahead 4-0.

    Troy scored its first run of the day in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI double to the left-center wall by Michelle Phelps. She would advance to third on an illegal pitch but Traina’s 10th strikeout of the day would end the inning and leave her 60 feet away as Alabama now held a 4-1 lead.

    Hays’ third RBI of the day came on a sacrifice fly with one away in the fifth, stretching the Tide’s lead to 5-1. In the top of the sixth, pinch-runner Chandler Dare stole second and back-to-back throwing errors allowed her to come home on the same play to make it 6-1. Leona Lafaele added another run in the top of the seventh with an RBI single. Traina shut down the Trojans in the bottom-half of the inning to secure the 7-1 victory.

    Alabama continues the 2014 season next weekend at the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., hosted by the University of Arizona. There, the Tide will play five games over three days beginning on Friday, Feb. 14 against Grand Canyon at 2 p.m. CT.





    Auburn Claims Plainsman Invite Championship With Win Over Tennessee Tech

    AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn University softball team was named the Plainsman Invite champion Sunday after splitting its two games on the final day of the tournament. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the year at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 3-2, in eight innings, but bounced back with an 8-4 victory over Tennessee Tech, its fourth of the young season.

    “The big thing for us was that Notre Dame game,” assistant coach Corey Myers said. “Those teams are going to be big games, but we stayed close. All you can ask for is a chance to win those games. That is what we have been preaching to the girls, to stay close. At the end of the game we had a chance with the bases loaded, we just did not get the hit. Next time we play them, we get that hit and that hit falls it is a different outcome.”

    Against Notre Dame, Auburn looked to have the upper hand early on after getting solo home runs from sophomores Austyn West and Emily Carosone to take a 2-0 lead after the third inning. But, The Irish came back with a solo homer of their own from Emilee Koerner in the fourth and then evened it up with an RBI double, again from Koerner in the sixth.

    No more runs crossed the plate through the seventh and the game was sent to extras. With the international tiebreaker rules, Notre Dame was able to advance Carly Piccinich from second on a fielder’s choice and then a wild pitch from Auburn starter, Lexi Davis, to take the one-run lead.

    In Auburn’s half of the eight, sophomore Tiffany Howard was placed on second and she was able to advance to third on a fly ball to centerfield. However, the Tigers couldn’t get her home before the final out, suffering the loss.

    Davis still had a solid outing for the Orange and Blue, going all eight innings and giving up only two earned runs with four strikeouts. Through the first weekend of the season, Davis has already tallied two wins with 11 strikeouts

    In the second game of the day, Auburn, again, jumped out the 2-0 lead, getting an RBI double from junior McKenzie Kilpatrick and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Kelsey Bogaards. But Tech would cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth and forced Auburn to answer. The Tigers did answer after getting two quick hits to start the bottom of the fourth and then playing small ball to advance the runners around and score senior Maris Medina on a sacrifice fly from Carosone.

    Auburn put the game away for good in the fifth and sixth innings, benefitting from three solo home runs by Kilpatrick, freshman Kasey Cooper and redshirt junior Morgan Estell. Junio Branndi Melero smashed her third home run of the year in the sixth, bringing in two of Auburn’s final runs in the game.

    Sophomore Marcy Harper also went the distance, going seven innings and giving up four earned runs on five hits for her second win of the season.

    Auburn returns to the field next Friday for its second tournament of early season, The Tiger Invitational, at Jane B. Moore Field. It will face Marshall and Loyola on Friday, Feb. 14 with first pitch against Marshall set for 5:30 p.m. The game with Loyola is schedule for a 7:30 p.m. start.

    The Auburn games can be heard locally on WEGL 91.1 or online at AuburnTigers.com. Live video and live stats will also be available on AuburnTigers.com throughout the weekend for all games.

    All home games at Jane B. Moore Field this year will require a purchased ticket unless otherwise specified. All ticket information can be found here on AuburnTigers.com.

    For more information on Auburn softball, visit AuburnTigers.com, follow the team on Twitter @AuburnTigersSB or follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuburnSB.





    Homers Help Power LSU to 8-1 Win Over UCA

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- The No. 17 LSU softball team closed out the 2014 Tiger Classic on Sunday in a big way, getting the first home runs of the season from Bianka Bell and Sahvannah Jaquish and 13 strikeouts from freshman pitcher Kelsee Selman for her first win of the season in an 8-1 victory over the Central Arkansas Bears Sunday afternoon at Tiger Park.

    LSU (4-2) has won four-straight dating back to Friday night’s win over SIU Edwardsville, as the team once again was a force offensively as they pounded out 11 total hits to UCA’s (1-4) four. Bell led the LSU charge as one of a trio of Tigers to finish with two hits on the afternoon, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

    Sandra Simmons went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Bailey Landry went 2-for-4 with an RBI. The middle order of Simmons, Jaquish and Bell combined for five hits, four RBI and five runs plated against the Bears.

    “It is really important that we carry this offense into next weekend and the rest of this season,” head coach Beth Torina said. “It was nice for them to gain some confidence and to really feel their swings. I thought they did a good job of showing their power today.”

    Less than a day after seeing a fellow freshman toss a shutout, Selman nearly came close to matching that feat until the final two innings, still finishing with the complete-game victory after allowing just one run on four hits with the 13 strikeouts to just three walks. The Lufkin, Texas, product threw 135 pitches, rebounding after lasting just a handful of innings the night before against Murray State.

    “Yesterday I was really nervous because it was my first start here,” Selman said. Today, I was really focused on getting strikes and not to worry about the situation I was in.”

    The 13 K’s ties her with Brittany Mack, Dani Hofer and Corbello, who had that same total against Oklahoma State on Saturday, for the third most by a freshman pitcher in a game in team history.

    Central Arkansas a total of four pitchers on Sunday, as Kylee Studiosa took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. The other three pitchers of Ciara Clampitt, Kayla Gomness and Peyton Jenkins gave up at least one run each, striking out just four Tigers.

    LSU wasted little time to strike, as A.J. Andrews hit a bloop single to short center to reach first. After stealing her fifth base of the weekend, Jaycee Blades connected on a shot up the middle to plate Andrews to give LSU the 1-0 advantage. Blades was able to advance to second on the throw home, which was crucial as she scored on a single by Simmons to make it a 2-0 contest.

    The biggest hit of the game came two plays later, as Bell cranked a shot to the Berm in left center for her first home run of the season, scoring Simmons to put the Tigers up 4-0 comfortably. With the bases cleared, consecutive infield pop ups ended the LSU inning.

    LSU nearly struck again in the very next inning, as Hayley Smith got plunked to begin the inning, advancing all the way to third after stealing second and reaching third on an illegal pitch. A walk to Andrews put runners at the corners with one out on the board, as she advanced to second on the next play. An infield grounder kept the runners at bay, as a pop ended another early LSU scoring threat.

    With two outs after three batters, it seemed as if LSU was going to have a pretty uneventful third as Bell was on first with a walk. However, an error allowed Allison Falcon to reach first and pushed Bell to third in the process. Smith singled down the left field line scoring Bell to make it 5-0, Tigers.

    It didn’t stop there, as Constance Quinn singled to score Falcon, advancing to second and moving Smith to third on the throw in to keep two in scoring position. An Andrews walk loaded the bases again for LSU, but consecutive outs ended the inning with LSU on top 6-0.

    The fourth inning saw the Tigers go up seven, as a Simmons single and stolen base with two outs nearly went unanswered until Landry’s second hit of the game scored the first baseman.

    Jaquish provided the fireworks in the sixth, taking a 2-0 pitch deep over the fence in left field for the only run of the inning in the very first at bat to make it 8-1. Bell and Landry each connected for another hit in the frame, but only plated the one run in the inning.

    “I think Bianka (Bell) and Sahvanna (Jaquish) can really do a lot of things with the bat,” Torina said. “I think you will see our power numbers go up with some others as well.”

    LSU will be back in action next weekend, hosting Penn State, George Washington and Northwestern in the 2014 Tiger Invitational.





    Gamecocks Use Patience, Power in 13-0 (5) Win vs. UNC Greensboro

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A patient approach paid off for South Carolina (3-1) in the Carolina Classic finale on Sunday, as the Gamecocks downed UNC Greensboro 13-0 in five innings at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.

    Junior catcher Sarah Mooney went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI to lead South Carolina. Freshman third baseman Taylor Williams cranked her first career homer and drove in three runs as well. Senior designated player Ashlyn Masters had a double, and RBI and two runs scored, while three other Gamecocks (Williams, Kaylea Snaer and Dana Hathorn) also scored two runs. Snaer also drew two of the five walks the Gamecocks recorded in the win. The Spartans (1-3) got hits from Lindsay Thomas, Katelyn Bedwell and Dominique Madruga in the loss.

    Ten Gamecocks came to the plate in the first inning, with each of the first five batters reaching base. Sophomore centerfielder Ansley Ard singled ahead of Hathorn reaching on an error. A walk to Masters loaded the bases for the freshman Snaer, and she drove in two of those runners with her single to center. Mooney followed with a double down the third-base line, plating Masters and Snaer, while Mooney scored on freshman third baseman Victoria Williams' single.

    South Carolina topped their first in the home half of the third with eight runs with 12 players coming to the plate. A pitch hit Ard with the bases loaded to start the scoring, and Hathorn drove in the seventh run of the game with a groundout. Masters' double sent home senior shortstop Codee Yeske, and Hathorn scored on a wild pitch two batters later. Mooney scored Masters with her second hit of the day. With two runners on, Taylor Williams lined the eighth pitch of her at-bat off the new protective screen protecting the track complex in left center for her first career homer, a three-run shot to cap it at 13-0.

    All the while, the Gamecock pitchers shut down UNC Greensboro's offense, holding them to three hits and two walks. Freshman pitcher Nickie Blue (3-0) allowed the three hits in three innings of work for her third win of the year. Redshirt junior Julie Sarratt came on and fanned three in two innings, walking two. Spartan starter Nicole Thomas (0-1) took the loss, giving up 10 runs, eight earned, on five hits and four walks. She struck out two.

    In the earlier action on Sunday, Ohio (4-0) defeated Iowa (3-2) by a score of 9-6, and UNC Greensboro came back for a 5-4 victory over Presbyterian (0-4).

    The Gamecocks hit the road for five games next week, starting with Wednesday's contest at the D.L. Phillips Complex against the Charlotte 49ers. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. EDT, with live audio coverage available at GamecocksOnline.com. South Carolina takes on the field at the Florida Atlantic Strike Out Cancer Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla., from Feb. 14-16.





    Haeger's No-Hitter Highlights Doubleheader Sweep

    Gator Softball swept a pair of games against Wisconsin and Bethune-Cookman on Sunday (Feb. 9) to complete a perfect six-game trip to Tampa for the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament. Junior Lauren Haeger threw a no-hitter in the Gators’ 5-1 victory over the Badgers in the first game, marking her first career solo no-hitter. The Orange and Blue mercy-ruled Bethune-Cookman 8-0 (5 innings) in the second contest.

    Against Wisconsin, Haeger was perfect for the first four innings; she hit a batter in the fifth and then allowed a runner to reach on a fielding error the following inning. The miscue combined with three walks to produce the Badgers’ only run, which was unearned. The righty tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts and faced 26 batters in the contest, five over the minimum.

    Offensively, Bailey Castro opened the scoring for Florida with an RBI single in the third inning. Kelsey Stewart added a two-run home run, her first of the season, in the fourth. In the fifth, a run-scoring double by Taylor Schwarz and an RBI single by Aubree Munro completed the Gators’ offensive production for the game.

    In the tournament finale against Bethune-Cookman, UF erupted in the second inning, scoring all eight of the game’s runs. After Castro walked and advanced to second on a groundout, Stephanie Tofft blasted her first home run of the 2014 campaign to put Florida ahead 2-0. Taylore Fuller followed with a walk and a stolen base, and then advanced to third on a wild pitch before Justine McLean drew a free pass and stole second to set the table for Stewart. The second baseman cleared the bases with a single and advanced to second on the throw. A Kirsti Merritt walk preceded Haeger’s RBI single that plated Stewart, followed by Castro’s second RBI single. Tofft and Fuller drew bases-loaded walks as Florida sent 14 batters to the plate during the frame.

    In the circle, freshman Delanie Gourley cruised through four innings of one-hit ball, allowing one walk and striking out five. Junior Alyssa Bache pitched the final inning, retiring the first two batters on bunts before walking a batter who subsequently was caught stealing to end the game.





    Arkansas Sees Weekend-Finale Loss to No. 16/18 Baylor

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The University of Arkansas softball team closed out its season-opening weekend with a 5-0 loss to No. 16/18 Baylor at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas. Stephanie Canfield and Chloe Oprzedek each recorded hits against Baylor starter Whitney Canion. With Sunday’s result, the Razorbacks drop to 2-3 on the young season.

    The Bears scored first with the help of an RBI groundout in the bottom of the second inning and added two more runs with a home run by Lindsey Cargill in the third. Kimmy Beasley, in her first start of the season, rebounded from the long ball to strike out the next two Baylor hitters to get out of the inning. Beasley registered four strikeouts and did not allow a walk in four innings of work Sunday. Washington added its final runs with another two-run shot off Sydney Wright in the sixth.

    In the top of the fourth, the Razorback put together a two-out threat. Canfield knocked a base hit into right field and advanced to second base after Parker Pocklington drew a walk. With runners at first and second and two outs, Canion responded with a strikeout to keep Arkansas off the scoreboard. The Razorbacks went down in order in innings five, six and seven to end the game.

    The Razorbacks return to Fayetteville for their home opener Feb. 13-16 with the Arkansas Invitational at Bogle Park. Arkansas opens play with two games Thursday against Jackson State at 3:30 p.m. (CT) and Butler at 6 p.m. Arkansas is also scheduled to play North Carolina State, St. John’s and UMKC during the four-day competition.





    Errors Prove Costly as Rebels Fall to Georgetown

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ole Miss scored two runs in the opening three innings against Georgetown on Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla., but errors in the fifth and sixth innings proved to be too costly and the Rebels fell 9-2 in the third-place game of the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Invitational.

    “We were kind of rolling along there and we made a change on the mound – Emily Gaitan had a great outing against Georgetown yesterday, and she had some good stuff, but she couldn’t find the exact spots to put it to keep us in there,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “We got two outs and had to go to Madi Osias and got a ground ball we wanted, but we just did not make our defensive plays. It was a little bit of youth, and a little bit of our mindset being on offense when we were on defense, and on defense when we were on offense. We can’t do that. We can’t carry it from one side of the field to the other.”

    Ole Miss (2-3) outhit the Hoyas 9-7 on the day, but seven unearned runs off four Rebel errors allowed Georgetown to get the victory.

    “We were hitting the ball hard at some people, but we need to make sure we don’t just score and sit on it,” Thees said. “That puts a lot of pressure on our defense and our pitchers, and when one mistake happens the wheels can’t fall off like they did today. What we want to do is make sure we continue to get people on, get them over and get them in. We need a whole team full of RBI producers, and we have that, we just need the right mindset.”

    Senior right fielder Natalie Nimmo got the Rebels on the board first in the bottom of the second with an RBI single to the left-center field gap that scored Osias from second base.

    With runners on the corners in the bottom of the third, Ole Miss executed a double steal, scoring senior RT Cantillo from third and giving the Rebels a 2-0 advantage.

    Georgetown came back in the top of the fifth inning with five runs off four walks, an error and a single to take a 5-2 lead.

    The Hoyas then scored four more runs the next inning on three hits and three errors to take a 9-2 lead that would prove to be the final score.

    Ole Miss will play again Friday when it opens play at the College of Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., against Fordham (8:00 a.m. CT) and Kansas (12:30 p.m. CT). The Rebels will also face host College of Charleston, DePaul and Western Carolina in the tournament.

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