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    Saturday Softball RESULTS
    Kentucky 2, IPFW 1
    Kentucky 6, Louisiana Tech 3
    DePaul 3, Ole Miss 0
    Ole Miss 16, Western Carolina 4
    Alabama 9, New Mexico 1
    Arizona 3, Alabama 0
    South Carolina 8, Maryland 2
    Florida 19, Ohio State 2
    Florida 6, Cal St. Northridge 0
    Tennessee 3, USF 2
    Tennessee 10, Illinois 0
    Missouri 8, Lipscomb 0
    Missouri 9, Drake 0
    Arkansas 10, St. John's 0
    Texas A&M 11, McNeese State 3
    Texas A&M 5, Oregon State 4
    LSU 8, George Washington 4
    South Alabama 2, LSU 1
    Auburn 4, Nebraska-Omaha 2
    Auburn 6, Western Illinois 0
    Mississippi State 1, LIU-Brooklyn 0


     

    Jolly, Joiner Homer as UK Beats IPFW

    AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Emily Jolly and junior Griffin Joiner each blasted solo home runs, while freshmen pitchers Meagan Prince and Shannon Smith combined to throw six strong innings with sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley throwing a scoreless seventh inning for the save, as No. 7/9 Kentucky took down IPFW, 2-1, on Saturday in the Texas Classic at McCombs Field in Austin, Texas. 
     
    The win, which continues UK’s program-best start, gives Kentucky (8-0) the top seed as the tournament moves to seeded play this afternoon. UK will face the loser of the Texas-Louisiana Tech game. If Texas wins, UK will play Louisiana Tech at 7:30 p.m. ET. If LaTech wins, UK will play Texas at 5 p.m. ET. A detailed schedule with coverage links is listed below. Live stats from every game will be available on UKathletics.com, while every game will be aired on the Longhorn Network. Check local listings for channel information. 
     
    Jolly and Joiner led the UK offense with the long ball as Jolly hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1, before Joiner belted a solo shot to leftfield that gave UK its first lead of the game. Jolly’s home run was her second of the season, while Joiner’s roundtripper was her fifth of the season, extending her career-best hitting streak to eight games. Jolly ended the game 1-for-2 with Joiner going 1-for-3. 
     
    Senior Lauren Cumbess recorded her first multiple-hit game of the season vs. IPFW, going 2-for-3 with two singles, while sophomore Nikki Sagermann was 1-for-3. 
     
    Kentucky used three pitchers in the circle, starting the game with Prince, who went three innings allowing one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts. Prince was relieved in the top of the fourth by Smith, who threw three scoreless innings in relief with five strikeouts and only two hits allowed. Smith started the seventh inning in the circle before allowing a leadoff double and a hit-by-pitch, leading to head coach Rachel Lawson bringing in Nunley for the save. The sophomore hurler got a pop out, strikeout and groundout to end the threat and seal the UK win. 
     
    Smith was credited with the win, moving her record to 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 10 innings pitched. Prince received a no-decision with Nunley recording her third career save to sit third all-time in saves in school history. IPFW’s Miranda Kramer got the loss, moving her record to 4-1 on the season. UK’s two earned runs against Kramer were the first the impressive pitcher has allowed this season in over 32 innings pitched. 
     

    For the latest on UK softball, follow "@UKSoftball" on Twitter or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook.

    Jolly, K. Smith Post Two RBI as No. 7/9 Softball Rolls LaTech 6-3
     
    AUSTIN, Texas – Seniors Emily Jolly and Krystal Smith posted multiple-RBI games, while junior Griffin Joiner blasted her fifth home run of the season as the No. 7/9 University of Kentucky softball team advanced to the championship of the 2014 Texas Classic with a 6-3 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin, Texas. 
     
    The win advances Kentucky (9-0) to the championship game of the Texas Classic, where it will face No. 15/16 Texas on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. Kentucky and Texas met Friday afternoon with the Wildcats outlasting the Longhorns 6-4. UK leads the all-time series against Texas 2-0. Kentucky’s win over LaTech continued its program-best start to a season. 
     
    Live stats from the championship game will be available at UKathletics.com, while it will also be aired live on the Longhorn Network. Check local listings for channel information. 
     
    The Kentucky offense was held hitless for three innings until Joiner hammered her fifth home run of the season to give Kentucky a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish. Joiner, who extended her career-long, nine-game hitting streak in the win, finished 1-for-3 with a RBI and run scored. Jolly went 1-for-2 in the game with a two-run home runs, her third homer of the year, while Smith went 1-for-3 with a two-RBI single. Senior Ginny Carroll went 1-for-3 in the game with a run scored and has now reached base safely in all nine games in 2014. 
     
    Sophomores Christian Stokes and Darington Richardson each had a hit in the game with Richardson recording her first career RBI. 
     
    Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley earned the win to move to 4-0 on the season. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., went the distance allowing nine hits and three earned runs with two strikeouts. LaTech’s Bianca Duran picked up the loss allowing two runs on two hits through four innings, while Pauline Tufi and Anna Cross each allowed two runs in innings of work. 
     
    After Joiner’s homer gave UK a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, the Wildcat offense posted three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take control of the game. The fifth inning started with a leadoff single by Carroll, who moved to second on a groundout and third and a deep fly out to centerfield. Richardson singled through the right side of the infield to earn an RBI before Jolly hammered her home run to put UK up 4-0. 
     
    After a three-run top of the sixth inning for LaTech, which was spearheaded by a two-run single by Alayna Kipp, UK increased its lead back to three with two unearned runs in the sixth inning. Stokes started the inning with a single before Joiner reached on a fielder’s choice with Stokes safe at second after the second baseman dropped the ball on the base. A groundout and fly out brought up Smith, who singled down the rightfield line to give UK a 6-3 lead. 
     

     




    Ole Miss Drops 3-0 Game to DePaul
     

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Playing under sunny skies and blustery winds at Patriots Point in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, the Ole Miss softball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the DePaul Blue Demons.
     
    Senior outfielder RT Cantillo extended her hitting streak to seven games, and junior third baseman Allison Brown went 2-3, her first multi-hit game of the season, but Ole Miss (3-5) left seven runners on base and faced a strong performance from DePaul pitcher Kirsten Verdun.
     
    “We faced a very good pitcher who mixed it up on us today,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “We couldn’t get the sweet spot on the ball, so we have to come out this afternoon and just hit and score more runs. That’s the difference right now for us.”
     
    Ole Miss sophomore pitcher Madi Osias started for the Rebels and went 4.1 innings, giving up three runs and striking out four. Junior Lauren Lindsey came in relief and gave up two hits and no runs in 1.2 innings of work.
     
    DePaul (5-3) got on the board in the bottom of the third on an RBI single up the middle that brought its runner home from second base.
     
    The Blue Demons scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single through the right side, and a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded to extend their lead to 5-0, which proved to be the final score.
     
    Ole Miss will play its second game of the day at 5:00 p.m. CT against Western Carolina. The Rebels close out play at the College of Charleston Classic on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT against tournament-host College of Charleston.
     
    For all Ole Miss softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.
     
    Ole Miss Throttles Western Carolina 16-4
     
    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Behind a season-high 17 hits and 16 runs, the Ole Miss softball team throttled Western Carolina 16-4 on Saturday evening at Patriots Point in Charleston, S.C. Ole Miss’ 16 runs scored was its highest total since Feb. 27, 2013 when it defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 16-0.
     
    “It was really great to see our kids loosen up,” Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. “We got a lead and started to catch fire and we rode the wave. Everybody started to get looser and looser and got hits after that.” 
     
    Junior third baseman Allison Brown tied two Ole Miss single-game records with four hits (4-4) and four runs scored, and senior first baseman Londen Ladner had a career-high five RBI in the game. Brown, sophomore shortstop Haley Culley, senior second baseman Marina Parra and freshman left fielder Miranda Strother each had two RBI in the game.
     
    Ole Miss got off to a strong start in the first inning by putting three of its first four batters on base. Then, with two outs away and the bases still loaded, Parra drew a walk to bring in a run and give the Rebels a 1-0 lead.
     
    The Rebels broke the game open in the bottom of the second with six runs on six hits to take a 7-0 lead in the game. With runners on first and second, senior RT Cantillo hit a single to right-center field that scored freshman Courtney Syrett from third. After Cantillo stole second base, Culley hit an RBI single up the middle that scored junior Jamie Morgan. Brown then hit an RBI double down the left-field line that scored Culley and gave Ole Miss a 4-0 lead. With two outs away in the inning and Brown on second, Strother roped an RBI double to left-center field. Parra then hit an RBI single to score Strother, and junior Lauren Lindsey closed out the scoring with a beautiful single that landed on the right-field line and scored Parra.
     
    Western Carolina got one run back in the top-half of the third with a double to the warning track in left field that scored a Catamount runner from first base.
     
    Ole Miss brought home three more runs in the bottom of the third off five hits. With two on base and two outs away, Ladner hit a single that scored Cantillo and advanced Brown to third base. Strother then hit a single to right field that scored Brown and advanced freshman Alyssa Invergo, who was pinch running for Ladner, to third. The Rebels then executed a double steal to perfection to take a 10-1 lead.
     
    The Rebels scored six runs in the fourth inning on five hits to take a 16-1 lead. With the bases loaded and one out away, Culley hit an RBI single to right, followed by another RBI single to center by Brown that gave Ole Miss a 12-1 lead. Then, with the bases still loaded, Ladner hit a grand slam to left-center field. It was the second home run of the tournament for the Brandon, Miss., native.
     
    WCU scored three runs in the fifth inning on four hits, but it was too little too late as Ole Miss got the emphatic win.
     
    Ole Miss closes out play at the College of Charleston Classic on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT against tournament-host College of Charleston.
     





    Alabama Shuts Down New Mexico

    TUCSON, Ariz. – Fourth-ranked Alabama softball opened day two at the Hillenbrand Invitational with another dominant win, defeating New Mexico 9-1 in five innings.
     
    The Alabama (8-0) offense had another explosive performance, with six of the team’s nine starters earning at least one hit. For the second time this weekend, the Crimson Tide blasted multiple home runs, including a two-run shot by Kallie Case, her first long ball of the season. Sydney Littlejohn (3-0) had another stellar outing in the circle, allowing just one unearned run and three hits with four strikeouts.
     
    New Mexico (1-7) suffers its seventh-straight loss, with starter Tess McPherson (0-2) taking the loss after throwing just 0.1 innings with six runs allowed.
     
    The Lobos scored first, giving the Tide its first deficit of the season. With runners at the corners in the top of the first, the Alabama defense caught the runner at third in a rundown but the ball was dropped on the tag attempt, allowing her to score off the fielding error. The Tide limited the damage to one run, stranding a runner at third to escape the half-inning trailing 1-0.
     
    The Lobos’ lead didn’t last long, as Haylie McCleney led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer to tie the game at 1-1.  Kaila Hunt gave Alabama the lead with an RBI double and later in the inning with the bases loaded, a throwing error allowed three to score and Case to stretch all the way to third as the lead swelled to 5-1. Case came home off a dropped third strike as the Tide ended the first inning with a 6-1 lead.
     
    Danae Hays stretched Alabama’s lead to 7-1 in the third inning with a solo home run off the batter’s eye in center field. Marisa Runyon followed that with a single to set up Case for a high opposite-field homer that stretched the Tide’s lead to 9-1. Littlejohn would hold the Tide’s lead in the remaining two innings, as Alabama earned its fifth run-rule victory of the young season.
     

    Alabama returns later tonight to play the host team and 24th-ranked Arizona Wildcats (5-0) at 7 p.m. CT.

    No. 24 Arizona Hands Alabama its First Loss of the Season
     
    TUCSON, Ariz -- Alabama’s first ranked opponent of the season proved to be a formidable one, as No. 24 Arizona handed the fourth-ranked Tide its first loss of the young season, 3-0.
     
    A potent Alabama (8-1) lineup was limited to just three hits, its fewest this season, as the Arizona (7-0) pitchers kept the Tide batters off-balance. Jaclyn Traina (2-1) took the loss in the circle, though she pitched a strong second-half of the game as all of Arizona’s runs and hits came in the first three innings. Estela Pinon (2-0) earned the win for Arizona throwing 5.0 innings with nine strikeouts.
     
    Arizona struck first, as Hallie Wilson led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run that sailed just past the reach of a leaping McCleney’s glove at the left-center wall. The Wildcats would load the bases with two outs but a fly ball would hang up just long enough for Case to post up under it to strand the bases loaded as Alabama escaped the first inning with just a one-run deficit.
     
    The Wildcats loaded the bases again in the bottom of the second with one away, as a walk pushed Arizona ahead 2-0. An infield popup to Hunt at second and a fly ball in foul territory to Andrea Hawkins allowed the Tide to escape another bases-loaded jam, limiting the damage to just one run in the second inning.
     
    With two Alabama runners on base and two out in the top of the third, Arizona made an early pitching change to their ace, Kenzie Fowler, as she got the Wildcats out of the inning with a high popup into shallow left. Arizona stretched their lead in the bottom of the third as Lauren Young hit a one-out solo homer to make it 3-0.
     
    Pinon reentered to pitch for Arizona in the top of the fifth after a scary at-bat with Fowler taking a hard shot off the head, though she walked it off immediately after. Alabama had an opportunity late in the half-inning with a pair of runners in scoring position, but they were ultimately left stranded as Arizona held onto its 3-0 lead.
     
    Alabama went down in order in the top of the sixth and kept it within reach with a scoreless bottom of the sixth. The Tide couldn’t mount a rally in the final half-inning however, as they went down in order to give Alabama its first loss of the season.
     
    Alabama has a chance at redemption tomorrow with a second game against No. 24 Arizona Sunday afternoon at Noon CT.

     


     

    South Carolina Tallies WIn Over Maryland

    BOCA RATON, Fla. – South Carolina (5-2) used two-hit days from three players to propel itself to a 8-2 victory over Maryland (1-7) in its lone Saturday game in the Florida Atlantic Strike Out Cancer Tournament.
     
    With the wind blowing straight in from center most of the game at the FAU Softball Stadium, the Gamecocks scored eight without the long ball in the contest, getting two hits each from seniors Ashlyn Masters and Codee Yeske as well as from freshman Kaylea Snaer. Snaer posted a team-best two RBI and added a triple, while Masters and freshman Victoria Williams both had doubles. 
     
    South Carolina took advantage of a Maryland miscue for its first three runs. In the third, Yeske had an infield single, and Masters followed with a double. A groundout preceded a walk to Snaer, bringing junior Sarah Mooney to the plate. She grounded to the third baseman, but the throw went into right field, letting all three runners score to hand the Gamecocks the lead.
     
    Maryland chipped at the lead in the next two innings, getting an RBI single from Candice Beards in the third and a bases-loaded walk to Lindsey Schmeiser in the fourth to make it a one-run game. But in the fifth, senior Dana Hathorn drove home freshman pinch runner Kate Shereyk before scoring herself on Williams’ double to push the Gamecocks’ lead back to three runs.
     
    Mooney drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to make it 6-2, and Snaer's triple put the score at 8-2 in the seventh, scoring sophomore Alaynie Page and senior pinch runner Brooke Barnhill.
     
    Gamecock freshman Nickie Blue (4-1) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings of work. Redshirt junior Julie Sarratt garnered her second save, tossing three scoreless innings and fanning seven against two walks and two hits. 
     
    Brenna Nation (0-4) took the loss for the Terrapins, giving up five runs, two earned, on six hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. Amanda McCann went 3-for-4 at the plate for Maryland, while Erin Pronobis went 2-for-4 in the game that took 2:53 to complete.
     
    South Carolina ends its stay in south Florida with an 11 a.m. contest against the host Florida Atlantic Owls on Sunday. 


     

    Gators Reach 10-0 With Sweep of Ohio State, Cal State Northridge
     
    LAS VEGAS - Gator Softball earned two more wins at the Easton Desert Classic on Saturday, defeating Ohio State 19-2 (5 innings) and beating Cal State Northridge 6-0.
     
    Florida capitalized on its opportunities from the start against the Buckeyes as three first-inning hits combined with a walk to give the Gators an early 2-0 lead. The Orange and Blue erupted in the second for 15 runs on nine hits, and benefited from two Buckeye errors in the frame.
     
    The offensive onslaught began with three straight singles from Katie Medina, Justine McLean and Kelsey Stewart. Kirsti Merritt reached on an error by the OSU shortstop. After the Gators got three free bases on two walks and a hit-by-pitch, Aubree Munro hit an RBI single. A bases-loaded walk and a McLean single continued the rally, and the Gators cashed in on a Buckeye wild pitch to bring up the top of the order.
     
    Continuing the scoring burst, Stewart walked to set up an RBI single by Merritt before Lauren Haeger delivered a double with the bases loaded to bring in two more runs. After Taylore Fuller walked to re-load the bases, Stephanie Tofft belted a grand slam to finish the scoring in the 15-run inning.
     
    The teams traded zeros in the third before Ohio State got to Rogers for two runs in the fourth on an RBI double to right and an RBI single up the middle. The Gators matched the Buckeyes in the bottom of the frame when Chelsea Herndon drove in two runs on a single through the hole at second to produce the final margin. Alyssa Bache allowed two walks in the fifth but halted the OSU threat to give the Gators the mercy-rule win. Delanie Gourley (3-0) extended her winning streak to three games to begin her UF career.
     
    Against Cal State Northridge, the Gators were held scoreless for two innings before Stewart tripled in the third to score McLean, who had reached on an error. Merritt brought Stewart home on a sacrifice fly to put Florida ahead 2-0.
     
    Haeger and Taylor Schwarz added solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and Tofft drove in two runs with a double in the 7th. The six-run cushion was more than enough for senior Hannah Rogers (4-0), who pitched a four-hit shutout with one walk and three strikeouts to earn her 101st career victory and run Florida's season-opening win streak to 10 games.



    No. 1 Tennessee Defeats USF, 3-2
     
    TAMPA, Fla. - Madison Shipman crushed a two run home run and Rainey Gaffin struck out eight over four outstanding relief innings to give No. 1 Tennessee a thrilling 3-2 win over USF on Friday.
     
    Tennessee (7-0) scored on a throwing error to get things going in the first and Madison Shipman added two more runs in the third on a home run to pull UT ahead of USF (3-4) for the win.
     
    Erin Gabriel came into replace starter Cheyanne Tarango in the circle early in the bottom of the second after Tarango allowed two runs on five hits in 1.1 innings. Gabriel pitched 1.2 innings and allowed one hit before Gaffin entered for relief for the second time this season in the bottom of the fourth. Gaffin pitched the remainder of the game and struck out eight batters over four shutout frames.
     
    Shipman led Tennessee offensively, going 2-for-2 at the plate and hitting the big two-run homer over the wall in left field in the third inning. Megan Geer went 2-for-4 and scored the initial run for the Orange and White.
     
    USF's Erica Nunn (1-2) took the loss for the Bulls, allowing three runs on six hits and one home run.
     
    Geer wasted no time putting the Lady Vols on the scoreboard. After leading off the first inning with an infield single, Geer advanced to second on a sac bunt by Madison Shipman. Geer then stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher to no one at third base, tacking on the first run of the game giving UT an early 1-0 lead.
     
    USF answered in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Ta'coia Williams, scoring Juli Weber, to draw even with UT, 1-1.
     
    In the second, USF added another run to take the lead. Megan Santos reached on an infield single. Levine reached on a fielder's choice on the following at-bat and advanced to third on a bunt by Ashli Goff and a throwing error by Keonig. USF's Juli Weber knocked in Goff on an RBI single to make the score 2-1 Bulls. Gabriel replaced Tarango in the circle and got the Lady Vols out of the inning with the bases loaded.
     
    The Lady Vols responded in the third, adding two more runs behind a two-run homer to left field by Madison Shipman with two outs, scoring Geer and giving Tennessee back the lead, 3-2.
     
    Gaffin entered in the fourth and was outstanding in relief, fanning batter after batter and never relenting when USF got runners on base. Gaffin is 2-0 in two career appearances in the circle.
     
    Tennessee faces Illinois at approximately late tonight in their fourth game of the USF Tournament. The game will feature free live audio on UTSports.com and live stats on GoUSFBulls.com. The USF tournament schedule is running late, so expect UT-Illinois to start around 10 p.m. ET.

     

    ALDRETE DRIVES IN 4, RENFROE FANS 12, #1 TENNESSEE ROLLS ILLINOIS, 10-0

    TAMPA, Fla. --Annie Aldrete's four-RBI seventh inning and Ellen Renfroe's 12 strikeouts helped No. 1 Tennessee beat previously-undefeated Illinois, 10-0, late Saturday night in the USF Tournament in Tampa, Fla.
     
    The Lady Vols (8-0) scored one in the first, one in the sixth and eight in the seventh en route to a win over Illinois (8-1). The game did not start until 10:40 p.m. ET and it finished at 1:05 a.m. ET. UT improved to 4-0 in its all-time series with Illinois.
     
    Tennessee is 8-0 for just the sixth time in program history. UT's best starts to the season include opening 12-0 in 2013, 8-0 in 2008, 23-0 in 2007, 24-0 in 2006 and 16-0 in 2005.
     
    Aldrete lead the team offensively going 3-for-3 with four RBIs and a home run, the first of her career. Haley Tobler went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Lexi Overstreet added a solo home run in the sixth that help bolster Tennessee's lead to 2-0 at the time. Megan Geer was 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs. Hannah Akamine drove in two.
     
    Renfroe (4-0) fanned 12 over seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits. Illinois' Shelese Arnold (3-1) allowed 13 hits and 10 runs over seven innings.
     
    Tennessee did not waste any time with its bats, scoring one in the top of the first inning. After Madison Shipman drew a walk, Melissa Davin scored Shipman with an RBI double that hit the center field wall. This marked Davin's fourth RBI of the weekend.
     
    Illinois threatened in the bottom of the fourth with two runners on and one out, but Renfroe got herself out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout.
     
    The Lady Vols added another run in the top of the sixth inning when Overstreet hammered a solo home run over the right-field fence. The home run brought the score to 2-0 and was Overstreet's third in the 2014 season.
     
    Following a single from Megan Geer, Aldrete hit a two-run home run to center field in the top of the seventh inning. Akamine added a two-RBI single, Tobler and Geer each had RBI singles and Aldrete added two more RBIs to extend UT's lead to 10-0.
     
    Tennessee will play Wright State on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. ET. Live audio will be available via UTSports.com and live stats through GoUSFBulls.com. This game will conclude UT's weekend in the USF Tournament.
     




    Another 2-0 Day in Waco for No. 14 Missouri Softball  
     
    WACO, Texas – No. 14 Mizzou Softball improved to 4-0 with another two-game sweep at Baylor’s Getterman Classic, defeating both Lipscomb (8-0) and Drake (9-0) in five-inning, run rule-shortened contests. Redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) and senior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) both finished the day batting 3-for-5 with three RBI. Sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) had the biggest RBI impact, recording five that included a grand slam against Lipscomb.
     
    Runs were driven home in bunches by Crane during the first two innings of the win over Lipscomb (6-1). She started off the Tigers’ scoring with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, using a long fly ball to center field to bring in redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.). In the second inning with bases loaded, a pair of hard hit balls became Lipscomb fielding errors that resulted in runs for Mizzou. Crane took her turn again, launching a grand slam home run to right field for her first long ball of 2014, giving Mizzou a 7-0 lead.
     
    Mizzou tracked town the prerequisite eighth run for the run rule victory in the bottom of the fourth when Sykes smacked a double into right center field to score junior IF Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.). Genovese pinch ran for junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.), who reached first base on a Lipscomb fielding error.
     
    Freshman P Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.) did not give the LU squad much to connect with throughout her 5.0-inning start, surrendering just three hits and striking out two batters in the win (2-0).
     
    Junior 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was dialed in during the win over the Bison, batting 2-for-3 with one run scored.
     
    The Tigers started their second game with a bang, dropping eight runs on Drake (0-8) in the opening frame. The Bulldogs helped the Tigers along their way with two walks and two hit-by-pitch batters making it on base. Fagan, Sykes and freshman IF/OF Kelli Schkade (Albany, Texas) did the hitting in the inning, with Schkade lacing a sharp line drive down the left field line for a two-RBI double to make it 8-0. The double was Schkade’s first collegiate hit.
     
    Sykes added an insurance run in the top of the second inning with a solo shot home run to center field, setting the final score of 9-0.
     
    Freshman P/OF/1B Casey Stangel (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) was top-notch in the circle for Mizzou, throwing 3.0 innings with zero hits allowed. Stangel (2-0) and senior P Alora Marble (Jefferson City, Mo.) combined to one-hit Drake, with Marble tossing the final 2.0 innings vs. the Bulldogs.
     
    The Tigers finish the Getterman Classic with No. 16 Baylor on Sunday, Feb. 16, set for an 11 a.m. first pitch.
     
    The Tigers' first home contests of the 2014 season will be against SEC foe Kentucky from March 14-16 at University Field. Season ticket renewals are currently ongoing, along with additional season ticket requests being taken. More information can be found here. Contact the Mizzou Ticket Office by phone at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (573-884-7297 in Mid-Missouri).



    Razorbacks Close Out St. John’s in Five Innings
     
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the third time this season, the University of Arkansas softball team hit a walk-off home run to clinch a 10-0 win Saturday evening over St. John's at Bogle Park. Claire Clark hit the game winner that also secured the Razorbacks' fourth win in a row. In the circle, Kimmy Beasley struck out six Red Storm hitters in five innings of work. Arkansas closes out the home weekend Sunday at noon (CT) with a game against UMKC.
     
    The Razorbacks scored eight runs over the final two innings to remain perfect during the team’s home-opening Arkansas Invitational. The team drew a season-high nine walks including four in the five-run fourth inning; three of those base runners eventually came around to score. With three runs already scored in the inning, Kasey Fagan hit a double down the left-field line to plate Devon Wallace and Parker Pocklington.
     
    After back-to-back singles by Stephanie Canfield and Jayme Gee in the fifth inning, Clark stepped to the plate needing just a single to end the game by way of the five-inning run rule. Instead, the sophomore outfielder took a 1-1 pitch and deposited it over fence in center field. The game-ending home run is her second of the season, having previously done so Feb. 8 against San Diego.
     
    Beasley added five scoreless innings to her weekend resume. The Foreman, Ark., native also tallied six strikeouts while issuing just one walk. She ran into trouble in the second inning with runners on second and third with no outs but coaxed a pop out followed by two strikeouts to end the threat. Beasley has 16 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched this weekend, and needs just three more to notch the 300th of her career.



    Texas A&M Softball Takes Two on Second Day of Aggie Classic
     
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The eighth-ranked Aggie softball team (9-1) avenged a Friday loss to McNeese State (4-5) with an 11-3 run-rule victory before taking a 5-4 walk-off win against Oregon State (3-7), Saturday in the Aggie Classic.
     
    The Cowgirls handed the Aggies their first loss of the season on Friday, but Texas A&M responded with a resounding five-inning run-rule victory Saturday. Seniors Cassie Tysarczyk and Amber Garza each had three RBI and a home run on the game, and sophomore Cali Lanphear joined in with her first home run of the season. 
     
    Illegal pitches plagued McNeese State early, sending the first run of the day home for the Aggies. Freshman April Ryan reached on a base hit in the first and was sent around the bases on a groundout and a pair of illegal pitches. 
     
    A second-inning solo blast from the Cowgirls evened the score but no other runners were allowed on base in the half-inning.
     
    Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the second, Tysarczyk earned a walk and took second on a sacrifice bunt before also advancing home on two illegal throws. One of the pitches pushed sophomore Breanna Dozier to second and, after a wild pitch sent her to third, allowed her to score on a base hit down the left-field line from senior Emily Albus. 
     
    McNeese State again tied the score, at 3-3, in the top of the third. Both runs were unearned when a dropped third strike allowed a runner to reach first. The Aggies’ Friday game against the Cowgirls also featured a dropped third strike that allowed two runs in the inning, but the Texas A&M offense rebounded in game two.
     
    Lanphear and Garza each went yard in the third, plating two runs apiece for the 7-3 lead. Garza’s shot scored pinch runner Allison Garrett after senior Nicole Morgan singled to centerfield. A throwing error from third put Tyler on base in time for Lanphear’s home run. Both runs were unearned. 
     
    A four-run bottom-of-the-fourth gave the Aggies the eight-run advantage they needed for the run-rule, and solid pitching from redshirt junior Rachel Fox sealed the deal. Fox (3-0) gave up just one earned run on four hits without throwing a walk. She struck out four in the five-inning, complete-game effort. 
     
    A one-out base hit from Garza plated Ryan for the 8-3 lead before, with two on, Tysarczyk sent a bomb over the fence in right field for three RBI. Also of note in the fourth inning was a bunt from Tyler that twisted into the dirt along the base line and stopped immediately, giving her a base hit on the play. 
     
    The Aggies led for much of game two, vs. the Beavers, but Oregon State hit a three-run home run in the sixth to tie the game before Lanphear came through with a seventh-inning walk-off double. 
     
    Two straight walks to start the game put senior Albus and Ryan on base and an infield single by Morgan loaded the bags. Tysarczyk drew a walk to force the 1-0 run before the end of the first. 
     
    Tysarczyk drew another RBI walk in the second, as did Garza, to stretch the lead to 3-0. Albus and junior Brittany Clopton scored on the plays, reaching on a base hit and a walk, respectively. Morgan also drew a walk to load the bases before Garza’s plate appearance.
     
    Albus’ second single of the game and third of the day plated the 4-0 run in the third. The shot to centerfield scored Dozier from third. Lanphear had a double in the third inning, but was thrown out at third, and sophomore Alex Masek reached on a base hit. 
     
    The Aggies left 11 runners on base against the Beavers, and left bases loaded at the end of the first three innings. 
     
    A lone run by the Beavers in the top of the fourth was scored on a pair of base hits and narrowed the Aggies’ lead to three runs. Two innings later, Oregon State scored three on a game-tying home run by designated player Alexis Gonzalez. 
     
    Freshman Abby Donnell entered to pitch for the Aggies in the top of the seventh after a solid effort by sophomore transfer Katie Marks. Marks gave up four earned runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking none in six innings of work. 
     
    Donnell hit the first batter and the next reached on a bunt single but the rookie quickly shut down three hitters to get the Aggies out of a jam. Donnell (2-0) took the win after throwing one inning – giving up one hit and striking out one.
     
    With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh, Tyler drew a four-pitch walk and took second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Jenna Stark. A double slugged to the wall in left-centerfield by Lanphear was plenty as Tyler scored the walk-off run from second. 
     
    The Aggie Classic ends Sunday with a 12:15 p.m. CT game against Tulsa. To follow the action, listen and watch live on AggieAthletics.com and follow the live stats at tamustats.com. For more information on Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.



    LSU Softball Earns Split In Saturday Action
     
    BATON ROUGE, La. – After seeing its four-run lead evaporate, the No. 21 LSU Tiger softball team got a big spark from sophomore third baseman Sandra Simmons, as her solo home run broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, sending the team to an 8-4 victory over the George Washington Colonials to earn a split of Saturday’s action at the 2014 Tiger Invitational.
     
    After being held to just one run earlier in the day, LSU (7-3) exploded for four runs in the first inning and three runs in the sixth, finishing with eight total hits on the night, as three were for extra bases and included the second home runs of the season for Simmons and Bianka Bell. George Washington (0-9) was held to only five hits against the Tigers, coming from just four Colonial batters. 
     
    “I do think they came out fighting after inning one,” head softball coach Beth Torina said. “I think we needed a spark to get us going again. By them tying it up, I think that did it. I think they came out fighting.”
     
    Freshman Kelsee Selman earned the start in the circle for LSU, but it was senior Ashley Czechner who earned her fourth win of the season by pitching the final three innings and giving up two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Selman lasted four innings, but ran into trouble during the middle part of the game, ending the day giving up four runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and six walks.
     
    Simmons paced the Tigers at the plate with an outstanding 2-for-3 night with two RBI and two runs scored, followed by Sahvanna Jaquish who smacked her first double of the season among her two hits on the night, while Bell, Kellsi Kloss, Constance Quinn, Simone Heyward A.J. Andrews and Jacee Blades had the others. 
     
    “Since this season has started I have told myself to trust in your hands and see the ball, hit the ball,” Simmons said. “I am a person who does better when someone is a little more aggressive toward me. I took it upon myself to get us back in the game.”
     
    Andrews led off the contest with a single to second base, and then promptly stole second and third to put pressure on the Colonials right out of the gate. An error at short allowed Andrews to score with Blades reaching first. Blades went on to steal second and third as well, with Simmons connecting on a 3-2 pitch up the middle to score the left fielder to make it 2-0 LSU.
     
    Jaquish grounded out to third base, advancing Simmons to second to leave the door open for Bell who took the fifth pitch of her at bat over the fence to put the Tigers up 4-0.
     
    After holding George Washington scoreless for the first two innings, the Colonials began to slowly chip away at the Tiger lead, scoring four unanswered runs from the third to the fifth inning, tying the game at 4-4 even as Selman was relieved in favor of Czechner in the fifth. GW scored a run on two hits in the fifth, as a double play ball helped clear the bases and end the inning without giving up any more scores.
     
    “I wanted to leave Kelsee (Selman) out there as long as possible to let her try to fight through some things,” Torina said. “It was a situation where I should have probably made a change sooner, but it just didn’t match up very well. I also wanted to see what our freshman was made out of.”
     
    With two outs, Simmons found her swing again, this time launching a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right center to break the tie and put LSU back up 5-4. Jaquish followed up with a single of her own, but was thrown out trying to advance to second on the same play. 
     
    The LSU sixth was the dagger for the Colonials, as the Tigers got three runs on two hits with two errors in the frame. George Washington committed four total errors on the night, as LSU got a double from Kloss, RBI groundout from Quinn and a Heyward single among throwing errors from the GW catcher and third baseman during the frame.
     
    Game One: No. 18 South Alabama 2, No. 21 LSU 1
     
    The No. 21 LSU softball team outhit the No. 18 South Alabama Jaguars 9-5 over the course of seven innings, but the Tigers stranded eight runners on base and only managed one run as the Jaguars defeated LSU and snapped the team’s six-game winning streak, 2-1, in the first game of the day for the squad at the 2014 Tiger Invitational.
     
    Five LSU (6-3) hitters accounted for all nine hits for the Tigers on the afternoon, led by Jacee Blades and her 3-for-4 day with a run scored. A.J. Andrews and Kellsi Kloss connected on two hits each, while Sandra Simmons and Sahvanna Jaquish had one a piece. The three hits were a season high for the senior from Baton Rouge, as Blades tied her career high in base knocks. 
     
    “My job is to put the ball on ground and go,” Blades said. “Especially as the two hole, you have to move the runners and get on base so that the people behind you can hit me in. I have a lefty in front of me that hits completely different than me and a lefty behind me who hit different than I do. It is great to be on a team that hit homeruns when we need it.”
     
    Taking the loss for LSU was Baylee Corbello, who scattered five hits in the complete-game effort, giving up two runs, one earned, with seven strikeouts and four walks. South Alabama’s Hannah Campbell went the distance for the Jaguars in the win, as she struck out seven and had no walks with one run allowed.
     
    After plodding through the first inning and giving up a run to the Jaguars, LSU regrouped and struck quickly after getting an RBI double from Simmons that bounced off of the wall in left center to score Blades to tie the game at 1-1. It was the second consecutive hit for the Tigers, as Blades reached first on an infield single and then stole second base. 
     
    LSU put together its best chance to break the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Bianka Bell got plunked to take first base with one out already. Kloss followed that up with a single up the middle to put two on with only the one out on the board. Simone Heyward came on to pinch run for Bell at second base, but Allison Falcon hit into an inning-ending double play to end the threat and leave the game knotted at 1-1.
     
    The fifth inning had the potential to be disastrous for LSU, as the Tigers would give up one run on consecutive hits and almost gave up more as the Jaguars earned a bases loaded opportunity with just one out. A big strikeout by Corbello and pop up to center field ended the inning and kept LSU within striking distance.
     
    With their backs against the wall in the bottom half of the inning and with two outs already, Andrews singled to take first on a bunt. After she stole second, Blades laced her third infield hit of the game to put runners at the corners. Blades stole second to put both she and Andrews in scoring position, but a grounder to second base ended the inning.
     
    Jaquish got on with a single up the middle down two strikes in the count and advanced over after a sacrifice bunt by Bell in the sixth. Kloss singled to short putting runners back at the corners, with Alex Boulet coming on to pinch run for the catcher. After Boulet stole second, a pop up and grounder ended another LSU scoring opportunity with three more outs left.
     
    After a Bailey Landry strikeout, Andrews doubled to left center giving LSU another shot at tying or taking the contest in the seventh, but a groundout and line drive to the shortstop ended the game. 
     
    “Sometimes you are going to have games like that, but that is what makes you work hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again later on in the season,” Blades said.
     
    LSU returns to the diamond on Monday, hosting Penn State in the final two games of the Tiger Invitational at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. at Tiger Park.



    Pitching Leads Way for Auburn Softball in Day Two of Tiger Invitational
     
    AUBURN, Ala. - Sophomore pitchers Marcy Harper and Lexi Davis both set new career-highs for strikeouts in a game Saturday, helping the Auburn University softball team score wins over Nebraska-Omaha, 4-2, and Western Illinois, 6-0. The Tigers have won four games in a row during this weekend's Tiger Invitational and five-straight dating back to their win over Tennessee Tech last week at the Plainsman Invite.
     
    "We talked about it before the game, we have to work on our consistency," Auburn head coach Clint Myers said. "If you had to put two games in a row, that's the best our pitchers have looked. They now understand if they hit their spots and do the things that we talk about in practice, some good things can really happen."
     
    Harper tallied 11 strikeouts in her outing against Nebraska-Omaha, scattering only three hits to go with the two earned runs given up. Her previous career-high came when she fanned 10 batters against Tennessee State on March 12 of last season.
     
    As for Davis, she matched her teammate with a career-high nine strikeouts of her own against the Leathernecks and also went the distance for her third complete game of the year. The Charlotte, N.C. native's nine strikeouts was three better than her previous high set against Ole Miss on April 7 of last year. Combined, 20 strikeouts were recorded by the Auburn pitching staff on Saturday, 29 have been totaled by Tiger pitchers in both days of tournament play.
     
    Offensively, unlike their previous two games this weekend, the Tigers only combined for seven hits in both contests. Junior Branndi Melero notched the only multi-hit game on Saturday, going 2-for-2 with two RBI against Nebraska-Omaha. Her hit in the fifth against the Mavericks proved to be the game winner as she brought in sophomore Emily Carosone and freshman Kasey Cooper to give Auburn the lead for good.
     
    Auburn went on to score one more on UNO in the seventh after redshirt junior Morgan Estell doubled in sophomore Kelsey Bogaards for her one of two hits on the night.
     
    "We've said all along that this was going to be a good defensive club," Myers said. "We've got some things we have to work on, we're not there yet. Every day, you either get better or worse. Today we got better."
     
    In game two, the Western Illinois-Auburn matchup was a pitcher's duel through the first three and a half innings as only one hit was tallied between the two clubs. However, the Tigers broke through in the bottom half of the fourth when Cooper double to left-center field scoring Estell and Carosone. Cooper later scored on a sacrifice fly by junior McKenzie Kilpatrick. For Cooper, she finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI.
     
    The Orange and Blue got some insurance in the bottom of the sixth as it plated three more runs on the backs of a two RBI single by sophomore Jade Rhodes to push the lead to 6-0 for the final score. The shutout by Davis, is her first of the season and second shutout by Auburn in 2014.
     
    Auburn returns to the field tomorrow for its final day of the Tiger Invitational at Jane B. Moore Field. It will face Winthrop at 3 p.m. and will be looking for its sixth-straight victory. The first game of day three of the Tiger Invitational will feature Loyola against Nebraska-Omaha, starting at 9 a.m.
     
    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.



    10-0 Start To 2014 For Mississippi State Softball
     
    BOCA RATON, Fla. – A suicide squeeze in the bottom of the 11th inning from senior Heidi Shape plated sophomore Loryn Nichols to give the Mississippi State softball team a 1-0 victory against LIU-Brooklyn on Saturday morning to complete the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament. The Bulldogs improve to 10-0, joining the 2008 (11-0) and 2006 (16-0) squads as the only ones in program history to open 10-0 or better.
     
    The 10-game winning streak is also tied for the sixth-longest stretch in program history.  The Bulldog pitching staff also set the program record for the fewest runs allowed through 10 games with only six surrendered. It was also the team’s fourth shutout through 10 contests, tied for the fourth most in MSU history.
     
    Freshman Alexis Silkwood earned the start in the circle and threw five-and-a-third innings, allowing three hits and striking out six. In the first four appearances of her career, Silkwood has allowed just five hits and one earned run in 18.2 innings, good for a 0.38 earned-run average. Senior Alison Owen (5-0) entered for the remaining five-and-two-thirds frames, yielding just one hit and two walks while fanning eight. Shelley Procter (1-4) went the distance for the Blackbirds, scattering three hits and four walks while striking out eight.
     
    Mississippi State put two runners on base during the bottom of the first with walks to Shape and Logan Foulks, but a lineout to shortstop by Caroline Seitz left the pair stranded.
     
    Neither team had another base runner until the bottom of the fourth, when MSU had its second scoring chance. Foulks drew her second free pass of the contest with one down and Seitz followed with the first hit of the game on a single to right that moved Foulks to second. Consecutive strikeouts, however, allowed Procter to escape.
     
    Long Island (1-5) recorded its first base runner in the top of the fifth as Sara Shier hit a one-out single into shallow left field. Ashley Brady entered to pinch run, but a strikeout and Brady caught stealing second ended the inning.
     
    The Bulldogs nearly broke through on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth but could not convert. With one out, Nichols and senior Jessica Offutt hit consecutive singles. A sacrifice bunt from Shape moved the runners to second and third with two outs, but a strikeout kept the game scoreless.
     
    The Blackbirds had their first scoring opportunity in the top of the sixth. After a strikeout started the frame, Nicole Archer and Madison Green hit consecutive singles to put runners on first and second. Owen entered for Silkwood and threw a wild pitch to move both runners up a base, but rebounded with a groundout and strikeout looking to strand the pair.
     
    Both teams went down in order in the seventh and the game went to the international tie-breaker rules in the eighth with each team starting with a runner on second base. LIU-Brooklyn pinch runner Jazmine Rodriguez started the top of the eighth on second and Kayla Gloady drew a leadoff walk. A sacrifice bunt from pinch hitter Ariana Lopez moved both runners up a base and Archer picked up a free pass to fill the bases. Owen answered with a strikeout and fly out.
     
    In the bottom of the frame, Procter got out of trouble with a pop out, foul out and strikeout.
     
    LIU-Brooklyn again had a chance to make a tally on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth, but could not score. Nichole Toven started the frame on second base and moved to third with a leadoff double to left from Whitney West. After a groundout, Nikki Schroeder and Rodriguez whiffed to end the frame.
     
    A double play on a suicide squeeze attempt helped the Blackbirds keep the Bulldogs off the board in the bottom of the ninth.
     
    After Owen retired the Blackbirds in order in the top of the 10th, aided by a diving catch in center field by Offutt, MSU went down in order in the bottom of the frame.
     
    In the top of the 11th, LIU-Brooklyn left runners on the corners. With two outs, West struck out swinging, but the ball bounced away and West was safe at first, allowing Archer, who had started on second, to move to third.  Owen slammed the door again with a fly out to Offutt in center.
     
    It was perfect execution for MSU in the bottom of the 11th that gave the squad the victory. Nichols started on second, moved to third on an Offutt sacrifice bunt and crossed home on Shape’s squeeze play for the walk-off win.
     
    MSU returns to action Wednesday with a 3 p.m. CT home contest against Central Arkansas.