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.
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.