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    Friday SEC Softball Scoreboard

    Friday Softball RESULTS
    Fordham 4, Ole Miss 3
    Ole Miss 6, Kansas 2
    Kentucky 1, Louisiana Tech 0
    Kentucky 6, Texas 4
    Florida 8, Seattle 1
    Florida 11, Hawaii 1
    Mississippi State 5, LIU-Brooklyn 1
    Mississippi State 3, Maryland 1
    Alabama 13, Grand Canyon 5
    Alabama 12, Tennessee State 0
    Missouri 8, UAB 1
    Missouri 2, Iowa 1
    South Carolina 9, LIU-Brooklyn 5
    Maryland 8, South Carolina 4
    Tennessee 5, Pittsburgh 0
    Tennessee 10, Binghamton 0
    Texas A&M 8, Oregon State 0
    McNeese State 4, Texas A&M 2
    LSU 4, Northwestern 0
    LSU 14, George Washington 4
    Auburn 19, Marshall 5
    Auburn 11, Loyola 2


    Ole Miss Splits Two on Friday

    Game One:

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Ole Miss outhit Fordham on Friday morning at Patriot Point in Charleston, S.C., but could not bring enough base runners around and fell to the Rams 4-3 in the opening game of the College of Charleston Classic.
     
    “Our pitching can’t give up free base runners. We can’t walk and hit people because they usually tend to score if we do that,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “Every now and then a good hitter is going to win. That’s just going to happen. We need to make sure we keep the extra people off the bases. If we do that, we’re going to be a lot more successful.
     
    “Offensively, we just really have to loosen up. Right now we’re starting to get a little tight. We haven’t gotten the wins that we wanted, so now our kids are trying to do a little too much. We need to relax a little bit; we’re right there. We’re still outhitting the opposing teams, we just need to drive for power. Our power numbers need to go up.”
     
    Senior second baseman Marina Parra led the Rebels (2-4) offensively with two hits on three at bats, including a pair of RBI singles. Sophomore shortstop Haley Culley extended her hitting streak to seven games dating back to last season with a double down the left field line in the first inning.
     
    Fordham (3-1) took an early lead in the game with a sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the first.
     
    Ole Miss came back to tie the game on an RBI single by junior third baseman Allison Brown in the bottom of the third that scored freshman catcher Courtney Syrett.
     
    The Rebels then took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth with an RBI single by Parra to center field.
     
    Fordham came back to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to left field. The Rams then regained the lead in the fifth with a two-RBI double to the center field fence that put them up 4-2.
     
    Parra notched her second RBI of the game with a single in the sixth that scored sophomore designated player Madi Osias from third base. Ole Miss could not bring any more runs around though, and fell 4-3.
     
    Ole Miss will close out its doubleheader Friday against Kansas at approximately 12:30 p.m. CT. The Jayhawks posted the top batting average (.345) in the country last season and has been led this year by sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler, who entered the weekend with 22 strikeouts in 13 innings of work with an unblemished 0.00 ERA. 
     
    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.

    Game Two:

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Behind 4.2 scoreless relief innings from senior pitcher Shelby Jo Fenter and four RBI from senior first baseman Londen Ladner, Ole Miss topped Kansas 6-2 on Friday at the College of Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C.
     
    “The win was really big for us,” Fenter said. “It gives us some momentum that we really needed. We’re coming off some tough losses and that was the pick-me-up we all needed.”
     
    Fenter, who entered Friday afternoon’s game with a 0.81 ERA, stuck out three batters in 4.2 innings, and allowed just two hits and zero walks en route to lowering her ERA to 0.53.
     
    For the sixth time in seven games this season, Ole Miss (3-4) outhit its opponent (7-4). The Rebels did a much better job against Kansas of driving in runners, a point of emphasis by head coach Windy Thees, as they left just three on base against the Jayhawks.
     
    Kansas took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Following a leadoff walk, Jayhawks center fielder Alex Jones advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then to third on a passed ball. The Jayhawks then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Jones home.
     
    A solo home run to left-center field in the top of the second then gave Kansas a 2-0 lead.
     
    Ole Miss cut its deficit in half with a solo home run to left field by sophomore Natalie Martinez. It was the first round-tripper of Martinez’ career.
     
    Fenter, as she has done multiple times already this season, entered Friday afternoon’s game in a difficult situation, and came through in the clutch by not allowing any runs to get through. With the bases loaded in the third and only one out away, Fenter induced a pop up to Alyssa Invergo at second base and a grounder to Haley Culley at shortstop to get out of the inning with no damage done.
     
    “I live for those moments,” said Fenter of entering games in tight situations. “I love sitting over there and I’m just like, ‘Put me in. I want this pressure situation.’ I don’t know, I just love working under that type of pressure.”
     
    The game turned in the fourth inning for Ole Miss. With the Rebels down 2-1 and threatening with two runners on base and two outs away, Ladner broke out of a slump with a towering, three-run home run well over the left field wall to give Ole Miss a 4-2 lead.
     
    Kansas threatened in the sixth after back-to-back Ole Miss errors put runners on the corners for the Jayhawks with two outs away, but Fenter got Kansas to dribble a ball to first base for an unassisted putout by Ladner.
     
    Ole Miss closed out its scoring in the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back RBI singles by junior Allison Brown and Ladner, respectively, to put the Rebels up 6-2.
     
    On Saturday, Ole Miss will face DePaul at 10 a.m. CT, followed by Western Carolina at 5 p.m. CT. 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.



    Cumbess Throws No-Hitter in UK Win

    AUSTIN, Texas – University of Kentucky senior pitcher Lauren Cumbess threw the second no-hitter of her career, while junior catcher Griffin Joiner gathered two hits and an RBI, leading the No. 7/9 UK softball team to a 1-0 victory over Louisiana Tech on Friday in game one of the Texas Classic at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin, Texas. 
     
    Cumbess was the leader for Kentucky (6-0) in the win, throwing seven spotless innings to move to 2-0 on the season and keep a 0.00 ERA. Cumbess posted a season-high seven strikeouts in the game and only allowed one base runner through seven innings with a walk. The native of Normal, Ill., retired the first five batters she faced to start the game before giving up a two-out walk and ending the game by retiring 16 straight batters. 
     
    The no-hitter is the second of Cumbess’ career after she tossed seven hitless innings on April 14, 2012 in a series-clinching win over Georgia in Lexington. The no-hitter was the 11th in program history for Kentucky and the second this season. Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley tossed seven hitless innings to open the season against Santa Clara. 
     
    “I just trusted my pitches and trusted my team behind me,” Cumbess said. “I was confident in all my pitches and knew my team would have my back. We mixed in a lot of pitches a lot of up and down, in and out. Everything felt pretty smooth and I really trusted all my pitches today.” Video of Cumbess’ full thoughts: http://youtu.be/wan_wn_ct2I. 
     
    UK’s offense gave Cumbess all the run support she needed with one run on five hits. Joiner paced UK with a 2-for-3 game with two singles and an RBI. Joiner now has a hit in every game this season and has recorded two or more hits four times this season. Sophomores Christian Stokes and Ansley Smith each recorded hits, while senior Ginny Carroll had a single and a walk. Stokes, Smith and Carroll have reached base safely in all six games this season. 
     
    Kentucky continues its play in the Texas Classic on Friday night against No. 15/16 Texas at 5 p.m. ET. The Wildcats will conclude the event’s round-robin play with IPFW at 11 a.m. ET Saturday, followed by seeded games Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to conclude the five-game weekend. 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 live on the Longhorn Network. Check local listings for channel information. 
     
    UK scored its run in the third inning behind a two-out hit by Joiner. After a strikeout to start the inning, Stokes hit an infield single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Smith. Stokes scored the winning run moments later when Joiner ripped a single to right field to give UK a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish. 
     
    Louisiana Tech (2-3) started Bianca Duran in the circle with the pitcher going four innings allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Dura was replaced in the fifth inning by Pauline Tufi, who went two innings to conclude the game with one hit allowed and one walk. 
     
    For the latest on UK softball, follow "@UKSoftball" on Twitter or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook.
     
    Joiner’s Bomb Paces No. 7/9 Softball to Win over No. 15/16 Texas
     
    AUSTIN, Texas – University of Kentucky junior catcher Griffin Joiner blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning, extending her hitting streak to a career high seven games, while sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley threw seven strong innings to pick up her third win of the season as No. 7/9 Kentucky took down No. 15/16 Texas on Friday night at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin, Texas. 
     
    The game was played as part of the 2014 Texas Classic. UK won both of its games Friday in the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Louisiana Tech earlier Friday morning. Kentucky (7-0) will conclude the event’s round-robin play with IPFW at 11 a.m. ET Saturday, followed by seeded games Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to conclude the five-game weekend. 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 live on the Longhorn Network. Check local listings for channel information. 
     
    Joiner delivered the knockout punch for Kentucky with her two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead. The junior’s bomb extended her hitting streak to a career high seven games after going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Sophomore shortstop Christian Stokes and senior outfielder Ginny Carroll each had multi-hit games and scored a run, while sophomore Ansley Smith had a hit and two RBI. Stokes, Carroll and Smith have reached base safely in all seven games this season.
     
    Senior outfielder Emily Jolly had a key hit in the game when she launched her second double of the season to rightfield for an RBI, finishing the game 1-for-2. Sophomore outfielder Sylver Samuel went 1-for-1 with a run scored and her second stolen base of the season, while senior Lauren Cumbess had a hit and a RBI. Sophomore Nikki Sagermann went 1-for-3 in the game. 
     
    In the circle, Nunley earned the win to move to 3-0 on the season with two wins over ranked teams. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., went the distance against Texas, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. The sophomore pitcher was cruising in the game, retiring 11 straight batters before the seventh inning when she allowed four runs to score before finishing off the win. 
     
    The victory continues Kentucky’s program-best start to open a season. The Wildcats are now 2-0 this season against ranked teams, haven defeated two Big 12 powers in defending national champion and then-No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 15/16 Texas, which advanced to the Women’s College World Series a season ago. UK won its sixth game Friday morning against LaTech when Cumbess threw her second career no-hitter. The win was Rachel Lawson’s 200th as the UK head coach.
     
    Rightfielder Lindsey Stephens paced the Texas offense with a 2-for-4 night with two RBI, while third baseman Devon Tunning had two hits and a run scored. Holly Kern picked up the loss in the game with 4.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs – four earned – on nine hits with two strikeouts. Gabby Smith threw 2.2 innings in relief allowing one run on one hit. 
     
    Kentucky scored first in the game getting a run in the top of the first inning. Smith started the game with a single up the middle, moving to second when Stokes sacrificed her over. After Joiner flied out to deep rightfield, Cumbess singled up the middle to score Smith and give UK the 1-0 lead. After Carroll walked to put two runners on base, Krystal Smith flied out to the wall in leftfield ending the rally. 
     
    The Wildcats increased their lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning. After Sagermann kicked off the inning by hitting a deep fly out to the wall in centerfield, Samuel drew a walk and stole second to set the scene for Jolly’s double to the wall in rightfield to score Samuel and give UK a two-run lead. 
     
    Joiner supplied the two-run home run in the fifth inning to put UK up 2-0 after Stokes started the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Kentucky played another run in the fifth after Carroll hit a one-out single, moving to second on a wild pitch and third after two walks loaded the bases. Jolly then hit a pop up that the Texas first baseman dropped, allowing Carroll to score.
     
    UK increased the lead the 6-0 after Ansley Smith started the sixth inning getting hit by a pitch. Stokes singled up the middle with the Texas centerfield fielding the ball and throwing wildly to third to score Ansley Smith. 
     
    Texas plated four runs on five hits in the seventh inning starting with back-to-back-to-back singles and a bases-loaded walk before UK recorded an out in the inning. After a two-run single made it a 6-4 game, Nunley got a fly out to centerfield and a lineout to leftfield to end the game. 
     


     

    UF SB: Rogers Collects 100th Career Win in Doubleheader Sweep
     
    LAS VEGAS - Gator Softball swept a pair of games against Seattle University and Hawaii on Friday (Feb. 14) on the first day of the Easton Desert Classic at Eller Media Stadium. Florida took the first game against SU, 8-1, and won the second game over the Rainbow Wahine by mercy rule, 11-1 (5 innings). Senior pitcher Hannah Rogers earned her 100th career victory in the win over Hawaii.
     
    Junior outfielder Bailey Castro opened the scoring for UF in the first with an RBI single that scored Kirsti Merritt. The next inning, Stephanie Tofft led off with a double before sophomore catcher Aubree Munro hit her first career home run. Kelsey Stewart uncorked an inside-the-park home run later in the frame, bringing home Justine McLean and Taylore Fuller. Merritt doubled after Stewart's home run, and later scored on a Taylor Schwarz single.
     
    Seattle broke through in the fifth on an RBI double by Sarah Petosa, but the Gators matched that run on a home run from Fuller in the bottom of the frame to give the Orange and Blue an 8-1 lead that proved to be the final margin.
     
    In the second contest, Rogers earned the milestone victory by limiting the Hawaii offense to just one run on one hit in four innings, while walking one batter and striking out three. Freshman lefty Delanie Gourley pitched the fifth to close out UF's 11-1 win, which was keyed by four Gator home runs.
     
    Merritt started the scoring with a single in the second to score Fuller and Katie Medina, who both had walked. Stewart advanced to third on the play, and a double-steal resulted in a steal of home for the second baseman. Florida put up three more runs in the fourth, starting with Stewart's triple that brought home Fuller, who had led off the frame with a walk. Stewart scored on a sac fly by Merritt before Lauren Haeger hit a solo home run, her first of two in the game.
     
    Florida added five more runs in the fifth to seal the win, starting with Munro's second home run of the day to lead off the inning. After Fuller was hit by a pitch and Medina reached on a bunt, another double-steal produced a second steal of home, this time from Fuller. Stewart continued the scoring with her second home run of the day-this one of the conventional variety over the right-field fence-before Haeger capped the Gators' offensive outburst with her second solo shot of the game.



    Bulldogs Sweep Again 
     
    BOCA RATON, Fla. – For the ninth time in as many games, dominant pitching and timely hitting led the Mississippi State softball team to two more wins. Friday at the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament, the Bulldogs defeated LIU-Brooklyn 5-1 and Maryland 3-1. 
     
    MSU is now 9-0 for just the third time in program history, joining the 2008 (11-0) and 2006 (16-0) clubs. The pair of victories also gave Vann Stuedeman her 75th as the head coach of Mississippi State. 
     
    In the opener, run-producing singles from senior Sam Lenahan and freshman Caroline Seitz in the fourth inning guided MSU to the victory against LIU-Brooklyn. In the second contest, Lenahan and Seitz did more damage as Lenahan hit a solo home run in the top of the third while Seitz scored and doubled. 
     
    During game one in the circle, sophomore Jacey Punches (3-0) tossed five-plus innings and allowed one run on three hits without walking a batter. She struck out seven and has fanned seven or more in all three of her appearances this year. Freshman Mackenzie Toler recorded two outs, yielding two hits. Freshman Alexis Silkwood registered her first career save, getting the final four outs of the contest and fanning two. The Blackbirds’ Cassie Vondrak (0-2) threw six-plus frames and surrendered all five runs on 11 hits and seven strikeouts. She also hit two batters. Alyssa Lanktree-Dotson registered the remaining three outs for the Blackbirds. 
     
    Against Maryland, senior Alison Owen (4-0) went the distance in the victory, scattering four hits and surrendering her first two walks of the campaign. She fanned eight. Hannah Dewey (0-4) took the loss for the Terps, allowing three runs on three hits and a pair of walks in three innings pitched. Brenna Nation came in for the remaining four frames and gave up three hits and two walks while fanning a trio. 
     
    In the opener, neither starting pitcher allowed a base runner until there were two outs in the top of the third, when MSU sophomore Kayla Winkfield singled up the middle. She was caught stealing to end the frame. 
     
    The Blackbirds (1-4) recorded their first baserunner with a one-out single by Madison Zymkowitz in the bottom of the third. Punches answered with a pop out and groundout to strand Zymkowitz. 
     
    The Bulldogs broke through for a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Senior Heidi Shape registered a one-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Classmate Logan Foulks singled through the left side to put runners on the corners for Lenahan, who singled to right to plate Shape. Seitz followed with a single up the middle that drove in redshirt freshman Olivia Golden, who pinch ran for Foulks. A fielder’s choice resulted in runners on first and second with two outs for Julia Echols. Echols beat out an infield single, but Seitz rounded third base too far and was tagged out to close the inning. 
     
    Mississippi State added another run in the top of the fifth for a 3-0 advantage. Sophomore Loryn Nichols singled, moved to second on a groundout and went to third on a single from senior Jessica Offutt. With Shape at the plate, Offutt was called out for leaving first base early for the second out. Shape was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners and two down for Foulks, who reached on a fielder’s choice as Shape beat the throw to second base and Nichols came home. A strikeout ended the threat. 
     
    The Blackbirds had a chance to answer in the bottom of the fifth as Sara Shier led off with a double to right center, but a groundout, fly out and strikeout left her on second. 
     
    LIU-Brooklyn broke through in the bottom of the sixth with a run to make it a 3-1 MSU advantage. Madison Green led off with a double to right and Toler entered for Punches. After a pop out and groundout to second baseman Shape, Lauren Morizi singled just off the glove of Toler and into center to plate Green. Celinna Cosio singled up the middle and shortstop Winkfield saved a run by stopping the ball and not allowing it to reach center field. With runners on the corners and two outs, Silkwood entered and struck out Shier to end the threat. 
     
    MSU responded immediately in the top of the seventh and got two runs back for the 5-1 final. Offutt singled to lead off the frame and scored on a Shape triple to right center. After two strikeouts, Seitz came through again with a triple to left to drive in Shape. A strikeout closed the inning. 
     
    In the bottom of the seventh, Silkwood hit leadoff batter Kayla Gload, but a fielder’s choice, pop out and strikeout sealed the victory. 
     
    During game two, Mississippi State jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Lenahan provided the first score with a home run to lead off the frame. Seitz followed with a walk, moved to second on a passed ball and stole third base. After a pop out, Echols picked up the second free pass of the frame, stole second, moved to third on the wild pitch that brought home Seitz and scored on a one-out Nichols infield single.  Nichols was caught stealing and Winkfield lined out to end the inning. 
     
    Maryland (0-6) answered with a run in the bottom of the third to make it a 3-1 contest. Juli Strange led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and came home on an Erin Pronobis ground ball to Winkfield at shortstop. Winkfield couldn’t field the ball cleanly and Pronobis was safe at first on the play, but Owen shut down the rally with a fielder’s choice and foul out. 
     
    MSU had a chance to respond in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with no outs, but could not score. Seitz led off with a double to left. Toler walked on four pitches and was replaced by pinch runner Katie Anne Bailey to put Bulldogs on first and second for Echols, who singled to left to load the bases. Consecutive fielder’s choices at the plate and a strikeout left the bases full of Bulldogs. 
     
    Both pitchers settled in and neither team had another scoring opportunity until the bottom of the sixth, when Sarah Calta led off with a single to left center. Calta tried to steal second, but was thrown out by Lenahan. Opponents are just two-for-four on steal attempts versus the Bulldogs this season. After a strikeout, Shannon Bustillos beat out a two-out infield single to keep the inning alive but Owen slammed the door with another whiff. 
     
    Owen surrendered a leadoff single to Corey Schwartz in the bottom of the seventh, but followed with a strikeout, foul out and lineout to Echols in right to complete the victory. 
     
    MSU wraps up the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament on Saturday with a 9 a.m. CT rematch against LIU-Brooklyn.



    Alabama Opens Hillenbrand Invitational with 13-5 Win over Grand Canyon
     
    TUCSON, Ariz. – Four home runs helped lift Alabama softball to a 13-5 win in its opening game at the Hillenbrand Invitational over Grand Canyon.
     
    Alabama (6-0) got out to an early lead before Grand Canyon (3-5) came back to tie it in the third inning, but a potent Tide lineup provided plenty of run support to eventually put away the Antelopes. The Crimson Tide plated 13 runs, helped in part by four home runs that accounted for all but one of those runs. Leslie Jury (3-0) pitched through some early trouble to earn her third complete-game victory of the season.
     
    With the loss, Grand Canyon falls to 3-5. Taylor Nowin (0-1) entered to pitch with a five-run deficit in the first and took the loss, throwing 7.0 innings with five earned runs allowed.
     
    Alabama didn’t waste any time getting things rolling, as Haylie McCleney and Danielle Richard led off the game with back-to-back hits and Kaila Hunt drove in one with an RBI double down the left-field line to make it 1-0. Danae Hays was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Leona Lafaele cleared the bases with a grand slam to extend the lead to 5-0. After an early pitching change by Grand Canyon, they retired three-consecutive batters to end the half-inning as the Tide held the early 5-0 lead.
     
    The Antelopes answered right back with their own hot start, loading the bases in the bottom of the first to set up Nicole Newbury for a two-run double to cut the Tide’s lead to 5-2. Alabama escaped the jam, holding two Grand Canyon runners in scoring position to maintain the three-run lead.
     
    GCU tacked on an unearned run in the bottom of the second to make it 5-3 and they tied it up the bottom of the third off a two-run homer to make it 5-5. The tie score didn’t hold for long, as Hays put the Tide back on top with a three-run homer in the fourth to make it 8-5.
     
    With two away in the top of the fifth, McCleney widened the gap with a three-run homer to dead center as the Tide moved ahead 11-5. The final blow came in the top of the seventh, as Andrea Hawkins blasted her first career home run over the right-field foul pole to swell the lead to 13-5. Jury shut down the Antelopes in the bottom of the seventh to secure the lopsided win.
     

    The Crimson Tide continues play at the Hillenbrand Invitational tonight against Tennessee State (1-5).

    Alabama Caps Day One with 12-0 Shutout Over Tennessee State
     
    The Alabama offense came through with another big win in Friday’s second game at the Hillenbrand Invitational, shutting out Tennessee State (1-6) 12-0 in five innings. 
     
    The Tide (7-0) offense scored 12 runs off of 12 hits, led by freshman Chandler Dare going 3-4 with two RBI. Sydney Littlejohn (2-0) earned her second win of the season, her first career shutout, while the Tigers’ Olivia Gamache (0-3) took the loss in the circle.
     
    Alabama scored the first run of the day, as Lafaele pulled a two-out double down the left-field line to drive in McCleney from third and make it 1-0 in the top of the first inning. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Hays hit a fly ball to left field that allowed Ryan Iamurri to tag up from third and make it 2-0. An errant throw on a Lafaele groundout allowed another to cross as Alabama moved up 3-0 in the second inning.
     
    The Tide doubled its lead in the third inning, as Jordan Patterson knocked a two-run double off the left-field wall and Iamurri drove her home with an RBI single to make it 6-0. A passed ball allowed Iamurri to score from third and back-to-back singles by Chander Dare and Marisa Runyon made it 9-0 in the third with still nobody out. Tennessee State eventually stopped the bleeding as the inning ended with the Tide up by nine.
     
    Alabama tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth as the 12-0 lead proved final to give Alabama its seventh win of the season.
     
    Alabama continues action at the Hillenbrand Invitational tomorrow with a pair of games. First, the Tide takes on New Mexico (1-5) at 2 p.m. CT before playing No. 24 Arizona (5-0) at 7 p.m. CT.
     

     



    No. 14 Missouri Wins Two on Opening Day
     
    WACO, Texas – No. 14 Mizzou Softball began its first day of Baylor’s Getterman Classic with an offensive bang and finished with clutch hitting to start its 2014 season with a 2-0 record. The Tigers first defeated UAB by a score of 8-1 before sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) hit Mizzou past Iowa in extra innings, 2-1 (8).
     
    The Tigers were led in their 8-1 victory over UAB by standout performances from  junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) , redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) and junior IF Corrin Genovese (East Amherst, N.Y.)., with both Randazzo and Genovese hitting home runs. Randazzo helped Mizzou jump out on the Blazers in the opening frame of the season with a two-run home run over the left field wall, Mizzou’s first long ball of 2014.
     
    Earlier in the top of the first inning, redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.) was brought in from 3B by an RBI single from  Fagan to start Mizzou’s scoring. The hit to shallow center field was Fagan’s first of her Black & Gold career. 
     
    Genovese hit Mizzou’s second home run of the day, a solo shot to left field in the top of the sixth inning to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. Sophomore OF Sarah Moore (Chino Hills, Calif.) kept the scoring up by hitting an RBI single to bring in freshman IF/OF Kelli Schkade (Albany, Texas), who pinch ran for a walk by junior 1B Kelsea Roth (Yorba Linda, Calif.).
     
    Mizzou took an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh before a long ball drifted out of the park for UAB, setting the final score of 8-1.
     
    Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.)  picked up her first collegiate win (1-0) with the effort, throwing 5.0 shutout innings with three strikeouts and three hits allowed.
     
    After an initial home run by Iowa in the initial half-inning of the Tigers’ second game, Mizzou battled for a run against the Hawkeyes without reward until the bottom of the sixth inning. Randazzo had a hand in the action again, singling to left field to bring home Crane, who got on base by drawing a walk. 
     
    The 1-1 standoff between the two squads lasted until the bottom of the eighth inning. With the tournament using international tiebreak rules, Gadbois was placed at second base. Crane ripped a two-out single up the middle to bring home Gadbois and secure the win for the Tigers. 
     
    Stangel also earned her first collegiate win (1-0), throwing 8.0 innings of one-run softball with four hits scattered throughout the game.
     
    In Mizzou’s opening day of 2014 action, freshman C Kirsten Mack (Riverside, Calif.) and classmate Stangel recorded their first collegiate hits.
     
    Mizzou continues action at the Getterman Classic on Saturday, Feb. 15, with Lipscomb (12:30 p.m.) and Drake (3 p.m.). The Tigers finish the event with No. 16 Baylor on Sunday, Feb. 16, with an 11 a.m. start.
     
    The Tigers' first home contests of the 2014 season will be against SEC foe Kentucky from March 14-16 at University Field.



    South Carolina Downs LIU Brooklyn 9-5 to Start Friday
                     
    BOCA RATON, Fla. – Behind freshman first baseman Kaylea Snaer’s three-RBI day, South Carolina (4-1) defeated LIU Brooklyn (1-5) 9-5 in Friday’s first game for the Gamecocks in the Florida Atlantic Strike Out Cancer Tournament at the FAU Softball Stadium.
     
    Snaer hit her third homer and drove in three while ranking as one of four Gamecocks to score twice, along with senior second baseman Ashlyn Masters, senior shortstop Codee Yeske and sophomore left fielder Alaynie Page. Masters went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while senior designated player Dana Hathorn drove in two runs with sacrifice flies and went 1-for-2. 
     
    The Gamecocks came back to take the lead in the third, starting things with back-to-back hits from Page and Yeske. Sophomore centerfielder Ansley Ard advanced the runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and Hathorn drove in the first Gamecock run with her sacrifice fly to right. Masters plated Yeske with a single to left to make it a 3-2 game. Snaer followed and drove one over the wall in left center to hand South Carolina the lead.
     
    LIU Brooklyn took a 3-0 lead all on unearned runs. In the first, Whitney West singled to center and took second on a mishandled ball. A passed ball gave her third, and she scored on a wild pitch. In the third, the Blackbirds loaded the bases on two errors and a walk. Gamecock starter Julie Sarratt got two strikeouts before Ariana Lopez connected with a single to right center, scoring two.
     
    South Carolina added to its lead in both the fifth and sixth. Masters singled home her second run of the game, while Snaer duplicated her efforts immediately after. A wild pitch let Masters score, and an illegal pitch brought home Snaer to make it 8-3. Hathorn’s second sacrifice fly of the game came in the sixth and handed the Gamecocks a 9-3 lead. 
     
    The Blackbirds scored twice on RBI fielder’s choices in the seventh after loading the bases, but a weak pop fly to Yeske ended the contest. 
     
    Sarratt (1-1) picked up the win, tossing five innings and giving up three unearned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out seven. Shelley Procter (1-3) took the loss for LIU Brooklyn, giving up eight earned runs on eight his in 4.1 innings of work. She struck out two.
     
    West had a 2-for-4 outing to lead the Blackbirds at the plate.
     
    Gamecocks Fall 8-4 to Maryland in Friday’s Nightcap
                     
    BOCA RATON, Fla. – South Carolina (4-2) fought back late but fell to Maryland (1-6) 8-4 in the final game of Friday’s action in the Florida Atlantic Strike Out Cancer Tournament at FAU Softball Stadium.
     
    The Terrapins scored all eight runs in the first four innings. Amanda McCann walked to start the game and scored on Lindsey Schmeiser’s single to center. Kylie Datil singled home a run in the second before scoring the third Maryland run of the game on McCann’s RBI single. Juli Stange drove in a run to start the fourth on her fielder’s choice, and Schmeiser singled home two more with her shot up the middle. The final two runs scored on Courtney Beard’s single, with Schmeiser being awarded home after an obstruction call.
     
    South Carolina mounted a comeback with in the fifth with a runner at first and two outs. Senior second baseman Dana Hathorn doubled, moving the lead runner to third, and both scored on junior centerfielder Kristen Struett’s triple. The throw from right went into the Gamecocks’ dugout on the play, giving Struett home and making it an 8-3 game.
     
    In the sixth, the Gamecocks plate another run on back-to-back doubles by freshman first baseman Kaylea Snaer and junior catcher Sarah Mooney to make it 8-4. Two hit-by-pitches helped the Gamecocks load the bases with two down, but Maryland reliever Stephanie Bautista-Geiger got a strikeout to escape the jam that had the tying run at the plate.
     
    Terrapin starter Kaitlyn Schmeiser (1-0) picked up the win with five innings of work giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk. She struck out three. Gamecock freshman Nickie Blue (3-1) took her first collegiate loss, giving up eight runs, five earned, on seven hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. Redshirt junior Julie Sarratt came on and gave up one hit and two walks while fanning four in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen.
     
    Snaer went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the win, while Mooney and Struett also had extra-base hits. McCann ranked as the only Maryland player with two hits, scoring two runs.
     
    Maryland and South Carolina meet again on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EST in the third day of the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament.



    Renfroe Fans 12 as Tennessee Beats Pitt, 5-0
     
    TAMPA, Fla. - Megan Geer's three-hit, three RBI effort and Ellen Renfroe's terrific two-hitter lifted No.1 Tennessee past Pittsburgh, 5-0, on Friday in the Lady Vols’ first of five games in the USF Tournament.
     
    Tennessee (5-0) scored one in the first, two in the fourth, and added two more in the sixth, topping Pittsburgh (3-4). The Lady Vols are now 2-0 all-time against the Panthers.
     
    Freshman Megan Geer led the Lady Vols offense going 3-for-4 at the plate, knocking in three runs for the Orange and White and scoring one. Melissa Davin added a solo home run and Madison Shipman tacked on the final run in the bottom of the sixth.
     
    Senior Ellen Renfroe (3-0) had an outstanding outing, striking out 12 batters in seven innings and allowing only two hits. Pitt's starting pitcher Savannah King pitched five innings, allowing ten hits and five runs. Alexa Larkin relieved King in the sixth inning and struck out three to finish the inning.
     
    Tennessee got on the board quickly in the first inning when Melissa Davin homered to right center to make the score 1-0. It was her second home run of the season.
     
    UT pushed the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the 4th. After singles by Annie Aldrete and Cheyanne Tarango, Hannah Akamine reached on error to load the bases. A two-RBI single from Megan Geer knocked in Tarango and pinch runner, Hannah Devotie.
     
    The Lady Vols added two final runs in the sixth, stretching the lead to 5-0. Tobler opened the inning with a single. In the ensuing at-bat Megan Geer drove her in for an RBI double to left center. Madison Shipman then followed up with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Geer from second to put the game out of reach.
     
    Pittsburgh's two hits came in the top of the seventh after Tori Nirschi and Carly Thea both singled back-to-back. Nirschi broke up the no-hitter with a single off Renfroe’s left leg. Thea had a single down the left field line.
     
    Gabriel Fans 11 as UT Shuts Down Binghamton, 10-0
     
    TAMPA, Fla. --Erin Gabriel threw the best game of her young UT career, fanning 11 over five shutout innings, Melissa Davin had an inside-the-park home run and Taylor Koenig drove in three runs as No. 1 Tennessee cruised past Binghamton, 10-0, in five innings late Friday night in the USF Tournament.
     
    With a 6-0 lead through three innings, Tennessee (6-0) scored four in the fourth to put the game out of reach while Gabriel limited Binghamton (1-1) to just two hits and one walk over five shutout innings while commanding the strike zone to post a career-best 11 strikeouts.
     
    Koenig was 2-for-2 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs. Madison Shipman went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs. Annie Aldrete had a two-run double off the wall in left field .
     
    Annika Wiesinger (0-1) took the loss in her first career start for Binghamton after allowing six runs over 2.2 frames. Senior Demi Laney allowed four runs in 1.1 innings in relief.
     
    UT jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Davin hit a ball deep to center field, scoring Megan Geer and herself on an inside-the-park home run.
     
    In the bottom of the second, Haley Tobler, making her second career start, pushed Tennessee's lead to 3-0 when hit a two-out RBI single through the left side. 
     
    Tennessee poured on three runs in the third inning. With two outs and runners on the corners, Koenig belted a two-run triple off the wall in right field, plating Shipman and Cheyanne Tarango. Two batters later, Hannah Akamine ripped an RBI single down the left field line and UT's lead was 6-0. 
     
    In the bottom of the fourth, Alley Perkins hit a two-out RBI double to left center, scoring Shipman. After Tarango was hit by a pitch, Koenig knocked an RBI single to center. Aldrete followed with a big two-run double to deep left center.
     
    Tennessee, which defeated Pitt, 5-0 earlier on Friday, will next face host USF and Illinois on Saturday. UT plays USF at 4 p.m. ET and Illinois at 8:30 p.m. ET. Both games will feature free live audio on UTSports.com and live stats via GoUSFBulls.com.




    No. 8 Texas A&M Splits Games on Day One of Aggie Classic
     
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 8 Texas A&M softball team (7-1) run-ruled Oregon State (3-5), 8-0 in six innings, in the first game of the day before ending its winning streak with a 2-4 loss to McNeese State (4-3), Friday in the Aggie Classic. 
     
    In game one vs. the Beavers, Texas A&M took the lead in the third inning and never gave up a run in the shutout. Sophomore transfer Katie Marks (3-0) threw a complete game shutout in the circle, the second of her young Aggie career. Sophomore Cali Lanphear was 2-for-3 on the game with a double, a triple and four RBI. 
     
    A two-out double to left-centerfield by senior Cassie Tysarczyk put the Aggies on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Freshman April Ryan drew a walk and senior Nicole Morgan hit a single to left field, each with one out, to reach base before Tysarczyk’s shot sent them home for the 2-0 lead on the Beavers. 
     
    Texas A&M stretched to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Taran Tyler scored on a fielding error by the Beavers to start the rally, and an RBI base hit by Ryan kept the momentum going. With bases loaded, Lanphear stepped up to the plate and slugged a triple to left-centerfield to clear the bases. 
     
    It was Lanphear who came through again for the walk-off run-rule in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Amber Garza led off with a double to left field and, with two outs, Lanphear pounded her second extra-base hit of the game to right-centerfield. The double plated Garza and ended the game with an 8-0 Aggie victory.
     
    Texas A&M held five Beaver runners on base throughout six innings as Marks earned her second shutout of the year. The Katy, Texas, native struck out five while walking two and allowing five hits. OSU’s Amanda Najdek (1-3) suffered the loss after giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits and six walks. 
     
    The tables were turned in game two as the Aggies stranded 11 runners against McNeese State, six of them in scoring position. 
     
    After leading off with an infield single in the bottom of the first, senior Emily Albus reached third but was sent back to the dugout when three straight outs ended the inning. 
     
    Lanphear drew a walk in the second and scored on a double to right-centerfield by Tyler for the 1-0 lead. Tyler became the second Aggie runner of the game to be left on base in scoring territory. 
     
    The Cowgirls scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third, after a dropped strike three that would have been the third out kept the action going. Both runs were sent home on base hits to the outfield. 
     
    Ryan gave the Aggies a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the inning when she reached on a double down the right-field line. Garza joined her on base when she was hit by a pitch, but again the Aggies were unable to produce a run. 
     
    McNeese State continued to advance on Texas A&M in the fourth when a pair of doubles and a walk scored two runs for the 4-1 lead. The Aggies responded in the fifth with a single run, but it wasn’t enough.
     
    Junior Brittany Clopton led off with a base hit slapped up the middle. A bunt single by Albus sent her to second and Ryan added a third base hit to advance Clopton to third. Senior Nicole Morgan flied out to right field but sent the runner home from third for a sacrifice. With two outs, Tyler joined Albus and Ryan on the base paths, but the bags were left loaded and McNeese State maintained a 4-2 lead. 
     
    The Aggies loaded the bases again on two outs with Clopton, Albus and Ryan in the bottom of the sixth, but Clopton was thrown out trying to advance home to end the frame. Ryan was 3-for-3 against the Cowgirls, and Albus was 3-for-4.
     
    Texas A&M junior Lauren Ainsley (1-1) took the first loss of the season after throwing four full innings from the circle. She allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out two. Redshirt junior Rachel Fox finished the game for the Aggies, allowing no runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. 
     
    Cowgirl pitcher Jamie Allred (3-2) earned the win after giving up two earned runs on 10 hits and three walks. Allred struck out eight batters in the complete-game effort. 
     
    The Aggies return to action at the Aggie Classic tomorrow in a 3 p.m. rematch with McNeese State and a 5:15 p.m. game against Oregon State.



    LSU Sweeps Day One At Tiger Invitational
     
    BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Tiger softball team scored three big runs in the bottom half of the fourth hanks to back-to-back home runs from Kellsi Kloss and Allison Falcon, while freshman pitcher Baylee Corbello earned her second consecutive complete-game shutout to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats 4-0 in game one of the 2014 Tiger Invitational for LSU.
     
    LSU (5-2) produced just four hits against the Wildcats (4-2), but made all of them count as Falcon accounted for two of the four, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored, while Kloss went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Sahvanna Jaquish had the only other hit for the Tigers on the night, scoring once.
     
    Although Corbello didn’t reach double-digit strikeouts for the third straight game, she was able to work out of some sticky situations late thanks to some help from the defense, scattering four hits with eight strikeouts and six walks. The Lake Charles, La., native allowed two hits to the first two batters of the game and did not give up the final two until the sixth. 
     
    “She is doing a great job,” head coach Beth Torina said. “We will work to eliminate some of the walks, continue working ahead of hitters, and having the strikeout numbers she has been having.”
     
    With very little opportunities after the first few innings, it looked like the Tigers were once again going to leave one stranded as Bell got hit to reach first base with two outs in the fourth. Instead, Kloss reared back and cranked one over the fence in center to give LSU the 2-0 lead.
     
    On the very next at-bat, and with two outs still on the board, the Tigers got another big spark as Falcon took a 3-2 count into the seventh pitch in the showdown and drilled a shot over the fence in left field for the back-to-back jacks putting LSU up 3-0 over the Wildcats. 
     
    It was the 19th time in team history that teammates connected for consecutive home runs in a game, as the 2013 team did it twice.
     
    “I think that is one of the best adjustments I have seen this team make in a long time,” Torina said. “I was really happy with that. They stepped up and made the adjustment. It showed right away.”
     
    Corbello ran into her biggest hurdle in the top of the sixth inning, as Northwestern put two on with one out. After a pop fly to Blades at short, she gave up her first hit since the first inning to put the first on, with the Wildcats getting an infield single to put two on.  Fortunately, a fly ball to center kept the runners at bay for the second out, with Corbello getting a big strikeout to end the inning and keep the shutout intact.
     
    The freshman made it thrilling again in the final inning, walking the first batter of the frame to put one on. A fielder’s choice got the lead runner out at second for the second out, but another walk put two back on to put the pressure back on. All of it diffused on the very next at bat as Corbello got her final strikeout to close the door and seal the win for LSU.
     
    Game Two: LSU 14, George Washington 4
     
    After hitting her first home run of the season earlier in the afternoon, redshirt senior infielder Allison Falcon put the No. 21 LSU Tiger Softball team up for good with a grand slam home run in her second at-bat of the second inning in the midst of a nine-run explosion to lead LSU past George Washington 14-4 in five innings to close day one of the 2014 Tiger Invitational.
     
    On the strength of three multiple run innings, LSU (6-2) scored all 14 runs on nine hits while taking 10 walks against George Washington (0-7), as Ashley Czechner earned her third win of the season allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits with six strikeouts and four walks. 
     
    Falcon was one of the three Tiger batters with multi-RBI efforts, as she set a career high with all four coming on her bomb in the second, finishing 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Simone Heyward drove in three and scored once, going 1-for-2, while A.J. Andrews was 1-for-1 with two RBI and two runs scored. Eight different LSU hitters registered at least one base knock on the night, as Alex Boulet, Jacee Blades, Sandra Simmons, Alayna Falcon and Constance Quinn each had one.
     
    “I was actually thinking just to do something small like get a single,” she said. “I just had to see what kind of pitch I was going to get and do what I can with it. On the second homerun, I just wanted to get a couple more assurance runs for (Ashley) Czechner.”
     
    After giving up a run to the Colonials in the first inning, the Tigers turned around and in the bottom half of that very same inning plated two runs with no hits thanks to GW miscues. A walk to Andrews opened the inning, as she would go on to steal second base after a strikeout to Blades. She would wind up on third after a passed ball. A walk to Simmons put runners at the corners, as she would goad the Colonial catcher into overthrowing second base allowing Andrews to score to make it 1-1 and advance Simmons to third. 
     
    Simmons gave LSU the 2-1 lead after scoring on a wild pitch with only one out on the board for the Tigers. Unfortunately, consecutive ground outs ended the LSU inning.
     
    LSU broke through in a big way in the very next inning, getting a two-RBI single by Andrews to go along with hits from Falcon and Simmons to start to move ahead comfortably. But the inning really belonged to Falcon who came up to bat for the second time and went to a full count before launching a shot over the Berm in left to give LSU an 11-1 advantage. LSU scored all nine of its runs on just four hits in the inning, with six walks by George Washington pitching.
     
    After a scoreless inning for LSU in the third while George Washington got two back in their half of that inning to make it 11-3, the Tiger offense came back to life, led by a bases clearing triple by Heyward to score Quinn and Alayna Falcon to make it 13-3. Boulet earned her RBI on the very next play as she singled to left scoring the speedy Heyward to put the Tigers back up 11. 
     
    “This night was definitely an example of how contagious hitting can be,” Allison Falcon said. “We got a couple runs, and I just wanted to keep the bat going and keep passing the bat. That is what our coach always tries to instill in us, to keep passing the bat and let the person behind you get an at-bat.”
     
    Although the Colonials would put another run on the board in the fifth thanks to two hits, Czechner would close the door with a line out, strikeout and pop fly to finish the job and earn the victory.
     
    LSU will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, taking on South Alabama and George Washington in day two’s action.



    Auburn Wins Two in Tiger Invitational
     
    AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn University softball team dispatched Marshall and Loyola, 19-5 and 11-2 respectively, on the first day of the Tiger Invitational Friday. Both games ended after five innings when Auburn took over eight-run leads after the fifth inning, part of the 31 combined runs that were scored by the Tiger offense in both games.
     
    The biggest offensive performance of the night came from juniors Branndi Melero and Morgan Estell. Both veterans totaled seven RBI in the two games on Friday with five coming against Marshall each. Six different players had multi-RBI nights on Friday. Following Melero and Estell were freshman Kasey Cooper, sophomore Emily Carosone, junior McKenzie Kilpatrick, sophomore Austyn West and freshman Jenna Abbott.
     
    For Melero and Estell, Friday's performance continues their torrid pace to start 2014. Melero currently leads the team with 16 RBI, as Estell is closely behind with 13. Kilpatrick is the only other Auburn player to have a double-digit RBI total at this point in the season.
     
    "For us to be successful this year, we're going to have to swing the bats," Auburn head coach Clint Myers said. "It's nice to see the bats working, one through nine. When we can score double-digits, that's a good sign for us."
     
    In the circle, sophomore Lexi Davis picked up the win in game one against the Thundering Herd. Davis went four innings and gave up only three earned runs with three strikeouts. For Davis, it's her third win of the year and keeps her ERA for the season at 1.77.
     
    Sophomore Marcy Harper got the start in game two against Loyola. She, also, had another stellar outing, going a complete five innings and giving up only two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts. Since not being factored in the decision in the first two games of the season, Harper has had three-straight quality starts, giving up only six earned runs and tallying 10 strikeouts.
     
    "Marcy's getting better," Myers said. "She's making quality pitches. We just have to keep her in the circle and each time she's going to get better and better."
     
    Auburn didn't need much to get the game going against Marshall as it put up a five spot in the opening frame, getting a grand slam from Melero, her third homer of the year. The Tigers added one more after batting around and getting an RBI single from Carosone to score West.
     
    After the Orange and Blue scored again in the second to make it 6-0, Marshall cut the lead in half in the third and looked to chase Davis from the circle early. However, Auburn responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two more runs on the backs of an Estell double to left-center, one of Estell's two hits in the game.
     
    In the fourth inning, Auburn scored 11 runs to push their lead to 19-3. Many of the Tiger runs benefitted from the seven Marshall errors that were notched in the game, but, nonetheless, the Tigers posted their largest single-inning total (11) since scoring 11 against Kentucky on May 3, 2008. Auburn wouldn't get any more in the game, but the 19 runs scored was the most since it scored 19 against Mercer on Feb. 18, 2006.
     
    In game two, Auburn, once again, jumped out to a lead, scoring four runs in the opening inning against Loyola. After a lead-off single by Carosone, Estell launched her third home run of the year to left field, giving the Tigers a quick two-run boost. Later in the inning, with Melero on second, West hit the team's second home run of the inning. The long ball was West's second of the young year and gave AU a 4-0 lead after one inning.
     
    Much of the story in game two came from the pitching performance by Harper, as she allowed only one run in the second and third innings. She was able to get plenty of run support from her teammates as they continued to have a great offensive night, plating two runs in the second and three in the third to push their lead over the Ramblers to 9-2 after three innings.
     
    Needing only one more run to get over the eight-run plateau, the Tigers scored two in the bottom of the fifth after Cooper singled home Estell and Carosone to end the game. Cooper finished the game 1-for-2 with her lone hit being the game winner.
     
    "We've been preaching that you have to know your zone and you have to know the umpire's zone," Myers said. "Until you have to swing at the umpire's zone, we're going to swing at our zones. We did a pretty good job of that tonight."
     
    Auburn returns to the field tomorrow for its second day of the Tiger Invitational at Jane B. Moore Field. It will face Nebraska-Omaha at 3:30 p.m., followed by its matchup with Western Illinois at 5:30 p.m. The first game of day two of the Tiger Invitational will feature Loyola against Marshall, 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.
     
    For more information on Auburn softball, visit AuburnTigers.com, follow the team on Twitter @AuburnTigersSB or follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuburnSB.