|SUNDAY SOFTBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|South Carolina 8, Florida Atlantic 1
|Tennessee 10, Wright State 2
|Kentucky 6, Texas 5
|Arkansas 10, UMKC 0
|Florida 15, Minnesota 2
|Georgia 6, Furman 0
|Georgia 7, Furman 0
|Auburn 16, Winthrop 0
|Arizona 8, Alabama 0
|Baylor 2, Missouri 1
|College of Charleston 2, Ole Miss 0
|Tulsa 5, Texas A&M 2
Gamecock Defense Great in 8-1 Win at Florida Atlantic
BOCA RATON, Fla. –- Turning a school-record four double plays, South Carolina (6-2) captured an 8-1 win over Florida Atlantic (5-5) on Sunday afternoon at FAU Softball Stadium to close the Gamecocks’ stay in the FAU Strike Out Cancer Tournament.
Offensively, the Gamecocks had two-hit games from juniors Sarah Mooney and Kristen Struett as well as freshman Victoria Williams. Mooney hit a solo homer, while Struett and Williams both had doubles. Williams drove in three runs, and Struett scored twice.
South Carolina scored in the third to take the advantage. Struett got a one-out single and promptly stole second, setting up senior shortstop Codee Yeske’s RBI single. A two-run fourth moved the Gamecocks’ lead to 3-0. Consecutive singles by freshman first baseman Kaylea Snaer and Mooney set up the scoring, with two runners in scoring position after freshman pinch runner Kate Shereyk stole second. Senior second baseman Dana Hathorn brought home the first run with a ground out, and Williams put a single inside the third-base bag to plate Shereyk.
Florida Atlantic got on the board in the fourth on the second of the Gamecocks’ double plays. With one down and the bases loaded, Mickey Bell grounded one to third base, scoring Shelby Knox. Freshman Taylor Williams stepped on third to get the second out of the inning and threw to first. The first-base runner Delaney Rickey got to third on the play but thought she was on the same bag as her teammate forced off earlier, so she went back toward second, getting into a rundown. Hathorn tagged her to end the inning.
Mooney hit a solo homer in the sixth to make it 4-1, and four more runs crossed in the seventh. One error let Struett score after she started the inning with a double. Another error plated sophomore left fielder Ansley Ard, and Williams drove home the final two runs with a double to left.
The Gamecock defense played solidly all game, not committing an error with big plays coming in the first six innings. Yeske started with a traditional grounder double play in the first, while outfield assists from the centerfielder Struett and right fielder Hawkins to home ended the second and third, respectively. The double play in the fourth was followed by a strikeout-caught stealing double play in the fifth, with the catcher Mooney gunning down the runner. Yeske started another double play in the sixth, with Hathorn making the relay to first.
Freshman starter Nickie Blue (5-1) scattered seven hits and two walks with one earned run in four innings in the victory. Redshirt junior Julie Sarratt garnered her third save with three scoreless innings of relief, striking out two. Samantha Messer (2-1) took the loss, giving up three earned runs on four hits in three-plus innings. She struck out two.
South Carolina plays next at Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon at 4 before hosting the Gamecock Invitational Feb. 21-23 at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
#1 Lady Vols Beat WSU, 10-2 (5)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Hannah Akamine had three RBIs, including a two-run home run, as No. 1 Tennessee ripped through Wright State, 10-2, on Sunday in its final game of the USF tournament in Tampa, Fla.
"We planned to use these first nine games to look at our young pitching staff, evaluate our freshman and evaluate all the players in game situations," Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "I liked the way both Erin Gabriel and Rainey Gaffin pitched - it really gives us depth there. It was equally nice that we only had to pitch Ellen Renfroe in four games and Cheyanne Tarango, who is our full-time first baseman, once. Karen and I were also pleased with the way all of our freshmen performed in various game situations. They logged a lot of innings and we played as many as five at a time. Most importantly, these nine games told us where we are as a softball team before we start the second part of our non-conference season. We were especially happy with the effort, attitude and chemistry. We have lot of work to do and are anxious to get home, look at film and begin the process of improving."
Tennessee (9-0) scored three in the first, one in the second and two in the third before finishing the game with a four-run fifth inning to ice the game. The win makes the Lady Vols 6-0 all-time against the Raiders (0-5) and continues their perfect start to the season.
The victory also marks only the fifth time Tennessee has started 9-0. 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.
Akamine went 2-for-3 at the plate in her first career start at third base. Annie Aldrete also had an impressive game, finishing 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Melissa Davin had two hits and a solo shot to lead off the fifth inning.
Erin Gabriel (2-0) struck out two over 3.2 innings, giving up only two runs. Rainey Gaffin gave the Lady Vols 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Wright State's Montana Wear pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 10 runs on 11 Lady Vols hits.
Tennessee wasted no time getting on the board in the first inning. Megan Geer reached base on a single and reached third. Davin had an RBI single to plate the Lady Vols' first run. Two batters later, Aldrete smashed a two-RBI double to the fence giving Tennessee a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Vols added a fourth run in the second when Madison Shipman's RBI single scored Gaffin.
Tennessee's bats stayed hot in the third. Aldrete singled with one out before Akamine ripped a two-run home run over the left field fence giving UT a 6-0 lead.
Wright State tried to make a run at Tennessee in the top of the fourth inning when Becka Peterson lifted one of Gabriel's pitches over the fence for a two-run shot.
The Lady Vols saved the best for their last inning though to end the game early. Davin led off the inning with a solo home run to extend their lead to five. Hits by Lexi Overstreet and Aldrete put runners on first and second for Akamine who proceeded to double to left field, scoring one. Taylor Koenig added an RBI single up the middle scoring another and Haley Tobler had a sacrifice fly out to allow pinch runner, Jennifer Burroughs to race home for a 10-2 win.
Tennessee finished the USF tournament undefeated. UT hit .380 for the weekend and the Big Orange pitchers combined for a 0.90 ERA. Aldrete hit .615 (8-for-13) with four doubles, one homer and a team-high eight RBIs. Davin hit three homers, including an inside-the-park round-tripper. Ellen Renfroe tossed two shutouts, fanning 24 batters over 14 scoreless frames to keep her season ERA at a sparkling 0.00.
The Lady Vols will next head to Cathedral City, Calif. for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic next weekend. Their first game will be Saturday, Feb. 22, against Nebraska.
Cumbess’ Bat, Prince’s Relief Outing Clinches Texas Classic for No. 7/9 Softball
AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshman pitcher Meagan Prince tossed three scoreless innings in relief to grab her second win of the season, while senior Lauren Cumbess recorded a multiple-hit game with a three-run homer, as the No. 7/9 University of Kentucky softball team defeated No. 15/16 Texas, 6-5 on Sunday to win the Texas Classic Championship at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin, Texas.
The win for Kentucky (10-0) continues its unblemished start, extending the program-best start to a season. After a 5-0 start last weekend with a win over then-No. 2 Oklahoma, Kentucky rolled through the Texas Classic with a 1-0 win over Louisiana Tech behind the second career no-hitter from Lauren Cumbess. UK followed that performance with a 6-4 win over Texas on Friday night, before wins of IPFW and Louisiana Tech on Saturday and its 6-5 win over Texas on Sunday.
Cumbess started the game in the circle, going four innings and allowing five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Prince relieved Cumbess in the fifth inning and threw three scoreless innings the rest of the way to claim the win. The native of Martin, Tenn., allowed four hits in the game with three strikeouts. The win moves Prince’s record to 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA, striking out 12 batters in 13 innings pitched. Cumbess, who threw a no-hitter to start the weekend against Louisiana Tech, got a no decision and is 2-0 on the year with a 2.81 ERA.
Offensively, Cumbess paced Kentucky going 2-for-4 with three RBI, including her first home run of the season. Seniors Ginny Carroll, Krystal Smith and Emily Jolly each recorded hits, with Carroll launching her second home run of the season, while Jolly earned an RBI and Smith doubled for the first time this season. Sophomore Sylver Samuel went 1-for-2 in the game with her first double of the season and a run scored, while junior catcher Griffin Joiner did not have an official at-bat in the game, drawing four four-pitch walks. Joiner’s nine-game hitting streak to open the season is still alive since she did not have an official at bat.
Texas (6-6) threw freshman pitcher Tiarra Davis, who went all seven innings, allowing six runs on six hits with six walks and eight strikeouts. Davis earned the loss moving her record to 1-3. Mandy Ogle led the way offensively for Texas going 1-for-4 with three RBI and her first home run of the season, while Lindsey Stephens went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a home run. Leftfielder Stephanie Wong went 2-for-3 with a run scored. All nine batters in Texas’ lineup recorded a hit in the game.
Kentucky scored first in the game with two runs on three hits in the second inning. The inning started with a leadoff home run by Ginny Carroll. After Texas got a fly out to rightfield and a strikeout, Samuel doubled to centerfield and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring when Jolly singled sharply up the middle. The inning ended when Jolly was thrown out trying to steal second base.
After a solo home run by Stephens in the bottom of the second inning to cut the UK lead to 2-1, Cumbess helped herself with a three-run home run in the top of the third inning to extend UK’s lead to 5-1. The inning started with Stokes reaching on an error by the shortstop, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ansley Smith. Texas intentionally walked Joiner to put two runners on for Cumbess, who made Texas pay with her a three-run bomb to rightfield.
Texas tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth inning with Davis doubling to leftfield to being the frame. After a groundout, Texas stringed five hits together, including the three-run homer by Ogle, to cut the lead to 5-4 before Cumbess hit Taylor Thom with a pitch with the bases loaded to allow the tying run to score. Cumbess got out of the jam with a groundout and a pop out.
The Wildcats grabbed the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning starting with Ansley Smith getting hit by a pitch, advancing to second when Joiner walked to put two runners on for Cumbess, who singled to rightfield to load the bases. After Carroll struck out, Krystal Smith hit a sharp grounder that the shortstop muffed, allowing a run to score and UK to earn the 6-5 win.
The Wildcats will continue their 15-game road stretch to start the season next weekend in Boca Raton, Fla., at the FAU Invitational. UK will play five games in three days in the Sunshine State, starting on Friday with a doubleheader against Penn State and Florida Atlantic beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The Wildcats will face Kent State and No. 4/6 Michigan on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. ET, before a 9 a.m. ET battle with Penn State on Sunday to conclude the tournament. Live scores from every game will be available at UKathletics.com.
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Five-Inning Win Caps Home Weekend Sweep
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas softball team completed its weekend sweep with a 10-0 win over UMKC Sunday afternoon at Bogle Park. The Razorbacks scored seven runs in the first on their way to the run-rule victory. Kasey Fagan and Shelby Hiers each hit a three-run home run while Grace Moll and Sydney Wright combined for a two-hit shutout. Arkansas has now won five straight games and improves to 7-3 on the year.
With a run already scored and runners on first and second, Fagan launched a three-run shot to left field that pushed the Razorbacks’ lead to 4-0. The home run was her third of the year and she leads the team with 15 RBI. Clarisa Navarro and Claire Clark followed with back-to-back singles and Hiers capped the inning with another three-run home run to left field for the first hit of her Arkansas career.
Moll faced the minimum through three innings of work and retired eight in a row after allowing a lead-off single. That runner was erased on a steal attempt with a strike down to second base from Hiers. Wright, who also collected her first career hit Sunday, recorded two scoreless innings in relief to reserve the shutout.
The Razorbacks added to their lead with three more runs in the second by way of two bases-loaded walks to Navarro and Hiers and a wild pitch that allowed Fagan to score from third. Arkansas has now scored at least 10 runs in four games this season and has plated at least eight runs in each of its seven wins.
Gators Sweep Easton Desert Classic With Win Over Minnesota
LAS VEGAS -- The No. 1/2 Gator Softball team completed a perfect weekend at the Easton Desert Classic on Sunday, defeating No. 24/22 Minnesota 15-2 (6 innings).
Florida (11-0) got its offense rolling with four runs in the third inning. Kelsey Stewart singled to center and stole second, then advanced to third on Kirsti Merritt's sacrifice bunt. When no one covered the plate for Minnesota, Stewart came home with the Gators' first run. After Lauren Haeger walked, the Orange and Blue got a two-run single from Stephanie Tofft, who then scored on a throwing error on Aubree Munro's infield hit.
The Gators plated three more runs in the fourth after Stewart reached on a bunt single, Merritt walked and Bailey Castro got on via a fielder's choice to load the bases. Taylor Schwarz brought all three runners home with a double to center that increased the Florida lead to 7-0.
Minnesota got two runs back in the bottom of the frame when Delanie Gourley (W, 4-0) allowed an RBI single, and another run came home when the Gopher runner beat Schwarz' throw to the plate on a fielder's choice.
In the sixth, Merritt was hit by a pitch before Haeger blasted a two-run home run to push the Gators' lead to 9-2. After Castro singled, pinch-runner Jessica Damico stole second and went to third on a Schwarz single. Tofft drove home Damico with a single to right, and then Tofft and Schwarz scored on Munro's double to give the Gators a 10-run advantage at 12-2. Justine McLean's triple to left plated Francesca Martinez, who pinch-ran for Munro. Two batters later, Chelsea Herndon hit a home run as a pinch-hitter for Merritt, driving in McLean to produce the final margin.
UF Head Coach Tim Walton brought in Hannah Rogers for the final two innings, and the senior tossed a pair of scoreless frames to preserve the win for the Gators, who completed a tournament with a perfect record for the second consecutive weekend.
No. 19 Georgia Sweeps Doubleheader with Furman
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 19/17 Georgia softball team picked up a pair of shutout wins against the Furman Paladins in a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 16 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs earned a 6-0 win in the first game, before grabbing a 7-0 win in the second game. With the wins, Georgia moves to 7-0 on the season, while Furman falls to 0-4.
Geri Ann Glasco and Chelsea Wilkinson each earned shutout victories in the circle for Georgia. Glasco got the complete-game shutout win in the first game and Wilkinson threw six shutout innings for the win in the second game.
Paige Wilson led all hitters on the day, going 6-for-8 with two doubles and a home run. She also scored twice and drove in four batters.
Georgia 6, Furman 0
Wilson went 3-for-4 with a home run, her first of the season, and a double to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-0 win over Furman in the first game of the doubleheader. Anna Swafford and Glasco each had multiple hit games, as Swafford picked up three hits, while Glasco recorded two.
Glasco got the start in the circle and went the distance for Georgia to improve to 2-0 on the year. She allowed just two hits and struck out nine batters, tying her career-best, in the complete-game shutout performance.
Furman's Lauren Collier suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year. She got the start and threw 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs, on 10 hits and three walks. She also struck out five. Alex Sappington threw the final third of an inning, walking one.
The game was scoreless through 4 ½ until the Bulldogs put up five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead. With one away, Niaja Griffin legged out an infield single to put one on for Wilson. With one out and a runner at first, Wilson roped a double to left center, scoring Griffin and putting Georgia up 1-0. With two outs and the bases loaded after a walk by Alex Hugo and an infield single by Glasco, Swafford reached on an infield single that scored Hugo and gave Georgia 2-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, Maeve McGuire hit a bases-clearing double to left center that extended Georgia's lead to 5-0.
Furman picked up just its second hit of the day in the top of the sixth inning, but was unable to score, giving the Bulldogs a chance to add to their lead. Georgia did just that when it added one run in the bottom of the frame when Wilson hit her first home run of the season to make it a 6-0 game. After issuing a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh, Glasco got the next two batters to strike out swinging before inducing a groundout to short that ended the game and clinched the 6-0 win for Georgia.
Georgia 7, Furman 0
Wilkinson spun a gem in the second game of the doubleheader to improve to 5-0 on the year. She allowed just one hit and struck out a season-best 12 batters in six shutout innings. She also walked five batters. Bekah Farris threw the final inning for the Bulldogs, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Furman's Shelby Parker took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year after giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and one walk in three innings of work. She also struck out three. Sappington came in as relief of Parker in the fourth inning and allowed just one hit in the final three innings. She also struck out one batter.
Wilkinson worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the first, but got the final two batters looking to end the inning. The offensive momentum continued from the first game, as the Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A one-out single by Glasco and a double by Kaylee Puailoa put runners at second and third for Georgia. A wild pitch scored Glasco from third and put the Bulldogs up 1-0.
The Bulldogs added four runs in the bottom of the second inning to extend their lead to 5-0. McGuire led off the inning with a double to left center and moved to third on a bunt single by Katie Browne. With a runner at third, Samantha LaZear picked up an RBI with a groundout to second. Wilson followed with a single that scored pinch runner Adele Harrison and put Georgia up 3-0. It looked like the inning was over when Wilson tried for third on a fielding error, but interference was called, which allowed Wilson to move to third and Hugo to reach first. With runners at the corners, Glasco hit a two-run single to center that made it a 5-0 game. Puailoa reached on a single, but a strikeout ended the inning with Georgia up 5-0.
Browne drew a one-out walk in the top of the third inning and scored two batters later when LaZear doubled to shallow left. With Georgia leading 6-0 and a runner at third after a passed ball, Wilson doubled to left center, scoring LaZear and extending Georgia's lead to 7-0.
At the top of the fourth, Furman turned to Sappington, who allowed just one hit in the final three innings. The duo of Wilkinson and Farris were equally impressive, as Furman was able to muster just one more hit for the game, allowing Georgia to take the 7-0 win.
Georgia gets back in action tomorrow, Feb. 17, when it hosts the Mercer Bears in a double header. The first game is slated to begin at 2 p.m., with the second following at approximately 4 p.m.
All-Around Great Performance From Tiger Softball To Beat Winthrop
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn University softball team got great performances from nearly every person on its roster Sunday afternoon as it closed out the Tiger Invitational with a 16-0 win over Winthrop to claim the Tiger Invitational title.
The win for Auburn is its sixth-straight since suffering its first loss at the hands of Notre Dame last weekend. It’s also the fifth time this year the team has topped the 10-run plateau in a game and fourth win in five innings.
The Tigers tallied 16 runs on 11 hits and had 10 different players record at least one hit in the game. The biggest output came from freshman Jenna Abbott, who hit her first two home runs of her career after coming off the bench in the fourth inning. The freshman also took over the circle in the next half inning and pitched Auburn through the final two innings, giving up only two hits and facing the minimum six batters.
Another freshman, Kasey Cooper also had one of the big hits in the game as she knocked Auburn’s second grand slam of the year over the right-centerfield fence for her second long ball this year. The four runs scored on one swing of the bat was part of a seven-run AU third inning that broke the game wide open for the Orange and Blue. The grand slam was Cooper’s only hit of the night, but her average will stay above the .400 mark (.406) heading into next week’s tournament.
Sophomore Marcy Harper picked up her fifth win of the year as she stays undefeated at 5-0 after tossing three innings of no-hit ball, giving up only two walks and fanning two Winthrop batters.
“Marcy, again, was great,” Auburn head coach Clint Myers said. “She’s starting to re-kindle her old ways after throwing three innings of no-hit ball tonight. What we’re trying to do is get better, so when we’re in conference play, we’ll be able to go out and put quality starts together and quality at-bats.”
Auburn started out the game getting two runs in the first inning, benefitting from a Winthrop error and two hits by Morgan Estell and McKenzie Kilpatrick. The Tigers added two more in the next inning after an Emily Carosone double to take a 4-0 lead after two frames. Carosone and Estell both finished the game with two RBi as they were two of four Tiger players to record a multi-RBI game on Sunday.
The seven-run third was the big break Auburn needed to take control as four of the seven runs scored came off the Cooper grand slam. All seven runs were scored off of only two hits as the AU hitters did a great job getting on base even when the pitches weren’t finding the plate.
With the 11-0 lead heading into the fourth, Myers started bringing in some of his players off the bench. After Jordan Rocker walked to lead off the inning, Abbott hit her first homer of the game, only her second collegiate hit. In the next at-bat, sophomore Maria Mitchell also went yard, her first of the year and first of her NCAA career.
The final two runs of the game came off the bat, once again, from Abbott in the fifth as two of her three hits this season have gone over the fence. Abbott’s final batting line for the game ended up as a 2-for-2 performance with four RBI and two runs scored.
Auburn returns to the field next Friday as it will take part in its third non-conference tournament of the year, the Wilson/DeMarini Classic. The classic will take place at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala., and Auburn’s first opponent of the weekend will be Jacksonville State on Friday, Feb. 21 with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.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.
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No. 24 Arizona Defeats No. 4 Alabama, 8-0, in Five Innings
TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 24 Arizona handed fourth-ranked Alabama its second-straight loss, as the Wildcats defeated the Crimson Tide, 8-0, in five innings Sunday at the Hillenbrand Invitational.
Alabama (8-2) suffered its second-straight loss and its first five-inning loss since the 2011 Women’s College World Series against Florida. It’s the first regular-season run rule loss since Valentine’s Day in 2010 against Missouri. The Tide was limited to a season-low two hits, though Haylie McCleney accounted for one of those, as she has reached base safely in every game so far this season. Leslie Jury (3-1) took the loss in the circle, lasting just 1.2 innings with two hits allowed, six walks and six earned runs.
Arizona (8-0) remains undefeated after another great all-around performance, as they jumped on Alabama early with six runs in the first two innings, while starter Shelby Babcock (2-0) went the distance with a two-hit shutout.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, the Wildcats struck first with a two-out grand slam by Mo Mercado to pull ahead 4-0. Arizona loaded the bases again with two out in the bottom of the second, as a bases-loaded walk plated another to make it 5-0 which ended the day for Jury in the circle. Sydney Littlejohn entered to pitch and another bases-loaded walk made it 6-0 but an infield popup stopped the bleeding as Alabama trailed by six after two innings.
The score remained 6-0 until the bottom of the fourth, as Arizona plated a pair of runs with two outs to move ahead 8-0, forcing Alabama into a must-score position in the top of the fifth. Alabama managed to draw a two-out walk but could not get her across to force another inning, as Arizona held on for the five-inning victory.
Next weekend, Alabama will play at Rhoads Stadium for the first time this season, hosting the Eason Bama Bash, presented by Drash. The Tide will play five games over three days, starting with Virginia Tech on Friday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. CT.
No. 14 Mizzou Softball Outlasted by No. 16 Baylor, 2-1
WACO, Texas – No. 14 Mizzou Softball used a strong defensive effort to keep No. 16 Bayor at bay, but it was not enough to top the Bears in a close, 2-1 setback to finish Baylor’s Getterman Classic on Sunday, Feb. 16. The Tigers finished their opening weekend of action with a stout 4-1 record, including strong wins over UAB (8-1) and Lipscomb (8-0 ), who are both currently receiving votes in the national polls.
Mizzou got on the Getterman Stadium scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning with a trio of infield hits, with the initial two going to BU’s second baseman from redshirt sophomore 2B Ashtin Stephens (Blue Springs, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.). With two outs, sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) legged out a tapped hit to BU pitcher Whitney Canion. After the close play at first base, Stephens was waved home and slid in for the score, making it 2-1 in favor of Baylor.
Baylor was able to score in its opening turn at the plate, using a sacrifice flyout to left field to bring in a runner from third base for a 1-0 lead.
The Bears (8-2) tacked on a second run for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when an infield single brought home a BU runner from third base. The score in the fourth came after Earleywine switched Stangel into the pitcher’s circle from the designated player position.
Freshman P Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.) took the loss (2-1) against the Bears, despite the Tiger newcomer’s strong 3.0-inning, one run-allowed showing. Freshman P/OF/1B Casey Stangel (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) pitched the remaining 3.0 innings of the contest, allowing zero earned runs and scattering four hits.
Canion (4-2) went the distance for Baylor, allowing five Mizzou hits with six strikeouts during 7.0 innings of work.
Redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.), Finucane and junior 3B/C Angela Randazzo (Poway, Calif.) earned Getterman Classic All-Tournament recognition. Fagan knocked in five RBI during the event, while Finucane allowed just one run in three starts. Randazzo batted 5-for-11 (.455) with one home run to start her 2014 season.
The Tigers are next in action at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., from Thursday, Feb. 20-Saturday, Feb. 22. Mizzou will play five games in the event, facing Arizona, Baylor, Fordham, San Diego State and UCLA.
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).
Rebels Fall to College of Charleston 2-0
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Ole Miss bats couldn’t get on track Sunday afternoon against the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., and the Rebel softball team fell 2-0 to the home-standing Cougars to close out play at the College of Charleston Classic.
Junior third baseman Allison Brown continued her strong play at the tournament with a single, but Ole Miss couldn’t find the right spots against Cougars pitcher Hope Klicker, and dropped the final game of the three-day event. Brown batted a team-high .563 (9-16) at the tournament with six runs and four RBI. Senior first baseman Londen Ladner drove in a team-high nine RBI throughout the five games of the tournament.
In the circle, senior Shelby Jo Fenter threw 11.0 innings in two games in Charleston (1-1), accumulating 11 strikeouts and a 0.64 ERA, with just one earned run allowed, which came Sunday.
Ole Miss (4-6) had its best scoring opportunity in the top of the third. With one out away, junior Jamie Morgan reached base on a College of Charleston throwing error, and advanced to second on the errant throw. Morgan later would advance to third base on a sacrifice bunt by senior RT Cantillo, but the Rebels couldn’t bring her home from there.
College of Charleston (3-4) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom-half of the inning with a single to left-center field with the bases loaded.
The Cougars scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a passed ball to take a 2-0 lead.
Ole Miss will play again Tuesday in a doubleheader against Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Rebels and Golden Eagles split last year’s doubleheader in Oxford, Miss.
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Golden Hurricane Down Aggies on Strikeouts, 5-2
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 8 Texas A&M softball team (9-2) was unable to come back from an early five-run deficit and fell, 5-2, to Tulsa (9-1) on Championship Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. With the win, the Golden Hurricane are the Aggie Classic champions after going 5-0 on the weekend.
Freshman April Ryan was 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of base hits, and sophomore Cali Lanphear had the Aggies’ only extra base hit of the game, a two-out double in the sixth inning.
Tulsa jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings. A two-run home run in the top of the first put the Golden Hurricane on the board, and a pair of walks and three hits in the second stretched the visitor lead to 5-0. All five runs were charged to Aggie starter Rachel Fox, and freshman Abby Donnell entered in relief with two on base in the second and threw 5 2/3 shutout innings.
The Golden Hurricane threw their ace, Aimee Creger, who had allowed just one run, four hits and four walks on the weekend entering the game vs. Texas A&M. The Aggies doubled the hurler’s weekend walks total after just two innings. Creger struck out three straight in the bottom of the first, but the Aggies slowed her momentum in the bottom of the second.
Senior Amber Garza drew a leadoff walk and took advantage of an illegal pitch by Creger to take second. A single up the middle by senior Taran Tyler sent Garza home from second to narrow the deficit to 1-5 in Tulsa’s favor.
Another leadoff walk in the bottom of the third, by junior Brittany Clopton, came back to haunt Creger as Clopton scored on a bases-loaded walk by senior Cassie Tysarczyk. Ryan had a base hit to left after Clopton walked, and Garza drew a walk to load the bases.
Ryan hit her second single of the day in the fifth, sending the ball to left-centerfield to reach base. The Aggies’ fourth and final hit of the game was a no-doubt double pounded to centerfield by Lanphear in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan and Lanphear were both left stranded after their hits.
The Aggies’ four hits on the day tied the amount allowed by Creger in two complete games in the Aggie Classic. Texas A&M also doubled the ace’s weekend walk tally with four, and tripled the number of runs she allowed with two.
In the circle, Donnell held nine Golden Hurricane runners on base, including six in scoring position, as Tulsa was unable to score in the final five innings.
Redshirt junior Rachel Fox (3-1) started the game in the circle for the Aggies and took the loss, giving up five earned runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings. Donnell pitched 5 2/3 frames of shutout action, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out eight. The freshman’s strikeout tally was her career high, and the Aggies’ best of 2014.
Creger (4-0) earned the win after tossing 11 strikeouts to total 40 on the weekend and 54 on the year through just 33 innings of work. Tulsa closer Bailey Erwin had her second save of the year after a three-at-bat seventh inning that included the Golden Hurricane’s 12th strikeout of the day.
The Aggies take to the road again next weekend, playing five games at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. For a list of next weekend’s opponents, log on to AggieAthletics.com. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.