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    Saturday Softball RESULTS
    Kent State 3, Kentucky 0
    Michigan 3, Kentucky 0
    Texas A&M 12, CS Northridge 0
    Arkansas 12, Villanova 0
    Arkansas 14, FGCU 7
    Mississippi State 5, Iowa 0
    Florida 12, Troy 2
    Florida 8, Indiana 0
    UCLA 4, Missouri 3
    South Carolina 9, Michigan State 0
    South Carolina 7, Gardner-Webb 0
    Alabama 14, Virginia Tech 5
    Alabama 1, Central Florida 0
    LSU 5, Stanford 3
    Ole Miss 8, Buffalo 0
    Georgia vs. Delaware, ppd.
    Georgia vs. East Carolina, ppd.
    Auburn 13, Jacksonville State 3
    Tennessee 5, Nebraska 3
    Tennessee 5, Oregon State 1


    Kentucky Drops Doubleheader at FAU Invite

    BOCA RATON, Fla. – The No. 5/6 University of Kentucky softball team could not get the offense going in day two of the FAU Invitational, falling to Kent State, 3-0, and No. 5/7 Michigan, 3-0, at the FAU Softball Stadium on Saturday. 
     
    The losses were the first of the season for UK, which entered play Saturday with the longest winning streak in school history. The 12-game winning streak was also the best start in school history for Kentucky, crushing the previous record of 3-0. The Wildcats had three wins vs. ranked foes during the winning streak, including a win over defending national champions Oklahoma. UK also posted two wins over 2013 Women’s College World Series participant Texas.  Kentucky is now 3-1 vs. ranked foes this season. 
     
    Kentucky (12-2) concludes the round-robin event Sunday with a 9 a.m. ET battle vs. Penn State. Kentucky and Penn State met on Friday with the Wildcats claiming a 5-0 win. Live stats from the game will be available on UKathletics.com.
     
    Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley carried the load in the circle for Kentucky, throwing the final four innings vs. Kent State and all seven innings against Michigan. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., picked up a no decision vs. the Golden Flashes allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts, while she received the loss against highly ranked Michigan, throwing seven innings allowing three earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Shannon Smith got the loss vs. Kent State allowing two runs on three hits. Nunley is now 5-1 on the year, while Smith is 2-1. 
     
    Offensively, UK could not find its swing at the plate, posting three hits on the day. Sophomore infielder Nikki Sagermann went 1-for-3 vs. Kent State to record the Wildcats’ lone hit, while senior outfielder Emily Gaines and sophomore outfielder Sylver Samuel each had hits against Michigan. 
     
    Kent State’s Emma Johnson got the win in game one, throwing seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and one hit allowed, while Michigan’s Haylie Wagner got the win in game two, tossing seven scoreless innings with five strikeouts and two hits allowed. 
     
    Offensively, the Golden Flashes got multiple-hit games from Kim Kirkpatrick and Shelbi Tilton with Tilton posting two RBI. The Wolverine offense was paced by multiple-hit games from Lyndsay Doyle, Sierra Romero and Caitlin Blanchard, while Sierra Lawrence had a hit and two RBI. 
     
    For the latest on UK softball, follow "@UKSoftball" on Twitter and Instagram or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook.



    Aggies End Weekend with Run-Rule Win Over Northridge

    CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The 12th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (12-4) ended the weekend with a five-inning, 12-0 run-rule win over Cal State Northridge (6-6), Saturday in the Aggies’ final day at the Mary Nutter Classic.
     
    Texas A&M ends the weekend at 3-2, their only losses to top-15 opponents No. 14 Arizona and No. 11 Nebraska. 
     
    The Texas A&M pitching staff combined for a dominant, 4-hit shutout performance with a stingy Aggie defense helping get outs. Sophomore transfer Katie Marks started the game in the circle and was replaced by junior Lauren Ainsley. Sophomore Kristen Davenport closed the game in the 5-inning run-rule.
     
    The Aggies struck early, taking a 4-0 lead on Northridge in the bottom of the first. A couple of illegal pitches put freshman April Ryan on base with a four-pitch walk. The second baseman ended the day 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. 
     
    With one out, senior Nicole Morgan hammered a pitch to centerfield that took a hop and went over the fence for a ground-ruled double. The shot scored Ryan from second, after she took an extra base on a passed ball during Morgan’s at bat. 
     
    Senior Cassie Tysarczyk joined Morgan on the base paths when she drew the Aggies’ second walk of the inning. A three-run, two-out bomb over left field by senior Taran Tyler shoved Texas A&M out to a four-run lead over the Matadors. 
     
    Ryan added a fifth run to the Aggies’ tally when her RBI single down the left-field line with two outs in the second sent senior Emily Albus home for the 5-0 lead. Tysarczyk added an infield hit that forced the CSUN second baseman to dive and try to make a play at first. Ryan sped to third on the hit, and advanced home on the throw for the 6-0 advantage. 
     
    The Aggies loaded the bases in the bottom of the third on a base hit by sophomore Cali Lanphear, and walks from sophomore Breanna Dozier and freshman Abby Donnell. An RBI groundout by senior Jenna Stark sent the 7-0 run home. Dozier scored on a passed ball, and Donnell followed her home on a wild pitch. Both runs were unearned, but the Aggies claimed a 9-0 advantage on the Matadors. 
     
    Three walks loaded the bases for Texas A&M in the fourth, and a two-out fielding error send the 10-0 run home, unearned. Pinch hitting in the fifth, sophomore Alex Masek hit a two-RBI double through the left side for the Aggies’ final two runs of the game. The RBI were the first of Masek’s career.
     
    The Matadors strung together a pair of hits in the top of the fifth, but were unable to score and the game ended in a five-inning run-rule win for the Aggies. 
     
    Marks (5-0) started the game in the circle for the Aggies and earned the win in a combined shutout with Ainsley and Davenport. Marks tossed three innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while striking out one. Ainsley gave up just one hit and a walk in 1 1/3 innings of work, and Davenport threw 2/3 innings, allowing two hits. 
     
    CSUN starter Brianna Elder (5-3) took the loss after she allowed six earned runs on five hits and three walks through two innings in the circle. 
     
    The Aggies return to Texas and play a single game at Houston Wednesday before hosting the Texas A&M Invitational next weekend. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.



    Arkansas Posts Sweep of Doubleheader

    FT. MYERS, Fla. – Coupled with a 12-0 victory Saturday morning over Villanova, the University of Arkansas softball team used a comeback against host FGCU to complete an undefeated day two at the FGCU/Four Points by Sheraton Round Robin. The Razorbacks posted a 14-7 win over the Eagles in the team’s final game of the day. With Saturday’s results, Arkansas extends its winning streak to 10 games and improves to 12-3 on the season. The Razorbacks close out their weekend Sunday morning with one game, a 10:15 a.m. (CT) matchup with Harvard. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. 
     
    GAME 1 vs. Villanova
    For the fifth-straight game, the Razorbacks scored in the first inning with six runs off two Villanova pitchers. Amanda Geile got the scoring started with a two-run triple to plate Devon Wallace and Kasey Fagan. From the nine spot in the lineup, Claire Clark brought in the final two runs with a single up the middle. Arkansas added a pair of unearned runs in the third to put the run-rule in effect. In the fourth, pinch hitter Megan Pearson cleared the bases with a double to cap the scoring.
     
    Sydney Wright continued Arkansas’ strong run of pitching performances during the weekend with a one-hit shutout. She faced the minimum through five innings with the help of a double play in the second inning and a thrown-out runner by Jayme Gee to end the game. Ten of the 15 outs recorded were off a groundball with Wright fielding her position well with four assists and one putout.  
     
    GAME 2 vs. FGCU
    Trailing by three runs heading into the sixth inning, the Razorback bats exploded for nine runs to go ahead on the scoreboard for the team’s first lead of the game. Each spot in the lineup scored once during the frame including the go-ahead run by Parker Pocklington who scored on a two-run single by Chloe Oprzedek. The effort against the Eagles marks Arkansas’ first come-from-behind win of the year and was the team’s first time trailing since Feb. 9 against No. 16 Baylor.
     
    In the circle, Kelly Young registered 6.2 innings of relief work and gave up just two earned runs to keep Arkansas in the game. She struck out four hitters en route to earning her second win of the season. Oprzedek finished the game with two hits including her first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning. She also led the team with four RBI. Clarisa Navarro went 3-for-4 at the plate and was one of four Razorbacks to score twice against FGCU. 



    MSU Beats Iowa

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – It was a similar success story for the Mississippi State softball team Saturday as a key home run from senior Sam Lenahan, solid base running and another strong performance in the circle from freshman Alexis Silkwood lifted the Bulldogs to a 5-0 victory against Iowa. 
     
    Lenahan’s seventh, eighth and ninth RBI of the week on a three-run homer in the bottom of the first carried MSU to its 13th-straight victory to open the campaign. It is the second-best start in program history, trailing only the 2006 squad’s 16-0 mark. The 13-game winning streak is the third longest by an MSU team. 
     
    Silkwood earned the win to become the first Mississippi State freshman to begin her career 3-0 since Lindsey Dunlap began 5-0 in 2009. Silkwood scattered four hits, fanned 11 and allowed the first walk of her career with a fourth-inning free pass. The 11 strikeouts were just one short of of the MSU freshman record she set in the second game at FAU last Thursday. Micaela Whitney (1-2) went the distance for the Hawkeyes, allowing five runs on four hits and four walks. She fanned six. 
     
    Solid defense allowed Silkwood to work around a one-out double from Michelle Zoeller in the top of the first. After a strikeout, a diving catch by hard-charging sophomore left fielder Loryn Nichols ended the threat. 
     
    After the defensive hold, MSU pushed across three runs in the bottom of the frame for a 3-0 advantage. Senior Jessica Offutt and classmate Heidi Shape drew consecutive four-pitch walks to open the frame and a sacrifice bunt from senior Logan Foulks moved the pair up a base. Lenahan then provided her third home run of the week with a three-run shot to center field. A pair of groundouts ended the frame. 
     
    Silkwood again worked around a runner in the second as Kayla Massey led off with a single, moved up two bases on back-to-back sacrifice bunts and was left stranded with a strikeout. 
     
    MSU added to its lead in the bottom of the second with a run to make it a 4-0 score. Junior Julia Echols led off with a single up the middle. Sophomore Kayla Winkfield bunted and Iowa’s third baseman Zoeller tried to throw to second for the force, but Echols beat the toss to put runners on first and second with no outs. A groundout from Nichols moved the pair up a base and an Offutt sacrifice fly plated Echols before a strikeout ended the frame. 
     
    Neither team mounted another threat until a two-out rally by Iowa in the top of the fourth. Megan Blank drew a one-out walk and, after a strikeout, Whitney Repole was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with two outs. Silkwood ended the threat with a strikeout. 
     
    In the bottom of the fourth, MSU tacked on another run with a double steal to go ahead 5-0. With one out, Winkfield singled. Nichols reached on an error and Winkfield motored to third on the play. Nichols moved to second on a steal and as Iowa’s catcher threw to the bag, Winkfield took off for home and scored. Consecutive groundouts allowed Whitney to avoid further damage. 
     
    MSU had a chance to add to its lead in the bottom of the fifth but could not push across a run. Foulks led off with a double and was replaced by redshirt freshman pinch runner Olivia Golden. Lenahan drew her second walk of the contest to put runners on first and second and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Katie Anne Bailey, but a fly out and consecutive strikeouts closed the inning. 
     
    Silkwood shut the door for the final time in the top of the sixth as Zoeller led off with another double, but a groundout, fly out and strikeout kept Iowa off the scoreboard. 
     
    In the top of the seventh, the Hawkeyes were retired in order by Silkwood to seal the victory. 
     
    Mississippi State goes for the series sweep Sunday with a 10 a.m. CT finale. 


     

    Rogers, Haeger Dominate in Circle on Day 2 of Lipton Invitational
     
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 1 Gator Softball team (16-0) swept a doubleheader for the second consecutive day at the University of Florida Lipton Invitational, winning 12-2 against Troy and 8-0 (5 innings) against Indiana at Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium.  Junior Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) was one out away from a perfect game for against the Trojans in the opener, while senior Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) tossed a five-inning no-hitter against the Hoosiers.
     
    Florida began the scoring against Troy with two runs in the third inning. Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) singled and stole second before a single from Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.) set up Haeger's bases-clearing double.
     
    The Orange and Blue added five more runs in the following frame. Singles by Justine McLean (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Stewart followed Chelsea Herndon's (Carrollton, Texas) leadoff double. Herndon scored on Stewart's base hit before Haeger produced a two-run single to bring home McLean and Stewart. Senior Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif.) knocked in two more runs with a base hit to right that plated Francesca Martinez (Centreville, Va.), who pinch-ran for Haeger, and Taylor Schwarz (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), who got on base with a single.
     
    The Gators put up five more runs in the top of the seventh. Pinch-hitter Briana Little (Middleburg, Fla.) drove in McLean, who had set the table with a single as the second batter of the inning. After Haeger reached on an error, a single from Taylore Fuller (Trenton, Fla.) plated Stewart and loaded the bases for Tofft, who drew a walk. A 2-run double by catcher Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) brought home Fuller and Haeger to put UF up 12-0.
     
    Haeger retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one out of perfection, but allowed a bloop single and a home run before finishing the complete-game victory.
     
    In the second game, Tofft walked in the second inning to set up a two-run home run by Little. McLean led off the third with a walk before Stewart singled. McLean came home on an RBI single by Haeger, and Stewart scored on a sacrifice fly by Fuller.
     
    The Gators added four more runs in their final at-bat of the day with an RBI single from Stewart and a three-run pinch-hit homer by Merritt, who put Florida up by eight runs to produce the final margin in support of Rogers, who earned her team-leading sixth win of the season.




    No. 16 Missouri Falls on Game-Winner by No. 8 UCLA 
     
    CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – No. 16 Mizzou Softball battled undefeated and No. 8-ranked UCLA (13-0) to the very end, dropping a 4-3 result to the Bruins on a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Tigers were led by strong performances from redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois (Maryville, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore SS Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.), who both batted 2-for-4.
     
    The Tigers started with a 1-0 lead after the first inning, with both Gadbois and Fagan recording singles. A groundout by senior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) to UCLA’s shortstop was able to score Gadbois from third base.
     
    Mizzou mounted a response in the top of the third inning after UCLA took a 2-1 advantage after the second inning. The Gadbois-Fagan tandem were the Tigers’ baserunners, with senior OF Mackenzie Sykes (Blue Springs, Mo.) coming through with a two-out, two-RBI single to give Mizzou a 3-2 lead.
     
    The Tigers’ two freshman hurlers, Casey Stangel (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) and Tori Finucane (Germantown, Md.), combined to keep UCLA in check for the majority of the contest. Stangel put in 4.0 innings of work, allowing two hits and two runs. Finucane entered in relief and worked 2.2 innings with two strikeouts and two walks before allowing UCLA’s only hit off of her, the game-winner.
     
    Head coach Ehren Earleywine’s squad finished the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 3-2 record to improve its overall season mark to 7-3. Gadbois batted an outstanding .563 (9-for-16) over Mizzou’s five games, while Sykes hit an impressive .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles to her credit. Finucane posted a 2-1 record in three appearances with 15 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched.
                            
    Mizzou is next in action at the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., from Friday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 2. The Tigers will face Bradley, Syracuse (Friday, 4:45 p.m. CT, ESPN3), Illinois State, Radford and Ohio State in the event.
     
    The Tigers' first home contests of the 2014 season will be against SEC foe Kentucky from March 14-16 at University Field.




    Gamecocks Shut Out Michigan State 9-0 (5) and Gardner-Webb 7-0 
     
    South Carolina (10-2) won both its game on Saturday in the Gamecock Invitational with a 9-0 win in five innings over Michigan State (3-7) and 7-0 victory versus Gardner-Webb (2-8). Junior Sarah Mooney hit home runs in both games, giving her a team-leading five on the season, going 3-for-6 on the day. Senior Ashlyn Masters had a double and a triple against the Spartans and added a double against the Runnin' Bulldogs. South Carolina's pitching staff stretched its scoreless streak to 29 innings, as Blue tossed her first career shutout in the first game against MSU and her and Sarratt combined for the GWU win. The Gamecocks close the weekend at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday against UNC Wilmington.
     
    Sarratt And Blue Combine for Shutout of Gardner-Webb, 7-0
                    
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Behind another shutout from redshirt junior Julie Sarratt and freshman Nickie Blue, South Carolina (10-2) blanked Gardner-Webb (2-8) 7-0 in the Gamecocks’ final game of Saturday’s slate at the Gamecock Invitational.
     
    The Gamecock pitching staff stretched its scoreless streak to 29 innings, one that started with the final three innings of the Florida Atlantic victory. Sarratt (3-1) fanned seven and only allowed one hit in her five innings of work, not walking a batter for the second-consecutive outing. Blue tossed two shutout innings in relief, giving up two seventh-inning hits and striking out one. The duo has helped the Gamecocks also post a 32-inning scoreless streak at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field, dating back to the Ohio game on the second day of the season.
     
    Senior Codee Yeske started the Gamecocks’ scoring in the third. She walked on four pitches, stole second and went to third on a throwing error before scoring easily on senior Ashlyn Masters’ hit to center. With one down, Masters’ pinch runner, freshman Mackenzie Moler, scored on junior Sarah Mooney’s grounder that the Runnin’ Bulldogs mishandled. South Carolina loaded the bases in the inning, but Gardner-Webb’s Ashley Rhyne got a strikeout to end the jam.
     
    Mooney made it 4-0 with her second homer of the day and fifth of the season, a two-run shot that cleared the left-field wall. That scored sophomore Ansley Ard, who pinch ran for freshman Kaylea Snaer after her leadoff single. Three more Gamecock runs crossed home in the sixth, one when Yeske scored on a passed ball and the second on Snaer’s RBI single, plating Masters. Snaer scored from first when GWU’s right fielder misplayed Mooney’s single. 
     
    Masters, Snaer and Mooney combined to go 6-for-11 with five RBI and both of the Gamecocks’ extra-base hits. Yeske also scored twice and walked twice in the game.
     
    The Runnin’ Bulldogs Ashley Rhyne (0-5) took the loss, giving up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and six walks in six innings. She struck out four. Kellie Beres, Megan Champion and Savannah Burns all had one hit for GWU.
     
    South Carolina wraps up the Gamecock Invitational on Sunday against UNC Wilmington, with first pitch set for 5:30 p.m.
     
    Gamecocks Get Past Michigan State 9-0 in Five Innings
                     
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina (9-2) showcased some strong offense to support freshman Nickie Blue’s first career shutout in a 9-0 win in five innings over Michigan State (3-7) in the Gamecocks’ first game on Saturday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
     
    Blue (7-1) scattered four hits and two walks over the five-inning shutout, striking out four. She got support from senior designated player Ashlyn Masters, who went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBI. Junior catcher Sarah Mooney had a three-run homer that capped the scoring in the fourth, while freshman first baseman Kaylea Snaer went 1-for-3 with a two-run single. Sophomore left fielder Alaynie Page doubled, scored a run and drove in another, while senior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins scored twice, stole a base and drove in a run.
     
    Masters and Page got the Gamecocks on the board in the first when Page followed Masters’ triple with a double to left. Hawkins made it 2-0 in the second with her RBI single that scored freshman Taylor Williams, who ran for Victoria Williams after she got hit by a pitch to start the frame. Masters doubled home Hawkins and junior centerfielder Kristen Struett to make it 4-0 in favor of South Carolina after two innings.
     
    The Gamecocks claimed a 6-0 lead when Snaer singled home two runs in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out, and Mooney followed with a three-run blast over the protective screen in left, her fourth homer of the year.
     
    Michigan State’s Kelly Smith (1-3) took the loss, giving up nine earned runs on six hits and three walks in four innings. McKinzie Freimuth, Sarah Gutknecht, Lindsey Besson and Stephanie Sanders all had singles for the Spartans 
     
    Georgetown beat UNC Wilmington 7-2 in the day’s first game, while Boston University took its first win of the year over Michigan State in the second game, 11-4.




    Patrick Murphy Earns 800th Win at Alabama
     
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama softball continued its undefeated weekend with a pair of wins, overpowering Virginia Tech 14-5 before edging out UCF in a pitchers’ duel, 1-0, in the final at-bat. The win over the Hokies was Patrick Murphy’s 800th career win at Alabama.
     
    “I have been blessed to be with such great coaches and players over the years,” said Murphy. “I wouldn’t have gotten here without them.”
     
    Murphy is just the 15th active Division-I coach with 800 wins at their current school and the only one in the SEC. Alabama (12-2) exploded offensively in the first game over Virginia Tech (6-5) to the tune of 14 runs on 14 hits, while the bats were quieted against UCF (8-3), but an untimely fielding error by the Knights allowed the winning run to cross the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
     
    McCleney reached base safely in both games, stretching her streak to 14 games as she has reached base safely in every game so far this season. Danielle Richard failed to earn a hit against the Hokies, ending her career-best hitting streak at 10 games, which is the longest for any Alabama player so far this season.
     
    GAME ONE: ALABAMA 14, VIRGINIA TECH 5
     
    The Alabama offense came alive against Virginia Tech, earning a season-high 14 hits to defeat the Hokies by nine runs, 14-5. Kallie Case hit well out of the eight-hole, going 4-5 with four stolen bases, tying the single-game record for stolen bases. Haylie McCleney drew four walks, marking the first time since Cassie-Reilly Boccia did so on March 2, 2012 against Maryland. Sydney Littlejohn (4-0) remains undefeated this season, going the distance with three strikeouts and just two walks. Kelly Heinz (4-3) took the loss for Virginia Tech, throwing 6.0 innings with 173 pitches.
     
    With the score tied at 1-1 in the second inning, Alabama moved up 4-1 thanks to a Ryan Iamurri RBI single and a two-run single by Molly Fichtner. Alabama continued to extend its lead, scoring in each of the last four innings to out-score the Hokies 10-3 during that stretch.
     
    GAME TWO: ALABAMA 1, UCF 0
     
    After an offensive showcase in game one, Saturday’s second game was a pitchers’ duel as the two teams remained scoreless until the final inning, as the UCF center fielder dropped a two-out fly ball to allow the winning run to cross the plate. Leslie Jury (5-1) earned the win in the circle, striking out six with just two hits allowed, while Mackenzie Audas (4-2) took the tough-luck loss in the circle with no runs allowed besides the game-winning error.
     
    Both teams battled in the opening six innings, setting up Alabama for a nail-biting seventh inning. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, bringing Richard to the plate. She grounded out to the shortstop, who threw home for the force out and gave the Tide one last chance in regulation. Fichtner hit a high fly ball into shallow center, which looked like the end of the inning but the UCF center fielder dropped the ball, which allowed Iamurri to come home for the game-winning run.
     
    The Tide wraps up its weekend on Sunday, Feb. 23 against McNeese (8-7) at 1:30 p.m. CT.



    No. 23 LSU Rallies To Defeat No. 13 Stanford, 5-3
     
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Down to its final three outs and trailing No. 13 Stanford 3-2 in its final game of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, the No. 23 LSU softball team rallied to score three runs in the top of the seventh inning on three hits to score a combined four unanswered runs in the sixth and final inning to hold on and defeat the Cardinal 5-3 Saturday afternoon. 
     
    After taking an early 1-0 lead over the Cardinal (13-2), the Tigers (12-5) watched as the Pac 12 school scored a run in the very next inning to tie and then get two more in the fifth to put LSU on the ropes with two turns at bat left. Instead, LSU sparked to life in the sixth with Allison Falcon’s fourth home run of the season to pull the Tigers within one, before consecutive hits by Simone Heyward, A.J. Andrews and Jacee Blades jumpstarted the LSU rally in the seventh to break through the Stanford wall to earn the win.
     
    “It’s nice to know we have the capability to not only do all of the little things right, but fight and have some guts and come back on a team late in a game,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I think that is a key thing to our season and will carry us a long way.”
     
    The Tigers outhit the Cardinal 10-7, and had multiple chances throughout the game to plate runs leaving nine on base to Stanford’s four. All ten hits came from only four LSU players, led by Andrews and Blades who each went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Blades and a run scored by each. Falcon and Heyward had two each, as Falcon drove in two RBI, as Heyward scored once.
     
    “This was a statement weekend for us,” Torina said. “It’s going to give our team a whole lot of confidence, and hopefully it’s going to turn some heads with what we’re capable of doing, but in the long run our kids are going to benefit from the success they had out here.”
     
    Earning her fourth win of the tournament and sixth of the season, Baylee Corbello went the distance and allowed three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks with 108 pitches thrown. Corbello only gave up consecutive hits once in the game, that coming in the two-run fifth for Stanford, as she closed the game by retiring the last six batters in order. 
     
    With no outs in the second, Kellsi Kloss got on base after batting one back to the pitcher, but on the subsequent throw launched it over the head of the first baseman allowing her to reach second. After a groundout by Sahvanna Jaquish to advance to third, Falcon hit a deep fly to left to score and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
     
    LSU came back in the third and got singles from Heyward and Andrews to put two on with no outs. Heyward got caught trying to steal third base as Andrews advanced to second for the first out. A groundout by Blades gave the Tigers two outs, but Sandra Simmons walked to put two back on before a swinging strikeout ended the inning.
     
    Stanford tied the game with one swing of the bat, getting a solo home run in the first at bat in their half of the third inning to tie the game at 1 apiece. The Cardinal returned in the fourth and used a walk and bunt single to put two on, with a fielder’s choice advancing the runners to second and third. Fortunately, a grounder to the circle and another to Wray ended the inning.
     
    After seeing Stanford produce and threaten for two straight innings, Andrews doubled down the left field line with out on the board in the fifth. Blades followed that up with a slap single to first to put runners at the corners. Simmons hit a chopper to third and reached on the fielder’s choice to advance Blades as Andrews got put out at home for the second out. Looking to score, a grounder back to the pitcher ended the inning. 
     
    With one out in the bottom of the fifth, an infield single put one on with a wild pitch advancing the runner to second. Stanford connected with an RBI double to give the Cardinal a 2-1 advantage. After a grounder to Bianka Bell at short for the second out, an infield single plated another run to give Stanford a 3-1 lead, with the runner getting caught trying to steal second to end the inning.
     
    With two outs, Falcon went to double-digit pitches in her at-bat and then unloaded on a pitch, sending it over the fence in left to make it 3-2 for the only run of the inning for LSU.
     
    Down to their final outs, Heyward led off with a single through the left side, as Andrews reached with a bunt single as Heyward moved to second and then third to put runners at the corners. Blades followed that up with another single as Heyward beat the tag in to tie the game at 3-3. A walk to Simmons and Bell brought in another run to give LSU the lead back at 4-3. Jaquish took one in the back to score another to make it 5-3, as Falcon and Tammy Wray each flew out to end the inning.
     
    “We’re still improving, and that’s the best part about this team,” Torina said. “I can honestly say we’re getting better every time we take the field. I think we started a little bit slower than what we wanted, but we are truly getting better and if we can keep that up through the end of the season then we will be in a good position going forward.
     
    The Tigers will be back in action next weekend, hosting their final tournament of the season in the Purple and Gold Challenge at Tiger Park Feb. 28-March 2.



    Ole Miss Defeats Buffalo, Northern Colorado
     
    OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss softball team posted a pair of shutouts Saturday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex in wins over Buffalo and Northern Colorado, and moved to 3-0 in the Red and Blue Classic.
     
    The Rebels (9-6) opened the day with an 8-0 (6) win over Buffalo, highlighted by a complete game from Carly Hummel and RBI from five different players. Ole Miss then defeated Northern Colorado 2-0 thanks to a two-RBI single by Allison Brown, and a combined shutout in the circle from Lauren Lindsey and Madi Osias.
     
    The Ole Miss defense rose to the occasion to begin the game against Northern Colorado. After the Bears loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning, Ole Miss senior center fielder RT Cantillo caught a fly ball and threw out UNC’s Erica Dick, who had tagged up from third base attempting to score. Sophomore shortstop Haley Culley then fielded a grounder and gunned it over to first base to end the inning with no runners crossing the plate.
     
    The Bears’ defense answered in the third inning when Ole Miss put runners on second and third with two outs, but a phenomenal catch by the Northern Colorado center fielder prevented any runs from going on the board for Ole Miss.
     
    Brown, who entered the game 13-23 (.565) with six runs, six RBI, two doubles, a stolen base and just two strikeouts in the past seven games combined, came through in the clutch for Ole Miss with what would prove to be the game-winning hit in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs on the board, junior third baseman Allison Brown hit a two-RBI single up the middle to score Cantillo and Jamie Morgan and give the Rebels a 2-0 lead that would prove to be the final score. 
     
    It was the third straight game that Ole Miss has shut out its opponent. The Rebels are currently on a five-game winning streak.
     
    Ole Miss will close out the tournament Sunday with games against Saint Louis (1:30 p.m.) and UT Martin (3:45 p.m.). The complete tournament schedule can be found at the Red and Blue Classic Tournament Central page.
     
    Rebels Defeat Buffalo 8-0
     
    Behind a balanced attack in which seven Rebels recorded hits, the Ole Miss softball team defeated visiting Buffalo 8-0 in six innings. Senior pitcher Carly Hummel went the entire game for the Rebels, striking out six batters and allowing three hits.
     
    Ole Miss outhit Buffalo 9-3 in the game and left just four runners on base throughout the game.
     
    The Bulls’ first real opportunity of the game came in the third with runners on first and second and two outs. The Bulls hit a tough grounder just past Brown at third base, but Culley backed her up, fielded the grounder and got the force out to end the inning and the Buffalo threat.
     
    Ole Miss got on the board in the bottom-half of the inning with an RBI single to center field by Culley that brought in junior right fielder Jamie Morgan from second.
     
    The Rebels scored three more runs the next inning thanks to a two-RBI double by freshman second baseman Alyssa Invergo that scored freshman left fielder Miranda Strother and senior catcher Marina Parra. Morgan then brought Invergo home on an RBI single to put the Rebels up 4-0.
     
    Ole Miss took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Strother through the left side. Parra followed Strother with an RBI bunt single down the first-base line. With runners on the corners, Parra and Strother then worked a double steal to perfection to put the Rebels up 7-0.
     
    Ole Miss completed the game with a run-rule victory in the sixth inning with its eighth run. The Rebels loaded the bases with no outs and scored the winning run on a wild pitch by the Bulls.



    Storms Cancel Second Day of Citrus Classic
     
    Rain and thundestorms have cancelled the second day of the Citrus Classic. Georgia was scheduled to take on Delaware at 3:30 p.m., and East Carolina at 5:45 p.m. No make up games been announced yet, but any information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
     
    The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow, Feb. 23, at noon when it takes on No. 20/20 South Alabama at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
     
    Georgia is 2-0 this weekend after sweeping Marshall and NC State on Friday. The Bulldogs outscored their opponents 25-0, handing Marshall a 17-0 loss before defeating NC State 8-0. Both victories came in five innings.




    Tigers Beat Jacksonville State for Second Time
     
    AUBURN, Ala. – Senior pitcher Hilary Mavromat got the call to start Saturday’s game for the Auburn softball team against Jacksonville State and got plenty of run support in the 13-3 victory. The win is Mavromat’s first of the year and is the team’s ninth-straight victory since defeating Tennessee Tech on the final day of the Plainsman Invite. The Tigers have won three-straight games in the Wilson/DeMarini Classic and will look to finish the tournament perfect tomorrow when they face Purdue at 11:30 a.m. at Jane B. Moore Field.
     
    The Tigers had 11 hits, with junior Branndi Melero and sophomore Jade Rhodes batting in five runs each. The RBI total for Melero tied a career-high, while Rhodes set a new career-high with the five runs batted in. Melero was perfect at the plate going 3-for-3 with a three-run home run, but Rhodes also hit her first long ball of the year in the third, driving in three also. 
     
    In the circle, Mavromat pitched a complete five innings, scattering three runs on eight hits, but Auburn helped its pitcher out in a big way on the offensive end six of its runs coming off home runs. Along with Melero and Rhodes, junior McKenzie Kilpatrick hit her fourth home run of the year and her first since hitting one against Tennessee Tech on Feb. 9.
     
    Auburn got on the board early and quick as they scored five runs in the bottom half of the first. Sophomore Emily Carosone led off the game reaching first on a hit by pitch. That led to a walk by redshirt junior Morgan Estell to put two runners on and nobody out. Freshman Kasey Cooper delivered in the next at-bat with a double, bringing around Carosone for the game’s first run.
     
    Melero brought everyone around in her first at-bat of the game as her homer drove in three of the inning’s five runs and gives her four for the year to tie for the team lead. Kilpatrick’s home run followed in back-to-back fashion, a solo shot down the left field line to give Auburn the 5-0 lead after one inning of play.
     
    Jacksonville State answered back slightly in the top of the second, scoring one run off a Cadi Oliver double and an RBI single by Hayden Crawford to make it 5-1 Auburn. Oliver finished Saturday’s game 2-for-3 with two doubles.
     
    The Tigers touched the plate three more time in the bottom of the third with all three runs coming off the bat of Rhodes. Melero singled with one out to be Auburn’s first base-runner of the inning, followed by Kilpatrick’s second hit of the game to put two runners on. Rhodes then unleashed a towering home run that landed well over the scoreboard in left-center field to push Auburn’s lead to 8-1 after three innings.
     
    The Orange and Blue capped the night with five more runs in the fourth inning, getting hits from Carosone, Estell, Melero and Rhodes. Melero, Kilpatrick and Rhodes were the only Tiger players to have more than one hit in Saturday’s win over the Gamecocks.
     
    JSU did score two more in the top of the fifth inning to make it 13-3, but it was not enough as Mavromat closed the door to any comeback earning her first win of the season in the circle.
     
    Auburn returns to the field Sunday as it will take on Purdue with first pitch slated for 11:30 a.m. at Jane B. Moore Field. The first game of day three of the Wilson/DeMarini Classic will feature Mississippi Valley State and Purdue, starting at 9:30 a.m.
     
    The Auburn games can be heard locally on WEGL 91.1 or online at AuburnTigers.com. Live video will also be available for the Auburn games 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.



    NO. 2/3 TENNESSEE TAKES 2; UT DEFEATS NO. 11/13 NEBRASKA AND OREGON STATE

    CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – No. 2/3 Tennessee battled through a pair of hard-fought games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Saturday to improve to 11-0 on the year.
     
    UT (11-0) defeated No. 11/13 Nebraska (8-4), 5-3, in its first game of the tournament. The Lady Vols then took a 5-1 win over Oregon State late Saturday night.
     
    NO. 2/3 TENNESSEE 5, OREGON STATE 1

    CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- RBI hits by Madison Shipman and Annie Aldrete gave No. 2/3 Tennessee control in the first inning and a three-run surge in the seventh helped the Lady Vols pull away late in a 5-1 win over Oregon State late on Saturday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
     
    Tennessee (11-0) scored two in the first and three in the seventh to remain undefeated on the season. Oregon State (5-11) drew to within 2-1 in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Dani Gilmore.
     
    Megan Geer was outstanding as the leadoff hitter, going 3-for-3 with two runs and a walk. Aldrete was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run. Shipman, Cheyanne Tarango, Taylor Koenig and Hannah Akamine each drove in a run.
     
    Erin Gabriel (3-0) was sharp in the circle, starting and throwing 4.2 scoreless frames of two-hit ball while racking up seven strikeouts. Ellen Renfroe earned the save after striking out five and allowing one earned run in 2.1 relief innings.
     
    Melanie Dembinski (0-2) took the loss and allowed two runs in 1.2 frames, starting the game, exiting in the second inning and re-entering later in the seventh. Amanda Najdek tossed 5.1 relief frames, giving up three runs. Sarah Shadinger walked two batters in the seventh without recording an out.
     
    UT jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Geer opened the game with a double to right field and Shipman drove her in with an RBI double down the right field line. Two batters later, Aldrete ripped an RBI single up the middle to plate Shipman.
     
    Tennessee left a pair stranded in the second, Aldrete on second base in the third and two on in the fourth inning.
     
    Renfroe entered in relief in the bottom of the fifth and in the bottom of the sixth, Gilmore slugged a one-out solo homer to center to pull Oregon State to within 2-1.
     
    Tennessee answered in the top of the seventh. With one out and the bases loaded, Tarango drew a 3-2 walk to plate Geer. Koenig followed with a walk on a full count to score Melissa Davin. Two batters later, Akamine recorded a bases-loaded walk with two outs to stretch UT's lead to 5-1.
     
    Renfroe induced a pop up and had a pair of strikeouts to close out the game.
     
    Tennessee will next face No. 13/11 Stanford on Sunday at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET before closing its play in the Mary Nutter Classic vs. Fresno State at 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET.
     
    NO. 2/3 TENNNSSEE 5, NO. 11/13 NEBRASKA 3

    CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- No. 2/3 Tennessee extended its season-opening win streak to 10 games on Saturday, beating No. 11/12 Nebraska, 5-3, at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
     
    Tennessee (10-0) and Nebraska (7-3) both pushed across runs in the first inning. The Lady Vols added two more in the top of the second but the Huskers tied it up with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Tennessee took the lead with two more runs in the top of the fifth inning and held the Huskers in check for the remainder of the game.
     
    Senior Ellen Renfroe (5-0) pitched a complete game and held the Huskers to three runs and only one earned run on four hits while striking out nine. Her first strikeout of the game marked the 800th strikeout of her career. She became the second Lady Vol to reach that mark along with Tennessee legend and NCAA record holder, Monica Abbot (2,440 Ks)t.
     
    Leading the way offensively for the Lady Vols were freshmen Megan Geer who went 1-for-5 with a two-RBI, ground-rule double to put Tennessee ahead late in the game and freshman Annie Aldrete who added two hits and an RBI. Sophomore Rainey Gaffin had a solo home run, her first of the year.
     
    Tennessee came out with a bang as Aldrete singled home Madison Shipman with two outs in the first, giving Tennessee the early upper hand, 1-0.
     
    Nebraska threatened in the bottom of the inning and Renfroe almost managed to get out of the jam but a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs allowed a run, knotting the game at 1-1.
     
    Tennessee reclaimed the league quickly in the top of the second. Gaffin stroked a solo home run with one out in the inning, putting the Lady Vols back on top, 2-1. Two batters later, Melissa Davin drove in Shipman extending their lead to two - a quick start for Tennessee's offense.
     
    Nebraska wouldn't lay down though. A hit batter and an error gave the Huskers runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the third. Nebraska's Tatum Edwards singled to center field, plating one run and leaving runners on the corners for the Huskers - cutting the Tennessee lead to 3-2. The tying run crossed the plate after a Hannah Akamine attempt to throw out a stealing runner went wide.
     
    The Lady Vols tried to answer back in the top of the fourth but were unable to capitalize with two outs and the bases loaded.
     
    Tennessee finally found an answer when Geer made big on an opportunity for the Lady Vols in the top of the fifth, hitting a bases-loaded ground rule double that scored two runs and put Tennessee back up 5-3.
     
    From there Renfroe hit her stride, blanking Nebraska for the rest of the game. The win was Tennessee's first victory over a ranked opponent on the year.