Softball News Round Up Week-2

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Texas- The team hosted the Texas Invitational this past weekend. Things got off to a good start for the Longhorns with a 2-1 victory over Indiana on Thursday night. Pitcher Kristen Clark got the win allowing one earned run with two walks and three strikeouts pitching a complete game. Shortstop Devon Tunning provided the needed runs with a two-run first inning home run in the game. Texas head coach Connie Clark said, “I thought (Kristen) did a great job tonight in just inducing contact, she only issued two walks tonight. That’s something we talked about this week.”

On Friday the Longhorns rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to get a 6-5, walk-off victory over Louisiana Tech. Paige von Sprecken got the win with her two perfect innings of relief including one strikeout. In their nightcap game Texas lost to South Carolina 9-4. Senior starter Tiarra Davis took the loss after allowing three earned runs on six hits with six walks and two strikeouts over her 3.2 innings pitched.

In their Saturday morning game against Indiana the team battled back from an early 6-0 defecit to win 13-7. They done it with a combination of hitting and good eyes with Indiana giving up 14 walks in the game. Texas sophomore left-hander Brooke Bolinger picked up the victory pitching 4.2 innings of scoreless relief allowing three hits and striking out three. Junior Paige von Sprecken started in the circle for the Longhorns and permitted one earned run on five hits with three walks and three K’s over her 2.1 innings.

In their Texas Invitational finale the team downed Louisiana Tech 9-2. Freshman second baseman Jade Gortarez led the team on offense going 3-for-3 with a career-high five RBIs. It was a good day for the team’s freshman with eight of their 13 total hits and seven of the nine total RBIs coming from them. Redshirt sophomore Erica Wright picked up her first victory since 2015 allowing just one run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts over her 4.1 innings of relief work. Asked about the game, “The one thing I thought we needed today was grit,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “I just thought that our captains did a good job of getting our team together to talk about a few things. I thought our team made great adjustments, and I thought we were ready to go today. It was a gritty day.”

Texas ended up going 4-1 in the tournament and are now 7-3 overall. Next opponent for them is Notre Dame on the 23rd.

Texas A&M- The softball team defeated Sam Houston State, 2-0, behind a complete-game shutout by junior Trinity Harrington Wednesday evening at the Aggie Softball Complex. Harrington fanned eight and allowed only one hit to earn her second victory and first shutout of the season. She retired the first 12 batters she faced and only allowed three baserunners.

Texas A&M softball swept day one of the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday, blanking Stephen F. Austin, 8-0, in five innings, and Missouri State, 5-0, at the Aggie Softball Complex. Samantha Show recorded her third win of the season with a four-hit complete-game shutout. In game two junior Lexi Smith earned the win throwing her second complete game of the season allowing just three hits while striking out nine.

The team swept day two of the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday, defeating New Mexico, 10-1, and Missouri State, 8-2, at the Aggie Softball Complex. In game one Trinity Harrington earned the win. She threw her second complete game of the season, giving up only two hits with five strikeouts. In game two Samantha Show tossed a complete game six-hitter to her fourth victory of the season giving up six hits on two earned runs and striking out two.

Texas A&M concluded the Texas A&M Invitational with a tight 8-7 victory over Stephen F. Austin Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies conclude the tournament with a seamless 5-0 record and move to 10-0 on the season.
Junior Lexi Smith (3-0) earned the win for the Aggies after throwing 6.1 innings and notching a season high of 12 strikeouts. Show relieved Smith in the seventh inning and recorded her second save of the season.

Pitt-Pitt softball team opened the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a 9-1 win over Nebraska at Florida State’s JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday afternoon. Junior Kayla Harris got the win going the distance while giving up just one unearned run. Pitt junior Giorgiana Zeremenko, sophomores Olivia Gray and Alexis Solak and freshman Connor McGaffic all got two hits a piece. The Panthers used just five innings to defeat the Cornhuskers.

Pitt softball team defeated Nebraska in its second meeting with the Huskers, 6-2, Saturday at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla. Pitt put together a season-high 13 hits against Nebraska, including five doubles. The Panthers are now hitting .314 on the season with 60 hits.

Pitt’s winning ways continued with a 2-1 8 innings win over Northwestern. Junior pitcher Kayla Harris threw a one-hitter in game three of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla. “Kayla was tremendous,” said Pitt head coach Holly Aprile. “Northwestern is a great team to hold to just one run. It sounds cliché but she just took it one pitch at a time, and continued making pitches. She did a great job of that. For the first couple of innings, she threw a lot of pitches. Some of their players worked deep counts but she really kept battling through that and we made some great defensive plays behind her too.”

The Panthers defeated Northwestern for the second time this weekend at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla. by a 6-4 score to conclude the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with an undefeated record. Freshman Brittany Knight got the start for the Panthers, but was relieved by junior Kayla Harris in the middle of the fourth after allowing Northwestern to take the lead. In 3.1 innings pitched, Harris gave up just three hits and one run, while striking out two to earn the win.
Sophomore Alexis Solak recorded all three of the Panthers’ RBIs, one on a sac fly in the second and two in the sixth on a single through the left side.

Alabama-The team defeated Louisiana 3-0 Saturday night in game 1 of their doubleheader at Lamson Park in Lafayette, La. Alabama grabbed hold of the lead with a solo home run in the first inning from Peyton Grantham. Alexis Osorio earned the win in relief for the Crimson Tide, tossing 4-1/3 innings and limiting the Ragin’ Cajuns to one hit while striking out six.

In the second game of the doubleheader Louisiana came back to beat Alabama 11-2 in 6 innings. Alex Stewart held the Crimson Tide scoreless through the first four innings while the offense built an 8-0 lead. Louisiana pushed across four runs in the fourth inning beginning with a solo home run by Lexie Comeaux (her first collegiate home run).
Louisiana’s 11 runs are the most scored by either school in the all-time series. The nine-run margin of victory is also the largest in series history.

On Sunday in the rubber match of their three game series with Louisiana Alabama lost to them by a 7-0 score.

Missouri-Mizzou Softball kicked off its second tournament of the 2017 season on Friday, splitting a doubleheader against South Dakota and Illinois State. The Tigers opened the day with an 11-7 triumph over South Dakota, followed by a 7-3 loss to Illinois State in game two.

Mizzou Softball’s scheduled ASU Littlewood Classic finale on Sunday, Feb. 19, has been canceled due to inclement weather. The Tigers’ matchup versus No. 21 Arizona State will not be rescheduled. Mizzou managed only two games this weekend in Tempe, Ariz., due to poor weather conditions. The Tigers finished their run at the Littlewood Classic with a 1-1 record. Action continues next weekend for Mizzou, as it travels west to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (Feb. 23-25). The Tigers will play five games over three days. Mizzou opens the Mary Nutter with a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 23, against Notre Dame and Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. (CT) and 10:30 p.m. (CT), respectively.

Auburn-Carmyn Greenwood delivered a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure Auburns win against SIUE. The Tigers (4-1) won their home opener for the 21st consecutive season. Kaylee Carlson earned the win in the circle after she came in relief for the final two innings. She did not allow a hit and struck out one, while facing eight batters.

In their Friday afternoon games Auburn defeated Creighton, 8-0 in just five innings, and SIUE, 8-1 at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers combined for six extra-base hits, including three home runs. Auburn was led at the plate by Haley Fagan, Courtney Shea and Carlee Wallace who each had multiple hits. Fagan racked up a team-high four RBI, while Kasey Cooper and Shea notched three RBI. Pitcher Kaylee Carlson worked 10 magnificent innings in the circle between the two contests. The junior allowed just three hits and totaled eight strikeouts, while holding opponents to hit just .094 ERA on the day.

“I thought Corey [Myers] summed it up, we’re figuring out ways to win and we have no quit,” said head coach Clint Myers. “Right now, we’re a dangerous team because if we get firing on all cylinders, you’re going to see one heck of a team. Our pitching has been good and our defense, for the most part, has been good. When we get the bats going, that’s the name of [the game]. We’ve been getting some timely hits, though, so that’s a good thing.”

Makayla Martin tossed 8.1 scoreless innings and struck out 13 to guide Auburn to wins against Evansville and Creighton Saturday evening at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers defeated the Purple Aces by a score of 5-3 before taking down Creighton, 9-0, in five innings in the second day of the Plainsman Invitational.

Auburn scored a season-high 13 hits en route to a 10-1 win against Mercer to close out the Plainsman Invitational Sunday afternoon. The Tigers had eight different players contribute at least one hit in the game at Jane B. Moere Field.

“I think the quality at bats are getting better,” said head coach Clint Myers. “For the most part, we ran the bases pretty well. I thought we played pretty good defense. Kaylee [Carlson] went out there and shut [Mercer] down for four innings.” Kaylee Carlson wrapped up her fourth victory of the weekend after striking out two and scattering four hits through four innings in the circle.

South Carolina-The Gamecocks held off Louisiana Tech, 4-3 on Saturday night. Nickie Blue pitched around a number of tight situations to earn her fourth win of the season, and a late-game home run from Kaylea Snaer proved to be the game-winner for the Gamecocks. With the win, the team matches its best start to a season since 2004.

SC dropped its first game of the season Sunday afternoon, losing 5-1 to Louisiana Tech. The Gamecocks (8-1) weren’t able to capitalize on chances offensively, but did outhit the Bulldogs 7-6 thanks to multi-hit efforts from Victoria Williams and Tiara Duffy. Tech opened the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning off South Carolina starter Jessica Elliott, and added four more runs in the fourth and fifth. The Gamecocks did get a run back in the top of the sixth thanks to a two-out single from Krystan White.

Ole Miss-In a day that was filled with multiple rain delays and stadium light delays, Ole Miss battled powerhouse Oklahoma but ended up losing to them11-8, in the first day of the Houston Classic. The two teams combined for 28 hits and 21 runners left on base in a game that took 3:29 to complete. The Sooners pounded out 17 hits, while the Rebels finished with 11 hits as five of the seven leadoff hitters reached base safely.

In day two of the Houston Classic Ole Miss was ready to go outscoring their opponents, UIW and Rhode Island 24-1.
(Ole Miss 11, Incarnate Word 1 (5 innings) and Ole Miss 13, Rhode Island 0 (5 innings). Twelve different Rebels tallied hits, 21 different players saw the field, and three pitchers combined to allow just one earned run off six hits in 10 innings of work. Sophomore Ashton Lampton had a big day at the plate going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a triple and a home run, driving in five runs on the afternoon.

Tennessee-Tennessee outlasted DePaul for a 8-6 victory to open the Troy Cox Classic on Saturday afternoon at the New Mexico State Softball Complex. Meghan Gregg’s three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth broke a 5-5 tie and proved to be the difference. Junior college transfer Alex Brake gave up just one run in 2.2 innings of relief to earn her first win at the Division I level. Freshman Caylan Arnold pitched a scoreless seventh inning to shut the door and earn her first-career save. So far this season Tennessee’s young pitchers are really stepping up and doing a good job.

Four players recorded multiple hits as Tennessee made quick work of Bradley on Saturday night with an 8-0 run-rule victory at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. Sophomore first baseman Brooke Vines drove in two runs and also scored a pair to go along with her two hits on the night as the Volunteers remained unbeaten on the year. Aubrey Leach, Megan Geer and Jenna Holcomb were the other three players with multiple hits. True freshman pitcher Caylan Arnold got the start and earned her third win of the season after giving up just one hit and striking out three batters over three scoreless innings.

Tennessee scored early and often in a 16-1 blowout victory against Northern Colorado on Sunday afternoon at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. Freshman Jenna Holcomb had a career day at the plate with two hits, three runs and four RBIs. She was one of seven Vols to drive in runs for the game and extended her hit streak to eight games. Matty Moss improved to 4-0 after tossing five scoreless innings in relief with a season-high seven strikeouts.

Florida-Solid pitching and great defense propelled the No.1-ranked University of Florida softball team to a 6-0 victory over Jacksonville University Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Debbie and Fred Pruitt Softball Complex.

The team took the field at Katie Seashole Pressly for the first time of the 2017 season on Friday and came away with a pair of victories over Florida A&M and Northwestern State in the final two games on day one of the Aquafina Invitational. Florida defeated Florida A&M (0-7) 8-1 in their first game then capped off the day with a 9-3 victory over Northwestern State. Sophomore pitchers Kelly Barnhill and freshman Katie Chronister held the Rattlers to a single run on five hits in the contest. Barnhill tossed four-complete innings and allowed only three hits and walk compared to 11 total strikeouts. Chronister relieved her before the start of the fifth inning, which allowed her to receive the save for three quality innings of work.

One of the biggest surprises of the weekend was 1-8 Maryland giving #1 Florida their first defeat of the early softball season Saturday by a score of 4-2 at the Aquafina Invitational.. Florida had a rally going in the 6th inning with bases loaded when heavy rain forced an over one hour delay. When the game restarted Florida had lost their momentum and couldn’t capatialize on the situation.

After losing to Maryland The Gators defeated Northwestern State in their second game of the day behind another solid pitching effort from sophomore Kelly Barnhill in the circle and at the plate from redshirt freshman Sophia Reynoso in a run rule shortened game 10-0 (5-innings).

The University of Florida softball team capped off the Aquafina Invitational with a 5-0 victory over FIU Sunday, Feb. 19 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators jumped out in front early in the contest thanks to freshman Jaimie Hoover’s second career grand slam in the top of the first inning. Hoover’s hit was set up with back-to-back-to-back walks with two outs from Nicole DeWitt, Kayli Kvistad and Aleshia Ocasio. Sophomore Kelly Barnhill commanded the circle again for the Gators as she extended her scoreless inning streak to 24.0. Barnhill tossed a 5.2 innings with 12 strikeouts while she scattered a trio of hits and four walks.

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