College Softball News Week-4

Florida-Senior Delanie Gourley stole the show in the opening game of the Judi Garman Classic at the Anderson Family Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton on Thursday. The Lakeside, Calif. native threw just 62 pitches and struck out 12 Hawkeyes in the 8-0 victory over Iowa.

The University of Florida softball team won its 10th and 11th straight game after wins over No. 23 California and No. 7 UCLA on the second day of the Judi Garman Classic at Anderson Family Field March 3rd. The Gators are now 4-0 on the season against teams ranked inside the Top 25 with the wins.

The University of Florida softball team concluded a 5-0 week at the Judi Garman Classic with a 7-4 win over Northwestern Saturday, March 4, at Anderson Family Field.

Coach Walton’s thoughts-

On the support received from family, friends and fans out in California…

“I just want to say thanks to all of the Gator fans that came out and supported us the past three days. The loud roars and cheers were greatly appreciated for all five of our games. Thanks for making it fun to play out west; you were a huge impact in the games we played. Thank you!”

Tennessee-Tennessee defeated the Bradley Braves, 10-2. The Vols run ruled the Braves in six innings, the ninth time they have won by run rule this season.

Tennessee won on a walk-off single from Chelsea Seggern to topple Jacksonville State, 3-2, on Saturday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The Vols continued their dominance at the Tennessee Invitational, improving to 4-0 in the tournament.

Tennessee defeated Delaware, 10-2, on Sunday finishing 5-0 in the Tennessee Invitational at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Ole Miss- Freshman pitcher Morgan Bruce threw a one-hit shutout as Ole Miss softball run ruled Mississippi Valley State, 8-0, Friday night at the Red & Blue Classic.

Ole Miss softball swept its Saturday games at the Red & Blue Classic, shutting out Austin Peay, 6-0, and walking off against Nicholls State, 6-5, to keep the undefeated streak intact. With the pair of wins, the Rebels have now won 13 consecutive games, breaking the former school record set last season of 12.

Ole Miss softball completed its undefeated weekend at the Red & Blue Classic, defeating UT Martin, 10-7, Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. The Rebels jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over the Skyhawks, before a late surge by the UT Martin offense tied it up late in the sixth. However, Ole Miss responded with a 3-run sixth to seal the victory and complete the 4-0 weekend.

Pitt-The Pitt softball team fell to North Carolina 5-1 in its ACC opener, Friday evening at Anderson Softball Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Pitt softball dropped its second straight conference game of the season to North Carolina, 6-2, Saturday afternoon at Anderson Softball Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

After a great start to the season Pitt was swept by North Carolina when they lost the final game of their series 8-7 in nine innings at Anderson Softball Stadium Sunday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C. This happpened even though Pitt had a team-high 13 hits in the game. The Panthers are now 12-5 on the season and 0-3 in the ACC.

Texas A&M- The Texas A&M softball team swept day one of the Texas A&M Invite on Friday, defeating UTSA, 12-0, in five innings, and Georgetown, 7-1, at the Aggie Softball Complex.

Texas A&M softball’s games on Saturday against Prairie View A&M and Georgetown were cancelled to due inclement weather.

Texas A&M recorded a pair of 8-0 victories against Georgetown and UTSA on a rain filled Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. Junior Ashley Walters led the offense, going 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run and seven RBI’s.

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns-The team captured two wins on Friday as the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational got underway at Lamson Park. Macey Smith pitched four shutout innings and DJ Sanders and Daniella Chavez combined to go 5-for-5 with three home runs and four RBI in an 8-0 win over Alcorn in five innings. Haley Hayden posted three RBI and Louisiana received home runs from Kara Gremillion and Lexie Comeaux in producing an 8-2 win over North Dakota State in the nightcap. Freshman pitcher Alyssa Denham picked up her fifth win of the season.

The Ragin’ Cajuns hit six home runs and the pitching staff tossed 11 shutout innings on the day as Louisiana posted run-rule wins over North Dakota State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday in the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational at Lamson Park.

Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Michael Lotief captured his 700th career win with an 18-0 (5 inn.) win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Ragin’ Cajuns then followed it up with a 14-4 (5 inn.) win over Alcorn to finish the tournament 6-0 and extend their current winning streak to seven games. Alex Stewart relieved Alyssa Denham to pick up the win in relief after tossing 1-1/3 scoreless innings. Macey Smith pitched a scoreless 5th inning.

Mizzou-Softball opened its era at the brand new Mizzou Stadium on Friday, with a doubleheader split against No. 4 Oregon and Stephen F. Austin. After falling 10-3 to the Ducks in game one, the Tigers bounced back with a run-rule 14-6 victory (six innings) over the Lady Jacks.

Mizzou Softball ended the second night of the 2017 Mizzou Tournament with its second consecutive doubleheader split. The Tigers beat Maryland 2-0 in game one, but fell again to No. 4 Oregon, 7-2, in their final game of the evening.

Mizzou Softball concluded its first-ever tournament inside the new Mizzou Stadium on Sunday, tallying a doubleheader split against Maryland and Butler. The Tigers saw a late six-run advantage to Maryland slip away in game one to lose 8-9, but responded with a run-rule triumph over Butler in their finale. In Mizzou’s 8-0 victory over Butler, sophomore RHP Danielle Baumgartner (Mexico, Mo.) produced the program’s 39th all-time no-hitter. Additionally, it was the Tigers’ first no-hitter in the circle since May 4, 2013, when Chelsea Thomas shutdown Tennessee.

South Carolina-The South Carolina Gamecocks got back on the right track with an 8-0 win in six innings over Indiana in Saturday’s first game on Anderson Family Field 2 as part of the Judi Garman Classic. The Gamecocks posted a season high 14 Hits with freshman Cayla Drotar tossing her second career shutout.

A hard-fought game between South Carolina and Arizona State needed two extra innings to be decided, and the Sun Devils came through with the hit to claim a 4-3 win in nine innings on Saturday in the Judi Garman Classic.

South Carolina dropped a 5-2 decision against UCLA to start the Gamecocks’ final day in the Judi Garman Classic.

South Carolina closed out its time in the Judi Garman Classic with a 4-2 win over Long Beach State on Sunday afternoon at Anderson Family Field 2.

Auburn-The softball team put together a complete day on the diamond by defeating College of Charleston, 14-0, and Texas State, 8-1. The Tigers racked up 25 hits, including four doubles and three home runs, in the Wilson/DeMarini Classic Saturday sweep at Jane B. Moore Field. “This team has the capability to score lots of runs,” said head coach Clint Myers. “We just can’t wait until the sixth and seventh innings to do it. In that sixth inning [against Texas State], there were some balls tattooed. “It’s starting to gel. We’ve just got to figure out ways to get better.”

The Wilson/DeMarini Classic came to a close Sunday afternoon with Auburn defeating College of Charleston, 8-0 in five innings. The Tigers drew nine walks and had five hits in the game.

LSU-In Saturday’s LSU Invitational opener for the Tigers softball team they got a 3-0 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini. In game two though Minnesota and their pitcher Sara Groenewegen (9-0) was just too much for LSU as they went down to defeat by the score of Minnesota-3 LSU-0. Head Coach Beth Torina on learning from the loss and moving forward… “As long as we learn from this game, I think down the stretch it doesn’t hurt us. I think as long as we’re getting better from a loss like this then we’ll be in good shape when it matters. We’re not playing for March. We’re playing for April, May and June.”

LSU defeated the Florida Atlantic Owls in six innings 9-1 then got an 11-1 victory over the Troy Trojans also in six innings to close play at the 2017 LSU Invitational Sunday at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge.

Kentucky-The Wildcats got a a sweep on opening day of the 2017 Coach B Classic. In the first game of the day, senior Meagan Prince pitched a complete game shutout of Northern Illinois, striking out nine batters as the Wildcats won, 2-0. In their second game against hosts Southern Illinois the Wildcats won, 7-1.

Sophomore Abbey Cheek belted a two-out grand slam over the wall in left center to give Kentucky softball team a 6-2 win over the Illinois-Chicago Flames on Saturday.

Texas-After an impressive win over Tennessee 4-2 in the Mary Nutter Classic back on 2/25 Texas has struggled with 6 straight losses including getting swept by Arizona this past weekend in a 3 games series. On Friday night in front of 2,104 fans at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium, Texas was shutout by Arizona ace Danielle O’Toole 3-0.

In game two Texas battled Arizona hard in Saturday night’s game before Arizona got a two-out, walk-off double to win, 2-1.

In game three of the series played on Sunday afternoon Texas dropped the series finale to Arizona who won by the score of 4-2.

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