College Softball News Week-5

In their opening SEC game Friday night Tennessee’s ace pitcher Caylan Arnold just couldn’t get on track walking five batters and gave up two home runs in her 2.2 innings pitched. One of those homeruns was a grand slam by Gamecock player Kaylea Snaer that put them up 4-0. Tennessee could never get the key hit and stranded a total of 10 runners on base. South Carolina pitcher Jessica Elliott gave up just one run in a complete-game but had some issues too giving up six walks. South Carolina won by the score of 9-1.

In game two of the weekend series Tennessee bounced back with a 10-4 win over South Carolina. This time Matty Moss got the start in the circle and pitched five innings with seven strikeouts. Caylan Arnold got back on track coming in the game in relief giving up just one hit and striking out two in her two innings of relief pitching.

On Sunday Megan Geer’s three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning was the difference in Tennessee’s 7-4
series-clinching win over South Carolina at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Even though they were out hit 8-4 they drew 10 walks off of Gamecocks starting pitcher Jessica Elliott. Matty Moss and Caylan Arnold shared duties in the circle with Moss getting the start and going five innings while allowing two runs and striking out five. Arnold tossed two innings in relief, also giving up two runs, but earned the game win. Gamecock senior Jessica Elliott took the loss in the complete-game outing, allowing seven runs, six earned, on four hits and 10 walks. She matched her season high with seven strikeouts.

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In Florida the Gators got their SEC season started Saturday afternoon with a convincing win over Missouri. Delanie Gourley looked unstoppable as she picked up her third complete-game one-hitter that resulted in a 6-0 victory for Florida at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Gourley got 10 strikeouts and only allowed one walk and one hit. In the game she got out the first 15 Missouri batters in consecutive order and didn’t allow a base runner until the sixth inning. Missouri looked like they were swatting at flies and couldn’t get on track to hit her pitches.

In a pitching duel Florida defeated Missouri 1-0 in their Sunday evening game. Florida won behind the strong pitching performance from sophomore Kelly Barnhill. Barnhill (9-0) scattered three hits and recorded 12 strikeouts on just 84 pitches in the complete-game effort that secured the Gators 15th shutout of the season in just 22 games. Mizzou Senior RHP Cheyenne Baxter took the loss.

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The University of Pittsburgh softball team dropped a 2-0 decision to JMU Friday afternoon, at ECU Softball Field in
Greenville, N.C. It was a scoreless game until the Dukes scored two runs in their half of the 4th inning. That was the only scoring in the game giving Pitt a tough loss. Pitt junior Kayla Harris tossed a complete game for Pitt taking the loss while James Madison’s starting pitcher Megan Good gave up just two hits and one walk, while striking out 12 for the
win.

In their 2nd Friday game Pitt fell to East Carolina, 8-2 at ECU Softball Field in Greenville, N.C. Pitt junior pitcher Kayla Harris got the start but was pulled in the first inning after giving up three runs on two hits and two walks. Knight replaced the but also struggled, giving up four runs. Sophomore Sarah Dawson finished the game for the Panthers, tossing 2.1 innings.

Pitt concluded its weekend play with an 11-0 loss to James Madison Saturday morning at ECU Softball Field in Greenville, N.C. Pitt got just two hits in the game. Freshman pitcher Brittany Knight earned the loss striking out three but gave up 12 hits and 10 runs along with walking five. Sophomore Sarah Dawson came in the game pitching to the final four game batters.

Things don’t get any easier for the Panthers as they resume ACC play at Louisville on March 17-19th.

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Georgia softball earned its ninth consecutive win, sweeping its opening day of the UCF Wilson/DeMarini Tournament with victories against Mercer and Ohio State. The Bulldogs took down the Bears 12-3 before closing out Friday with a 9-4 victory against the Buckeyes.

Georgia senior Maeve McGuire proved clutch on Saturday, as her first home run of the year sealed a seventh-inning
6-5 victory over UCF for the Georgia softball team. The Bulldogs also took an 11-0 win in five innings over Delaware State at the UCF Wilson/DeMarini Tournament. Mary Wilson Avant got the win in game one going the first three innings with two hits and four strikeouts in 11 batters faced. Amanda Ablan finished the game, giving up two hits while collecting a pair of strikeouts. Avant earned her second win of the day, coming out of the bullpen to pitch four frames with four hits and two runs allowed. The freshman also struck out three while walking one.

Georgia closed out their weekend play at the UCF Wilson/DeMarini Tournament with a 10-0 win in five innings over Delaware State. Georgia’s pitching staff of Brittany Gray, Amanda Ablan and Kylie Bass combined for a no-hitter in the game. Gray started the game and posted two strikeouts in two innings. Ablan tabbed four strikeouts in six batters faced in the next two frames while Bass closed out the game with a walk and strikeout. It’s Georgia’s first no-hitter of the season and the program’s 39th.

The Bulldogs play in-state rival Georgia Tech on Wednesday, March 15 before hosting its SEC opener against Kentucky on Saturday, March 18.

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Kentucky got five home runs in two games on Friday, picking up wins over Evansville and Drexel to move to 3-0 in the John Cropp Classic through two days. Kentucky has now won a season-high 11 games in a row on the season.The last time UK won 12 in a row was Feb. 6-21 of the 2014 season. The final game scores were, Kentucky-4 Evansville-1 with Meagan Prince getting the win and Kentucky-9 Drexel-1 with Shannon Smith getting the win.

Kentucky Junior pitcher Erin Rethlake continued her sensational start to the 2017 season with her fifth win of the season, as the No. 19 Kentucky softball team shutout Kent State, 2-0 on Saturday afternoon to win its school-record tying 12th game in a row.

In Sunday’s game against Michigan Kentucky set a new school-record for wins in a row with their 13th with a 5-1win at the 2017 John Cropp Classic in Lexington. Senior pitcher Meagan Prince tossed her second complete game of the weekend and third of the season keeping Michigan to one run on six hits with six strikeouts. She has now lowered her season ERA to a 1.17 and has two shutouts on the season.

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Texas A&M fell to Mississippi State, 5-2, Friday night at the Aggie Softball Complex in game one of their weekend
series. It was Samantha Show’s first loss of the season while Lexi Smith threw 2.2 innings of relief, allowing three hits with a strikeout. MSU’s Regan Green earned the win. Here’s what Texas A&M’s head coach Jo Evans had to say when asked about,

Texas A&M not looking like themselves…

“I thought our defense sped the game up too much. We got ahead of ourselves a little bit. We were definitely a little off. (Samantha) Show threw the ball on the plate a lot and she got hit hard. Mississippi State did a really great job with two strikes, even if they didn’t get a hit, they squared it up hard. Sam really struggled to find a pitch that she could throw for a strike to get out. Mississippi State went out and made plays, they got some double plays and their pitcher went out there and did a nice job. They deserved the win.”

Saturday’s game between Texas A&M and Mississippi State was postponed due to inclement weather and resumed Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The game restarted in the bottom of the 5th inning with the Aggies leading 5-1 and that’s how it ended with Trinity Harrington getting the win while Alexis Silkwood took the loss for Mississippi State. In the rubber game of the series Texas A&M defeated Mississippi State, 3-1, in Sunday’s second game of the day. Lexi Smith stayed perfect on the season improving to 7-0 as the junior earned the complete-game victory. Smith fanned three in her outing allowing just one unearned run and three Bulldog hits.

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Ole Miss behind four RBI’s from Ashton Lampton and a four-hit performance from Elantra Cox, along with a strong outing from Morgan Bruce the team topped Bowling Green, 8-1, Thursday night in game one of the Ole Miss Classic.

Ole Miss just keeps on winning games. On Friday night they earned their 500th win as a program thanks to a 12-6 victory over Eastern Kentucky in day two of the Ole Miss Classic. The Rebels ran their school record win streak to 16 games, and did it thanks in part to a huge offensive night with a season high 16 hits, posting their eighth time this season with double digit run totals. In the pitching circle, junior Kaitlin Lee went 4.1 innings and got the no decision after allowing six earned runs off nine hits, while Morgan Bruce entered in relief and didn’t allow anything over the final 2.2 innings.

Ole Miss softball seen its 16-game win streak come to an end Saturday night with a lost to Oklahoma State, 5-1, in the Ole Miss Classic. Oklahoma State had only four hits in the game but took advantage of two Ole Miss errors. Junior

Alyssa Clayton allowed only three earned runs in the circle but walked three and hit one batter in her first loss of the year.

Ole Miss got a run rule victory against Jackson State10-1in their final game in the Ole Miss Classic Sunday afternoon.

In the pitching circle Finney worked five innings in her first start at home allowing only four hits and an unearned run with five strikeouts. Junior Kaitlin Lee worked the final inning needing only six pitches to retire Jackson State in order.

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Auburn defeated LSU 5-4 in a classic back-and-forth battle Friday Night between the two SEC powerhouses. “[The win] shows character,” said head coach Clint Myers. “We’re a young ball club and the character we showed tonight was
awesome. The ability to go out there and answer every time they’d score was huge. We were very proud of how they played tonight, the way they answered and the way they battled all night long.” Auburn pitcher Kaylee Carlson earned her 12th consecutive win on the season after tossing seven frames and striking out three.

Saturday’s game between Auburn and LSU for Saturday was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as a doubleheader on Sunday.

In the make up game from Saturday LSU senior Sahvanna Jaquish set the program’s career RBI mark, while junior
pitcher Carley Hoover threw a three-hit shutout as LSU run-ruled Auburn in the second game of the series, 8-0, Sunday

in the first game of a doubleheader at Jane B. Moore Field. Auburn rebounded though in game two to win 5-4 and
capture its SEC opening series at Jane B. Moore Field. “You put the pressure on the other team to go out and make
plays,” said head coach Clint Myers. “If you put the ball on the ground, they’ve got to field it, they’ve got to throw it and they’ve got to catch it, and you’ve got a chance at beating it out. “We came out and talked about what we needed to do.

They listened and they responded well.”

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Alabama scored a win in its SEC opener Friday night against Arkansas with a 9-0 run-rule victory in five innings.

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