College Softball News Week-6

18th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball began Sun Belt Conference play on Saturday with a doubleheader
sweep of UTA at Lamson Park the score in game-1 was Louisiana 6, UTA 5 and the final score in game-2 was Louisiana 6, UTA 2.

Powered by two home runs and a career-high seven RBI from DJ Sanders, 18th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball completed a three-game Sun Belt Conference sweep of UTA with an 11-2 (6 inn.) win on Sunday at Lamson Park.

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Matty Moss was masterful in the circle and the bats came alive late as No. 14 Tennessee defeated No. 25 Arkansas, 5-1, in Sunday’s series finale at Bogle Park. Moss did not allow a run in seven innings of relief after replacing Caylan Arnold in the first inning. The sophomore from Greenville, S.C., scattered five hits and struck out six to earn her 12th win of the season.

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Senior Texas pitcher Tiarra Davis became the sixth UT pitcher to reach 50 career victories in a 10-1 (6-inn.) win over Cal State Fullerton in its DH opener Saturday. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Erica Wright lost a no-hit bid with one out in the seventh inning before settling for a one-hit shutout while helping Texas softball complete a Saturday doubleheader sweep at Anderson Family Field over Cal State Fullerton, 4-0. For Wright the one-hitter marked the fourth of her career and her first since May 1, 2015, when they won at Oklahoma State, 11-0 (5 inn.).

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The seventh-ranked Texas A&M Softball team run ruled No. 22 Ole Miss, 8-0, behind a two-hit outing by pitcher Samantha Show on Saturday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Show struck out nine in five innings of work, allowing just two hits and two walks. With the victory, Show moves to 10-1 on the year and holds a 0.79 ERA.

The No. 7 Texas A&M then completed its road sweep over No. 22 Ole Miss, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

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The University of Florida softball program clinched its 10th straight three-game series over the University of South Carolina with a 13-1 decision in five innings during the second game of the three-game series on Saturday, March 18, at Beckham Field.

Delanie Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio linked up for the fifth combined no-hitter in Florida softball history during a 10-0 rout over five innings to complete the sweep over South Carolina Sunday, March 19, at Beckham field. Gourley (11-1) threw four-complete innings while Ocasio took over in the circle to finish the final inning of play.

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Mizzou saw its lineup come alive Saturday afternoon at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex, producing 29 runs on 30 hits in victories over North Dakota State and South Florida. Against the Bison in game one, freshman Braxton Burnside (Paragould, Ark.) put together one of the top individual performances in Mizzou and Southeastern Conference history. Overall, Burnside went 3-for-5 with two grand slams and 10 RBI. Her 10 runners driven in set a new Mizzou program (43 years) individual single-game record, surpassing Tiffany Heick’s (Feb. 27, 1993) old mark. Burnside’s 10 RBI also tied the SEC’s all-time individual single-game record. She became only the third player ever to drive in 10 runners in the conference’s 21-year history. Finally, Burnside’s production against North Dakota State marked the most single-game RBI by an SEC player this year and second-most driven in by anyone in the NCAA.

Mizzou Softball (17-11) concluded its high-powered weekend at the plate on Sunday, claiming a 10-1 run-rule (5 inn.) victory over Monmouth. The Tigers surpassed 10-plus runs in each of their last three games at the South Florida
Tournament. Three of Mizzou’s four wins this weekend were of run-rule fashion.

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Pitt’s Comeback Falls Short in 5-2 Loss at Louisville. Trailing 5-1 heading into the final inning of play, the Panthers loaded the bases with no outs bringing the tying run to the plate. However, Pitt was unable to capitalize and its comeback fell short as it scored just one run against the Cardinals.

The University of Pittsburgh fell to Louisville 8-2 in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky. The Panthers [14-11, 0-6 ACC] tallied just four hits against the Cards [18-7, 3-0 ACC] in its final game of the weekend. Pitt’s lone senior Kaitlin Manuel went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while freshman Hannah Edwards and junior Giorgiana Zeremenko also recorded hits. Freshman Brittany Knight tossed every inning for Pitt, giving up 10 hits, eight runs, seven unearned, and one walk.

UP NEXT
Pitt will begin a five-game homestand following the Louisville series. The Panthers will open at Vartabedian Field Wednesday, March 22 against non-conference foe Kent State, before welcoming Boston College to Pittsburgh for the first home conference series March 24-26. Pitt will conclude its homestand March 29 with a single game versus in-state rival Penn State.

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Under the lights of Nusz Park, Holly Ward closed out a spectacular pitching performance, leading the Mississippi State Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory against the No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday. “I’m just really excited for the kids,” MSU coach Vann Stuedeman said. “They really played great. Holly Ward threw a great game and I’m really excited for the fans. They came out, the place was packed, it was a great night. It was fun to be able to come out with a victory for those guys and for the kids.”

In the rubber match of the three game weekend series, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (22-7, 2-4 SEC) dropped a hard-fought contest to No. 8 Alabama (28-3, 5-1 SEC) by a final score of 3-0.

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Kaylee Carlson threw the second perfect game in program history, while Kasey Cooper became the second SEC player all-time to amass 250 hits and 250 RBI in a career as Auburn defeated Illinois, 6-2, and Ohio State, 8-0,
Saturday afternoon.

The No. 4 Auburn softball team used six extra-base hits to key a 9-4 victory against LIU Brooklyn Sunday morning. The Tigers (27-3) capped off a perfect weekend on the field, winning all five of their contests. “I think any time you can come away with five victories, it’s a good weekend,” said associate head coach Corey Myers. “We definitely have
some work to do. It’s going to be nice to be back home, get back to work and get ready for Florida.” Auburn’s total of six hits for extra bases was one away from matching a season high, however its two triples were the most in a game in 2017.

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No. 16 Georgia softball (25-4, 1-1) got a 7-5 win over No. 17 Kentucky (19-5, 1-1) on Sunday night. The Wildcats loss
ends Kentucky’s 14-game winning streak. The teams will meet for the rubber match on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network. The first 300 fans to Jack Turner Stadium will receive a free No. 6 jersey T-shirt.

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