College Softball News Week-7

Florida junior Nicole DeWitt provided a walk-off single to complete the comeback and give Florida a 4-3 win over Auburn in the initial game of the series Saturday, March 25 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The University of Florida softball team clinched the series for the ninth-consecutive time against Auburn with a 7-0 victory in the second game Sunday, March 26, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators have won every three-game series dating back to the 2005 season. The Tigers and Gators close the conference series Monday night at 6 p.m. CT. The game is set to broadcast on the SEC Network.

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Similar to Friday night’s series opener, No. 23 Ole Miss and No. 19 Tennessee played a close contest through four
frames, before the Vols blew the game open with a 4-run fifth en route to a 6-1 victory Saturday night. In the final game of its first SEC road series, No. 23 Ole Miss outhit the No. 19 Vols, but were edged out, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at Lee Stadium.

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The No. 17 Kentucky softball team swept a Saturday doubleheader with the No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks at John
Cropp Stadium to sweep the series and pick up two more wins over top-25 teams.

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Ariel Ortiz hit her 29th career home run to tie the Texas State career record in leading the Bobcats to doubleheader split at ULM on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats took game one 5-0, then fell to ULM 3-2 in game two. Texas State is now 23-5 on the season and 6-1 in Sun Belt play. Pitcher Randi Rupp struck out 11 and the Texas State lineup scored
just enough runs as the Bobcats downed ULM 2-1 on Sunday. The win clinched the 2-1 three-game series win against the Warhawks, improved the Bobcats to 24-5 overall and 7-1 in Sun Belt play.

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Mizzou Softball (18-12, 1-3 SEC) bounced back on Saturday afternoon, evening the weekend series at No. 7 Texas A&M with a 5-1 victory. The Tigers’ triumph marked their first Southeastern Conference win this season. Sarah Hudek delivered the go-ahead three-run blast as the No. 7 Texas A&M Softball team took the series against the Missouri Tigers with a 7-3 victory Sunday at the Aggie Softball Complex. With the Aggies (28-3, 7-2 SEC) trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the third, Hudek stepped in with runners on the corners and two outs and hammered a drive that slipped just inside the left-field foul pole.

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The No. 15 Georgia softball team (26-7, 2-3) came up short in a doubleheader at No. 11 LSU (27-7, 3-2), as the Bulldogs fell 2-0 and 1-0 on Sunday at Tiger Park.

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Playing on the hallowed ground of the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (24-9) closed out
their Oklahoma road trip with a dominating 8-0 victory in six innings against the UAB Blazers (11-18) on Saturday
afternoon.

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For the second straight game at Cowgirl Stadium, an early Oklahoma State (21-11, 2-0 Big 12 Conference) lead held up as a second-inning HR again proved the difference as OSU knocked off Texas softball (17-13, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) on Saturday, 2-1. Sunday afternoon Longhorns freshman catcher Taylor Ellsworth equaled a school single-game record for hits going 5-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, but Texas (17-14, 0-3 Big 12 Conference) was beaten by a pair of late Oklahoma State (22-11, 3-0 Big 12 Conference) rallies for a series finale defeat, 10-9 (8 inn.).

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The University of Pittsburgh softball team split Saturday’s doubleheader with Boston College as the Panthers fell to the Eagles in game one 4-2, before emerging victorious in the second game by the same score.

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Behind a dominating performance by senior Nickie Blue and an offensive explosion, South Carolina (21-11, 2-6 SEC)
gained a 14-0 victory at No. 9 Alabama (29-4, 6-2 SEC) in Sunday’s first game at Rhoads Stadium. South Carolina (21-12, 2-7 SEC) fell a little short of a series win, as No. 9 Alabama got the 5-2 victory in the series’ final game on Sunday afternoon at Rhoads Stadium.

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