No. 5 Auburn earned a 7-5 win at No. 16 Georgia to open the three-game series Friday night. The Tigers (29-5, 4-3 SEC) picked up their sixth consecutive win against the Bulldogs (27-8, 2-5). “Kaylee was great in the circle tonight,” said head coach Clint Myers. “The offense had some timely hitting. Alyssa Rivera also made two very fine catches in right field.” Georgia pitcher Brittany Gray (17-5) took the loss after allowing five hits but walked 11. The junior went all seven innings with three earned runs and six strikeouts.
No. 16 Kentucky committed three costly errors and gave up two home runs to No. 24 Ole Miss, as the Wildcats dropped the series opener on Friday night, 7-1 at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Kentucky’s Meagan Prince falls to 10-4 in the circle this season. Prince got the start and lasted four innings allowing three earned runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Ole Miss’ Kaitlin Lee got her seventh win of the season in the circle allowing one run on five Kentucky hits. Lee went the entire seven innings for her fifth complete game of the season.
The University of Pittsburgh softball dropped a 14-3 decision in five innings to Florida State in the opening game of the series Friday evening at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla. In the circle, sophomore Sarah Dawson got the start, tossing 4.0 innings before being relieved by freshman Brittany Knight in the final inning. Dawson gave up six runs on eight hits, while walking two. Knight, gave up the final eight runs in the fifth.
Megan Geer hit a grand slam in the first inning and Meghan Gregg moved into tenth all-time on the program RBI record list as No. 19 Tennessee defeated NC State, 8-3, Friday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Tennessee pitcher Caylan Arnold earned the win for Tennessee, improving her record to 13-4 this season going 4.1 innings while recording three strikeouts and yielding three runs. Matty Moss finished the game in relief of Arnold, allowing no runs and striking out two batters in 2.2 innings of work. While North Carolina State freshman Peyton Silverman started the game in the circle and gave up eight runs on 10 hits to fall to 8-12 on the year.
The University of Florida softball program earned its 1,000th victory in a 6-1 effort over Arkansas in the initial game of the series Friday, March 31 at Bogle Park. Kelly Barnhill (12-0) pitched the Gators (31-2, 8-1 SEC) to victory over the Razorbacks (22-10, 2-8 SEC) and freshman Jaimie Hoover’s career day at the plate brought the Florida offense to life.
Mizzou Softball (19-13, 2-4 SEC) opened its home Southeastern Conference weekend series on a high note Friday evening, tallying a 2-0 shutout victory over No. 9 Alabama. The win marked the Tigers’ third triumph over a top 10 ranked opponent this season.
In game one of a weekend SEC series in Baton Rouge, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (26-10, 2-5 SEC) rallied late, but fell in a 7-2 battle to the 10th-ranked LSU Tigers (29-7, 5-2 SEC) Friday night.