College Softball News Week-8

No. 24 Ole Miss softball came up just short in a pitchers’ duel, falling in the middle game of the series with No. 16 Kentucky, 1-0, Saturday afternoon. For the second time this weekend, junior Kaitlin Lee dominated in a complete game effort, leading Ole Miss to a 4-0 shutout over Kentucky Sunday afternoon claiming the series.

Brooke Vines had one of her best games of the season with a career-high four RBIs as No.19 Tennessee defeated NC State in five innings, 16-2, Saturday afternoon at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Tennessee defeated NC State, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium to complete the series sweep over the Wolfpack and extend its winning streak to 10 games.

The fifth-ranked Texas A&M Softball team defeated South Carolina, 5-2, Saturday at the Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. Trinity Harrington earned the win in the circle to move to 9-1 in a complete-game effort. South Carolina’s Nickie Blue suffered the loss for the Gamecocks to move to 8-6. Fifth-ranked Texas A&M Softball rolled past South Carolina, 16-0, Sunday at the Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. The 16 runs are the most in a SEC game and ties the school record for most runs scored in a conference game, first set at Oklahoma State on April 12, 2006.

The University of Pittsburgh fell to No. 1/3 Florida State, 12-4, in six innings of play in the second game of the weekend series at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla. The University of Pittsburgh was swept by Florida State as the Panthers dropped the series finale 5-0 to the Seminoles, Sunday, April 2 at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla.

No. 17 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns played a doubleheader on Saturday. Game 1 against Georgia Southern at Eagle Field in Statesboro, Ga. ended Louisiana 15, Georgia Southern 0 (5 inn.) . While the final score in game two was Louisiana 10, Georgia Southern 2 (6 inn.). Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball opened the series finale against Georgia Southern with three consecutive two-run innings and went on to claim a 6-2 win on Sunday at Eagle Field to complete the series sweep.

The University of Florida clinched the series over Arkansas with an 8-0 victory in five innings during game two Saturday, April 1. The Gators plated eight runs on seven hits while the team only left one runner stranded on the day.

Texas State softball split a Sun Belt Conference doubleheader on Saturday with the Bobcats winning game one 7-5, then falling to Georgia State 4-0 in game two. Texas State is now 25-8 on the season and 8-3 in the Sun Belt.

Mizzou Softball (19-14, 2-5 SEC) dropped the middle game of this weekend’s series against No. 9 Alabama on Saturday evening inside Mizzou Stadium. Alabama hit four home runs on the night. Mizzou Softball (20-14, 3-5 SEC) earned its first walk-off victory of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating No. 9 Alabama, 4-3. Sophomore Kolby Romaine’s RBI single in the ninth inning secured the Tigers’ first extra-inning victory this year.

Mississippi St. (26-11,2-6 SEC) lost a heartbreaker to LSU (30-7,6-2 SEC)1-0 on Saturday. In the final game of a weekend series in Baton Rouge, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (26-12, 2-7 SEC) fell in a 4-1 decision to the 10th-ranked LSU Tigers (31-7, 7-2 SEC) on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field, redshirt sophomore pitcher Erica Wright took a no-hitter into the seventh inning for the second time this season before settling for her sixth-career one-hitter as Texas softball (19-14) knocked off Houston (16-15) in the opener of a doubleheader, 3-1. Texas softball uses Slack’s walk-off single to sweep Houston, 2-1 (8 inn.). Freshman second baseman Kaitlyn Slack drove a two-out RBI single up the middle to seal the win.

Five extra-base hits, including three home runs, powered the No. 5 Auburn softball team to a 13-4 win at No. 18 Georgia Saturday night. The Tigers earned their second SEC series win of the season. Auburn softball finished off its series at No.18 Georgia with a 4-3 victory Sunday afternoon. The Tigers (31-5, 6-3 SEC) earned their eighth consecutive win against the Bulldogs (27-10, 2-7) and completed the road sweep for the first time in series history.

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