Friday Night Games Round-Up

Mizzou Softball (21-14, 4-5 SEC) earned its eighth shutout victory of the 2017 campaign on Friday evening, as senior RHP Cheyenne Baxter got the 1-0 win.

South Carolina (23-14, 3-9 SEC) behind senior pitcher Nickie Blue shut out Mississippi State (27-13, 2-8 SEC), 3-0, in Friday night’s series opener at Nusz Park.

Texas A&M defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 9-2, behind Riley Sartain’s five-RBI performance Friday evening at the Aggie Softball Complex. Aggie Trinity Harrington tossed a complete game to earn the win and push her season record to 11-1. Harrington retired five, walked two, and only allowed two runs off of four hits.

No. 5 Auburn defeated No. 21 Ole Miss, 3-1, to kick off the conference series Friday night. The Tigers (32-5, 7-3 SEC) notched their fifth straight league victory and their fourth consecutive win against the Rebels (25-12, 2-8). “It wasn’t pretty, but as I told [the team], great teams figure out ways to win,” said head coach Clint Myers. “That’s the bottom line.” Winning Auburn pitcher Kaylee Carlson improved her record to 19-1 after tossing her 11th complete game of the season.

No. 17 Tennessee extended its winning streak to 12 games with a dominant 9-0 run-rule victory over No. 20 Kentucky in Friday’s series opener at John Cropp Stadium. Matty Moss threw her fourth complete-game shutout of the season. The sophomore improved to 17-1 on the year.

On Friday evening at Red & Charline McCombs Field, Texas softball (20-16, 0-4 Big 12 Conference) got a RBI single
from senior shortstop Devon Tunning and a passed ball to plate a run but came up just short in its series opener
against No. 11/9 Oklahoma (33-7, 4-0 Big 12 Conference), 3-2. The loss marked the ninth one-run defeat of the
campaign for the Burnt Orange & White, while each of UT’s last seven losses have come by a single run.

I got to watch all of the Oregon vs. UCLA game on the Pac-12 Network Friday night. It was appropriate that UCLA would be the one to stop Oregon on their record run of , the longest winning streak to start a season, since the team holding the record was also a UCLA team. So now they’re both tied with 35 wins and share the record. Oregon had their chances stranding a boat load full of on base runners never being able to get that key hit in the game to bring them home. UCLA Redshirt freshman Rachel Garcia got the complete game shutout win 2-0. UCLA improves to 27-9 overall and 3-4 in Pac-12 play and the Ducks are now (35-1, 8-1).

4th ranked Arizona softball leads the NCAA in home runs. They added seven more to that total as they crushed Stanford in the series opener, 20-1, in five innings at Hillenbrand Stadium.

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