College Softball News Week-9

The No. 18 Georgia softball team (27-11, 2-8) was shut out 5-0 in game one at No. 3 Florida (35-2, 11-1) on Saturday afternoon. Brittany Gray (17-7) went four frames worth, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out three. Kylie Bass came in at the top of the fifth with one hit and a pair of strikeouts. Starting Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill (14-0) got the win. The game was played in front of a Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium record crowd of 2,497 people. It’s the first time the Gators have shutout the Bulldogs since April 28, 2013 in Gainesville. Despite outhitting the Gators, the No. 18 Georgia softball team (27-12, 2-9) fell 4-1 on Sunday night at No. 3 Florida (36-2, 12-1 thanks to a complete-game nine-strikeout performance from Florida senior hurler Delanie Gourley.

Aleah Craighton homered in both games, part of a four-hit effort, and the pitching staff limited Troy to one run and six hits over 12 innings as 16th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball claimed a 3-1, 11-0 (5 inn.) doubleheader sweep on Saturday at Lamson Park. With the sweep, the Ragin’ Cajuns (28-5, 11-0 Sun Belt) extended their season-high winning streak to 11 games. At 11-0 in Sun Belt Conference play, it’s the best start since opening 12-0 in the 2005 season.16th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball remained undefeated in Sun Belt Conference play and extended its season-high winning streak to 12 games with an 11-0 (5 inn.) win over Troy on Sunday at Lamson Park.

The University of Pittsburgh improved to 20-16 after sweeping a doubleheader against Virginia Tech Saturday, April 08 at Vartabedian Field in the Petersen Sports Complex. The Panthers [20-16, 3-11 ACC] topped the Hokies [15-23, 5-12 ACC] 11-5 in the opening game, before winning game two 9-1 in five innings. The University of Pittsburgh topped Virginia Tech 8-0 in five innings Sunday, April 9, picking up its first ACC sweep of the season at Vartabedian Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.The Panthers (21-16, 4-11 ACC) capitalized on the Hokies (15-24, 5-13 ACC) four errors in the field, and minimized their own, to help pull off the victory.

No. 17 Tennessee earned its third straight series win and extended its winning streak to 13 games with a 5-2 victory over No. 20 Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium. Caylan Arnold and Matty Moss shared duties in the circle with Arnold getting the start and going three scoreless innings before Moss finished the game and earned her 18th win of the season. For the first time in more than a full calendar year, the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats were swept in a three-game Southeastern Conference series on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 9-4 decision to the No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.

Texas (20-17, 0-5 Big 12 Conference) softballs late rally attempt came up short in another close loss to Oklahoma (34-7, 5-0 Big 12 Conference) on Saturday afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field, 3-1. Texas’ Tiarra Davis (4-8) took the loss. “I thought we competed pretty well down the stretch of the game, but again we had a lot of opportunities without being quite creative enough to get it done offensively,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “We watched film on (Lopez), and before the game started, we talked about what the game plan was. I thought we settled into that, but I don’t think we were great early at it. We’ve just got to be a little bit better.” On Sunday afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field, two Longhorns errors led to five unearned runs in the second inning for No. 11/9 Oklahoma (35-7, 6-0 Big 12 Conference) as the Sooners went on to shut out Texas softball (20-18, 0-6 Big 12 Conference), 6-0.

Behind a 7.0 inning performance that featured six strikeouts, Mississippi State’s Alexis Silkwood (12-3) led the Bulldogs to a 6-4 victory against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday to set the all-time MSU wins record with 56-career victories. Silkwood’s new title of winningest pitcher in MSU history adds to an already impressive list of records the senior currently holds. The East Alton, Ill., native also owns the Bulldog career records for strikeouts (531), innings pitched (613.2) and complete games (48). Mississippi State (29-13, 4-8 SEC) claimed the series with Sunday’s 5-2 win over South Carolina (23-16, 3-11 SEC) at Nusz Park.

No. 24 Mizzou Softball (21-15, 4-6 SEC) suffered a tough 6-5 loss to No. 25 Arkansas on Saturday evening the series at one game apiece. No. 24 Mizzou Softball (21-16, 4-7 SEC) fell 4-2 to No. 25 Arkansas in Sunday’s rubber match. After taking Friday evening’s series opener, the Tigers dropped consecutive games to the Razorbacks en route to falling short in the overall weekend series.

Ariel Ortiz set the Texas State career home run record with her 30th in game one and Randi Rupp earned two wins as the Bobcats blanked South Alabama in Saturday’s Sun Belt doubleheader at Jaguar Field. The Bobcats took game one 5-0 and game two 1-0. Texas State defeated South Alabama 3-0 Sunday afternoon to earn the Sun Belt series sweep against the Jaguars. The Bobcats have now won nine straight against South Alabama, including the last six via shutouts. The win improves the Bobcats to 29-8 overall and 11-3 in Sun Belt play, while South Alabama falls to 24-15 (6-10 Sun Belt).

Kristen Cuyos hit two home runs and tied a career high with five RBI, leading No. 5 Texas A&M past Oklahoma State, 9-1, Saturday at the Aggie Softball Complex. Samantha Show got her 13th win of the season, with a five-hit complete game. Oklahoma State’s Shea Coats took the loss, giving up five runs on three hits in 2.2 innings. Barbie Biggerstaff tossed 1.1 innings of relief, giving up four runs, two earned, and three hits. The fifth-ranked Texas A&M Softball team marked their 13th shutout of the season after their 7-0 victory over Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex. Lexi Smith (10-0) continued her undefeated season after tossing a one-hit complete game.

In a top-25 SEC battle Saturday afternoon in front of a national TV audience, No. 21 Ole Miss stunned No. 5 Auburn with a convincing 10-4 victory at Jane B. Moore Field. In the circle, starter Morgan Bruce lasted 1.2 innings with three earned runs allowed off five hits, but Brittany Finney entered and finished out the game with a strong 5.1 frames earning her first SEC win. For Auburn Makayla Martin earned the start and went 2.1 innings. The sophomore scattered eight hits and seven runs, while totaling three strikeouts. Jenna Abbott and Ashlee Swindle combined to toss the final 4.2 frames. For the third-straight day, No. 21 Ole Miss scored first against No. 5 Auburn, but a first inning response lifted the Tigers to a 3-1 series-deciding win Sunday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field.

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