College Softball News

On Wednesday night Texas State used a walk-off grounder to score Kennedy Cline as they defeated No. 12/13 Baylor 1-0 at Bobcat Softball Stadium. Texas State improved their record to 30-8 (11-3 Sun Belt) overall on the season. Texas State pitcher Randi Rupp went 7.0 innings giving up three-hit and recording four-strikeouts. With the win she improved to 20-5 on the season and recorded her eighth complete-game shutout.

Five different Texas Longhorns registered multiple hits, the UT offense banged out 13 total hits and Texas softball (22-18, 2-6 Big 12 Conference) scored in five of seven innings in knocking off Texas Tech (17-22, 4-7 Big 12 Conference) to secure a series triumph on Friday at Rocky Johnson Field, 9-5. In the circle for the Longhorns, senior Tiarra Davis (5-8) picked up the win after allowing four earned runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over her 5.0 innings of work.

The No. 3 Florida Gators struck for four runs to win 4-0 Friday night in the series opener between UF and the No. 21 Kentucky Wildcats. Florida’s Kelly Barnhill moved to 17-0 on the season and the Gators improved to 39-2. Erin Rethlake, who pitched well for the Wildcats and kept Kentucky in the game, got her first loss of the season to fall to 6-1.

Tied at four going to the sixth, Mississippi State (30-13, 5-8) put up a grand slam to help seal a 9-4 victory over the No. 19 Georgia softball team (28-14, 2-11) on Friday night. Georgia pitcher Mary Wilson Avant (5-6) took the loss after going four innings of relief. Mississippi State’s Cassady Knudsen tossed her fourth-career complete game to pick up win No. 7 on the year. For the night, Knudsen struck out three and walked four while only allowing four hits and four runs, two of which were earned.

A relentless offensive attack and a strong outing by freshman Cayla Drotar led South Carolina (25-17) to a 7-2 win over No. 1/2 Florida State (38-3-1) in front of a sellout crowd on Friday night at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. Drotar (5-2) pitched well in the start, going five-plus inning and scattering four hits and four walks while giving up two earned runs. FSU’s Jessica Burroughs (20-2) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits while tallying two strikeouts.

The University of Pittsburgh fell to Syracuse 8-0 (six innings) and 8-1 in a doubleheader, Friday, April 14 at Vartabedian Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Panthers move to 21-18 on the season and 4-13 in ACC play, while the Orange improve to 23-15 overall and 5-9 in conference action. In the circle, the Panthers’ entire pitching staff saw action as junior Kayla Harris got the start and the loss in game one, while freshman Brittany Knight got the start and loss in game two. Sophomore Sarah Dawson entered in relief, along with Knight, in game one.

No. 7 Auburn dropped a 6-1 result to Missouri Friday night at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers (34-7, 8-5 SEC) had six different players reach base in the seven-inning contest. “There was a lot of things we didn’t do right [tonight],” said head coach Clint Myers. “We still had about 10 quality, hard-hit balls, but they were right at people. We’re a good ball club; we’re still trying to figure it out.” In the circle, Kaylee Carlson suffered defeat for only the second time this season. She tossed a complete game and struck out four in the process. For Missouri senior Cheyenne Baxter (Norborne, Mo.), freshman Parker Conrad (Winter Park, Fla.) and redshirt sophomore Madi Norman (Tipton, Mo.) combined to limit Auburn to five hits and one run. Baxter was awarded the victory in midst of the Tigers’ strong pitching, marking her team-leading 12th win this season.

For the first time ever, Ole Miss softball won a series over LSU in Oxford, as the No. 22 Rebels shutout the No. 11 Tigers twice in a doubleheader Friday afternoon. Ole Miss snapped a six year losing streak to LSU in games played in Oxford, and snapped a five-year streak overall in the series against its rival. Head coach Mike Smith earned his 100th career win as Ole Miss’ head coach, in what were the sixth and seventh wins against a top-25 team this season. The final game scores were Ole Miss 1,LSU 0 (8) and Ole Miss 1, LSU 0. In game one Ole Miss’ Kaitlin Lee got the win while LSU’s Carley Hoover took the tough loss. In game two Ole Miss pitcher Morgan Bruce got the start and gave up only three hits and three walks in 5.1 innings of work, while Lee entered for the final 1.2 frames earning her first save.

No. 5 Texas A&M blanked the 24th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, 3-0, behind a three-hit shutout from Trinity Harrington Friday night at Bogle Park. The righty hurler scattered just three hits and struck out four in a 115-pitch performance. Harrington moves to 12-1 on the season with an ERA of 1.03 while the Aggies go to 36-3, 10-2 SEC. Arkansas starting pitcher Autumn Storms suffered the loss to move to 11-10 on the season. When head coach Jo Evans was asked about Trinity Harrington’s performance she had this to say. “I thought Trinity was great tonight. She got in trouble a couple of times, but she found ways to get out of it. She was able to mix her pitches and end the game with a big strikeout. I thought our kids played hard. It is not easy to win on the road on a Friday night, so I was proud of our ball club.”

DJ Sanders produced three home runs, highlighted by two grand slams in the nightcap, and 17th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball extended its season-best winning streak to 15 games with an 8-1, 12-4 (6 inn.) doubleheader sweep of Texas State on Good Friday in front of 1,013 fans, which ranks as the third-largest attendance in Bobcat Softball Stadium history.

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