This weekend of play proved old adages like, ‘that’s why we play the games’ and ‘on any given day any team can win’
true as many favorites went down to defeat.
Here’s this weekends news.
Saturday afternoon Ole Miss freshman Alyssa Gonzalez provided the firepower with a thrilling and historic walk-off 3-run home run to lift No. 22 Ole Miss to a 3-2 victory and sweep over No. 11 LSU. The Rebels (30-13, 6-9 SEC) entered the weekend having never won a series over the Tigers (32-12, 8-7 SEC), but two shutouts later, and another epic walk-off gave Ole Miss its first ever sweep over its rival, and first sweep over a ranked SEC team in school history.
Jaelyn Young hit a bases-loaded chopper back to the pitcher to drive home Bailee Carter for the winning run as Texas State defeated No. 17/18 Louisiana 2-1 in eight innings Saturday afternoon. The win was not only the Bobcats’ second victory over a top-25 opponent this week, but was the first victory over Louisiana in 10 tries dating back to a 14-13 triumph in March 2015. TXST improved to 31-10 on the season and 12-5 in Sun Belt plays. The Ragin’ Cajuns (32-6, 14-1 Sun Belt) had their win streak halted at 15 games.
The No. 3-ranked Florida softball team dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 21 Kentucky in the second game of the series Saturday in front of a regular-season record crowd of 1,617 fans at John Cropp Stadium. It was the first time the Gators have fell to Kentucky since Apr. 13, 2013. Thanks to a two-hitter pitched by senior Meagan Prince in the circle, and clutch at bats from sophomores Katie Reed and Jenny Schaper. For the first time since the 2013 season, the Kentucky softball team was no-hit, as No. 3 Florida’s Kelly Barnhill struck out 15 batters en route to her second complete game of the season to clinch the series win at John Cropp Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The no-hitter for Barnhill was her second of the season, and drops her ERA from a 0.20 entering the day to a 0.19, leading all active pitchers in the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference.
The fifth-ranked Texas A&M Softball team rallied to defeat No. 24 Arkansas, 3-2, Saturday at Bogle Park. Texas A&M
pitcher Samantha Show earned her 14th win of the season with a four-hit complete game. Then Texas A&M fell to
Arkansas, 4-3, in the series finale on Sunday.
The No. 19 Georgia softball team (29-14, 3-11) rallied past Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon to secure a 7-6 victory at Jack Turner Stadium. The No. 19 Georgia softball team (29-15, 3-12) fell 5-2 in the series finale against Mississippi State (31-14, 6-9) on Sunday afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium.
Texas softball’s bats remained red-hot into Saturday at Rocky Johnson Field as the Longhorns (23-18, 3-6 Big 12
Conference) recorded a season-high 17 hits in completing their sweep of Texas Tech (17-23, 4-8 Big 12 Conference), 11-3.
The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell in the series finale, 7-3, to Syracuse Saturday afternoon at Vartabedian Field in the Petersen Complex. With the loss, the Panthers move to 21-19 on the year and 4-14 in the ACC. The Orange improve to 24-15 and 6-9 in the ACC.
No. 1/2 Florida State (39-3-1) used timely hitting to claim a 3-1 win on Saturday afternoon over South Carolina (25-18) at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
Chelsea Seggern hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give No. 14 Tennessee a 3-2, come-from-behind victory in the series opener over No. 9 Alabama on Saturday night in front of a season-high, sellout crowd of 1,935 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Caylan Arnold earned the win for Tennessee, improving her record to 17-4 on the season. It was her sixth complete game of the year, striking out six and allowing just two runs on three hits. Brooke Vines blasted a walk-off, two-run homer Sunday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium to give No. 14 Tennessee a 2-0 win and also clinch the series against No. 9 Alabama.
The No. 7 Auburn softball team plated four runs in the fourth inning to guide a 5-4 victory against Missouri Saturday night. The Tigers (35-7, 9-5 SEC) evened the series behind a strong outing from Makayla Martin and three RBI from Carlee Wallace. Mizzou Softball (24-18, 5-9 SEC) fell 6-1 to No. 7 Auburn in its series finale Sunday afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field.
Oregon State made history winning their series against UCLA. They done it by winning Thursday’s game 8-0 and in
Saturdays game by a score of 8-5. OS did lose Friday’s game by a score of 7-5.
Utah upset Arizona taking the series. Things got started with a 6-3 win on Friday followed by a 3-2 victory on Saturday for Utah.
Saturday afternoon Maryland defeated #18 Michigan 2-1 in front of a record crowd at Maryland Softball Stadium.
Senior Hannah Dewey and redshirt senior Madison Martin combined for the win. The win marked Maryland’s first victory over Michigan since joining the Big Ten. Michigan came back though Sunday afternoon with a 7-5 win with Megan Betsa pitching the entire game to pick up the win for them.