College Softball News Week-11

Georgia Southern shut Texas State out in the first game for a 2-0 win, but the Bobcats answered with 11 hits and nine runs for a 9-4 win in game two. Texas State is now 33-12 on the season and 13-6 in Sun Belt play, while Georgia Southern moves to 22-21 overall and 12-8 against league foes. Taylor Webb hit a three-run home run and Randi Rupp struck out eight to lead Texas State to a 4-3 win in the series rubber match at Georgia Southern Sunday afternoon. Texas State improved to 33-11 on the season and 14-6 in the Sun Belt. The series win, coupled with Georgia State’s series loss at Louisiana, moved the Bobcats into sole possession of second in the Sun Belt standings.

The University of Pittsburgh softball captured game two of its series against NC State, 4-2, Saturday at Vartabedian
Field. The Panthers used a four-run third inning to outlast the Wolfpack. Freshman Brittany Knight and sophomore Sarah Dawson combined to allow only two runs on six hits during seven innings of work. Knight earned the win after 4.0 strong innings, improving to 11-11 on the season. In relief, Dawson allowed only two hits over 3.0 innings. The University of Pittsburgh softball team defeated NC State, 4-3, Sunday, April 23 at Vartabedian Field after the Panthers captured game three of the series in thrilling fashion with a walk-off home run from Kaitlyn Kruger in the bottom of the ninth.

Senior first baseman Kelli Hanzel and junior catcher Randel Leahy led the way with two RBIs each to lead Texas softball to a 7-1 victory over Iowa State on Saturday afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field. Tiarra Davis picked up her sixth win of the campaign over six innings of work, allowing one earned run on just two hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Junior Kristen Clark struck out a single batter while tossing a single inning of scoreless relief in the seventh. On Sunday afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field, Iowa State (18-32, 3-12 Big 12 Conference) managed nine hits and got two crucial unearned runs on a Texas error during a tone-setting first inning outburst as the Longhorns (25-20, 4-8 Big 12 Conference) dropped the final game of their series against the Cyclones, 4-2.

South Carolina dropped game two of their weekend series to No. 7 Auburn 2-0 in front of a large crowd on Saturday
afternoon at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. Auburn freshman Ashlee Swindle (1-0) picked up her first
career win in her first start, giving up just two hits and striking out two in 5.1 innings of work. While Kaylee Carlson got the final five outs and struck out one to earn her second save of 2017. “I was just really nervous, but excited at the same time,” stated Swindle on earning her first start. “I had all the [coaching] staff telling me just to trust myself and let my defense work.” Gamecock senior Nickie Blue (9-9) allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. She struck out six in the losing effort. South Carolina (28-20) broke through for a 3-0 win on Sunday afternoon over No. 7/7 Auburn (39-8, 12-6 SEC) in front of a large crowd at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. The Gamecock senior pitchers held the nation’s 20th-best scoring offense to two hits on the day, the lowest total in SEC play this year for Auburn. Nickie Blue went the first three and gave up one hit and one walk, while Jessica Elliott (12-8) went the final four, giving up a bunt single while striking out two in the win.

Game 1 of Saturday’s NCAA Softball doubleheader featuring No. 17 Louisiana and Georgia State at Lamson Park in Lafayette, La. was a wild one with the Ragin Cajuns sending 17 batters to the plate in the first inning and produced 13
runs. It was the most runs in a single inning since they scored 15 in the third of the 2016 season opener vs. Ball State in Gulf Shores. Louisiana ended up winning the game, Louisiana-19 and Georgia State- 4. In game 2 of Saturday’s
NCAA Softball doubleheader No. 17 Louisiana defeated Georgia State 7-1. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball produced another big-run first inning and received two home runs from Aleah Craighton in a 14-6 (5 inn.) win over Georgia State in the series finale on Sunday at Lamson Park.

Mizzou Softball struggled to solve Kentucky Wildcats pitching on Saturday afternoon, as it suffered a 4-0 shutout loss inside Mizzou Softball Stadium. Kentucky’s Erin Rethlake fired a complete game victory, while limiting Tiger batters to only three hits. Mizzou Softball (27-21, 5-12 SEC) held a five-run advantage on three separate occasions Sunday afternoon, but a thunderous six-run sixth inning by visiting No. 20 Kentucky sealed its 10-8 improbable comeback.

For the second-straight day, No. 18 Ole Miss turned in a solid pitching performance, but its bats were silenced as the Rebels fell to No. 1 Florida, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Florida LHP Delanie Gourley carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, before a leadoff triple by freshman Kaylee Horton spoiled it. For Ole Miss (31-15, 6-11 SEC), freshman Morgan Bruce got the start and gave up the three runs off seven hits and four walks.
Brittany Finney and Alyssa Clayton combined to work the final 2.2 innings with no hits allowed and a combined four
walks. No. 1-ranked Florida shut out No. 18 Ole Miss for the third consecutive game in a 5-0 decision to complete the series sweep at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on Sunday. It’s the first time the Gators have shut out the Rebels in a
three game series since the 2009 season.

Three RBIs from Meghan Gregg and some strategic pitching from Caylan Arnold and Matty Moss helped No. 9 Tennessee extend its win streak to 20 games, the longest active streak in the country, with a 6-4 victory over No. 16 LSU on Saturday at Tiger Park. LSU’s Sydney Smith took the loss giving up six runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of work. Emily Griggs led the Tigers offensively with two hits and a run scored. A walk-off solo home run by Constance Quinn in the seventh inning accounted for the game’s only run as No. 16 LSU snapped No. 9 Tennessee’s 20-game win streak with a 1-0 victory in Sunday’s series finale at Tiger Park.

A little rain on Saturday couldn’t keep the Mississippi State Bulldogs from shutting out the No. 24 Arkansas Razorbacks 3-0, to take game one of the series at Nusz Park. In the second game of the series, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (33-15, 7-10 SEC) fell victim to a late rally from the 24th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks (28-17, 6-14 SEC), falling in a 5-4 heartbreaker Sunday night at Nusz Park.

No. 4 Texas A&M, defeated No. 22 Georgia, 1-0. Samantha Show shut out the 22nd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs as
fourth-ranked Texas A&M Softball clinched the series with a 1-0 victory on Saturday at the Aggie Softball Complex. After three innings of a pitchers’ duel, No. 4 Texas A&M (40-5, 14-3) broke it open in the fourth to take a 2-0 victory over the No. 22 Georgia softball team (30-18, 3-15) on Sunday afternoon.

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