College Softball News Week-12

After South Carolina tied it in the top seventh, Alyssa DiCarlo hit a walk-off single to lead the No. 22 Georgia softball team to a 2-1 win on Saturday. South Carolina (30-21, 6-14 SEC) picked up a critical SEC series win on the road, downing No. 22/25 Georgia (31-20, 4-17 SEC) by a 6-2 final on Sunday afternoon at Turner Softball Stadium.

No. 18 Kentucky celebrated its annual Senior Day on Saturday afternoon, knocking off the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies 7-2 to even the series at a game each. All three seniors had major contributions to the game with pitcher Shannon Smith getting the start in the circle, Meagan Prince coming on in relief to get the win and Breanne Ray going 1-for-2 with three RBI and a walk. Then No. 18 Kentucky softball team got three runs in the first and three in the sixth, which helped propel them to a 7-4 win over the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies and clinch a top-five series win for the first time since 2015.

The Texas State bats launched five home runs, totaled 25 base hits with 10 going for extra bases as the Bobcats won both games of its doubleheader against Troy 12-0 and 4-3, respectively. Randi Rupp struck out 15 of the 24 she faced in a one-hit, complete-game shutout of Troy. The Bobcats offense plated three runs for the 3-0 final, completing the series sweep of the Trojans. Not only were the 15 strikeouts a career-high for Rupp, but she also eclipsed the 900 career strikeout plateau when she fanned the side in the fifth. She joins TXST all-time career strikeout leader Nicole Neuerburg (1,019) as the only Bobcats in program history with 900-plus strikeouts.

The No. 1-ranked University of Florida softball team clinched its third-straight SEC Regular Season Championship with a 9-0 shut out over No. 8 Tennessee at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Florida is only the third program to have won three-straight SEC Regular Season Championships. Megan Geer’s grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning gave No. 8 Tennessee the jolt it needed to knock off No.1 Florida in front of a record-setting crowd of 2,239 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium 5-1. Sunday’s victory was the first for the Volunteers over a top-ranked opponent since 2015 when they defeated LSU, 8-5. The win also snapped a six-game losing streak to the Gators (46-4, 20-3 SEC).

For the third time in SEC play this season, No. 20 Ole Miss softball walked off, 2-1, over No. 13 Alabama Saturday in game two of a doubleheader splitting the first two games of the series losing their first game Alabama 2, Ole Miss 0.

16th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball captured the 2017 Sun Belt Conference championship on Senior Day at Lamson Park following a 9-0 (5 inn.), 13-4 (5 inn.) doubleheader sweep of Coastal Carolina. 16th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball closed out the home portion of the 2017 schedule on Sunday with an 8-0 (5 inn.) win over Coastal Carolina at Lamson Park.

Auburn’s Carlee Wallace launched a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to down Mississippi State Saturday night, 6-2. The home run keyed a five-run inning to send the Tigers to the comeback victory at Jane B. Moore Field. Kasey Cooper became the SEC’s all-time leader in career RBI while pacing the No. 9 Auburn softball team to a 6-3 win against Mississippi State on Senior Day at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers (43-8, 15-6 SEC) also broke the single-season program record after turning their 43rd double play of 2017. “It is a little bit sweeter on a day like this,” said Cooper of accomplishing the record in her final regular season home game. “What better way to go out with a sweep and to set a career record at home.” Cooper, who now has 267 RBI in her four years on The Plains, passed Charlotte Morgan of Alabama for the conference crown.

After losing game one Mizzou softball ended up taking game two in Saturday’s doubleheader against No. 17 LSU winning game one 3-1 with Mizzou taking the nightcap game by the same 3-1 final score.

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