College Softball News Week-13

On Saturday afternoon in front of the third-largest crowd of the season (1,112) at Red & Charline McCombs Field Texas softball evened its league series against No. 17/13 Baylor with a 3-1 victory. In the circle for the Longhorns pitcher Tiarra Davis improved her record to 8-8. In front of the second-largest crowd of the season (1,248) on a perfect Sunday “Senior Day” at Red & Charline McCombs Field, Baylor (41-11, 13-5 Big 12 Conference) scored once in the fourth and three times in the seventh to spoil Texas softball’s (30-22, 7-10 Big 12 Conference) regular-season finale, 4-0.

The University of Florida took time to recognize the three seniors on the team, Chelsea Herndon, Justine McLean and Delanie Gourley before the start of the game then went on to an 8-0 victory over North Texas at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. One of those seniors Gourley picked up her 17th win of the season in the circle after she threw 4.2 innings of shutout softball. The University of Florida softball team wrapped up the 2017 regular season with a pair of wins over North Texas (8-1) and Florida A&M (7-0) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators (50-5) finished the regular season with their ninth 50-win season in program history, all of which have come under head coach Tim Walton.

Georgia bounced back for a 6-2 victory against No. 24 Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. Brittany Gray (18-10) held the home team to three hits, as she went six innings with a walk and seven strikeouts. Kylie Bass threw a hitless seventh inning to close out the win for Georgia. The Georgia softball team (33-21, 6-18) ended the regular season with a balanced attack, routing No. 24 Arkansas (31-20, 7-16) by a score of 10-0 on Sunday afternoon.

The No. 6 Texas A&M softball team fell to No. 9 Tennessee, 8-4, Saturday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex. Samantha Show took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits and striking out six in 4.2 innings of work. Payton McBride threw two innings in relief, allowing two runs on five hits. The freshman fanned two and allowed two walks. Matty Moss threw 6.2 innings for Tennessee and struck out eight batters to improve to 22-2 on the year. Texas A&M Softball’s Tori Vidales three home runs still wasn’t enough on Sunday afternoon as the No. 6 Aggies fell to No. 9 Tennessee, 8-6, in the regular season finale at the Aggie Softball Complex. Tennessee’s Matty Moss earned the win to move to 23-2, while Samantha Show suffered loss to move 17-6 on the season.

For the first time in over five years, the No. 16 Kentucky softball team lost a series to Mississippi State, dropping game two on Saturday afternoon, 5-2 at Nusz Park in Starkville, Mississippi. MSU pitcher Alexis Silkwood threw 6.2 innings and struck out four to get the win. In Sunday’s game that featured 17 runs on 22 hits, six errors, 11 innings and five different pitchers, the No. 16 Kentucky softball team picked up a hard-fought 10-7 win after watching a four-run seventh-inning lead evaporate, then fighting to scoring three runs in the top of the 11th, all with two outs, to win the game.

No. 21 Ole Miss run-ruled Missouri, 12-4, Saturday afternoon in game two to clinch the series over the Tigers. The Rebels used their 10 hits and took advantage of seven errors by Missouri, as every player in the starting lineup reached base at least once. Three players had multi-hit performances and two were responsible for home runs as Ole Miss scored its most runs in SEC play this season. Mizzou Softball (29-25, 7-16 SEC) sent off its five seniors in style Sunday afternoon inside Mizzou Softball Stadium, claiming an extra inning 3-2 walk-off victory against No. 21 Ole Miss. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, Ole Miss’ third basemen committed her second error of the day to allow the Tigers’ game-winning run to cross the plate.

For the second-straight night the South Carolina Gamecocks claimed a 4-3 win over No. 18/19 LSU on Saturday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. Gamecocks pitcher Nickie Blue picked up the win in a full game performance. South Carolina (32-22, 8-15 SEC) got the tying run on base but could not complete the comeback bid against No. 18/19 LSU (38-17, 12-12), as the LSU Tigers salvaged game three of the series with a 4-2 win on Sunday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.

15th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball opened its final Sun Belt Conference series of the 2017 season with a 4-0, 6-5 doubleheader sweep of ULM on Saturday at Geo-Surfaces Field on the ULM campus. With their win in game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader at ULM the Ragin’ Cajuns got their 22nd Sun Belt victory of the season, establishing a new record for league victories. The previous SBC-wins record mark was 21 recorded by the 2012 squad (21-3). Aleah Craighton homered twice and Alex Stewart pitched a shutout for a fourth consecutive start as 15th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball closed the regular season with an 8-0 (6 inn.) win over ULM on Sunday at Geo-Surfaces Field.

The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell to Georgia Tech, 2-1, in the opening game of the series Saturday evening at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in Atlanta. The University of Pittsburgh came from behind to defeat Georgia Tech 7-6 in nine innings of play in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in Atlanta. The University of Pittsburgh softball fell to Georgia Tech, 12-2 (five innings), in the Panthers’ final game of the season Sunday afternoon at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in Atlanta. Pitt concludes 2017 with a 24-23 overall record and a 7-17 mark in ACC play.

No. 9 Auburn softball made history Saturday night with a 4-1 victory at No. 14 Alabama. The Tigers clinched a series in Tuscaloosa for the first time ever and won their fifth-straight decision against the Crimson Tide, setting a program record. Haley Fagan tied a career-high with two home runs in the series finale between the No. 9 Auburn softball team and No. 14 Alabama. The Tigers (45-9, 17-7) still won the series, despite falling 3-2 in the Sunday showdown at Rhoads Stadium.

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