Friday Softball News

Up to this point 90% of our coverage on the site has been around the SEC and a few of my other favorite teams like, Texas, Pitt, Ragin Cajuns etc… I’m happy to announce that I’m gonna try expanding our coverage now to also include the Pac-12.

Speaking of the Pac-12 Arizona closed out the regular season with 7-2 victory over UCLA to clinch its 11th conference championship in program history, and first since 2007. With the victory Arizona improved to 48-7 (18-6 Pac-12), its highest regular-season win total since 2004 (53). The 18 conference victories mark the most since 2003 (19). The Pac-12 Championship auto-bid clinched Arizona’s 31st straight NCAA Tournament appearance, a new NCAA record.

As of the time I’m writing this four Pac-12 teams are in the top-10 of the NCAA RPI with Oregon at No. 2, UCLA at No. 4, Arizona at No. 5 and Washington at No. 6. Utah, Arizona State, and California are also in the top-25 at No. 16, No. 20 and No. 24 respectively.

Texas softball’s return to the Big 12 Tournament proved successful on a blustery Friday morning at Integris Field as the Longhorns offense managed nine total hits, including four of the extra-base variety, in blowing past Texas Tech (18-35) in pool play action, 7-1. But on Friday afternoon at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma ace Paige Parker limited Texas softball (31-23) to just three hits as the sixth-ranked Sooners (48-8) won the Big 12 Tournament Pool A match-up over the Longhorns, 3-0.

Due to inclement weather in the Knoxville area Friday afternoon, all SEC Tournament Semifinal action has been
postponed to Saturday. Here’s the updated schedule.
Semifinal #1 | 11 a.m. ET: No. 8 seed Ole Miss vs. No. 5 seed Alabama (SEC Network)
Semifinal #2 | 2 p.m. ET: No. 6 seed LSU vs. No. 2 seed Auburn (ESPN2)
Championship | 8 p.m. ET: Winners of two semifinals (ESPN)

The 14th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball will play for the 2017 Sun Belt Tournament championship at 1 p.m. on Saturday after defeating Texas State 5-2 in the winner’s bracket final on Friday at the Troy Softball Complex.