Softball News Roundup #2

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team took both ends of their season-opening doubleheader Friday, defeating Houston in walk-off fashion, 5-4, before taking care of Boston College 3-1 in game two at the Aggie Softball Complex. Samantha Show finished with four strikeouts over 7.0 innings in the first game. She allowed six hits, four runs, two of which were earned, in her 45th career win. The victory kept head coach Jo Evans unbeaten in her 22 home openers at Texas A&M. Trinity Harrington got the call against Boston College in game two. Harrington registered the win working 6.0 innings fanning five on three hits and just one unearned run. Payton McBride came in to for the 7th sending Boston College down in order to earn the save. The Texas A&M softball team opened the second day of the Aggie Classic with two wins Saturday, defeating the Boston College Eagles via the run-rule, 11-3, and Texas Tech, 9-5, in comeback fashion. With the wins, the Aggies move to 4-0 on the season.
Source- Texas A&M Athletics

FULLERTON, Calif. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team opened the 2018 season with back-to-back wins at the Titan Classic after defeating Loyola Marymount and Utah State Friday, Feb. 9 at Anderson Family Field in Fullerton, Calif. In the Panthers [2-0] season opener, the squad took down the Lions of Loyola Marymount 4-1 behind home runs from seniors McKayla Taylor and Erin Hershman. In the circle, junior Sarah Dawson got the nod in game one, while senior Kayla Harris started game two. Dawson earned the win against LMU, giving up just three hits in four complete innings. Harris earned the save against the Lions as she entered at the start of the fifth with just a two run lead. She faced just nine total battles in three innings. Despite giving up just one run in the opening inning, Harris was dominant in game two against the Aggies. The senior posted six strikeouts in six innings pitched and at one point retired eight straight batters. Junior Coastal Carolina transfer Taylor Rahach saw her first action as a Panther in the final inning of play as she relieved Harris of her duties at the start of the final inning. Rahach retired Utah State in order with one strikeout. FULLERTON, Calif. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team split on day two of the Titan Classic, defeating Rutgers Pitt 6, Rutgers 2 before falling in an offensive battle to Cal State Cal State Fullerton 10, Pitt 7 on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Anderson Family Field. Due to a drop dead time limit, the University of Pittsburgh softball team tied with Loyola Marymount in its final game of the Titan Classic Sunday, Feb. 11 at Anderson Family Field in Fullerton, Calif. “I think that we had a solid opening weekend,” said head coach Holly Aprile. “As it turned out, the best game that we played offensively was our only loss but our pitching and defense were both steady overall and we had some clutch hitting performances throughout the lineup.” With the score tied 0-0 at the end of the seventh, the Panthers and Lions entered extra innings. The two teams made it through the eighth scoreless despite the international tiebreaking going into play. With time left on the clock, the two teams began the ninth, which saw the Panthers score two runs on a sac fly by senior Erin Hershman and a single by junior Gabrielle Fredericks. However, time expired, leaving a leading Pitt squad from winning as the game reverted back to the conclusion of the eighth. The last time a game ended in a tie for the Panthers was March 25, 1999 against Robert Morris. The two teams tied 7-7 in a complete game.
Source-Pitt Athletics Media Relations

MIAMI, Fla. –South Carolina softball posted a strong start to the 2018 season, going 2-0 with wins over ECU and Hofstra on Friday at Felsberg Field for the first day of the Felsberg Invitational at Florida International. The Gamecocks started the day with a 3-0 win over ECU before defeating Hofstra, 4-2. Sophomore Cayla Drotar (1-0) couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the year, as she posted a complete-game shutout on one hit against the Pirates. Dixie Raley (1-0) secured her first win at South Carolina in the second game. “Today was certainly the way we wanted to start,” head coach Beverly Smith said. “I was proud. They were two different wins. So I was really proud of how the team stayed together and got the wins.” Six different Gamecocks made their collegiate debut on Friday between the two games. South Carolina softball split games with Hofstra and FIU the second day of the Felsberg Invitational on Saturday at FIU. The Gamecocks posted an 11-0 win over the Bison in a six-inning game to start the day, but dropped a tough 3-1 game to the Panthers to close it out. Sophomore Cayla Drotar (2-0) earned her second consecutive complete-game shutout to pick up the victory over Hofstra. South Carolina softball jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 6-3 win over St. John’s to close out the Felsberg Invitational in Miami, Fla., on Sunday. The Gamecocks improved to 4-1 on the young season following the weekend with wins over Hofstra, ECU and St. John’s.
“I think we were excited to come out and see some different pitching this weekend,” head coach Beverly Smith said. “I think we’ve still got plenty of things we can go back home and work on. We have a growth mindset. We want to keep getting better. We did some good things. I’m proud of the things I saw and I really like what the team demonstrated on the field.
Source- University of South Carolina Athletics Communications & Public Relations

On Friday Mississippi State University got a 10-0 victory over MVSU with senior pitcher Holly Ward tossing the second perfect game in program history behind a career high 11 strikeouts. It is the first perfect game in MSU history since March 2, 1997 when Jenny Hehnke tossed five perfect frames over Alabama State in an 18-0 MSU victory. MSU won 8-0 over Omaha to close day one of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic. Power hitting and shutdown pitching carried Mississippi State softball to a Sunday sweep of Missouri State and Mississippi Valley State at Nusz Park to clinch the Bulldog Kickoff Classic title. Senior right-hander Holly Ward tossed her second shutout of the weekend as the Bulldogs topped Missouri State (2-1) by a 5-0 final. Freshman right-hander Emily Williams earned her first collegiate victory in her debut in the circle as State claimed an 8-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State (0-4) in six innings. MSU opened the 2018 season with four consecutive shutouts, marking the first time in program history that the Bulldogs have blanked opponents in four straight games to open a campaign. The Bulldogs are also off to their first 4-0 start since the 2016 season.
Source- Mississippi State University Athletics

Mizzou Softball interim head coach Gina Fogue has added Adam Kirkpatrick to her coaching staff. Kirkpatrick will serve as the new assistant coach with a focus on the Tigers’ pitching staff, as the 2018 season officially opens this weekend.
“Adam’s degree in human performance and his knowledge of pitching has built him a reputation as a leading expert in the biomechanics of softball pitching,” Coach Fogue said. “I wanted to make sure we could find a coach that would come in and mesh well with our pitchers. We’re excited for Adam to work with our ladies to not only build them on the field both mentally and physically but mentor them off the field as well. I want to welcome Adam, his wife and new baby boy to the Mizzou Softball family.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Mizzou Softball opened its 2018 campaign Friday with a doubleheader at the Tempe Sports Complex in the Kajikawa Classic. The Tigers’ pitching stole the show in a 3-0 game one shutout over UTEP, while the hitters took the spotlight in a 19-10 game two victory over CSUN. Mizzou Softball dropped a pair of Top-25 matchups Saturday. The Tigers fell 14-2 (five innings) to No. 3 Oregon in game one and lost 6-3 to No. 21 Oklahoma State in their nightcap. On Sunday Mizzou fell 3-1 to Oregon State. New head coach Gina Fogue said on today’s Kajikawa Classic finale…“We had a better outing from our pitchers today and I was glad to see that. We had some chances on offense, but just needed a little better timely hitting. We will have three good practices this week and address the adjustments we need to make.”
Source- Mizzou Athletics

Behind the arm of Matty Moss, who struck out six batters and earned her second complete-game win of the season to lead Tennessee to a 6-2 victory over Western Michigan on Friday at the Kajikawa Classic. Scarlet McSwain got her second home run of the tournament to provide some of the offense for UT.
TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 11 Tennessee softball team withstood a comeback attempt from San Jose State en route to a 7-6 win on Friday to close out the second day of the Kajikawa Classic. Gabby Sprang picked up her second win of the season, throwing four innings of relief. Starter Caylan Arnold struck out four in two innings.
TEMPE, Ariz. — The No. 11 Tennessee softball team scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the third to claim a 6-0 victory over UC Davis on Saturday at the Kajikawa Classic. With the win, the Lady Vols (5-0) begin their schedule with five consecutive victories for the second season in a row. Caylan Arnold and Matty Moss put together a combined effort on the mound, with Arnold (1-0) allowing one hit and striking out four batters through three innings, and Moss yielding two hits while striking out seven over four innings. Abby Lockman’s bases-clearing double in the seventh gave Tennessee softball a 6-5 walkoff win over No. 15 Utah on Saturday. With the win, the Lady Vols wrapped up the Kajikawa Classic with a mark of 6-0.
Source- Tennessee Athletics

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Texas State softball team (1-0) overcame lackluster offense to topple Sam Houston State (0-1), 3-0, on Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium to open the 2018 campaign at the Bobcat Classic. Senior pitcher Randi Rupp was nearly flawless in her 2018 debut, spinning career shutout no. 34. She moves into a tie with Jessica Chase (1999-02) for the second most career shutouts in a Bobcat uniform. She allowed two baserunners in the first inning, one via a leadoff single and one issued walk. She settled in quickly, retiring the next 15 batters of the game, including 10 by way of the strikeout.
Friday: The Texas State softball team (1-1) fell short in a hotly contested game against no. 9 Florida State (2-0), 4-2, on Friday evening inside Bobcat Softball Stadium in the night-cap of a triple header in the Bobcat Classic. “This game shows that we can play with anyone in the country,” head coach Ricci Woodard said. “We hung with one of the best teams in the country, and a team that returned a lot of their hitters from a year ago. I told this team that we could play with anybody and tonight showed that to be true.”
Source-Texas State University Athletics

Rebel Softball Takes Two in Season Opener. Ole Miss Earns Wins Over Virginia Tech and Florida A&M in Gulf Shores
GULF SHORES, Ala. – Opening the 2018 season at the Sand Dollar Classic, Ole Miss came out on top in its two games on Thursday, defeating Virginia Tech and Florida A&M at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.
Game One | Ole Miss 5, Virginia Tech 1
The Rebels got the “W” in the season-opener, scoring in each of the first three innings on the way to a 5-1 victory over Virginia Tech. Kaitlin Lee got the start and the win in the circle, throwing five innings complete and allowing just one run on four hits, striking out five. Brittany Finney came on in relief and threw the final two frames, shutting out the Hokies on a single hit.
Game Two | Ole Miss 6, Florida A&M 0
In the nightcap, a scrappy Florida A&M squad hung tough with the Rebels but in the end Ole Miss was able to break the game open in the seventh and secure a 6-0 victory. Morgan Bruce started in the circle and earned the win with six innings of work, holding the Rattlers to just two hits, fanning five. Freshman Anna Borgen debuted for the final inning, striking out a pair in her lone perfect frame.
Senior Alex Schneider provided some dramatics for Ole Miss on day two of the Sand Dollar Classic, crushing a walk-off homer to lead the Rebels over Lamar. The high of the victory didn’t last too long as the Rebels fell for the first time in 2018 in the later game, falling to Lipscomb.
Game One – Ole Miss 4, Lamar 2 Starting pitcher for Ole Miss Anna Borgen got her first collegiate start, Borgen tossed 4.0 innings, surrendering a single earned run on three hits. While Morgan Bruce who came in relief pitched a pair of innings, giving up one earned run on a pair of hits and a walk. Kaitlin Lee came in for the final two innings, retiring all six batters she faced.
Game Two – Lipscomb 3, Ole Miss 0 The Rebels were stymied by Bison’s starting pitcher Jordan Fortel, failing to record a hit for the first time since March 8, 2015 against Alabama.
With heavy rain wiping through the gulf area of Alabama, Ole Miss’ game with Penn State on Saturday has been cancelled. The Rebels finish the Sand Dollar Classic with a 3-1 record, registering wins over Virginia Tech and Florida A&M on Thursday and splitting their games with Lamar and Lipscomb on Friday.
Source- Ole Miss Athletics

No. 22 Louisiana Lands Victory on Opening Night at Lamson Park opening the 2018 season with a 7-1 victory over Samford in front of 1,637 fans Thursday evening at Lamson Park.The contest marked the start of the Mardi Gras Classic at Lamson Park. It also marked the collegiate head coaching debut for head coach Gerry Glasco. Chaumont and Beth Ashley each posted a multiple-hit night, both going 2-for-3 at the plate. Chaumont homered in her first collegiate at bat, breaking a 1-all tie in the third inning. Dixon (4.0 IP, 2 H, 6 K) held Samford hitless over her final three innings of work. Carrie Boswell and Kylee Jo Trahan combined for three scoreless innings, both striking out a pair in closing out the contest. Louisiana picked up four stolen bases with Ashley, Chaumont, Kara Gremillion and Kelli Martinez each swiping one. No. 22 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball followed the lead of pitchers Kylee Jo Trahan and Summer Ellyson to a sweep of Friday’s action in the Mardi Gras Classic in front of 1,815 fans at Lamson Park. Trahan struck out nine and held Eastern Illinois to three hits as Louisiana (3-0) opened the day with a 2-1 triumph. The senior hurler retired 12 of the final 14 batters she faced after the Panthers scratched their lone run. In the nightcap, Ellyson established a new school record for strikeouts in a seven inning game by landing 20 strikeouts in a 7-1 win over Evansville. The Lafayette native and Teurlings Catholic HS product struck out each of the first 10 batters she faced.
Ragin’ Cajuns Softball picked up a pair of wins on Sunday at the Broussard Sports Complex to close out the Mardi Gras Classic and wrap up an undefeated season-opening weekend. The Ragin’ Cajuns (5-0) outlasted Eastern Illinois 14-10 in nine innings in the resumption of Saturday’s game at Lamson Park that was suspended by rain.The squad followed up with a run-rule triumph over Iowa that saw Kylee Jo Trahan toss a one-hit shutout in the 9-0 (5 inn.) affair.
Source- Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas – On a cool, 60-degree Friday at Red & Charline McCombs Field, Texas softball (1-0) got a three-hit shutout from senior pitcher Paige von Sprecken and a stirring, two-RBI debut from freshman second baseman Janae Jefferson in blanking Incarnate Word (0-2) in UT’s 2018 opener, 2-0. With the victory, the Longhorns improved their all-time mark in season-opening contests to a perfect 22-0 dating back to the program’s first varsity season in 1997.
Friday night at Red & Charline McCombs Field, junior hurler Brooke Bolinger proved masterful from the circle while junior pinch hitter Reagan Hathaway and sophomore catcher Taylor Ellsworth combined on back-to-back, fifth-inning HR’s to lead Texas past Wisconsin, 5-1. “I think we were a little nervous in a couple of spots in the first part of the first game today,” Texas head coach Connie Clark said. “We’ve talked a lot about how young we are in the infield, and we kicked the ball around a little bit early, but we’ve talked about the main thing this weekend being how we reset and get to the next pitch. I thought our energy was good. We didn’t hang on to (mistakes) and let our defense transfer over to our offense or vice versa. We stayed the course and were persistent, and then some people started to smile and have fun playing the game. It’s good to get these first couple under our belt today.”
On a blustery and cold Saturday afternoon at Red & Charline McCombs Field, Colorado State (4-0) broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fourth and three more on a seventh-inning HR to hand Texas softball (2-1) its first loss of the season, 6-2.
In the circle for the Horns, freshman Chloe Romero started and suffered the loss in her initial collegiate appearance, allowing three earned runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 4.0 innings of work.
AUSTIN, Texas – On Saturday night in Texas Classic action at Red & Charline McCombs Field, Texas got within one out of a victory before allowing a game-tying RBI single and eventually falling to Wisconsin in extra innings, 7-3 (8 inn.).
Erica Wright suffered the loss in her 2018 debut, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 7.1 frames. Senior Paige von Sprecken moved from first base to finish up the pitching duties forTexas.
Source- Texas Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 2 University of Florida softball team opened the 2018 season with an emphatic 9-0 victory over Illinois State Friday afternoon at the USF Softball Stadium. Senior Aleshia Ocasio combined with sophomore Katie Chronister and junior Kelly Barnhill in the circle to hurl the program’s 23rd combined one-hitter. The last time the Gators achieved the feat was Feb. 26, 2017 against Lehigh at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic. Head coach Walton’s thoughts on the team’s performance for the first game of the season… “I thought we played well. The pitching staff did a really good job, Aleshia Ocasio set the tempo for us – especially after the first inning. I think we had three quick ground ball outs and then she started striking people out – her stuff really improved as the game went on.”
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 2-ranked Florida softball team picked up a pair of victories over No. 18 Michigan, 2-0, and Georgia State, 11-0, during the second day of the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament Saturday. The Gators have now shut out all three of their opponents for to start the 2018 season and in the final game picked up the team’s second combined one-hitter of the season. Junior Kelly Barnhill and freshman Natalie Lugo combined for the one-hitter against Georgia State to cap the day. Overall, Florida has 97 one-hitters in throughout the program’s history. That record encompasses individual complete-game one-hitters (73) and combined one-hitters (24). The No. 2-ranked Florida softball team completed an unblemished opening weekend at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament after it defeated UAB, 6-0, and USF, 14-3 (5), to improve to 5-0 on the season. The Gators picked up their fourth shutout with the win over UAB and exploded for 14 runs behind 11 hits in the rout of USF. Jordan Matthews and Jaimie Hoover connected for a pair of home runs against the Bulls
Source- University of Florida Communications

Saint Francis Softball split its Opening Day games on Friday at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic, hosted by Coastal Carolina. They defeated Presbyterian, 6-0, in the opener before falling by a score of 1-0 in extra innings against Iowa State. Adrian Smith got the pitching start in game one while Abby Trahan took the loss in game two. Mikayla Bower and Kassidy Troxell got home runs on the day. This was the third straight season that Saint Francis earned a shutout win in its season opener. The Red Flash closed the weekend out with a 4-3 win over Coastal Carolina to finish with a 3-2 record.
Source- Saint Francis Softball

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