Softball News Roundup #3

Auburn is off to a fast undefeated season with no real challenge yet with several games ending due to the run-rule. Their toughest game came against Saint Francis (PA) with a 4-3 win. Auburn has solid pitching and offensive power to put runs on the scoreboard. New head coach Mickey Dean has stepped in this season and kept the program rolling along in its position as a powerhouse SEC team.

LSU is off to a strong start again this year going unbeaten in their first 10 games. Their latest victory closed out the Purple and Gold Challenge with a 1-0 win over Oregon State in Tiger Park.

Boston University shocked No. 1, two-time defending national champions, Oklahoma, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at New Mexico State’s Troy Cox Classic.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Senior Giorgiana Zeremenko of the University of Pittsburgh softball team went yard twice on Friday to collect career numbers 34 and 35 to set a new program record on day one of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, as the Panthers fell to both Wisconsin and Illinois at North Carolina’s Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Panthers dropped game one of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge to Wisconsin, 5-1. Starting pitcher Sarah Dawson earned the loss after giving up five runs, four unearned, to the Badgers. In game two Illinois beat Pitt 5-4 in 9 innings. In a nine-inning thriller that featured a heavy amount of home runs, the Panthers fell to Illinois despite being one out away in the seventh from earning the win. Dawson earned her second loss of the day after relieving Harris in the starting role. The University of Pittsburgh softball team defeated Wisconsin, 6-5, in a nine-inning thriller Saturday morning at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. In the circle, junior Sarah Dawson recorded the win to move to 3-3 on the season. Dawson tossed four complete innings to close out the game after the Badgers saw both starting pitcher Kayla Harris and first reliever Brittany Knight, giving up no hits and striking out two in 16 batters faced.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team dominated Illinois on its final day of the B1G/ACC Challenge as the Panthers earned its first shutout of the season against the Illini, 9-0, in five innings at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Junior Sarah Dawson and sophomore Brittany Knight were solid in the circle, as the two combined to shutout Illinois. Dawson, who started the game, tossed four complete innings, striking out five and giving up just one walk. She let up just five hits. Knight relieved Dawson in the final inning of play, retiring the Illini in order to end the game. “We saw everything come together today,” said head coach Holly Aprile. “The way we finished was great. We really got our offense going and fed off of each other, which we haven’t really been doing up until this point. Our bats were churning, which took pressure off our pitchers and defense, and additionally put pressure on our opponent. Our pitching staff did a great job overall on the whole weekend. They worked together really well.”

Source Pitt Athletics

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Senior shortstop Meghan Gregg and junior catcher Abby Lockman each had two RBIs as the No. 10 Lady Vols picked up their third win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 15 Oklahoma State 5-1 in their opening game of the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Field in Clearwater, Florida.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Abby Lockman came through yet again as she picked up her fifth RBI of the day in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over UMass Lowell in game two of the Michelle Smith Pediatric Cancer Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Field in Clearwater, Florida. Tennessee dropped it’s first game of the season 3-2 to Florida Atlantic Saturday afternoon as part of the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Invitational. Matty Moss picked up her 300th career strikeout and pitched five innings allowing just four hits and three runs for the Lady Vols in accepting the loss.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Sophomore third baseman Chelsea Seggern hit a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the sixth inning to give No. 10 Tennessee the 7-4 win over USF on Saturday night as part of the Michelle Smith Pediatric Canter Invitational at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Meghan Gregg did what Meghan Gregg does, which is deliver when her team needs production, and the Lady Vols needed a hit to close out the 5-4 win against Marshall Sunday in their final game of the Michele Smith Pediatric Cancer Invitational at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Caylan Arnold (3-0) picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle, as she finished the game with seven strikeouts. She recorded an impressive 29 total strikeouts for the weekend, bringing her season total to 41 in 32.2 innings pitched.

Source- Tennessee Athletics

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Texas State softball team earned a pair of victories on day one of the Littlewood Classic at Farrington Softball Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. In game one, the Bobcats took down Illinois State in a pitcher’s duel, 2-1. TXST dismantled North Dakota in game two of the day, 11-2, in six innings of play. Ariel Ortiz was dynamic at the plate, going 4-for-6. Ortiz swatted a pair of home runs and a double while knocking in five runs in the two contests. Hailey MacKay was also 4-of-6 at the dish, collecting two hits in each game.

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Texas State softball team (6-4) closed out the Littlewood Classic at Farrington Softball Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University with a victory. The Bobcats edged out San Diego (6-4) of the West Coast Conference, 2-1, on a historic afternoon for senior pitcher Randi Rupp. Rupp entered the game with 1,014 career strikeouts, just five shy of the school record set by Nicole Neuerburg, who played for the Bobcats from 2001-04. She struck out 10 Torero batters over seven innings, topping Neuerburg’s 13-year school record. Rupp went the distance for the seventh time this season, allowing four hits and one earned run. Along with being on top of the Texas State record book in career strikeouts, Rupp now sits in the top three in career wins, 86, appearances, 147, complete games, 82, and shutouts, 34.

Source- Texas State Softball Athletics

COLUMBIA, S.C. –South Carolina softball extended its Gamecock Invitational winning-steak to 17 games with a 5-1 win over Michigan State on Friday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. With the win Carolina moved to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 at home. Carolina moved to 3-0 on the year when its opponent out-hits it.
COLUMBIA, S.C. –South Carolina softball got another win in the Gamecock Invitational with a 2-0 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
COLUMBIA, S.C. –South Carolina softball remained undefeated in the five years of the Gamecock Invitational and extended its season-long winning to six games with a pair of victories Sunday to close out the tournament at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. The Gamecocks defeated Georgetown, 5-3, before following it up with a 7-2 victory over Mercer.

Source- South Carolina Athletics

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 6 Texas A&M softball team swept day one of the Texas A&M Invitational Friday, defeating Butler, 10-1, in 5 innings, and Tulsa, 7-0, behind an impressive offensive performance by Tori Vidales at the Aggie Softball Complex. Maddie MacGrandle got the win in game one whileTrinity Harrington continued her great start in the circle for her senior campaign as she hasn’t allowed an earned run in 27 innings of work and has recorded back-to-back shutouts. The senior moved to 3-0 on the season after fanning two and allowing only three hits and one walk in seven innings of work. No. 6 Texas A&M Moves to 9-0 with Wins Over Iowa and Tulsa
COLLEGE STATION – The No. 6 Texas A&M softball team defeated Iowa, 3-2, and Tulsa, 6-0, Saturday in day two of the Texas A&M Invitational at the Aggie Softball Complex.

Source Texas A&M Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss – Mississippi State softball opened Friday’s February Freezer tournament with a 6-1 victory over Murray State, but the Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season as Drake edged out MSU, 1-0, in extra innings. Mississippi State improved to 7-1 with a come-from-behind victory over South Alabama. MSU scored four runs in the sixth inning to earn a 6-3 win.
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After suffering its first loss of the season in extra-innings versus Drake on Friday evening, Mississippi State softball evened the score on Sunday, closing the February Freezer with a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs at Nusz Park.

Source- Mississippi State Athletics

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Mizzou Softball opened its weekend at the Michele Smith Invitational Friday with a doubleheader sweep. The Tigers toppled USF, 10-5, in game one and followed with a 9-4 victory over UMass Lowell in game two. Mizzou fell in both of its Saturday doubleheader games at the Michele Smith Invitational, dropping below .500 overall on the young season. The Tigers battled No. 15 Oklahoma State down to the wire for the second time this season in game one, but ultimately fell 3-2. In game two at Eddie C. Moore Complex, Marshall took advantage of three Tiger errors en route to an 8-2 victory over Mizzou.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Mizzou Softball bounced back Sunday with a pair of wins to conclude its weekend at the Michele Smith Invitational. The Tigers produced a 7-2 victory in game one against FAU and followed with a thrilling 4-3 walk-off win in extra innings against USF in game two.

Source- Mizzou Softball Athletics

LAFAYETTE, La. – No. 2 Florida shut out No.16/19 Louisiana in back-to-back games on the road at Lamson Park on Saturday night. Kelly Barnhill (3-0) and Aleshia Ocasio (4-0) picked up the victories in the circle. The duo of Barnhill and Ocasio held the Ragin’ Cajuns (6-2) scoreless and limited the potent offense to just six hits through 13.0 innings. That was the first time that Louisiana was shut out since a loss to Alabama, Feb. 18, 2017. It’s also been over a decade since Ragin’ Cajuns have been shut out in back-to-back games. The last time occurred Apr. 6, 2007 in a pair of games against FIU. LAFAYETTE – No. 16 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball prevailed in an extra-innings battle with No. 2 Florida in the series finale of a Top 25 showcase at Lamson Park. Pitcher Summer Ellyson tossed 11 strong innings in the circle and freshman Casidy Chaumont delivered the walk-off home run in a 4-3 win over the visiting Gators in 11 innings.

Source- Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Ole Miss started hot and scored often Thursday night against Texas , plating runs in six of the seven innings on the way to an 8-2 victory in the opening game of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge at Nancy Almaraz Stadium. Kaitlin Lee earned the win in the circle, tossing the first four frames and holding the Longhorns to just four hits and no runs. Morgan Bruce came on in relief for a quality appearance, surrendering a run on one lone hit. Senior Elisha Jahnke made her season debut for the seventh, allowing a run on two hits in her inning of work.Working out of a slump to kick off the season, Kylan Becker came alive with a 2-for-2 showing, walking twice, scoring two runs and driving one in from the top of the order. Freshman Ally Mena went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double, while Autumn Gillespie went 3-for-4 at the dish with two doubles and a pair of runs scored.

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Ole Miss surrendered an early two-run lead to Houston on day two of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge and were unable to come back, falling to the Cougars 6-0.Brittany Finney took her second loss of the season after making the start. The junior allowed three runs on six hits in her two innings. Morgan Bruce threw 4.2 innings in relief, giving up three runs on nine hits. Freshman Ava Tillmann made her Rebel debut, closing out the final out of the seventh.

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Ole Miss picked up a pair of big wins Saturday at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, defeating Rutgers (Ole Miss 9, Rutgers 1) in the morning and coming back for a prime-time, nine-inning thriller over No. 3 Oregon (Ole Miss 1, Oregon 0) in front of a packed house at Nancy Almaraz Stadium. Kaitlin Lee was named tournament MVP after defeating Texas in the opener and shutting down a powerful Oregon offense. Joining Lee on the all-tournament team were junior Kylan Becker and freshman Abbey Latham.

Source- Ole Miss Athletics

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – On Thursday in Puerto Vallarta College Challenge action at Nancy Almaraz Stadium, Texas softball opened its participation at the five-team event with a 2-0 victory over Rutgers before falling in its nightcap to Ole Miss, 8-2.

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – A five-run second-inning outburst set the early tone for No. 3 Oregon as the Ducks defeated Texas softball on Friday night at Nancy Almaraz Stadium, 8-0 (5 inn.).

Texas softball bounces back to roll past Houston in Puerto Vallarta, 7-3. The Longhorns offense banged out a season-high 11 hits in the victory over the Cougars. PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Texas softball wrapped up its three-day stay at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge by managing a season-high 11 hits in rolling past Houston on Saturday evening at Nancy Almaraz Stadium, 7-3. Texas Redshirt junior Erica Wright picked up her first victory of the season by allowing two earned runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts over a complete-game performance. Wright finished off her first complete game of 2018.

Source- Texas Athletics

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