Softball News Roundup #7

Say goodbye to the remaining undefeated major Div.1 teams as UCLA lost to Oregon and #1 Washington lost to Arizona State over the weekend.

Pitcher Rachel Garcia got the UCLA Bruins a 6-2 victory Friday night. Oregon took the next two games though 7-5 on Saturday and 3-0 victory Sunday in the rubber match of their three-game series against UCLA.

In a three game weekend series Alabama won game one by a score of 2-0 but Auburn came back to win games two 3-1 and game three 2-1 to capture the series. Alabama fans got a big scare when starting ace pitcher Alexis Osorio got hit in the forehead by a ball hit back to the mound and had to leave Sunday’s game in the first inning.

It was a rough weekend for Florida as they traveled to Georgia and got hammered by the pitching of Brittany Gray and the home run power of Georgia. In the series opener Georgia won by a score of 5-4 that included 4 home runs from Georgia. Florida then got blasted on Saturday 11-1 in a run-rule shortened five innings game. The Gators got back on track though with a 5-1 win over Georgia at Jack Turner Stadium on Sunday.

Texas A&M’s season hit a bump in the road with a loss to UConn, 6-1 on Thursday night on the opening day of the Reveille Classic at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies regrouped though and swept day two action of the Reveille Classic as they first defeated Marist, 7-0, and got revenge on UConn with a 4-0 win thanks to their bats coming to life with five home runs on the day and strong pitching performances from Lexi Smith and Trinity Harrington. On Saturday Texas A&M defeated Michigan State, 5-1. Texas A&M concluded the Reveille Classic with a 9-1 victory in five innings over Michigan State before defeating Marist, 4-1 on Sunday.

The Lady Vols keep rolling along with their winning ways playing at the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Things got started on Wednesday with a 12-0 win over Cleveland State followed by a 5-0 win over North Dakota to wrap up the first day of action. On Thursday the teams winning ways kept up with a 14-2 beat down of North Dakota followed by a 10-5 win over host team Hawaii on Thursday night. In Friday action they defeated Maryland 7-1. In Saturday’s tourney closing action Tennessee defeated Maryland 10-0 again making it a perfect 6-0 in the tourney for them.

Texas up & down season continued with head coach Connie Clark earning her 850th career win in 5-3 victory at Coastal Carolina Thursday night. Friday afternoon though they lost to a scrappy Eastern Illinois 5-1at the Charleston Invitational. The Longhorns got back on track with a 4-2 victory over Jacksonville State and a 1-0 win over College of Charleston on Saturday afternoon. As has been the team’s problem all year stranding base runners Texas took a tough 1-0 loss to Georgetown in closing action at the Charleston Invitational. Texas’ Junior pitcher Brooke Bolinger tied her career-high strikeouts in the game with 10 of them.

The University of Pittsburgh fell to North Carolina Friday evening, 8-4, at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Pitt bounced back in game two of the series defeating North Carolina 6-3. A grand slam by Pitt’s senior McKayla Taylor, led the University of Pittsburgh softball team to a 10-2 win at the University of North Carolina in the series final Sunday afternoon at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns started off a four-game stretch at home with a 2-0 win on Thursday over FIU. In Saturdays double header action the Ragin’ Cajuns won by a score of Louisiana 5, Appalachian State 0 and Louisiana 8, Appalachian State 0 (5 inn.). The Ragin’ Cajuns completed a Sun Belt Conference series sweep of Appalachian State with a 7-0 win on Sunday at Lamson Park.

South Carolina opened up their SEC play with a 7-3 win over Ole Miss on Friday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. South Carolina defeated Ole Miss for a second straight day in Saturday action with a 5-2 win. South Carolina dropped a 1-0 game to Ole Miss on Sunday though at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

On Friday Mizzou lost to Mississippi State 4-0. Bulldogs senior Pitcher Holly Ward stranded 11 Tigers to record her fourth shutout of the season. Mizzou got back on track Saturday with a 7-3 victory over Mississippi State. Mizzou fell though by a score of 6-3 on Sunday afternoon to Mississippi State.

Texas State won their opening two games of a three-game set with Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon. In game one, the Bobcats defeated the Chanticleers, 1-0, in an eight-inning pitcher’s duel. Game two displayed more offense, but Texas State still prevailed, 7-4. Texas State earned a three-game sweep over Sun Belt Conference foe Coastal Carolina, winning the third game of the series 10-0 in six innings at Bobcat Softball Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Texas State senior pitcher Randi Rupp threw her second career perfect game, the fourth such game ever thrown by a Bobcat pitcher. Rupp faced 18 Chanticleer batters in the game, striking out 11 batters, including the first six she faced, while registering four fly outs and three ground outs.

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