Texas showed what can happen when they hit on all cylinders in their Big 12 Conference opener against Kansas. Every Longhorn player got at least one hit in the game on route to a 10-2 (5 inn.) run-rule victory for Texas in Friday night’s opening game of the three-game weekend series. In Saturday action Texas senior pitcher Paige von Sprecken and redshirt junior pitcher Erica Wright combined on a three-hitter as Texas defeated Kansas 5-2 in game two of the series. Texas got the series sweep with a 3-0 victory over Kansas in a their Sunday game. Starting pitcher Brooke Bolinger picked up the win with redshirt junior Erica Wright getting the save. Wright announced earlier this week that even though she still has one year of eligibility left that this will be her last year of playing college softball.
Washington recorded walk-off wins in back-to-back games against Arizona on Friday and Saturday in Seattle. In Friday night’s game they won 2-1 thanks to an eighth inning home run from Julia DePonte. Washington’s ace pitcher Taran Alvelo struck out a career-high 14 batters in the game. On Sunday afternoon they completed the weekend sweep of Arizona winning 2-0 behind another strong pitching performance from Taran Alvelo.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns claimed an extra innings marathon in the opener and rallied from a five-run deficit in the nightcap to collect a 4-2 (11 inn.) and 8-7 doubleheader sweep of Troy on Saturday action. The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and Troy battled in a pitcher’s duel on Sunday with Troy picking up the win 2-1.
Texas A&M dropped their series opener at Florida, 6-1, Saturday evening at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators jumped on Aggies’ starting pitcher Samantha Show early and got out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and then added two more runs in the fourth to win by a final score of 6-1. Florida’s Kelly Barnhill earned the win as she struckout out 12 while giving up only two hits in seven innings. In Sunday action Florida got a run-rule 10-0 victory over Texas A&M at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Arizona State continued it strong season on Friday with ASU pitcher Giselle Juarez striking out a career-high 17 as the Devils beat Cal 4-2 in extra innings at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley. Saturdays game went extra innings too with the Sun Devils winning again by the same 4-2 score in ten innings.
Auburn got a 3-1 win over Kentucky in their Friday night game. Auburn pitcher Makayla Martin got the win. Saturday night’s game was a pitching duel between youth and experience as Kentucky sophomore Autumn Humes went up against Auburn senior Kaylee Carlson. Going extra innings the game ended with Auburn’s Tannon Snow’s walk-off home run to left field in the bottom of the 12th inning.
After a run-rule win over BYU 8-0 on Friday LSU lost in Saturday action to North Dakota State in nine innings.
In a back and forth type of game Friday night South Carolina showed that they are for real defeating Tennessee 8-7. The loss ended Tennessee’s 22-game winning streak. Tennessee lost another close one to South Carolina as the Lady Vols fell to the Gamecocks, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at Carolina Softball Stadium. Cayla Drotar (13-1) earned the victory for South Carolina in the circle going all seven innings. South Carolina completed its fifth ever sweep over Tennessee with a run-rule 15-5 win in five innings on Sunday at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
Ole Miss got off to an early lead in their Friday night game against Alabama but the Crimson Tide answered back putting up 13 unanswered runs to beat Ole Miss in their 13-1 run-rule five-innings game played at Rhoads Stadium. Ole Miss got back on track defeating Alabama Saturday afternoon by a score of 10-3 at Rhoads Stadium. Leading for almost the entire game on Sunday Ole Miss suffered a defeat when Alabama won on a walk-off two-run single in the seventh inning at Rhoads Stadium.
Mizzou lost its series opener at Arkansas on Friday evening inside Bogle Park, 3-1. The Razorbacks scored all three of their runs in the second inning, including a pair of unearned runs courtesy of a costly Mizzou error with two outs. Mizzou evened its series with Arkansas with a 3-0 shutout victory Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s game between the two teams was a slugfest with Arkansas coming out on top by a score of 10-7.
Georgia pitcher Brittany Gray and their big bats were just too much for Mississippi State as they lost 4-2 in a seven innings game at Nusz Park to open their series Friday night. Mississippi State took advantage of an errant throw on junior Kat Moore’s infield single to walk off a 5-4 victory at Nusz Park on Saturday afternoon to even their series with Georgia. Mississippi State took a lead into the seventh inning against Georgia before UGA knocked a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh to rally for a 3-2 victory Sunday to claim the series at Nusz Park.
The University of Pittsburgh took both games against Virginia Tech in its doubleheader Friday evening at Tech Softball Park. Pitt took game one over Virginia Tech 4-1, before earning its second win of the day with a 4-0 victory.