Texas on a cold Saturday at Red & Charline McCombs Field got off to a fast stop and never looked back defeating Samford 15-2 in 5-innings. Samford played tougher in the second game of the doubleheader but still lost be a score of 1-0. Texas got the series sweep on Sunday beating Samford 4-0.
In a personal note here I watched two of the three weekend series games and was really disappointed by all the illegal pitches called on Samford and the direct affect it had on the games, especially in game three. In the bottom of the first Samford pitcher got Texas’ MK Tedder to fly out ending the inning but an illegal pitch was called so she got another chance and got the walk followed by a home run by catcher Taylor Ellsworth. Until it was all said and done Texas had a 3-0 lead before the inning ended. Was Texas the better team? Yes. Would they have won all three games anyway? Probably. But it just felt unfair to me the way Samford was always getting the short end of the umpires calls. This year with the slappers out of the box, catcher obstruction and illegal pitched being called so tightly its made a difference in which team ends up winning the game, which shouldn’t be happening. I hope they can figure out some changes to make so those rules work better for next season and don’t end up having such a negative impact on the game.
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns generated 27 hits and received strong starts from Summer Ellyson and Carrie Boswell in winning both games in their doubleheader by scores of 8-4 and 12-1 over Georgia State. In Sunday action Georgia State took the final game of the series played at Robert E. Heck Softball Complex in Atlanta, Ga. to avoid the sweep by a score of 7-6 in a hard fought 13-innings game.
Florida defeated Alabama, 6-1 in the opening game of their weekend series. The Gators dropped game two though to the Crimson Tide 3-2 in Sunday’s game two action at Rhoads Stadium.
Washington in their Saturday game got a perfect outing from freshman pitcher Gabbie Plain in their defeat of Utah 12-0. Taylor Van Zee took care of the Husky offense going 3-for-3 while becoming only the second Washington player to record 60 doubles.
Tennessee after taking the opening game of their series with Auburn on Friday 2-1 in extra innings at Jane B. Moore Field lost when Auburn came back on Saturday to win by a score of 2-0. On Sunday Tennessee couldn’t get their bats going against the tough Auburn pitching going down again to them by a score of 6-0.
Texas State continues to roll along and remains unbeaten in their Sun Belt Conference by defeating South Alabama in a doubleheader played at Bobcat Softball Stadium on Saturday. In Sunday afternoon play Texas State outlasted South Alabama to get the series sweep winning by a score of 9-6.
Mississippi State lost game one of the series with Texas A&M by a 3-1 final score but came back in the nightcap game of the doubleheader in 10-innings 4-3. In the final game of the series Texas A&M won 4-1 in eight innings to take the series played at Nusz Park.
South Carolina opened its three-game series against Arkansas with a 2-1 win on Friday night at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field. South Carolina split Sunday’s doubleheader with Arkansas with dropping the first game 4-0 before closing the series out with a 6-2 victory.
Mizzou on Friday evening lost to Georgia 8-6 in their weekend’s series opener. Mizzou came back though on Saturday to get a 5-1 victory over Georgia to even the weekend series. On Sunday though Georgia won the deciding game 7-2 to claim the series.
University of Pittsburgh used a 1-0, extra-innings victory to hand Florida State its first Atlantic Coast Conference loss of the season. Pitt dropped its series finale to Florida State, 8-0, Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field.
Ole Miss and LSU battled for four hours and thirty-four minutes in a marathon game between the two teams that lasted 19 innings ending with a 2-1 victory for LSU. The game tied the SEC record for the longest game in conference-history. In the game Ole Miss pitcher Kaitlin Lee threw all 18.2 innings and 256 pitches in the game, with her counterpart, Allie Walljasper tossing 237 in the 19 innings game played In Baton Rouge. In game two of the series Ole Miss suffered another tough defeat 1-0 on a damp and blustery night at Tiger Park. Ole Miss put ace Kaitlin Lee back in the circle on Sunday as she lead the team to a series finale 3-1 win over LSU.