Game 1: South Carolina 2, South Florida 0
The Gamecocks started the day off well for the SEC with a 1-0 victory to head to the winner's bracket on Saturday. Kennedy Clark drove in the first run of the ball game on her only hit of the day, a single in the top of the first inning that brought Alaynie Page home from second base after she got aboard with a single and advanced via a steal.
Krystan White would score a run of the unearned variety in the sixth inning after reaching on a walk and advancing on a passed ball later. She would score on a fielder's choice later on after Kenzi Maguire grounded out to second.
Gamecocks pitcher Nickie Blue threw seven shutout innings in the 2-0 victory. Blue did not strike any batters out, but she did not issue any walks either and omitted eight hits over the seven innings she pitched.
Game 2: Mizzou 8, Nebraska 0
For the second straight day, the Missouri Tigers run-ruled their opponents in dominating fashion. The Tigers took down the Nebraska Cornhuskers 8-0 after renewing a rivalry steeped in tradition from back in the days of the two teams' stints in the Big 12.
Mizzou again was led by brilliant pitching by Paige Lowary who struck out six in her six innings of work and did not allow a run for the second game in a row. Outfielder Emily Crane drove in five of the Tigers' eight runs, including a three-run homer cranked to right field that put a cap on the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Crane finished with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, raising her average to .422.
The Tigers will play in the regional final against either BYU or Louisville on Saturday afternoon in Columbia.
Game 3: Auburn 2, Jacksonville State 1
Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Carlee Wallace stood at the plate with the bases loaded. One sacrifice fly later, the 2016 SEC Softball Tournament champions were on their way to the next round in their regional.
Tiffany Howard, who had a 1-for-3 day at the plate, would be the one to score the game-winning run for Auburn on Friday afternoon. Howard scored both runs in the game for the Tigers after Emily Carosone plated her home on a single following a steal of second base in the bottom of the third inning.
Makayla Martin struggled to get it going against Jacksonville State as she issued three walks and allowed two hits and a run in 2.1 innings. Rachel Walters took the load off her shoulders and pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and impressively struck out 10 of the 16 batters she faced.
Auburn will face USC Upstate on Saturday after the Spartans took down Oregon State earlier in the day.
Game 4: Florida 11, Alabama State 0
The defending back-to-back softball champion Florida Gators began their road to Oklahoma City in impressive fashion as they defeated Alabama State 11-0 in after merely five innings. The Gators run-ruled their opponent, like Mizzou had done the past two days, and did so after a nine-run third inning.
The Gators would bat around in that third inning as Taylor Fuller, Kelsey Stewart, Amanda Lorenz and Kayli Kvistad all took second trips to the plate during the explosive inning for the Gators. The offensive showing was highlighted by a double by Fuller as well as a triple hit by Nicole DeWitt that cleared the bases allowing for Lorenz, Kvistad and Kirsti Merritt to score.
It was easy pickens for Aleshia Ocasio on the mound as she threw four scoreless frames on Friday afternoon and allowed just one hit. She struck out seven of the 13 batters faced, and then Kelly Barnhill would shut the door in the fifth by striking out the side.
Game 5: Georgia 6, Maine 0
18th-ranked Georgia took down the Maine Black Bears Friday afternoon to move on in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 victory. The Bulldogs scored two runs early in the game as Alyssa DiCarlo whacked a double to right center field to score the Emanuel sisters, Cortni and Sydni. Two innings later DiCarlo again drove in a run after a sacrifice groundout that brought Kayleigh Medlin home after Tina Iosefa had tripled to bring Alex Hugo in.
Iosefa would do more damage later with a solo shot to left field. Cortni Emanuel would bring in the final run of the game in the sixth after an RBI single that allowed for Kaylee Puailoa to score.
Freshman Kylie Bass felt no pressure in the four innings of work she had on Friday as she struck out six of 15 batters faced and allowed just four hits to get the victory in the game. Chelsea Wilkinson threw three innings and struck out eight of 10 batters to keep Maine at bay.
Game 6: Texas 5, Texas A&M 0
The lone loss for the SEC came in a renewed rivalry on Friday. The Texas Longhorns defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 5-0 in the Lafayette Regional to put the Aggies in the elimination game in their regional as they were shut down by a magnificent pitching performance. Junior lefty Tierra Davis struck out 11 Aggies batters, two shy of her career high of 13 per the ESPN2 broadcast, and allowed only five hits in seven innings pitched.
The Longhorns' offense was powered by five solo home runs on the day by Mickenzi Krpec, Kelli Hanzel, Reagan Hathaway and two by Lindsey Stephens including a leadoff shot at the start of the game. Stephens would then lead off the third inning with her second homer to help fuel the fire for Texas as they picked up the win in the first meeting between the two teams since 2012.
Texas A&M will face the loser of Boston U and Louisiana Lafayette to try to stay alive in this double elimination round.
Game 7: Alabama 3, Samford 0
The Crimson Tide would protect their home field even if it got a little tense towards the end as they would defeat Samford in their opening round matchup in this year's NCAA Tournament.
Alexis Osorio dominated Samford batters as she threw 14 strikeouts in a complete game shutout. She allowed just two hits and kept baserunners to a minimum.
The Tide offense was aided by the home run ball on Friday as Haylie McCleney and Kallie Case socked a pair of dingers. McCleney hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the third that drove Case in as well, and Case tacked her homer on in the fifth inning with a shot to right field.
Game 8: Ole Miss 5, Tulsa 1
The Rebels got their first NCAA Softball Tournament appearance off to a rip-roaring start with a 5-1 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Friday night. Despite playing in Oklahoma, Ole Miss was able to pick up a victory against the natives thanks in part to a big inning in the third. Four runs were plated by Ole Miss batters in the inning with the heavy damage being done by Sarah Van Schaik who hit a two-out, three-run home run to center field. Ashton Lampton, one of the runners Van Schaik plated in with the long ball, had picked up an RBI herself in the prior at-bat with a single to left field that scored Haley Culley.
The fifth run would be scored later by Lampton who crossed home plate following an error by the Tulsa catcher on a steal attempt by Paige McKinney.
Madi Osias was trusted on the mound today and made the most of it, throwing a complete game and allowing just four hits sprinkled over her innings of work. Osias omitted just four hits and issued three walks while throwing three strikeouts as well. Her ERA is now standing pat at a crisp 2.71 after the outing today.
Game 9: LSU 10, LIU Brooklyn 2
The final game of the day was another laugher as LSU defeated LIU Brooklyn 10-2 to advance into the winner's bracket of the Baton Rouge Regional.
The top performer for the Tigers was Sandra Simmons who went 4-for-4 in the leadoff spot in the lineup on Friday evening. Simmons scored three runs and picked up a two doubles and triple on the day, , falling a home run shy of the cycle. Bailey Landry went 3-for-4 in the two-hole on Friday evening and also picked up a triple that drove her teammate in the leadoff spot home in the bottom of the sixth inning. Constance Quinn also had a 3-for-4 day at the dish as LSU combined for 15 hits against their opponents.
Sydney Smith and Carley Hoover each performed well on the mound in preventing runs and keeping the margin of victory high. The duo combined for 15 strikeouts and only five hits allowed between the 25 batters they each faced.