Although the paths weren’t all similar, the expected results went down. Four SEC teams, five games, all won by teams in the conference.
After shutting Winthrop out 8-0, South Carolina shut the Eagles out in the second half of the doubleheader. The Gamecocks took until the seventh inning to score, netting a walk-off off the bat of Shannon Plese, who doubled home Tiara Duffy.
Elsewhere, Mississippi State was able to fetch a 9-1 victory over SE Louisiana. The Bulldogs won via run rule after just five innings in played, with a five-spot being lobbed up in the fifth and final inning. Bevia Robinson, team leader in batting average, went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to prop her average up to .528. Caroline Seitz complemented that mark with a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI and one run scored. Morgan Bell meanwhile went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk. Alexis Silkwood earned the win, throwing four shutout innings, allowing just three hits and posted six strikeouts and two walks.
LSU and Alabama, the two ranked teams in action Tuesday, each posted wins. The Tigers defeated Southern Miss 4-2 while the Tide edged out the UAB Fighting Trogdors 5-4 in extras.
LSU built up a 4-1 lead and was able to hold their ground against Southern Miss. Sydney Smith went the distance, allowing just four hits and one earned run and struck out seven batters while issuing only one walk.
Star Tide hurler Alexis Osorio would step in relief for the Tide and pitched four innings of shutout softball en route to win number seven on the season. Bailey Hemphill clocked her fourth homer of the year in the victory as well.
Softball Schedule - March 8
|Virginia Tech vs. South Carolina
|Alabama State vs. Auburn
|Valparaiso vs. Alabama
|Texas A&M vs. Sam Houston
|Illinois vs. Mizzou