For starters, South Carolina looks to get in the win column Thursday night after dropping one to Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. The Gamecocks welcome Mercer to Columbia in a game taking place on SEC Network+. You’ll be able to catch the game on WatchESPN at 5 p.m. ET.
Let’s venture back to Wednesday though. The heavyweight fight between Florida State and Florida ended well for the Gators as they won 1-0 over the Seminoles. It was a battle of wits for seven long innings until Florida finally got on the board to walk ‘em off. Kayli Kvistad looped a single to right field that brought Justine McLean home to allow for UF to have some bragging rights over their Sunshine State adversaries. Delanie Gourley and Kelly Barnhill pitched extremely well in the outing, combining to allow just four hits (all tagged to Gourley), 10 strikeouts, one walk (Barnhill’s) and just one extra-base hit.
Florida’s win was one of five by all the SEC teams who took the field on Wednesday. Yes, the conference did enjoy a perfect day as Kentucky, Georgia, Auburn and Ole Miss all scratched out wins against their opponents. The Wildcats throttled rival Louisville 10-1 in a game that only went six innings. The ‘Cats put it out of reach with a four-run sixth inning before shutting the door on the Cards in the bottom half of the frame. Four different players collected RBI in the victory.
Georgia scored a much-needed win over Georgia Tech, winning 7-2 over the Yellow Jackets. The ‘Dawgs dismissed their in-state rival, due in large part to a four-run sixth inning. Maeve McGuire recorded her fourth home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the fourth.
Seventh-ranked Auburn defeated Georgia State 6-3 in a game that wasn’t particularly close to start off. By the third inning, the Tigers already had a 6-0 lead tallied up and while their adversary chipped away in the ensuing innings, they couldn’t quite match up to par with their adversary. Alyssa Rivera homered in the contest, her third of the year, and Makayla Martin recorded a complete game victory.
Finally, Ole Miss netted a 4-0 shutout win against border rival Memphis. The Rebels kept the Tigers at bay throughout the contest, only allowing six hits to come to pass. Elantra Cox racked up two doubles in the victory while Kaitlin Lee pitched a complete game shutout to trim her ERA down to 2.24, which leads the team at the moment.