Every SEC team that took the field on Tuesday came away with at least one victory. Mizzou and South Carolina, each taking part in doubleheaders against SEMO and Charleston Southern, swept those doubleheaders and did so in dominant fashion. The Tigers outscored their in-state adversaries 23-4 while the Gamecocks racked up an ‘aggregate’ of 19-1.
16th-ranked LSU got off the schneid with a 5-2 victory over Northwestern State. Superstar Bailey Landry picked up her eighth double in the victory, her lone hit of the night, as she made a stride forward after a dismal weekend against Ole Miss over the weekend. Fellow outfielder Emily Griggs had two two-baggers in the win, going 2-for-3 at the plate to raise her average up to .308. Sydney Smith went 6.1 innings, allowing just one hit, one walk and punched out five at the plate.
Mississippi State kept their hot streak going with a 6-0 win over Alcorn State. The victory was the Bulldogs’ sixth in their last eighth game as they’ve managed to ball up some momentum as the stretch run of this season steadfast approaches. They racked up three extra-base hits including two triples hit by Olivia Golden and Amanda Ivy. Five players, Golden and Ivy included, racked up RBI in the contest, with Sarai Niu, Bevia Robinson and Katie Anne Bailey joining the club. Regan Green had a stellar outing on the mound, going 6.2 innings, striking out 10 while allowing just two walks and two hits.
Finally, Ole Miss passed their road test, defeating UT Martin 7-2. The Skyhawks could’ve proven to be a thorn in the Rebels’ side given their track record this year, but the Rebs put that thought to rest with their five-run victory. They did damage in the first five innings, scoring at least one run in each of them including a two-run outburst in the fourth. Five Rebel batters had multi-hit days at the plate, with Sarah Van Schaik collecting three hits in the win including a double. Kaitlin Lee did what was asked of her on the mound, tossing a complete game with four hits, two runs (none earned), four strikeouts and a walk.
Today’s Softball Schedule
|North Texas vs. Florida||Noon||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|LSU vs. South Carolina||Noon||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|Ole Miss vs. Missouri||1 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Tennessee vs. Texas A&M||1 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Auburn vs. Alabama||1 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Georgia vs. Arkansas||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Kentucky vs. Mississippi State||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Florida A&M vs. Florida||2:30 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
The highlight on a busy day in softball is the matchup between the Texas A&M Aggies and UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. ULL is 32-6 on the year with an 8-1 record on the home that they’ll look to improve tonight in College Station. Ranked 29th in the RPI, the No. 5 ranked Aggies will look to get a big nonconference win to keep their winning ways going. To do it, they’ll need to stymie ULL’s high-powered offense, which according to A&M’s game notes is the highest-scoring team in the country (8.41 runs/game).
Four more SEC squads will be taking on nonconference opponents tonight who’re ranked within the Top 100 of the RPI. Auburn battles Kennesaw State who, at 31-13 on the year, is ranked 43rd right now in the RPI. Meanwhile, Georgia battles in-state adversary Georgia State who checks in at 53rd in the rankings. Florida, the top team in the country, faces off with 65th-ranked UCF and Arkansas takes on UL Monroe, who finds themselves at 87th.
Suffice it to say there are opportunities galore for the teams of the SEC to make something happen on this busy Wednesday.