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|
In the anticipated nonconference matchup between Washington and Alabama, the Huskies prevailed over the Crimson Tide, earning a hard-fought 3-2 win. ‘Bama did their best to rally in the ninth after falling behind 3-1 in the seventh, but could only muster up one run as UW shut the door on their comeback attempt. Alexis Osorio pitched a complete game but wound up taking the L after the dam broke in the top of the seventh inning. Kirstyn Thomas did the damage with her bat, hitting a two-run home run to give her team the lead.
Elsewhere though, the expected results went down for the most part. 4th-ranked Texas A&M blew out 23rd-ranked Georgia 10-3 in a game that felt out of reach after the third inning. The Aggies held a 7-2 lead at that time and would go on to tack on three more runs in their final two innings of at-bats. Samantha Show hit two home runs in the game while Ashley Walters blasted one of her own. Show also took control in the circle, throwing a complete game, allowing only two earned runs, seven hits, and added a strikeout.
Tennessee was able to push their winning streak up to 19 after defeating the LSU Tigers 6-3. The Volunteers, owners of the longest win streak in the nation right now, earned their win mostly thanks to the pitching of Matty Moss. Moss hurled a complete game, owning the circle, striking out eight batters and allowing only two earned runs in the win. Scarlet McSwain helped the cause herself, hitting a homer in the win, and she was one of four Vols to record RBI in the victory. Shemiah Sanchez and Constance Quinn each earned RBI for the Bayou Bengals.
Top-ranked Florida scored a 2-0 victory over Ole Miss that they absolutely had to earn. The Gators scored their two runs in the first thanks to Kayli Kvistad and Aleshia Ocasio who each hit RBI singles. From there, it was up to Kelly Barnhill to keep Ole Miss at bay and she did just that. Barnhill, the ace of the Gators staff, ruled the circle, allowing only two hits from Ole Miss batters and struck out 16 Rebels in the complete game shutout. Kaitlin Lee herself pitched a terrific game sans the first two runs allowed, as she settled down to allow only the one earned run (the other coming off an error) the rest of the way. But, the Rebels offense wasn’t able to pick her up as Barnhill dominated them to say the least.
7th-ranked Auburn and 21st-ranked Kentucky were able to score wins over unranked South Carolina and Missouri. The Tigers defeated the Gamecocks 2-0 as Kasey Cooper starred in their victory. She hit a double that drove in a run in the third inning and propped her average up to .306 with a 2-4 day at the plate. The other run was scored on a fielder’s choice following a poor throw in the first. Kaylee Carlson starred on the mound meanwhile, throwing a complete game shutout with four hits allowed and three strikeouts. She did allow three XBH as Kaylea Snaer, Krystan White and Victoria Williams each recorded a double. But, the Auburn pitcher was able to hold them down and ultimately prevailed without any added damage.
Kentucky, meanwhile, had to thwart off a late charge from Missouri but eventually would go on to win 4-2 over the Tigers. The Wildcats were mostly aided by the bat of Katie Reed in the victory. Reed, who leads the team with a batting average of .356, went 3-4 at the dish with not one but two doubles and two RBI as well. Reed got it going in the top of the second as she hit her first of two doubles in that inning to bring home two. She’d then lead off the fifth with a double which was a big inning for the ‘Cats as they’d see seven batters come up to the plate. Two runs would score in that inning after an error. Rylee Pierce hit a leadoff home runin the sixth to inch closer, and then Kirsten Mack added an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to put the pressure on UK. The ‘Cats, though, would stay cool and finish them off to grab the win.
Saturday’s schedule is a bit more ambitious as there are seven games going down. Many a repeat from yesterday, but Arkansas and Mississippi State join the party in the last scheduled game of the day. Both teams are looking to get themselves going with State holding a 6-9 record in SEC play while the Hogs have a meager 5-13 mark.
Should be another fun day shouldn’t it?