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A Sunday SEC softball recap, plus how to watch Arkansas vs. Mississippi State: Game time, TV schedule, live stream

Let’s talk some softball today.

Sarah Phipps || The Oklahoman

Due to conflicts, the weekly wrap-up post will be coming tomorrow.

In the meantime, let’s go over what happened Sunday, shall we?

Sunday Recap

All good things must come to an end at some point, and Tennessee learned that as their 20-game win streak was snapped by LSU. It may’ve been done in the most cruel of fashions as the Tigers won 1-0 on a walk-off in the seventh inning. So, yes, it was scoreless throughout the game up until the bitter end as the Vols just couldn’t crack the code that Allie Walljasper put out. Walljasper held down the fort, throwing a complete game, one-hit shutout while striking out four.

Constance Quinn hit the walk-off blast to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, which proved to be Quinn’s first home run of the season. Timely, eh? Prior to that, LSU had only mustered up one hit themselves as Caylan Arnold kept them grounded with six innings of shutout ball, allowing one hit before the big blast. Arnold struck out six Tiger batters and allowed just one walk before the final blow was dealt.

Two teams benefitted from Tennessee’s win streak going up in smoke. One was Texas A&M, who defeated Georgia 2-0 on Sunday to earn a sweep of the Bulldogs. Ashley Walters and Kristen Cuyos did damage in the fourth inning, with Cuyos hitting a sac fly while Walters opted for an RBI single. With Lexi Smith on the mound, those runs would be all the Aggies needed to get the win. Smith allowed six hits over her seven innings of work but didn’t allow a run and didn’t find herself in much trouble either. Only one extra-base hit came to pass - a double by Ciara Bryan - and just five times did Georgia have a runner in scoring position in the game.

The victory for A&M gives them a one-game edge over Tennessee in the SEC standings now (14-3 to 13-4).

The other team to benefit was Florida, who shut out the Ole Miss Rebels 5-0 to earn a sweep as well. UF pushed their lead over Tennessee to two games now - standing at 18-2 atop the conference - as they now own the longest win streak in the conference with five victories in a row. The Gators got a big output from Kayli Kvistad who hit a double and drove in three runs. Aleshia Ocasio and Jordan Roberts were credited with driving in the other runs in the game as the Gators were able to get offense from various sources on Sunday.

Kelly Barnhill dominated on the mound, going five innings while striking out nine and issued only one free pass. She allowed just two hits, both going for extra bases (both were doubles by Paige McKinney and Kaylee Horton) but obviously was able to get out of jams. Ocasio took the mound in the sixth and seventh inning and proceeded to allow one hit, struck out three and issued merely one walk. Kaitlin Lee was roughed around, peppered for nine hits, four runs, threw three walks with just one strikeout in four innings of work. Morgan Bruce and Elisha Jahnke provided relief and allowed just one hit over the next two innings but the damage was ultimately done.

Kentucky took down Mizzou 10-8 to improve to 9-9 in SEC play, giving them a tie in the standings with aforementioned LSU. UK will have some ground to make up if they want to push themselves up to a better seed for the looming SEC Tournament but for now they can take solace in their .500 conference record.

The Wildcats had to rally to get this one as they fell behind 7-2 after three innings. Mizzou jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after the first inning and added three more runs in the next two. The rest of the way, they would only collect three hits and one run which set the stage for a huge sixth inning for UK.

The ‘Cats would plate across SIX runs in the sixth (how meta of them) to give them a 9-8 lead they would soon not relinquish. Abbey Cheek and Rachael Metzger homered in the inning, both being two-run shots that helped make it happen for the ‘Cats. The other two runs in the inning came off the bat of Bailey Vick and Breanne Ray who reached on an error that brought Erin Rethlake home. Speaking of Rethlake, she was able to be the pitcher of record in the game for UK.

Mizzou’s Braxton Burnside hit her 10th home run of the year in the win and the Tigers got contributions from Burnside, Kirsten Mack, and Kolby Romanie who all drove in runs in the loss. Parker Conrad was tagged as the pitcher of record in the game, granted with a loss.

7th-ranked Auburn fell to South Carolina 3-0 on Sunday, standing as a pretty surprising result given where both teams lie in the standings. The Gamecocks earned just their fourth conference victory of the season while the Tigers dropped to 12-6, now four games out out of first place.

The highlights were provided for South Carolina by Victoria Williams and pitchers Nickie Blue and Jessica Elliott. Williams drove in two of the three runs SC scored, all coming in the third inning. Williams’ two-RBI double brought Kaylea Snaer and Mackenzie Boesel home and Lauren Stewart wound up scoring on a wild pitch that led to a throwing error.

Blue and Elliott meanwhile combined to toss seven shutout innings while allowing just two hits to Auburn’s usually potent lineup. They held the top of their order (Draper-Cooper-Wallace-Rivera) to no hits in 11 at-bats in the game, an impressive feat to say the very least. All of Auburn’s offense came off the bat of Carmyn Greenwood who hit a single and a double. Kaylee Carlson was tagged as the pitcher of record as she allowed five hits, three earned runs, threw three strikeouts and two walks.

Finally, Arkansas defeated Mississippi State 5-4. One of the game’s many highlights came from the glove of Amanda Ivy who made THIS ridiculous catch in centerfield:

How’s that for going all out?

Fortunately for Arkansas, that grab wound up being negligible in the end. The HOts were able to come back from the 4-3 deficit pictured in the ridonkulous play, scoring a run in the sixth (which you saw if you watched the highlight) and then another run in the seventh to take the lead for good. Tori Cooper got it done for the Hogs, hitting a sacrifice groundout that brought Parker Pocklington home. A.J. Belans collected a homer in the win, her seventh of the year, of the three-run variety in the very first inning.

Mississippi State’s offense came from Caroline Seitz, Sarai Niu and Calyn Adams. All three collected RBI in the game, with Niu homering to lead off the second inning. Seitz collected her eighth double of the year while Adams was able to pick up an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning.

Autumn Storms was the pitcher of record for Arkansas, holding it down in the final 1.1 innings, allowing no hits and a walk. Alexis Silkwood took the loss for State as she allowed three hits, an earned run, and struck out one in one inning of work.

Tonight, the final matchup in the series between Mississippi State and Arkansas takes place. The game is on at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network and the game can also be found on WatchESPN.