To start us off today, we begin with Mississippi State’s 4-3 win over Arkansas on Monday. The Bulldogs were down 1-0 after the first inning thanks to a one-out solo home run by Tori Cooper. It was Cooper’s eighth home run of the season and helped boost some confidence in the favor of the Hogs.
That was quickly wiped away as State pieced together a rally in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game. After a walk, a single and a fielder’s choice, Calyn Adams brought Bevia Robinson home on a sacrifice groundout. Two innings later, Adams would score off an error following a hit by Reggie Harrison to take the lead.
The Bulldogs wouldn’t relinquish this lead going forward. An RBI single by Caroline Seitz in the fourth and a solo home run by Sarai Niu. It was Niu’s second homer of the season and in as many days as she hit a solo shot in Sunday’s meeting with the Hogs as well. Loren Krzysko would pull the Razorbacks to within one with a two-RBI double in the sixth, but ultimately the Hogs would see the next four batters retired, including a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Alexis Silkwood, who would be drafted by the Akron Racers, pitched a complete game with eight hits, three earned runs, two strikeouts and five walks. Luckily, State’s offense was more than happy to pick her up after the relatively inefficient performance in the circle. Autumn Storms was tagged with the loss after allowing two earned runs in four innings of work where she issued two walks and recorded no strikeouts. In fact, State went the entire game without striking out. Pretty good, eh?
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 premier matchup of Tuesday is the lone game being televised. LSU plays South Alabama, and don’t let the Jaguars’ conference fool you. They’ve been solid enough this season and could pose some issues for the Tigers on Tuesday night. The Jags are 28-17 this year down in the Sun Belt and are 8-5 in the month of April.
They come into Tuesday’s meeting with LSU having won their last four, sweeping UL Monroe and tagging Texas-Arlington with a loss back on April 15. In this stretch they’ve put up 22 runs and allowed just 10, so we’ll see if that trend continues against the vaunted Tigers who will be hungry for victory.
The other matchups on Tuesday shouldn’t pose problems for the teams in action. The other three teams are ranked below the Top 150 in the RPI with Eastern Kentucky (157), Samford (194) and Jackson State (285) being the opponents for Kentucky, Alabama and Arkansas.