In an active day around the SEC, the four teams from the conference that took the field all proved to be victorious. Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU and Alabama all emerged with victories under their belt in their midweek nonconference games, giving the conference a perfect 4-0 day at the office.
LSU took down South Alabama 6-0 in what was primed to be the most ‘competitive’ game of the day. The Jaguars had been ranked within the Top 70 in RPI entering Tuesday’s contest, but LSU dismissed them rather easily. Allie Walljasper and Amanda Doyle each went deep in the victory, hitting their second and fourth home runs of the season respectively. Superstar Bailey Landry went 1-4 at the dish as her average stays at a gaudy .460 after the Bayou Bengals victory. Landry recorded her 11th stolen base in the win as well. Carley Hoover pitched a complete game shutout to earn the win, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six.
Elsewhere, 19th-ranked Kentucky dispatched EKU 5-0. The Wildcats jumped out in front in the first inning and never looked back, and drew three runs in the seventh to pad their lead to the insurmountable level it proved to be. Alex Martens and Jenny Schaper hit dingers in the win, their third and fifth of the season respectively. Martens herself went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Schaper meanwhile went 1-4 with a run scored and three RBI, all coming off the aforementioned home run. Erin Rethlake went the distance, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing three hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
14th-ranked Alabama took on Samford and came away with an 8-1 victory on the road. The Crimson Tide earned their 38th victory of the season by romping their opponents in the early goings. Seven of the eight runs scored in the game by ‘Bama were put up in the first two innings with four in the first and three in the second. Bailey Hemphill and Reagan Dykes each hit homers with Hemphill’s being of the three-run variety in the second while Dykes smacked a three-run homer of her own in the first. The other run came off the bat of Chandler Dare, a single that would lead to a run scored off an error. Madi Moore threw a complete game with one earned run allowed, two hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
Finally, Arkansas romped Jackson State 14-2 in a game that only lasted five innings. The Hogs scored 10 runs in the first three innings before tacking on four more in the fifth as they wound up run-ruling their opponents due to the cavernous gap. Three homers were hit by the Razorbacks as Shelby Hiers, Tori Cooper and Loren Krzysko all went deep. Cooper hit her ninth home run of the season as she’s now four back of slugger Nicole Schroeder for the team lead of 13. Caroline Hedgecock was in the circle for all five innings and up until the fifth and final frame had pitched a shutout. She wound up having her final line be five innings, three hits allowed, two earned runs allowed, three strikeouts and three walks.
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 Wednesday’s action, Kentucky looks to make it two in a row in midweek play as they go on the road to face the UT Martin Skyhawks. Elsewhere, 10th-ranked Auburn is back in action as Kasey Cooper and the Tigers go on the road to take on Alabama State.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, will be hosting Jacksonville State. You can see the matchup between the 21st-ranked Rebels and Gamecocks at 5 p.m. on SEC Network+. The game can also be found on WatchESPN.