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SEC Softball Weekend Recap, March 23-25

Catch up on what went down this weekend!

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Softball has wrapped up for the weekend!

Here’s a look back at what happened on the diamond.


FRIDAY

  • LSU 8, BYU 0
  • South Carolina 8, Tennessee 7
  • Auburn 3, Kentucky 1
  • Arkansas 3, Mizzou 1
  • Georgia 4, Mississippi State 2
  • Alabama 13, Ole Miss 1

SATURDAY

  • LSU 5, Baylor 3
  • Mizzou 3, Arkansas 0
  • Ole Miss 10, Alabama 3
  • South Carolina 5, Tennessee 4
  • Mississippi State 5, Georgia 4
  • North Dakota State 1, LSU 0
  • Florida 6, Texas A&M 1
  • Auburn 1, Kentucky 0

SUNDAY

  • South Carolina 15, Tennessee 5
  • Arkansas 10, Mizzou 7
  • Alabama 3, Ole Miss 2
  • Auburn 6, Kentucky 4
  • Georgia 3, Mississippi State 2
  • Florida 10, Texas A&M 0

TOP HEADLINES

SOUTH CAROLINA SWEEPS TENNESSEE

The South Carolina Gamecocks reeled off the biggest series of the entire weekend. The Gamecocks bested the 2nd-ranked Tennessee Volunteers, completing a sweep on Sunday afternoon with a 15-5 rout. The first two contests were a bit more dramatic, as they were decided by one run apiece.

South Carolina won on a walk-off wild pitch on Friday night, as Kenzi Maguire raced home to give them the win. Then, on Saturday, the Gamecocks manufactured a rally in the late stages of the game. Trailing 4-2, they scored three runs in the seventh. It started with a SAC fly by Cayla Drotar, which brought the aforementioned Maguire in to score. Then, Kennedy Clark belted what was the game-winning, walk-off two-RBI single off Caylan Arnold to bring Jordyn Augustus and Mackenzie Boesel home.

Sunday’s matchup only lasted five innings. Six different Gamecocks drove in runs in the contest, including the aforementioned Kenedy Clark and Cayla Drotar. Additionally, Krystan White, Tiara Duffy, Jana Johns and Alyssa Kumiyama brought runs in to score, too. Johns and Duffy each hit homers while White, Kumiyama, Clark and Boesel also all hit doubles.

This series win gives South Carolina a very early edge in the SEC standings. They sit atop the conference with a 5-1 record right now. Although they do not have as many wins as Georgia (7) and Florida (6) their win percentage (.833) is what puts them over the top for now. Tennessee, meanwhile, dropped to 3-3 with the series loss, and sits in the middle of the pack now.

AUBURN SWEEPS KENTUCKY

The Auburn Tigers came away with a sweep of the Kentucky Wildcats over the weekend. The Tigers have been rolling lately, as they have won their last six games and eight of their last nine now with this sweep intact.

All three results were within two runs or less. The Tigers won the first meeting with the Wildcats by the score of 3-1. Victoria Draper, Casey McCrackin and Courtney Shea all drove in runs in the contest. Shea, herself, hit a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning.

On Saturday, the Tigers and Wildcats had a lengthy pitcher’s duel that extended into extra innings. By the end of the night, however, Auburn prevailed by the score of 1-0. The lone run finally came around in the 12th. Tannon Snow went liftoff with a solo walk-off blast to give the Tigers the victory. Kaylee Carlson pulled in what was a fantastic effort. Carlson pitched ALL 12 innings, allowing just five hits, one walk with five strikeouts.

On Sunday, Auburn was in control from the jump. They won 6-4 and held the lead for a majority of the game. They took a 1-0 lead in the first, and after falling behind 2-1, they put up three runs in the third inning and did not relinquish the lead afterwards. Alyssa Rivera and the aforementioned McCrackin each went yard in the victory. McCrackin, Rivera, the aforementioned Shea along with Morgan Podany and Kendall Veach were responsible for the six runs put up.

Auburn is now up to a 5-4 mark in conference play after diving into an 0-4 hole to start the year. They are currently sixth in the SEC with their win percentage at a paltry .556. Kentucky, on the other hand, is off to a skittish start. The Wildcats are 2-6 and stand 11th in the league standings right now, just ahead of Ole Miss and Mizzou.

GEORGIA EDGES BY MISSISSIPPI STATE

The potent Georgia Bulldogs racked up another series win over the weekend. This time, UGA dispatched the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Georgia needed a rally to beat Mississippi State on Friday. A rally they got, as they put up three runs in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead that they wouldn’t hand over. Alyssa DiCarlo and Mahlena O’Neal each hit long balls in the come-from-behind victory, both of which came in the seventh to help tie the game and take the lead, respectively.

Saturday’s matchup didn’t go so well for the Dawgs, as Mississippi State triumphed 5-4. The Bulldogs won in walk-off fashion themselves, as Kat Moore hit an infield single to plate home the winning run.

Sunday, though, fell into their lap in dramatic fashion, as well. Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, UGA put up two runs in the last stanza. Ciara Bryan laced a two-run single to the outfield that would put them ahead for good.

Georgia currently sits at 7-2 in league play, and is in second place as of now behind South Carolina. Florida could tie them for second if they win their finale against Texas A&M. But, for now, UGA occupies the second-place spot. Mississippi State, meanwhile, has fallen to 3-3 in league play and is 27-6 overall. State is in a logjam with Tennessee and Alabama as of this moment in the middle of the SEC standings.

TEXAS A&M LANDS A TRIPLE PLAY AGAINST FLORIDA

So, Texas A&M and Florida’s series isn’t quite over. BUT... the Aggies pulled off a TRIPLE PLAY against the Gators!