Hey! In case you missed it, the NCAA Softball Tournament began last weekend.
Here’s a look at how the teams of the SEC fared, as we get ready for Super Regionals action today.
- Auburn 5, Kennesaw State 2
- Georgia 6, Harvard 2
- Tulsa 9, Missouri 1
- Arkansas 2, DePaul 0
- LSU 9, Fordham 0
- Texas A&M 9, Prairie View A&M 0
- Ole Miss 9, Long Beach State 1
- Tennessee 9, Monmouth 0
- Florida 8, Bethune-Cookman 0
- South Carolina 3, UNC Greensboro 0
- North Dakota State 5, Mississippi State 4
- Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 0
- Kentucky 10, UIC 1
- Georgia 12, Northwestern 0
- Tennessee 12, JMU 3
- Florida State 2, Auburn 1
- LSU 1, Houston 0
- Liberty 3, South Carolina 1
- Arkansas 5, Wichita State 0
- Texas A&M 10, McNeese 1
- Alabama 9, Wisconsin 1
- Florida 10, Ohio State 2
- Arizona State 7, Ole Miss 1
- Jacksonville State 3, Auburn 2
- Missouri 10, BU 8
- Mississippi State 11, St. Francis (PA) 5
- South Carolina 5, Hofstra 4
- Kentucky 10, Notre Dame
- Ole Miss 1, Long Beach State 0
- Missouri 6, Tulsa 5
- Mississippi State 12, North Dakota State 0
- Missouri 6, Tulsa 5
- Georgia 9, Northwestern 7
- Florida 4, Ohio State 0
- Tennessee 5, Ohio 1
- Louisiana 5, LSU 4
- Arkansas 6, Wichita State 4
- Kentucky 8, Notre Dame 0
- South Carolina 2, Liberty 0
- Oklahoma 7, Missouri 0
- LSU 3, Louisiana 1
- Alabama 6, Oregon State 0
- South Carolina 5, Liberty 0
- Arizona 4, Mississippi State 3
- Texas A&M 10, Baylor 4
- Arizona State 9, Ole Miss 0
- Alabama Crimson Tide: The Crimson Tide cruised by their opponents, only allowing one run in three games in the Tuscaloosa Regional. Alabama handed L’s to Middle Tennessee (8-0), Wisconsin (9-1), and Oregon State (6-0) to advance to the Super Regionals, where they will play Washington in the best of three series. Top performers this past weekend were pitcher Alexis Osorio, with two of the three wins in the circle, and Bailey Hemphill with the super bat with one home run, two doubles and seven RBI.
- Arkansas Razorbacks: Playing as a Regional host, the Arkansas Razorbacks finessed their way out of the Fayetteville Regional unscathed. The Razorbacks won all three of their games, defeating the Wichita State Shockers two times in a row on Saturday and then Sunday. Their first victory came against the DePaul Blue Demons of the Big East Conference, and it helped to set the tone. Their first two victories were shutouts, before allowing four runs to the Shockers in the Regional Final. Hannah McEwen and A.J. Belans each slugged a home run in Regional action. They now advance to play the Oklahoma Sooners, who also went undefeated in their Regional, in Norman in the Supers.
- Florida Gators: The SEC regular season and Tournament champions didn’t break a sweat, as they advanced through the Gainesville Regional. The number two overall seed started off with an 8-0 win over Bethune-Cookman. Game 2 saw Florida struggle at the start. Ohio State and Florida were knotted at zero after three, and OSU then crept up to a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th. However, the Gators battled back with three in the bottom stanza and scored seven in the next inning to end the game after six. The Buckeyes got another crack at Florida in the Regional Final, but Florida starter Aleshia Ocasio tossed a no-hitter while striking out 12 batters and walking three. They only needed one run off Buckeye pitcher Shelby McCombs, but got four and advanced to the Super Regional that they will be hosting against Texas A&M.
- Georgia Bulldogs: The Bulldogs swept through the Athens Regional unscathed like so many other SEC teams who hosted. In their opener, UGA took on Harvard, and the Bulldogs put up three in the bottom of the first and after Harvard made things close in the top of the third at 3-2. UGA then put up three more runs to win the game. Game 2 saw complete dominance from the Bulldog pitching staff and lineup, as they knocked off Northwestern 12-0 in six innings in the winner’s bracket game. Northwestern got out of the losers side of the bracket to make the Regional Final, where they gave Georgia all they could handle. It would end up being a 9-7 win for the home team. Trailing 4-3 to the Wildcats out of the Big 10, the Dawgs put up four in the bottom of the fourth to take a lead they would not relinquish as they advanced to the Super Regionals.
- Kentucky Wildcats: Kentucky welcomed three teams into John Cropp Stadium for the Lexington Regional and quickly dispatched them to advance to the Super Regionals. The Wildcats opened up with the UIC Flames and put up six in the bottom of the 5th to run-rule the Flames. In the winners bracket game, the Wildcats run-ruled Notre Dame 10-0 after Notre Dame beat Michigan. Grace Baalman only allowed two hits in five innings of work. The game was scoreless into the third when Kentucky put up two runs. In the fourth, BBN saw their team put up six runs to pace the dominant victory. In the Regional Final, Kentucky gave Notre Dame no hope, quickly getting up 3-0 and finishing up the Regional with an 8-0 win in six innings. This was a dominant showing for the Wildcats, who went 26-4 in their nonconference portion of the schedule and they showed why. Only playing 16 innings out of a possible 21 with three run rules. Kentucky pitching allowed one run over the weekend with back-to-back shutouts to end it.
- LSU Tigers: The Tigers advance to the Super Regional in Tallahassee to face Florida State. LSU went 3-1 in their Regional series with one loss against Louisiana, 5-4. Michaela Schlattman led offensively with one homer, two doubles and four RBI. Allie Walljasper did a great job in the circle, allowing just 11 hits, two runs, and 11 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched.
- South Carolina Gamecocks: The Gamecocks advanced to the Super Regional, going 2-1 in Columbia this past weekend with a clinching win over Liberty. South Carolina also claimed victories over UNCG (3-0) and Hofstra (5-4). Top performers were Dixie Raley, who won two games in the circle and Cayla Drotar, who carried the offense with three homers and five RBI. South Carolina will go to the Tempe Super Regional to go head to head with Arizona State in a best of three series.
- Tennessee Volunteers: The Tennessee Volutneers dominated the Knoxville Regional en route to their trip to the Supers. The Vols outscored their opponents 26-4 and defeated three different clubs in three days. They blanked the Monmouth Hawks on Friday 9-0, soundly defeated the James Madison Dukes 12-3 on Saturday and then finished off the Regional with a 5-1 victory over the Ohio Bobcats on Sunday. Meghan Gregg hit two homers in two days (Friday, Saturday) and speaking of which, four different Vols (Gregg, Chelsea Seggern, Scarlet McSwain and Abby Lockman) all recorded homers in the 12-3 rout of JMU on Saturday. The Vols will now play fellow SEC rep Georgia in Athens this weekend in the Supers.
- Texas A&M Aggies: It wasn’t ever particularly close for the Texas A&M Aggies either. The Ags mowed through the College Station Regional with a 3-0 record and a run differential of +24, giving up five runs and scoring 29. They beat Prairie View A&M 9-0, McNeese 10-1 and Baylor 10-4 on their way to their Regional victory. The Aggie offense was terrific, slugging five home runs in the series. The Ags will now move on to face the Florida Gators, arguably the best team in the nation right now.
END OF THE LINE
- Auburn Tigers: It won’t be a long postseason for Auburn for the first time in a few years. The Tigers were eliminated in the Tallahassee Regional over the weekend. They won their first game against Kennesaw State, but lost 2-1 to hosting Florida State. In an elimination game, Jacksonville State edged Auburn out after a two-run sixth inning put them on top for good. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but the Tigers should be back and ready to roll in 2019.
- Ole Miss Rebels: Ole Miss wouldn’t go out quietly, but the Rebels couldn’t escape the Tempe Regional. They pushed it all the way to Sunday after a 1-1 start, in which they defeated Long Beach State but lost to ASU. Then, they knocked off LBSU again before falling 9-0 to the Sun Devils. The Rebels certainly had a great season in their own right, but it came to an end out in the desert.
- Missouri Tigers: Mizzou finished up their season in the Norman Regional Final to Oklahoma. Interim coach Gina Fogue guided the Tigers to their 11th straight postseason appearance in what was turbulent season in Columbia. Their run got off to an extremely rough start with a 9-1 loss to Tulsa. The team rebounded with a 10-8 win over Boston University in their first elimination game to get a chance to play Tulsa again, after the Golden Hurricane were knocked off by Oklahoma. This time, the Tigers got out to a 5-0 lead and before Tulsa put up a 5-spot in the bottom of the third tying the game. Mizzou got a run in the 5th and held on to advance to the Regional Final, where they were going to have to beat Oklahoma twice. The Tigers didn’t get to that second game, as they were beaten by the Sooners 7-0 to end their season. The pitching did not come through for Mizzou, as the staff allowed 29 runs in their four games played.
- Mississippi State Bulldogs: The Lady Bulldogs lost a tough one against Arizona after easily ripping through their opponents in the elimination bracket of the Tucson Regional. They lost their first game against North Dakota by one run, 5-4, but blew them out in the third elimination game, 12-0. They eliminated St. Francis (PA) in the second elimination game with another blowout, 11-5. When it came down to advance to the Super Regional, the Bulldogs could not quite finish the job, losing to Arizona by one run, 4-3. Mississippi State will be preparing early for the 2019 season and be ready to come back with a vengeance.