FLORIDA 5, TEXAS A&M 4
The Florida Gators picked up a walk-off win on a SHRIMP against Texas A&M to win Game 1 of their Super Regionals series, 5-4. Janell Wheaton earned a walk that allowed for Jordan Matthews to waltz in from 3rd to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
It was far from easy for the second-seeded Gators in this one against their fellow SEC rep. Texas A&M jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a 3-run 3rd inning. They then pushed the score up to 4-1 after the top of the 4th, and looked to maintain that the rest of the way. Despite the fact that the Gators put up a run in the bottom of the 4th, A&M had them on the ropes heading into the final stanza.
Things came unhinged, however. Amanda Lorenz put a run on the board after hitting a solo homer to make it 4-3. Then, prior to Wheaton’s walk, Aleshia Ocasio earned a bases loaded walk, which allowed Lily Mann to walk in from 3rd. Wheaton drew her walk-off walk the very next batter, and that was all she wrote.
Amanda Lorenz earned two RBI on the night as she also hit a double back in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Wheaton also had two RBI too, as she not only picked up the walk-off, but also an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Sarah Hudek collected two RBI for the Aggies in the loss. The other run was driven in by Kaitlyn Alderink. Another run came off a passed ball, in which Samantha Show ran in and crossed home plate back in the 3rd.
Game 2 will take place on Friday night.
KENTUCKY 9, OREGON 6
A major ‘upset’ may be brewing out in Eugene after Kentucky’s 9-5 victory over the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks are the No. 1 overall seed in this year’s NCAA Softball Tournament, but that didn’t stop the 16th-seeded Wildcats from romping them on their home field.
UK started off by putting up a 3-spot in the 1st inning. Alex Martens went lift off, as she blasted a 3-run homer to deal the first blow of the game. Kentucky would put up another run in the following inning, as Katie Reed singled Erin Rethlake home with two outs. Although Oregon rallied in the next two innings to make it 4-3, UK put up three more runs in the 4th inning to make it 7-3. Abbey Cheek went deep in the 4th, another 3-run homer for the ‘Cats, and Cheek later homered again in the 6th to make it 9-5.
The Ducks would tack on another run, but that would be all for them in this game.
Kentucky can go for what would be a startling sweep on Friday night in Eugene. If they were to pick up the win, they would head to Oklahoma City and the Women’s College World Series. All eyes will be on the Cats as they look to take down the Ducks.