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On Deck for SEC Softball: February 28

We end the month in style.

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Four teams play doubleheaders on Thursday, meaning that we’re going to have eight games! Hope you enjoyed this quick little math session to start the day.

Let’s quickly recap what happened on Wednesday, though. The SEC went 5-2 on the day. The two losses were dealt to Florida and Texas A&M, who fell to UCLA and Houston. The Gators couldn’t handle Briana Perez and the second-ranked Bruins, as they toppled UF 7-1. Rachel Garcia had an incredible day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a triple and a three-run homer.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M dropped one to Houston by the score of 9-3. Savannah Heebner went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk, as she and Lindsey Stewart set the pace for the Cougs, as expected. They are, after all, the team’s leading hitters. Riley Sartain went deep for the fifth time this season, but the Aggies didn’t get much output otherwise.

Georgia, meanwhile, picked up their 11th straight victory in their 7-1 win over Presbyterian. South Carolina kept things going as well, as they defeated Coastal Carolina 7-4. Cayla Drotar went deep for the Gamecocks, while the Dawgs got a collective effort from much of the top of their order. Ole Miss routed Central Arkansas 18-3, as Jessica Puk kept up her hot start at the plate with yet another long ball. Eight different Rebel batters picked up RBI in the blowout win.

Mississippi State won a volley against Memphis, as the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 10-7. State took an early 2-0 lead that was quickly vanquished by the Tigers, who roared for five runs in the second inning. State answered with four runs in the fourth to make it 6-5. Memphis then tied the game in the the 5th, retook the lead in the sixth, but Mississippi State had more left in the tank. They emptied it out, pouring over four runs in the top of the 7th to take the lead for good. Mia Davidson and Fa Leilua went deep for their 10th homers of the season, as this slugging duo continues to draw eyeballs.

Finally, Alabama beat UAB 8-0 to remain undefeated on the season. Bailey Hemphill smacked two homers in the win, as she was joined by Skylar Wallace in the long ball department. Sarah Cornell kept up her efforts in the circle, as she pitched six scoreless innings en route to the win.


So, back to what’s on tap today.

Florida is continuing their run in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. They are scoreless right now in their matchup against New Mexico, but luckily for them the Lobos haven’t struck for anything, either. They play Oregon after this contest.

Tennessee will aim to stay near the top of the standings as they take their 13-2 record into the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton. On Day 1, they’ll play UTSA and Fresno State. Look for Chelsea Seggern and the Vols to try and keep up their strong amounts of success thus far.

Meanwhile, the Wooo Pig Classic begins in Fayetteville, as Bogle Park will play host to a variety of games, headlined of course by the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs will open up shop against Omaha and Northwestern State on Thursday. Katie Warrick and Autumn Storms will be the ones to watch for the Hogs this weekend, of course.

The Vols are not the only SEC squad to be partaking in the Judi Garman Classic. Auburn is as well, as the Tigers begin their run through the invitational event on Thursday in Fullerton, too. Casey McCrackin and the Tigers play Loyola Marymount and then UTSA in their first couplet of games.