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On Deck for SEC Softball: March 14

Three games are on the docket today.

The South Carolina Gamecocks had a field day of hits in their matchup with Bryant. Lauren Stewart, Kenzi Maguire, Kennedy Clark, and Karly Heath all homered and had at least one RBI. Clark (2) and Heath (3) led the team in the RBI department. Heath took the W in the pitching circle allowing two hits, five walks and striking out seven in seven inning pitched.

South Carolina came out swinging in Game 2, scoring four runs in the first inning. Kennedy Clark hit a home run and doubled in this game. Alyssa Kumiyama also doubled and had one RBI. Mackenzie Boesel added runs later in the game with a three-run bomb to seal the win.

The Kentucky Wildcats showed no mercy as they crushed Syracuse in five innings. Katie Reed and Mallory Peyton led the bats for Kentucky. Reed hit her third homer of the season and doubled with three RBI’s in the game. Peyton also doubled with two RBI’s. Larissa Spellman was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits and two strikeouts in three innings pitched.

Ole Miss had a rally in the second inning of the game, scoring seven runs against Memphis, which eventually led to an 8-0 victory. Gabby Alvarez, Brittany Finney, and Abbey Latham all led the team with the bats. Alvarez doubled with an RBI, Finney doubled also with two RBIs. Latham added two RBIs to the score. Ava Tillman took the W in the pitching circle. She pitched five innings, allowed one hit, walked two batters, and struck out five.

The Auburn Tigers had the big sticks on Wednesday against the Georgia State Panthers, winning their first away game. Casey McCrackin, Tannon and Taylon Snow, and Alyssa Rivera all doubled in the win. Bree Fornis, Rivera, and Tannon Snow led in RBIs with two a piece. Alyssa Rivera also stole her 11th base of the season. Chardonnay Harris was the winning pitcher. In her three innings of pitching, Harris struck out six. Ashlee Swindle came in with save, pitching two innings, allowing two hits and one run, walked one and striking out two.

The Florida Gators were successful in defeating the UCF Knights, 5-0. The Gators’ shutout victory was their second win in a row, and was a nice bounce back after they were taken down over the weekend by Tennessee. UF now turns their attention to vaunted LSU this weekend, as they continue to run the gamut. Danielle Romanello hit a solo homer in the win.

Georgia suffered a 3-1 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday night. UNC poured their three runs down in the sixth inning, forcing UGA to come from behind. But they couldn’t get the job done in the end, suffering a rather debilitating defeat in the process. Savana Sikes hit a home run, providing their only run of the game off her bat.

Arkansas suffered a defeat of their own, losing 2-1 to Tulsa. The Hogs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but saw that lead evaporate in the ensuing stanza. Then in the 5th, the Golden Hurricane struck again to make it 2-1. Tulsa’s Haley Meinen smacked a homer to tie the game and the game-winning RBI came off the bat of Rylie Spell.

LSU pulled off an 11-0 rout of Troy. The Tigers only needed five innings to defeat the Trojans, plating two in the first, six in the second and then three more in the third. Six players, including Shelbi Sunseri, Amanda Doyle and Amanda Sanchez plated runs in this rout. No long balls were hit, but the Tigers did rack up five doubles from four of their players.

Alabama staved off SIU Edwardsville to remain unbeaten on the season. The Tide defeated SIUE 6-4 and they’re now 26-0 on the season as a result. Merris Schroeder hit a homer, as did Claire Jenkins. They and Bailey Hemphill were responsible for the runs driven in on Wednesday. ‘Bama has certainly been fantastic this season and they will aim to keep up that stellar play as the season marches on.

There are three games going down on Wednesday. Two of them feature the aforementioned Crimson Tide. ‘Bama is playing out in paradise, as they’re taking part in the 2019 Rainbow Wahine Classic. They will, again, play SIU-Edwardsville as well as Niagara. Meanwhile, Tennessee will host BYU in the first leg of the Tennessee Invitational, which will go all weekend long against the Cougars and the Texas Longhorns.