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SEC Softball Week in Review

Before action begins on this Friday, let’s look back at the week that was.

Monday, March 18

LSU 3, Florida 2

The LSU Tigers got out of a tight one against the Florida Gators with a walk-off double by Amanda Sanchez. In the loss, Kendyl Lindaman hit her fifth bomb of the season and gained two RBI. Kelly Barnhill took the L in the pitching circle. In the six innings that she pitched, Barnhill allowed five hits, three runs, walked five, and struck out six. Shelby Wickersham won the pitching battle, completing the game, allowing five hits, two runs, walking four, and striking out four.

Tuesday, March 19

Tennessee 1, Liberty 0

Tennessee squeaked by Liberty in a close one. Haley Bearden homered and produced the only RBI recorded in the game. Matty Moss was the winning pitcher in the matchup. She allowed one hit and struck out two in five innings. Ashley Rogers came in for the save sitting down seven batters with no hits allowed.

Wednesday, March 29

Tennessee 2, UNC 0

Tennessee took a close one away from UNC, beating them 2-0. Jenna Holcomb and Kaili Phillips led the bats for the Vols. Holcomb had a triple in the game and Phillips produced an RBI. Ashley Rogers got the win in the pitching circle with a complete game and had five strikeouts in the game.

Kentucky 9, Marshall 4

The Kentucky Wildcats showed off some bat skills scoring nine runs in the game. Abbey Cheek hit her seventh home run of the season and had two RBI in the game. Grace Baalman also led in the RBI department, alongside Cheek, with two RBI. Tatum Spangler was the winning pitcher. She allowed two hits, walked one batter, and struck out two.

Bradley 8, Missouri 1

Missouri got stomped against Bradley on Wednesday, 8-1. Jazmyn Rollin got her fifth homer of the season and the only RBI of the game. Cassie Gasper lost in the pitching circle, pitching three innings, allowing three hits, two runs, walking one, and sitting down two batters to up the K count.

Texas A&M 2, Stephen F. Austin 0 (F/15)

In what could only be described as a battle of wits, Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin were deadlocked in a scoreless tie for 15 innings before Kelly Martinez clubbed a 2-run walk-off homer to give the Aggies the victory. The pitching on both sides was ridiculous, as the two teams totaled 23 combined strikeouts, nine of which belonged to Kendall Potts.

South Carolina 5, Duke 4

Texas A&M was not the only team to need dramatics to get a victory on Wednesday. South Carolina earned a 5-4 win over Duke after a furious rally in the last two innings. The Blue Devils put up a four spot in the top of the 6th, and the Gamecocks nearly ran it back in the bottom frame, but only mustered up three runs. With the prospects of winning still high after keeping the Dukies off the board in the top of the 7th, South Carolina put the pressure on them and picked up the win after a bases loaded walk by Lauren Stewart and a walk-off single by Alyssa Kumiyama.

LSU 4, Lamar 1

LSU scored four runs in the third inning, and that’s all the Fighting Tigers would need for their 4-1 victory over Lamar at Tiger Park. The Tigers pulled through thanks to Amanda Doyle, Amber Serrett and Elyse Thornhill, whom were responsible for the four runs driven in. It certainly helped matters that they got great pitching in the circle as well. Ali Kilponen fanned 13 Lamar batters in the game and despite allowing the one run, she was still outstanding on the day.

Florida 2, Minnesota 0

Kelly Barnhill got to the 1,000 strikeout mark in Florida’s 2-0 shutout win over Minnesota. Barnhill recorded 12 strikeouts in the circle and passed the monumental threshold, as her celebrated career received yet another accolade en route to a big win. The lone runs of the game sprang off the bat of Kendyl Lindaman, as she smacked her sixth homer of the season, a 2-run shot that scored leadoff hitter Amanda Lorenz.