— Niesha Middlebrooks
Louisville 8, Kentucky 7
It was a battle of the bats between the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals came out on top to claim victory. Alex Martens and Lauren Johnson led their team on offense in the loss. Martens got her eighth homer and an RBI. Johnson hit two doubles and two RBIs. Katie Reed also had two RBIs. Autumn Humes took the L in the battle allowing eight hits, four runs, walking two and striking out three in 5.2 innings.
South Carolina 10, USC Upstate 2
The Gamecocks stomped South Carolina Upstate, 10-2. Eight players had at least one RBI. Lauren Stewart and Jana Johns both led with two in the RBI department. Madison Owens and Cayla Drotar both doubled in the victory. Drotar won in the pitching circle, allowing only one hit and struck out one batter in three innings.
Auburn 8, Alabama State 0
The Auburn Tigers clawed out the Alabama State Hornets, beating them 8-0 in four innings. Casey McCrackin and Bree Fornis shined in the victory. McCrackin doubled for the 15th time in the season and accumulated two RBIs. Fornis got her third homer for the season with two RBIs. Alyssa Rivera also gave a boost to the offense with three stolen bases and also doubled in the contest. Lexie Handley was the winning pitcher. She allowed two hits, walked one and struck two in 3.0 innings.
Florida 4, Florida State 0
The Gators took the dub against the Seminoles, 4-0. Hannah Adams and Jordan Matthews led the team with the bats. Adams doubled and had two RBIs. Matthews also doubled with an RBI. Kelly Barnhill was the winning pitcher allowing two hits, walking three, and striking out nine batters in a complete game.
Georgia 7, Georgia Tech 0
The Georgia Bulldogs took the victory against their same state rival, Georgia Tech. Ciara Bryan hit her ninth home run of the season with four RBIs. Mary Wilson Avant pitched a complete game for the win. In seven innings, she allowed one hit, one walk and struck out five.
We’ve got two games on the ledger tonight!
The first is going to be a Top 25 showdown in Fayetteville. The 25th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks will host the boastful 6th-ranked LSU Tigers. Highlighted in this matchup should be LSU’s Amanda Sanchez. Sanchez is second in the league in BA behind Abbey Cheek, sitting with a mark of .450 at the plate this season. Of course you might want to keep your eye on Shelbi Sunseri and Aliyah Andrews as well. Both are hitting over .500 on the season, and Sunseri the slugger has hit 13 homers on the year. Arkansas of course finds their strength in pitching, especially from Autumn Storms, whose ERA is at 1.76 on the season with 144 strikeouts in 155 innings pitched. This game will take place at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+.
Elsewhere, it’s Mizzou and Texas A&M who are set to tangle. The Aggies have been woeful in conference play so far, with a mark of 3-12, tied for last place with Mississippi State. Mizzou has fared better, though they are at 7-8 on the season. They won their last game against Ole Miss, but that merely prevented a sweep by the Rebs. The Aggies, on the other hand, did get swept by Florida in their last go around. Keep your eye on Mizzou’s Jazmyn Rollin, who has hit .370 this season. Payton McBride should also standout with her .364 BA on the year. This game will take place at 7:30 p.m., also on SEC Network+.