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MISSISSIPPI STATE 3, TEXAS A&M 2
The Mississippi State Bulldogs have knocked the host out of the SEC Softball Tournament. The Bulldogs defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 3-2 on Wednesday morning to earn a trip out of the essential “play-in” game and will now play rival Ole Miss later on Wednesday night.
State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Kat Moore singled in Emily Heimberger in the 1st inning. Two innings later, the lead swelled up to 3-0 after a sac fly by Fa Leilua and another RBI single by Moore that scored star Mia Davidson. All that the Bulldogs had to do then was stave off the Aggies, and for the most part, they did so. The Aggies attacked, and eventually got on the board in the 5th. Baylee Klinger knocked home a run on a sac fly, and then Morgan Smith tacked on a run with an RBI single.
But Emily Williams was a tough nut to completely crack, and Williams eventually shut the Aggies down to keep them out of the win column. Williams finished the day in the circle with four strikeouts, but did have five walks also.
FLORIDA 6, SOUTH CAROLINA 5
The Florida Gators pulled off a stunning comeback to knock off the 11-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks.
Trailing 4-0 and then 5-2 in the 7th inning, the Gators mounted a 4-run comeback to win 6-5 over the Gamecocks. The victory pushes them through to the next round, where they will face 3rd-seeded LSU. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, will have to live with that loss for a while, as they were dealt quite the crushing, heartbreaking defeat.
Things got started in the 7th when Jordan Roberts hit an RBI single that plated Kendyl Lindaman. After working the count, Sophia Reynoso reached on a fielding error by 1st baseman Madison Owens, and as a result, Amanda Beane was able to score to make it 5-4. Jordan Matthews then launched a two-RBI double to give the Gators the stunning victory and to complete a great comeback in the meanwhile.
South Carolina’s runs were scored thanks to homers by Cayla Drotar, Mackenzie Boesel and Kennedy Clark. Clark added another RBI later in the 7th inning when she plated Boesel on a single.
This game was delayed by more than a couple of hours thanks to weather. But luckily, dramatics arrived along with more serene weather.
AUBURN 3, MISSOURI 0
Chardonnay Harris stood tall in the circle as she stifled Mizzou’s offense along the way to a CGSHO, as Auburn defeated Mizzou 6-0.
The Tigers from Missouri provided little resistance, as they collected just five hits, one for extra bases. Harris tossed six strikeouts and while she allowed four walks, the Tigers still couldn’t put any runs across.
Auburn’s Tigers, though, did not struggle in that department. They got things started in the 1st inning with an RBI single by Kendall Veach. Veach allowed for Casey McCrackin to round the bases and score, smoking a 2-0 pitch down the 3rd baseline. Four innings later, Morgan Podany homered over the LF fence to extend the lead up to 3-0. Podany’s homer provided the deftest of blows to Mizzou, as Madi Norman just couldn’t get it done in the circle.
Auburn’s win means they will advance to take on Tennessee on Thursday evening.