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GEORGIA 4, ARKANSAS 1
The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a win to start the day in College Station. The Dawgs defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 4-1 and advanced through to the next round of the SEC Softball Tournament.
Lacey Fincher, Alysen Febrey and Savana Sikes collected RBI in the victory. It was Sikes who got things started as she scored Fincher on an RBI single up the middle in the 2nd inning. The game was promptly tied in the next stanza after Arkansas’ Ashley Diaz smoked a home run to center field. But the Dawgs weren’t done. The aforementioned Febrey hit a single that eventually led to star Alyssa DiCarlo scoring. Febrey would later score on a sac fly by the aforementioned Febrey.
The other run came across in the 6th inning. Amanda Kelley went through to home on a fielder’s choice, in which Tyler Armistead was tagged out at second afterwards.
Kylie Bass was formidable in the circle. Bass allowed the homer to Diaz, but was otherwise stout. She pitched a complete game, allowed just two hits, struck out seven batters and issued merely two walks. She induced seven groundouts as well and tossed 92 pitches in the win.
Georgia will face off with top-seeded Alabama tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
OLE MISS 9, MISSISSIPPI STATE 4
Trailing 3-1 going into the bottom of the 4th inning, Ole Miss needed to respond to Mississippi State’s outburst in the 3rd inning.
Well... they did that and then some.
The Rebels put up a seven spot — yes, a SEVEN SPOT — in the bottom stanza in the 4th inning to overtake the lead and the game. The biggest blow was dealt by was by Abbey Latham, who smacked a grand slam to left off the dang scoreboard that put the Rebels in front. It was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, as they’d go on to win 9-4.
Latham’s blast was the end result of a horrific inning for State. Walks and fielder’s choices allowed for Ole Miss to keep the bases loaded with no outs. It all bubbled up and eventually led to Latham’s bomb, a sequence that will certainly haunt State for some time.
The Rebels would tack on another run int he bottom of the 6th after a sacrifice groundout by Kaylee Horton, which scored Autumn Gillespie. While Mississippi State put up a run on an RBI single by Candace Denis, it was just too much for them to overcome by game’s end.
Ole Miss now goes on to face off with 4th-seeded Kentucky on Friday.
FLORIDA 3, LSU 0
Florida’s stint in the SEC Softball Tournament just keeps on going.
Kelly Barnhill tossed a CGSHO en route to the Gators’ 3-0 victory over the LSU Tigers. Barnhill needed 102 pitches to put the Tigers down, but still kept them in check and off the scoreboard. She tossed seven strikeouts and just one walk, with no extra base hits allowed among the one hit that she omitted in Thursday afternoon’s contest.
The three runs for the Gators came early on in the game. In the 1st inning, Jordan Roberts clubbed a single that brought Amanda Lorenz in to score. Then in the top of the 2nd, Lorenz stepped up with the bases loaded and singled to bring Sophia Reynoso home with the Gators’ second run. Later, Kendyl Lindaman reached base on a fielder’s choice, allowing for Hannah Sipos to chug on in and score.
While Shelbi Sunseri allowed no damage the rest of the way, her offense couldn’t figure out how to handle the ace in Barnhill.
Florida will now advance to the semifinal round, where they’ll play the winner of Auburn-Tennessee, which is currently in action.
AUBURN 2, TENNESSEE 0
We’ve got ourselves another upset!
The 10-seeded Auburn Tigers have taken down the mighty 2-seeded Tennessee Volunteers. The Tigers defeated the Vols 2-0 on Thursday to earn a trip to Friday’s semifinals, where they’ll face the 6-seeded Florida Gators.
Auburn took the Vols down thanks to deft pitching and two RBI singles. Justus Perry and Casey McCrackin collected those RBI singles in the 2nd and 5th innings of action, scoring Kendall Veach and Carmyn Greenwood in the process. Perry was one of two Tigers to rack up two hits on the day along with Alyssa Rivera, who went 2-for-2 with a walk.
Ashlee Swindle was terrific on the night. She pitched a CGSHO, allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two. She needed 89 pitches to take down the Vols, and induced 11 groundouts and allowed just two XBH.
The status of one Taylon Snow may be up in the air now going forward. Snow injured her shoulder on a play during the game and was taken out of the game. Nathan King reported that she was seen in a sling.
ALABAMA 2, GEORGIA 1
They needed theatrics, but the Alabama Crimson Tide survived a scare on Thursday night.
Skylar Wallace crushed a walk-off bomb in the 8th inning to lift the Tide over the feisty Georgia Bulldogs. The 8th-seeded Dawgs pushed the game into extras with mighty top-seeded ‘Bama, but in the end, the top dogs were, in fact, the ones with the elephant mascot.
Wallace was responsible for both of the Tide’s runs on Thursday night. She drew a bases loaded walk that knotted things up back in the 4th inning after Alabama fell behind in the previous stanza. Georgia got on the board thanks to a double by Alysen Febrey, who brought home Alyssa DiCarlo.
The pitching in this game was sensational, as you’d expect. Montana Fouts went the distance, going all eight innings, as she struck out nine batters and issued three free passes. She allowed two walks but was otherwise strong, giving up 13 groundouts and allowed four hits.
On the opposite side, Mary Wilson Avant, Alley Cutting and Kylie Bass combined to allow just six hits from the sotut ‘Bama offense. They combined for four strikeouts but issued seven walks, four from Avant and three from Cutting. They did allow merely one XBH though, the one homer from Wallace off the arm of Bass.
Alabama will face the winner of Kentucky-Ole Miss, which will take place tomorrow morning.