The SEC Softball Tournament is underway! This post will bring you all the updates and results from the tourney in Gainesville.
(12) Texas A&M 5, (13) South Carolina 3
Texas A&M grabbed the first victory in the tournament in an impressive 5-3 win. Trinity Cannon struck first with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third inning to put the Aggies in front 3-0. Koko Wooley then scored the fourth run of the game on a sacrifice groundout by Cayden Baker. To their credit, South Carolina made it hot for Texas A&M. They closed in and scored three runs in the ensuing stanza. Riley Blampied hit a sacrifice grounder to get the scoring started. Katie Prebble hit an RBI double after, which was followed by Maddie Gallagher, who singled to plate the third run. But Wooley doubled in the following stanza to score Cannon to give the Ags the 5-3 result they wanted.
(11) Mississippi State 7, (6) LSU 4
11th-seeded Mississippi State pulled off an upset to start Second Round play on Wednesday. The Bulldogs defeated the sixth-seeded LSU Tigers, 7-4. They got the party started with a two-run homer from Shea Moreno. After LSU tied it with a two-run homer of their own from Morgan Smith, State retook the lead for several more innings. That is until LSU tied it in the bottom of the seventh to extend the game. Ciara Briggs’ two-run single knotted things up but LSU couldn’t create after that. And State scored three runs in the top of the ninth that eventually sealed their adversary’s fate.
(7) Mizzou 1, (10) Auburn 0
We had ourselves a good, old-fashioned pitcher’s duel in this one. The Missouri Tigers came out on top 1-0 over the Auburn Tigers. Mizzou’s win came against one of the best pitchers in the entire country. That being Maddie Penta, who gave nearly everything that she could to help Auburn out. While erratic — six walks — she only allowed one extra-base hit all game: A double by Jenna Laird. She also struck out 11 batters, but just couldn’t keep the one run that passed on that double. Penta’s counterpart in the circle was sensational, meanwhile, as Jordan Weber helped out with a complete-game shutout. She allowed just eight hits, three walks, no extra-base hits, and fanned eight Auburn batters.
(5) Florida 4, (12) Texas A&M 1
Texas A&M fizzled out at the hands of Florida. The fifth-seeded Gators defeated the Aggies 4-1 to advance through to the quarterfinals. Three Gators contributed three RBI singles en route to victory. But the first run of the game was scored a different way! Because freshman Kendra Falby stole home!
Charla Echols, Hannah Adams, and Reagan Walsh were responsible for the other three runs, all collected on singles. Trinity Cannon chipped in the Aggies’ only run after a strong showing in the first round against South Carolina.
(8) Ole Miss Rebels 9, (9) Georgia Bulldogs 5
Ole Miss romped Georgia 9-5 as they slugged their way into the quarterfinals. The final game of the day ended with a bash as a tournament-high 14 runs were scored in this game. What’s more is that three homers were hit and four doubles were smacked, two of them driving runs in. Abbey Latham and Aynslie Furbush hit the homers for the Rebels, both going for multiple runs. Latham’s was a two-run shot while Fubrush smoked a three-run bomb in the fourth.
(3) Tennessee 1, (11) Mississippi State 0 F/13
Ashley Rogers turned in an absolutely iconic performance in the circle. Rogers’ 13-inning complete-game shutout helped carry Tennessee to the semifinals of the SEC Softball Tournament. Rogers’ dazzling showing, which included seven strikeouts and just three hits and two walks, was another in her very celebrated career. Lair Beatuee delivered the walk-off hit, an RBI single that ended the marathon affair.
(7) Mizzou 3, (2) Alabama 0
Mizzou advanced to their second straight SEC Softball Tournament semifinals. They did so by upsetting the second-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide and did so in an emphatic fashion. The 3-0 result was everything Mizzou could’ve hoped for. The teams were deadlocked until the top of the sixth inning. Mizzou scored their three runs in that top stanza off a sacrifice fly, an RBI single, and after an error was made in the field. Kendyll Bailey hit the aforementioned single while Kara Daly hit the sac fly. Laurin Krings amazed with her complete-game five-hit shutout, with three strikeouts and zero walks, and no extra-base hits.
(5) Florida 9, (4) Kentucky 3
Florida roughed Kentucky up on their way to the SEC Softball Tourney semifinals. The Gators' 9-3 victory was one of the more lopsided of the tournament so far. They jumped on the UK early, scoring three runs in the first and then three more in the second. Then, they put up three more runs in the sixth, a scoring run capped by Skylar Wallace’s solo home run. Lauren Johnson and Emmy Blane homered for Kentucky in the loss.
(1) Arkansas 3, (8) Ole Miss 0
No surprise, Arkansas defeated Ole Miss to advance to the semifinals of the SEC Softball Tournament. The Razorbacks pitched a shutout, blanking the Rebels 3-0. Linnie Malkin and Kacie Hoffmann each hit homers of the solo variety in the win. SEC Player of the Year KB Sides scored the other run in the game after a fielder’s choice in the field. Mary Haff did as she has so often has done in her Arkansas career. Haff pitched a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts, five walks, and just two extra-base hits allowed (two doubles).