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SEC Softball Weekend Recap, Vol. 3!

Let’s recap the weekend that was!

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Let’s get this rocking and rolling!

You know the drill by now, so let’s move forward.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Record: 9-7
Last Week: 4-1

After a rough start to the year, Mississippi State had its best week yet. The Bulldogs went 4-1 in weekend action. Their lone loss was by just one run, so it’s fair to say that they were very locked in this week. They outscored their opponents (Longwood, Belmont, South Alabama) 34-4, as that +30 run differential took them places this weekend.

Top Performers: Mia Davidson went bonkers. Davidson crushed three home runs in the 14-0 rout of Longwood. She then smoked another home run against Belmont in their 8-0 decision and then once again in the 5-0 win over South Alabama on Sunday. So in all, she had five home runs this weekend. Pretty good numbers!

Tennessee Volunteers

Record: 9-6
Last Week: 3-3

Tennessee drew stiff competition this weekend. The Volunteers went 3-3 but could’ve even done better. They lost nail-bitters to top-ranked Oklahoma and sixth-ranked UCLA in extra innings. Both losses were by just one run apiece. The Vols do require wins versus ranked opponents soon though. They are currently 0-4 against currently-ranked teams this season. Luckily, they’ll have to run the gamut in SEC play. So there will be opportunities, but right now, wins have been very hard to come by against the very best.

Top Performers: The list begins and ends with Kiki Milloy. Milloy has proven to be one of the best sluggers in the conference. She flexed her muscles and showed off her power with three home runs over the weekend. She’s going to continue to be a constant threat at the plate with her bat it seems. So the conference would be wise to take note.

South Carolina Gamecocks

Record: 8-5
Last Week: 0-3

South Carolina seesawed a bit. After going 5-0 last week, the Gamecocks turned around and went 0-3 this week. They would go on to fall 5-0 to Miami (OH), 5-3 to #7 Virginia Tech, and finally, 6-2 to Ohio State. They scored just five runs total in the three games played. Not a recipe for success. South Carolina has the chance to bounce back this weekend. They will be in heavy need in the rough and tough SEC, where the offense just has to be better.

Top Performers: Zoe Laneaux was the brightest spot of the weekend. In the loss to Virginia Tech, Laneaux was responsible for the three runs plated, as the sophomore infielder drilled a homer.

Arkansas Razorbacks

Record: 9-4
Last Week: 2-1

Arkansas played only three games this week. In their abbreviated set, they would finish above sea level. They essentially played a three-game series with Louisville. On Sunday, Arkansas won 8-5. Then on Monday, the teams drew a split. Arkansas’ victory in that split was a 14-0 run-ruled rout. While they aren’t at double-digits yet, Arkansas remains a threat. They’ve thus far posted the third-best on-base percentage in the SEC (.444). The Razorbacks are likely going to stay poised to make a run for the top of the conference.

Top Performers: The Razorback offense produced five home runs this weekend. Hannah Gammill was responsible for two of them as she’s now up to six on the year. Chenise Delce meanwhile had a great showing in the circle. In the Razorbacks’ run-rule win over Louisville, she pitched all five innings, allowed just two hits, no earned runs, one free pass, and 10 strikeouts.

LSU Tigers

Record: 12-5
Last Week: 6-0

LSU pulled themselves out of the fire, to say the least. The Tigers went on a run as they defeated all comers last weekend. The offense went off for 55 runs scored while allowing only 10 to come across. That included THREE different shutouts, two of them against the Purdue Boilermakers. This was as good a week as you could hope for if you’re LSU and now they’re in a great spot.

Top Performers: Shelbi Sunseri is now up to seven home runs on the season after solid performances at the plate this weekend. Ali Kilponen also lowered her ERA down to 0.73 after two nearly impeccable starts. That includes a complete-game, one-hit shutout against Stephen F. Austin. Kilponen struck out 11 batters and allowed only one free pass.

Missouri Tigers
Ole Miss Rebels

Records: 12-4
Last Week: Mizz: 4-1 | OM: 4-1

Both Mizzou and Ole Miss enjoyed 4-1 rounds of play. But both differed from the other entirely. Mizzou toppled Oregon and highly-touted Washington and did so without breaking a sweat. The Tigers shocked many with a run-rule victory over the Huskies, winning 10-0 in one of the most impressive showings of this early season. The Rebels meanwhile didn’t beat any ranked teams, but that doesn’t mean it was any less impressive. Ole Miss picked off James Madison, DePaul twice, and Oakland en route to their 4-1 weekend. The lone loss came to previously-ranked UCF.

Top Performers: Let’s give yet another hand to Savannah Diederich. The Ole Miss hurler has been great this season and she put together some quality outings this week. The right-hander from Hacienda Heights, California pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout against Oakland where she fanned 13 Grizzly batters with two walks. In three appearances this weekend against Oakland, DePaul, and UCF, she put up: 11.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, and 21 Ks.

Mizzou meanwhile got major contributions from Kimberly Wert. Wert homered against both Oregon and Washington, helping to catapult the Tigers to a win. Wert also added a long ball against UCLA, giving her three for the weekend. Casidy Chaumont enjoyed the benefits of hitting a walk-off home run to beat San Diego State. In all, Mizzou logged ELEVEN home runs this weekend.

Texas A&M Aggies

Record: 12-2
Last Week: 1-2

Texas A&M only played three games over the weekend. The Aggies fell under .500 in those games played, and suffered their first two losses of the season. Those losses came at the hands of ranked Oklahoma State, as the 12th-ranked Cowgirls beat the Aggies 1-0 and 2-1. The one win came at the hands of Texas Southern. Five batters were responsible for runs plated across in the victory.

Top Performers: Shaylee Ackerman drove in three runs in the victory over Texas Southern. Across a poor weekend, that was one of the most notable performances for A&M, so Shaylee gets the nod here.

Georgia Bulldogs

Record: 14-2
Last Week: 5-0

The Dawgs were on top and have been for about two weeks now! UGA swept all five games they played this past weekend. It improved their active win streak up to eight games in a row as they walk into this coming weekend. And bending things back, Georgia’s only lost once in their last 15! The Dawgs swept North Carolina and Bryant, winning two games apiece against them. They also added a victory over Gardner-Webb in midweek play. This team is firing on all cylinders right now with five different batters above .400 and eight above .350. What’s more, they have nine batters with an OBP of at least .400.

Top Performers: Jaiden Fields is making a name for herself this season and that didn’t stop this weekend. Fields clocked two homers and also hit a triple in the weekend round of play, showcasing her power in a big way. Kylie Macy also had a stirring start in the circle versus Bryant. Macy ‘technically’ pitched a no-hitter, though the game was ended after five innings (Georgia won 18-0!). She threw 13 strikeouts, no walks, and as we said, did not allow a hit or run in those five innings of work.

Kentucky Wildcats

Record: 13-1
Last Week: 4-0

Kentucky continues to bask in its glory. The Wildcats went 4-0 during the weekend of play and were rarely challenged throughout. They earned victories over Jacksonville (12-4), FAU (7-3), Columbia (8-0), and Long Island (10-2). The Wildcats haven’t lost in their last nine games and stand with their near-pristine 13-1 record. But it will be interesting to see if they can maintain that. Two meetings with 19th-ranked Michigan await them this coming week.

Top Performers: Erin Coffel made the most of her efforts from Thursday-Saturday. The Wildcat star slugger hit four home runs during the weekend series of action. Coffel is up to six home runs this season and she’s slugging an even 1.000 as of right now. Lauren Johnson’s efforts at the dish put her at a slash of .533/.542/.844, as she’s been seeing the ball tremendously so far.

Auburn Tigers

Record: 15-1
Last Week: 6-0

Six games, six victories for the Auburn Tigers last week. They lined ‘em up — Jacksonville State, UL Monroe, Delaware State, Bradley, Syracuse, and UL Monroe once more — and Auburn just set ‘em right back down. They allowed four runs throughout this six-game span, posting four shutouts along the way. Oh yeah, they also scored 40 runs. Seems good!

Top Performers: Let’s give a shoutout to Maddie Penta and Shelby Lowe. Auburn’s dynamic duo in the circle has been hard to crack and that held yet again over the weekend. Penta whiffed 15 Bradley Brave batters in the 2-1 win the Tigers posted against them. Meanwhile, against Syracuse, Auburn’s star southpaw allowed five hits over five innings, but allowed no runs, no walks, and struck out 11 Orange batters.

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Alabama Crimson Tide

Record: 15-0
Last Week: 6-0

Alabama still hangs in the ranks of the unbeaten. The Tide saw six opponents and, much like Auburn and also LSU, beat ‘em all. The wins came over Nicholls, SE Louisiana, Northwestern State, Louisiana Tech, and then two victories over 20th-ranked Louisiana. The Tide have picked up five early wins over ranked opponents which will no doubt boost their cause later. Alabama wound up outscoring their opponents this week 37-4.

Top Performers: Ally Shipman produced at a pretty high level this weekend. Shipman boosted herself up to 18 RBI on the young season and hit a home run in the 2-0 win over Louisiana Tech.

Florida Gators

Record: 16-0
Last Week: 6-0

And finally, we wrap things up with Florida. The Gators went 6-0 against their competition last week. UF picked up victories over North Florida, DePaul, Oakland, James Madison, and UCF. They looked like one of the strongest teams in the land once again as they remain without a blemish through this point in the season. The Gators don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon and that trend should still hold as time progresses.

Top Performers: Natalie Lugo deserves plenty of praise. Lugo, in two starts, pitched 11 innings total, allowed six hits, one earned run, 17 strikeouts, and three walks. Lugo has been one of the best pitchers in the conference this season and her competition this week did not deter her from losing that honor.