2017 College Softball Season: Week Twelve Review

2017 College Softball Season: Week Twelve Review

Week twelve of the 2017 college softball season is over and the same goes for April. As the season goes into the month of May, conference tournaments are coming fast as is the NCAA Tournament. We take a day-by-day look at all the wonderful action on the diamond.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#14 James Madison won a doubleheader over ACC opponent North Carolina. The opener was a close fought game as Megan Good started the scoring with a solo shot in the first inning. Kendra Lynch answered for North Carolina in the bottom of the frame. The Tar Heels added one run in the second and third inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Dukes rallied in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead on a two run single by Morgan Tolle. The Dukes went on to win the game 4-3 with Good moving to 29-1.

Game two was far easier for James Madison in an 8-0 win. Madyson Moran hit a solo home run, Taylor Newton had a two run home run, and Madison Naujokas drove in three runs. Odicci Alexander threw a complete game shutout allowing only one walk and two hits with five strikeouts.

#4 Minnesota won a pair of games over North Dakota State at home. The first game was a 3-1 win with Sara Groenewegen throwing a complete game allowing two walks and five hits while striking out 12. Maddie Houlihan drove in two runs while Allie Arneson drove in the other run. Game two was a 6-0 shutout as Amber Fiser allowed five hits and struck out 9. Kendyl Lindaman went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and 2 RBIs. Lindaman has already hit 16 home runs as a freshman, which is a school record in a season.

The rest of the Big 10 did not fare so well as Penn State dropped a doubleheader to Saint Francis and Michigan State lost to Central Michigan. Saint Francis, a good team from the Northeast Conference, threw back-to-back one hitters against the Nittany Lions. Ethel Santai threw the first allowing four walks and striking out five while Ketarah DeVries threw the second allowing two walks and striking out 10. Central Michigan was able to defeat Michigan State 6-2 on a walk off grand slam by Erika Underwood. Both teams had plenty of hits, but it was the Chippewas who made the most of theirs.

#20 Ole Miss was able to fend off a tough opponent in Jacksonville State. Kaitlin Lee threw seven strong innings giving up two walks and six hits, but only one run. Stephanie Lewis drove home the game’s opening run in the first inning for JSU and Sarah Van Schaik tied the game in bottom of the third for the Rebels. It was Miranda Strother who ended the game with a walk off home run in seventh for the 2-1 win.

#12 UCLA defeated Cal State-Northridge 5-0 though the game was still in the balance going to the seventh. The Bruins put across four runs in the seventh led by Madeline Jelenicki’s two run double. Selina Ta’amilo threw 5 2/3 innings allowing one walk and three hits while striking out 8. Fellow Pac-12 school California overcame an early 3-0 deficit to get past UC-Davis, 6-4. Jazmyn Jackson, Kobie Pettis, Bradie Fillmore, and Krysten McCue each drove in a run for the Bears.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

It was a light day of action with no big name schools playing. However, there were still some noteworthy games. South Dakota and Creighton had a fun game in Nebraska with South Dakota winning 13-10. The game was tied 1-1 after one inning when the Coyotes put up 7 runs in the top of the second. Emily Winckler hit a grand slam in the frame to give them a nice lead, which they would not relinquish. Creighton’s Anna O’Gorman hit a three run home run in the third, but the Coyotes responded with three runs of their own in the fourth to make it an 11-4 game.

Sam Crowley hit a two run home run to cut the deficit to five runs at 11-6, but South Dakota’s Jamie Holscher restored the seven run lead in the seventh with a two run double. Creighton made one final push in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of two run home runs by Sam Dellinger and Jayci McGill, but it was not enough.

Norfolk State and Coppin State split a doubleheader with each game ending 5-4. Coppin State took the opener thanks to a walk off solo shot by Nicole Ullman in the seventh inning after Norfolk State rallied from a 4-1 deficit. Game two saw Norfolk State get an early 3-0 lead and then lose it by the third inning. Meaghan Barfield’s two run home run in the fifth inning was the eventual game winner.

Saint Joseph’s took a doubleheader over La Salle thanks to a pair of great pitching performances. Game one was nearly perfect as Ashley Ventura tossed a no-hitter allowing only one walk. Kaylyn Zierke went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs in the 9-0 win. Game two saw the Hawks throw a combined two hitter in a 1-0 win. Ventura picked up the save tossing three innings of one hit ball while Stacey Mayer drove home the game’s lone run in the top of the first with Amanda Kulp scoring the run.

South Florida swept Florida Gulf Coast in a doubleheader between the teams. The Bulls held on for a 1-0 victory in the first game as Astin Donovan drove home only run in the fifth inning. Hannah Parker went 6 innings allowing one walk and four hits to win her 10th game of the year. Game two was close until the fifth inning. FGCU led 2-1 going in the bottom of the inning, but six runs by USF and two more in the sixth made it a 9-2 final. Six different Bulls had an RBI led by Kassandra Moeller’s 2 RBI game and Donovan went 3 for 3 with two runs scored.

Friday, April 28, 2017

#2 Florida State got a fantastic game from Meghan King as they won 3-0 over North Carolina. King threw the complete game shutout allowing only one hit and two walks while striking out 8 Tar Heels. The Seminoles did not score until the fifth inning when Cassidy Davis had an RBI groundout and Zoe Casas had a sacrifice bunt. Florida State added another run in the sixth.

#15 Baylor was able to start fast in both games of a doubleheader versus Oklahoma State to sweep the Cowgirls. In the opener, Baylor scored three runs in the bottom of the first thanks to a single from Shelby Friudenberg as well as a passed ball and wild pitch by Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls got a run back in the third on a double by Vanessa Shippy, but Baylor responded with runs in the fourth and fifth innings for a 5-1 win. Kelsee Selman threw a complete game allowing seven hits and striking out seven.

Game two started with Baylor scoring two runs in the first inning courtesy of Ari Hawkins’ single. She was not done with the offense as she hit a two run home run in the third as part of a five run inning. The Cowgirls were able to get three runs in the seventh, but the deficit was too large to overcome and Baylor won 7-3.

#19 Michigan took a pair of games from Indiana at home. The Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the opener and never looked back. Megan Betsa threw the complete game allowing one run on five hits with 8 strikeouts as Michigan won 7-1. Game two was far closer as Indiana took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Bella Norton double. Michigan tied the game in the fifth inning on Alex Sobczak’s solo shot and then took the lead the next inning on a solo shot by Aidan Falk. Tera Blanco went six innings allowing the one run on seven hits while Betsa came in for the save and struck out two of the three batters faced to preserve the 2-1 win.

The Pac-12 saw the favorites win on Friday. #8 Washington won 4-0 over California thanks to Taran Alvelo’s four hitter and Taylor Van Zee’s 3 RBIs. #3 Arizona defeated #23 Arizona State 4-3 as Jessie Harper went 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs and Danielle O’Toole earned her 25th win of the season. #6 Oregon crushed Oregon State 8-0 in five innings Mia Camuso hitting a walk off grand slam and Megan Kleist allowing only three hits.

Finally, #12 UCLA got past Stanford 13-8 after an offensive explosion of hits. Kylee Perez went 5 for 6 with 4 runs scored, Madeline Jelenicki went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs, Rachel Garcia went 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs, and four others recorded 2 hits apiece. All nine starters recorded a hit as the Bruins recorded 21 hits in total.

#1 Florida started their series at #11 Tennessee with a convincing 5-0 win. Kelly Barnhill allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out 12 in the complete game. Kayli Kvistad started and ended the scoring for the Gators with solo home runs in the first and fifth innings. It was Amanda Lorenz who provided the other three runs, two on a triple and she scored another on a wild pitch.

#17 LSU came back from a small first inning deficit to defeat Missouri 3-2. Missouri scored two in the top of the first while LSU eventually answered with two in the third inning. Sahvanna Jaquish tied the game on a two run shot while pitcher Allie Walljasper provided the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the fourth. She hit a single up the middle that scored Shemiah Sanchez and she also went on to win her 13th game of the season.

Lamar posted a doubleheader sweep of Incarnate Word, but the first game was the noteworthy one. Lamar led 7-3 after five innings, but blew the game open in the sixth. In that frame, Lamar scored 15 runs on 13 hits as Ashley McDowell was responsible for 5 RBIs including a grand slam. McDowell finished with 6 RBIs, Brittany Rodriguez went 5 for 6 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBIs, and the team totaled the 22 runs on 19 hits. Eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit and seven recorded multiple hits. Game two was more of the same as Lamar recorded 8 runs on 12 hits. Both Brynn Baca and Shelby Henderson recorded 3 RBIs in the 8-4 win.

#21 BYU made quick work of San Diego over two games with both contests ending after five innings. The Cougars won 9-0 and 10-1 as Rylee Jensen drove home five runs in game one and Caitlyn Larsen Alldredge did the same in game two. BYU has won 14 games in a row since three straight losses to UCLA and Oregon in late March.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

#1 Florida had another dominant victory over #11 Tennessee as Delanie Gourley allowed only three hits in the 9-0 win. Amanda Lorenz went 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored while Kayli Kvistad and Aleshia Ocasio both drove in 2 RBIs. The win, coupled with Texas A&M‘s loss, gave Florida their third straight SEC Regular Season title.

Speaking of the fifth ranked Aggies, they lost 7-2 to Kentucky. They lead 2-0 after the third inning courtesy of a two run single by Riley Sartain. The Wildcats scored three in the fifth on a single by Bailey Vick and a two run single by Breanne Ray. The sixth inning put the game well into Kentucky’s hands as they scored four runs in five at bats.

#13 Alabama split a doubleheader versus #20 Ole Miss with both games featuring little scoring. The opener was scoreless until the sixth inning when Marisa Runyon and Bailey Hemphill both drove home runs. Alexis Osorio allowed one hit and five walks, but threw the complete game shutout with 9 strikeouts. The Tide won the game 2-0.

The second game started with the Tide scoring in the top of the first as Runyon brought home Elissa Brown. Alabama held that 1-0 advantage until the seventh inning. The Rebels had two on and one out when Brittany Finney hit a double to left to tie the game. After a walk, Kylan Becker came up and hit the ball to second. The Tide went for the out at home, but Grayce Majam slide in for the game-winning run. Ole Miss won 2-1 as Finney threw a complete game allowing three hits.

Oklahoma State won 9-4 over #15 Baylor to prevent a sweep. The Bears scored in the first, but the Cowgirls put up four runs in the second. Baylor tied the game in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Ari Hawkins and a two run double by Shelby Friudenberg. Oklahoma State took the lead for good in the fifth on a two run double by Hayleigh Galvan. The win puts Oklahoma State one game ahead of Baylor in second place in the Big 12.

The race for second in the ACC is still on between North Carolina, Boston College, and Louisville.  The Tar Heels suffered an 8-1 loss at #2 Florida State as Jessica Warren went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs and Meghan King allowed one run on two hits. Boston College lost 4-1 to North Carolina State with Peyton Silverman allowing the one run on four hits with five strikeouts. Louisville destroyed Virginia 11-3 with seven different Cardinals recording an RBI. All nine batters recorded at least one hit and each scored at least one run.

#4 Minnesota completed a sweep of Purdue to  move very close to the Big 10’s regular season crown. Game one was a 9-1 blowout with Kendyl Lindaman driving home four runs and Sara Groenewegen striking out 10 over 5 1/3 innings. The Gophers posted another blowout in the second game 12-2 with three players accounting for all 12 RBIs. Sydney Dwyer had 5 RBIs, Sam Macken had 4 RBIs, and Lindaman had 3 RBIs. Lindaman had two home runs while Macken and Dwyer both had one. The Gophers have a 2 game lead over Michigan going into the final weekend.

The Pac-12 results were nearly identical to Friday as #8 Washington won 4-2 over California, #12 UCLA won 6-5 over Stanford, and #6 Oregon won 7-2 over Oregon State. The only difference was #23 Arizona State overcoming #3 Arizona.

The Sun Devils took a 1-0 lead in the second on Ulufa Leilua’s solo shot. They poured in more runs in the fourth on a two run triple by Nichole Chilson and an error by Arizona. The lead went up to 5-0 on Marisa Stankiewicz’s solo home run down the left field line in the sixth inning. Arizona clawed two back in the bottom of the sixth on Katiyana Mauga’s two run home run, but could not score any in the seventh with two runners on base. Giselle Juarez threw a complete game giving up one walk and six hits while striking out seven in the 5-2 victory.

Illinois State decimated Evansville twice on the day outscoring them by over the two games 28-1. Game one was an 18-0 win led by Caitlyn Daly’s 3 for 3 game with all three hits going for home runs and 7 RBIs. Jordan de los Reyes went 3 for 3 with 5 RBIs and Sarah Finck threw a one-hitter to improve to 21-8. Game two was a 10-1 with Reyes hitting 2 home runs and recording 5 RBIs. Allison Spence had 4 RBIs and the Redbirds continue to maintain their lead in the Missouri Valley.

Kent State swept a doubleheader winning 21-1 combined over Buffalo in two games. Holly Speers went 4 for 5 with 6 runs scored, two walks, and 4 RBIs on the day. The Golden Flashes totaled 27 hits over the two games, but it was the second game that saw Ronnie Ladines throw a perfect game. She had four strikeouts in the five inning game.

UNC Greensboro won their two games over Chattanooga 25-7. Game one, a 10-0 final, was highlighted by Alicia Bazonski’s three hitter and multiple RBIs from Gabrielle Cubbage, Sidney Grkman, and Rachael McClaskey. Game two saw McClaskey go 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored and Marisa Sholtes go 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and 3 runs scored in 15-7 win.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

#11 Tennessee was able to stave off a sweep by #1 Florida with a 5-1 win. The Gators took a 1-0 lead in the second on a solo shot by Jordan Roberts, but they struggled to find more hits beyond that point. The Vols took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on Megan Geer’s grand slam as Caylan Arnold stifled the Gator batters. Arnold got the win after throwing five inning giving up one hit and two walks with 5 strikeouts.

#5 Texas A&M dropped a second straight game and the series to #18 Kentucky. The Wildcats took a 3-0 in the bottom of the first via singles from Bailey Vick, Alex Martens, and Rachael Metzger. The Aggies tied the game in the third on a three run shot by Samantha Show and Kentucky reclaimed the lead at 4-3 after an RBI groundout by Brooklin Hinz in the fifth. Jenny Schaper led off the sixth inning with a solo shot for Kentucky and Breanne Ray brought home two more runs on a single as the Wildcats went on to win 7-4.

#7 Oklahoma finished off a sweep of Texas Tech in style as they won 14-3 in five innings. Shay Knighten hit two home runs as she went 2 for 4 with 5 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Nicole Pendley also hit a home run and she went 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

The Pac-12 saw the sweeps of #8 Washington over California after a 3-2 win, #12 UCLA over Stanford after an 8-1 game, and #6 Oregon over Oregon State after the Ducks won 7-0.

Marshall improved to 18-3 in Conference USA with a 2-0 win over Middle Tennessee. Jordan Dixon threw the complete game allowing one walk and two hits while striking out six. The RBIs came from Morgan Zerkle and Shaelynn Braxton as the Herd swept the series.

#16 Louisiana-Lafayette scored five runs in the first inning as they swept Coastal Carolina and also claimed the Sun Belt regular season title in the process. Corin Voinche had a three run triple in the first inning and finished with 4 RBIs while Lexie Comeaux had 2 RBIs in the 8-0 win. Alex Stewart had a pitching gem allowing only one hit and striking out 10.

The Mountain West remains open for the taking as five teams are still alive to win the regular season title. For this conference, that is the Holy Grail as there is no conference tournament. Utah State, San José State, Fresno State, San Diego State, and Nevada all have a chance to win the title. Fresno State is the two-time defending champions and they swept UNLV to keep their slim hopes alive.

UNLV took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on RBIs from Janine Petmecky, Alyssa Navaro, and Justine Federe. The Bulldogs pulled one back on solo shot by Savannah Mchellon before needing a last inning rally to win. Miranda Rohleder tied the game on a two run double and Morgan Howe brought home the go ahead run to make it 4-3. Kamalani Dung had a wonderful weekend going 3-0 in 23 innings of work.

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2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Seventh Edition

Kelly Barnhill and the Florida Gators had a dominant weekend showing against Ole Miss. Barnhill had 25 strikeouts in two wins over the Rebels. (Photo courtesy of SECSports.com)

2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Seventh Edition

The eleventh week of the NCAA softball season is in the books and there was not nearly as much turmoil as last week when it felt as if every top 25 team suffered a loss. Below we list the top 16 teams along with the next four teams.

We will start by providing last week’s rankings below. Please note the records in the table below are as of April 18.

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC40-315-21
2Texas A&MSEC37-411-34
3ArizonaPac-1243-313-22
4OklahomaBig 1239-79-08
5MinnesotaBig 1038-311-19
6Florida StateACC41-3-118-03
7OregonPac-1237-410-46
8UtahPac-1228-810-310
9AuburnSEC36-710-57
10TennesseeSEC39-511-314
11WashingtonPac-1231-108-715
12UCLAPac-1230-125-75
13BaylorBig 1235-78-111
14LouisianaSun Belt32-614-113
15AlabamaSEC36-910-712
16James MadisonColonial37-610-218
17Ole MissSEC31-136-919
18LSUSEC33-128-716
19MichiganBig 1032-9-112-217
20Jacksonville
State
Ohio Valley32-911-120

Below are the previous editions of our Power Rankings.

First Edition (March 15)

Second Edition (March 22)

Third Edition (March 29)

Fourth Edition (April 5)

Fifth Edition (April 12)

Sixth Edition (April 19)

Below is the seventh edition of our 2017 power rankings. Please note the records listed are through games as of April 25.

#1 – Florida Gators (44-3 Overall, 18-2 SEC)

Florida (#1 last week) had a dominating week going 4-0 and allowing just one run and 11 hits in those four games. They defeated Central Florida on Wednesday and Ole Miss over the weekend. The pitchers were on top of their game led by Kelly Barnhill. She won on Friday and Sunday allowing four hits and striking out 25! Barnhill is now 20-0 and is a strikeout machine with 230 as of this posting. She has 11 games with double digit strikeouts totals.

The Gators are a scary team especially if this past week is replicated over the next six weeks. They face a tough test over the weekend on the road in Tennessee.

#2 – Arizona Wildcats (45-4 Overall, 15-3 Pac-12)

Arizona (#3 last week) reclaims second place here after taking two of three against Oregon. They opened the series with a close 2-0 win led by Danielle O’Toole’s complete game five hitter. The second game was far different as Arizona won 10-7 and Katiyana Mauga went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. The Wildcats dropped the third game, a 4-3 decision, after giving up two solo shots in the sixth inning. It was an impressive showing in a battle of two of the top Pac-12 squads. Arizona will stay at home and welcome Arizona State this weekend.

#3 – Texas A&M Aggies (40-5 Overall, 14-3 SEC)

The Aggies (#2 last week) started the week with an 11-9 loss at home to Louisiana-Lafayette. They fell behind 11-2 after three innings, but made a furious rally that came up just short. They finished the weekend with a sweep of Georgia. The final two games showcased their strong pitching as they won 1-0 and 2-0.  Texas A&M faces Kentucky on the road over the weekend.

#4 – Oklahoma Sooners (41-8 Overall, 11-1 Big 12)

Oklahoma (#4 last week) went 2-1 as they played Baylor in a three game set. The first two games were decided by one run with the teams splitting those. The first game was scoreless until the eighth inning when both teams scored. Fale Aviu doubled home the tying and winning runs in the ninth for the 3-2 win. The second game was Baylor’s 4-3 win as they got to Paige Lowary and knocked her out of the game after 2 1/3 innings. The Sooners rallied from a 4-0 deficit, but came up short.

The final game was a 6-0 win that was a 5-0 contest after two innings. The Sooners cruised to the victory and a tie atop the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma will be traveling to Texas Tech for a three game series this weekend.

#5 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (43-3 Overall, 16-1 Big 10)

Minnesota (#5 last week) went 5-0, all in Big 10 play. The Gophers allowed just two runs in those games while scoring 35. Sara Groenewegen went 3-0 over the week pitching 25 innings allowing no runs, 14 hits, and striking out 35 batters. As she goes, so do the Gophers and right now she is doing very well in the circle. Minnesota plays North Dakota State in a doubleheader on Wednesday and then welcomes Purdue to Jane Sage Cowles Stadium over the weekend.

#6 – Florida State Seminoles (44-3-1 Overall, 21-0 ACC)

Florida State (#6 last week) had a successful weekend sweeping Louisville while also clinching the ACC Regular Season title. The first game was an 11-0 crushing of the Cardinals, which clinched the ACC title. The final two games were much closer and the Seminoles were able to pull out both wins. They won 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday and 5-4 on Monday.

Florida State has easily been the best team in the ACC from the start of the season. They have been rewarded with the crown and will have a final series at home in ACC play against North Carolina.

#7 – Tennessee Volunteers (41-6 Overall, 13-4 SEC)

Tennessee (#10 last week) may have seen their win streak end at 20, but not before taking two of three from LSU on the road. They won 6-3 and 6-4 as they overturned deficits in both of those games. The final game was a tough 1-0 loss that saw the Vols lose on a walk off home run in game that neither team deserved to lose. Tennessee managed only one hit while LSU had just two.

Tennessee is a dark horse team going into the tournament and we will get a real good look at their potential the next two weeks starting with a three game set at home versus Florida this weekend.

#8 – Washington Huskies (34-10 Overall, 8-7 Pac-12)

Washington (#11 last week) had an impressive week in Alabama winning one game at UAB and two at Alabama. The Huskies used strong pitching to win all three games as they allowed 13 hits over the three games and produced two shutouts. The Huskies appear to be hitting their best stride winning 8 of their last 10 including wins over UCLA, Oregon (twice), and Alabama (twice). They will be at California over the weekend.

#9– Oregon Ducks (38-6 Overall, 11-6 Pac-12)

Oregon (#7 last week) continued their slide losing two of three to Arizona on the road. All three games were competitive, but the Ducks could not come out on top beyond the final game. They lost 2-0 and 10-7, but won 4-3 in the final game after falling behind.

After opening 35-0, Oregon has stumbled going 3-6. Their last three Pac-12 series have resulted in 1-2 finishes each time. The Ducks are still a very good team, but just stuck in a rut. They play Oregon State at home this weekend.

#10 – Utah Utes (30-9 Overall, 12-4 Pac-12)

Utah (#8 last week) had a very competitive weekend series at Arizona State winning two of three. All three games were decided by one run and in the seventh inning. The offense for Utah was excellent in the first two games despite the opening game loss. They tallied 15 runs on 19 hits and then won the final game 2-1 with only three hits. Bridget Castro hit the game deciding home run in the top of the seventh.

Utah has shown the ability to win high scoring, low scoring, and close games. Utah has an odd week scheduled with Weber State on Wednesday day and then they do not play again until Tuesday, May 2 against Grand Canyon in a doubleheader.

#11 – Auburn Tigers (39-8 Overall, 12-6 SEC)

Auburn (#9 last week) had a tough time off the field, but still managed to go 3-1. They started with a 7-3 win over Kennesaw State on Wednesday, but the off the field drama was about to start. Three players, Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin, and Brittany Maresette, were arrested on possession of marijuana and suspended indefinitely.

The Tigers responded with back-to-back 2-0 shutout wins over South Carolina on the road before dropping the final game 3-0. Kaylee Carlson threw the first complete game shutout allowing four hits while Ashlee Swindle and Carlson combined to allow two hits in the second shutout win. The losses of Fagan and Martin will hurt Auburn, but there is still plenty of talent.

Auburn faces Alabama State on Wednesday and then plays three at home against Mississippi State over the weekend.

#12 – UCLA Bruins (33-12 Overall, 8-7 Pac-12)

UCLA (#12 last week) came back from a surprising series loss to Oregon State to sweep California. The Bruins rallied to win the first game after trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. A two run hit by Bubba Nickles tied the game and Gabrielle Maurice completed the comeback with a double to left field. Game two was a 3-1 win and the final game ended 8-1 for UCLA as Delaney Spaulding (3 for 4 and 4 RBIs) and Nickles (2 for 3 and 3 RBIs) led the offense. UCLA faces Cal State-Northridge on Wednesday and Stanford over the weekend.

#13– Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (36-6 Overall, 17-1 Sun Belt)

Louisiana-Lafayette (#14 last week) had an excellent week going 4-0 with a road win at Texas A&M and a sweep of Georgia State over the weekend. Louisiana held on for an 11-9 win over the Aggies after leading 11-2 following the third inning. Haley Hayden hit a grand slam and a three run double while DJ Sanders had a home run.

Against Georgia State, Louisiana blitzed them with 40 runs while giving up 11. DJ Sanders had a great weekend going 4 for 4 with 10 runs scored, 7 RBIs, and drawing 7 walks. She hit three home runs as did Aleah Craighton and Haley Haden hit two home runs.

The nation’s best offense showed their ability against one of the best teams in Texas A&M. They face Coastal Carolina at home for a three game set over the weekend.

#14 – Baylor Bears (37-9 Overall, 9-3 Big 12)

Baylor (#13 last week) went 2-2 last week after losing two of three at Oklahoma and defeating Lamar on Tuesday. The first two games versus the Sooners were one run games. The final game was a 6-0 loss and they were overwhelmed early giving up 5 runs in the first two innings. The Bears were able to win 4-1 over Lamar with Maddison Kettler going 3 for 3 with an RBI. The Bears will be at home over the weekend against Oklahoma State in another matchup of top Big 12 squads.

#15 – James Madison Dukes (39-6 Overall, 12-2 Colonial)

James Madison (#16 last week) played just two games due to weather cancellations. They defeated UNC-Wilmington in their two games on Sunday 4-1 and 4-0. Game on was a Megan Good four hit performance as she also drove in a run and Taylor Newton drove home the other three.

Game two saw the Dukes throw a combined two hitter between Odicci Alexander and Megan Good. Both gave up on hit as Good doubled home one run and hit a two run home run. JMU will travel to face North Carolina on Wednesday and then face Drexel at home over the weekend.

#16 – Alabama Crimson Tide (38-11 Overall, 10-7 SEC)

Alabama (#15 last week) went 2-2 with both losses coming at home to Washington. The Tide could not rally back from two runs in the seventh inning in game one. Game two saw Washington hit three home runs and shutout the Tide 3-0. The wins came against Southern Miss and Samford. Alabama will be at Ole Miss this weekend.

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#17 – Michigan Wolverines (34-10-1 Overall, 14-3 Big 10)

Michigan (#19 last week) had a three game set at Wisconsin and took two of three. Game one was their only loss and it was a tough loss. Megan Betsa allowed two hits over 10 innings and struck out 18, but it was not quite good enough. The final two games saw the offense come alive as they outscored the Badgers 18-2 with both games ending after five innings. Michigan faces Indiana at home over the weekend and Western Michigan on Tuesday.

#18 – Ole Miss Rebels (31-16 Overall, 6-12 SEC)

Ole Miss (#17 last week) went on the road to top ranked Florida and it did not turn out well for the Rebels. To be fair, only two teams, Maryland and Auburn, have won in Gainesville. Ole Miss had a tough time getting anything going and it showed as they were held to 7 hits while being shut out in all three games. The competition gets only slightly easier for Ole Miss as they face Jacksonville State on Wednesday and Alabama over the weekend.

#19 – LSU Tigers (35-14 Overall, 9-9 SEC)

LSU (#18 last week) ran into one of the hottest teams in the nation in Tennessee and took one of three games. The Tigers had their chances against the Vols as they led in all three games, but squandered leads in the first two games. Still, the Tigers were competitive in all three games and remain a serious threat against any opponent they face. LSU will be at home for three games against Missouri this weekend.

#20 – Jacksonville State Gamecocks (34-9 Overall, 13-1 OVC)

Jacksonville State (#20 last week) played in two games against SIU-Edwardsville and won both of them. Their other two games were scheduled to be against Eastern Illinois, but were rained out. Against SIU-Edwardsville, Jacksonville State won 5-3 and 2-1 as the Gamecocks won both games late. JSU still leads the Ohio Valley Conference and they have one last chance to get a major non-conference victory at Ole Miss on Wednesday. They will also play at Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky in doubleheaders over the weekend.

Knocking on the Door

There were no additions or subtractions from the top 20 this week. The teams below have some work to do to be one of the top twenty, but could make a jump over the new week or two (in alphabetical order):

Arkansas, Arizona State, BYU, California, Florida International, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Marshall, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, SIU-Edwardsville, and Texas State.

Below is the Week Seven Power Rankings table:

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC44-318-21
2ArizonaPac-1245-415-33
3Texas A&MSEC40-514-32
4OklahomaBig 1241-811-14
5MinnesotaBig 1043-316-15
6Florida StateACC44-3-121-06
7TennesseeSEC41-613-410
8WashingtonPac-1234-108-711
9OregonPac-1238-611-67
10UtahPac-1230-912-48
11AuburnSEC39-812-69
12UCLAPac-1233-128-712
13LouisianaSun Belt36-617-114
14BaylorBig 1237-99-313
15James MadisonColonial39-612-216
16AlabamaSEC38-1110-715
17MichiganBig 1034-10-114-319
18Ole MissSEC31-166-1217
19LSUSEC35-149-918
20Jacksonville
State
Ohio Valley34-913-120

Florida Consolidates Lead Atop Softball Polls After Week 11

Florida Consolidates Lead Atop Softball Polls After Week 11

The Florida Gators had a strong week on the diamond, which helped them gain a bigger stranglehold on the top spot in both polls. Florida took 30 of 32 first place votes in the Coaches Poll (up from 26 last week) and received 17 of 20 first place votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll (up from 15 last week).

In the Coaches Poll, Florida is followed by Florida State and Arizona (one first place vote) with neither team moving from their spot last week. Minnesota (one first place vote) swaps places with Texas A&M with the Gophers in fourth and the Aggies sliding a spot to fifth.

Oregon stays at sixth despite losing two of three at Arizona. Oklahoma is up a spot after taking two of three from Baylor and Washington also moves up a spot to eighth. Auburn falls two spots to ninth place while Utah (no change) rounds out the top 10.

Tennessee stays at 11th after taking two of three at LSU, UCLA is up a spot to 12th, and Alabama falls one place to 13th after losing to back-to-back games at home to Washington. James Madison and Baylor remain at fourteenth and fifteenth respectively.

Louisiana-Lafayette sits at 16th, LSU is 17th, Kentucky is 18th, Michigan is 19th, and Ole Miss is 20th. The next four teams remain in the same spot as last week: BYU in 21st, Georgia in 22nd, Arizona State in 23rd, and Arkansas in 24th. In 25th is Marshall, a newcomer to the poll, as they replace Illinois. The entire Coaches Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (30)79844-31
2Florida State75443-3-12
3Arizona (1)74145-43
4Minnesota (1)69443-35
5Texas A&M68540-54
6Oregon62338-66
7Oklahoma58441-88
8Washington57234-109
9Auburn54239-87
10Utah51030-910
11Tennessee49841-611
12UCLA43733-1213
13Alabama40937-1112
14James Madison38239-614
15Baylor35636-915
16Louisiana32736-617
17LSU28634-1416
18Kentucky23830-1320
19Michigan22334-10-119
20Ole Miss19131-1618
21BYU17532-1021
22Georgia9930-1822
23Arizona State8327-1423
24Arkansas4628-1724
25Marshall3835-7Not
Ranked

In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, Florida is trailed by Arizona (one first place vote), Florida State, Texas A&M (one first place vote), and Minnesota (one first place vote). None of the teams in the top five changed positions from last week.

Oregon remains sixth while Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington all moved up a spot to seventh, eighth, and ninth respectively. Auburn, which was hurt by off the field issues on Thursday, fell to tenth from seventh.

Utah is still 11th, UCLA is up two spots to 12th, Baylor remains in 13th, Alabama is down two places to 14th, and James Madison stays at 15th. Louisiana-Lafayette moves up two spots to 16th, Michigan stays in 17th, and LSU falls two spots to 18th. Kentucky rises two spots to 19th and BYU is down a spot to 20th.

Ole Miss falls one spot to 21st, Illinois went from unranked to 22nd, and Arizona State is up a place to 23rd. California falls two spots to 24th and Georgia does the same to 25th. There were changes in the USA Softball Poll in terms of teams coming and going. The entire poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)RecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (17)44-31
2Arizona (1)45-42
3Florida State44-3-13
4Texas A&M (1)40-54
5Minnesota (1)43-35
6Oregon38-66
7Oklahoma41-88
8Tennessee41-69
9Washington34-1010
10Auburn39-87
11Utah30-911
12UCLA3-1214
13Baylor6-913
14Alabama37-1112
15James Madison39-615
16Louisiana-Lafayette36-618
17Michigan34-10-117
18LSU34-1416
19Kentucky30-1321
20BYU32-1019
21Ole Miss31-1620
22Illinois34-11Not
Ranked
23Arizona State27-1424
24California26-1622
25Georgia30-1823

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2017 College Softball Season: Week Eleven Review

2017 College Softball Season: Week Eleven Review

Another week in the 2017 college softball season, another set of great games and excellent performances. There was more off the field news involving the Auburn Tigers as well as some good on the field performances across the country. We take a day-by-day look at all the action below.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fordham played a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure and thoroughly dismantled them. Over two games, the Rams put up 35 runs on 37 hits. In the first game alone, Fordham won 23-8 as Sydney Canessa went a perfect 6 for 6 with four runs and 8 RBIs including a grand slam.  The six hits were a program record as were the 23 runs. Game two was a 12-2 win for Fordham with both Madison Shaw and Jordana Storm recording 3 RBIs.

The Big South had a nice day against ACC opponents as both Winthrop and Radford won. Winthrop defeated North Carolina 8-7 despite a late rally by the Tar Heels. Winthrop led 4-0, but a three run home run from Brittany Pickett made it 4-3. The Eagles built the lead back up to four runs at 8-4, but a three run shot by Kendra Lynch in the bottom of the seventh cut it to 8-7. Winthrop was able to retire the next two batters and hang on for the victory. Six different Eagles recorded an RBI led by Leah Young’s 2 for 3 day with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs.

As for Radford, they had a much easier time against Virginia Tech. Abby Morrow threw a complete game shutout allowing only 3 hits and 3 walks in a run shortened five inning game. Marissa Gagliano had 3 RBIs and Maggie Rowe had 2 RBIs including the game ender in the bottom of the fifth. The Highlanders won 8-0.

Also posting two blowout victories was Jacksonville over Savannah State. Like Fordham, the Dolphins put up 31 runs on 30 hits in 14-3 and 17-1 wins. Makenzie Buss went 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 6 RBIs including a grand slam in game one. Game two was led by Heather Roberts going 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs. The trio of Madison Regan, Bethany Kursch, and Jordan Daniels each recorded 2 RBIs.

For the second time in 14 days, Tulsa defeated Oklahoma State. Tulsa put up three runs in the bottom of the first via RBIs from Maddie Withee, Tori Stafford, and Rylie Spell. That was all the scoring from Tulsa, but it was all Emily Watson would need. She threw a complete game shutout giving up only three hits and striking out 11 in the 3-0 win. Tulsa is 5-2 against Big 12 opponents in 2017 with the losses coming against Baylor and Oklahoma.

#5 Minnesota won a road doubleheader on the road against rival Wisconsin. Game one was a deceiving 6-0 victory as the contest actually went to 12 innings. Sara Groenewegen pitched all 12 innings recording 15 strikeouts while her catcher, Kendyl Lindaman, went 1 of 2 with 2 RBIs and 5 walks. The second game started the way the first ended with Minnesota scoring. The Gophers put up 5 in the first and ended the game with 7 in the fifth. 9 different Gophers recorded an RBI while Amber Fiser improved to 9-0 after throwing a complete game.

The game of the day on paper turned out to be a good one between #17 Louisiana-Lafayette and #4 Texas A&M. The Ragin’ Cajuns were well on their way to an easy victory with 11 runs in the first three innings. DJ Sanders hit a 2 run home run in the first inning to get the scoring started. Haley Hayden had 7 RBIs thanks to a grand slam in second inning and a three run triple in the third. The Aggies trailed 11-2 after four innings.

Texas A&M started to slowly cut into the lead knocking in three runs on three hits in the fifth with another run coming via an illegal pitch. They scored another in the sixth on a wild pitch and then made the finish very uncomfortable for Louisiana. A single by Kaitlyn Alderink brought home two runs, but the Aggies were down to their final out. They could not get another hit as their rally fell short and the Ragin’ Cajuns won 11-9. Texas A&M’s Payton McBride had a fantastic outing as she came on in relief in the third inning. She went 4 1/3 innings and gave up just one hit with no walks against the vaunted Louisiana lineup.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The biggest piece of news was out of Auburn, Alabama once again. The Tigers had three players, Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin, and Brittany Maresette, arrested due to possession of marijuana. All three players were suspended indefinitely.

It was a quiet day on the diamond across the nation as the top name in action was #9 Washington. The Huskies defeated UAB 6-0 thanks to a two-hitter performance from Samantha Manti. Casey Stangel drove in four runs including a three run shot in the fifth inning.

Villanova took a doubleheader from Fairleigh Dickinson with 10-0 and 5-2 victories. Brette Lawrence allowed four hits over four innings in game one and the duo of Dana Morris and Nikki Alden both recorded 2 RBIs. Game two saw Lawrence come on in relief to pick up her second win of the day. She allowed 4 hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Friday, April 21, 2017

#9 Washington secured a major road victory at #12 Alabama, 3-2. The Huskies scored first in the fourth inning via Morganne Flores’ single up the middle. The Tide responded with a run in the bottom half from Gabby Callaway’s double. Washington took a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh on a two run home run from Kirstyn Thomas. Alabama rallied again in the bottom of the inning Claire Jenkins drove home Rachel Bobo to cut the deficit to 3-2. That would be all the Tide would get as Taran Alvelo closed the door. Alvelo went the distance giving up two walks and six hits with seven strikeouts. She out-dueled Alexis Osorio, who also allowed six hits and a walk and struck out six.

Wisconsin needed 11 innings to defeat #21 Michigan 1-0. The Badgers were only able to record two hits the entire game, but the final one was the fatal blow from Stephanie Lombardo. She hit a solo shot to walk off and defeat Megan Betsa’s two hit and 18 strikeout performance. Kaitlyn Menz (19-5) threw 11 innings giving up five walks and six hits while striking out 6.

North Carolina State and Pittsburgh played a wild 8 inning affair with the Wolfpack winning 13-10. Pittsburgh stormed out to a 6-0 lead after the first inning and NC State pulled three back in the third inning. After exchanging one run apiece in the middle innings, Pittsburgh appeared to have put the game away in the sixth inning on three straight solo home runs from Alexis Solak, Erin Hershman, and Olivia Gray. That made it 10-4, but set the stage for a miraculous 7th inning rally.

The Wolfpack clawed back two runs and only one out to make it 10-6. They managed to load the bases for Tyler Ross and she made Pittsburgh pay with a grand slam to tie the game. They could not get another run in the seventh, but added three in the eighth on Jade Caraway’s three run home run. Ross went 5 for 5 with 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, 6 RBIs, and a walk.

#3 Arizona was able to get back on track against Pac-12 foes after a 2-0 win over #6 Oregon. An error in the first inning allowed Arizona to score their first run with Mandie Perez getting the honors. Katiyana Mauga hit a solo shot in the fifth to double the lead as Danielle O’Toole threw the complete game shutout allowing only one walk and five hits. Two of Oregon’s five hits came from Gwen Svekis as the Ducks have now lost five of their last seven games.

#7 Auburn responded to their tough news on Thursday with a 2-0 win at South Carolina. Kaylee Carlson threw a complete game shutout giving up only four hits and striking out three. Victoria Draper scored in the first inning on an error as Kasey Cooper doubled home the second run in the third inning. Both Draper and Cooper recorded two hits as the rest of the team only had one hit via Alyssa Rivera.

The #11 Tennessee Volunteers saw their win streak extended to 19 games with a 6-3 road win at #16 LSU. The scoring started early as the Vols took a 1-0 lead in the top frame, but LSU answered in the bottom half with two runs. Tennessee came back to tie the game in the second from Scarlet McSwain, but LSU reclaimed the lead in the third on a double by Constance Quinn. The Vols scored two runs in the fourth and added two more in the seventh.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The clash of top teams in the Big 12 between #15 Baylor and #8 Oklahoma produced a good game. Scoring was extremely scarce as neither team scored a run in the first eight innings. Baylor plated the first run in the ninth on a single to right by Shelby Friudenberg. The Sooners were able to tie the game in the bottom half on a double from Nicole Mendes. The Bears took the lead again in the 10th inning on a single up the middle by Maddison Kettler. Once again, the Sooners were able to answer with a two run double courtesy of Fale Aviu that gave them the walk off 3-2 victory.

#9 Washington was able to complete a sweep of #12 Alabama with a 3-0 win. Taran Alvelo threw 5 2/3 shutout innings allowing four walks and five hits while striking out five. Three solo shots from the trio of Ali Aguilar, Julia DePonte, and Sis Bates were all the offense the Huskies needed to get past the Tide.

#3 Arizona won their second straight over #6 Oregon. The Ducks started the scoring right away with a three run home run by Gwen Svekis. The Wildcats answered back in the bottom of the first with one run, but it was their five run second inning that put them in the lead, which they would not relinquish. Ashleigh Hughes and Katiyana Mauga each had a two RBI hit in the second inning.

The Ducks were still hanging around due to Svekis. She hit her second home run in the third inning, a two run shot, to cut the Arizona lead down to 6-5. Mauga hit a solo shot in the fourth and Dejah Mulipola hit a double to make it 8-5. Danica Mercado cut deficit down to one run again after a two run blast. Arizona put up two runs in the sixth to get to the final of 10-7.

#7 Auburn clinched a series win over South Carolina with a second straight 2-0 win. Ashlee Swindle threw 5 1/3 innings allowing only two hits. Kaylee Carlson threw 1 2/3 perfect inning to get her second save of the year. The offense was provided by Courtney Shea’s first inning bases loaded walk that brought home Victoria Draper and Kendall Veach’s solo home run in the fourth.

#11 Tennessee clinched a series victory with a 6-4 win over #16 LSU. Tennessee was able to get going right away with two runs in the first inning on RBIs from Meghan Gregg and Brooke Vines. The Tigers also started quickly scoring four runs in the first inning to turn the two run deficit around to a two run lead. The Vols tied the game in third with a two run home run by Gregg and then took the lead in fifth on an error. They added an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI town by Aubrey Leach for the 6-4 final. The Vols win streak is now up to 20 in a row.

#17 Louisiana-Lafayette swept a doubleheader over the second placed Sun Belt team Georgia State. Game one was all but over after one inning with the Ragin’ Cajuns scoring 13 runs. DJ Sanders a two run home run and a two run single in the first inning. Sanders added another home run, a solo shot, in the second inning. Aleah Craighton went 2 for 2 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs as the duo of Lexie Comeaux and Corin Voinche each recorded 3 RBIs. Louisiana-Lafayette won 19-4 in five innings.

Game two saw the Ragin’ Cajuns get out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a single by Haley Hayden and a sacrifice fly from Comeaux. DJ Sanders hit a two run home run while Comeaux added three more RBIs to her tally with a double in the fifth inning in the 7-1 win.

The Summit League had quite a few high scoring games. South Dakota won 17-9 in game one and 6-5 in game two over IUPUI. Kayla Fields went 5 for 5 with 6 RBIs in the first game while Jamie Holscher hit a grand slam in the second contest. Nebraska-Omaha won their doubleheader over South Dakota State 11-1 and 10-4. North Dakota State won 11-3 over Western Illinois as Bre Beatty went 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

North Carolina was able to take a doubleheader against Syracuse including an exciting 11-10 win in 9 innings. The Tar Heels got out to a 4-0 lead before Syracuse came back in the fifth inning to tie the game. The seventh inning saw North Carolina take a 7-4 lead on solo shot from Kendra Lynch and a two run home run by Katelyn Shifflett. Syracuse was able to tie the game in the bottom half on singles by Bryce Holmgren and Hannah Dossett.

After a scoreless eighth, North Carolina was able to score 4 runs in the ninth. Brittany West drove home two runs on a single in what would be the eventual game winning hit. Syracuse showed no quit as they scored two runs with no outs. A double play brought home another run, but they could not tie the game.

#2 Florida State posted a doubleheader sweep over Louisville to clinch the ACC Regular Season Title. The game one 11-1 victory was the clincher as Jessica Warren went for 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Jessica Burroughs threw a complete game one hitter giving up two walks and striking out 7. Game two required extra innings though Florida State needed a seventh inning rally to tie the game at two. Both teams exchanged runs in the ninth inning with Sydney Broderick driving home the winning run for the 4-3 victory.

#1 Florida completed a sweep of #18 Ole Miss and did not allow a run in the three games. The Gators allowed just 7 hits over the three game as Kelly Barnhill went 2-0 allowing four hits against 25 strikeouts. Kayli Kvistad went 5 for 7 with 5 RBIs over the three games as was able to record an RBI in each contest.

#16 LSU was able to stop #11 Tennessee from sweeping them and end their 20 game win streak. This game was all about pitching as both pitchers had very strong outings. Allie Walljasper threw a complete game shutout allowing only one hit and two walks with 4 strikeouts. Caylan Arnold was unfortunate to get the loss as she allowed only one walk and two hits. The latter hit was a home run by Constance Quinn in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers a walk off 1-0 victory.

#4 Texas A&M rebounded from a midweek loss against Louisiana-Lafayette to sweep #22 Georgia. The Aggies won 2-0 on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning by Kristen Cuyos and an RBI single from Ashley Walters. Lexi Smith threw a complete game shutout allowing three walks and six hits to improve to 11-0.

#19 Michigan was able to win their final two games at Wisconsin to take the series from the Badgers. Megan Betsa, who lost game one despite allowing only two hits, came back on Sunday to allow only two walks and three hits while striking out 10. Tera Blanco’s three run home run in the first started the scoring while Katie Alexander had 2 RBIs on a double and triple. Michigan won 8-0 in five innings.

Nebraska posted a surprising 14-0 blowout over #25 Illinois to avoid a sweep. The top of the Nebraska order was locked in all game as the top four of Alyvia Simmons, Tristen Edwards, MJ Knighten, and Kaylan Jablonski combined to go 8 for 12 with 6 runs scored, 10 RBIs, and 4 walks. Cassie McClure threw a complete game giving up one walk and three hits with three strikeouts.

#8 Oklahoma and #15 Baylor split a doubleheader, but that was enough for Oklahoma to win the series two games to one. Baylor jumped out to a 4-0 after three innings in the first contest as the Bears knocked Paige Lowary from the game after just 2 1/3 innings. The Sooners were able to close the deficit to 4-3 by the end of the fifth thanks to a two run blast from Caleigh Clifton. It was not enough as Kelsee Selman came on for the 2 inning save to preserve the Baylor victory.

Game two was all Oklahoma from the beginning as they were able to lead the bases for Nicole Pendley, who hit a grand slam. Runs in the second and sixth innings were just icing on the cake for Paige Parker. She threw a complete game shutout allowing two walks and five hits while striking out nine. Oklahoma won 6-0 and are tied atop the Big 12 standings with in-state rival Oklahoma State at 11-1.

#10 Utah won 2-1 at #23 Arizona State to take the series. The third game was exactly like the previous two: decided by one run and in the seventh inning. With the game tied at one after six innings, Bridget Castro hit a solo home run and the Utes were able to work around a lead-off double and two out walk for the win.

#6 Oregon came from behind and defeated #3 Arizona 4-3 to prevent a sweep. Arizona scored in the first before the two teams traded solo home runs in the second. Oregon tied the game a two on an error in third inning, but Arizona went ahead 3-2 on Reyna Carranco’s single in the fourth inning. Oregon was able to get two solo home runs in the sixth inning from Nikki Udria and Lauren Lindvall to take the 4-3 lead.

Tulsa was able to complete a sweep of Connecticut to move 3 games ahead of Houston in the American Athletic Conference. Emily Watson threw a complete game shutout allowing only one hit and striking out seven. Rylie Spell finished with 4 RBIs including a two run home run and Julia Hollingsworth also hit a two run home run in the 8-0 run-rule shortened contest. Tulsa has won 7 in a row including a sweep over the aforementioned Houston Cougars as well as a 3-0 win against Oklahoma State.

Illinois State finished off a sweep of Missouri State to improve to 17-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Redbirds went up 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a bases loaded walk by Shannon Felde and RBI doubles by Jordan de los Reyes and Allison Spence. They went on to win 5-2 with Sarah Finck throwing a complete game and is now 18-8.

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2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Sixth Edition

Tennessee has won 18 in a row including two close wins over Alabama this past weekend. How high have the Vols risen in the power rankings? (Photo courtesy of University of Tennessee Athletics)

2017 College Softball Power Rankings: Sixth Edition

The tenth week of the 2017 NCAA Softball season had a lot of upsets throughout the entire top 20. Teams that were on fire, such as Arizona, dropped series while others, like Texas A&M, had a small blip over the past week.

Of all the power rankings to this point, this was by far the most difficult due to the chaos that happened in the past week. Below we list the top 16 teams along with the next four teams.

We will start by providing the fifth edition of the power rankings below. Please note the records below are through April 11.

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC37-213-11
2ArizonaPac-1240-112-03
3Florida StateACC38-1-118-02
4Texas A&MSEC35-39-26
5UCLAPac-1228-104-510
6OregonPac-1236-29-24
7AuburnSEC33-68-45
8OklahomaBig 1235-76-07
9MinnesotaBig 1035-38-18
10UtahPac-1226-78-29
11BaylorBig 1235-68-111
12AlabamaSEC36-710-512
13LouisianaSun Belt30-512-014
14TennesseeSEC37-59-316
15WashingtonPac-1229-96-613
16LSUSEC32-98-415
17MichiganBig 1028-8-18-117
18James MadisonColonial34-67-218
19BYUWest Coast28-103-020
20Jacksonville
State
Ohio Valley30-99-1Not
Ranked

Below are the previous editions of our Power Rankings.

First Edition (March 15)

Second Edition (March 22)

Third Edition (March 29)

Fourth Edition (April 5)

Fifth Edition (April 12)

Below is the sixth edition of our 2017 power rankings. Please note the records listed are through games as of April 18.

#1 – Florida Gators (40-3 Overall, 15-2 SEC)

In a normal week, the Gators (#1 last week) may have been relegated to second or third due to a loss to Kentucky, a team they are superior to. However, this was no ordinary week as the six teams directly below them from week five’s power ranking lost at least one game (or two in many cases). The Gators also own one of the best victories of the week: a 1-0 win over Florida State, a team that was #1 the in coaches polls last week.

The Gators loss, 5-1 at the Wildcats, was a strange one in which nothing really worked for them. The bats were not effective with only two hits, Delanie Gourley gave up all five runs on 8 hits, and the Gators committed two errors. Florida did not allow a run in the three wins and only gave up six hits combined including Kelly Barnhill’s no-hitter on Sunday.

Florida faces Central Florida on Wednesday and Ole Miss, a potentially tough opponent, at home over the weekend.

#2 – Texas A&M Aggies (37-4 Overall, 11-3 SEC)

Texas A&M actually moves up the rankings from 4th last week. The Aggies won two of three against Arkansas on the road. All three were close as the Aggies won 3-0 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday. Sunday’s contest was a 4-3 loss in which the Aggies trailed 2-0 after six, took a 3-2 lead in the seventh, and then lost the game 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh.

Texas A&M welcomes Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday in a big midweek non-conference game. Georgia will be visiting over the weekend as well.

#3 – Arizona Wildcats (43-3 Overall, 13-2 Pac-12)

Arizona is down one spot after losing two of three to Utah on the road. The Wildcats won 5-1 on Thursday and then were defeated 6-3 on Friday after falling behind 6-0. They were unlucky in the series finale losing 3-2 on a walk off single in the seventh inning. They also took care of New Mexico State in a doubleheader on Tuesday by a combined score of 19-1.

It is difficult to discredit Arizona’s overall resume, but another tough weekend at home to Oregon might be a slight cause for concern.

#4 – Oklahoma Sooners (39-7 Overall, 9-0 Big 12)

Oklahoma (#8 last week) makes a move into the top five after sweeping Kansas, defeating North Texas 8-0 on Tuesday, and seeing other teams falter dramatically over the past week. The Sooners won the three games over the Jayhawks by a combined score of 26-10. The Sooners had struggles early in the season, but since two straight losses to Cal Poly on 3/17 and 3/18, they have won 15 in a row. The Big 12 lead is on the line this weekend against Baylor at home.

#5 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (38-3 Overall, 11-1 Big 10)

The Gophers, like Oklahoma, are up four spots (#9 last week) after sweeping their opponent. They took care of Northwestern over the weekend including Sara Groenewegen’s two hitter, 10 strikeout performance to close out the sweep. Since their 9-0 defeat at Washington on March 12, Minnesota has won 17 of 18.

Minnesota faces Wisconsin for a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday followed by a three game set at home against Iowa.

#6 – Florida State Seminoles (41-3-1 Overall, 18-0 ACC)

Florida State (#3 last week) takes a dive three spots after spending three games against SEC competition and Troy. It began with a tough 1-0 loss at rival Florida on a walk off, but the week continued with a 7-2 loss at South Carolina. There is no shame in the loss against Florida (especially it being so close), but the South Carolina contest was unexpected. FSU gave up 7 runs on 12 hits and neither Jessica Burroughs nor Meghan King had an answer as those two gave up all 7 runs. FSU won the first game on Tuesday against Troy 9-3 and then saw the pitching hold Troy to 2 hits in the second game in a 2-0 victory.

Florida State is still a really good team and a threat to make and win the WCWS. There were concerns about their series against Syracuse (giving up 18 runs in three games) and South Carolina took advantage of that and made the Noles pay. FSU is at Louisville over the weekend with a chance to put the ACC title away.

#7– Oregon Ducks (37-4 Overall, 10-4 Pac-12)

Oregon (#6 last week) falls a spot after losing two of three to Washington. It was a competitive series that saw both losses decided by two runs including the final game when the lost 5-3. In that game, they held a 3-1 lead going into the final inning.

The Ducks did not have the best pitching weekend allowing 7 hits, 5 hits, and 12 hits in each of the three games. As the case with a lot of teams throughout the season, they have hit a rough patch losing 4 of 6. They face Arizona on the road this weekend.

#8 – Utah Utes (28-8 Overall, 10-3 Pac-12)

Utah (#10 last week) took two of three from high flying Arizona during the week. The Utes have won 7 of 8 after losing three in a row to BYU and Oregon (twice) at the end of March. The first two games were similar as Arizona won relatively easy in game one and the same went for the Utes in game two. Game three was a close affair with the Utes coming away with the victory 3-2.

Utah is a dangerous team if their pitching is on as seen in series against UCLA and Arizona (5-1 over those two series). They will face Arizona State on the road over the weekend.

#9 – Auburn Tigers (36-7 Overall, 10-5 SEC)

Auburn (#7 last week) won midweek against Georgia State and then took two of three from Missouri over the weekend. Auburn won 6-3 over the Panthers and then dropped a 6-1 game to Missouri on Friday. Auburn actually trailed 3-0 in the second game, but four runs in the fourth and another in the sixth allowed them to win 5-4. The final game saw Auburn put up a five spot in the fifth inning and they went on to win 6-1.

Auburn will face Kennesaw State on Wednesday and then travel to face a dangerous South Carolina team over the weekend.

#10 – Tennessee Volunteers (39-5 Overall, 11-3 SEC)

The Volunteers (#14 last week) took advantage of both the carnage in the top 25 and Alabama to move up four spots in a week. The Vols ended up playing just two games versus the Tide with Monday’s game cancelled due to weather. Both games were close and resulted in walk off wins for Tennessee. The first game saw the Vols trail 2-0 going into the sixth inning, but they tied the game and then won in seventh on a Chelsea Seggern’s RBI single. The second game was scoreless until the seventh when Brooke Vines hit a two run home run to end that contest.

Tennessee is one of the hottest teams in the nation. They have won 18 straight games including 8 versus ranked teams and another two against teams that received votes in the Coaches Poll or were ranked in the USA Softball Poll. The Vols are 8th in the NCAA for batting average, 13th in ERA, 14th in fielding percentage, and 5th in scoring. They will travel to face LSU over the weekend.

#11 – Washington Huskies (31-10 Overall, 8-7 Pac-12)

The Huskies are 11th (#15 last week) after they defeated Oregon two games to one just over this past weekend. Washington was able to get to the Oregon pitchers in both wins, which is not an easy task, especially at Eugene.

Washington is a very good team and perhaps the Pac-12 is really good to the point that the teams beating each other is masking how good the conference is a whole. The Huskies have lost 7 of 12 in conference since their opening sweep of Arizona State. Is Washington an up and down team or is the Pac-12 that good? We actually get a preview of that with Washington facing UAB on Thursday and Alabama on Friday and Saturday on the road.

#12 – UCLA Bruins (30-12 Overall, 5-7 Pac-12)

There are not many teams more frustrating to watch than UCLA (#5 last week). They are swept by Utah to start Pac-12 play, but then win 4 of 6 against Washington and Oregon. How do they follow up that nice stretch? Losing 2 of 3 to Oregon State. After a good pitching weekend against the Ducks, they fall apart in Corvallis.

Oregon State two hit the Bruins in the opener, winning 8-0. UCLA came back to win an offensive battle in game two 7-5. The Bruins had 7 runs on 11 hits compared to 5 runs on 10 hits for OSU. The final game was an 8-5 loss for UCLA where the Bruins held a slim 5-4 advantage going to the bottom of the seventh. Natalie Hampton, who tore up the Bruins in the two losses, hit the walk off three run shot.

The Bruins defeated Cal State Fullerton 7-3 on Tuesday and will be facing California at home over the weekend. It will be interesting to see how they fare in this series.

#13 – Baylor Bears (35-7 Overall, 8-1 Big 12)

Baylor (#11 last week) played just one game over the past week, a 1-0 loss to Texas State on the road. The Bears could not get anything going against Randi Rupp as Kelsee Selman’s strong pitching performance did not result in a favorable result. The Bears were scheduled to face Houston on Tuesday in a doubleheader, but those were cancelled due to weather. Baylor has a massive series at Oklahoma this weekend and will play at Lamar on Tuesday.

#14– Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (32-6 Overall, 14-1 Sun Belt)

 Louisiana-Lafayette (#13 last week) had a three game road trip at conference opponent Texas State. The first two games were excellent as they outscored the Bobcats 20-5. DJ Sanders, the NCAA home run leader at 23, had three in the first two games including two grand slams in the second contest. The final game was the blueprint to beating the Ragin’ Cajuns: hold their hitting in check and do not give up home runs. It sounds pretty easy to do, but Louisiana is the best in the NCAA in home runs and runs scored as well as second in slugging percentage.

Louisiana recorded just four hits in the 2-1 loss and DJ Sanders went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. The Ragin’ Cajuns are still in first in the Sun Belt by 2.5 games and the team in second, Georgia State, is coming to Lamson Park for three games.

#15 – Alabama Crimson Tide (36-9 Overall, 10-7 SEC)

Alabama (#12 last week) drops three spots after going 0-2 against Tennessee. As noted previously, both games were close contests that saw the Tide on the wrong end. Over the two games, Alabama recorded seven hits as both Alexis Osorio (18-5) and Sydney Littlejohn (14-3) took the losses.

The Tide have hit a bit of a swoon against SEC foes the last two weeks. They are 3-5 in their last eight SEC games and the bats have a habit of going silent for a game or two. They step out of SEC competition this week to face Southern Miss on Wednesday. They have a potential NCAA Tournament matchup against Washington at home on Friday and Saturday and then face Samford on Tuesday.

#16 – James Madison Dukes (37-6 Overall, 10-2 Colonial)

James Madison (#18 last week) had a 3-0 week in which they were never close to throwing in a clunker. Over their three game series at Delaware, the Dukes won by a combined score of 38-4. Megan Good won all three games to improve to 27-1 as Niki Prince went 7 for 8 with 10 RBIs and six runs scored. James Madison has a three game set at home against North Carolina-Wilmington this weekend.

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#17 – Ole Miss Rebels (31-13 Overall, 6-9 SEC)

Ole Miss (listed under “knocking on the door” last week) had an emphatic 4-0 week. They swept LSU at home thanks to strong pitching from Kaitlin Lee and Morgan Bruce. The Rebels were lucky to get the sweep as they hit a walk off in the bottom of the seventh in the final game that gave them their first sweep of LSU in softball. The Rebels defeated UT-Martin 7-2 on Tuesday. Ole Miss has the difficult task of going on the road for three games to face Florida.

#18 – LSU Tigers (33-12 Overall, 8-7 SEC)

LSU (#16 last week) had a rough week going 1-3 including the aforementioned sweep by Ole Miss. To be fair, all three losses to the Rebels were decided by one run so it is not as if they were completely dominated. The first two games saw Ole Miss win 1-0 each time as LSU had 8 hits over those two. The Tigers had a 2-0 lead in the final game going into the seventh, but a walk off home run by Alyssa Gonzalez gave the Rebels the sweep.

LSU rebounded on Tuesday to defeat Northwestern State 5-2. The Tigers have Tennessee coming to Baton Rouge this weekend for a three game series followed by a Tuesday game versus South Alabama.

#19 – Michigan Wolverines (32-9-1 Overall, 12-2 Big 10)

Michigan (#17 last week) played five games in the last week going 4-1. They bookended the week with wins over Michigan State, the first away and the second at home. In between those two games with three games at Maryland. It was those three games that were not easy victories for Michigan against a team that is now 2-10 in the Big 10 and 9-30-1 overall.

Game one was a 5-1 victory, but the Wolverines lost the second game 2-1 as their seventh inning rally fell short. The third game required another rally, which Michigan completed for the 4-3 win. Maryland has a habit of playing really good teams close and beating them. They have defeated Florida 4-2, Missouri 9-8, and now Michigan 2-1. The Wolverines have a three game set at Wisconsin this weekend.

#20 – Jacksonville State Gamecocks (32-9 Overall, 11-1 OVC)

Jacksonville State (#20 last week) was able to maintain their standing in the power rankings. They played Austin Peay twice and defeated them 7-0 and 4-3. The latter required them to stave off a seventh inning rally from APU as well as three of their own errors. This weekend sees a chance to reshape the Ohio Valley Conference standings as they face the second and third place teams (SIU-Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois) at home in doubleheaders.

Knocking on the Door

BYU fell out of the top 20 after being ranked 19th last week. The teams below have some work to do to be one of the top twenty, but could make a jump over the new week or two (in alphabetical order):

Arkansas, Arizona State, BYU, California, Cal Poly, Florida International, Georgia, Kentucky, Marshall, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, SIU Edwardsville, and Texas State.

Below is the Week Six Power Rankings table:

RankTeamConf.Overall
Record
Conf.
Record
Last
Week's Ranking
1FloridaSEC40-315-21
2Texas A&MSEC37-411-34
3ArizonaPac-1243-313-22
4OklahomaBig 1239-79-08
5MinnesotaBig 1038-311-19
6Florida StateACC41-3-118-03
7OregonPac-1237-410-46
8UtahPac-1228-810-310
9AuburnSEC36-710-57
10TennesseeSEC39-511-314
11WashingtonPac-1231-108-715
12UCLAPac-1230-125-75
13BaylorBig 1235-78-111
14LouisianaSun Belt32-614-113
15AlabamaSEC36-910-712
16James MadisonColonial37-610-218
17Ole MissSEC31-136-919
18LSUSEC33-128-716
19MichiganBig 1032-9-112-217
20Jacksonville
State
Ohio Valley32-911-120

Florida Gators Get Back To Top Of Polls After Week 10

Florida Gators Get Back To Top Of Polls After Week 10

The Florida Gators are back as the number one ranked team in both the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll. The Gators were ranked third in both polls last week and moved up after a hectic week that saw upsets throughout the top 25.

In the Coaches Poll, Florida received 26 of 32 first place votes while pushing rival Florida State, a team they beat 1-0 on Wednesday, down to second. The Seminoles received 2 first place votes with Arizona (1 first place vote) dropping from second to third. Texas A&M and Minnesota (2 first place votes) move up one spot to fourth and fifth respectively.

Oregon drops two spots to sixth and Auburn remains in seventh. Oklahoma moves up two spots to eighth, Washington moves up three spots to ninth after taking two of three from Oregon, and Utah is up four spots. The Utes garnered one first place vote after winning the final two games of a three game set over Arizona at home.

Tennessee also makes a big move up the rankings going from 16th to 11th after winning two games against Alabama. The Vols are currently sporting an 18 game winning streak. Speaking of the Tide, they sit one spot behind Tennessee is 12th, which represents a three spot drop. UCLA is 13th after being ranked 8th last week as the Bruins lost two of three against Oregon State. James Madison (up one spot) is 14th and Baylor (down two spots) is 15th.

LSU fell from 11th to 16th after being swept by Ole Miss as Louisiana-Lafayette stays at 17th. The Rebels are up to 18th from 22nd, Michigan is down a spot to 19th, and Kentucky moves from 21st to 20th.

BYU is 21st after being 20th last week, Georgia is 22nd (down three spots), and the duo of Arizona State and Arkansas stay at 23rd and 24th respectively. The final spot belongs to Illinois after being unranked last week. They replace fellow Big 10 team Ohio State in the rankings. The entire Coaches Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (26)79140-33
2Florida State (2)74739-3-11
3Arizona (1)73041-32
4Texas A&M68937-45
5Minnesota (2)66438-36
6Oregon64637-44
7Auburn59136-77
8Oklahoma54438-710
9Washington53231-1012
10Utah (1)52128-814
11Tennessee49539-516
12Alabama43536-99
13UCLA42929-128
14James Madison36437-615
15Baylor36235-713
16LSU31532-1211
17Louisiana26632-617
18Mississippi25730-1322
19Michigan21531-9-118
20Kentucky18926-1321
21BYU18531-1020
22Georgia10429-1519
23Arizona State10126-1223
24Arkansas6726-1624
25Illinois2531-10Not
Ranked

Over in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, the Gators took 15 of the 18 first place votes. Arizona, down a spot, is second as they took the final 3 first place votes. Florida State is third after being second last week, Texas A&M is fourth (up one spot), and Minnesota is fifth (up one spot).

Oregon drops two spots to sixth as Auburn and Oklahoma stay in place at seventh and eighth respectively. Tennessee moves up five spots to ninth and Washington is up three spots to tenth.

Utah also moves up five spots to 11th, Alabama is 12th (down two spots), and Baylor drops one place to 13th. UCLA is down five places to 14th while James Madison stays at 15th.

LSU drops five spots from 11th to 16th, Michigan stays at 17th, Louisiana-Lafayette stays at 18th, BYU moves up two spots to 19th, and Ole Miss moves up five spaces to 20th. Kentucky is 21st (up one), California is 22nd (up one), Georgia drops four spots to 23rd, Arizona State stays at 24th, and Ohio State is down four spots to 25th.

No teams fell out of the USA Softball Top 25, which can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
Rank
1Florida (15)49340-33
2Arizona (3)45941-31
3Florida State45539-3-12
4Texas A&M44037-45
5Minnesota42238-36
6Oregon39437-44
7Auburn37436-77
8Oklahoma36238-78
9Tennessee33739-514
10Washington31031-1013
11Utah29228-816
12Alabama26236-910
13Baylor25835-712
14UCLA25229-129
15James Madison23137-615
16LSU19832-1211
17Michigan17031-9-117
18Louisiana16532-618
19BYU11731-1020
20Mississippi10430-1325
21Kentucky9326-1322
22California5625-1323
23Georgia5429-1519
24Arizona State4826-1224
25Ohio State4126-1121

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2017 College Softball Season: Week Ten Review

2017 College Softball Season: Week Ten Review

We have hit the midway point of April and the tenth week had big matchups across the country both in conference and out of conference. There were a lot of upsets throughout the top 25 all week long. We take a day-by-day look at all the action below.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The headliner was #1 Florida State at #3 Florida, which the Gators won 1-0. The duel between the two teams fittingly lasted until the seventh when Kayli Kvistad’s single to right field drove home Justine McLean for the walk off win. The relievers for both teams walked away the with decisions; Meghan King got the loss for FSU (17-1) and Kelly Barnhill got the win for Florida (16-0).

#21 Kentucky crushed rival Louisville 10-1. The Wildcats scored the 10 runs without hitting a home run and were aided by 4 Louisville errors. Breanne Ray went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and both hits went for doubles.

#18 Michigan defeated Michigan State 5-1 thanks to 17 strikeouts by ace Megan Betsa. Betsa threw complete game allowing the one run on four hits and two walks. Aidan Falk led the offense going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs.

For the second time in a week, Texas State defeated an in-state foe from the Big 12. Last week it was Texas and this week it turned out to be #13 Baylor. Randi Rupp threw a gem with a complete game shutout allowing only three hits and striking out four. The Bobcats won on an RBI groundout in the bottom of the seventh by Christiana McDowell for the game’s only run. McDowell hit the ball hard enough to cause the fielder to dive for the ball and prevent a throw to the plate.

Nebraska and Iowa played a doubleheader and it was Iowa who swept the two games to end Nebraska’s 8 game winning streak. Kaitlyn Mullarkey had a big day recording the walk off RBI on a double in 4-3 game one victory. Game two saw her add two more RBIs as Iowa won 5-2.

Yale and Quinnipiac put on a show in a 12-11 victory for the Ivy League Bulldogs. Both teams saw big innings throughout the game; Quinnipiac scored four in both the fourth and sixth innings while Yale scored four in third, three in the fifth, and three in the sixth. It was Yale’s sixth inning that proved to the difference as three straight RBI hits brought the final score line.

Quinnipiac’s Erin Larsen went 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 4 RBIs while teammate Sara Heimbach went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Yale’s offense was more dispersed as 8 different players recorded an RBI and no player had more than two.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Pac-12 had some surprising results in their conference games. First was #12 Washington handing #4 Oregon their third loss in the last four games. The Huskies scored in the first inning on an error and held the Ducks scoreless until the fourth. That is when the Ducks took a 2-1 lead on a single by Mia Camuso and an RBI walk by Shannon Rhodes.

Washington responded with two runs in the top of the fifth on a two run shot by Ali Aguilar. Casey Stangel added another in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly as the Huskies won 4-2.

Oregon State posted a surprise run rule victory over #8 UCLA, 8-0. Alysha Everett had an RBI single in the third inning and Natalie Hampton cleared the bases in the next at bat to make it 4-0. Everett added three more RBIs in the fourth on a bases clearing double. Sammie Noland made it 8-0 on a single three batters later.

#2 Arizona stymied #14 Utah in the first game of their series 5-1. Tamara Statman hit an RBI triple in the second and a two run double in the fourth and the final two RBIs came from Mandie Perez’s double in the fourth. Utah got one back in the seventh on a Kelly Martinez double, but it was too little, too late. Danielle O’Toole threw the complete game allowing one walk and five hits with 7 strikeouts.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The ACC saw doubleheader sweeps in four matchups. North Carolina swept Boston College, Notre Dame swept North Carolina State, Syracuse swept Pittsburgh, and Louisville swept Virginia Tech. 

Also in the ACC, #1 Florida State fell 7-2 at South Carolina. FSU took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but a flood of five runs in fourth and two in the fifth overwhelmed the Seminoles. Tiara Duffy had 3 RBIs and Alyssa VanDerveer went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs for South Carolina. Florida State was only able to muster four hits while the Gamecocks put up 12.

#15 James Madison destroyed Delaware in two, five run ruled shortened games. Niki Prince went 3 for 3 with 2 runs and 4 RBIs and Madyson Moran went 2 for 3 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs in the 10-2 game one victory. Game two was a 13-1 score and more of the same. Prince went 2 for 2 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Taylor Newton’s only hit was a three run home run while Megan Good went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 walks. Good won both games to improve to 26-1.

There were several long games in terms of innings it took to complete a contest. Long Beach State needed 12 innings to beat Cal Poly 2-0 and also needed 9 innings to sweep the doubleheader. UIC needed 12 innings to get past Northern Kentucky 1-0. Elaine Heflin went 10 1/3 innings allowing just one hit and striking out 18.

It took Fairfield 13 innings to defeat Monmouth 1-0. Angelina McGuire drove home the only run while Destinee Pallotto went 12 innings allowing seven hits and striking out 9. Morehead State also needed 13 innings to defeat Belmont 10-7 in a wild game. The teams combined to score 14 runs in first six innings, but then failed to score runs in the 7th through 12th innings. Robyn Leighton went 3 for 7 with all 3 RBIs coming on the walk off three run home run. Allison Rager went 4 for 4 with 2 runs, 3 walks, and 4 RBIs.

#14 Utah upended #2 Arizona 6-3 to even the series at one. Utah raced out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning and it became a 6-0 lead on a 2 run triple by Anissa Urtez and RBI single from Hannah Bowen. The Wildcats were able to cut the deficit in half in the final two innings, but it came too late. The Utes handed Taylor McQuillin her first loss of the season (13-1) and ended Arizona’s 26 game win streak.

#4 Oregon was able to even their series against #12 Washington with a 4-1 win. For the second game in a row, Washington scored a first inning run. This time, however, that would be the last time they scored in the game. Oregon tied the game on a throwing error in the third inning and Nikki Udria made it 3-1 later in the frame on a two run shot. The Ducks added a fourth run in the fifth inning as Megan Kleist threw a complete game allowing five hits and striking out five.

#17 Louisiana-Lafayette faced a strong Texas State team, but made their two wins look easy in a doubleheader. Haley Hayden had a 2 run double and two run home run as DJ Sanders also hit a two run homer in the 8-1 first game victory. Game two was another DJ Sanders show as she hit not one, but two Grand Slams in a 12-4 rout.

#22 Ole Miss posted a pair of 1-0 victories over #11 LSU. Game one saw both teams record three hits apiece as Kaitlin Lee came away with the victory after 8 shutout innings with no walks and 5 strikeouts. Miranda Strother’s eighth inning solo shot gave the Rebels the walk off win.

Game two featured slightly more hitting, but no change in the score. Morgan Bruce went 5 1/3 innings giving up three hits and three walks, but earned her 8th win of the season (8-4). Lee came on for the final 1 2/3 innings, which produced her first save of the season. Ole Miss scored the only run in the third inning as a result of an LSU error.

Missouri was able to get an excellent road victory at #7 Auburn by a score of 6-1. Auburn struck first with a solo shot by Kasey Cooper, but that was answered by Kirsten Mack’s solo shot in the second. Mack added another solo home run in fourth inning. Missouri added two more in the sixth inning for a 4-1 lead and made it 6-1 on a two run home run by Braxton Burnside.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

A week of upsets continued starting with #2 Arizona losing to #14 Utah 3-2. Arizona led 1-0 after a half inning thanks to Mo Mercado’s single, but Utah came back in the bottom half with a sacrifice fly from Anissa Urtez and an RBI single by Bridget Castro. Arizona tied the game in the second on an error and the game went scoreless until the seventh. Arizona had a chance to take a lead by loading the bases, but nothing came of it. Utah took advantage of their chance as Alyssa Barrera singled home Ball for the walk off victory.

#12 Washington won 5-3 over #4 Oregon to take the series. The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but the Ducks took a 2-1 lead on  Nikki Udria’s two run home run. Udria drove home a third run on a single to center in the sixth. Washington rallied in the top of the seventh to tie the game on Morganne Flores’ two run double. Two innings later, it was Flores again who doubled home two runs for the eventual 5-3 win.

#21 Kentucky used a superb pitching performance to defeat #3 Florida 5-1. Meagan Prince threw a complete game allowing only two hits and three walks with 8 strikeouts. Katie Reed went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Florida had won 10 in a row coming into the contest.

#22 Ole Miss swept #11 LSU with a 3-2 victory. The Rebels trailed for nearly the entire game as LSU was the better team. The Tigers scored their two runs off Amanda Doyle’s bat. Ole Miss pulled a three run home run in the bottom of the seventh by Alyssa Gonzalez. It was a tough loss for LSU given their domination for all but the final half inning.

#25 Ohio State fell to Indiana 3-1. The Hoosiers got RBI singles from Erin Lehman, Nicole Lawvere, and CaraMia Tsirigos in the fourth, fifth, and six innings respectively. The Buckeyes clawed on back in the sixth, but to no avail.

Maryland won a close 2-1 battle over #18 Michigan. Maryland scored in the bottom of the first on Anna Kufta’s RBI single. They doubled the lead on a solo shot from Juli Strange while Michigan made a final inning rally. The Wolverines made it 2-1 on Courtney Richardson’s double, but could not tie the game despite having two runners on base.

Also suffering an upset, though not as surprising, was #17 Louisiana-Lafayette losing to a good Texas State. The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead on a single by Bailee Carter. The Ragin’ Cajuns tied the game on Haley Hayden’s single the in fifth inning. Texas State started the eighth inning with a double and then got a sacrifice bunt. They eventually loaded the bases Jaelyn Young’s single back to the pitcher gave the Bobcats a 2-1 win.

#10 Oklahoma finished off a sweep of Kansas with a 6-2 win. The Sooners won the three games by a combined score of 26-10. Caleigh Clifton went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI. Five different Sooners recorded an RBI as Paige Lowary improved to 10-1 after throwing a complete game allowing three hits.

South Carolina Upstate swept Stetson with a 9-2 win to move two games ahead of their Atlantic Sun opponents. Ryan Rector and Abbie Millete both recorded 2 RBIs as Holly McKinnon tossed 4 2/3 innings to move to 19-6. The Spartans have won 6 conference games in a row.

Syracuse, Notre Dame, Louisville, and North Carolina all finished their sweeps over Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, and Boston College respectively. Florida State continues to lead the ACC at 18-0 with North Carolina at 12-5 and Louisville at 7-4.

#1 Florida State ended a short two game losing streak with a 3-1 win over South Carolina. FSU allowed seven hits over the game, but South Carolina could not break through until the bottom of the seventh. Carsyn Gordon and Cassidy Davis both recorded RBIs as Meghan King threw 6 2/3 innings to get the win (18-1 on the season).

Sunday, April 16, 2017

#3 Florida bounced back from a loss on Saturday to defeat #21 Kentucky thanks to a no-hitter from Kelly Barnhill. Janell Wheaton had RBI singles in the first and fifth innings to give Barnhill all help she needed. Barnhill was dealing with 15 strikeouts and the lone baserunner came in the sixth inning when she walked Erin Rethlake. The Gators cruised to a 2-0 win to take the series.

#24 Arkansas was able to prevent a sweep at the hands of #5 Texas A&M on a walk off win 4-3 win.  A scoreless game gave way to 2 runs for Arkansas in the fifth including a solo home run by Nicole Schroeder. The Aggies put up three in the seventh on RBIs from Samantha Show, Payton McBride, and Tori Vidales. The Razorbacks answered in the bottom of the inning with two out RBI singles from Tori Cooper and Ashley Diaz, the latter ending the contest.

Mississippi State won 5-2 over #19 Georgia to bag their second straight SEC series. Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third with RBIs from Sydni Emanuel and Alyssa DiCarlo. Mississippi State responded in the next frame with four runs led by Caroline Seitz hitting a two run shot to tie the game. They scored the other two runs on an error by Georgia before Seitz hit her second home run, a solo shot, in the fifth inning. Seitz had a great weekend going 7 for 10 with 4 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 14 RBIs.

#16 Tennessee won 2-0 on a walk off home run over #9 Alabama to take the series from the Tide. Saturday’s game was ended in the same fashion walk off fashion, but Sunday was ended on a two run home run via Brooke Vines. The Vols have won 18 in a row.

#6 Minnesota run ruled Northwestern 8-0 in five innings to complete their third straight series sweep. Sara Groenewegen threw another gem allowing only two hits and striking out 10 Wildcats. She also went 3 for 3 with an RBI while Kendyl Lindaman had a three run triple and Maddie Houlihan drove home two runs. The Gophers lead Michigan by half a game in the Big Ten standings and Illinois by one game.

Speaking of Michigan, the #18 ranked Wolverines defeated Maryland 4-3 after a seventh inning rally. Michigan trailed 3-2 after six innings, but were able to load the bases on three walks with only one out. Kelly Christner hit a single to tie the game and Courtney Richardson drove home the decisive run on a sacrifice fly. Maryland had two runners on base in the seventh, but could not tie the game.

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