Texas gets wins in tough game against in-state rival Texas state
by CW Ross
As usually happens when these two teams meet Wednesday night's game was a close one decided in extra innings with Texas getting the 1-0 win over Texas state in 8-innings of play.
Sheaylin O'Leary got the start for Texas in the circle going 7.2 innings before transfer Molly Jacobson entered the game to get the final out and pick up the win.
While the game was low scoring it wasn't boring as there were many missed opportunities for scoring in the game with runners left on base or picked off on botched running plays.
Looking at the Early 2021 SEC Softball Season
by CW Ross
I'm not the type of person to put too much emphasis on short spans of time but decided to give you my quick analysis on how things have been going for SEC teams so far in the 2021 season.
One of the biggest things so far has been how the crazy weather that hit the Southern USA in February caused most of the early season games and tournaments to be cancelled.
Alabama and Florida are off to expected good starts with both going undefeated so far. I seen the Alabama vs. LSU series and was surprised how easily the Crimson Tide was able to handle the Tigers in every aspect of the game.
Pac-12 Softball Weekly Awards – Feb. 23, 2021
Player of the Week: Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, 5th Yr., OF, ARIZONA (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
Led Arizona to a 5-0 start to its season at the Hillenbrand Invitational, with a win against Seattle and two each against Southern Utah and New Mexico.
Scored 11 on the Wildcats’ 47 runs, contributing two home runs and four RBIs.
Reached base in 13-of-17 plate appearances, posting eight hits and drawing five walks.
Recorded a hit in all five contests, including three multi-hit games.
Pitcher of the Week: Gabbie Plain, Sr., P, WASHINGTON (Harrington Park, Australia)
Saw action in four games this weekend, winning all three games in which she started.
Stuck out at least 10 batters in wins against BYU, Dixie State and Utah Valley, bringing her career total to 19 games with double-digit strikeouts.
Currently ranks second in the nation in strikeouts this season.
Surrendered just three runs across 17.1 innings pitched, becoming the 10th player in program history with 60 career wins.
Big 12 Week-2 Softball Awards
Iowa State’s Sami Williams and Texas Tech’s Erin Edmoundson earned Week 2 Big 12 softball honors, as both helped lead impressive victories on the road last weekend.
Williams is Player of the Week after leading the Cyclones to a 4-1 weekend, 3-0 against the SEC. The senior was 7-of-16 at the plate with a pair of home runs, three RBI, a double and six runs scored. She was 3-for-4 in the Cyclones’ 9-8 upset win over No. 21 Missouri, which made ISU 8-0 for the season, the best start in school history. On Monday, Iowa State cracked the NFCA Coaches Poll at #25, the first national ranking in program history. The NCAA career leader in doubles added another last weekend and has extended her total to 67.
Edmoundson threw a complete game gem to help the Lady Raiders beat Texas A&M in College Station for the first time since 2007. She added another win over Colorado State, allowing two earned runs in 13.1 innings while striking out nine to just three walks. The senior from Deer Park, Texas held the top six batters of the Aggies lineup hitless and kept the Lady Raiders in the game for a 7th inning offensive rally for the win. This is the third career weekly award for Edmoundson, who also took honors once last year and in 2018.
Big 12 Softball Weekly Awards
Player of the Week
Pitcher of the Week
Tiare Jennings, Oklahoma, Fr.
Ellie Spelhaug, Iowa State, So.
Sami Williams, Iowa State, Sr.
Erin Edmoundson, Texas Tech, Sr.
Source – Big 12 Conference
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Week 2: SEC Softball Players of the Week
SEC Player of the Week – Alabama's Kaylee Tow, a senior infielder from Madisonville, Ky., led the Crimson Tide with a .786 hitting percentage, 11 hits, nine RBI and seven runs scored over four wins last week. Tow had four multi-hit performances, including a season-best three hits Friday against Liberty and in back-to-back games against #8/9 LSU. Named MVP of the Easton Bama Bash, she scored three times and drove in a career-best five RBIs in Sunday's run-rule win over LSU, helping the team to its highest run total in program history against the Tigers.
SEC Pitcher of the Week – Florida's Katie Chronister, a left-handed fifth-year graduate from Gainesville, Fla., went 3-0 in the circle for the Gators during the Bubly Invitational. Chronister turned in career-highs in innings pitched (7.0 IP) and strikeouts (6) in the complete-game victory over Georgia Southern. She is now riding a career-long 19.1 scoreless inning streak after allowing only four hits and no runs this past week.
SEC Freshman of the Week – Kentucky's Erin Coffel, a freshman shortstop from Bremen, Ind., posted a .400 hitting percentage with 10 hits, 10 runs, and nine RBI in a 6-0 week for the Wildcats. Coffel scored at least one run in five consecutive games, had three multi-hit games, and tallied seven extra-base hits. She also had two three-RBI games to help push UK to its best start since 2014 at 9-0 as the Wildcats were crowned champions of the 2021 Campbell Invitational
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Tennessee Co-Head Coaches Ralph & Karen Weekly Press Conference
Opening Statement …
Karen: “We are certainly off to an unusual start for a softball season. I don't think that we have played at home ever before. We didn't plan to play at home but we're certainly happy that we got to play those games on Sunday. Really appreciate our administration and Eastern Kentucky's administration making that happen on short notice. Like Ralph (Weekly) told our team, we just drove 14 hours to play a doubleheader at home. That's just the way it worked out, but our kids were super excited to play. I thought we did some things really well on Sunday and also have a lot of things that we can take from the film and work on. You can't complain about being 2-0.”
On the process to play a doubleheader this past weekend …
Karen: “It was a whirlwind actually. The first phone call I got about a possible Sunday doubleheader was from Louisville. We were headed to Coastal Carolina on Thursday and everybody could see the anticipated weather issues throughout the southeast this past weekend. We talked to Louisville, we talked to Ohio University, and then late Friday night we saw on Twitter that Eastern Kentucky was looking for a game and they were the ones that we were finally able to match up with. I've never spent so much time on the road trying to play, negotiating, also getting a game and the thing that adds another layer to this that's probably the biggest and most important part is, ‘Can we all get Covid tested in time to make this happen?’ You're testing cadence is based on your regular schedule. So then when you throw something in there last minute it throws your testing cadence completely out of whack. Both sides have to make sure that they can get into their universities, get tested, get results to make a game happen. It was pretty crazy.”
On what it was like to get back on the field and play the first game of the season …
Ralph: “It was really great. Ashely Rogers coming back like she did and striking out the first six batters was really good because Eastern Kentucky was picked to finish second in the OVC and was 22-2 last year. They were a formidable opponent and for Ashley to start out like that – that's what we needed last year. We needed a strong upperclassman on the mound. It was just a lot of fun. A lot of kids did really well. We hit five home runs on the day. I said before the game started, ‘I don't think Babe Ruth can hit one out of here’ but we did hit five. It was a good day for everybody.”
College Softball News Quick Hits
by CW Ross
Opening week of college softball news.
In one of the few games that wasn't cancelled due to weather on Thursday LSU run-ruled McNeese State 8-0. It was a showcase game for LSU star player Shelbi Sunseri who shined both in the pitching circle with six strikeouts on route to notching out her first win of the new season. Sunseri also was hot in the batter's box going 2-3 with a triple and homerun. LSU head coach in her after game thoughts on Sunser's performance had this to say, “She's a special pitcher, a special hitter and a special kid. She came out extremely sharp tonight and even though it was shocking to see her this sharp in the first game of the season, it isn't surprising. She came in after Christmas break in mid-season form and she's an extremely hardworking. I would put her up against any two-way player in the country right now.”
Oklahoma had the scoreboard flashing like a Las Vegas casino in it game against UTEP. The Sooners set an NCAA single game record with 13 home runs in the game that they ended up winning by the wild score of 29-0.
Ole Miss softball got first year head coach Jamie Trachsel her first victory as the Rebel's coach defeating UAB by a score of 8-2 in the first game of their 2021 season at the Trojan Classic. Things didn't go as well in their second game of the day losing to the tourney's host Troy Trojans 5-2.
Alabama started their season off with an impressive 10-0 win over Alabama State. Montana Fouts and Sarah Cornell combined to throw a perfect game in the run-ruled five inning game. Fouts threw the first four innings of the game getting nine strikeouts before Cornell entered the game to get the last three outs in the fifth inning with two strikeouts and a lineout to right field.
Greg Moore 2020 Sucked
by CW Ross
Sometimes you want to put some music on and just yell I agree! That's what Greg Moore's song, “2020 Sucked,” will have you doing as you listen to it. The song is an up tempo country track that deals with what a crappy year 2020 was for everyone.
Moore has an interesting background that includes ten years playing in a house band that opened for national touring artist. In the 90's he showcased in Nashville and was produced by legendary producer Norro Wilson ( Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, Sara Evans, George Jones).
He then decided to take a break from music but was drawn back in to it playing his guitar in a large church for 10 years before then using his guitar talents playing for other artist.
Starting in 2020 he made the decision to write and record his music in his home studio and then release it online. Besides, “2020 Sucked,” he also has the track, “ Fakebook,” out now.
Moore says he hopes to be releasing, “other country songs and hopefully even some rock based instrumentals, soon.
2021 Softball Team Previews- Pitt
by CW Ross
How will Pitt's softball season go in 2021? I think its gonna be a middle of the road year for them. I don't see Pitt making the 2021 NCAA tournament.
The Panthers finished last years shortened season with an overall record of 8-12 and 2-4 in ACC conference play.
This year's team includes 13 returning veteran players along with several newcomers who may play pivotal roles in any success Pitt has this season including, EC Taylor from the Florida Gators who had a .400 BA during the Gators' fall season and sophomore Bailey Drapola, who played for the Akron Zips where she was an offensive jaggurnaut with a .347 BA and a .640 slugging percentage, including four home runs, eight doubles and seven RBI.
Pitt senior Hunter Levesque is back with an 11-game hitting streak that started last season. She had a .321 BA with a team best .433 on-base percentage last season and will be a big part in helping Pitt to put runs on the board.
Pitching is a weak spot for the team. Last season Pitt finished last in the ACC in pitching with a 5.53 team ERA. Brittany Knight has shown streaks of being good but has had off and on injury problems that shes had to deal with over her time playing at Pitt. Last season Knight went 6-6 with a 4.65 ERA in her 64.2 innings pitched.
Pitts is gonna have to play strong defense and limit the amount of runs their opponents put on the scoreboard to win games this season. They don't have the offensive firepower to score a lot of runs fast, their more of a key hits batting type of lineup. If they can keep their opponents runs down and get those key hits then Pitt should be able to put together a respectable 2021 season.
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2021 Softball Team Previews- Alabama
by CW Ross
In last year's shortened season the Crimson Tide went 14-8 W/L. Almost the whole team is returning for the 2021 season besides Skyler Wallace who decided to transfer to rival SEC team Florida.
Alabama returns a strong group of pitchers lead by Montana Fouts, who has had some ups and downs through her career but when she's on is almost impossible to hit. Also set to see lots of pitching circle time this season is Lexi Kilfoyl. Sarah Cornell will also get some starts while Krystal Goodman will probably end up being used more in a relief role.
Putting runs on the scoreboard will fall to power hitter Bailey Hemphill who is looking to have better numbers then those of last season. Along with Kaylee Tow who is now over a nagging injury that kept her playing time down last season and KB Sides who led the team in hitting last year with a .438 BA and 22 RBI's.
Alexis Mack lead the team last year in stolen bases going 12-14 in her attempts. Her along with Elissa Brown, who's coming off a broken hand injury last season, should give Alabama good speed on the bases.
Alabama has been picked in several early polls to be a top tier ranked team and have a really good season. My thoughts are for that to happen head coach Patrick Murphy is gonna have to really be on top of his coching game putting the right lineup on the field for each game, which could be a tough chore with Alabama's mix of veteran players and talented younger players looking to get some game time too.
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