SEC weekend wrap up
by CW Ross
1-Ole Miss vs. South Carolina: Ole Miss defeated the gamecocks 8-0 in five innings at the Ole Miss Softball Complex on Friday. Savannah Diederich allowed only four baserunners in five complete innings picking up the win. Ole Miss dropped the series finale to South Carolina on Sunday, falling 10-1 in five innings at the Ole Miss Softball Complex. Savannah Diederich took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings. Ava Tillmann tossed 1.2 frames in relief, allowing six runs, while Anna Borgen surrendered one run in two full innings of work.
2-Alabama vs. Arkansas: Alabama handed Arkansas its first conference loss of the season, defeating the Razorbacks 5-3 Friday night at Bogle Park. Arkansas evened the series, winning by the score of 4-0 in their Saturday afternoon game. In Sunday's rubber game of the series, Alabama took the series with a 2-0 win thanks to a complete game two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts from Montana Fouts. Even with the loss this weekend Arkansas proved they are for real.
3-Missouri vs. LSU: Missouri defeated LSU 9-1 in five innings in game one of their series played Friday night at the Mizzou Softball Stadium. LSU's Shelby Sunseri (6-5) took the loss after allowing six runs, just three earned, on six hits in 2.2 innings. Due to the rain forecast throughout the day on Saturday the two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday for the final two games of the series. On Sunday LSU came to play taking both games of their doubleheader with Missouri. Taking game one by the score of 4-2 and then showing their full potential in game two winning it by the final score of 12-5. LSU pitcher Ali Kilponen showed her talent picking up both game wins. She combined to pitch 13.2 innings, allowed just two runs on seven hits, and struck out 15 against a potent Missouri lineup. And throwing over 200 pitches on the day. “We had great contributions from so many people today,” LSU head coach Beth Torina said. “It truly was a team effort today. Ali Kilponen was incredible. To come back in game two and pitch six innings after her performance in game one was special.”
4-Texas A&M vs. Auburn: Texas A&M dropped game one of their series with Auburn 6-2 on Friday night at Davis Diamond. Saturday the Aggies won their game 4-1. The Aggies also dropped their final game of the series against Auburn 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Davis Diamond. Auburn came away with the series victory, winning two of the three matchups this weekend.
5-Georgia vs. Kentucky: In Sunday's doubleheader opener of the series in game one of the day Kentucky took it to the Bulldogs getting an 11-3 five innings run-rule win. But down 8-1 in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader Georgia came back to defeat Kentucky, 9-8, at John Cropp Stadium.
6-Mississippi State- softball split a pair of games on Saturday, defeating Louisiana Tech, 2-0, before falling to No. 1 Oklahoma, 9-0. Pitcher Annie Willis tossed the 23rd no-hitter in school history against the Lady Techsters, striking out 10 and allowing just two baserunners on a walk and hit-by-pitch.
7-Florida- The Gators defeated Western Kentucky, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. UF turned in five extra-base hits, which included home runs from Charla Echols and Julia Cottrill to help secure the win. Then in Florida's second game of the day in an exhibition game against Softball Canada that concluded with a 5-2 score in the bottom of the 5th inning due to inclement weather that was approaching the Gainesville area where the game was being played.