After a crazy off season that seen lots of player transfers thanks to a loosening of the rules the 2019 college softball season kicked off this past weekend with the usual start of the season slew of tournaments kicking things off. The tournaments offer a chance for the elite programs to get their feet wet and make sure every things on course for the season, while less talented teams get the chance to see how they stack up against the best of the best in college softball.
LSU got their season off to a positive start in the Tiger Classic against Tulsa defeating them by a score of 19-1 in five innings on Thursday night. The Tigers wasted no time getting the scoring started in the bottom of the first with 12 runs.
Maribeth Gorsuch looked good in her starting pitcher role and securing the game win.
When asked about the game afterwards LSU head coach Beth Torina said, “The team and the offense came out strong and we did a good job. I thought they did all the things they needed to do. You know it’s hard, but to be in that situation and be able to take pitches and take balls whenever you are excited and amped up to play the first game, so I thought they did a good job of being disciplined and swung big when the opportunity was there.”
LSU continued their winning ways in Friday action first with a five inning walk-off victory over Iowa, 9-0 and then defeated Tulsa, 11-0 in five innings. Senior Shelbi Sunseri led the Tigers on offense hitting three home runs and seven RBI’s on the day. Amanda Sanchez also went 2-for-3 in game one and 3-for-3 in game two with three RBI and three doubles on the day. Shelby Wickersham and Shelbi Sunseri took the circle in the games with both getting their first victories on the season. Wickersham pitched a no-hitter in her college debut, and the two combined to finish with eight strikeouts on the day.
Wickersham’s no-hitter is the sixth in program history thrown by a freshman.
Commenting on the no-hitter head coach Torina said, “She did a great job. I think she’s a really talented pitcher and I think you are going to see a lot of highlights from her in her career. She’s going to do a great job for us. Of course, a lot of help from her offense making it end in five innings. The offense gets the credit for that one too.”
Shelby Wickersham said that: “It was definitely an honor and a privilege. It definitely feels nice going out there knowing my teammates have my back making all the plays in the field and then getting those runs on the board for us. It was special for it to be my first college game.”
In Saturday action LSU continued its offensive surge by defeating both Iowa, 16-1 and Bucknell, 10-0 in five innings on day three of the 2019 Tiger Classic. With the wins the Tigers improved to 5-0 on the year and remain undefeated in Tiger Park. The LSU offense was on fire with 23 hits on the day. Two Tigers went 3-for-3, freshman Morgan Cummins and Elyse Thornhill, with Thornhill collecting a total of four RBI. Junior Maribeth Gorsuch and freshman Ali Kilponen got the wins.
LSU capped off a perfect 6-0 weekend with a 8-0 win against Bucknell in five innings at Tiger Park on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Shelbi Sunseri earned the win as the starter allowing just three hits and no runs to go along with three strikeouts.
About their quick start head coach Beth Torina said:
“I thought they did a great job. I think a lot of the work we put in the off season is showing up. We’ll be tested next week but I think instead of looking at it as a test, it’s a great opportunity for us prove what we are.”
Tennessee started off their season at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic with an impressive 13-2 victory over UIC. Senior infielder Chelsea Seggern led the offensive for the Vols going 4-for-4 with four RBIs and was one of three Lady Vols to score in three straight innings. Tennessee batted around the order in the first three innings. Freshman pitcher Ashley Rogers looked good in the circle taking a no-hitter into the fourth and ended up allowing just two runs on two hits while striking out a career-high nine batters in her first complete game. In other Friday action Tennessee edged out host Coastal Carolina, 3-1. Freshman catcher Ally Shipman was the offensive star of the day, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Junior pitcher Caylan Arnold took the mound to start the contest, recording nine strikeouts through 6.0 innings, before Matty Moss entered the game in the seventh inning to earn a game.
Saturday night it was the freshman pitcher Ashley Rogers show. Rogers threw a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed just three hits through 7.0 innings of work to earn her second win of the season in a 4-0 shutout win over Boston University. Ashley Rogers’ 13-strikeout outing versus Boston is the most by a Lady Vol pitcher since Caylan Arnold also threw 13 vs. Charleston Southern on March 3, 2018. Offensively, six Lady Vols recorded hits and four drove in runs.
Tennessee destroyed Rider, 18-0, in a five-inning slugfest on Sunday to close out the Kickin’ Chicken Classic with a perfect 5-0 record. Rider was limited to just three runners throughout the game as Caylan Arnold dealt 4.0 shutout innings and eight strikeouts. Ashley Morgan came on in the fifth to close out the contest. She faced four batters in the outing. Nine different Lady Vols came around to score and six players scored at least twice in the contest. Aubrey Leach and Chelsea Seggern led UT with three hits apiece while Ashley Morgan drove in three of Tennessee’s runs. Kaili Phillips, Haley Bearden and Cailin Hannon all homered. Tennessee’s 18 runs vs. Rider are the most for the Lady Vols since they also scored 18 against Arkansas on March 11, 2016.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns took their season opener with a 4-0 win over Fordham in the Ragin’ Cajuns Classic in front of 1,678 fans on Thursday at Lamson Park. Cajuns pitcher Summer Ellyson had a strong outing holding Fordham scoreless in the game carrying a no hitter into the 7th and struck out 16 of 25 batters she faced in the game. Louisiana also recorded an,11-0, 5 innings win over Incarnate Word and 15-0, 5-innings win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Cajuns’ freshman pitcher Kandra Lamb tossed the no-hitter in her collegiate debut vs. UIW. While Raina O’Neal had the most productive day at the plate finishing 6-for-7 (.857) with a pair of doubles and RBI. Lexie Comeaux had a team-high three extra base hits, collecting a double, triple and home run. The Cajuns were also very busy on the bases with five stolen bases in just the first inning against UIW. Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Summer Ellyson extended her season-opening streak of scoreless innings pitched to 11 and adding eight more strikeouts for a season total of 24.
In Saturday action the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns offense showed up to play with Alissa Dalton and Julie Rawls each delivering a career-high six RBI in leading Louisiana to its third consecutive double-digit scoring output while Kandra Lamb pitched another no-hitter in their 21-0 (5 inn.) win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamson Park.
Ole Miss got their season off in a winning way on Thursday night at the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament defeating UCF 3-0. Ole Miss senior pitcher Brittany Finney got her second complete game shutout in her career, allowing just four hits and a walk, striking out six. The Rebels used a mix of key hitting and speedy base running to score their runs.
In Friday action Ole Miss got their first loss of the season falling to Ohio State 2-4. Ole Miss took an early lead but couldn’t hold it with starting pitcher sophomore Ava Tillmann taking the loss. With Ole Miss ahead Ohio State grabbed the lead in the home half of the third with a grand slam by Emily Clark. Ole Miss is off to a fast start with their base running skills having seven stolen bases in just their first two games.
In Saturday action Ole Miss picked up a pair of wins at the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament, defeating Minnesota 3-1 and then George Mason 8-0 in a run rule win at the UCF Softball Complex. Junior college transfer Molly Jacobsen gave up just one run on four hits while getting eight strikeouts in the game. Ole Miss used small ball and speed on the bases to produce their offensive power. In game two against George Mason Ole Miss sent sophomore Anna Borgen to the circle. Borgen had a perfect game going into the fourth and ended up pitching a one-hitter, striking out five, in her 4 innings of work. Freshman Savannah Diederich came on in the fifth for her collegiate debut, tossing a scoreless frame with a pair of strikeouts.
Due to consistent showers in the Orlando area, Ole Miss’ game on Sunday against Ohio State was cancelled. The Rebels conclude the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament with a 3-1 record, registering wins over host UCF, No. 21 Minnesota and George Mason.
Texas State’s season got started Thursday night with a 3-2 loss to UTSA at Bobcat Softball Stadium in the 2019 Bobcat Classic. Sophomore pitcher Meagan King got the start for Texas State and went the distance in the loss. UTSA sophomore pitcher Madison Nelson got the win in her six innings pitched. The team bounced back on Saturday to defeat Colorado State by a score of 7-3 at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Texas State softball earned a mercy rule victory over the North Dakota State Bison (2-1), defeating the visitors by a score of 9-1 in five innings on Sunday night at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Mississippi State opened their 2019 with a doubleheader sweep Friday inside Nusz Park. Mississippi State first got an 8-2 win over Middle Tennessee following it with a 3-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin. Redshirt sophomore infielder Montana Davidson returned from injury and led the Bulldogs going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Freshman pitcher Grace Fagan earned the victory in her MSU debut in game one. She allowed just one run in her four innings pitched. She also recorded seven strikeouts in her debut. Junior pitcher Alyssa Loza also made her Bulldog debut in the circle, tossing two innings and allowing one run off four hits with two strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Candace Denis closed out game. In game two of the day Emily Williams allowed just three hits while striking out a career-high 14 batters to pick up the shutout victory.
Mississippi State head coach Vann Stuedeman commented on Emily Williams’ 2019 debut…
“I thought she was spinning it really well. I thought what she also did really well that she had a good gut feeling on when they were swinging or taking. She was doing a really good job of figuring out their heartbeat and what their intentions were. Pitching is a huge chess match. When you see a sophomore be able to start figuring out that part is encouraging.”
On Saturday Mississippi State picked up two victories on the day over Valparaiso at Nusz Park by scores of, 8-3 & 10-0 (five innings.) Junior Candace Denis also earned her first victory of the season. She allowed just two unearned runs off three hits and a walk, while striking out three. Emily Williams picked up the save, pitching the final three innings of the contest. Williams allowed one run off one hit and four walks, while striking out six. Sophomore catcher Mia Davidson got the first grand slam of her career. In her first career start in the Maroon and White junior Alyssa Loza pitched a perfect game to help keep the undefeated season going for Mississippi State in Bulldog Kickoff Classic play. It was just the third perfect game in Mississippi State softball history.
In Sunday’s game Stephen F. Austin’s freshman pitcher Kassidy Wilbur kept Mississippi State’s offense stymied as they defeated them by a score of 1-0 at Nusz Park to claim the Bulldog Kickoff Classic title. In the circle for Mississippi State it was freshman pitcher Grace Fagan who tossed the first three innings of the game allowing one run off four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Sophomore pitcher Emily Williams recorded three innings of work, allowing three hits and striking out five. Junior Alyssa Loza tossed the final frame and allowed one hit and struck out two.
Florida started their season off with a 15-0 victory over Illinois State Friday evening to open their 2019 season at the USF Opening Weekend Invitational. Florida offensive power was lead by senior Gator Amanda Lorenz who went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored and shortstop Sophia Reynoso who hit a three run home run in the top of the fifth. Senior Kelly Barnhill got the start going 3 innings, striking out 7 batters, enroute to picking up her 71st career victory (The victory ties her with Aleshia Ocasio for sixth all-time.). Sophomore Natalie Lugo seen some action pitching an inning in relief along with freshman Danni Farley, who made her UF debut.
On Saturday Florida faced two tough challengers from nationally ranked teams defeating them both. First up was Michigan so the Gators sent senior Kelly Barnhill to the circle and she didn’t disappoint pitching a complete game in the 6-0 win. Michigan ace Meghan Beaubien took the loss. In game two of the day against Arizona it took a combined pitching effort with Danni Farley getting the start going 2.1 innings before being replaced by Natalie Lugo who went 3.2 innings and got credited with the win. Kelly Barnhill pitched one inning and picked up the save. Taylor McQuillin took the loss for Arizona.
With the wins Florida head coach Walton improved to 848-213 as a head coach and currently leads all active NCAA DI coaches with a .799 win percentage.
Florida closed out the USF Opening Weekend Invitational Sunday with victories against N.C. State, 2-1, and USF, 7-1, at the USF Softball Stadium. Kelly Barnhill picked up both decisions from the circle as she entered in relief in the first game against the Wolfpack and tossed five quality innings in her start versus the Bulls. Against N.C. State, Natalie Lugo received the start and held the Wolfpack to just two hits and struck out six without allowing a walk. Freshman Elizabeth Hightower also saw her first collegiate action in relief against the Bulls. Hightower pitched the final two innings of the game and struck out four of the six batters she faced.
The University of South Alabama went down in defeat to Missouri State in its season opener played on Friday night by a score of 4-0 on the opening day of the Sand Dollar Classic held at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.
On Saturday The University of South Alabama Jaguars started out the day with a a 9-1, six-inning run-rule victory over Tennessee State, before falling to Louisiana Tech 2-0 in its second game of the day at the Sand Dollar Classic.
Western Kentucky used a seven-run first inning to grab an early lead Sunday morning and held on to pick up a 7-3 victory over the University of South Alabama on the final day of the Sand Dollar Classic held at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.
Georgia Southern opened its season with wins over UT Martin and Saint Francis (PA). On Saturday the team lost both of their games. First losing to Saint Francis(PA) 10-1 with Ashleigh Morton taking the loss in the circle. In game two they went down to defeat 10-7 against Winthrop with Rylee Waldrep getting the loss.
In Sunday action Georgia Southern turned things around winning both of their games first defeating UT Martin 6-3. Ashleigh Morton got the win in the circle and then defeating Savannah State 4-1 with Rylee Waldrep picking up the game win.
With the two wins Georgia Southern finished the Bash in the Boro with a record of 4-2.
On Friday action Michigan State rallied from a two-run defecit before allowing an unearned run in the top of the seventh in their loss to UConn, 3-2, in the Spartans’ season opener at the Felsburg Invitational at Florida International. MSU’s Alli Walker threw three innings of four-hit relief, allowing one unearned run after starter Jordan Watson gave up two runs and five hits over the first four frames. Michigan State had better luck in game two of the day with a 5-0 win over host team Florida International. Redshirt freshman Leah Shipp made her collegiate debut in the game after missing the 2018 season with injury. She scattered five hits and struck out two to earn her first victory of her career with the shutout.
When asked about Shipp’s performance Spartans head coach Jacquie Joseph said:
“I’m incredibly proud of our pitching staff today, particularly Leah Shipp, who earned a shutout win in her first collegiate start. She’s had to come back after missing all of her freshman year with an injury, so it makes it a bit extra special. I also thought that Jordan Watson and Alli Walker really did a nice job in the first game. Ebonee Echols hit two homers, and overall our offense got better as the day wore on, which is kind of to be expected in the first games of the season. Today’s play is not going to be the standard we will want for the whole season, but we got to play outdoors on dirt today for the first time since October. Our players know that there’s still work to do, but there were lots of good things today that we can build from.”
In Saturday action Michigan State earned its second straight shutout victory of the season with a 3-0 rain-shortened decision (five innings) over Bryant University in Miami on Saturday. The game, delayed at the start nearly three hours, saw the rain pop up again in the fifth inning when the game was called due to field conditions. Spartan pitcher Alli Walker got the win. They also got a 11-6 victory over Memphis on Saturday in Miami at the FIU Felsburg Invitational.
MacKenzie Meech had a pair of doubles and four RBI to lead the Spartan offense while senior Kaitlyn Eveland went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs. Jordan Watson threw 4.1 innings and left with the bases loaded, scattering seven hits and walking one while being charged with five runs (two earned). Leah Shipp came on in relief and despite giving up the grand slam, she closed out her outing (2.2 innings) and surrendered just one more hit and struck out one.
Asked about the long day Spartan head coach Jacquie Joseph said:
“Today was a really, really long day – a couple of weather delays pushed our games about three hours past when we were scheduled to play, and then we played a three-hour game with Memphis. We’re in the first weekend and getting re-adjusted to gameday – trying to get our veterans back in the groove and our new players acclimated, and it’s really hard to do that in a day like this. We weathered the storms (both figuratively and literally) and came away with two wins. We saw some more out of our offense and saw our pitchers take more steps forward. I’m proud of our players and the way they handled today and put together the wins.”
On Sunday Michigan State and Memphis traded big innings for the second straight game, with the Tigers posting a five-run fifth and holding off a late MSU rally to earn an 11-9 win in the finale of the Felsburg Invitational. MSU used all four of its pitchers, with Leah Shipp (1.1 innings, four hits, four runs) taking the loss during a five-run bottom of the fifth inning for Memphis.
Texas A&M started their season off Friday with two wins at a unseasonably cold Davis Diamond Stadium defeating California Baptist, 9-1, and Northern Colorado, 18-2, each via the run rule. Pitcher Payton McBride earned the victory against Cal Baptist after only allowing one run on one hit while striking out four in four innings of work. Hannah Mayo made her first career appearance, throwing one inning in relief and recording one strikeout. The Aggies bats were red hot earning the18 runs off of 19 hits. Kayla Poynter then recorded the first win of her sophomore campaign after throwing 4.0 innings, allowing only two hits, two walks and fanning four. Mayo then closed out the game, allowing two hits, two runs, two walks, and striking out one. Texas A&M outhit their opponents, 30-5, as 15 Aggies recorded a hit, eight of which had multi-hit games. Riley Sartain, who went 5-for-5 with seven RBI, five runs, three home runs, two doubles and a walk, led them at the plate.
Asked about Sartain’s performance head coach Jo Evans said:
“She was unbelievable tonight, I thought she played so well. She is that kind of player, very dynamic, powerful, explosive and you could tell she felt really comfortable tonight. Especially in the at bat where she fouled a lot of pitches off to right field, and then ends up hitting it left-center. That says a lot about her and her ability to make an adjustment. You can see she is in the zone, and she won’t hit like that every night, but she has the potential to hit like that every night.”
When asked about The Aggies pitching Evans said:
“I thought our pitching staff did well tonight. They kept the ball down. They didn’t give up many hits. They didn’t give many walks. You look at Payton McBride in the first game and the leadoff hitter, who I think is a really good hitter, she smokes the one off the left field wall and then nobody really sniffs anything after that. Hannah Mayo came in to relief in that first game and I thought she looked really composed and did a nice job. Kayla Poynter, I thought she showed a lot of poise out there, she looked confident. I liked her presence. I think that is probably the best she has looked in terms of just presence and command. You can tell that she was feeling good out there. That is a kid that I think will just keep getting better and better.
Texas A&M got Saturdays action going with a 9-1 run-rule win over Northern Colorado before falling to UNT, 10-2, in five innings on day two of the Aggie Classic Saturday at Davis Diamond. In their game against Northern Colorado, eight Aggies recorded a hit as the Maroon & White outhit the Bears, 10-1. Haley Lee blasted the first home run of her career as she led the Aggies at the plate after going 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs and a double. Payton McBride moved to 2-0 on the season after only allowing one run while striking out four batters in five innings of work. Kayla Poynter got the loss in game two.
On Sunday Texas A&M concluded the Aggie Classic with a 15-0 victory in 5 innings over California Baptist at Davis Diamond. Payton McBride and Kendall Potts combined to throw the first shutout of the season. McBride earned the win, only allowing one hit and no runs while striking out five in three innings of work. Potts allowed one walk and three hits to close out the final two innings of the game as she made her debut in an Aggie uniform.
It was a pretty good weekend for the Maroon & White who finished the tournament with a 4-1 record. The also outscored their opponents 53-14, the largest number of runs produced by the Aggies in the first five games of a season since 1993. Nine Aggies batted above .500, highlighted by McBride, Fortenberry, Haley Lee and Riley Sartain. McBride holds a .750 batting average after going 6-for-8 with a double, home run, six RBI and three runs. Fortenberry went 7-for-12 with a double and homer, while contributing seven runs and seven RBI on the weekend. Lee batted .545 with two doubles, one home run, three runs and four RBI. Sartain leads the team in multiple categories after blasting three homers, three doubles, and eight RBI to open the 2019 season.
Mizzou got their season off to a good start in day one of the Kajikawa Classic with a run-rule 9-0 win over Utah followed by a 8-0 defeat of #12 ranked Arizona State. Tiger senior pitcher Madi Norman got the complete game shutout win in game one against Utah while sophomore Cassie Gasper got the run-rule 5 innings win over Arizona State. Mizzou freshman Geana Torres had a strong shwing in her debut going 2-2 at the plate including a grand slam against Arizona State in the first inning.
Mizzou’s head coach Anderson was happy with the teams performance saying…
“I know we hit it really well, but today was about more than that,” Coach Anderson said. “We played with confidence, we communicated and our pitching was great. I am really pleased with this group, but it’s important we don’t buy into the hype. We still have a job to do here.”
Mizzou Softball fell in both of its games at the Tempe Sports Complex on Saturday, losing to Oregon 6-1 in the first game and then losing to Oregon State, 4-3, in an eight-inning thriller. Junior pitcher Eli Daniel got the nod against the Ducks, but tallied her first loss of the young season. Senior P Madi Norman, meanwhile, went the distance for the second time in as many starts against the Beavers, but picked up her first loss this season.
“In the first game, we just gave up too many free bases,” head coach Larissa Anderson said. “We can’t expect to win many games giving up nine walks and having three errors. In game two, we had our chances to win. We need to experience games like this to learn how to capitalize on those opportunities. The one opportunity to win a game like that might come in the first inning and we need to learn to take advantage of that”
After losing both of their games on Saturday Mizzou Softball bounced back in a big way on Sunday morning, scoring a dramatic 3-2 victory over arch rival Kansas at the Tempe Sports Complex in the Kajikawa Classic. With the victory, the Tigers move to 3-2 on the season. Redshirt senior pitcher Madi Norman was excellent in the circle registering her second win. The Tipton, Mo.,native put in 6.2 innings of work and nabbed five strikeouts. Sophomore Cassie Gasper was credited with the save, getting the final out on a clutch strikeout in the bottom third of the seventh inning.
“I was very proud of our fight today,” Coach Anderson said. “It was really fun to bring back such a storied rivalry. It was even more fun to win it. This weekend provided us with some great, competitive games, which helps us see what we need to improve on going forward.”
Things didn’t start well for Pitt as they dropped their first two games of the season at the Cougar Classic. First lossing to Purdue by a score of 13-9 (8 innings) and then College of Charleston 10-4. Senior pitcher Sarah Dawson got the start against Purdue, allowing one run while striking out three in 2.2 innings of work, but had to leave the game after a hard shot up the middle of the field deflected off of her. Pitt freshman Abby Edwards appeared in both games while allowing one earned run in her 4.1 innings.
In day two of Cougar Classic Pitt defeated Wichita State but lost to Central Michigan. Pitt dropped the first game 11-6 to Central Michigan before defeating Wichita State 4-2. The Panthers used a trio of pitchers for game one, senior Taylor Rahach, redshirt sophomore Brittany Knight and freshman Abby Edwards. The trio gave up 11 runs in total, but only three were earned, as Pitt committed five errors in the contest. In game two Brittany Knight pitched a complete game allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out one.
On Sunday The University of Pittsburgh dropped its final contest of the Cougar Classic to Wichita State, 7-2, Sunday afternoon in Charleston, S.C. Senior Taylor Rahach earned the start allowing two earned runs while striking out one in 3.2 innings of work before being relieved. Freshman Abby Edwards came in to replace Rahach, allowing three earned runs while striking out one in 3.1 innings of action. With the loss the Panthers’ season is off to a slow start finishing the weekend with a 1-4 record.
“Opening weekend brought us some adversities that we as a team need to rise up to so we can reach our goals,” said head coach Jodi Hermanek. “In our win against Wichita State I saw great focus and execution from our players, and that’s the type of team effort we need to continue with moving forward. We have some things we need to work on this week and some other positive aspects of our game that we need to sustain moving forward.”
The Mike White era at Texas had to wait until Saturday because Friday’s scheduled games were cancelled due to cold weather and a mix of snow & rain. Saturday’s rescheduling meant Texas would have to play a tripleheader. In game one senior Brooke Bolinger got the start in the 8-0 run-rule 5 innings win over Boston College. Bolinger got the
complete-game win, allowing just one hit, walking one and striking out seven. Offensively Orgeon transfers Shannon Rhodes went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs while Miranda Elish was 1-for-2 with a run and a RBI in her UT debut.
In game two Texas defeated Boise State, 8-0 (5 inn.). Oregon junior transfer pitcher Miranda Elish allowed just one hit and faced the minimum in earning her first Texas win. Texas bats were working too with12-hits that resulted in the team scoring in every inning of the game. This game is was time for the returning Texas players to provide the offensive power including, Taylor Ellsworth’s 2-for-3 effort with three RBIs. Redshirt junior Reagan Hathaway (1-for-2, double, two runs, two walks), sophomore pinch hitter MK Tedder (1-for-1, run), junior third baseman Malory Schattle and senior pinch hitter Bekah Alcozer (1-for-1).
In the third game of the day for Texas they ended it a perfect 3-0 with a 7-2 win over Northwestern State. In the circle for the Longhorns, sophomore pitcher Ariana Adams picked up her first collegiate win by allowing one unearned run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts over her 4.0 innings. Senior Brooke Bolinger earned a three-inning save after permitting one run on one hit with three walks and six strikeouts. While led at the plate by redshirt junior center fielder Reagan Hathaway who went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Senior right fielder Bekah Alcozer went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI, sophomore transfer Mary Iakopo went 1-for-1 off the bench with two RBIs and sophomore designated player MK Tedder went 1-for-3 with a run and a RBI.
With the win, UT managed to win three games in a single day for the first time in 23 years of program history. On the three previous occasions that the Horns played three times in a single day (Feb. 14, 1998; March 5, 1998; Feb. 13, 1999), Texas went 2-1.
On Sunday Texas took on Boston College coming away with the 9-1 (5-innings run-rule win.) In the circle for the Longhorns, freshman right-hander Shealyn O’Leary earned her first collegiate pitching victory by allowing just one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts over 4.0 innings of work. Junior hurler Miranda Elish struck out one during a single inning of perfect relief.
Things couldn’t have been much better for the new Mike White era at Texas. The team went 4-0 for the weekend while batting .378 as a team with 11 extra-base hits and out-scoring their four opponents by a 32-3 margin. The pitching staff also posted impressive numbers with a 0.64 ERA, they tossed two one-hit shutouts, allowed just 10 total hits and limited the opposition to a .128 batting average.
About the only negative on the weekend was those monocolor burnt orange uniforms Texas wore in the three games played on Saturday. To me they just didn’t look very good.
Thanks to, Texas State, Mississippi State, Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, Florida, South Alabama, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, Georgia Southern, Michigan State, Texas, Mizzou, Pitt, Texas A&M athletic departments for their help.