In game one of day 2 at the SEC tourney it was Arkansas verses Georgia to kick things off. This was a rescheduled game from day one due to a severe storm. The sun was out for the game as Georgia took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. Arkansas picked up one in the third thanks to an Ashley Diaz home run making it 1-1 but in the bottom of the inning Georgia added 2 more runs taking back the lead and an added a insurance run in the sixth. Georgia won by a final score of 4-1. Kylie Bass got the complete game win for Georgia while Arkansas’ Autumn Storms took the loss.
Game two on Thursday was another rescheduled game due to Wednesday’s bad weather. This time it was a battle of Mississippi teams as Mississippi State took on Ole Miss. When you think of Mississippi State you think power ball with their big bats but they quickly took a 3-0 lead in the game thanks to stringing several singles together. But the Ole Miss Rebels weren’t ready to pack their bags yet and fought back in the 4th inning to take a 8-3 lead in the game. Four of those runs came from an Abbey Latham grand slam. Ole Miss added another run in the 6th inning to make it a 9-3 game. Then Mississippi State added one run in the 7th inning but lost the game 9-4. Molly Jacobsen got the start for Ole Miss but was chased from the game and Brittany Finney came in to get the win.
Game three of the day was a match between Florida and LSU. Florida’s bats were active as they quickly grabbed a 3-0 lead in the game while LSU looked flat and couldn’t get anything going. A lot of it was due to Kelly Barnhill’s pitching that seemed closer to her ace form then she had in her last few outtings including striking out the side in the sixth inning. The game ended with that 3-0 score and a one hit shutout for Barnhill’s 98th career win. Florida senior Amanda Lorenz also got back on track offenively with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate in the game. While LSU’s Shelbi Sunseri suffered the loss. After she gave up three runs in the first two innings before settling down and didn’t allowed anymore.
Here’s a few game related quotes:
Florida Senior Kelly Barnhill – On the difference between her pitching performance from last week and today…
“I think the real big difference between today and last weekend was hitting my spots and the ability to locate my two-seam fastball and my screwball. I think that ends up being a really big game-changer when the teams are going up there and they’re going to attack the rise ball and they’re looking up. So it changes their eyes and makes them have to look down.”
Florida Senior Amanda Lorenz – On the difference in their plate approach …
“I think we’re just excited to be in postseason. It doesn’t matter what we did the previous at-bat or yesterday. All that matters is today and scoring runs and finding a way to win. So I think everyone really likes that and the comfortableness of that and not worrying about the average up on the screen. All that we care about is that we’re going to drive in runs and find a way to win.”
Game four let #2 seed Tennessee see its first action of the tourney as they faced off against Auburn. For the Lady Vols it was junior Caylan Arnold in the circle against Auburn’s Ashlee Swindle. Auburn took the early lead in the game 1-0 in the top of the second inning adding an insurance run in the fifth inning. Swindle got the complete game win 2-0 for Auburn. Tennessee just could never string enough hits together in key situations to produce any runs. Caylan Arnold took the lost for Tennessee going 6 innings with Matty Moss coming in the game in relief.
Last up for the day was #1 seed Alabama going up against Georgia who earlier in the day defeated Arkansas 4-1 to move on in the tourney. Alabama phenom freshman pitcher Montana Fouts took the circle while Mary Wilson Avant got the start for the Bulldogs. Georgia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th inning but Alabama came back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game up. Georgia’s Alley Cutting relieved Avant and worked two and two-thirds scoreless frames. Kylie Bass entered with a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh inning, retiring the next three to send the game into extra innings. Bass suffered the loss, allowing a walk-off home run by Skylar Wallace in the bottom of the eighth inning that gave Alabama the 2-1 win. Montana Fouts got the complete game win for the Crimson Tide.
The Kentucky verses Ole Miss game planned for Thursday night was moved to Friday morning due to the several Wednesday games having had to be rescheduled and played on Thursday because of bad weather.