FEBRUARY 13 2011 COLLEGE
TOP 25 (USA Softball pre-season poll)
1. Arizona def Cal Poly 14-0 (5)
2. UCLA def San Diego State 8-2
3. Alabama def South Alabama 6-0, def Troy 9-1
4. Georgia def Maryland 8-2, def Lipscomb 7-4
5. Florida def South Florida 12-0
6. Oklahoma def Western Michigan 5-0
7. Tennessee def Boston College 8-0, def Michigan State 14-0 (5)
8. Michigan def Ohio 16-3 (6)
10. Arizona State def San Jose State 11-3 (5)
11. Washington def UC Riverside 22-3
12. California def Indiana 3-0
14. Oregon lost to CS Fullerton 4-3 (8)
15. Texas def Louisville 14-4
16. LSU def Purdue 6-2, def Louisiana Tch 10-2 (5)
17. Georgia Tech def Fordham 3-1
18. Stanford def Nevada 10-2 (5)
19. Texas A&M def Bradley 3-1
21. Louisiana-Lafayette def Sam Houston State 4-1
22. Oklahoma State def Utah 5-3
23. Florida State lost to Hofstra 2-0
24T Illinois lost to Baylor 3-1
24T Ohio State upset by DePaul 5-4
Virginia Tech jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held on for a 6-5 win over UNC Wilmington Sunday morning on the final day of the 49er Round Robin at the Phillips Complex. Tech scored on the Seahawks in the first inning with a three spot. Richelle McGarva walked and Dani Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice before junior Kristen Froehlich crushed a three-run home run down the left field line, her second round-tripper of the season. UNCW scored a run on an error in the bottom of the first inning to make it 3-1. In the second inning, Bkaye Smith scored on a bases-loaded walk and then Ashton Ward scored when Froehlich reached on an error to make it 5-1. The Seahawks threatened in the second inning, but McGarva made a spectacular play in left field, laying out to rob a sure double and then hopping up to double the runner off second base to end the inning. Ashton Ward pitched the first four innings and then went to center field, leading 5-1. Freshman Kat Banks was put in to pitch, and gave up two runs, only one of which was earned, before Thomas was forced to put Ward back in to stop the rally. The Seahawks cut the deficit to 5-3, but Ward got out of the jam. After scoring five runs in the first two innings, the Hokies weren’t able to get anything going until the seventh inning when Froehlich drove in Courtney Liddle from first base with a double to the gap, her fifth RBI of the game. It was a big one as UNCW rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and had runners on second and third base, but reliever Jasmin Harrell struck out Lauryn Buckworth to end the game. Ward got credit for pitching 6.1 innings. She allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Banks didn’t record an out, but gave up two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk. Harrell (S, 1) pitched 2/3 of an inning, picking up a strikeout that ended the game. Betty Rose and Froehlich (5 RBI) led the way with two hits apiece while Ward and Banks had one. Tech (3-0) will be in back in action at 2 o’clock in the championship game against the winner of the Iona/Charlotte game.
Virginia Tech softball team rolled to an 8-1 win over Iona Sunday in the championship game of the 49er Round Robin at the Phillips Softball Complex on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to complete a 4-0 weekend to open the season. Ashton Ward reached on an error and moved to third base on another error and eventually scored on Dani Anderson’s single up the middle. Tech tacked on two more runs in the second inning to force a pitching change. Betty Rose led off with a double to the gap and scored on Kristina Cruz’s home run down the left field line. Ward singled and stole second base before advancing on a wild pitch. She scored when Bkaye Smith drove her in with an infield single to make it 3-0. Tech kept the pressure on with two more runs in the third inning. Rose doubled in pinch runner Sarah Ashby and then Rose scored on Kat Banks’ single to center field to make it 6-0. Courtney Liddle drove in Anderson in the fourth inning with a double to the gap to extend the lead to 7-0. Tech got its final run in the sixth inning when Smith scored on a passed ball. Kenzie Roark (W, 3-0) was in control from the beginning, allowing just one run on three hits with nine strikeouts. For her effort this weekend, she was named tournament MVP. She went 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched. Smith, Anderson, Rose and Banks each had two hits while Ward, Liddle and Cruz each had one in the game. For the weekend, Tech scored 35 runs on 42 hits, hitting .365 as a team.
Tennessee. Three home runs, including a walk-off blast from junior catcher Shelby Burchell, powered No. 4 Tennessee (3-0) past Boston College, 8-0 (5 inn.), on Sunday morning at the Stetson Leadoff Classic in DeLand, Fla. UT has now run-ruled all three of its opponents in 2011 while outscoring those foes, 30-2. UT junior pitcher Cat Hosfield picked up her first victory of the season from the circle by firing a two-hit, complete-game shutout with four strikeouts. Big Orange sophomore left fielder Raven Chavanne led the way offensively from the top of the line-up by posting a perfect 3-for-3 effort with her team-best second homer of the year, two runs scored, two stolen bases and a pair of RBIs. Burchell (hitting .750 for the weekend) was 2-for-3 at the dish with the walk-off HR and three RBIs, while junior third baseman Jessica Spigner (1-for-3, run), sophomore second baseman Lauren Gibson (1-for-2, two runs) and freshman shortstop Madison Shipman (1-for-2, first collegiate HR) each recorded an RBI. Behind a season-high 14-hit assault, No. 4 Tennessee (4-0) completed its perfect opening weekend at the Stetson Leadoff Classic in DeLand, Fla., on Sunday afternoon with a dominating 14-0 (5 inn.) rout of Michigan State. The Lady Vols hit .475 as a team over the weekend and out-scored their four opponents by a combined 44-2 while the pitching staff held the opposition to a meager .169 batting average and recorded three solo shutouts. Tennessee sophomore designated player Raven Chavanne wrapped up a perfect day at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored, a stolen base and two RBIs. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native posted a perfect 6-for-6 effort on Sunday combined against Boston College and MSU and is now hitting .692 (9-for-13) with a team-high nine runs, two homers and 10 RBIs through the initial four games of 2011. By also registering a perfect 3-for-3 effort at the dish with four RBI, sophomore second baseman Lauren Gibson improved her season mark to .545 (6-for-11) with nine total runs batted in. Junior first baseman Shelby Burchell had a hit against Michigan State during the finale and currently leads the squad at a staggering .700 (7-for-10) clip for the weekend. Sophomore right fielder Kat Dotson hit .700 (7-for-10) overall with nine RBIs at the Stetson Leadoff Classic. In her initial weekend in the Orange & White, freshman shortstop Madison Shipman hit .500 (5-for-10) overall with a HR and four RBIs. Freshman hurler Ellen Renfroe improved to 2-0 by tossing her second career shutout, allowing three hits, walking two and tallying six strikeouts over five frames of work.
Oklahoma belted 12 hits off a trio of Western Michigan pitchers, winning 5-0 behind Kristen and Allee Allen’s combined 1-hitter. Jessica Shults jacked her fourth homer. Shults had 3 hits, 4 rbi. Kirsten Allen pitched 5.0 hitless innings, walking two and striking out six. Allee Allen pitched the remaining 2.0 innings, allowing the one hit and two strikeouts.
Texas used a three-hit, four-RBI effort by sophomore rightfielder Taylor Hoagland to roll past Louisville, 14-4 in the Texas Classic championship game, Sunday afternoon. The victory improved the Longhorns to 5-0 on the year and dropped the Cardinals to 3-2. Hoagland continued her hot pace in the victory, coming up a double shy of the cycle after connecting for a grand slam, a triple and a single. The sophomore finished the weekend with a .667 average (10-for-15), 11 runs scored, four home runs, two triples and 11 RBI. She is currently riding a 16-game hitting streak that dates back to last season and ties for the second-longest streak in UT history.
LSU swept the Tiger Classic, defeating Purude on Sunday 6-2, then defeating Louisiana Tech 10-2 (5).
Mississippi State. Freshman Heidi Shape drove in three runs and junior Misty Flesher tossed four shutout innings Sunday afternoon as Mississippi State defeated Illinois-Chicago 5-2 in the final game of the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas. Shape capped a stellar opening weekend with a pair of hits. Her first-inning single gave MSU a 2-1 lead, and she capped the scoring in the fifth with an RBI double. The Duluth, Ga., native finished her first weekend of collegiate action with a .400 batting average and 12 RBI. She also belted a pair of home runs, including a grand slam.
Drake had a super day in the circle. Jenna DeLong hurled a no-hitter to down Wisconsin-Green Bay, while Brynne Dordel fashioned a 3-hitter to defeat UTEP.
Arizona State. Another phenomenal performance from Hillary Bach Sunday helped
lead the No. 13 Sun Devil Softball team to an 11-3 (5) win over the San Jose
State Spartans to close out the 2011 Kajikawa Classic. Bach took her first win
on the year while the Sun Devils finished opening weekend with a 5-1 record.
SPY adapts from the framework created by Ultimate College Softball, filling in with data from NFCA, Gametracker, and reports email
Lady Eagles Invitational–Durham, N.C. Tournament Central
Morgan State 4 Peace 3
WP-Jordan Eades (2-1) LP-Hannah McLeod (0-1) S-Megan Johnson (1)
Maryland-Eastern Shore 6 Barton 3
Western Carolina 11, North Carolina Central 2 (5 inn)
WP-Amber Steinhardt (2-0) LP-Shamika Chavis-Hodge (0-1)
Western Carolina vs Maryland-Eastern Shore
North Carolina Central vs Morgan State 2:00 PM
Phoenix Leadoff Classic–Elon, N.C.
Kent State vs Youngstown State 11:00 AM
Kent State vs Elon 1:15 PM
Elon vs Youngstown State 3:30 PM
49er Round Robin–Charlotte, N.C.
Virginia Tech 6 UNC-Wilmington 5
WP-Ashton Ward (1-0) LP-Samme Lisowsky (0-1) S-Jasmin Harrell (1)
Charlotte vs Iona 12:00 PM
Tournament Play 2:00 PM
Jacksoville Tournament–Jacksonville, Fla.
Kansas 5 Buffalo 1
WP-Kristin Martinez (3-0) LP-Tori Speckman (0-1)
North Carolina 7, Bethune-Cookman 2
Combat Classic–Miami, Fla. Tournament Central
DePaul 5 Ohio State 4
WP-Lindsey Dean (1-0) LP-Karisa Medrano (1-2)
Kentucky 5, North Florida 2
Florida International vs North Florida 1:00 PM
Dot Richardson’s National Collegiate Softball Invitational–Clermont, Fla.
Georgia Tech 3, Fordham 1
Fordham vs Chattanooga 1:00 PM
Wilson DeMarini Tournament–Tampa, Fla. Tournament Central
Marshall 6 North Carolina State 4
WP-Andi Williamson (2-1) LP-Kayla Cox (1-2)
Florida Gulf Coast 8 Long Island 2
WP-Stephanie Sullivan (1-0) LP-Megan Shaef (0-3)
Florida 12, South Florida 0 (5)
Palmetto State Showdown–Columbia, S.C.
Charleston Southern 1 Furman 0
WP-Morgan Dowdy (2-0) 3-Hitter LP-Lauren Collier (0-2)
Winthrop vs Coastal Carolina 12:30 PM
South Carolina-Upstate vs Winthrop 3:00 PM
South Carolina vs South Carolina-Upstate 5:00 PM
Stetson Lead-Off Classic–DeLand, Fla.
Tennessee 8 Boston College 0 (5 inn)
WP-Cathleen Hosfield (1-0) 2-Hitter LP-Amanda Horowitz (0-1)
Tennessee 14, Michigan State 0 (5) (see game notes)
4th Annual Red & Black Showcase–Athens, Ga.
Illinois State 13 Iowa 4
WP-Jordan Birch (1-0) LP-Chelsea Lyon (0-3)
Maryland 3, East Carolina 1
Georgia 7, Lipscomb 4
Seminole Kick-Off Classic–Tallahassee, Fla.
St. John’s 13 UNC-Greensboro 7
WP-Ashley Beza (1-2) LP-Cory Mattson (1-2)
Hofstra 2, Florida State 0
GSU Tournament–Statesboro, Ga.
Georgia Southern vs Mercer 11:00 AM
Radford vs Mercer 1:30 PM
Radford 4, Georgia Southern 3
Panther Invitational–Atlanta, Ga.
Syracuse 9, Morehead State 1 (6)
Georgia State vs Syracuse 12:15 PM
Georgia State vs Morehead State 2:30 PM
Tiny Lassiter Classic–Conyers, Ga.
Florida A&M 8 Mississippi Valley State 0 (5 inn)
Tennessee State 12 Hampton 4 (5 inn)
North Carolina A&T 6 Savannah State 5 (8 inn)
Grambling State 7 South Carolina State 4
Florida A&M 6, Tennessee State 1
Mississippi Valley State 10, South Carolina State 1 (5)
Grambling State 7, North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State 6
Hampton 8, Savannah State 1
Hibbett/Easton All-Alabama Classic–Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Alabama def South Alabama 6-0, def Troy 9-1
Alabama 6, South Alabama 0
Samford vs Alabama State 11:00 AM
Auburn 6, Jacksonville State 3
Alabama 9, Troy 1
Auburn 5, Samford 0
UAB 8, Alabama A&M 0
1st Annual Hampton Inn-Brentwood Spring Tournament–Nashville, Tenn.
Wright State vs IUPUI 10:00 AM
Wright State vs Austin Peay 12:30 PM
IUPUI vs Belmont 3:00 PM
Austin Peay vs Belmont 5:00 PM
Southern Miss Tournament–Hattiesburg, Miss.
Kennesaw State vs Central Arkansas 11:00 AM
Southern Mississippi vs Kennesaw State 1:30 PM
Southern Mississippi vs Central Arkansas 4:00 PM
SE Louisiana Tournament–Hammond, La.
UMKC vs Southeastern Louisiana 10:00 AM
Akron vs Nicholls State 10:00 AM
Tennessee-Martin vs Saint Louis 10:00 AM
Southeastern Louisiana vs Southern 12:00 PM
Nicholls State vs Jackson State 12:30 PM
Tiger Classic–Baton Rouge, La.
Purdue 2, Bowling Green 0
LSU 6, Purdue 2
LSU 10, Louisiana Tech 2 (5)
25th Annual Louisiana Classic–Lafayette, La.
Arkansas 8, Rhode Island 0
Louisiana-Lafayette 4, Sam Houston State 1
Mardi Gras Classic–Monroe, La.
Northwestern State 10, Eastern Illinois 2 (5)
Eastern Illinois 2, Indiana State 0
Eastern Illinois 1, Louisiana-Monr0e 0
Louisiana-Monroe vs Indiana State
Ramada UNI-Dome Classic–Cedar Falls, Iowa
Drake 8 Wisconsin-Green Bay 0 (5 inn)
WP-Jenna DeLong (2-0) No-Hitter LP-Tieraney Planasch (0-2)
Drake 8 UTEP 0 (5 inn)
WP-Brynne Dordel (2-0) 3-Hitter LP-Laura Ramos (0-1)
UTEP vs North Dakota 2:00 PM
South Dakota vs Wisconsin-Green Bay 4:00 PM
Northern Iowa vs South Dakota 6:00 PM
Cyclone Invitational–Ames, Iowa
Crieghton 1, Western Illinois 0
Iowa State 11, Valparaiso 4
Valparaiso 11, Kiowa State 2
Hilton Plaza Invitational–Houston, Texas
Michigan 16 Ohio 3 (6 inn)
WP-Stephanie Speierman (2-0) LP-Caitlin Colvin (0-1)
Southern Illinois 6 Stephen F. Austin 3
WP-Alex Peters (1-1) LP-Carlie Thomas (0-2) S-Danielle Glosson (1)
Houston 8 Stephen F. Austin 1
WP-Amanda Crabtree (2-0) 11 K’s LP-Monika Covington (0-2)
Getterman Classic–Waco, Texas
McNeese State 4 Texas-San Antonio 0
WP-Meagan Bond (1-2) 2-Hitter LP-Katy Akins (0-1)
Baylor 3 Illinois 1
WP-Whitney Canion (2-0) 2-Hitter 8 K’s LP-Pepper Gay (1-2)
Texas Classic–Austin, Texas
Tulsa 6 Northern Illinois 1
WP-Lacey Middlebrooks (1-1) LP-Morgan Bittner (0-3)
Texas 14 Louisville 4 (5 inn)
WP-Blaire Luna (3-0) LP-Chelsea Leonard (1-1)
Hotel Encanto Invitational–Las Cruces, N.M.
Minnesota vs Northern Colorado 9:00 AM
New Mexico State vs Minnesota 11:30 AM
New Mexico State vs Colorado State 2:00 PM
Kajikawa Classic–Tempe, Ariz.
Texas Tech 10 Appalachian State 9
WP-Ashley Brokeshoulder (1-0) LP-Frannie Seader (0-2)
Northwestern 8 North Texas 4
WP-Meghan Lambreth (3-0) LP-Brittany Simmons (1-2) S-Jessica Smith (1)
Texas A&M 3 Bradley 1
WP-Melissa Dumezich (1-2) 2-Hitter 9 K’s LP-Lindsay Hufeld (0-2)
Oklahoma 5, Western Michigan 0
WP Kirsten Allen 1 hitter. LP Diana Patterson. Shults home run
California 3 Indiana 0
WP-Jolene Henderson (3-1) 2-Hitter 7 K’s LP-Morgan Melloh (1-3) 5-IP 8 K’s
Oklahoma State 5 Utah 3
WP-Simone Freeman (2-1) LP-Generra Nielson (3-1) S-Kat Espinosa (1)
Stanford 10 Nevada 2 (5 inn)
WP-Ashley Chinn (3-0) LP-Mallary Darby (1-2)
CS Fullerton 4 Oregon 3 (8 inn)
WP-Ari Cervantes (2-1) LP-Jessica Moore (3-1)
Nebraska 4 Oregon State 1
WP-Ashley Hagemann (4-1) LP-Marina Demore (1-1)
Arizona 14 Cal Poly 0 (5 inn)
WP-Kenzie Fowler (3-0) LP-Rebecca Patton (0-2)
Arizona State 11, San Jose State 3
CS Northridge 4 Portland State 3
WP-Hannah Fraijo (2-0) LP-Anna Bertrand (2-2) S-Carly Wade (1)
Sportco Kick-Off Classic–Las Vegas, Nev.
Mississippi State 5 Illinois-Chicago 2
WP-Misty Flesher (1-1) LP-Devin Miller (1-2)
Washington 22 UC-Riverside 3 (5 inn)
WP-Baily Harris (2-0) LP-Amy Lwin (1-3)
Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament–Los Angeles, Calif.
North Dakota State 2 Central Florida 1
WP-Whitney Johnson (1-2) LP-Lacey Dinney (0-1)
San Diego State 2 Utah State 0
WP-Kamerin May (1-0) LP-Mandy Harmon (1-1) S-Samantha Beasley (1)
UCLA 8 San Diego State 2
WP-Donna Kerr (3-0) LP-Bailey Micetich (1-1)
Long Beach State Kickoff Tournament–Long Beach, Calif.
Long Beach State 2 Boise State 0
WP-Erin Jones-Wesley (2-0) 8 K’s LP-Allie Crump (1-1)
Long Beach State 4 Loyola Marymount 1
WP-Taylor Petty (2-0) 3-Hitter 10 K’s LP-Dana Waldusky (0-2)
Loyola Marymount 4 Boise State 3
UC Santa Barbara Tournament–Santa Barbara, Calif.
Western Kentucky 5 Wichita State 0
WP-Kim Wagner (1-1) 4-Hitter LP-Brianna Smet (1-1)
UC Santa Barbara 10 Seattle 0 (5 inn)
WP-Andrianna Collins (3-0) 3-Hitter LP-Jessica Ulrich (0-3)
Army 1 Houston Baptist 0
WP-Haley Pypes (2-0) 2-Hitter LP-Kendall Stiefel (0-1) 2-Hitter 12 K’s
Army 9 Texas Southern 0 (5 inn)
Middle Tennessee 16 Murray State 13
WP-Caty Jutson (1-0) LP-Madysen Wilton (0-1) S-Janele Robinson (1)
Murray State 3 Middle Tennessee 2
New Mexico 8 Utah Valley 3
WP-Kari Gutierrez (0-2) LP-Josi Summers (0-2).