2-16-2011 Wednesday February 16 College

WEDNESDAY COLLEGE February 16, 2011

THIS REPORT EXPANDED AT 10PM

TOP 25 USA Softball poll February 15

Florida 7, Jacksonville 0
WP Stephanie Brombacher  LP Brittany Eppley
Combined 1-hitter with Hannah Rogers

Oklahoma 9  St. Gregory’s 0   (5 inn)
WP-Allee Allen  (1-0)  LP-Kailee Neil  (1-1)

LSU 9, Southeastern Louisiana 0 (5) Perfect Game
WP Rachel Fico  LP Kati Morse

Texas A&M 4  Stephen F. Austin 3
WP-Lindsey Sisk  (2-1)  9 K’s  LP-Monika Covington  (0-3)

Texas A&M 9  Stephen F. Austin 0   (6 inn)
WP-Melissa Dumezich  (2-2)  2-Hitter  10 K’s  LP-Carlie Thomas  (0-3)  5.1-IP  8 K’s

GAME NOTES

Florida coasted to a 7-0, six-innng win.  Stephanie Brombacher pitched fdour innings, giving up one hit, Hannah Rogers completed the shutout.  The Gators scored five runs in the 5th, powered by Aja Paculba’s grand slam.

 

Sixth-ranked Oklahoma softball team scored early and often as the Sooners (6-1) blanked St. Gregory’s 9-0 in five innings on Wednesday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex. Brianna Turang was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring two runs, and Brittany Williams went 2-for-3 with four runs batted in on two home runs.Allee Allen (1-0) made her first start of the season and allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out three in the 5.0 inning performance. OU scored its first three runs in the bottom of the first when Turang reached on a single and stole second before Haley Nix drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Williams belted her first home run of the game to give the Sooners an early 3-0 lead. Chana’e Jones made her first of two stellar defensive plays in the top of the second, diving to tag first base before St. Gregory’s Autumn Brown could reach the base. Oklahoma added two in the second as OU had the bases loaded thanks to an error and back-to-back singles from Turang and Destinee Martinez. Ali Vandever then scored on another Cavalier miscue and Turang scored on a Nix sacrifice fly to push OU in front 5-0. Jones added a second web gem in the third, going to her backhand to get the ball and make the throw in time to get Shelby Wheeler out to end the inning  Dani Dobbs reached after being hit by a pitch in the third and scored on Katie Norris’ double to center as the Sooners led 6-0 through three. Oklahoma added three in the fourth when Nix singled to reach base and scored on Shults’ fifth home run of the year. Williams then made it 9-0 with her second long ball of the game.  After getting a runner to third in the top of the fifth, pinch hitter Sutton Halferty flied into a double play to end the game. The Sooners return to action this weekend at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. Oklahoma opens the tournament against Southern Utah Friday at 3:30 p.m. CT and follow with host New Mexico State at 5:30 p.m. CT. Live stats for all games are available at SoonerSports.com.

Fico’s Perfect Game Pushes No. 18 Softball to 7-0 

BATON ROUGE – Rachele Fico tossed the third perfect game in program history as the No. 18 LSU softball team raced its way to a dominant 9-0 five-inning victory over Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday in-front of 1,011 fans at Tiger Park.

 “Rachele was magnificent tonight,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “She played great defense and certainly was the deciding factor in tonight’s game. Offensively, the speed factor wasn’t as noticeable tonight, but the power game sure did show up. We hit the ball hard, and the intensity was magnificent. It’s a team that really enjoys coming out here and playing softball. It was the first time we had worn this uniform combination [gold jerseys and purple pants], and we might have to do it again.”

Fico sat down all 15 batters she faced, seven via the strikeout. A ball didn’t leave the infield as the sophomore right-hander joined Tiffany Garcia [Grambling State, 02/15/06] along with a combined effort from Britni Sneed and Sarah Meadors [Tennessee, 03/18/01] as the only perfect gems in Tiger history.  Southeastern Louisiana’s (3-3) best opportunity for a hit came with one out during the fifth inning, but Fico snagged the line drive off the bat of Megan McCollum. Four pitches later, Fico mowed down Lauren Coniglio to secure her place in the LSU record book “Being in this atmosphere, surrounded by my teammates, it’s just a great day to be a Tiger,” Fico said. “I love it here. My teammates mean the world to me and it amazes me that I was able to accomplish something like that with my teammates behind me.”

Tammy Wray and Anissa Young turned in identical 3-for-3 performances at the plate and drove home three RBIs apiece. The duo also launched a pair of two-run home runs in the first and third innings, respectively. Simone Heyward and Morgan Russell added RBIs as the Tigers scored all nine of their runs with two outs. LSU seized the momentum early with three runs in the first inning. It marked the fifth time in seven games that the Tigers have scored during the opening frame this season. Juliana Santos ripped a double down the right field line and advanced to third on an Ashley Langoni fly ball to the warning track. On the first pitch, Anissa Young chopped a RBI-single through the middle to hand the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Tammy Wray capped the three-run stanza with a two-run homer that cleared the left field berm. It was the first long ball of Wray’s career.  Young tacked on a two-run shot of her own to centerfield followed by a Russell RBI-double into the right centerfield gap to make it 6-0 after three innings.   LSU put the finishing touches on the win with another three-spot during the fourth inning highlighted by a Wray RBI-single for the final margin of 9-0. 

ULTIMATE COLLEGE SOFTBALL  AND OTHER SCOREBOARDS

Western Carolina 10  South Carolina State 1   (5 inn)
WP-Amber Steinhardt  (3-0)  LP-Raven Johnson  (0-3)

Western Carolina 5  South Carolina State 0
WP-Katie King  (2-0)  LP-Vianney Gomez  (0-3)

Presbyterian 7  Newberry 0

Presbyterian 8  Newberry 0   (5 inn)

South Carolina-Upstate 9  Gardner-Webb 1   (5 inn)
WP-Morgan Childers  (4-0)  12 K’s  LP-Cindy Boomhower  (0-1)

South Carolina-Upstate 5  Gardner-Webb 0
WP-Hannah Alexander  (2-0)  1-Hitter  11 K’s  LP-Jessica Childers  (0-1)

Winthrop 5,  South Carolina 2
WP-Natalie Becker  (2-0)  LP-April Borchardt  (1-1)

Georgia Southern 2 , Georgia State 1
WP-Brianna Streetmon  (2-0)  LP-McCall Langford  (0-1)  9 K’s

Georgia State 3,  Georgia Southern 2
WP-Alana Thomas  (1-1)  LP-Megen Smith  (0-1)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs Ouachita Baptist 2:00 PM Benton, Ark.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs Ouachita Baptist 4:00 PM Benton, Ark.

Texas A&M 4  Stephen F. Austin 3
WP-Lindsey Sisk  (2-1)  9 K’s  LP-Monika Covington  (0-3)

Texas A&M 9  Stephen F. Austin 0   (6 inn)
WP-Melissa Dumezich  (2-2)  2-Hitter  10 K’s  LP-Carlie Thomas  (0-3)  5.1-IP  8 K’s

East Carolina 8  UNC-Wilmington 0   (6 inn)
WP-Toni Paisley  (3-1)  5-IP  1-Hit  8 K’s  LP-Samme Lisowsky  (0-3)

Central Arkansas 5  Mississippi Valley State 2
WP-Kelsie Armstrong  (1-3)  LP-Kimberly Spivey  (1-2)

Jackson State vs Northwestern State 4:00 PM Natchitoches, La.

Oklahoma 9  St. Gregory’s 0   (5 inn)
WP-Allee Allen  (1-0)  LP-Kailee Neil  (1-1)

Houston Baptist 9, Sam Houston State 1
Houston Baptist (2-3) scored five of their nine runs on home runs in the first game. Third baseman Kaitlin Southern and center fielder Callie Herrington hit two-run homers in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively and shortstop Mollye Mlcak had a solo shot in the second frame.

Sam Houston State 9, Houston Baptist 5

Florida 7, Jacksonville 0
WP Stephanie Brombacher  LP Brittany Eppley  Combined 1-hitter with Hannah Rogers

North Florida 2,  Central Florida 0

Southern Mississippi 5, South Alabama 4

LSU 9, Southeastern Louisiana 0 (5) Perfect Game
WP Rachel Fico  LP Kati Morse

UCLA vs CS Fullerton 4:00 PM Fullerton, Calif.     Postponed–To Be Rescheduled

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