WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 D1 SOFTBALL
NCAA RPI RANKINGS are posted on: www.spysoftball.prg
ESPN USA SOFTBALL POLL MARCH 26
- Arizona State
- Texas A&M
- Virginia Tech
- South Alabama
TOP 25 GAMES
#1 Oklahoma def Wichita State DH 7-1
WP Keilani Ricketts 2-hitter. LP Katie Armagost. Sooners loaded bases top 2nd; Parsons scored on rbi walk. OU left bases loaded. WSU tied when McCracken opened 3rd with a homer. Top 4th: Ricketts walked, Williams doubled; Martinez reached on an error, pinch runner Sampson scored; Parsons singled, rbi; two more runs followed. Ricketts slugged a 2-run homer top 6th.
#1 Oklahoma def Wichita State 16-1
WP Michelle Gascoigne 1-hitter, 7K. LP Sloan Anderson. Sooners scored 4 in top 1st: Chamberlain walked, Casey homered. Shults doubled, scored on Pendley double. Pendley out at home on fielder’s choice, Ricketts scored. Top 2nd: Stohlmeyer relieved Anderson. OU loaded bases keying a 6-run 2nd. Bases loaded, Ricketts and Williams drew rbi walks. Anderson returned to the circle. Pendley scored. Ricketts scored on Parson’s sac fly. Williams scored. Vest slugged a 2-run homer in the OU 4th. Top 5th: Ellis homered. Henson singled, Miller homered. Vest rbi sac fly. McCracken led the last WSU at-bat with a double; pinch runner Eich scored on an error at short by Vest.
#3 Florida def Florida State 7-3 (8)
Gators trailed 3-1 into bottom 7th, scored 2 runs to tie, and 4 runs in 8th to win.
#5 Tennessee def Eastern Kentucky 8-0 (6)
WP Ivy Renfroe 1-hitter. LP Shaylon Robb. On 5 hits, the Vols scored 4 runs in the 2nd and 4 in the 3rd. Two out, Shipman and Akamine on base, Overstreet doubled, rbi’ Gaffin singled, rbi; Dotson hit 2-run single. One on, bottom 3rd, Pitzenbarge relieved Robb; Brown walked, Akamine singled, loading the bases. Gaffin jacked a grand slam.
#7 Alabama def Houston 6-3
WP Leslie Jury 2H, LP Bailey Watts. Bama scored 3 top 1st, Hunt rbi single, Traina 2-run homer. Houston took one back in bottom on Holland’s bases-loaded single, but left bases-loaded. After Bama left bases full top 2nd, Houston tied game bottom 2nd; 2 walks and a single again loaded the bases; Jury relieved starter Lauren Sewell. Gaber walked, rbi; St Pierre scored when Duplechain reached on an error at 3rd, 3-3. The Tide broke the tie top 5th on Spencer’s rbi single. Bama reached its final score in the 7th when Traina slugged a second 2-run homer.
#12 LSU upset by #25 South Alabama 12-5
WP Farish Beard LP Rachele Fico. Beard improved to 12-0, Fico now 16-5. South Alabama which has been drawing attention in the polls was all over LSU pitching, somewhat surprising given that LSU has just been ranked 4th in NCAA’s RPI index. Beard was tagged for 2 runs, reliever Haannah Campbell for 2. Fico gave up 7 runs on 8 hits; reliever Ashley Czechner 3 runs on 3 hits, reliever Meghan Patterson 2 runs on 4 hits. Eight of the nine South Alabama hitters had rbi, Johnson and Collins 2 each. Fagan belted a solo off Czechner which keyed a 6-run 4th for USA. USA had scored a run, bottom 2nd; In the 3rd, after singles by Johnson and Fowler, Moss rbi double; Fagan singled, , one out, Collins 2-run double; Fagan scored on a fielder’s choice; Campbell singled. Czechner relieved Fico. Johnson singled in 2 more runs, all charged to Fico. As noted, USA added 6 runs in the 4th. The Tigers finally got on the board in the 5th; Blades stroked an rbi single, Bell jacked a grand slam.
#13 Michigan def Bowling Green 9-1 (5)
WP Haylie Wagner LP Paris Imholz. Michigan racked 10 hits to 3 for Bowling Green, scoring 6 runs bottom 1st. Bases loaded, two out, Knapp drew an rbi walk; Lawrence reached on an error in center, 2 runs scoring; Susalla ripped a 2-run double; Crummey singled, rbi. UM loaded bases again in 2nd on 2 singles and a walk; Lawrence walked, rbi; Kertes relieved Imholz; Susalla walked, rbi. Green Bay’s Berger scored off reliever Driesenga in 4th. Two down after a double play, Michigan achieved run-rule on Susalla’s rbi single.
#18 Tulsa upset by Central Arkansas 1-0
WP Kelsie Armstrong 1-hitter. LP Aimee Creger. Top 6th: Creger relieved startere Middlebrooks. Lasley singled, stole 2nd; one out, Melissa Bryant singled; Melanie Bryant walked. Bases loaded, Bigel drew an rbi walk.
#20 Kentucky def Lipscomb 8-1
WP Kelsey Nunley. LP ?. Cumbess hit a 2-run shot; Joiner a solo.Carroll was 3-4, 2 rbi.
#23 Georgia def Georgia Southern 6-3
WP Geri Ann Glasco. LP Sarah Purvis. With a decided 10-4 edge in hitting. the Bulldogs scored 2 bottom 1st, Swafford led with a single; two out, Iosefa tripled, rbi; Pualoa singled, rbi. Bottom 4th: Pualoa opened with a home run. One out, Olney singled, Browne doubled; Miles relieved Purvis. Two out, Olney scored on a wild pitch. Down 6-0 top 6th, the Eagles cut the lead in half on Douberley’s 3-run homer off reliever Chelsea Wilkinson.
OTHER GAMES (POSTED AS SCORES ARE RECEIVED)
Arkansas 9, UMKC 1
Central Connecticut swept Holy Cross 8-0, 2-0
Drexel 3, Bucknell 1/DH 3-1
East Carolina 5, NC State 2
Eastern Michigan 6, Oakland 5/DH tied 4-4
Hofstra swept Lehigh 5-0, 5-2
NC State 5, East Carolina 3
Florida A&M 7, Mercer 4
Longwood 8, Radford 4
Mercer 9, Florida A&M 1
Fairfield 5, Yale 4//Yale 4-0
Georgia Tech 17, Kennesaw State 3
Georgetown 5, George Mason 2
Louisiana Tech 8, Northwestern State 0
Marshall 2, WSU 0/DH 6-4
Maryland 20, Howard 0
Mass 8, Boston College 7
Marist 1, Army 0/Army 3, Marist 0
Middle Tennessee 7, Austin Peay 5/DH 3-2
Murray State 6, Evansville 3
Evansville 4, Murray State 0
North Carolina 3, Campbell 0
North Texas 6, Florida Atlantic 0
Presbyterian 10, Gardner-Webb 6
Quinnipiac 4, Connecticut 3
Rutgers swept Hartford 7-0, 5-0
St Joseph’s 4, Delaware 3/DH 7-1
St Mary’s 2, Santa Barbara 0
St Peter’s 1, UMBC 0
San Jose State 5, Sacramento State 2
Stony Brook 8, LIU 7
USC Upstate swept Western Carolina 1-0, 9-1 (5)
USF 8, Villanova 2
UTEP 11, Siena 1