2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Power Rankings: Third Edition

Danielle O’Toole and Arizona swept Washington at 苹果彩票官网 in week seven. How far did that push them up the rankings this week? (Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Network)

2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Power Rankings: Third Edition

The third edition of our power rankings for the 2017 season has some movement at all levels. Week seven had some upsets and some incredible performances over the weekend. Below we list the top 16 teams along with the next four teams.

We will start by providing last week’s rankings below and please note the table below is based on records as of March 21.

Week's Ranking
3Florida StateACC28-1-19-03
6Texas A&MSEC25-25-16
9MinnesotaBig 1025-20-011
11James MadisonColonial24-30-012
12OklahomaBig 1224-70-08
15BaylorBig 1226-50-015
16LouisianaSun Belt20-53-016
19MichiganBig 1018-7-10-020

Below is the third edition of our 2017 power rankings and please note the records listed are through games as of Tuesday, March 28.

#1 – Florida Gators (29-2 Overall, 7-1 SEC)

Florida (#1 last week) holds onto the top spot, but the two teams below definitely closed the gap. The Gators defeated Auburn two games to one, but it could have easily been the other way. The Gators walked off in the first game while game two was dominated by Kelly Barnhill who struck out 16 batters allowing only one walk and two hits. Barnhill has the NCAA’s best ERA at 0.20.

The third game was a and they had their chances to get the sweep. They had only three hits, but drew five walks. Delanie Gourley struck out 10 in the loss (now 11-2 on the season), but the solo shot by Kendall Veach was enough for Auburn. The Gators can win in just about any fashion and are extremely tough when the pitching, even if the bats are not hot. Florida faces Arkansas on the road over the weekend with a midweek game at 苹果彩票官网 to Bethune-Cookman.

#2 – Florida State Seminoles (32-1-1 Overall, 12-0 ACC)

The Seminoles are up one spot from last week after an easy 4-0 week. They allowed just one run in the four games and their sweep of Virginia saw them win all games in run-rule fashion. Sunday’s 10-0 win was highlighted by Jessica Burroughs’ .

How good has FSU been this year? They have posted shutouts in 8 of the 12 ACC games and have allowed just three runs over their last 10 games. The Seminoles boast two of the top six ERA leaders in the NCAA with Meghan King (4th) and Burroughs (6th). FSU plays Pittsburgh at 苹果彩票官网 this weekend.

#3 – Arizona Wildcats (32-1 Overall, 6-0 Pac-12)

Arizona also moved up a spot in the rankings and they could be placed higher. The Wildcats swept Washington and the three games were not as close as the scores might indicate. They won 3-0 on Friday with Danielle O’Toole . Game two was an easy 12-0 win in five innings and the third game was a 5-2 final, but Washington did not score until the seventh inning.

Arizona held the #9 offense in terms of batting average and slugging percentage scoreless until the final inning of the series. The Huskies are ranked 12th in scoring in the NCAA to provide more evidence how excellent the sweep was by Arizona. The Wildcats face Grand Canyon in a midweek doubleheader and then hit the road to play California.

#4 – Oregon Ducks (29-0 Overall, 5-0 Pac-12)

Oregon (#5 last week) defeated Utah in a doubleheader that was played on Sunday to remain as the only unbeaten team. The weather wreaked havoc with the schedule and eventually forced the . The Ducks offense tore through Utah’s pitching with a 12-3 win in the first game though errors were common from both teams (3 by Oregon and 4 by Utah). Game two was more defensive and Maggie Balint had herself a strong outing allowing just five hits in the 3-0 win.

Oregon has one of the best offenses in softball. They are ranked #1 in batting average, #3 in scoring, #4 slugging percentage, and are also #5 in ERA. We griped about their schedule in the first edition of the power rankings and they have since defeated two ranked teams in California and Utah. So why have they barely moved? The teams above them are just as good, but there remains a strong case for Oregon to be higher. Funny thing about this season though, the Ducks will play the two teams directly ahead of them over the next six weeks.

Oregon has a Thursday game at 苹果彩票官网 against BYU and then welcomes Arizona State to Eugene for a three game set.

#5 – Auburn Tigers (28-5 Overall, 3-3 SEC)

The Tigers (ranked #2 last week) played the Florida Gators on the road and lost two of three. They lost the opening game in heartbreaking fashion after the final out of the game was dropped. That allowed two runs to score and gave the win to Florida. Saturday was not close as Auburn had no answer for Kelly Barnhill. The Tigers won 1-0 in the series finale despite a strong pitching game from Delanie Gourley.

There are some issues with the offense such as their 100+ ranking in batting average. Slugging percentage and 苹果彩票官网 runs have also slipped in SEC play. Auburn is still very good and can play with any team on any given weekend, however, they need to take advantage of opportunities like game one against Florida. The Tigers face Georgia on the road this weekend.

#6 – Texas A&M Aggies (28-3 Overall, 7-2 SEC)

The Aggies (6th last week) had a pretty good week going 3-1. They won two of three against Missouri though the loss was a bit of a surprise. They won 8-0 on Friday and then lost 5-1 on Saturday. Samantha Show was in the circle for the loss, but she just did not have her stuff. She only lasted two innings and gave up four runs on six hits in the loss (10-2 on the season). The Aggies bounced back to win game three 7-3 with Lexi Smith improving to 9-0.

The Aggies continue to be a top pitching (#8 ERA) and defensive team (#2 in fielding percentage). The offense is in the top 25 for most offensive categories. This is a team to watch out for in the tournament and they will play Texas State Wednesday followed by a road trip to South Carolina.

#7 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (28-2 Overall, 3-0 Big 10)

Minnesota moves up two spots after sweeping Nebraska in their opening Big 10 series. The Gophers won the first game 16-0 in five innings while they in the second game. Minnesota scored three in the seventh and then completed the sweep with an 8-1 win on Sunday.

Minnesota has been quietly good on offense with the #6 batting average and #6 scoring team. Slugging percentage is 12th in the nation while the ERA is ranked at #15. The fielding percentage is okay at #61, but there is room for improvement. The Gophers will be on the road for the second straight week as they play at Illinois for three games.

#8 – Alabama Crimson Tide (31-4 Overall, 7-2 SEC)

Alabama stays at the same spot from last week. They opened with a 7-3 over South Carolina, but were then completely dominated in game two. They lost 14-0 while Nickie Blue threw a complete game shutout allowing just two hits. The Tide came back to win game three 5-2, but needed some late inning run support get the victory. On Tuesday, the Tide won 5-3 over Kent State, but needed another late rally to give Patrick Murphy his .

For the second weekend in a row, Alabama lost the middle game of a three game series and the offense was shut down in the process. Alexis Osorio (16-2) also did not pitch particularly well and those two happening at the same time spells disaster. The offense is struggling a little bit at 83rd in 苹果彩票官网 runs and 54th in scoring, but there is a lot of talent on this squad. Alabama has a potentially tricky road series at Missouri this weekend.

#9 – Oklahoma Sooners (28-7 Overall, 0-0 Big 12)

The Sooners move up three spots after going 4-0 and seeing some other teams falter. They defeated potential top 25 team Mississippi State  after a four run third inning. They finished with wins over Louisiana Tech and UAB (twice).

OU has good pitching (23rd in ERA), defense (3rd in fielding percentage, and batting (17th in scoring), however, they are a bit light on 苹果彩票官网 runs (134th in the country苹果彩票网). The Sooners start Big 12 play versus Iowa State at 苹果彩票官网.

#10 – Washington Huskies (26-6 Overall, 3-3 Pac-12)

The Huskies take a three spot drop after being swept by Arizona in stunning fashion. They did take a midweek doubleheader against Grand Canyon by a combined score of 21-4.

It is still difficult to fathom how the Huskies were stymied. They are one of the top offenses (top 25 in batting average, 苹果彩票官网 runs, scoring, and slugging) as well boasting a solid pitching staff (37th with a 2.17 ERA). Maybe Arizona is just that good? The Huskies have another tough Pac-12 test against UCLA, but they will be at 苹果彩票官网 for this series.

#11 – Utah Utes (21-7 Overall, 3-2 Pac-12)

Utah (#10 last week) had a rough week going 0-3, but they lost to some good teams. As previously mentioned, they lost both games of a doubleheader to Oregon, but also lost to BYU on Wednesday. The Utes are still a good team and when their pitching is on they can compete with nearly any team (see UCLA).

Utah is similar to Oklahoma in they are good at everything, but extra base hits do not come easily. Utah is ranked 115th or lower in doubles, triples, and 苹果彩票官网 runs. Utah travels to Stanford for a three game series this weekend as they look to bounce back from a tough week of games.

#12 – UCLA Bruins (24-8 Overall, 0-3 Pac-12)

UCLA is up one spot this week after a final regular season non-conference slate. The Bruins defeated a good BYU team twice on Saturday (1-0 and 4-2) while also defeating Dartmouth 4-2 on Sunday. The Bruins was highlighted by Rachel Garcia’s one hit and four walk performance. She struck out 9 as well.

UCLA finally won some games where the offense was not as powerful. They hit just one 苹果彩票官网 run over the three games and have only hit two 苹果彩票官网 runs over their last six contests. The Bruins have not scored more than four runs since March 11. The Bruins travel to take on Washington this weekend in a clash of teams that were both swept in their previous Pac-12 series.

#13 – Baylor Bears (28-6 Overall, 2-1 Big 12)

Baylor (#15 last week) continues to throw in that head-scratcher every week. The Bears defeated Kansas twice over the weekend and . The Bears bookended the series with victories by the score lines of 6-1 and 5-1. Baylor allowed a total of 7 hits over those two wins while pounding out 27 of their own.

Baylor does a great job of getting on base (#12 batting average), but has trouble turning that into runs. They are 76th in scoring (5.09 runs per game) and are 100th or worse in doubles, triples, and 苹果彩票官网 runs. Perhaps that explains why they have an interesting loss here and there. The Bears face Abilene Christian on Wednesday and then welcome Texas Tech to Waco over the weekend.

#14 – James Madison Dukes (26-4 Overall, 2-1 Colonial)

James Madison was ranked 11th last week and takes a small drop after going 2-1 versus Hofstra in their opening CAA series. The Dukes handled Hofstra 10-4 and 10-1 in a doubleheader on Saturday, but fell on Sunday. It was an uncharacteristic game for James Madison as they had three errors and five passed balls with Megan Good losing her first game of the season (now 18-1).

The Dukes rank in the top 10 for both batting average (7th) and ERA (3rd). Their fielding percentage is 22nd best so they are very good in all facets of the game. They should tower over most of their competition the rest of the regular season, which makes losses like Sunday’s hard to explain other than it was not their day. James Madison faces Virginia Tech midweek and then has a 苹果彩票官网 series against College苹果彩票官网 of Charleston.

#15– Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (23-5 Overall, 6-0 Sun Belt)

Louisiana (15th last week) continues to chug along in the Sun Belt. They swept South Alabama on the road with DJ Sanders hitting three 苹果彩票官网 runs in the series. Sanders leads the NCAA in 苹果彩票官网 runs with 16. Speaking of 苹果彩票官网 runs, the Ragin’ Cajuns are #1 in that category as a team as well as #1 in scoring. Louisiana will be on the road again this weekend at Georgia Southern.

#16 – Kentucky Wildcats (22-6 Overall, 4-2 SEC)

The Wildcats break through into the top 16 after sitting at #18 the last two weeks. The swept Arkansas over the weekend and did so with three close victories. They won 2-1, 7-5, and 2-0, which is not a surprise given the pitching is their strength.

Kentucky ranks as #17 in the nation for ERA (1.60) while the offense is not higher than 40th in any of the major categories. Kentucky faces Northern Kentucky midweek and then will be at Ole Miss over the weekend.

Next Four

#17 – Tennessee Volunteers (28-5 Overall, 6-3 SEC)

Tennessee (17th last week) had a busy week playing in six games and they won them all by 3+ runs. They started with 9-2 win over North Carolina and then swept Ole Miss in 8-0, 6-1, and 4-1 contests. Tuesday saw them sweep a doubleheader versus Liberty 6-1 and 6-0.

The Vols ability to score runs is 7th best in the nation at 6.97 and their defense has improved over the last two weeks. They were 64th a fortnight ago, but now sit at 64th. Tennessee faces North Carolina State over the weekend followed by an early week tussle against Eastern Kentucky with all four games at 苹果彩票官网.

#18 – LSU Tigers (28-7 Overall, 4-2 SEC)

LSU was part of the “knocking on the door” teams, but a clutch sweep at 苹果彩票官网 of Georgia sees them closer to rejoining the top 16. LSU won the three close games over the Bulldogs 4-3, 2-0, and 1-0. The Tigers defeated Louisiana-Monroe 9-1 in five innings on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 week.

LSU ranks in the top 20 in batting average (11th), ERA (18th), and fielding percentage (8th), which will make them a tough out in every game. The Tigers face Mississippi State at 苹果彩票官网 this weekend.

#19 – Michigan Wolverines (23-7-1 Overall, 3-0 Big 10)

The Wolverines (19th last week) went 5-0 over the past week with a sweep of Penn State and two MAC opponents. It started with an 8-2 win over Eastern Michigan, but the Wolverines did better against Penn State. They shutout the Nittany Lions in all three games and won the latter two 25-0 including a Megan Betsa no-hitter in the finale. They kept the shut outs going with a 2-0 win over Central Michigan for their .

Michigan seems to be finding their groove after a rough non-conference schedule to start the season. The fact they have not faced top competition certainly helps them, but they rank as a top 25 team in ERA (25th) and defense (5th in fielding percentage). Michigan faces Northwestern at 苹果彩票官网 over the weekend as they look for 12 straight wins.

#20 – Georgia Bulldogs (26-7 Overall, 2-4 SEC)

The Bulldogs (14th last week) had a chance to solidify their top 16 spot, but were swept at the hands of LSU. Georgia could not come out on top in three close games including a walk off loss in the opening contest. Georgia only committed three errors, which is an improvement for them (had 4 against Kentucky).

The Bulldogs are #2 in the nation in batting average and 21st in ERA, but their defense is very poor at 199th. That is actually an improvement of five spots in the last two weeks. Still, that will not suffice as they welcome Auburn this weekend.

Knocking on the Door

These teams have some work to do to be one of the top twenty, but could make a jump over the new few weeks (in alphabetical order):

Arkansas, Arizona State, BYU, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin.

Below is a table listing the teams in our third power rankings.

Week's Ranking
2Florida StateACC32-1-112-03
6Texas A&MSEC28-37-26
7MinnesotaBig 1028-23-09
9OklahomaBig 1228-70-012
13BaylorBig 1228-62-115
14James MadisonColonial26-42-111
15LouisianaSun Belt23-56-016
19MichiganBig 1023-7-13-019

Oregon Joins The Fray Atop Of The Polls After Week 7

Oregon Joins The Fray Atop Of The Polls After Week 7

The Oregon Ducks are the new number one team in the team .

In the Coaches Poll, Florida State received 18 of the 30 first place votes. Florida (6 first place votes) and Oregon (6 first place votes) stay in the same spots at second and third, respectively. Arizona is up to fourth with two first place votes after their impressive sweep of Washington. Auburn dropped one spot to fifth after their series loss to Florida.

Minnesota is sixth (up two spots), Texas A&M stays at seventh, and Washington drops two spots to eighth. Alabama remains in ninth while rival LSU cracks the top 10 after their sweep of Georgia.

James Madison falls a spot to 11th, Oklahoma is 12th, UCLA sits at 13th, Baylor is 14th, and Utah dropped from 11th to 15th after their losses to BYU and Oregon (twice). 16th through 20th belong to Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Georgia, Tennessee, and Michigan.

The bottom of the Coaches Poll stays relatively calm. Arizona State and Wisconsin remain at 21st and 22nd while Arkansas and Ole Miss switched spots. The Razorbacks are 23rd and the Rebels are at 24th. The last spot changed with BYU re-entering the top 25 and Cal Poly dropping out. The entire Coaches Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
1Florida State (18)77832-1-11
2Florida (6)76829-12
3Oregon (6)74529-03
4Arizona (2)71232-15
7Texas A&M61428-37
11James Madison45726-410
21Arizona State13823-821
24Ole Miss4922-923

The is where the biggest change at the top occurred. Oregon jumps two spots from third to first while garnering 8 of the 20 first place votes. Florida dropped to second while also receiving 8 first place votes. Florida State (2 first place votes) and Arizona (2 first place votes) are followed by Texas A&M, who moved up two spots to fifth.

Minnesota sits sixth, Auburn is seventh, and Washington is eighth. The Huskies dropped three spots after the sweep against Arizona. The top 10 is rounded out by Alabama and LSU.

James Madison is down a spot to 11th, Oklahoma stays 12th, Baylor is 13th, UCLA is 14th, and Utah is 15th after being ranked 13th last week. Georgia and Kentucky are tied for 16th while Michigan (18th), Tennessee (19th), and Louisiana-Lafayette (20th) stay in the same spots as last week.

The last five spots are Wisconsin, California, Arizona State, Arkansas, and Ohio State. The Buckeyes make their first appearance this year and replace North Carolina in 25th. The entire USA Softball Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
1Oregon (8)47929-03
2Florida (8)47329-11
3Florida State (2)46932-1-12
4Arizona (2)45632-14
5Texas A&M39328-37
11James Madison29726-410
23Arizona State6023-824
25Ohio State2518-7NR


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2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Season: Week Seven Review

2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Season: Week Seven Review

As the month of March winds down, we saw some great action over the seventh week of the 2017 college softball season. Below, we take a day-by-day look at what happened.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Virginia against Towson with the Cavaliers winning the first game 5-4 in eight innings and losing the second 7-4. Towson committed five errors in the first game while Virginia committed three in the second. Towson put up 16 hits in the 7-4 victory with 8 different batters recording a hit.

Virginia Tech over East Tennessee State. Hannah Jones‘ two run double was ultimately the difference in their first game while Vanessa Gonzalez, Breanna Davenport, and Lauren Duff all recorded multiple RBIs in the second game.

#19 Michigan used a four run first inning to push past Bowling Green . Amanda Vargas had two RBI singles in the first and third innings to lead the offense and Tera Blanco allowed the one run on one walk and five hits with 8 strikeouts.

#14 Baylor defeated Sam Houston State . Kelsee Selman threw 5 1/3 shutout innings with only three hits surrendered and recorded 9 strikeouts. Shelby Friudenberg drove in three runs for the Bears.

Fresno State and Cal State Bakersfield put on an offensive display with Fresno State . Bakersfield put 7 runs up in the first inning including a grand slam by Jo Larios. The Bulldogs put up three runs in the bottom of the first, but would not plate another run until the fourth. Morgan Howe hit a grand slam of her own to make it an 8-7 deficit while the fifth inning saw the Bulldogs take an 11-9 lead.

Bakersfield tied the game at 11 in the top of the sixth, but Fresno State was able to score two runs in the bottom of the inning. Howe finished with five RBIs and five different Fresno State players recorded an RBI.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The top two teams in the nation, #1 Florida State and #2 Florida, posted shutout victories. The over Central Florida with Jessica Burroughs and Meghan King allowing four hits combined. The Gators defeated South Florida with Aleshia Ocasio going the distance allowing only two hits and striking out four. Jordan Roberts drove in five runs highlighted by a grand slam in the third inning.

#20 Tennessee rebounded from over North Carolina. The Vols put across four runs in both the first and fourth innings. The duo of Brooke Vines and Chelsea Seggern each had 3 RBIs. Tennessee’s win gave co-head coach Karen Weekly was the .

#6 Washington posted a after a doubleheader against Grand Canyon. The bats were hot as the Huskies recorded 21 runs on 24 hits over the two games. Taylor Van Zee went 3 of 4 in each game while recording a total of 3 RBIs.

An in-state battle produced a high scoring affair between Nebraska and Omaha. Nebraska put up 9 runs in the first two innings and was able to . The Huskers recorded three 苹果彩票官网 runs while Austen Urness (2 RBIs), Kaylen Jablonski (2), MJ Knighten (3), Cassie McClure (3), and Haley Donaldson (4) all recorded multiple RBIs. Donaldson hit a grand slam, which was matched by Omaha’s Hailey Bartz. Omaha scored their 11 runs on 17 hits while Nebraska recorded their 15 runs on 18 hits.

The biggest game of the day belonged to #11 Utah and BYU. As has been the case before this season, the team on a hot streak (Utah) was stopped by a midweek game. For the Utes, it was by their rival, 4-3. Utah took a 1-0 lead in the second on a triple by Bridget Castro, but BYU answered with a 2 run 苹果彩票官网 run from Libby Sugg. The Utes reclaimed the lead again at 3-2 in the fifth on back-to-back plays by Anissa Urtez and Heather Bowen. Once again, the Utes were foiled by Sugg who hit her second two run 苹果彩票官网 run of the game in the fifth inning and gave the Cougars .

Thursday, March 23, 2017

North Carolina Central had a poor start to the season entering Thursday’s doubleheader against Maryland Eastern Shore at 3-17. The Eagles were able to over the Hawks 3-2 and 4-3. The first game featured a 12 strikeout performance by Dominique Wilson while the second game saw the Eagles win on a walk off sacrifice fly courtesy of Ryann Kostandin.

Villanova posted a doubleheader victory as well. Nikki Alden went 3 for 3 with 5 RBIs and Lauren Herschberg drove in three runs in the . The second game was more of the same with and Herschberg driving 苹果彩票官网 another three runs.

Cal State Fullerton needed a late inning rally to get past Loyola-Marymount. Marymount took a 1-0 lead in the third on a single by Caitlin Harman and then doubled their advantage with Amanda Dirks going deep in the fourth. The Titans were able to finally get on the board in the sixth inning and did so via Alexis Gonzalez’s three run 苹果彩票官网 run. She added a fourth RBI in the seventh on a single to right field. Loyola was not able to sustain a rally in the seventh and .

Friday, March 24, 2017

Indiana swept Rutgers to open Big 10 play for both teams. The first game was a 9-2 victory for the Hoosiers, but the second contest featured . 12 different Indiana hitters recorded an RBI led by Rachel O’Malley (4), CaraMia Tsirigos (4), Taylor Uden (3), and Shayna Gamm (3). The Hoosiers recorded four 苹果彩票官网 runs in the rout. Purdue also swept Michigan State in the for both teams. Purdue won with offense in the first game (13-6) and pitching in the second (2-1).

Also in the Big 10, #22 Wisconsin overcame a slow start to in their win over Northwestern. Freshman Jordan Little went 2 for 2 with two walks, four runs, and 7 runs batted in with a three run 苹果彩票官网 run in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Fresno State with Kamalani Dung throwing the complete game allowing one walk and three hits with seven strikeouts. The Bulldogs scored all of their runs in the first and second innings. Savannah Mchellon and Vanessa Hernandez both hit a grand slam for Fresno State.

#5 Arizona and #6 Washington squared off in a major Pac-12 battle and the Wildcats to the series. Danielle O’Toole threw a no-hitter with the solitary walk coming in the fourth inning. First inning RBIs from Alyssa Palomino and Mo Mercado were more than enough as Tamara Statman added a solo shot in the sixth to reach the 3-0 final. For O’Toole, it was her first career no-hitter and it was an impressive performance against a top 10 team.

#13 Oklahoma defeated Mississippi State thanks to a four run third inning. The Bulldogs could not get past the two Pagies, Parker and Lowary, with the latter shutting the door with two perfect final innings for the save.

A pair of SEC teams saw gems thrown by their respective pitchers. #20 Tennessee shut out #23 Ole Miss thanks to Matty Moss’ two hitter. She allowed three walks, but struck out five while Taylor Rowland drove in four runs. #7 Texas A&M also won their game over Missouri with Trinity Harrington allowing just one walk and two hits while striking out three.

Manhattan to defeat Mount St. Mary’s 10-9 in 8 innings. The Jaspers trailed 9-4 after four innings, but a four run sixth inning cut the deficit to one. Stephanie Reinhardt led off the seventh with a solo shot to tie the game and Lauren Pitney drove 苹果彩票官网 the go-ahead and eventual winning run with a triple in the eighth.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fordham started their Atlantic 10 Conference schedule with over Rhode Island. The first was an 11-0 one-hitter from Lauren Quense (14-3) supplemented with a 5 RBI game from Lindsay Mayer. The second game was a 14-0 win with Madison Aughinbaugh allowing five hits and striking out five. Five different Rams finished with two RBIs in the second game victory.

Notre Dame finished off their weekend with a sweep of Virginia Tech in a . The Hokies led 3-2 after two innings, but it was short-lived as Kimmy Sullivan gave the Irish a 4-3 lead on a two run double in the third. Two RBI singles in the fourth and another two run double Sullivan put Notre Dame comfortably in front.

#5 Arizona followed up their no-hitter on Friday with a over #6 Washington. Arizona put up 8 runs in the bottom of the first and then got 5 excellent innings from Taylor McQuillin. Alyssa Palomino led the offense with 4 RBIs.

#15 UCLA secured a doubleheader victory over BYU. The first game was decided by Paige Halstead’s solo shot in the fifth inning and Rachel Garcia’s one hitter. She walked four batters and struck out nine in . The second game saw behind Delaney Spaulding’s RBI and Maddie Jelenicki’s two run single. Garcia came in and earned the save over the final two thirds.

#2 Florida defeated #4 Auburn in in the opening game of their series. Florida struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second on Justine McLean’s single. The Tigers were able to get one back in the fourth on an RBI single from Victoria Draper and then took the lead in the fifth on courtesy of a double by Courtney Shea and a sacrifice bunt by Casey McCrackin.

In the seventh, the Gators were down to their final out when they had runners on the corner thanks to an error by Auburn. Nicole DeWitt came up and hit a pop up to short center that hit off the second baseman’s glove and fell to the ground. That allowed Alex Voss to jaunt 苹果彩票官网 from third and Sophia Reynoso to score from first for the 4-3 win.

#18 Kentucky was of #24 Arkansas including a doubleheader on Saturday. The Wildcats won the first game 7-5 thanks to a two run single by Alex Martens. The second game was far more defensive with Kentucky winning 2-0 thanks to RBIs from Abbey Cheek and Sarah Rainwater. Shannon Smith went six innings allowing two hits and three walks while Meagan Prince came on for the save.

#14 Baylor split a doubleheader versus Kansas as both teams started their Big 12 conference schedule. Baylor won game one . Kansas led 1-0 after the first inning, but Baylor was led by three hit efforts from Jessie Scroggins, Ari Hawkins, and Shelby McGlaun. The second game belonged to Kansas 6-4 though it took 10 innings to complete. Erin McGinley hit a walk off two run 苹果彩票官网 run to give the .

Sunday, March 26, 2017

#5 Arizona finished off #6 Washington for the sweep in the for Mike Candrea. Arizona got two run 苹果彩票官网 runs from Mo Mercado and Alyssa Palomino along with an RBI single by Jessie Harper. The Huskies scored their first runs of the entire series in the seventh with on two run shot from Kirstyn Thomas. Arizona won 5-2 with Danielle O’Toole allowing the two runs on only three hits and a walk.

#3 Oregon defeated #11 Utah in a doubleheader. The Ducks won the first game . The Ducks had a slow start relative to the rest of the game with no runs in the first inning. They put up 12 runs over the final four innings with the trio of Nikki Udria, Mia Camuso, and Jenna Lilley all recording 2 RBIs. In game two, Maggie Balint threw the complete game shutout allowing five hits with four strikeouts. Gwen Svekis hit a two run 苹果彩票官网 run in the first inning to give Balint all the support she needed. The Ducks won 3-0 to improve to 29-0 on the season.

#9 Alabama versus South Carolina on Sunday, but won the series. South Carolina with 12 runs over the final three innings including 8 in the seventh. Alyssa VanDerveer had 4 RBIs and Krystan White had 3 RBIs as they delivered just the second loss of the season to Alexis Osorio (16-2). Nickie Blue threw the complete game shutout allowing only two hits and striking out four.

The Tide bounced back to 5-2, but fell behind 2-0 after the top of the third. Alabama scored two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to move to 7-2 in the SEC and 30-4 overall.

#12 LSU swept #16 Georgia over the weekend and posted two close . LSU won the first game 2-0 thanks to Allie Walljasper’s two hit and three walk performance. Bailey Landry drove 苹果彩票官网 the two runs in the third inning to give the Tigers the series win. The second game was more of the same as Sydney Smith also allowed just two hits and one walk in her complete game shutout. Smith did not strike out any batters while Landry scored the lone run in the first inning to complete the sweep.

#2 Florida won their second game in a row over #4 Auburn and it was Kelly Barnhill throwing a gem. She threw a complete game shutout with 16 strikeouts while allowing one walk and two hits. Chelsea Herndon drove 苹果彩票官网 four runs for the Gators in .

The Big 10 saw rivals Michigan and Ohio State post large run rule victories to complete sweeps over their respective opponents. The #19 Wolverines over Penn State with Tera Blanco driving 苹果彩票官网 6 runs in the win and Megan Betsa throwing a no-hitter (one walk) and striking out 9 in the five inning game. Maryland 22-0 with five RBIs by Lilli Piper along with 3 RBIs from Anna Kirk and Taylor White. Michigan and Ohio State will face each other April 7-9 in Columbus.

#8 Minnesota swept Nebraska on Sunday . Sara Groenewegen allowed the one run on two hits while striking out 11 in the complete game effort. Sam Macken (2 RBIs), Kendyl Lindaman (3), and Sydney Dwyer (2) all drove 苹果彩票官网 multiple runs. #22 Wisconsin won their series two games to one over Northwestern on the road. The Badgers held a slim 2-0 lead going into the seventh inning, but a five run burst pushed them to the win. Brooke Wyderski hit a three run shot in the seventh and finished with four RBIs.

#1 Florida State continued their dominating march through their ACC schedule against Virginia. Jessica Burroughs allowed one walk, hit one batter, and struck out 11 in her fourth career no-hitter. Jessica Warren and Cali Harrod both recorded 3 RBIs while the Seminoles allowed just one run over the three games. Florida State has posted shutouts in six of their last seven games and have only allowed one run in their last six ACC games.

A four-way logjam is atop the Mountain West after the weekend’s game. Utah State and Fresno State are both 4-2 while San José State and New Mexico both sit at 2-1 in conference play. Utah State over Nevada with 7 RBIs courtesy of Devan Sperry. Fresno State fell to Boise State and could not complete the sweep. Makenzie Sullivan drove 苹果彩票官网 the winning run in the ninth for Boise State. New Mexico defeated UNLV . Jasmine Casados’ double to left field in the fourth inning proved to be the winning run though UNLV made it uncomfortable late in the game.

#10 James Madison since March 4 against Hofstra. The Dukes allowed four runs in the third inning due to two errors and four passed balls. That eventually led to the first loss of the season for pitcher Megan Good (18-1).

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2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Power Rankings: Second Edition

Utah makes a big jump in the rankings after sweeping UCLA on the road to start Pac-12 play. (Photo Courtesy of University of Utah Athletics Department)

2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Power Rankings: Second Edition

The second edition of our power rankings for the 2017 season sees little change at the top. The best teams took care of business in week six. The middle and lower parts of last week’s rankings saw the most movement. We list the top 16 teams along with the next four.

We will start by providing last week’s rankings below and please note the table below is based on records as of March 14.

3Florida StateACC23-1-16-0
6Texas A&MSEC22-22-1
8OklahomaBig 1221-50-0
11MinnesotaBig 1022-20-0
12James MadisonColonial21-30-0
15BaylorBig 1223-40-0
16LouisianaSun Belt17-50-0
19Ole MissSEC20-30-0
20MichiganBig 1014-7-10-0

Below is the second edition of our 2017 power rankings and the records are through games as of Tuesday, March 21.

#1 – Florida Gators (26-1 Overall, 5-0 SEC)

Ranked #1 last week, Florida did nothing wrong over the weekend to jeopardize their top billing. They played in four games and posted shutouts in three of them. They allowed one run on 7 hits in those four games between their three aces of Delanie Gourley, Kelly Barnhill, and Aleshia Ocasio.

How good are the Gators? Well, they face #2 Auburn next weekend as those two teams will likely be battling for top spot here in the next edition of the power rankings.

#2 – Auburn Tigers (27-3 Overall, 2-1 SEC)

Auburn did not change positions from last week and also did not play any SEC teams. They went 5-0 versus North Dakota State, South Florida, Illinois, Ohio State, and LIU Brooklyn. The 8-0 win over Ohio State featured a by Kaylee Carlson, just the second in Auburn history. The Tigers face Florida next week on the road in a mega SEC battle.

#3 – Florida State Seminoles (28-1-1 Overall, 9-0 ACC)

Like the two teams above them, Florida State was excellent in their games. They defeated Canisius and Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday in run-rule shortened games. Over the weekend, they completely dominated Notre Dame outscoring the Irish 28-0 while allowing 12 hits over the three games. The ‘Noles have a midweek game versus Central Florida and then face Virginia on the road over the weekend.

#4 – Arizona Wildcats (29-1 Overall, 3-0 Pac-12)

They too did not change from last week and they swept Oregon State over the weekend including an extra innings contest on Sunday. On Tuesday of last week, they secured a 4-3 win over Oklahoma, as noted in last week’s power rankings. The Wildcats have a showdown next weekend Washington at 苹果彩票官网.

#5 – Oregon Ducks (27-0 Overall, 3-0 Pac-12)

Oregon (ranked 5th last week) is still the only unbeaten team in Division 1 softball and to keep that streak they needed to sweep California. The Ducks gave up early runs to Cal in all three games, but they settled down nicely to overcome those small deficits. Oregon faces a hot Utah team next weekend on the road.

#6 – Texas A&M Aggies (25-2 Overall, 5-1 SEC)

The Aggies (6th last week) had a potentially tricky road series at Ole Miss, but handled it perfectly. Texas A&M swept Ole Miss and their pitching staff was superb allowing just three runs to a strong offense. Texas A&M faces Prairie View midweek before a 苹果彩票官网 series against Missouri.

#7 – Washington Huskies (24-3 Overall, 3-0 Pac-12)

Washington (7th last week) ended their 9 game 苹果彩票官网 stand perfect after a sweep over Arizona State. The Huskies won 6-4 in the first game and then shut out the Sun Devils in the final two games on Sunday. The Wildcats face a solid Grand Canyon team in a Wednesday doubleheader and travel to Arizona next weekend.

#8 – Alabama Crimson Tide (28-3 Overall, 5-1 SEC)

The Tide (9th last week) started the week with back-to-back shutouts over Winthrop and Georgia Southern. A weekend series versus Mississippi State yielded a series victory of two games to one. The loss was a bit concerning as Alabama only produced two hits (and had two errors), but they came back to win 3-0 on Sunday. Alabama faces South Carolina at 苹果彩票官网 next weekend.

#9 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (25-2 Overall, 0-0 Big 10)

Minnesota (11th last week) had a West Coast trip that produced a 3-0 record. They defeated California 10-0 and then defeated Pacific twice on Friday in five innings both times. The Gophers allowed one run last week in their four games. They will be at Nebraska next weekend to start Big 10 play.

#10 – Utah Utes (21-4 Overall, 3-0 Pac-12)

Utah makes the biggest move in the rankings going from knocking on the door to the top 10. Why such a big jump? They swept UCLA and allowed only three runs in the process. UCLA was fifth in 苹果彩票官网 runs as of 3/14, but only mustered one against Utah. The Utes also own early season wins over Tennessee, Houston, and LSU.

Utah looks to keep their momentum going as they face BYU on the road on Wednesday and will have a chance to knock Oregon from the unbeaten ranks at 苹果彩票官网 next weekend.

#11 – James Madison Dukes (24-3 Overall, 0-0 Colonial)

The Dukes (12th last week) had a midweek doubleheader versus Virginia cancelled due to weather. Their three games over the weekend all produced shutouts over Binghamton, Buffalo, and Maryland. Megan Good of 2017, which is already a single season record. The Dukes travel to Hempstead, New York next weekend to play Hofstra in their opening Colonial series.

#12 – Oklahoma Sooners (24-7 Overall, 0-0 Big 12)

Oklahoma dropped from 8th to 12th this week after a pair of 3-1 losses to Cal Poly. The Sooners did beat UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, and DePaul, but the losses to Cal Poly stick out. OU bats fell silent versus Sierra Hyland, who has been outstanding this season. Oklahoma faces Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and UAB (twice) next weekend.

#13 – UCLA Bruins (21-8 Overall, 0-3 Pac-12)

The Bruins take a three spot drop from 10th after being swept by Utah at 苹果彩票官网. UCLA had a tough time getting anything going on offense and as noted last week, that spells disaster for them. In the Bruins’ 8 losses, they have produced run totals of 0, 1 (four times), 2, 4, and 6. Next weekend, UCLA has a doubleheader versus BYU on Saturday and play Dartmouth on Sunday.

#14 – Georgia Bulldogs (26-4 Overall, 2-1 SEC)

Georgia (ranked 14th last week) took two out of three from Kentucky at 苹果彩票官网. Kentucky won on Saturday (for the first time since 2007 at Georgia), but the Bulldogs came back with victories on Sunday and Monday. The Bulldogs committed four errors over the weekend, which is something that remains an issue for them. Georgia travels to LSU next week for a three game series.

#15 – Baylor Bears (26-5 Overall, 0-0 Big 12)

Baylor was ranked at the same spot last week and took on UCF over the weekend. They won the first two games including a 16-5 game. The Bears led 2-1 in the third game, but gave up three runs in the sixth and lost 4-2. Baylor did defeat Sam Houston State on Tuesday as well. The Bears continue to throw a clunker in against weaker opponents, but still remain a very good team. They face Kansas on the road to start Big 12 play.

#16 – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (20-5 Overall, 3-0 Sun Belt)

There is no change in position for the Ragin’ Cajuns after the faced and swept Texas-Arlington at 苹果彩票官网. Louisiana hit five 苹果彩票官网 runs over the weekend including two by DJ Sanders (currently 2nd in the NCAA with 13 苹果彩票官网 runs). Louisiana will play South Alabama next week on the road.

Next Four

#17 – Tennessee Volunteers (22-5 Overall, 3-3 SEC)

The Vols were 13th last week and took a dive because of their series loss to Arkansas. Arkansas is a fringe top 25, but they were also a team that had not won a conference series since 2013. The bats were not as effective versus the Razorbacks, but the Vols have plenty of opportunities left in the SEC. The face North Carolina on Wednesday and take on Ole Miss at 苹果彩票官网 over the weekend.

#18 – Kentucky Wildcats (19-6 Overall, 1-2 SEC)

The Wildcats (no change from last week) lost their opening series to Georgia two games to one. Kentucky, like Georgia, was plagued by errors throughout the three games tallying 8 in total. With an offense that struggles to score, committing mistakes puts a lot more pressure on the pitching. UK will take on Arkansas at 苹果彩票官网 next weekend.

#19 – Michigan Wolverines (18-7-1 Overall, 0-0 Big 10)

Michigan (ranked 20th last week) got a break in their schedule with regards to quality. The took on Kent State and swept them in a three game set while also defeating Bowling Green. The Wolverines pitched two shutouts versus Kent State and look to keep momentum going with a Wednesday game versus Eastern Michigan. Michigan plays at 苹果彩票官网 versus Penn State over the weekend in their Big 10 opening series.

#20 – Arkansas Razorbacks (21-6 Overall, 2-4 SEC)

Arkansas was listed under “knocking on the door” last week and they make an appearance in the top 20 after their series win over Tennessee. Prior to the Tennessee wins, Arkansas’ best victories came versus Oklahoma State and Nebraska. Arkansas was swept by Alabama two weekends ago and were blanked by Tulsa midweek. There are some concerns on whether this will become the norm, but the offense packs firepower. Arkansas takes on St Louis midweek followed by a weekend road series at Kentucky.

Knocking on the Door

These teams have some work to do to be one of the top twenty, but could make a jump over the new few weeks (in alphabetical order):

BYU, Cal Poly, Fresno State, LSU, Missouri, North Carolina, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin.

Below is the week two power rankings table.

Week's Ranking
3Florida StateACC28-1-19-03
6Texas A&MSEC25-25-16
9MinnesotaBig 1025-20-011
11James MadisonColonial24-30-012
12OklahomaBig 1224-70-08
15BaylorBig 1226-50-015
16LouisianaSun Belt20-53-016
19MichiganBig 1018-7-10-020

Florida and Florida State Stay Atop Polls After Week 6

Florida and Florida State Stay Atop Polls After Week 6

Florida State remains at number one for the fourth straight week in the while Florida stays atop the for the third straight week.

In the Coaches Poll, Florida State received 24 of the 30 first place votes with Florida (two first place votes) in second and Oregon (five first place votes) in third. Oregon remains the only unbeaten Division 1 team in college softball at 27-0. The top five is rounded out by Auburn and Arizona.

Washington, Texas A&M, and Minnesota are the next three with none of the top 8 teams seeing a change in position. Alabama is up to 9th from 11th and garnered the last first place vote. James Madison sits at 10th, up two spots.

Utah made the biggest move of the week going from 20th to 11th after sweeping UCLA on the road. LSU is 12th while Oklahoma is 13th, down four spots after two losses to Cal Poly. Baylor remains at fourteen and UCLA dropped five spots to 15th.

16th through 20th is occupied by Georgia, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee. The Vols dropped five spots due to a series loss against Arkansas.

The final five teams are Arizona State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Cal Poly. The Razorbacks and Mustangs are new additions to the poll replacing California and BYU. The entire Coaches Poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
1Florida State (24)78628-1-11
2Florida (2)76126-12
3Oregon (5)73827-03
7Texas A&M61425-27
9Alabama (1)51628-311
10James Madison49824-312
21Arizona State10019-821
23Ole Miss7421-622
25Cal Poly5923-7Not

In the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, Florida is number one with 10 first place votes. Florida State sits second with three first place votes and Oregon is third with seven first place votes. Arizona remains at fourth and the newest member of the top five is Washington, up one position.

Auburn dropped from fifth to sixth followed by Texas A&M, Minnesota, Alabama, and James Madison. The Dukes moved up from 13th to 10th.

LSU and Oklahoma are 11th and 12th, respectively. Utah moved up from 21st to 13th on the heels of their sweep over UCLA. The top 15 is rounded out by Baylor and Georgia.

UCLA fell five spots to 16th and they are followed by Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee (also down five spots), and Louisiana-Lafayette. The last five teams in the poll are Wisconsin, Arkansas, California, Arizona State, and North Carolina. The Tar Heels replace Ole Miss in the top 25 after the Rebels were swept by Texas A&M. The entire ESPN.com/USA Softball poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)RecordLast Week's
1Florida (10)26-11
2Florida State (3)28-1-12
3Oregon (7)27-03
7Texas A&M25-27
10James Madison24-313
24Arizona State19-822
25North Carolina24-6Not

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2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Season: Week Six Review

2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Season: Week Six Review

The sixth weekend of the 2017 college softball season has concluded. The past two weeks have been light on upsets, but the sixth week made up for past two weeks. We will look at the headlines and some of the notable performances below in a day-by-day format.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#1 Florida State opened the week with a over Florida Gulf Coast. Jessica Burroughs allowed one walk and three hits while striking out 12 batters in the complete game. #7 Texas A&M easily handled Memphis . The Aggies got equal production on offense with five different batters driving 苹果彩票官网 at least two runs.

The game of the day belonged to #4 Arizona and #9 Oklahoma. The Sooners began the scoring in the second inning on a fielder’s choice and held the 1-0 lead through four and a half innings. Tamara Statman gave Arizona the lead in the fifth with a two run shot, but OU came right back in the sixth to reclaim the lead. Macey Hatfield delivered a two run single to make it 3-2 for OU.

The Wildcats were able to mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh. They loaded the bases with two outs when Mandie Perez came up and hit a shot to first. Shay Knighten’s throw was off the mark and that allowed Arizona to score two runs and .

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weather caused mayhem in the scheduling as games all over the country苹果彩票网 were cancelled or postponed.

Tulsa delivered a big win over Arkansas and did so comfortably. Tulsa defeated Arkansas with Emily Watson throwing a one-hitter. She struck out 8 batters and allowed no walks while Rylie Spell had a great game at the plate. Spell had a two run single in the second and a three run 苹果彩票官网 run in third to give her 5 RBIs on the day.

Elsewhere in the SEC, Missouri swept Iowa in shutout fashion for both games of their doubleheader, . #11 Alabama did the same to Winthrop and Georgia Southern. The latter produced a between Alexis Osorio and Madi Moore. Osorio had three perfect innings with 7 strikeouts while Moore allowed only one walk and struck out two. #2 Florida dismantled North Dakota State thanks to five RBIs apiece from Janell Wheaton and Chelsea Herndon.

#1 FSU continued their domination this year with . The Noles defeated Canisius 9-1 in six innings and Florida Gulf Coast 13-1 in five innings. Callie Harrod had six RBIs while going 4 for 6 in over the two games.

Big 12 teams Texas and Oklahoma State easily handled their opponents on Wednesday. Texas defeated Long Beach State while the Cowgirls beat North Texas .

#8 Minnesota had a great over #23 California in a milestone effort for pitcher Sara Groenewegen. She struck out 9 batters and allowed only one hit and one walk in six innings of work. Groenewegen eclipsed 1,000 strikeouts for her career in the win, making her just the third player in Minnesota history to reach that mark.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It was a light day in the amount of games played. #13 LSU needed a late rally to . The Tigers led 1-0 in the second, but Paige Luellen tied the game in the second for the Shockers with a solo shot. Ryleigh Buck made it 3-1 Wichita State on a two run shot and set the stage for a late inning rally for the Tigers. A run in the sixth made it 3-2 while the Tigers needed an error by the Shockers to tie the game in the seventh. LSU made the most of their gift by taking the lead in the eighth on solo shot by Sydney Springfield. The Shockers went down in order to end the game.

An upset that did occur was Missouri State . The Bears led 2-0 and 3-1 early in the game, but the Cowgirls clawed their way back to a 3-3 tie on a solo shot by Vanessa Shippy. The Bears had a four run sixth aided by an OSU error to reach the 7-3 final score and improved to 12-9 overall.

#9 Oklahoma swept their two games on the day over UC Santa Barbara 8-1 and Loyola-Marymount 6-4. saw five different Sooners drive in a run and Paige Parker allow the one run on one hit and two walks with five strikeouts. was more of the same with five different Sooners recording an RBI. OU was tied at three going into the fifth inning, but RBIs from Vanessa TaukeiahoNicole Mendes, and Fale Aviu gave the Sooners a lead they would not relinquish.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The upset of the day belonged to Cal Poly over #9 Oklahoma. The Sooners struck in the first inning with a solo shot from Sydney Romero, but Sierra Hyland shut Oklahoma down the rest of the game. Hyland, who and also threw another one hitter versus Dartmouth on Friday in an .

Saint Francis got a massive performance from Jordan Seneca versus Texas Tech. TTU took a 5-0 lead, but it was cut down to 5-4 on a grand slam by Seneca. TTU went up 8-4 on a three run shot by Raina O’Neal, but Seneca tied the game with her second grand slam of the game. The game went to extras where . Seneca had quite the stat line: 2 for 3 with eight RBIs, four runs, and two walks.

Another thriller took place between Illinois and Chattanooga. The Illini held a 4-2 lead after three and then built up 13-3 lead thanks to four runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth. A series of four straight walks to start the bottom of the sixth set up a 9 run inning for Chattanooga. They came up just short in a with 9 different hitters recording an RBI. Illinois had six different batters finish with an RBI.

Long Beach State, a team who has played a , rebounded from three losses earlier in the week to defeat both Grand Canyon (5-2) and Northwestern (2-1 in 9 innings). Lauren MacLeod hit a  while Christina Clermont threw six innings of .

St Louis and Memphis played the day’s longest game needing 13 innings to decide a victor. St Louis started with a two run double in the first inning from Allie Macfarlane while Memphis scored one in the bottom of the inning. The teams exchanged runs in third and Memphis tied the game at 3 on a double by Addison Maxwell. After six straight scoreless innings, Memphis finally in the 13th on a bunt by Tyler Johnson.

#20 Utah secured an excellent over #10 UCLA to open Pac-12 play. Utah scored two runs in the third inning on back-to-back singles from Alyssa Barrera and Hannah Flippen. The Bruins mounted a last-ditch rally and nearly came back to tie the game. Brianna Tautalafua cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the seventh with a solo 苹果彩票官网 run followed by a double from Rachel Garcia to make it a nervous ending. The Utes were able to get the final two outs to take first of a three game set on the road.

Arkansas over #15 Tennessee thanks to A.J. Belans’ grand slam in the third inning. The Razorbacks held on for the victory despite the Vols having late success with three runs after the grand slam. #7 Texas A&M defeated #22 Ole Miss behind Trinity Harrington’s complete game outing. She allowed two runs (one earned) on one walk and three hits while striking out five. Riley Sartain broke a 2-2 deadlock in the fifth with a solo shot on a 3-2 count. Ashley Walters doubled 苹果彩票官网 Kaitlyn Alderink for an insurance in the seventh run with the Aggies claiming .

Saturday, March 18, 2017

For the second day in a row, Cal Poly upended #9 Oklahoma by the same as the first upset. The Sooners scored in the first inning again, this time on a sacrifice fly by Fale Aviu. Cal Poly responded with runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-1 lead. The Mustangs added a third run on an error while Oklahoma had a solid rally in the bottom of the seventh by putting runners on first and second with no outs. Sierra Hyland settled down and retired the next three in order to complete the game. She finished the game allowing the one run on one walk and six hits with five strikeouts.

For the second time this week, Tulsa defeated a team from the SEC. This time it was a over #13 LSU with Tulsa recording just one hit in the victory. Maddie Withee drove 苹果彩票官网 the only run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. Pitcher Emily Watson held LSU in check going the distance allowing one walk and five hits with 8 strikeouts.

Also in the SEC, some conference matchups produced surprising results. Mississippi State defeated #11 Alabama in a . Amanda Ivy’s RBI single in the 2nd inning was enough for the Bulldogs to hand Sydney Littlejohn her first loss of the season (9-1). Holly Ward threw the complete game shutout allowing two walks and two hits with 3 strikeouts.

#17 Kentucky and #16 Georgia played a low-scoring and tight affair. Erin Rethlake scored both of the runs for Kentucky while Meagan Prince threw a complete game allowing one run on four hits and four walks with 9 strikeouts. and it marked the first time in a decade they won at Georgia.

Arkansas scored their over #15 Tennessee in as many days with a record crowd on hand. A scoreless game until the seventh inning, Tennessee took a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout by pinch hitter Savannah Huffstetler. The Razorbacks rallied in the bottom of the inning to tie the game with Tori Cooper delivering a single to center just past the diving shortstop to drive 苹果彩票官网 the winning run for the 2-1 win. Like Kentucky, this win ended some dreaded streaks for Arkansas. Combined with their win on Friday, Arkansas claimed their first SEC series win since 2013 and their first against Tennessee since 2002.

A full game of 7 innings were not enough for Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech to decide a winner. The teams needed two full games for Louisiana Tech to emerge as . Southern Miss struck in the first inning with a run, but the Techsters came back in the second to claim the lead on RBIs from Ali Galaz and Jessica Ball. USM tied the game at 2 in the third inning on an error, but the scoring went silent for the next 10 innings. Louisiana Tech loaded the bases when Galaz came up and hit a two run double to make it 4-2 while the Eagles went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning.

#5 Arizona won a doubleheader over Oregon State. The first game was a with 苹果彩票官网 runs by Kaityana Mauga in the sixth and seventh innings while Alyssa Palomino drove 苹果彩票官网 the other two runs. The second game featured late offense as well with the Wildcats scoring five runs across the final two innings for a .

#20 Utah defeated #10 UCLA for the second consecutive day by a . The Utes took a 3-0 lead in the fifth, but it was a seventh inning grand slam from Hannah Flippen that really put them over in the driver’s seat. Katie Donovan nearly threw a perfect game as she went 6 1/3 innings before the attempt ended on a single. The Bruins scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Brianna Tautalafua, but the damage was already done. Donovan finished the game allowing just one walks two hits to improve to 11-4.

#3 Oregon defeated #23 California . Annie Aldrete drove 苹果彩票官网 a run in the first inning to give Cal an early 1-0 lead, but Miranda Elish (6-0) held the bats in check the rest of the game. Elish went the distance allowing the one run on two walks and six hits with 7 strikeouts. A Nikki Udria solo shot in the fourth inning tied the game and Danica Mercado’s triple the next inning brought 苹果彩票官网 Sammie Puentes for the eventual game winner.

Saint Francis made headlines for the second time in as many days, this time with pitching. Ethel Santai against East Carolina a five inning, run rule shortened game. Seven different Red Flash players recorded an RBI in the 11-0 victory as well.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

#1 Florida State ended the weekend in style with a over Notre Dame in five innings. The Seminoles swept the Irish without giving up a run and allowed just 12 hits over the three game series. The Noles are 9-0 in ACC play while Notre Dame has slumped to 1-5.

Another ACC undefeated is Louisville (3-0) who swept Pittsburgh over the weekend. The last of the three wins was an with Maryssa Becker throwing a complete game with 9 strikeouts against one walk and four hits. Pittsburgh dropped to 0-6 in the ACC. North Carolina suffered their first loss in ACC play (now 5-1) on Sunday after Virginia Tech . The Hokies were powered by 3 RBIs apiece from Breanna Davenport and Emma Strouth.

There were also sweeps in the Pac-12 starting with #6 Washington finishing off Arizona State . The Huskies posted 4-0 and 1-0 shutouts with Samantha Manti throwing 10 innings over the two games allowing just two walks and six hits with 10 strikeouts. #5 Arizona swept Oregon State after a . The Wildcats led 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Natalie Hampton sent the game to extras with a three shot to center field. Arizona put up three runs in the eighth capped off by Mandie Perez’s 苹果彩票官网 run to right field.

The final Pac-12 sweep was surprising one with #20 Utah over #10 UCLA. The on Sunday and their three games saw them allow just three runs over three games to one of the best hitting teams in the nation.

As if there were not enough sweeps above, there were more in the SEC. #2 Florida took care of South Carolina in three straight games with the final one resulting in a combined no-hitter between Delanie Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio. Jaimie Hoover went 2 for 3 with five RBIs in the . The Gators moved to 26-1 (5-0 in the SEC) on the season and South Carolina is now at 19-10 overall (1-5 SEC).

#22 Ole Miss had a great opportunity to claim some excellent conference wins at 苹果彩票官网 versus #7 Texas A&M, but could not win any games versus the Aggies. The behind Riley Sartain’s RBI hits in the first, second, and fourth innings along with Lexi Smith striking out 14 in her six innings of work.

In the Missouri Valley Conference, Wichita State, Illinois State, and Evansville had perfect 3-0 starts in conference over Drake, Indiana State, and Loyola, respectively. The Mountain West saw four teams start 2-1 to their conference schedule in Boise State, Utah State, Fresno State, and San José State.

One of the most entertaining games took place between Belmont and Mercer that needed 10 innings to be decided. The game was tied at five after seven innings, but the fun was just getting started. Belmont plated two runs in the top of the eighth, but Mercer’s Danielle Castleberry tied the game with a triple. She was thrown out at 苹果彩票官网 trying to score an inside the park 苹果彩票官网 run. The teams exchanged runs in the ninth inning to force a 10th inning tied at eight.

Belmont was able to take a 9-8 lead on a single from Hayley Baker and looked to have the game sealed on a grand slam by Jess Andree, which was her second grand slam of the game. Mercer quickly cut the deficit to 13-10 on a two run shot from Megan Lane and then put two runners on with no outs. Quirisa Mauga doubled 苹果彩票官网 two runs to make it 13-12 before Belmont got the .

Jess Andree became the 12th player in NCAA history to hit 2 grand slams in one game. The 11th was Jordan Seneca of Saint Francis, who she did so on Friday versus Texas Tech (see above).

The lone unbeaten in Division 1, #3 Oregon, remained that way with a run-rule victory over #23 California. Cal broke through in the first inning while the Ducks scored runs in the second through fifth innings. Seven different Oregon hitters finished with an RBI led by Jenna Lilley with three.

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2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Power Rankings: First Edition

The Florida Gators top our inaugural power rankings for the 2017 season.

2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Power Rankings: First Edition

We are through five weeks of the 2017 college softball season and that is enough time to get a good look at the top teams with conference play scheduled to begin. Below we will rank the top sixteen teams along with the next four teams.

These rankings will not necessarily follow the latest polls as those are just one bit of information to utilize. Without further ado, below is our first power ranking for the 2017 season.

#1 – Florida Gators (22-1 Overall, 2-0 SEC)

There seems to be quite a few teams that could claim the top spot, but we give the nod to the Gators. Through Monday, March 13, the Gators lead the NCAA in ERA at 0.64 and fielding percentage at .992. The pitching duo of Kelly Barnhill (9-0) and Delanie Gourley (9-1) are enough to scare nearly all their opponents. Those two have combined to allow just 20 walks and 44 hits combined in 25 appearances. The offense averages 6.48 runs per game, which is good enough for 19th in the nation and six different Gators have 13+ runs batted in this season.

They have defeated Michigan, UCLA, California, South Florida, and Missouri (twice) this year. Their lone loss was no doubt a clunker. to Maryland, a team that, as of this writing, is 4-18-1 on the season. The longer the season goes on, the more of an anomaly this game looks like. However, when the Gators are on, they are very good and that is likely to continue throughout the season.

#2 – Auburn Tigers (22-3 Overall, 2-1 SEC)

It is kind of surprising to see this team outside the top three in both polls. Their losses have been to Washington (2-1), James Madison (1-0), and LSU (8-0 in six innings), who are all currently ranked in the top 15. The Tigers rank in the top ten for ERA at 1.15 with Kaylee Carlson (13-0) and Makayla Martin (9-3) in the circle.

The Tigers rank 15th in scoring at 6.88 runs per game, 25th in 苹果彩票官网 runs per game (1.04), and 27th in slugging percentage (.495). The core players of Haley Fagan, Carlee Wallace, Kendall Veach, Kasey Cooper, and Courtney Shea will need to continue to produce runs at the same pace. Those five have combined to produce 22 苹果彩票官网 runs and 102 RBIs compared to 4 苹果彩票官网 runs and 54 RBIs from the rest of the team.

#3 – Florida State Seminoles (23-1-1 Overall, 6-0 ACC)

The Seminoles have been very consistent this season. They defeated most of their opponents handily with the exception of some big name teams: Texas A&M, Arizona, UCLA, Michigan. They lost to Texas A&M 2-0 and tied with Michigan at 5, but defeated both the Wildcats (1-0) and UCLA (2-1). They easily won their six conference games with none decided by less than three runs.

FSU is consistent with their stats too. They rank in the top 30 for every major category with the exception of 苹果彩票官网 runs per game (tied for 96th at 0.67 per game). The offense is evenly spread out with 7 different hitters with 10+ RBIs and six hitters at .320 or better for batting average. The Noles are likely to cruise through the ACC portion of their schedule especially if Jessica Burroughs (12-1) and Meghan King (10-0) continue to pitch well.

#4 – Arizona Wildcats (26-1 Overall, 0-0 Pac-12)

Arizona’s one loss came to Florida State in a 1-0 pitching duel. They have defeated Baylor, BYU, and Oklahoma this season. The Wildcats are really good at everything. They are ranked in the top 15 in all the major categories: batting average (7th), ERA (2nd), fielding percentage (12th), 苹果彩票官网 runs per game (2nd), runs per game (1st), and slugging percentage (2nd). Sure, some of that is the opponents they have faced, but that is true for a lot of teams.

It is probably not surprising that the seven batters with the most at-bats have at least a .322 batting average. Four hitters have 6 or more 苹果彩票官网 runs and five hitters have at least 21 runs batted in. Danielle O’Toole (13-1) and Taylor McQuillin (7-0) both have an ERA of 0.65. O’Toole has allowed only 12 walks and struck out 93 hitters. How good are ‘Cats? We will find out soon in Pac-12 play.

#5 – Oregon Ducks (24-0 Overall, 0-0 Pac-12)

The lone remaining unbeaten team has been impressive. They rank inside the top 10 in batting average (.384), ERA (1.12), scoring (8.13 runs per game), and slugging percentage (.057). Alexis Mack, Danica Mercado, Nikki Udria, Mia Camuso, and Gwen Svekis are all batting .380 or better.

The one caveat to this team is their schedule. Their best wins have been versus Fresno State, Kentucky, and Missouri (twice). The Ducks can only beat who the play and they have been perfect in that regard. They will tested in Pac-12 play and have room to grow on the field and in the polls, but they certainly have done well through five weeks.

#6 – Texas A&M Aggies (22-2 Overall, 2-1 SEC)

The last week of February really vaulted the Aggies up the polls. They defeated then #1 Florida State, #14 Michigan, #21 Arizona State, and #23 BYU in the span of three days. It was very impressive, but the Aggies have come back down a bit with losses to Houston (1-0) and Mississippi State (5-2).

The Aggies are not as good on offense as some other teams on this list. They rank 65th in batting average (.300), 47th in runs per game (5.70), and 33rd in slugging percentage (.484). Where the Aggies excel are ERA (1.20 – 10th in the NCAA) and fielding percentage (.987 – 2nd in the NCAA). Samantha Show has been great this season going 9-1 with an ERA of 0.86. Trinity Harrington and Lexi Smith have also been wonderful making this trio very fearsome for opposing hitters.

#7 – Washington Huskies (21-3 Overall, 0-0 Pac-12)

The Huskies started the season in the pressure cooker with games versus Auburn, BYU, Nebraska, and Oklahoma on opening weekend. They only lost to BYU and later lost to Missouri and Baylor, all top 25 teams. They also sport two recent wins over previously undefeated Minnesota 3-2 and 9-0.

The Huskies are top 10 in batting average (.368), fielding percentage (.981), scoring (7.29 runs per game), and slugging percentage (.587). The ERA is at 1.85 per game, which ranks at 32nd best in the nation. Morganne Flores has been a machine on offense at a .389 batting average with 8 苹果彩票官网 runs and 28 RBIs.

#8 – Oklahoma Sooners (21-5 Overall, 0-0 Big 12)

The Sooners began the season as the unanimous top ranked team. The lost early season games to Auburn (3-2) and Washington (1-0) along with games to Tennessee (2-1) and Notre Dame (5-4). Their latest loss was, as you probably guessed, a one run affair to Arizona (5-4). Their best win was against UCLA (10-1) and also beat BYU and Ole Miss.

The defense is excellent at .983 fielding percentage, which is fourth in the nation. The offense is good, but there is room for improvement. They are currently tied for 156th in 苹果彩票官网 runs per game (0.50) and 72nd in slugging percentage (.442). Still, the offense is driving in runs and getting hits as noted by top 30 spots in batting average (29th) and runs per game (23rd). The Sooners surely will see those one run losses turn in their favor, right?

#9 – Alabama Crimson Tide (24-2 Overall, 3-0 SEC)

The Tide have had a nice start to the season going 24-2, but are a bit light on signature wins. The recently swept Arkansas, a top 25 team, but their other big series was not so kind. They were routed twice versus Louisiana-Lafayette and only took one of the three road games against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Of course, with the SEC slate coming up there will be plenty of wins for the Tide to pick up.

Overall, the Tide are a really good team. They are top 15 in both ERA (12th and 1.23) and fielding percentage (13th at .978). The batting average is .330, which ranks 23rd in the country苹果彩票网. Alabama could afford some more runs (5.77 per game – 47th) and 苹果彩票官网rs (0.85 per game – 56th). However, the pitching duo of Sydney Littlejohn (8-0 with an ERA of 0.53) and Alexis Osorio (13-1 with an ERA of 0.72) really help the Tide’s chances in close games. Osorio has been lights out this year allowing just 19 hits and 21 walks in 78 innings pitched with 161 strikeouts.

#10 – UCLA Bruins (21-5 Overall, 0-0 Pac-12)

The Bruins five losses have come against five quality opponents: Kentucky (2-1), Oklahoma (10-1), Florida State (2-1), Florida (9-4), and Baylor (11-6). They sport some solid wins over Kentucky, Georgia, LSU, and Michigan.

The Bruins have used the power game to propel them. They are 5th in the nation in 苹果彩票官网 runs per game (1.35) and 9th in slugging percentage (.549). Batting average (20th), ERA (23rd), and fielding percentage (35th) are good as well. Seven different hitters have driven in at least 11 runs and six hitters have at least 3 苹果彩票官网 runs. The best chance to beat UCLA is when the bats are not on fire (see their three losses above when they tallied just one run).

#11 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (22-2 Overall, 0-0 Big 10)

The Gophers started off the season on fire setting a program record for wins in a row at 19. They were stymied by Washington twice in the span of three days including a 3-2 loss to the Huskies. Outside of a road win at LSU, the best wins for Minnesota are Texas (twice), Notre Dame (twice), Fresno State, and Cal Poly.

The Gophers are not overwhelming with their stats, but are still very good. They are 16th in batting average (.340), 27th in ERA (1.81), 16th in slugging percentage (.511), and 24th in scoring (6.29 runs per game). The fielding percentage is respectable at .970, which ranks 46th in the nation. Minnesota relies heavily on their ace Sara Groenewegen, who has going 10-1 with an ERA of 0.71. She has allowed just 10 walks and struck out 90 over 69.1 innings. Opponents will try to get past Groenewegen, but that is easier said than done.

#12 – James Madison Dukes (21-3 Overall, 0-0 Colonial)

The Dukes split an opening weekend series versus Missouri and then did the same two weeks later against Auburn. They have also defeated South Florida, Wisconsin, South Alabama, and Pittsburgh (twice).

James Madison ranks 18th in both batting average (.336) and fielding percentage (.975). Their ERA is stellar at 0.94, which is third best in the country苹果彩票网. Megan Good has been great, going 14-0 with 10 complete games, 126 strikeouts, and only 15 walks given up over 90 innings. Her opponent batting average is .100. Good is also an excellent hitter with a batting average of .347 and 20 RBIs. The Dukes probably will not face much competition in the CAA, but they have some ACC opponents left on the schedule to impress against.

#13 – Tennessee Volunteers (21-3 Overall, 2-1 SEC)

Tennessee’s signature win was a 2-1 victory over Oklahoma near the end of February. Most recently, they defeated South Carolina two games to one in a three game series. Their other two losses have been to Utah and Texas.

The Vols are 7th in scoring at 7.5 runs per game and Meghan Gregg has been one person show hitting .486. She has 7 苹果彩票官网 runs (five more than the next best) and 41 RBIs (23 more than the next best). The Vols average just 0.67 苹果彩票官网 runs per game (tied 96th) and can certainly improve their fielding percentage (64th). Matty Moss (11-0, 1.22 ERA) and Caylan Arnold (9-3, 1.68 ERA) have been good this year and will need to continue to be good going into their SEC schedule.

#14 – Georgia Bulldogs (24-3 Overall, 0-0 SEC)

The Bulldogs had a bad stretch in late February in which they lost to BYU (4-0), UCLA (10-5), and Notre Dame (10-7). They are lacking stand out wins with their best looking like Syracuse (twice) and Ohio State.

Georgia’s offense is one of the best in the nation at 2nd in batting average (.398), 6th in scoring (7.63 runs per game), and 8th slugging percentage (.561). They also know how to play small ball averaging 3 stolen bases per game, which is 5th in the nation. One major area of concern is fielding percentage where they rank 204th in the nation with 36 errors this season. Last year, Georgia committed 59 errors in 66 games. The Bulldogs simply cannot give extra chances to SEC opponents.

#15 Baylor Bears (23-4 Overall, 0-0 Big 12)

The losses for Baylor have been outweighed by their wins. They lost to Fordham, Arizona, North Texas, and Cal State Fullerton. Three of those losses are worrisome, but in a three day span they defeated Arizona State, Michigan, Washington, and UCLA. They also beat Louisiana-Lafayette on the road so we can see the dichotomy of this Baylor team.

The pitching is solid at an ERA of 1.80 behind three solid pitchers in Kelsee Selman (11-2), Gia Rodoni (7-0), and Shelby McGlaun (5-2). The Bears have a very good batting average at .331 (21st), but only average 0.64 苹果彩票官网 runs per game (107th) and 4.80 runs per game (98th). The defense can also use some work at .968 (63rd). The Bears have potential against the top opponents, but will it show up when it is needed most?

#16 – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (17-5 Overall, 0-0 Sun Belt)

The Ragin’ Cajuns sneak into the top 16, but there are some concerns. They were swept at 苹果彩票官网 by Southern Miss on their first weekend of games, but came back to win 2 out of 3 versus Alabama. They threw in another clunker at 苹果彩票官网 to Bradley and most recently lost a close one to Baylor (5-4).

ULL has an offense you do not want to face (just ask Alabama). They lead the nation in 苹果彩票官网 runs per game (1.64) and are second in runs scored per game (8.45). DJ Sanders is tied for third in the nation with 11 苹果彩票官网 runs. They are 7th in slugging percentage (.569) and 24th in batting average (.329). Pitching is solid at 1.90 for ERA while the defense is okay at a .968 fielding percentage (61st).

Next Four

These four teams are likely to jump into the top sixteen if one of the teams above falters or if they impress in a big series.

#17 – LSU Tigers (19-6 Overall, 1-2 SEC)

LSU started the season with a 7-3 苹果彩票官网 loss to Penn State in their second game. Their other losses have been to UCLA (6-5), Utah (3-0), Minnesota (3-0), and Auburn (5-4 twice). Beyond their 8-0 win over Auburn this past weekend, LSU does not have another big win. The Tigers will have lots of chances to climb up these rankings with a top offense (8th in batting average) and good pitching/defense (25th in ERA and 19th in fielding percentage).

#18 – Kentucky Wildcats (18-4 Overall, 0-0 SEC)

Kentucky has split a two game series with UCLA and defeated Michigan 5-1 this past Sunday. They also played Oregon close, but lost 5-4 and lost twice to Pittsburgh. Both pitching and defense are top 15, but the offense is underwhelming with all major rankings at 50 or worse. Their next series at Georgia should provide some insight into how far this team can go.

#19 – Ole Miss Rebels (20-3 Overall, 0-0 SEC)

The Rebels are short on big wins with their biggest coming against Houston and South Florida (twice). Not exactly the impression you want to make, but the potential (yes, that dreaded word again) is there. They face Texas A&M this weekend and what a showdown that will be: A&M’s pitching versus Ole Miss’ offense. The Rebels are 4th in batting average and runs per game along with their 9th place ranking in stolen bases and 10th in slugging percentage. The ERA could use some improvement at 2.24 (46th). We will see what the Rebels are made of this weekend.

#20 – Michigan Wolverines (14-7-1 Overall, 0-0 Big 10)

Michigan has faced one of the toughest schedules this season, but has little to show for it. They faced Florida, South Florida, Texas A&M, Florida State, Arizona State (twice), UCLA, Baylor, and Kentucky. However, they only have a pair of wins over Arizona State and a tie versus Florida State. It seems a bit harsh given the Wolverines willingness to play all these good teams.

The defense for Michigan is top notch at 5th in the nation (.982), but the offense and pitching seem below par. The Wolverines are 40th or worse all major hitting categories and are tied for 44th in ERA. That is partially due to who they have played, but Michigan is capable of better. We asked before the season if someone could dethrone Michigan in the Big 10. So far it looks very, very possible.

Knocking on the Door

These teams have some work to do to be one of the top twenty, but could make a jump over the new few weeks (in alphabetical order):

Arizona State, ArkansasBYU, Fresno State, Missouri, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Below is a table for the top 20 teams:

3Florida StateACC23-1-16-0
6Texas A&MSEC22-22-1
8OklahomaBig 1221-50-0
11MinnesotaBig 1022-20-0
12James MadisonColonial21-30-0
15BaylorBig 1223-40-0
16LouisianaSun Belt17-50-0
19Ole MissSEC20-30-0
20MichiganBig 1014-7-10-0

Florida And Florida State Stay Atop NCAA Softball Polls

Florida And Florida State Stay Atop NCAA Softball Polls

Another calm week in college softball allowed the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles to stay at number one in their respective polls. The Seminoles are number one in the while the Gators top the .

, Florida State is first with 23 first place votes. The Gators are second with 5 first place votes and Oregon is third with 4 first place votes. Florida and Oregon both moved up a spot at the expense of Auburn, who fell from second to fourth. Arizona is fifth, which is where they were ranked last week.

Sixth through tenth had some movement, but no new teams. Washington (8th last week), Texas A&M (6th last week), and Minnesota (7th last week) all swapped positions. The Gophers suffered their first two losses of the season versus Washington. Oklahoma and UCLA did not see a change in the polls and sit at ninth and tenth, respectively.

Alabama, James Madison, LSU, Baylor, and Tennessee are 11th through 15th. LSU dropped their series versus Auburn two games to one over the weekend. 16th through 20th belongs to Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Michigan, and Utah.

The bottom of the Coaches Poll sees only one change. Arizona State, Ole Miss, and California remain at 21, 22, and 23, respectively. Wisconsin makes their first entry into the Coaches Poll at 24, replacing Missouri. BYU stays at 25. The entire poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
1Florida State (23)78722-1-11
2Florida (5)76022-13
3Oregon (4)72924-04
7Texas A&M58721-26
12James Madison43621-313
21Arizona State16819-521
22Ole Miss11120-322
24Wisconsin4320-2Not Ranked

, Florida received 11 first place votes with Florida State (4 first place votes) and Oregon (5 first place votes) staying in place. Arizona moved up two spots to fourth and Auburn dropped one spot to fifth.

Washington moved up two spots to sixth and Texas A&M dropped two spots to seventh. Alabama is eighth, Minnesota is ninth, and rounding out the top ten is Oklahoma.

UCLA, LSU, James Madison, Tennessee, and Baylor 11th through 15, respectively. Georgia is 15th followed by Michigan, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, and California to round out the top 20.

The last five teams in the USA Softball poll are Utah, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. No teams dropped out of the top 25 and the entire poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
1Florida (11)48722-11
2Florida State (4)48022-1-12
3Oregon (5)46624-03
7Texas A&M38921-25
13James Madison25221-314
22Arizona State8419-5T-22

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2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Season: Week Five Review

2017 College苹果彩票官网 Softball Season: Week Five Review

The fifth week has been completed with the usual story lines of big performances and wild contests, but lacked a lot of major upsets. We take a day-by-day look at what occurred in the fifth week of the season.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

For a Tuesday, there were a nice amount of games. The four teams from the state of Florida particularly had a good day going 8-0. Stetson, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, and Bethune-Cookman all played doubleheaders and all came out on top.

The ACC went 3-1 with North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Pittsburgh all winning while Virginia Tech dropped a 6-4 game to Coastal Carolina.

Oklahoma State dropped 21 runs on Evansville including seven in the second inning and 11 in the fourth inning. Seven different Cowgirls had multiple RBIs in the .

One of the four last unbeaten in NCAA Softball fell with Loyola at #11 Alabama. The Ramblers had no chance with Alexis Osorio dealing her best stuff all game. Osorio allowed only one hit and struck out 18 in the complete game shutout. Also in the SEC, Arkansas run ruled UMKC twice on the day, 13-0 and 10-0 with both ending in five innings.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A couple of ranked teams had to survive pitching duels, but both teams ended on the right side of 1-0 contests. #9 Oklahoma needed 10 innings to .  Paige Parker threw all 10 innings where she allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out seven. Caleigh Clifton singled 苹果彩票官网 the game’s only run in the 10th.

The other team in a tight contest was #11 Alabama. The Tide put a run across plate in the first inning on an error. Sydney Littlejohn threw a very good game allowing a walk and four hits and Valparaiso.

After coming off a weekend sweep of Pittsburgh, North Carolina dropped a 6-3 contest to in-state foe UNC Greensboro. Greensboro put four runs across in the first inning with 苹果彩票官网 runs from Jordan Gontram and Jasmine Palmer. The Heels trailed 6-3 in the seventh and loaded the bases, but were to drop to 16-5 on the season.

#1 Florida State won their doubleheader versus North Florida 8-0 and 3-0. The Seminoles allowed . #15 Baylor also won their doubleheader with 3-1 and 5-0 score lines over Northwestern State.

The Pac-12 went 4-0 and all games were blowouts. In fact, none of the four games went beyond five innings. #8 Washington won 13-1 over Penn State, #21 Arizona State won 9-0 over Maine, and Stanford won 9-1 UC Davis.

The final Pac-12 victor was #20 Utah over Toledo. The Utes had three 苹果彩票官网 runs from Alyssa Barrera, Anissa Urtez, and a walk off grand slam by Kelly Martinez.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

#15 Baylor and #18 Louisiana-Lafayette squared off in thriller. The Bears got a lead off solo shot from Jessie Scroggins and add another run on a ground out by Shelby McGlaun in the top of the first for a fast 2-0 lead. McGlaun made it 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI double. The Ragin’ Cajuns finally broke through in the sixth on back-to-back solo 苹果彩票官网 runs from Aleah Craighton and DJ Sanders. McGlaun restored the three run lead by for Baylor with a two run shot in the seventh. The Bears needed to survive a last ditch rally from Louisiana as Kara Gremillion hit a two run shot, but .

#20 Utah used a quick start to defeat Charleston Southern . The duo of Hannah Flippen and Anissa Urtez batted in 4 runs apiece while Hailey Hilburn threw a one hitter with no walks and six strikeouts. The Utes won their second game of the day in a pitcher’s duel. Katie Donovan went all seven innings allowing two hits and striking out five. Heather Bowen drove 苹果彩票官网 the only run in the fourth on a single back to the pitcher.

San José State needed extra innings in both games to defeat their opponents. The Spartans overcame a 4 run deficit to beat Seton Hall . The Spartans had to rally in their second game as well. They trailed 2-1 after the top of the eighth, but two runs in the bottom half of the inning saw them walk off with .

#8 Washington took care of business against Penn State in a . The Huskies got multiple RBI efforts from Sis Bates, Julia DePonte, and Morganne Flores in the season’s 苹果彩票官网 opener.

Friday, March 10, 2017

#1 Florida State continued their dominating start to the ACC conference schedule. The Seminoles defeated Virginia Tech twice in run-rule fashion . Jessica Warren drove 苹果彩票官网 three runs in the first game while Cali Harrod matched that in the second contest. Two other ACC series took place between Syracuse and North Carolina State and Boston College苹果彩票官网 and Virginia. Both of those series were split by the teams.

#13 James Madison had a good day winning both games. They started with a with Megan Good throwing the complete game shutout striking out 12. An RBI double from Taylor Newton and an RBI single from Odicci Alexander were all the scoring needed for the Dukes.

James Madison had a bit of an odd occurrence in their second game versus East Carolina. , but threw a combined no-hitter between Odicci Alexander and Jessica McCabe in the process. The Pirates hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but McCabe shut them down the rest of the game. Megan Good followed up her first game pitching performance with a 3 of 4 hitting game including five RBIs.

The SEC conference slate got underway with four games. South Carolina walloped #13 Tennessee thanks to a 4 RBI game from Kaylea Snaer. Mississippi State handed #6 Texas A&M their second loss of the season . Olivia Golden had 4 RBIs including a three run 苹果彩票官网r in the third inning. #11 Alabama took care of Arkansas in . The Tide scored at least one run each inning with Alexis Osorio throwing the complete game allowing four walks and one hit while striking out 8.

The biggest matchup in the SEC was between the Tigers, #12 LSU and #2 Auburn. Auburn had to rally twice to with a two run sixth proving to be enough. Kendall Veach doubled 苹果彩票官网 Haley Fagan while Courtney Shea scored on an error in the sixth with LSU going down in order in the 7th on three ground outs.

The Southland Conference also started their conference schedule with four doubleheader sweeps. Sam Houston State, Abilene Christian, Lamar, and McNeese State all went 2-0 for the day over Incarnate Word, Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State, and Central Arkansas, respectively. Nicholls State also defeated Houston Baptist 8-0 in five innings.

The Big 12 nearly went perfect on the day in their 8 games. The lone blemish was . The Griz built a 7-2 lead through four innings with Tech cutting the lead to 7-5 on a three run shot by Kierra Miles in the fifth. Madison Saacke made it 8-5 on a solo shot in the sixth inning while Tech could not start a serious rally in the seventh.

Texas Tech did win their second game of the day 4-3 over Wichita State. Oklahoma State (twice), Iowa State, #9 Oklahoma (twice), and Kansas all posted wins on Friday.

Kennesaw State posted a and did so in comeback fashion. The Owls trailed 3-0 after an inning and half, but rallied to tie the game and eventually led 6-4 after four innings. The Spartans took an 8-6 lead on two run 苹果彩票官网 runs from Kaitlyn Eveland and Lea Foerster. The Owls made it 8-7 going into the seventh and then it was Courtney Sutter coming through in the clutch with a walk off two run single for the 9-8 victory. It was a bit of irony for the Spartans as they had on a walk off versus East Tennessee State.

The 苹果彩票网 record start for #7 Minnesota came to an end in a close to #8 Washington. The Gophers, who were 19-1 after the loss, took an early 2-0 lead on a two run single by Kendyl Lindaman. The Huskies scored a run in the first and second innings to tie the game and then took the 3-2 lead in the sixth on Morganne Flores‘ solo shot. The Washington win marked number .

San Diego State and Boston University played a wild contest that saw an offensive explosion over the final two innings. The Aztecs took a 4-1 lead after two innings on three 苹果彩票官网 runs. Boston tied the game at 4 on a three run 苹果彩票官网 run by Gabi Martinez. SDSU took a 7-4 lead in the seventh inning on a two run double by Jenavee Peres, but Boston came back to tie the game at 7 with a double and an error that scored two runs and sent the game into extras.

The eighth was just as crazy. The Aztecs scored four runs in the top of the inning, which in normal circumstances would be enough. Boston made it 11-8 on a sac fly by Madi Killebrew and then cut it to 11-10 on a two out, two run single by Martinez. Despite having runners on the corner, Boston could not complete yet . Peres had 4 RBI for San Diego State while Martinez finished with 5 RBI for Boston.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The day was disrupted by weather all around country苹果彩票网. The Great Plains, Midwest, Southeast, and parts of the East saw games cancelled or postponed.

#3 Florida had a great game to start the SEC season versus #24 Missouri. Delanie Gourley did not allow a base runner until the sixth inning when she had an error. She allowed a walk and a double in the seventh with no outs, but was able to shut the door to keep the complete game shutout. Gourley struck out 10 while five different Gators .

The Pac-12 had a wonderful day going 11-1. Fresno State delivered the Pac-12’s only loss in a . The Bulldogs were powered by a three run 苹果彩票官网 run from Kierra Willis. The win gave Fresno State their 7th victory over a Power 5 opponent in 2017.

Notre Dame had a tough day with two losses by one run. Both games came at Georgia Tech and went to nine innings. Georgia Tech won the on a walk off solo shot by Colleen Darragh on just the third pitch of the nine inning. The Yellow Jackets were able to win the thanks to two straight passed balls with Karissa Arnold scoring the decisive run.

The Big Ten saw at least on team score 10+ runs in more than half of 13 games. In total, there were 7 games that saw one team score 10 runs or more with Rutgers was on the losing side of two of those (12-4 to Ball State and 13-2 to Illinois State). Michigan won 11-2 over Evansville, Indiana won 16-4 over Oakland, Wisconsin won 15-5 over Maine, and Minnesota 14-6 over Seattle. Michigan State lost an offensive battle 10-8 to Tennessee Tech.

Both North Texas and Marshall got off to 2-0 starts in Conference USA play. NT defeated UTEP in a doubleheader while Marshall did the same versus UT-San Antonio.

The Sun Belt also started conference play with Georgia State and Texas State going 2-0 over South Alabama and Coastal Carolina, respectively. UT-Arlington and UL-Monroe both split a doubleheader as did Troy and Georgia Southern.

Out West, Grand Canyon has continued their lightning start to the season. They crushed Lehigh to improve to 23-3 on the season. The Lopes also defeated Stanford .

#25 BYU finished the week 3-1 with two wins over Sacramento State as well as splitting a pair of games versus Fresno State. Their win against the Bulldogs came on Saturday in an . BYU tied the game at five in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Ashley Thompson. In extras, the Cougars took an 8-5 lead on back-to-back doubles by Rylee Jensen and Lauren Bell. Fresno State made it 8-6 in the bottom of the eighth, but could not sustain the two out rally. BYU sits at 14-7 overall and face Maine and Wagner in doubleheaders next week.

The Mountain West, in which all 9 teams have a winning record, had a good day. They played 16 games on Saturday and won 14.  One loss was the aforementioned Fresno State game versus BYU (see preceding paragraph) and also Wisconsin’s 8-1 victory over Colorado State. The most exciting game in the conference was New Mexico’s over Stony Brook.

Stony Brook came out on fire and blitzed the Lobos with 8 first inning runs. Melissa Rahrich hit a grand slam in the process to put New Mexico in a deep hole. The lead ballooned to 11-0 after three innings before UNM was able to get on the board. A five run fourth inning made it 11-5 Stony Brook with the Wolves adding a their final run in the top of the fifth. The Lobos rallied to put up 8 runs in the bottom of the fifth capped off by Jasmine Casados’ grand slam.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 

The SEC had a few games postponed from Saturday, which caused three doubleheaders to be played on Sunday. #6 Texas A&M was able to win their series over Mississippi State by . The Aggies sit at 21-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.

#11 Alabama swept Arkansas, but needed a rally in the first game of the day to open 3-0 in SEC play. The Tide trailed 3-0 after five innings, but cut it 3-1 after six on a single by Merris Schroder. They tied it up 3 in the seventh on a Chandler Dare triple and Peyton Grantham sacrifice fly. Dare ended the game in the ninth with a solo shot to right field on a 3-2 pitch to give the . The Tide rolled to a in the second game.

The other doubleheader was between #12 LSU and #2 Auburn. LSU delivered an in game one with Carley Hoover throwing six innings allowing three hits and three walks while striking out six. Sahvanna Jaquish hit a three run 苹果彩票官网r in the sixth inning to make it 8-0 and set the LSU mark for most RBIs in a career.

Auburn won the rubber match of the series in a closely contested . Auburn’s Kendall Veach had a two run single in the first, but LSU rallied in the fifth to erase the deficit and take a 3-2 lead. Amber Serrett had an RBI double, Allie Walljasper an RBI single, and Bailey Landry an RBI triple to give LSU a short-lived lead. Haley Fagan gave Auburn the lead back with a two run double in the fifth while Landry tied the game at 4 in the seventh on an error. Kasey Cooper scored the walk off run on a throwing error by LSU.

#19 Kentucky posted a over #17 Michigan. The Wildcats scored in the first on a double steal of second and 苹果彩票官网 with Hannah Huffman scoring the opening run. The Wildcats doubled their advantage in the third while the Wolverines pulled one back in the fifth. Breanne Ray put the game out of reach in the sixth with a three run 苹果彩票官网 run. The Wildcats went 5-0 over the weekend to move to 18-4 as they head into their SEC slate.

The high water mark for the day was Boise State’s over Quinnipiac. The Broncos trailed 3-1 after an inning, but scored five runs in apiece in the second and third innings. The Broncos ended the game with a nine run sixth inning and finished with 25 runs on 22 hits. BSU’s Morgan Lamb had a 5 for 5 day with 5 RBIs and scored 4 runs. Rebekah Cervantes went 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs and scored 4 runs. In total, 7 Boise State hitters finished with multiple RBIs. Quinnipiac was led by Erin Larsen who had a 2 for 3 day with 4 RBIs.

UMBC saw their offense get going against Rider with two games of 11+ runs on Sunday. UMBC opened with a over Rider in game one with Tori Alexander driving 苹果彩票官网 four. The Retrievers scored in each of the four innings they had an at-bat in the run rule shortened game.  The second game saw UMBC pick up right where they left off with an 8 run first inning. Rider made it a contest with a five run fourth inning, but UMBC pulled away with an .

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Little Change At Top Of NCAA Softball Polls

Little Change At Top Of NCAA Softball Polls

while rival Florida remained the top team in the .

 saw the top four stay the same. Florida State (17 first place votes) is followed by Auburn (2 first place votes), Florida (7 first place votes), and Oregon (2 first place votes). The Ducks are off to their best start in 苹果彩票网 history at 19-0. Arizona is at number five, up one place from last week’s ranking.

Texas A&M (2 first place votes) slipped a spot to six after their first , 1-0. Minnesota moved up three spots to seventh and garnered 2 first place votes. The Gophers are undefeated at 18-0, which is the best start in program history. The top ten is rounded out by Washington, Oklahoma, and UCLA.

Alabama, LSU, James Madison, and Tennessee are 11th through 14th. Baylor is the biggest mover going from 22nd to 15th after over then ranked #7 UCLA, #8 Washington, #14 Michigan, and #20 Arizona State.

16 through 20 is occupied by Georgia, Michigan, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kentucky, and Utah. The final five teams in the Coaches Poll are Arizona State, Ole Miss, California, Missouri, and BYU. BYU is back in the top 25 with Pittsburgh dropping out of the rankings. The entire Coaches Poll top 25 can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
1Florida State (17)77817-1-11
2Auburn (2)74219-22
3Florida (7)72220-13
4Oregon (2)70719-04
6Texas A&M (2)63019-15
7Minnesota (2)61018-010
13James Madison41216-312
21Arizona State15015-520
22Ole Miss11517-225
25BYU3511-6Not Ranked

, Florida is still number one with 11 first place votes. Florida State (4 first place votes) stays at second with a slight change at third and fourth. Oregon (3 first place votes) moved up to third from fourth while Auburn dropped a spot to fourth. The top five is finished with Texas A&M (1 first place vote) staying in the same place as last week.

Arizona is sixth, Minnesota (1 first place vote) is up to seventh from 11th, and Washington is 8th. Alabama is 9th and Oklahoma is 10th after both teams were tied for 9th last week.

11th through 14th goes to UCLA, LSU, Tennessee, and James Madison. Michigan and Baylor are tied for 15th with the Bears moving up seven spots after last weekend’s big victories. Georgia is 17th, Louisiana-Lafayette is 18th, California is 19th, and Kentucky rounds out the top 20.

The final five teams are Utah at 21, both Arizona State and Ole Miss tied for 22nd, and the two newcomers Arkansas and Wisconsin at 24 and 25, respectively. Pittsburgh and Missouri both fell out of the USA Softball poll. The entire poll can be seen below.

RankSchool (1st place votes)PointsRecordLast Week's
1Florida (11)48220-11
2Florida State (4)47617-1-12
3Oregon (3)45319-04
5Texas A&M (1)42019-15
7Minnesota (1)36618-011
14James Madison24216-313
T-22Arizona State8015-520
T-22Ole Miss8017-223

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