Saturday, May 07, 2016

Busy Weekend to End Regular-Season Play in Some Conferences

Lots of televised softball this weekend, as the SEC and B1G conclude their respective conference seasons and head into conference tournaments next weekend...

No. 6 Auburn, which lost a pair of games a week ago to Tennessee by 10-2 and 12-1 scores, and then lost last night's series-opener to Texas A&M, 6-5 in 8 innings, continues to struggle. Today, the Aggies have bolted out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first... A&M's Erica Russell homers to lead off the top of the second, making it 5-0... Tigers battle back for four in bottom half; leave bases loaded. Emily Carosone gets Auburn-record 262nd career hit during this inning... Auburn scores two in bottom of third to lead 6-5... A&M threatening in top of fourth, with runners on first and second, one out... Wild pitch and infield hit tie game 6-6... Three-run homer by Samantha Show gives Aggies 9-6 lead... Cali Lanphear goes deep, back-to-back, now 10-6... The final score is 13-6 Aggies.

No. 4 Alabama, which had trailed Georgia 7-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, has put up five runs to make it 7-6 and is threatening for more... A bases-loaded walk ties it up and Bama gets the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice... Reagan Dykes singles with two outs to make it 9-7 Crimson Tide... Bulldogs go quietly in top of seventh, giving Bama the win.

No. 2 Michigan has finished off Rutgers, 11-1. With the win, the Wolverines have now won nine consecutive B1G regular-season titles (outright or tied).

No. 9/10 Tennessee, which seemed to be surging, suffered a 3-0 shutout today at Mississippi. The teams' series is now tied at a game apiece.