softball-d1 flag | February 8, 2014

Washington opens season with defeat of Baylor

No. 3 Washington 4, Baylor 4
No. 3 Washington 3, San Diego 0

LAS VEGAS -- The Huskies opened the 2014 season with a 7-4 win against the No. 18 Baylor Bears at the UNLV/SportCo Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas. Junior Kylee Lahners went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Senior Bryana Walker got the start in the circle and picked up her first win of the season, pitching 4.0 innings.

The Huskies are now 9-1 in opening day games under head coach Heather Tarr.

No. 1 Tennessee 8, Northern Colorado 0

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Megan Geer's four hits and Ellen Renfroe's one-hitter boosted No. 1 Tennessee against Northern Colorado 8-0 in five innings in UT's season opener on Friday at the Eagle Round Robin.

Tennessee (1-0) scored two in the first, four in the third and two in the fifth to beat Northern Colorado (0-2). Tennessee is now 3-0 all-time against the Bears.

Sophomore Lexi Overstreet and freshman Megan Geer led the team offensively. Overstreet went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. In Geer's first collegiate game, she went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, including the game-winning RBI in the fifth.

Senior Ellen Renfroe (1-0) struck out five in five innings and allowed just one hit. Northern Colorado starting pitcher Megan Wilkinson (0-1) allowed six earned runs, and relief pitcher Jayme Reddacliff allowed two earned runs.

Cal State Fullerton 3, No. 2 Oklahoma 1

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Oklahoma fell to 0-2 on opening day following a 3-1 loss at host Cal State Fullerton 3-1 in the Easton tournament in Fullerton, Calif.

Junior Georgia Casey provided the offense for the Sooners by hitting a solo home run in the first inning, her team-best second of the year.

The Sooners’ lead lasted for just an inning as the Titans tied things up at 1-1 in the second inning on Desiree Ybarra’s solo home run to center field.

No. 4 Florida 3, Illinois State 2
No. 4 Florida 5, Wisconsin 3

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators swept a pair of games Friday at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament, defeating Illinois State 3-2 and beating Wisconsin 5-3. The victory against the Redbirds marked the 800th win in program history.  

Sophomore Taylor Schwarz gave Florida an early lead against the Redbirds when she hit the Gators’ first home run of 2014 next to the batting cages beyond left field. Illinois State responded in the fourth with a leadoff double, then plated its first run on a well-placed bunt single that allowed the runner to score from second. Five consecutive Florida batters reached base in the bottom of the frame, and the Gators added their second run when Aubree Munro singled to score Schwarz, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice.

Florida plated what proved to be the winning run the next inning as sophomore Kirsti Merritt doubled home leadoff hitter Kelsey Stewart. Gators starter Lauren Haeger ran into trouble in the seventh after allowing just three hits through the first six innings, walking two batters and hitting another. UF Head Coach Tim Walton called on freshman Delanie Gourley in her collegiate debut, and Gourley delivered. Entering with the bases loaded and no outs, Gourley allowed just one run on a sacrifice fly by her first batter. The lefty ended the game with a flourish, striking out the last two Redbird hitters to earn the save.

In the Gators’ second game, Wisconsin got on the board first with a solo home run by shortstop Stephanie Peace. Florida’s Hannah Rogers and the Badgers’ Taylor-Paige Stewart traded scoreless frames for four innings.

Munro came up with another clutch hit in the sixth, singling home Schwarz again to tie the game at 1. UF’s rally continued the next inning when Briana Little drew a leadoff walk. Two batters later, Merritt came up with another clutch hit, bringing Little home with a triple. After Stephanie Tofft walked, Haeger’s sac fly scored Merritt and Schwarz provided the Gators’ second triple of the frame. Taylore Fuller reached on an error by the Wisconsin third baseman that allowed Schwarz to score, but Fuller was called for interference on the next play.

No. 6 Alabama 6, Kennesaw State 0
No. 6 Alabama 10, North Florida 1

TROY, Ala. -- Alabama got the 2014 season off to a great start, outscoring Kennesaw State and North Florida by a combined score of 16-1 to earn two wins on opening day.

The 16 runs scored by Alabama (2-0) are tied for the third-most on opening day for the Tide. Haylie McCleney, Danae Hays and Jadyn Spencer each went 3-6 on the day with Hays driving in five of the Tide's 14 RBI courtesy of two home runs. Alabama's three pitchers only allowed one earned run in 12.0 innings for a 0.58 team ERA.

No. 7 Arizona State, NC State

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State (3-0) handled the North Carolina State Wolfpack (0-4) 9-1 in five innings on Friday night.

Senior pitcher Dallas Escobedo gave up her first run of the season in the second inning on a solo shot, but the Sun Devils answered back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and never looked back.

Second baseman Nikki Girard hit a RBI single to center to score Elizabeth Caporuscio from third base. Then, after a walk by Bailey Wigness, Thursday night’s hero Cheyenne Coyle doubled in both Girard and Wigness.

No. 8 Oregon 10, Cal Poly 9

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A shaky start for Oregon but a late steal from Courtney Ceo in extra-innings coupled with a sac-fly from Alexa Peterson lifted the eighth-ranked Duck past Fresno State 10-9 Friday evening at the Kajikawa Classic. Cheridan Hawkins picked up her first win of 2014 after getting Paige Gumz to strike out with the bases loaded to end the game.

“We definitely had our backs to the wall,” head coach Mike White said. “After losing the first game and going down five runs int he second, we showed a lot of determination and grit to pull one out.”

It was Oregon's first season-opening loss in five years under head coach Mike White. 

No. 9 Nebraska 7, UTEP 0
No. 9 Nebraska 4, No. 12 Florida State 3

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A late arrival in Las Cruces did nothing to slow the Nebraska softball team on Friday, as the ninth-ranked Huskers scored four times in the first inning en route to a 7-0 season-opening victory against UTEP.

Despite arriving at the team hotel less than eight hours before first pitch, Nebraska showed up ready to play from the first pitch in its quest for a second consecutive trip to the Women's College World Series. After UTEP was held hitless in the top of the first inning, the Husker offense plated four runs in the bottom of the frame.

The win was Nebraska's 14th consecutive victory at the NMSU Softball Complex, while the Huskers were victorious in their season opener for the second consecutive year. The win also marked a milestone for Head Coach Rhonda Revelle, who won her 800th game at Nebraska, becoming the first Husker coach to reach the 800-win milestone.

Nebraska then rallied from a one-run deficit with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to post a 4-3 victory against No. 12 Florida State in an odd game.

The Huskers, frustrated by missed scoring chances throughout the game, had one final chance to rally after a Florida State solo home run gave the Seminoles a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Trailing in their final at bat, a pair of FSU errors helped Nebraska defeat a ranked opponent on the season's opening day for the first time since 2007.

No. 10 Texas 7, North Carolina 3
No. 10 Texas 10, Louisiana-Lafayette 7

LAFAYETTE, La. -- Texas boosted its record to 3-0 on Friday by sweeping a pair of games on the opening day of play at the 28th annual Louisiana Classic. The Longhorns defeated North Carolina 7-3 before coming back from five runs down to take a win from tournament host Louisiana Lafayette at Lamson Park.

Senior Brejae Washington scored five runs and stole four bases in her 4-for-8 day at the plate. She provided the game-winning hit in UT's come-from-behind win against Louisiana Lafayette and reached 100 career stolen bases. Washington, the Horns record holder in the category, now has 101 in her career with her four on the day. Her classmate, shortstop Taylor Thom also had a big day at the dish, having a team-high five hits in eight at bats. Freshmen pitchers Lauren Slatten and Tiarra Davis earned their first career wins against UNC and ULL, respectively.

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