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No. 10 Texas falls to Purdue at Louisiana Classic

LAFAYETTE, La. -- On the final day of the 28th Annual Louisiana Classic, No. 10 Texas was handed a 5-4 loss by Purdue (1-2) on Sunday morning at Lamson Field, dropping the Longhorns to 4-2 on the season.

In the seventh inning with the Longhorns trailing by a run, senior Karina Scott represented the game-tying run with two outs. After already having a two-run home run back in the second inning, sophomore Erin Shireman, nearly drove in the game-winning run, but was called out on a close play at first base when she was thrown out by Purdue second baseman Tori Chiodo.

Freshman pitcher Lauren Slatten (1-1) took her first loss of her UT career in her second start. It was not the easiest day for the rookie right-hander, as the Boilermakers scored four runs off of four walks, a hit batter and a base hit in the first inning.

Texas jumped on the board and made it a one-run game (3-2) in its half of the second inning when Shireman slammed a two-run home run with Scott on base after earning a one-out walk.

The Boilermakers reclaimed their three-run lead on Lindsey Rains' two-run home run off of junior Gabby Smith in the ensuing inning. Purdue worked to continue its rally by getting its next two runners on base. After striking out CJ Parsons for the first out, sophomore Holly Kern took over the circle and stranded the two Purdue runners to get UT out of the threat.

Kern went on to throw the final 4.2, during which she allowed no runs on two hits and three walks while striking out three.

Davis batted her way on base with a one-out single up the middle to get it going for the Longhorns in their half of the third inning. Later in the frame, senior Mandy Ogle slammed a double to right field, allowing Davis to demonstrate her speed to make it all the way home from first base to cut the Purdue lead to two runs.

In the fifth inning, UT would get the last of its run support it would be able to collect from the Boilermakers. The Horns started by getting their first two batters -- sophomore Lindsey Stephens and Ogle -- on base. As the inning progressed, Shireman lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score sophomore Rachel Scott, who came in as a pinch runner for Ogle. Texas would bring the margin to a single run at 5-4, which is how the contest resulted.

No. 1 Tennessee 14, Oakland 3

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Taylor Koenig and Madison Shipman combined for seven RBI and Lexi Overstreet hit a home run as Tennessee finished its season-opening weekend with a 14-3 victory against Oakland on Sunday in the Eagle Round Robin.

Tennessee (4-0) took the lead with one run in the third inning before exploding to four in the fourth, three in the sixth and sixth in the seventh put the game out of reach. Oakland (1-4) scored all three of its runs in the sixth.

Koenig was outstanding in just the fourth collegiate game of her career, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Shipman enjoyed her best game of 2014, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, one run and on walk. Overstreet hit a solo blast to start the fourth and finished with two RBIs. Melissa Davin had a two-run double and sophomore Haley Tobler had two hits and two runs in her offensive season debut. Freshman Shaliyah Geathers was 2-for-2 off the bench with one RBI and one run scored.

Junior Cheyanne Tarango picked up her first win of the year, going 5.1 innings with three strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. Erin Gabriel pitched 1.2 scoreless relief frames and totaled three strikeouts.

No. 2 Oklahoma 2, Pittsburgh 1

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Oklahoma’s offense generated one hit in its game against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Turns out, that’s all the Sooners needed.

Sophomore Kelsey Stevens struck out a season-high 10 batters and walked none, while fellow sophomore Leslie Miller hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning as No. 2 Oklahoma defeated Pittsburgh 2-1 at the Easton Tournament to finish the weekend on a three-game winning streak.

No. 3 Washington 16, UC Davis 2

LAS VEGAS -- The Huskies scored their first run against UC Davis on Sunday after just three batters. The Huskies never looked back from there.

The Huskies (5-0) scored 16 runs on 19 hits en route to a thorough 16-2 defeat of the Aggies, and a 5-0 record at the UNLV Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas this weekend. The Huskies opened the tournament Friday with a 7-4 win against Baylor and a 3-0 shutout against San Diego. 

No. 5 Michigan 7, Illinois State 1

No. 5 Michigan 12, Bethune Cookman 1

TAMPA, Fla. -- Michigan swept its doubleheader on Sunday against Illinois State 7-1 and 12-1 against Bethune-Cookman on the strength of a pair of 15-hit attacks -- including five from senior Lyndsay Doyle against ISU -- on the final day of the USF Wilson Demarini Tournament.

In the first game of the day, the Wolverines applied significant pressure on the Redbirds' defense, getting the leadoff hitter on in each of the first five innings. Doyle's five hits equal a U-M single-game record, shared by three other Wolverines (last: Ashley Lane on Feb. 22, 2013, vs. Illinois State). She got Michigan on the board in the second with a run-scoring double down the right field line.

Freshman Abby Ramirez reached base four times from the nine spot in the lineup -- including three hits -- and scored three runs. Sophomore Sierra Romero knocked in three runs on a pair of base hits. Freshman Kelly Christner popped a two-run triple in the fourth to give Michigan a 6-1 lead.

Junior Haylie Wagner tossed all seven innings in the circle yielding one run, a solo home shot by Regan Romshek in the third. The southpaw struck out 10, the first time she notched double-digit punchouts since her freshman season (three times). In the complete game performance she gave up just two hits and two walks, for her first win of the season. Even with the big strikeout total, she got some help from her defense. Freshman Lindsay Montemarano tallied six assists from her spot at third base.

The Michigan hit parade continued in Michigan's second game of the day against Bethune Cookman when the Wolverines again collected 15 hits. The offense batted around in each of the first two innings. The Maize and Blue scored three two-out runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run triple off the bat of sophomore Sierra Lawrence.

The Wolverines really unleashed the offense in the bottom of the second, scoring six runs on six hits and one Wildcats error. With Doyle on third, Romero laid down a bunt to score the speedster and wound up on first with a single. Senior Caitlin Blanchard, batting in the cleanup spot behind Romero, then attempted to bunt as well. Following a few unsuccessful attempts, she deposited a pitch well beyond the right field wall for a three-run homer and a 7-0 U-M lead.

Eight of Michigan's starters collected at least one hit, led by Blanchard who had three and knocked four RBI. Romero had three hits and two RBI, and Doyle tacked on two more singles.

Freshman Megan Betsa he pitching duties, with Betsa starting and earning the win. She gave up one run in her three innings of work. Ten of Bethune-Cookman's outs came via the strike out, with Betsa fanning seven and Driesenga three.

Florida State 5, No. 9 Nebraska 1

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The third out was hard to come by for the Nebraska softball team on Sunday, as No. 12 Florida State scored all five of its runs with two outs to upset the ninth-ranked Huskers 5-1 at the NMSU Softball Complex. 

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