One of the big surprises this year in the SEC is Texas A&M who now stand at 27-3 and ranked in the top 10. The team ranks third nationally in home runs (47) and 4th in batting percentage (.585). They were able to win their weekend series against LSU. Other SEC teams off to good starts include Kentucky with it’s 24-4 record and 5-1in the SEC.
Georgia has also gotten off to a quick start this young season with a 25-5 record due to it’s strong pitching, speed on the bases and good use of small ball play. Monday night though the team suffered a loss in its game against fellow SEC team South Carolina (23-6). The game got started with the teams exchanging runs in the early innings then the game turned into a pitching duel between Georgia’s Chelsea Wilkinson (13-2) and South Carolina starter Jessica Elliott followed by reliever Nickie Blue (10-5) who got the 3-1 win for the Gamecocks in 8 innings when in the bottom of the 8th Kaylea Snaer smashed a 2 run home run to win the game for South Carolina and take the 3 game long weekend series 2-1 over Georgia.
In it’s last two games always top ranked team Alabama defeated DePaul 14-6 in a 6 inning run-rule game. Alabama starter Madi Moore (8-0) earner the victory. Things didn’t go as well in their second game though as the team fell to Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma (20-6). The game was a pitching duel between Alabama’s Alexis Osorio (8-3) and Oklahoma’s Paige Parker (8-3). Osorio had racked up 13 strikeouts in the game but in the 7th inning Oklahoma’s Sydney Romero started the inning with a lead off single followed two batters later by a two-run homer from Shay Knighten that won the game for Oklahoma.
#1 ranked Florida keeps proving their for real again this year as they swept upstart freshman rich fellow SEC team Tennessee. The Gators are now 30-1 overall and 5-1 in the SEC. In the final game of the series Junior Delanie Gourley (10-0) had 7 shutout innings and 8 strikeouts. Next up for Florida is a trip to Baton Rouge, La. to face the always tough LSU.
Auburn kept rolling along with a 2-0 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday to take their weekend series 2-1 and improve their record to 26-4 and 3-2 in the SEC. Auburn’s Rachael Walters got the win (4-2).
Big 12 team Texas now has a record of 19-6 after playing this past week in Honolulu Hawaii in the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The team started off Wednesday night with a 0-1 loss to Iowa followed up on Thursday with a 4-3 win over the same Iowa team. Next up Texas took 2 out of 3 from the host Hawaii team- W 5-2, L 2-3, W 3-2.