Texas opened it’s Big 12 season against powerhouse Baylor with a 3-1 loss. Baylor’s picture Heather Stearns had Texas’ number except for catcher Erin Shireman who hit her first home run of the year in the loss. Tiarra Davis took the pitching loss for Texas and now has an 11-6 record for the season. Things didn’t go much better for Texas in their Saturday game against Baylor losing once again 5-6 with Tiarra Davis (11-7) taking another loss. This time Baylor put on a rally coming from a late 5-3 deficit to earn the 6-5 walk-off win. The game had it’s strange moments like in the bottom of the 4th when an apparent strike out was dropped and the routine throw to first base bounced off of the Baylor players batting helmet as she was running to first base and rolled down the right field line with a Keystone Cops like affair ending with the runner scoring on the apparent strike out. Texas now has a record of 19-8.
In what I thought might be a tough series for Florida facing LSU in Baton Rouge wasn’t as the Gators swept the series thanks to their usual great pitching from their starters. The Gators now stand at 33-1, 8-1 SEC. The next test for the #1 Florida team is when they host fellow SEC powerhouse Alabama in a three-game series that starts on Friday.
What happens when two good teams meet and one is having a great day and the other an off one? You have a blow out like the one that happened when Alabama faced off against Missouri Monday night that ended in a 16-2 win in a run-rule victory for the Crimson Tide team. The 16 runs scored is the most for Alabama in a SEC game since April 2012. This one was over by the 2nd inning after Alabama put 3 runs on the board in the first they then broke open the flood gates in the second inning scoring 12 more runs. Sydney Littlejohn (12-2) went the distance earning her the easy win. Alabama now stands at 29-6 3-3 SEC.
Georgia continues to roll along with another win Tuesday in it’s game against Georgia Tech. Ace pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson (16-2) got 11 strikeouts in the game making for a total of 794 in her career moving her up to second place in Georgia’s record book, passing Natalie Green’s (1997-00) 792 strikeouts. Up next for Georgia is to host LSU who’s mad and looking to get back on track after getting swept by Florida. This will be a real test for both Georgia and LSU.
I still can’t totally figure out this year’s Tennessee team. At times they look really good and at others they show the freshmen jitters with their young lineup. The team had it easy on Tuesday with a 7-1 win over Lipscomb. Erin Gabriel and Rainey Gaffin combined for a strong pitching effort allowing just one run and four hits. Gaffin took the win to improve to 5-2 on the year. The team now stands at 26-8 6-3 SEC. Next up for the team is a visit to play Missouri on Friday night.