With the softball season in full swing I’ve been getting to see some good softball games recently. Over the weekend I got to watch the Florida vs. Alabama series and see that maybe it’s too early to give Florida their three peat this year.
Alabama opened the 3 game series with a 2-1 win. The loss was only the second loss of the year for Florida and their first loss at home. Alabama starter Sydney Littlejohn picked up the win. With Alabama’s last year star pitcher Alexis Osorio struggling a little bit this year Littlejohn has picked up the slack for the team.
Saturday afternoon Florida came back and evened the series with a 3-2 win before a season-high crowd. Florida Freshman right-hander Kelly Barnhill (12-0) gave up only 3 hits and had 6 strikeouts in the game. Delanie Gourley entered the game in the 6th inning to earn her 2nd save of the year. Alabama’s Alexis Osorio took the loss.
In the rubber game of the series Alabama done what other teams have been unable to do, hand Florida their first shutout loss of the season and be the first SEC team to win a series over Florida in over a year. Once again there was star pitching from Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn who went the whole game to lead the tide to the 3-0 victory.
On Wednesday night I watched the Georgia vs. North Carolina game. It was a really fun game to watch as the two teams scrapped it out with North Carolina finally taking the 2-1 win in 8 innings. North Carolina’s Kylie Bass went all 8 innings to secure the win. The game was like a good prize fight with each team punching and counter punching until North Carolina’s Kristen Brown’s home run in the top of the 8th and a Georgia rally that fell short in the bottom of that same inning ended the game.
I also got to watch several of Texas’ games. Since suffering a 1-3 loss on Friday night against visiting BYU the team the team has run off a streak of 5 straight victories. In those 5 games Texas has scored 30 runs while holding their opponents to only 3 runs.
Head coach Connie Clark has been doing some shuffling with the team line up and it seems to be working as the team has been using a mix of timely hitting and the long ball along with solid pitching from sophomores Kristen Clark and Paige von Sprecken along with junior starter Tiarra Davis. The team’s star pitcher from last year sophomore Erica Wright has been riding the bench this year due to a rib injury. A decision should be made soon whether she’ll be well enough to play this year or red shirt the rest of the season.
Next up for the team is a Big 12 Conference series against Texas Tech at Texas’ McCombs Field where they have a 15-3 record so far this year.