Daily Dozen Headlines: Saturday, March 7thAnalysis
1. Some players go a lifetime without hitting a grand slam. Ohio sophomore Caitlin Fogue hit two in the same game, including a walk-off grand slam to beat St. Bonaventure 9-5. Fogue tied the game 4-4 with a grand slam in the third inning, and ended the game with another grand slam in the bottom of the seventh. The transfer from Missouri finished 3 for 4 with eight RBIs and two runs scored. The grand slams were the first two home runs of Fogue’s college career.
When you hit not one, but TWO grand slams in one game! And the second one walks it off! pic.twitter.com/jmXp0U3ajP
— Ohio Softball (@OhioBobcatSB) March 7, 2020
2. Georgina Corrick tied the USF single-game strikeout record with 18 as the Bulls beat Wisconsin 2-1 on a walk-off single by Megan Pierro in the bottom of the eighth inning. Corrick gave up seven hits and no earned runs while walking two.
3. LSU put up some impressive numbers against Campbell this weekend at the plate and in the circle. Ali Kilponen struck out a career-high 15 batters on Saturday to lead the Tigers to a 5-1 win over Campbell. That came less than 24 hours after No. 5 LSU beat Campbell 21-0 in five innings. The 21 runs were the most scored in the new Tiger Park, and tied for second most all-time in program history. LSU’s 20 RBIs tied for second most all-time.
4. Washington sophomore SilentRain Espinoza had never hit a triple in her college career entering No. 3 UW’s game against San Jose State. She had two before the third inning ended. In the first game of the day, sophomore Sami Reynolds hit another home run and freshman Kelley Lynch had her first double-digit strikeout game with 11 in a 3-1 win over UC Santa Barbara. Reynolds brought home all UW’s runs with a three-run home run in the fourth, one day after hitting two home runs in a 5 for 5 performance against Santa Clara.
B4 | For the second day in a row Sami goes yard!
— Washington Softball (@UWSoftball) March 7, 2020
5. It wasn’t just the Kentucky men’s basketball team that staged a major comeback for a win on Saturday. In their SEC softball opener, No. 13 Kentucky trailed Texas A&M 8-1 before rallying to beat the Aggies 11-9. Kentucky’s Alex Martens hit her ninth home run of the season – a three-run shot in the fourth inning – to help fuel the comeback. The Wildcats scored four runs in the sixth to finally take the lead.
6. “Lauren Burke is en Fuego,” said head coach Mike White during his mid-game interview. The Texas junior has been burning hot at the plate. Burke had the first multi-home run game of her career with two long balls in a 13-5 six-inning victory over Texas Southern. Burke. In the second game against Liberty she went 1-3 with a triple off the top of the left field wall.
LB'S AT IT AGAIN! @lauren_burke5 just misses a HR with a triple to left! She's eventually left stranded, but that drive ignited the home crowd!
LU 0 – TEXAS 3 – End 5th pic.twitter.com/fVzDLiDY89
— Texas Softball (@TexasSoftball) March 8, 2020
7. No. 14 Georgia took advantage of an error during a rundown to score the walk-off run and beat No. 17 South Carolina 6-5 in nine innings to even the SEC-opening series at a game apiece. Tyler Armistead got caught in a rundown between third and home, but a throw glanced off the catcher’s glove and allowed Armistead to score. Senior Ciara Bryan finished 2 for 3 with two home runs in her first two at-bats for Georgia. Freshman Sara Mosley added a three-run home run for the Dawgs.
8. Marissa Guimbarda hit her 11th home run of the season as Clemson registered its 10th straight win with a 7-2 victory over Pittsburgh in ACC action. Guimbarda is slugging .917 with 29 RBIs in 25 games.
9. Stanford stretched its win streak to nine straight and advanced to the title game of the Tennessee Invitational with victories over East Tennessee State and Toledo. The Cardinal beat ETSU 5-3 in a game that started at 7 a.m. on the West Coast, and beat Toledo 14-1 in five innings. Taylor Gindlesperger was 4 for 6 with two triples, three runs scored and four RBIs on the day.
10. Oklahoma State senior Alysen Febrey had four RBIs on two hits in one big inning as the No. 11 Cowgirls beat No. 20 Utah 11-2 in six innings at the Mizuno Classic. Febrey launched a two-run home run in the fourth inning to tie the game 2-2, and drove in two more runs with a double as OSU batted around. The Cowgirls scored nine runs in the fourth to take control.
— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) March 8, 2020
11. UCLA freshman Lexi Sosa throws the 18th perfect game in Bruin history. Sosa faced 15 batters and struck out six to defeat Boston University, 10-0. Sophomore Megan Faraimo was dominant in game 2 against No. 17 Minnesota throwing a complete-game shutout to defeat the Gophers, 4-0. Faraimo struck out 13 and surrendered just two hits in 7.0 innings. Delanie Wisz drove in all four runs for the Bruins on a grand slam.
12. Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza hit a walk-off home run to lead No. 4 Arizona to a 2-1 win over Boise State at the Wildcat Invitational.
Bonus: What a comeback! Fresno State scratches its way back, with help from this Hayleigh Galvan bomb, from a five-run deficit to beat North Dakota State.
B6 | Powerhouse @Hayleighmarie16 dropped a solo bomb for the DOGS🐾💣‼️
— Fresno State Softball (@FresnoStateSB) March 8, 2020