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Daily Dozen Headlines: Sunday, March 8th

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Perfect games, series clinchers, tournament titles – all of that and more as Rhiannon Potkey and Tara Henry highlight 12 things that happened on Sunday in the Daily Dozen: 

1. Perfection was a theme in the circle this weekend. Texas two-way star Miranda Elish added to the total on Sunday by throwing the second perfect game of her career in a 7-0 win over New Mexico at the Texas Invitational. The senior had 10 strikeouts in the 11th perfect game in Texas program history. Elish’s other perfect game came while she was at Oregon and the Ducks beat Portland State.

Among the other perfect games around the country in Division I in the last three days:

  • Texas Tech junior Erin Edmoundson recorded the third perfect game in program history on Saturday in an 8-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Edmoundson finished with seven strikeouts, including the final two outs to secure the perfect game.
  • UCLA freshman Lexi Sosa pitched the 18th perfect game in program history on Saturday in a 10-0, five-inning win over Boston University. Sosa had six strikeouts for the first perfect game at UCLA Donna Kerr threw one in 2008. Kerr happened to be in the stands as the Bruins honored the 2010 national championship team.
  • Utah Valley’s Brooke Carter threw the first perfect game in the program’s Division I history in a 9-0, five-inning win Northern Colorado on Friday. Carter had eight strikeouts, including the first five batters.
  • Liberty junior Megan Johnson pitched the fifth perfect game in program history in a 13-0, five-inning victory over Texas Southern on Friday.

2. Louisiana dropped their Sun Belt Conference opener to end one streak, but extended another. The Ragin’ Cajuns swept the final two games against Coastal Carolina to extend their streak of consecutive Sun Belt Conference series won to a record 56 straight. Louisiana has not dropped a conference series since 2013.

3. The Sun Devils are on a boat, a boat full of home runs. Arizona State became the new NCAA Softball home run leaders this weekend reaching 40 on Friday against Wright State. Finishing off the weekend in style, the Sun Devils blasted five homers in the final two games of their tournament.

Sun Devil Dinger Count: 48

4. The opening weekend of SEC is nearly complete. Kentucky and Texas A&M play Game 3 of their series on Monday at 7 p.m. ET (and make sure to tune in because UK head coach Rachel Lawson will be mic’d up for the SEC Network). The home teams dominated the series-wrapping final games on Sunday.

  • No. 8 Florida swept Auburn with an 11-0 win in five innings. Sophomore Cheyenne Lindsey went 3-for-3 to prolong her hot streak at the plate. Lindsey finished the series 8 for 11 with five runs scored and five RBIs.
  • No. 10 Alabama clinched the series over No. 22 Arkansas with a 9-1 win in six innings. KB Sides, Alexis Mack and Skylar Wallace combined to go 8 for 10 with five RBIs at the top of the Tide lineup.
  • No. 14 Georgia clinched the series with a 11-3 five-inning win over No. 17 South Carolina. The Bulldogs had four players with two RBIs, including senior Mahlena O’Neal (2-for-3).
  • No. 16 Missouri swept Ole Miss with a 3-1 win. Mizzou turned a double play with the bases loaded to escape the fifth inning unscathed.

5. Winning Streaks: Oklahoma State and Eastern Kentucky are on a roll.

  • Oklahoma State Cowgirls extended their win streak to 11 games after an 11-0 victory against Missouri State in the final game of the Mizuno Classic. With the win, the Cowgirls (18-5) complete their second straight perfect weekend to remain undefeated at home.
  • EKU pushed its win streak to 16 games, the longest in NCAA Division 1 softball, after a pair of victories over Illinois-Chicago and Dayton.

6. Mississippi State junior Annie Willis flummoxed batters all weekend. The reigning SEC co-Pitcher of the Week struck out 12 batters in 6.2 IP on Sunday as MSU captured its fourth tournament title of the regular season with a 2-0 win over Southeast Missouri at Nusz Park. On Friday, Willis threw the 22nd no-hitter in program history while striking out a school-record 19 batters in a victory over Mississippi Valley State.

7. Duke’s Brianna Butler set a program record with 14 strikeouts in a 4-1 win over Gardner-Webb. Butler threw a one-hitter in the opening game of a sweep over Gardner-Webb as the Blue Devils finished 5-0 at the Duke Invitational.

8. Fresno State used a 14 strikeout performance from Hailey Dolcini and a three-run home run from Schuylar Broussard to beat UC Davis 3-2 and improve to 15-0 at home.

9. North Texas tied a program record with six home runs in an 11-3 victory over host UTSA. Tayla Evans and Katie Clark each finished with two home runs as the Mean Green won the rubber match of the Conference USA-opening series.

10. Tennessee captured its own tournament title with a 5-0 victory over Stanford in the championship game. Freshman Callie Turner threw a four-hitter as the Lady Vols recorded their first shutout of the season. Sophomore catcher Ally Shipman finished with a career-high four hits, including a home run and a double. Shipman finished the tournament going 12-for-16 with four extra base hits and six RBIs.

11. Oregon’s Deijah Pangilinan hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to lead the Ducks to a 3-2 victory over Seattle at the weather-impacted Oregon Tournament. Brooke Yanez recorded 11 strikeouts with two earned runs and five hits in 7.0 IP. Samaria Diaz earned the win in 1.0 inning of hitless relief.

12. Due to Minnesota having to travel, the game between the Gophers and UCF finished in a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning at the UCLA/Long Beach Tournament. The bottom half of the inning wasn’t played because Minnesota had to catch a flight to Hawaii to play Hawaii during spring break. UCF got to stick around SoCal and indulge in a post-game meal of tacos provided by Justene Molina’s family.

Bonus: The U.S. Women’s National Team returned to action on International Women’s Day at another stop on the Stand Beside Her Tour in front of  2,487 people in Irvine, Calif. In their first contest of the day, Team USA defeated Cal State San Marcos 9-3 before notching a 9-2 win over UC San Diego in their exhibition doubleheader.

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