College Softball's Top Performances From The Weekend
The sophomore pitcher somehow managed to exceed her performance from opening weekend when she tossed three complete-game shutouts to earn ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week. She powered another perfect weekend for surging Virginia Tech, throwing back-to-back no-hitters in wins over Detroit-Mercy (13-0 in five innings) and host Charleston Southern 10-0 at the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational in Charleston, SC. In 12 total hitless innings, she walked three and struck out 22.
The Red Raiders' sophomore ace shut out mid-major powerhouse Drake twice, including a no-hitter on Friday. Combined with a full team effort to grit out a 5-4 win over host Auburn on Saturday, TTU improved to 10-0 with a perfect five-game stint at the Plainsman Invitational in Auburn, AL.
The never-say-die Broncos overcame deficits in every one of their games as they notched a perfect 4-0 mark at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA. BSU's 6-4 win on Sunday over Ole Miss marked the first win over an SEC team in program history.
With a huge target on its back as the defending national champion and current No. 1 team, FSU showed off their power with a statement 6-0 weekend at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational in Clearwater, FL. The Seminoles pushed their undefeated start to 11-0 and added a quartet of top-25 wins, beating No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 6 Tennessee, No. 22 Minnesota, and an extremely impressive 9-1 run-ruling of No. 13 LSU. As of Sunday night, every player in the starting hit a home run in the tournament.
Entering the weekend with three career home runs, Seattle's sophomore catcher has more than doubled that in three days, pounding five long balls to push the Redhawks to a 5-0 record at the Boyd Gaming Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, NV. She has now homered in four straight games, the last of which was her first career multi-homer game, going 3-for-3 with two HR, three RBIs and a walk in a 9-3 win over Weber State.
The No. 10 Crimson Tide spoiled the home opening weekend in renovated Hillenbrand Stadium, sweeping five games to win the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, AZ. Freshman sensation Montana Fouts held the high-powered offense of host No. 9 Arizona to just an unearned run on Saturday, then the bats came alive to rout Illinois-Chicago 13-4 in five innings to finish the week undefeated at 10-0.
The junior shortstop drove the ball all weekend long, homering five times in four games as Nebraska went 4-0 at the B1G/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, NC. She homered twice vs host N.C. State on Friday, then went 4-for-4 with two bombs, a double, and a program record-tying eight RBIs in the finale vs Pitt on Sunday.
Starting a week late was worth the wait for the Dukes, as they opened some eyes with a 3-2 mark against a loaded field at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational in Clearwater, FL. Junior utility Kate Gordon homered in four straight at-bats to power Saturday wins over Florida Atlantic and No. 6 Tennessee. In her first live action since winning the 2017 NFCA National Player of the Year, Megan Good, made clutch plays in the circle and the box in the upset of UT. She held the Vols to two runs in a complete game effort while also going 2-for-3 with a home run.
The Braves had a launch party all weekend long, hitting 22 homers in five games on their way to a 4-1 record at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, NM. Bradley went 2-1 vs NCAA tournament squads from last year, picking up wins over host New Mexico State as well as Texas State. BU set a new program record with five homers in the 12-10 win over Texas State on Saturday, then promptly smashed that record in their very next game with eight in a 14-6 rout of San Jose State.