Davidson Sets SEC, Program Record; UW Moves Into Final
SEATTLE - Mia Davidson launched a milestone two-run homer off the batter’s eye in straightaway center as Mississippi State clinched a regional final appearance for the second year in a row with a 7-3 win over Seattle U.
Davidson’s 26th home run of the season moves her into sole possession of the national lead this season, breaking a tie with Arizona’s Jessie Harper. She’s the first SEC player to ever hit 26 home runs in a season, passing Georgia’s Alex Hugo (2014) and Alabama’s Kelly Kretschman (1998). But it was the program-record 44 that had Head Coach Vann Stuedeman at a loss for words.
“The record she broke was held by Kellie Wilkerson,” Stuedeman said. “She was a phenomenal hitter. For (Davidson) to break it in her sophomore year is just impressive.”
Kat Moore continued her terrific regional for the Bulldogs (35-22), homering in both games for the Bulldogs on Saturday. She’s hitting .444 this weekend with a team-high six RBIs.
The Redhawks finished their best season in program history at 40-17, having won the program’s first regular-season WAC title, WAC tournament title and NCAA tournament game in the span of three weeks.
Flores Blasts Huskies To Regional Final
Morganne Flores hit two-run homers in her first two trips to the plate and Taran Alvelo took it from there as #3 Washington cruised to a 6-1 win over Mississippi State in the winner’s bracket.
Flores is the first Husky to ever record two multi-homer postseason games, having hit two in the Super Regional opener vs Utah on May 26, 2017.
The lone blemish for Alvelo (25-4) came on a second-inning solo homer by red-hot Kat Moore as she struck out eight and walked none.
Emma Helm busted out of a 1-for-18 slump, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Seattle Downs Fordham
Games that remain scoreless into extra innings are generally not considered “wild.”
Madison Cathcart hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to seal the first-ever postseason win for Seattle U, as the Redhawks eliminated Fordham with a 1-0 win in eight innings.
The fact that neither team was able to score until the eighth was mind-boggling. Both teams made plenty of hard contact but had very little to show for it, as the ball seemed to have a magnetic pull to fielder’s gloves. By the middle of the fourth inning, there had already been four line-drive double plays.
The defense was spectacular when it had to be to keep the game tied, highlighted by a fantastic lunging catch in deep right-center by Fordham’s Chelsea Skrepenak to rob Carley Nance of a two-run double in the fourth. Cathcart had to dive to first base to complete her unassisted double play in the second, turning what could have been an RBI single for Sarah Taffet into another zero on the scoreboard.
Senior Andie Larkins (14-3) gave up five hits in her complete-game shutout. She got help from her defense at times but also picked them up in a big spot, stranding Kylie Michael 60 feet away in the fifth after an error let her get in scoring position.
Madie Aughinbaugh (17-14) suffered a tough-luck loss for the second day in a row, allowing just the one run over 7 2/3 innings after holding high-powered Washington to two runs in six innings on Friday.