Top Performances From College Softball (5/3/19)
Katie Wingert has ended three consecutive home games with a walk-off home run in extra innings. Friday’s 7-5 come-from-behind win over Michigan State improved the Scarlet Knights’ record to 27-22, 10-11 in conference play. Rutgers erased a 5-0 deficit by hitting four home runs. Wingert finished 2-for-4 with her Big Ten-leading 17th home run and 44th RBI.
Senior Carolyn Lee tossed a gem against No. 2 UCLA on Friday in Palo Alto. Lee surrendered one run on five hits and three walks while striking out two to help power Stanford to a 2-1 win over the Bruins. Emily Schultz hit a two-run homer in the second and the Cardinal out-hit UCLA 7-5. Stanford is now 3-3 against ranked opponents this season and is 24-3 win scoring first. It’s the first win over a top-two opponent since a 12-9 win over UCLA on May 2, 2014.
Nicole Newman and Nicole Timmons threw a perfect game and a no-hitter, respectively, in a doubleheader sweep of Evansville. It was Newman’s fourth perfect game this season and she tied a career-high with 18 strikeouts. Timmons stuck out the first nine batters she faced and finished with a career-high 17 strikeouts. It was her second career no-hitter.
Mississippi State sophomore Emily Williams limited Florida to one hit in a complete-game performance. The Bulldog offense backed her with six runs en route to the 6-4 win. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak against the Gators and marked the first program win in Gainesville since 2013. Williams struck out five and gave up 12 walks. All four of Florida’s runs scored on bases-loaded walks.
Lipscomb needed to sweep Florida Gulf Coast in order to win the regular season Atlantic Sun title outright and the Lady Bisons did just that. Lipscomb won by scores of 2-0, 4-2 and 1-0. It’s the third regular season title under head coach Kristin Ryman and first one since 2010. Senior Mandy Jordan picked up two shutout victories and a save. Lipscomb will enter the ASUN Tournament on a 10-game win streak and has won 17 of its last 18.
On Senior Day, Kylie Bass pitch a complete-game shutout over the No. 8 Ole Miss Rebels in Athens. Bass was magnificent in the circle, limiting the Rebels to three hits in seven innings, striking out two and walking two. Bass improved to 11-3 and it was the 17th shutout for the Bulldogs this season. Tyler Armistead delivered the walk-off hit with an RBI triple.
Southeast Missouri made program history with its 41st win by sweeping Morehead State on Friday. The wins also secured a share of the regular season Ohio Valley Conference title. Rachel Rook pitched a perfect game in the back half of the doubleheader with 12 strikeouts. This is the first OVC regular season championship for SEMO since 1999.
Northwestern freshman Danielle Williams was lights out against a Minnesota offense that was batting .299 entering Friday’s game. Williams pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, tied for her second-highest total this year. She improved to 27-3 and earned her 12th shutout of the season. Morgan Newport and Nikki Cuchran were the only two hits for the Wildcats and Maeve Nelson scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch before a 93-minute rain delay.
Notre Dame used a 10-run second inning en route to a 16-0 win against Georgia Tech. Six different Irish players had at least two hits and all nine starters scored. Cait Brooks went 2-for 4 including her ACC-leading 19th home run. Brooks is now third-time in program history for career homers. Payton Tidd earned her 23rd win, the third-best in the ACC and best among freshmen.