Top Performances From College Softball April 12
The Ducks scored four runs in the final two innings and held on for a stunning 4-3 upset win over No. 1 UCLA in Los Angeles. Sophomore lefty Jordan Dail earned the complete-game win, striking out 12 against an offense that hadn’t struck out more than five times in a game in over three weeks. Senior April Utecht hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth, while freshman Rachel Cid’s solo homer in the top of the seventh proved to be the game-winner as the Bruins scored once and brought the tying run to second base in their final at-bat before Dail slammed the door with a strikeout of reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Aaliyah Jordan.
The sophomore righty tied the USF single-game record with 13 innings pitched as the Bulls opened The War on I-4 with a thrilling 2-0 win in 13 innings over rival UCF in Orlando, Fla. Corrick needed just 165 pitches to record 39 outs, scattering seven hits, one walk and striking out 10, her seventh double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Sophomore first baseman Bethany Keen finally broke the scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the top of the 13th, helping USF stay undefeated in extra innings at 6-0.
The junior second baseman homered three times and drove in eight as Samford won twice to secure a series win over ETSU in Birmingham, Ala. Hinton staked the Bulldogs to an early lead by hitting a first-inning three-run jack in both games, adding a solo shot later in game one and an RBI double to enforce run-rule in the 8-0, six-inning nightcap. Her 3-for-4, two-homer game in the 7-5 opener marked her first multi-homer game of the season and third of her career.
The sophomore righty shined as Grand Canyon nearly pulled off their second top-10 upset of the season, holding the blazing-hot lineup of No. 3 Arizona to no earned runs over eight innings in a hard-luck 2-0 loss in Phoenix. Facing an offense that had scored nearly 10 runs per game over the past month, Denhart allowed just four hits, including only two in the first seven innings, walking none and striking out two. Reyna Carranco drove in the only runs of the game with a two-out, two-run single in the eighth after an error extended the inning.
The Cougars banged out 21 runs as they secured their second straight WCC series with a doubleheader sweep of Pacific in Provo, Utah. Sophomore shortstop Marissa Chavez doubled her career RBI total in just two games, driving in seven as she went 5-for-7 with a homer and two doubles. Pitcher/first baseman Arissa Paulson hit just the second homer of her career in the form of a walk-off grand slam to cap the 10-2, six-inning win in game one and earned the win in the 11-8 game two. Junior left fielder Rylee Jensen had six hits including going 4-for-4 with three runs scored in game one.
The sophomore first baseman had three hits including a game-tying three-run triple as UNLV rallied from five runs down to knock off No. 25 Colorado State 6-5 in Fort Collins, Colo. Trejo reached base all four times to the plate, going 3-for-3 and also drawing a key two-out walk in the sixth, pushing the go-ahead run to second before freshman designated player Denise Armendariz hit what turned out to be the game-winning RBI single.
The senior center fielder had two clutch extra-base hits, driving in a career-high five runs to lead No. 7 Washington past Arizona State 8-4 in Seattle. Milloy had the key hit in the Huskies’ four-run second, driving a two-run double off the wall in right. After the Sun Devils’ Maddi Hackbarth cut the UW lead to one with a three-run double in the top of the sixth, Milloy drove in three huge insurance runs, hitting her third home run of the season.
The senior pitcher/designated player had both game-winning hits as No. 9 Ole Miss swept a twinbill from Missouri in Oxford, Miss. After the Tigers scored five unanswered runs to send the opener to extra innings, Finney hit a walk-off two-run homer in the eighth to secure the 7-5 victory. Her RBI double in the second inning in game two was all junior Molly Jacobsen needed to back up her three-hit shutout in the 1-0 win.
The senior pitcher/utility player threw her first career seven-inning complete game against a conference opponent as Utah snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 2-1 upset over Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. Hilburn allowed just four hits, all singles, and struck out a season-high four batters. Senior right fielder Ally Dickman provided the only offense Hilburn needed with a two-run bomb in the top of the sixth.