Top Performances From College Softball April 5-7
The junior third baseman nearly doubled her season RBI total in a week, driving in 18 as No. 5 Arizona beat UTEP twice in Tucson and swept Utah in Salt Lake City. Martinez entered the week with one career game of four-plus RBIs and ended the week with four, including a career-high six in game one vs the Miners. With three home runs in the week, she became UA's fourth player with 10 homers, joining fellow juniors Jessie Harper, Dejah Mulipola and Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza in the double-digit home run club - no other team even had three coming into Friday.
The Tigers exorcised their orange demons, winning a series against Tennessee in Knoxville for the first time in 17 years. Junior third baseman Tannon Snow had a historic day in Saturday's 10-5 win, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a triple, and seven RBIs, the highest total by an Auburn player in three years, then added a solo homer in the series-clinching game two. Sophomore lefty Chardonnay Harris became the first Tiger to throw a complete-game shutout in Knoxville since April 21, 2002, scattering four hits and one walk for her first-career complete-game shutout of an SEC opponent.
The freshman lefty came within two outs of recording her third straight no-hitter in America East play as UMBC took two of three from Maine in Baltimore. Coming off recording the second perfect game in Retriever history last Sunday vs Binghamton, Coppersmith tied her own school record with 17 strikeouts as she no-hit the Black Bears in the series opener. She threw 4.1 innings of one-hit relief in game two, then carried a no-hit bid to the seventh in a 4-0 win in the rubber game, fanning a total of 41 batters in just 18.1 innings in the series. She is also on a six-game hitting streak, going 2-for-3 game with two RBIs in the finale.
The senior was stellar in back-to-back games as No. 17 South Carolina handed No. 4 Alabama its first loss of the season in Columbia, S.C. Raley carried a shutout bid to the sixth on Saturday, allowing just a solo homer in a 5-1 complete-game win to even the series. That earned her another start on Sunday, as she scattered three hits and five walks in five scoreless innings, combining with junior Cayla Drotar to blank the Crimson Tide 2-0. Sophomore third baseman Jana Johns led the offense in the two wins, going 2-for-2 with a walk on Saturday and providing Sunday's only runs with a two-run homer in the first inning.
The fifth-year senior threw 9.1 hitless innings highlighted by a perfect game as Drake swept three games from Valparaiso in Valparaiso, Ind. Newman threw her second perfect game in the past week, fanning 12 of the 15 batters she faced in game one. She earned another win by retiring four batters in relief in a 1-0 win to close Saturday's doubleheader, then earned a save in Sunday's 14-3 win by recording all nine outs by strikeout, issuing a one-out walk in the fifth for her only blemish of the weekend.
Junior catcher Madison Perrigan came up with the clutch hit to win a pair of pitcher's duels as the Shockers snapped UCF's 11-game win streak in Orlando, Fla. Sophomore righty Erin McDonald tossed 4.2 scoreless innings in relief before Perrigan hit the go-ahead RBI double in Saturday's 6-3, 10-inning win. McDonald needed no help in the circle on Sunday, allowing three hits and one run in a complete-game 2-1 win, sparked by Perrigan's game-winning solo homer in the sixth.
The senior recorded more homers than outs and drove in 10 runs as top-ranked UCLA won three straight by run-rule to sweep Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. She went 6-for-8 with three homers and three doubles to help the Bruins push their win streak to a season-best 19 games. Her big weekend against ASU pushed her senior totals in homers (seven), doubles (11), and RBI (35) past her career totals through her first three seasons (four, nine and 29, respectively).
The Bulldogs doubled UNLV's season home loss total in two days, winning 4-0 and 5-3 to take a series from the No. 2 team in the Mountain West in Las Vegas, Nev. Junior first baseman Hayleigh Galvan had five hits in the series, none bigger than her game-winning two-out, three-run homer in the top of the seventh on Sunday off UNLV ace Jenny Bressler. Freshman Danielle Lung allowed just one unearned run in 10 innings of work against the Rebels to pick up both wins in the circle.
The junior catcher drove in 12 her team's 32 runs as USC Upstate earned a sweep of Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C. Oakes had five extra-base hits including three home runs, pushing her season total to 17. Her two-homer, six-RBI game on Sunday was pivotal in helping the Spartans hold off a rally from the Camels for an 8-4 win to finish the sweep.