Top Performances From College Softball (March 1)
The Wolverines stunned red-hot No. 2 UCLA, rallying for a 3-1 win at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, CA. Sophomore lefty Meghan Beaubien held one of the best offenses in the country to just a run on three hits, while senior second baseman Faith Canfield came up huge in the clutch with a two-run single in the sixth to give Beaubien all the run support she needed.
Florida's ace threw an complete game one-hit shutout to win a fantastic pitcher's duel against Taran Alvelo as No. 3 Florida edged No. 5 Washington 1-0 in eight innings at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, CA. The senior righty allowed just a sixth-inning infield single and struck out 10, the final three coming all in a row with the tying and winning runs on base in the eighth.
The sophomore outfielder had a huge day as Virginia Tech held off a furious rally from the hosts - and some off-field delays -- for a big 7-6 win over No. 7 Georgia at the Bulldog Classic in Athens, GA. Trull tied career-highs with four hits and three RBIs, including the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth, to help the Hokies defeat a top-25 team on the road for the first time since a win at No. 17 Kentucky on May 19, 2013.
The Longhorns broke out the bats to knock off a pair of ranked opponents at the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, AZ. No. 8 Texas hit back-to-back homers in both games, as senior Bekah Alcozer and junior Miranda Elish went deep in the third inning of a 5-1 win over No. 21 Wisconsin, while sophomores Mary Iakopo and Lauren Burke helped ice an 11-4 win over host No. 21 Arizona State. After homering as the DP in game one, Elish struck out a career-high 14 while also driving in three more runs in the nightcap vs ASU.
Just a week after fanning 16 in a complete game shutout, the freshman righty led Western Kentucky to its sixth straight win with a five-inning no-hitter as the Hilltoppers blanked Evansville 8-0 at the Samford Tournament in Birmingham, AL. She became just the fourth WKU freshman to throw a no-hitter and has earned the win in every one of her eight appearances.
The senior third baseman had a big day in her final home opener as No. 4 Oklahoma went 2-0 at the Courtyard Marriott Tournament in Norman, OK. Romero homered and doubled in a 3-0 win over Oregon State, then added two more hits and three RBIs in an impressive 9-1 romp over No. 15 Louisiana in five innings.
The freshman righty threw the second complete-game shutout of her young career as Stephen F. Austin shut out No. 10 Indiana at the Purple and Gold Challenge in Baton Rouge, LA. She allowed just two hits and fanned nine, out-dueling Hoosiers ace Tara Trainer to help SFA snap Indiana's program-best start. Both of Wilbur's shutouts have been in 1-0 wins over Power Five opponents, as she also silenced Mississippi State in a 1-0 win on Feb. 10.
The Bears got standout performances from freshmen in the circle and at the plate as they cruised to a 13-0 win in five innings at the Adam Brown Memorial Shamrock Classic in Conway, AR. Freshman pitcher/outfielder Bailey Greenlee tossed a five-inning no-hitter, walking two and striking out three, while rookie second baseman Peyton Minnis had the best day of her young career, going 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs.
The junior shortstop blasted three homers on the day as host No. 16 Arizona swept a doubleheader at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, AZ. Harper went deep twice in UA's 9-4 win over Drake in the opener, then added another in a 10-0 five-inning rout of Kent State. Her nine homers on the season now rank third in the country and top in the Pac-12.