Top Performances From College Softball March 29
The junior center fielder had seven hits, including a career-high five in game two, as Western Michigan swept a doubleheader from Akron in Akron, Ohio. Glenfield went 2-for-3 in the 4-3 comeback win in the opener, capped by the game-winning RBI-single in the top of the seventh. But she saved her best for the nightcap, going 5-for-6 with a homer, three RBI and three runs as the Broncos piled up a program-record 22 hits in the wild 18-10, nine-inning win over the Zips.
The senior shortstop claimed yet another all-time UGA record as No. 19 Georgia snapped a five-game SEC losing streak with a 7-6 win at rival No. 22 Auburn in Auburn, Ala. Career RBI No. 237 came as CJ Landrum scored on her double in the first inning, breaking a tie with Alisa Goler (2008-11) at 236. DiCarlo would then add her national-best 19th home run of the season in the fifth to help the Bulldogs stave off an Auburn comeback. The 7-6 win snapped an eight-game losing streak for UGA against the Tigers, dating back to April 20, 2014.
The lefty silenced the nation's leading offense as No. 10 Arizona rolled to an 8-0 win in five innings over archrival No. 21 Arizona State in Tucson. Arizona's senior ace struck out eight Sun Devils in a two-hit shutout, walking one. Coming in, ASU was leading the country in scoring at 9.12 runs per game and had scored at least 12 runs in each of its last five games, but McQuillin's magnificent performance brought an abrupt end to the torrid run by the ASU lineup. Malia Martinez, Tamara "T" Statman and Dejah Mulipola each launched homers off Devils starter Samantha Mejia to help end the game early.
The Orange run-ruled Notre Dame for the first time ever, blowing open a pitcher's duel with a seven-run sixth to walk off with a 9-1 win in five innings in Syracuse, N.Y. Senior utility Alicia Hansen had a pair of hits including a double and drove in three. Sophomore third baseman Lailoni Mayfield had her third straight multi-hit game, capped by the game-ending RBI triple in the sixth. Junior lefty Alexa Romero allowed one run over six innings for her eighth win and sixth complete game. Both the nine total runs and the eight-run margin of victory are the most ever by Syracuse against ND.
The senior righty threw a program single-game record 15 innings as No. 7 Florida outlasted No. 13 Ole Miss 5-2 in 15 innings in Oxford, Miss. Barnhill scattered nine hits and three hit batters to allow just two earned runs, striking out a season-high 17. The 17 strikeouts are also a career-high for Barnhill in SEC play. Junior catcher Kendyl Lindaman delivered the decisive blow with a three-run bomb in the top of the 15th, her ninth homer in the past 10 games.
The junior center fielder had a pair of extra-base hits, driving in a career-high three runs as Louisville knocked off No. 20 Virginia Tech in a back-and-forth 7-5 game in Blacksburg, Va. Funke hit a two-run triple in the sixth that gave the Cardinals the lead for good as they pulled off their second top-25 win of the season, having beaten then-ranked Michigan 2-1 on Feb. 16. The triple was already the ninth of the season for Funke, which leads Division I and is second among single-season triples leaders in Louisville history.
The Governors launched seven home runs to secure a sweep in their OVC home opener, defeating Belmont 9-1 in six innings and 6-3 in Clarksville, Tenn. Senior pitcher/outfielder Morgan Rackel hit three of the Govs' seven bombs, two of them in the nightcap as she had a career-high five RBIs to help APSU rally from an early 3-0 deficit. Senior catcher Carly Mattson homered twice in the opener for her program-record fourth career multi-homer game.
The junior shined as No. 17 Arkansas handed No. 14 Kentucky its first shutout loss of the season in a 1-0 game in Fayetteville, Ark. Storms allowed just three hits, walking two and striking out six. She overcame a pair of Razorback errors, but also got a big boost from sophomore catcher Kayla Green, who threw out a pinch-runner trying to steal in the sixth, which came up huge when Katie Reed doubled later in the inning. Sophomore first baseman Danielle Gibson provided the game's lone run with a solo shot in the fifth, her eighth of the season.
The sophomore tossed her third complete-game shutout in 10 days as Texas State beat Georgia State 5-0 in San Marcos, Texas. King allowed just a bunt single and a walk as the Bobcats picked up their seventh straight win. It's the second one-hitter for King in that stretch, having also one-hit Incarnate Word on March 20 as her ERA has plummeted by more than a full point to 3.07.