Top Performances From College Softball March 8-10
The Golden Bears offense dominated, pounding out 56 runs in five run-rule wins at the Outrigger Resort Spring Fling in Honolulu, Hawaii. Senior shortstop Lindsay Rood went 11-for-17 with eight extra-base hits and nine runs scored and sophomore outfielder Mikayla Coelho had team-highs with a .667 average and 12 runs.
Senior Kamalani Dung was fantastic in her final game in her home state, tossing a one-hit shutout against SIUE on Saturday. Zoe Conley pitcher her first career no-hitter on Friday in Cal's 12-0 win over St. Bonaventure. Dating back to last weekend, Cal has won seven consecutive run-rule contests.
The Paladins pulled back-to-back major upsets to close out the weekend, knocking off UCF and No. 14 Indiana to close out the USF-Clearwater Showcase Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. Senior Emily DeMonte took down the Knights nearly single-handedly, hitting a three-run homer and holding UCF to just two runs in a complete-game effort in the 3-2 win. Then on Sunday, Freshman Mackense Greico earned her first career win in grand style, holding the Hoosier offense to just four hits and an unearned run as the Paladins shocked IU.
The sizzling sophomore season got even better for the Sun Devil second baseman. Loomis launched four homers and drove in 12 as host No. 23 Arizona State finished with a 4-1 mark at the ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. After failing to go yard in 79 at-bats her freshman season, Loomis has already hit nine dingers in just 56 at-bats in 2019. She drove in at least two runs in four of the five games, capped off by a 2-for-2, two HR, six RBI-game in a 12-0 rout of South Dakota on Sunday.
The No. 16 Wildcats earned a huge road sweep to open SEC play, outscoring No. 10 South Carolina 21-3 in a three-game series in Columbia, S.C. Junior second baseman Alex Martens went 5-for-9 with a homer, a triple, six RBIs, and three walks. Junior Autumn Humes threw a complete-game two-hit shutout on Friday, then got her first save of the season with 1.2 scoreless to slam the door on Sunday.
The senior had a career day on Sunday, as she threw a seven-inning perfect game for Sacramento State against Fairleigh Dickinson at the Louisville Slugger Tourney in Stockton, Calif. Corr struck out eight Knights as she recorded just the second perfect game in the Hornets' 30-year Division I history. Corr would then come back to the circle in game two of the doubleheader and throw four scoreless innings to earn another win, this time against host Pacific.
The senior shortstop became Georgia's all-time home run queen as No. 8 Georgia went 4-1 at the UGA Classic in Athens, Ga. DiCarlo went 8-for16 overall, homering four times along with a pair of doubles. She tied Alisa Goler with career homer No. 58 in the first inning on Sunday against Western Illinois, then claimed the top spot for herself with a solo shot in the fifth.
The senior center fielder carried the Roadrunner offense as UTSA opened Conference USA play with a three-game sweep of UAB in San Antonio, Texas. Baldwin drove in nine runs, including a two-homer, six-RBI game in the opener. She also hit a bases-clearing three-run triple to help win a close game two.
The sophomore threw back-to-back no-hitters as No. 7 Washington threw six straight shutouts at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Plain tossed the second no-hitter of her career in a 2-0 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday, then nearly eclipsed it as she carried a perfect game to the final out against cross-town rival Seattle University on Sunday, finishing with just a single walk. Combined with senior Taran Alvelo and sophomore Pat Moore, the UW pitching staff allowed just six total hits in 39 scoreless innings.
The Gophers had a big weekend in the Lone Star State, earning a pair of top-10 wins en route to a 4-1 record at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. Freshman outfielder Natalie DenHartog had six hits including three home runs, drove in nine and stole two bases. The No. 21 Gophers beat Texas Southern twice and took two out of three from host No. 9 Texas.