Top Performances In College Softball (March 1-3)
The Wolverines busted out of a slump in a huge way, picking up back-to-back top-five wins at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, CA. Sophomore lefty Meghan Beaubien held the No. 2 Bruins and No. 5 Huskies to a total of three runs in 14 innings. Senior second baseman Faith Canfield had the decisive two-run single in the sixth to rally past UCLA 3-1, as well as the walk-off single to beat Cal State Northridge in the weekend finale. The first career homer for sophomore shortstop Natalia Rodriguez was clutch, as she launched a no-doubt two-run blast to break a 2-2 tie in the win over Washington.
Minnesota's junior ace left hitters baffled all weekend long in the desert, racking up at least 12 strikeouts in each of three complete-game wins at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, AZ. In 21 innings, Fiser allowed just two runs (one earned) and struck out 37 as the No. 23 Gophers went 4-1, capped by allowing just one unearned run in a marquee 5-1 win over No. 12 James Madison on Sunday.
The two-way star put on a show to lead George Washington to a 4-1 weekend at the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. GW's sophomore workhorse pitched nearly the entire weekend, throwing 32 of the possible 38 innings with four complete games. On Thursday, Lange pitched a pair of complete-game shutouts, including a three-hit gem in an upset of host North Carolina. She stuffed the box score at the plate as well, going 8-for-18 with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs, four runs, two walks and two stolen bases.
Just one week after tossing the second no-hitter of her career, the junior righty one-upped herself, hurling a perfect game as Houston beat DePaul 8-0 at the Red & White Classic in Houston, TX. She struck out seven Blue Demons to become just the second player in UH history with a perfect game. Melancon has now gone 10 innings without allowing a hit, the last five coming against the reigning Big East champs.
The Badgers beat the hosts for the first time ever on their way to a pair of top-25 wins and a 4-1 record at the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, AZ. No. 21 Wisconsin avenged a 5-1 loss to No. 8 Texas on Friday by outlasting them in a 3-1, nine-inning win early Saturday, then kept up the good pitching with a 5-1 win over host No. 20 Arizona State in the nightcap. Wisconsin beat two top-25 opponents on the same day for the first time since 2001, and beat Arizona State for the first time in program history.
The sophomore pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts as surging Boise State swept through the San Diego Classic in San Diego, CA. Mancha threw a one-hitter in a 8-0, five-inning win over Illinois-Chicago, then went the distance on Sunday, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 win over Long Beach State. The Broncos have now won 13 straight games, which is the longest winning streak in program history.
The senior left fielder drove No. 13 South Carolina to a perfect weekend at the USF/Clearwater Tournament in Clearwater, FL. Clark had nine hits including two homers and two doubles as the Gamecocks pushed their win streak to 14 games.
The senior pitched the fourth perfect game in Southern Illinois history in a 10-0, five-inning shutout of Saint Louis at the Coach B Classic in Chattanooga, TN. The three-time All-MVC pitcher followed up the historic performance early Saturday with another strong one later that day, holding No. 17 Kentucky to just one run over 4.1 innings in a hard-fought 6-5 loss.
N.C. State's Offense
Of the 27 runs scored by the Wolfpack in four games, 18 came via a home run. The offense put on a clinic with seven different players hitting at least one home run. The 11 long balls over the weekend brings the season total to 30.