Upsets, Career Highs Highlight Thursday's Action
The Salukis of Southern Illinois rolled into Puerto Vallarta and took the opening game of the weekend, 4-1, over Mississippi State. Brianna Jones limited the Bulldogs to five hits and two walks in a complete-game effort. Katelyn Massa was 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs. Ashley Wood was the other Saluki to record a mult-hit game (2-for-3).
Mia Davidson set a Mississippi State single-game record with three home runs and set a career-high with five RBIs against No. 5 Washington. She also drew a walk to reach base safely in all four at bats.
Justice Milz fueled the Georgia offense in a 14-1 win over Buffalo. She was 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs and was a single shy of the cycle. Four of her RBIs came in the first inning via a three-run home run a double.
Shelbi Sunseri hit her fifth home run of the season, collected her 16th RBI and earned her first career save in a 3-1 win over No. 17 Oklahoma State. No. 13 LSU is now 7-0 for the second-consecutive season.
Despite a loss against Nicholls State on Wednesday, Southern Miss sold broke a program record for season tickets sold. Ticket No. 185 was announced on Thursday and more sales are expected.
St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational
The St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational is officially underway at Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, FL. The tournament is the first women’s tournament that is owned and operated by ESPN.
Auburn senior Makayla Martin dominated in the circle against Alabama Birmingham at Jane B. Moore Field. She allowed one hit with no walks and seven strikeouts in Auburn’s 11-0, five-inning win.
The No. 7 Texas Longhorns routed the Cal Bears in a 10-0, five-inning contest at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitation. Miranda Elish won her second consecutive shutout of the season and Texas scored in four of five innings. Janae Jefferson was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Kaitlyn Washington was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Washington’s Morganne Flores was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in Washington’s first game of the day against Mississippi State. She followed that performance with a walk-off RBI single against No. 12 Arkansas.