College Weekly Recap: Upsets Galore In Second Weekend Of NCAA Softball

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If you enjoy huge upsets, then this past weekend was a great time to be a college softball fan. The top three teams in the country all went down, setting the table for an interesting second weekend of the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, California. 

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Strap in softball fans, the 2018 season is getting weird.

Here were the top highlights from the second week of NCAA action:

Boston University stuns #1 Oklahoma at the Troy Cox Classic

Boston University lost two out of its three contests this weekend at the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but the Terriers' lone victory was sure a big one. After chasing Oklahoma starter Mariah Lopez in the second inning, BU held on for a 4-3 victory on Saturday against the top team in the country, the Terriers' first win against OU since 1993.

BU plated two runs in the top of the sixth, helped in part by two errors by the Sooners, and Terriers reliever Lizzie Annerino shut things down from there. She pitched four and two-thirds of shutout ball to lock down the best team in the country.


#18 Louisiana topples #2 Florida with epic walk-off homer in the 11th

The second-ranked Gators shut out the host Ragin' Cajuns through the first two games of their series in Lafayette, Louisiana, 4-0 and 9-0, but Louisiana would get its revenge in the finale on Sunday. And it was some epic, extra-innings revenge at that. Freshman outfielder Casidy Chaumont delivered the goods in the bottom of the 11th, uncorking a two-run, walk-off shot off UF's Aleshia Ocasio that sailed over the left-center fence to give Louisiana a 4-3 win. Madness ensued.


Chaumont played hero in this one, but if she was the Batman of this game then Louisiana sophomore starter Summer Ellyson was most certainly the Robin. She went all 11 innings in the circle for the Cajuns, allowing only three runs despite walking six batters and giving up eight hits.


Another top five upset! #3 Oregon falls to #23 Ole Miss


It was a bumpy weekend for the top two teams in the country, and Oregon joined the trend by dropping a nine-inning contest to Ole Miss on Saturday at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. Ducks starter Megan Kleist pitched an absolute gem, striking out 16 and walking none in 8 1/3 innings of work, but nonetheless, she took the loss as Ole Miss leadoff hitter Elantra Cox hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth for a 1-0 victory.


Stanford LF Lauren Frost sacrifices life and limb for sick catch in foul territory

The Cardinal ended their weekend against Army with a no-hitter from Kiana Pancino, but our vote for the Stanford highlight of the weekend goes to Lauren Frost for this ridiculous grab in left.


Thrilling upset for Arkansas over #21 Utah

It wasn’t quite of the top five variety, but the Razorbacks' 4-2 win over the No. 21 Utes at the Mary Nutter Classic on Saturday was still a big one. Arkansas center fielder Loren Krzysko had a huge day at the plate, including a solo shot in the first and a two-run single in the seventh to give the Hogs the lead for good.


Utah has had a tough start to its season, as the Utes currently sit 3-4, but they’ve played a difficult schedule for sure with three of their four losses coming against ranked opponents.


Alexa Romero throws second perfect game in Syracuse history

Not since the start of the 21st century has Syracuse recorded a perfect game, but that changed on Saturday as sophomore lefty Alexa Romero shut down Sacramento State in an 8-0 win at Mary Nutter. Romero struck out nine on the evening and moved to 3-0 for the season.


It was the Orange’s first perfect game since Tara DiMaggio tossed the first in school history on April 25, 2000.


#5 Washington goes eight straight games without allowing a run

The Huskies mercifully allowed a single run in their 13-1 blowout win over Sam Houston State on Sunday in Huntsville, Texas, but entering that contest fifth-ranked Washington had gone nine days and eight games without surrendering so much as a run. That ridiculous streak — a UW school record — occurred while the Huskies' hitters outscored their competition 88-0. That’s some good softball.


The 10-0 Washington ladies will play three more games in Texas versus unranked opponents this week before heading west for Mary Nutter — LIVE on Flo — this weekend.


By Lincoln Shyrack

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New NCAA Transfer Rule Waives Permission-To-Contact Process

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Good news for college players who want to transfer. NCAA Division I student-athletes will now have the ability to transfer without granted permission from their current schools, effective October 15, 2018. 

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