College Weekly Recap: 6 Epic Moments From East To West

The calendar has reached March and the insanity in college softball seems to be ramping up. Let’s get into the best action from the past weekend:

1. We could watch this epic grab by Texas right fielder Ki’Audra Hayter all day.

2. Texas beats #9 Arizona behind one-hitter

A SportsCenter Top 10 grab wasn’t the only highlight for the Longhorns over the weekend. Despite their season getting off to a bumpy start (8-10), Texas did manage to take a home game from No. 9 Arizona on Saturday in Austin. UT starter Brooke Bolinger threw 4 1/3 innings of one-hit ball against the Wildcats before giving way to reliever Erica Wright, who completely shut things down from there. Wright closed out the Longhorns’ 3-1 win without giving up so much as a hit.


The ‘Cats still took the series with wins on Friday and Sunday, however. 

3. Cal coach Diane Ninemire earns 1,300th career win with Bears

Fifteenth-ranked Cal took two unexpected losses at the Hawaii Tournament against unranked foes James Madison and Longwood, but the squad from Berkeley still made history for their legendary leader. Coach Diane Ninemire earned her 1,300th career win — all with the Golden Bears — with her team’s 6-4 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.


Ninemire has coached Cal to 12th WCWS appearances in her 30 years in the dugout. She led the Bears to the 2002 national title. LEGEND.

4. Two Gators combine to no-hit #8 Baylor

The No. 2 Florida Gators were completely dominant at the Judi Garman Classic over the weekend, as they won all three of their contests in shutouts while outscoring their opponents 27-0. Their epic trip to Fullerton, California, was punctuated in the finale by a no-hitter against No. 8 Baylor, as the duo of Kelly Barnhill and Aleshia Ocasio combined to shut down the Bears.

Here was one of Kelly Barnhill’s 13 strikeouts in her six innings of work:


5. Iowa beats #8 Baylor with a dramatic seventh-inning dinger

The Bears took three tough losses at Judi Garman, with none more surprising — and tougher to swallow — than their defeat at the hands of the Hawkeyes. With the game knotted up at 1-1 in the top of the seventh, McKenzie Schneider came to bat for Iowa and hit a bomb deep to right-center against Baylor righty Goose McGlaun:


It was just the second career homer for the sophomore outfielder.

6. Hofstra takes down #13 Florida State in extras

The Seminoles got an impressive win over sixth-ranked Oregon on Sunday and ended their home Unconquered Invitational with three straight wins, but that was all preceded by a stunning 1-0 loss to Hofstra on Friday. A Sarah Edwards sac-fly provided the lone run of the game in the top of the 10th, as dominant pitching was the story of the game.

Florida State starter Kylee Hanson took the bitter loss, as she went all 10 innings, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits.


By Lincoln Shyrack

THE Spring Games Weekly Viewing Guide

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Even though she grew up in Sammamish, Washington, St. Olaf College righthander Julie Graf was an avid New York Yankees fan. It had more to do with her parents, Paul and Barb, being East Coast transplants and lifelong fans themselves than anything else (with all due respect to the major league team 30 minutes away).

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Heading into last weekend’s Dave Kops Tournament of Champions in the Arizona desert, the consensus No. 1 team in the nation, the Norco HS Cougars, had previously returned home to Riverside County with the tournament championship three times.

No. 24 Indianapolis Shuts Out Urbana & Minnesota Duluth

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No. 22 Southern New Hampshire Sweeps Molloy At THE Spring Games

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No. 22 Southern New Hampshire sweeps Molloy.

No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan Takes Down Amherst & Millsaps

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The No. 2-ranked Illinois Wesleyan softball team defeated Millsaps College, 2-1, and downed Amherst, 8-0, on the team's second day of action at THE Spring Games in Clermont, Fla., on Wednesday, March 13.

Moving Up In The Rankings, Augustana Finishes Strong At THE Spring Games

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Playing for the final time during their spring break trip in Florida, the No. 18 Augustana softball team made a significant statement on the diamond. The Vikings picked up a pair of wins, starting with an 8-0 win over Nyack (NY), and closing out the day with a 12-0 no-hitter over Millersville (PA). Augustana picks up their eighth straight win and moves to 16-4 (0-0 NSIC) on the year.

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No. 3 UT Tyler Edges Out DII No. 22 Augustana

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CLERMONT, Fla.—Division III No. 3 University of Texas at Tyler Softball (13-1) defeated NCAA Division II opponent No. 22 Augustana University (8-5) with a 7-6 score Saturday evening at THE Spring Games.