No. 1 Florida No-Hits No. 3 Baylor
The Florida softball team closed out the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday with a combined no-hitter behind the arms of Kelly Barnhill and Aleshia Ocasio. Barnhill (9-0) pitched 6.0 innings with 13 strikeouts for the Gators (19-1) before she was relieved by Aleshia Ocasio. Ocasio entered the circle and shut the door after walking the first batter and proceeded to strike out the next three to complete the no-hitter in the 4-0 victory. The Gator pitching staff was dominant all weekend. Kelly Barnhill has allowed only one hit in her last 20.0 innings pitched and had struck out 41 batters. Next up for the Gators is a Southeastern Conference series against Kentucky (Mar. 9-11) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Florida State Answers Back
After suffering two losses on Friday, No. 12 Florida State (14-6) earned a pair of wins on Saturday in day two of the Unconquered Invitational with a 6-2 victory over No. 25 Florida Gulf Coast (13-3) before closing the day with a 5-0 shutout against Hofstra (10-6). FSU’s Jessie Warren tallied three RBI on the day to increase her career total to 231, setting an ACC record. The senior surpassed Whitney Haller who posted 228 for Georgia Tech from 2006-09. The Seminoles will close out the Unconquered Invitational on Sunday vs. No. 6 Oregon at 11:30 a.m.
Long Beach State Pitcher Tosses No-Hitter
Long Beach State pitcher Cielo Meza threw her second career no-hitter on Saturday, in the 1-0 victory over No. 20 Minnesota. Meza went the distance in the circle and struck out 11 Gopher batters and surrendered just one walk, the only baserunner of the game for Minnesota. Meza improved to 9-0 on the season after tossing the 27th no-hitter in school history. Long Beach State compiled five hits in the game on the offensive side, including two from LT Torres who had a double, a single, and a hit-by-pitch, reaching base all three times she came to the plate.
Oregon’s Eight-Game Win Streak
The seventh-ranked Oregon softball team earned two wins on Saturday at the Unconquered Invitational in Tallahassee. The Ducks defeated Hofstra 2-1 after Shannon Rhodes hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning in game one on the day. Sophomore pitcher Miranda Elish threw seven innings in relief with nine strikeouts and improved to 8-0 on the season. Elish now owns a 0.14 ERA this season and has gone 32 straight innings without being charged with a run. The sophomore pitcher also improved to 20-0 in her collegiate career. The Ducks came away with a 5-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast in the nightcap, earning their eighth consecutive win and moved to 4-0 at the Unconquered Invitational and 6-0 on their weekend trip in Florida. Oregon will take the field one last time on Sunday against host Florida State. The Ducks beat FSU 5-0 on Friday night in the opening game.
A&M’s Harrington One-Hit Utah
The No. 6 Texas A&M softball team swept day two of the A&M invite Saturday, defeating Texas State, 6-3, before Trinity Harrington one-hit Utah, 1-0, at the Aggie Softball Complex. In game two, Harrington faced just 21 batters en route to a complete game shutout where she allowed only one hit and no walks, just shy of a perfect game. The senior tossed a three-pitch sixth inning and didn’t allow a single runner until two batters into the seventh inning to record the second one-hitter of her senior campaign. The Aggies wrap up play in the A&M Invite at 12:15 PM against Louisiana Tech on Sunday.