Recap: 2018 NCAA Opening Day

2018-02-10T11:59:07+00:00 February 9th, 2018|, , |0 Comments

By Maren Angus

Day one is in the books for Arizona State’s annual Kajikawa Classic. Here are some highlights from Thursday’s action.

Tennessee wins first two games
Tennessee downed Boise State 8-1 Thursday afternoon. Meghan Gregg was 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs to pace the Lady Vols offense. Matty Moss pitched a complete game to earn the win.

In the nightcap, UT defeated the host, ASU, 7-4. Scarlett McSwain finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Freshman Gabby Sprang earned her first collegiate win in her debut with five innings of relief work.

Georgia ties program record in runs scored
The Georgia Bulldogs scored 12 runs in the first inning against San Diego State en route to a 23-2 victory.  The 23 runs scored tied a program record.

Freshman Lauren Mathis got the win in relief in her first career outing. The offense collected seven extra base hits, including four home runs. Kendall Burton was 4-for-4, Alyssa DiCarlo and Alysen Febrey went 3-for-4 with four RBIs each. Cortni Emanuel, Kaylie Harding and Jessica Morgan all finished with three RBIs.

Stanford’s Allister gets first win at alma mater
Head Coach Jessica Allister earned her first win, 4-0, as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal Thursday over San Diego State. Freshman Maddy Dwyer pitched a complete-game shutout in her collegiate debut while Montana Dixon, Lauren Frost and Lauren Wegner all were 2-for-3.

Oregon powers its way to season opening win
Gwen Svekis and Shannon Rhodes both drove in three runs in Oregon’s season-opening 8-3 win over Georgia. Svekis drilled a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Ducks an early 2-0 lead.  Shannon Rhodes hit a ball off the building beyond the left field wall in the sixth inning to make it 7-1.

Megan Kleist earned the win in six-plus innings. She allowed three runs, two walks and collected six strikeouts.

Western Michigan upsets No. 19 BYU

Photo courtesy of WMU Softball

Jordan Kurth struck out a career-high, 10, and surrendered four hits in a complete-game victory over Brigham Young University. Samantha Coffel drove in the game-winning run with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fifth inning.

The Broncos had six hits in the contest. Coffel and Mackenzie Swinehart combined for four of them. Aspen Williams saved the game when she made a tumbling catch over the fence in centerfield to rob BYU’s Madison Merrell of a home run in the second inning.

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