May 7, 2014 10:34 PM by Sun Belt Sports
No. 6 seed UL Monroe Advances with Thrilling 3-2 Win vs. No. 7 seed Troy
Lafayette, La. - The 2014 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship began with a thrilling 3-2 win from No. 6 seed UL Monroe against the No. 7 seed Troy in a bottom of the seventh rally. The Warhawks advance to face No. 3 Georgia State in the second round.
The Warhawks (23-25) entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 2-1 as Troy sophomore Ashley Rainey scattered six hits for one earned run. UL Monroe right fielder Sidney Coy led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and advanced to second on a groundout then third on a single from redshirt junior Miyuki Navarrete.
Navarrete stole second and freshman Rochelle Roberts, the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Softball Freshman of the Year, drew a walk to load the bases for the No. 3 hitter junior Alexis Cacioppo. Cacioppo delivered a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2. Navarrete advanced to third on the sacrifice fly and then scored later on a wild pitch to end the game.
Troy (22-30-2) got on the board early with sacrifice fly from freshman Meg Willis which plated senior Kacie McAllister in the first inning. The Trojans added to the lead in the top of the fourth inning after junior Michelle Phelps delivered a two-out single to score sophomore Leah Brundidge.
UL Monroe struck back with a run in the bottom of the fourth as sophomore Amye Barre led off the inning with a double before pinch runner Kaitlyn Dupuis advanced to third on a Faith Bohack single. Dupuis then later scored after Bohack stole second and the throw from the catcher sailed into center field.
Samantha Hamby earned the win for UL Monroe throwing seven innings and allowing two earned runs on two hits. Rainey took the loss for Troy as she went 6.2 innings, striking out four and walking one.
No. 6 seed UL Monroe advances to face No. 3 seed Georgia State on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Visit SunBeltSports.org to watch all games of the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship live online for no charge.
8-Seed UT-Arlington Shocks Lone Star Rival Texas State
Lafayette, La. - No. 8 seed UT Arlington earned its first Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship victory by upsetting rival and No. 5 seed Texas State in the first round of the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship.
The Mavericks (20-32, 4-16) advance to face No. 4 seed Western Kentucky in the second round on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. at Lamson Park. The Bobcats fell to 26-30 in their first season in Sun Belt Conference softball play.
Texas State claimed the first lead of the game, striking in the bottom of the first inning after sophomore Kelli Baker led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a fielder's choice. Senior Coralee Ramirez stepped up and delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Baker and give the Bobcats an early 1-0 advantage.
UT Arlington responded right away in the top of the second as sophomore Jasmine Tanksley bunted for a one-out single. Freshman Kacey Everett then stepped up and laced a double down the left field line to easily score Everett and tie the game at 1-1.
UT Arlington then plated two runs each in the top of the fifth and sixth innings to take control of the game for good. Mavericks junior Nina Villanueva ripped a RBI triple to right to score freshman Shelbi Sikes then scored on another triple from sophomore Jolene Schaefer.
After Tanksley reached on an error and stole second, sophomore Britnea Barilli drove her in with a double to right center. Villanueva then singled to right field to drive in Barilli and give the Mavericks the 5-1 lead.
UT Arlington senior Callie Collins earned the victory, her 13th of the season, after allowing just one earned run in seven innings and striking out three.
No. 6 seed UL Monroe Upsets No. 3 seed Georgia State in Extras
Lafayette, La. - Fresh off a thrilling walk-off victory, the No. 6 seed UL Monroe Warhawks came back in their second game and knocked off the No. 3 seed Georgia State Panthers 2-1 in extra innings. UL Monroe advances to the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship and advances to play No. 2 seed South Alabama on Thursday at 2 p.m.
The Panthers and Warhawks went to extras tied at 1-1 and played scoreless until the top of the ninth inning. UL Monroe (23-25) sophomore Amye Barre walked to lead off the ninth inning before being pinch run for by sophomore Kaitlyn Dupuis. Sophomore Faith Bohack laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Barre to second before freshman Hollie Letorneau delivered the game-winning RBI on a single up the middle.
Georgia State stranded 12 runners in the game. Samantha Hamby (16-15) picked up the win after throwing 4.1 shutout innings of relief. Melanie Coyne started the game and did not allow an earned run in 4.2 innings. Kaitlyn Medlam (20-12) took the loss for GSU (30-26) after allowing two runs in 9.0 frames.
Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Rochelle Roberts put the Warhawks ahead, 1-0, in the top of the third with an RBI single to centerfield. The hit scored sophomore Courtney Dutreix from second base after she reached on a fielder's choice and stole second.
The Panthers levelled the score, 1-1, in the fifth inning on a defensive error that allowed freshman Kensey Caldwell to score from third.
WKU Softball Advances in Sun Belt Tournament with 6-1 Win Over UT Arlington
LAFAYETTE, La.-The No. 4 seed Western Kentucky University softball team (33-22-1) used a two-hit performance from senior Emily Rousseau in the circle and 11 hits at the plate to defeat No. 8 UT Arlington (21-33) 6-1 on Wednesday at Lamson Park to advance in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
WKU will now play No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, May 8 at 5 p.m. CT. Fans can keep up with the game vs. the Ragin' Cajuns with live stats and video on SunBeltSports.org. The tournament also becomes double elimination, as the Lady Toppers have guaranteed themselves to stay in Louisiana until Friday.
Senior Emily Rousseau (18-16) led the charge after throwing all seven innings with two hits allowed in 28 batters faced. The Second-Team All-Conference selection didn't give up a hit until one out in the top sixth after a single made it through the right side. UTA's lone run was unearned against Rousseau while she also walked five and stuck out a pair of batters.
UTA's Callie Collins (13-15) finished the night with all six runs earned in her line with three walks and two strikeouts.
Juniors Shawna Sadler and Jacqueline McGill along with senior Olivia Watkins and freshman India Steward each had two hits apiece. Sophomore Brooke Holloway posted a team-high two RBI.
UTA took an early lead in the top first, as after a leadoff walk, Britnea Barilli quickly made it home to score on an overthrow from junior Preslie Cruce to first base. WKU responded in the bottom half to take a 3-1 lead. Cruce and Watkins gave the Lady Toppers their first advantage, scoring on a single by Holloway before Sadler scored the inning's final run on a senior Amanda Thomas groundout.
The lead increased to 4-1 in the second after an overthrow on UTA catcher Kacey Everett trying to get Cruce stealing second sailed into the outfield allowing Steward to easily score from third.
After a one-out walk to Holloway in the fifth gave WKU its first baserunner since the second inning, McGill put a triple past a diving right fielder and set the score at 5-1. In the next at-bat, senior Kelsie Mattox belted a single into left field and sealed the win at 6-1.