The Walk-Off: Utah, Ole Miss earn ranked series wins to boost postseason hopes

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No. 5 Oklahoma State 6, No. 2 Oklahoma 2

Long ball was the name of the game for Oklahoma State. Four home runs led the Cowgirls to a series win over Oklahoma for the first time since 1993.  

Down by a run, Caroline Wang crushed a solo shot to left field to put the Cowgirls on the board in the fifth inning. After the Sooners collected another run from a bases-loaded walk, Claire Timm equaled the score with a homer deep into right field in the sixth. Micaela Wark quickly followed with a solo home run of her own to take the lead and Jilyen Pollard added with a three-run home run to left field. Lexi Kilfoyl picked up her second victory this weekend with three strikeouts.  

Oklahoma has not lost a Big 12 series at home in 18 years. 

No. 13 Georgia 5, No. 23 Mississippi State 0

After Mississippi State beat the Bulldogs on Friday night, Georgia came out ready for redemption. 

In an electric first inning, Sara Mosley ripped an RBI double and Lyndi Rae Davis took advantage of loaded bases with a two-out two-RBI single. The runs didn’t stop there, as both Jayda Kearney and Jaydyn Goodwin produced RBIs. Shelby Walters held Mississippi State hitless for four innings, contributing to the shutout. 

No. 12 Florida 9, No. 4 Texas A&M 8 (F/8)

A Florida walk-off in the eighth inning to clinch the series may have been one of the most exciting games of the day. The Gators were swinging right out of the gate as Skylar Wallace doubled to drive in two runs in the first inning. In a huge second inning, a grand slam from Korbe Otis extended the Gators’ lead by five.

Texas A&M caught up in the fifth inning after sloppy defense by the Gators allowed three runs to score. With bases loaded in the seventh, Koko Wooley’s two-RBI single tied the game.

The Aggies left runners stranded in scoring position, allowing Florida and Jocey Erickson to capitalize in the bottom of the eighth with a base hit to left field. Ava Brown collected her 15th win after throwing a complete game in the circle for the Gators. 

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Utah 2, No. 14 Washington 1 

With Mariah Lopez throwing heat on the mound, the Utes took game two of the series against Washington to upset. Kaylah Nelson put Utah on the board first with an RBI single up the middle. A bases-loaded walk extended the lead for Utah and Washington couldn’t find a way to score after Sydney Stewart’s lone RBI double. Utah will look to sweep Washington on Sunday afternoon. The series win helps the Utes solidify their spot in the postseason. 

Ole Miss 4, No. 8 Arkansas 3

A five-hour rain delay couldn’t stop Ole Miss from winning the series over Arkansas. In a close contest, Ole Miss scored first with Angelina DeLeon ripping a two-RBI double to left-center. Arkansas matched that with two RBIs from Cylie Halvorson and Hannah Gammill. Delaney Rummell grabbed the lead for Ole Miss with an RBI double down the right-field line and Aynslie Furbush produced an RBI to add an insurance run. The Razorbacks attempted to come back when Kennedy Miller homered to center field to put Arkansas within one run, but the Rebels held them to the end.

Similar to Utah, the ranked series win for Ole Miss bodes well for its NCAA Tournament aspirations.  

No. 15 Louisiana 4, Troy 1 

Troy struck early in the first inning when Libby Baker sent a line drive between center and right field to score Taylor McKinney, but that would be their lone run of the day. Louisiana responded quickly with a two-run single from Laney Credeur.  Kayla Falterman ripped an RBI for her third hit of the series and  Mihyia Davis singled to drive another insurance run in. With the win Louisiana earned its 89th straight Sun Belt series win. 

Auburn 3, No. 19 Alabama 0 

Auburn brought all the power to the plate today after a loss in 11 innings on Friday without scoring a run. Anna Wohlers’ RBI in the second inning sparked momentum for the Tigers. 

Neilia Peralta and Amelia Lech each added a solo home run. On the mound, Annabelle Widra had a stellar start for the Tigers going a full seven innings with seven strikeouts. The Tigers now have back-to-back series wins against Alabama. 

Syracuse 13, No. 11 Florida State 5 (F/5)

After beating Florida State for only the third time on Friday, the Orange secured their first-ever series win over the Noles. Syracuse put together an eight-run second inning highlighted by Laila Morales-Alves’ three-run blast. The Orange collected 10 hits throughout the game and put the run-rule in effect after four runs in the fourth.

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