Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Roundup 2-18-13

- Did anybody else catch the Kentucky @ Tennessee men's basketball game on Saturday? I don't usually watch basketball, but I tuned into that game and, as a UT sports fan, was quite glad I did. The defending champion Wildcats continued their downward spiral, as the Volunteers bested them  in any and every way possible. The final score: 88-58, a 30-point win over the defending champs for a team that is 14-10 and didn't make it out of the 2nd round of the NIT last year.

- An unexpectedly-close game made for some great softball in Baton Rouge on Saturday. In a battle of overgrown felines, the Tigers of Memphis gave the Bayou Bengals a good run for their money, before LSU pulled it out in the bottom of the 7th. A wild pitch brought home the winning run, a heartbreaking end for a Memphis team that had played an excellent game until that final inning. On a side note, Rachele Fico only needs eight strikeouts to move into sole position of fifth place on the program's all-time list.

- In their first action of the season, the Missouri softball team went 5-0 in a tournament hosted by UC-Santa Barbara. Superstar & Team USA member Chelsea Thomas is now 2-0 on the young season. The Tigers recorded victories UCSB (twice); Fresno State (twice); and San Diego. They face Maryland; San Diego State; and their 1st in-conference action as a member of the SEC vs. Florida next weekend in Palm Springs.

- I was excited for the USF Tournament this weekend, and not just because the Lady Vols were playing in it. The four teams brought together for a weekend of softball in the Sunshine State were NC State; Tennessee; Coastal Carolina; and tournament hosts South Florida. In other words, two teams (UT & USF) that reached the WCWS last season. The two teams only met once, as it turned out, and the Lady Vols came out on top after an offensive barrage, victorious with a score of 11-0. Here's a fun statistic for you: The Lady Vols scored a total of 44 runs in their five games; the other three teams COMBINED for a total of 28 runs all weekend.

- The season did not start off well for last year's almost-Cinderella team, the Hofstra Pride. In their season opener in Tallahassee, they bested the Arkansas Razorbacks, but three straight losses (to Tulsa and twice to Florida State) followed before they ended the weekend with another win against the Hogs. The rest of the season should be relatively easy, though, given that their toughest competition is going to be a double-header against Louisiana-Lafayette & Michigan next weekend. After that, it's smooth sailing. Personally, I can't wait for Olivia Galati to put up HUGE numbers yet again.

Boise State junior INF Mackenzie Whyte.
Photo cred: Ms. Ginny Whyte

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