Smith: Perfect day at plate
By O.K. Davis
For ex-Ruston High School star Katie Smith, there was good news and not-so-good news regarding the NCAA softball championships in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend.
The good news: Smith had a big day at the plate with a perfect three-for-three performance that accounted for all but two of her team’s hits.
But the No. 7 nationally ranked Ragin’ Cajuns (53-6) were eliminated from the national tournament with an 8-0 loss to No. 2 ranked and defending national champion Arizona State (51-9).
The victory advanced the Sun Devils into next week’s NCAA College World Series.
All of Smith’s hits were singles and she also had four putouts from her left field position.
The outcome was bittersweet for Northwestern State University freshman javelin thrower and former Cedar Creek High star Ashley Aldredge at the NCAA track and field East preliminaries held in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend.
Aldredge made the cut from 48 East regional qualifiers down to 16 finalists, getting the No. 16 spot by an inch with a 141-9 mark on her first throw. She improved by a foot on her opening try in the finals, but did not move up in place, settling for No. 16 and falling shy of one of the 12 berths at the national semifinals in early June at Des Moines, Iowa.
Competing with a painful nerve problem in her right (throwing) forearm, Aldredge fouled on four of six throws and had her shortest mark (142-9 on her first of three tries in the finals) of the season. It would have taken 148-0 to finish No. 12. She had topped that in every meet this year.
On Friday, former Simsboro High School student Tessa Teachman and her LSU teammates took the Legends Club course in Franklin, Tenn., to its knees with a one-over par round of 289 at the 2012 NCAA women’s golf tournament, as LSU finished a program best third place for the second consecutive year.
Teachman, competing in her final collegiate tournament, struggled late in the final round with three bogeys before finishing with a birdie to tie for third overall at one-under 287 (69-74-70-74). Teachman was one of four golfers to post under par numbers for the 72-hole event.
Teachman, who at one point early in the round was tied for the lead, finished tied for third with Laura Gonzalez of Purdue with one-under 287 (67-76-74-70).