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Courtesy: Southern U. Athletics

Softball Recaps: March 18

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/18/2017
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Alabama State 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (F/6)
Alabama State 12, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4 (F/5)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State (8-18, 3-0 SWAC) completed a sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-18, 0-3 SWAC), winning both sides of a double-header by scores of 8-0 and 12-4.

Justine Jean earned her first win of the season for ASU in game one, which saw the Lady Hornets jump on top quick with a pair of runs in the second when Perry Hindi led off the inning with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Taylor Rosser. They would another run when Aguilar drove in Alexia Boggess on an RBI groundout. They would add another run in the third on Kendall Core’s eighth home run of the season – leaving her just two short of tying the school record for a career.

The Lady Hornets added a pair in the fourth and won it in bottom of the sixth when Rosser connected on a one-out double down the right field line. She later scored when Aguilar singled to center, before Kaylee Davis drove in another run with a double to right center and a double by Core drove in the winning run.

Charlene Castro put up her first win of the season in the second game, which saw UAPB go ahead early after back-to-back ASU errors led to a 3-0 Lion lead. Castro hit two-run double and Perry Hindi smashed a two-run home run to give the Lady Hornets the lead.

After Arkansas-Pine Bluff tied the game in the second, Alabama State plated three more in the bottom half of the inning highlighted by an RBI groundout by Valerie Centeno. The Lady Hornets added two more in the fourth when Aguilar led off the inning with her first-ever collegiate home run to right centerfield on the third pitch of the inning to give the Lady Hornets a 8-4 lead. They added another run when Castro singled to right center to score Core for the 9-4 lead, and ASU won it with a three-run fifth inning.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications


Prairie View 11, Jackson State 3 (F/6)
Prairie View 7, Jackson State 1

JACKSON, Miss. - Prairie View downed Jackson State in both ends of a double-header on Saturday, completing a weekend three-game sweep. PVAMU (6-16, 3-0 SWAC) won 11-3 and 7-1 over JSU (7-20, 0-3 SWAC).

In game one, errors cost the Lady Tigers, as they committed six of them, leading to four unearned runs. After Shelby Williams scored on a JSU miscue, Kylar Ward-Flowers hit a RBI double to put PVAMU ahead 2-0. Denisha Knight tied it in the fifth with a two-run shot, but the Lady Panthers took control for good with a nine-run sixth inning, highlighted by a Laurisa Hernandez two-run double and four straight RBI doubles by Alyssa Garcia, Kelsey Coronado, Amanda Ford and Natalie McLennan.
 
Taylor Drury got the win with a six-inning outing, scattering eight hits and three runs.

In game two, Ashley Higgins kept the JSU bats under wraps, allowing six hits and one run. In the second inning of this one, PVAMU tacked on three runs and would put it away in the sixth inning with a four-run outburst, highlighted by a two-run double by Garcia.

Jackson State's Victoria Nelson went 2-for-2 in the game.
Southern 5, Mississippi Valley 4
Mississippi Valley 6, Southern 1

ITTA BENA, Miss. - Southern and Mississippi Valley State split a double-header Saturday, with the Jaguars (10-6, 2-1 SWAC) winning game one 5-4 and the Devilettes (5-20, 1-2 SWAC) taking game two 6-1.

MVSU scored first in game one thanks to a Dejanae Gage RBI single in the second. The Devilettes appeared on their way to the win after they tacked on two more runs via Southern gaffes in the fifth, but in the top of the sixth, a Bailey Rankin single was mishandled and Shauna Knighten was able to score, making the game 3-1.

Jazmine Dukes put Southern ahead for good when -- after Tiara Scott hit a RBI double to open the seventh -- she mashed a three-run shot. MVSU managed one run thanks to a Lexany Terrones RBI base hit but no more.

Kayleigh Thomas got the win for SUBR with a six-inning effort, allowing two earned runs on four hits.

In game two, MVSU used a fast start to propel itself to the win. The Devilettes plated three runs in the first thanks to RBI singles by Ikeyia Alexander and Deja Talton, and a fielder's choice. A Southern error in the fourth allowed two more runs for Mississippi Valley, and Gage hit a RBI single in the next frame

Southern's lone run came via a Jade Luke RBI single in the seventh.

Rebekah Clinton got the win, allowing three hits in a complete game and fanning six.
Texas Southern 6, Alabama A&M 4
Texas Southern 7, Alabama A&M 0

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Texas Southern swept Alabama A&M Saturday afternoon to win its three-game league-play opening series with the Lady Bulldogs. TSU won 6-4 and 7-0.

Krystalani Yockman hit a two-run homer in game one, as TSU (9-7, 2-1 SWAC) jumped on AAMU starter Caitlyn Hayden early. Prior to Yockman's blast, Chanler Powell hit a two-run double. The early outburst was enough to chase Hayden from the circle.

AAMU (8-18, 1-2 SWAC) had the bases full in the bottom of the inning but came up empty. TSU added to its lead with a Dominique Tello RBI sac fly, but Imani Largin put AAMU on the board with a solo homer in the inning. The Lady Bulldogs scored three runs in the third to get within one, but a RBI single by Jocilynn Ellis was the difference for the Lady Tigers late.

Jasmin Fulmore allowed eight hits and three earned runs in getting the win for TSU. Hayden took the loss.

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