Ala. St. wins first-ever postseason game, falls to WKU
Western Kentucky 12, Alabama State 3
ATLANTA - The Alabama State Lady Hornets softball team made history earlier today with a 3-0 victory over Tennessee-Martin during the National Invitational Softball Championships, as the victory marked the first-ever postseason triumph in program history.
However, the Lady Hornets were defeated later in the day by Western Kentucky 12-3, ending ASU's tenure in the NISC and bringing a halt to not only a grueling stretch where the team played 10 games in seven days, but also Alabama State's 2017 campaign.
In game one, Vanessa Bradford hurled a four-hit shutout as ASU (22-35) ultimately bounced UT-Martin from the NISC. Both sides traded scoreless innings thru six, until the Lady Skyhawks had a run removed from the scoreboard when Carly Gonzalez left early during what would have been a RBI double by Lauren Myers.
From there, it was all Alabama State as Alexia Boggess delivered a two-run single and later scored on a RBI base knock from Laura Aguilar (2-for-4, R)."
Game two saw the Lady Hornets done in by Western Kentucky's power hitting, at the Lady Toppers racked up three home runs in the game. After falling behind 2-0, ASU got back into it when Perry Hindi smacked a solo shot in the second inning.
However, WKU managed a four-spot in the third inning -- highlighted by a two-run Adarian Gray homer -- and sealed it with a six-run outburst in the sixth, capped by a three-run dinger from Jordan Mauch. Hindi blasted a two-run homer in Alabama State's half of the inning for the final margin.
Bradford received the loss in the second half of her double duty on the day, surrendering 14 hits and 12 runs (eight earned) while fanning four.