Softball Recaps: April 13
Alabama State 4, Alcorn State 1
Alcorn State 2, Alabama State 1
LORMAN, Miss. - Alabama State split a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) doubleheader against Alcorn State Friday afternoon, earning a 4-1 victory in the opener before closing the day falling 2-1.
With Alcorn State’s first hit of the game, Amari Ramsey connected a triple before scoring on a passed ball, for the Lady Braves’ only run of the game.
Jordan Amerson recorded the first hit of the game for the Lady Hornets in the sixth on a single to left field. Back-to-back bunt singles from Casey Durham and Kaylee Davis made loaded the bases. Kristin Gunter doubled to center to score a pair, before pinch hitter Charlene Castro singled to right center field for two more runs and the final margin.
Justine Jean (7-8) picked up the win with a complete game effort allowing one run off six hits and seven strikeouts.
Alcorn State got on the board in the second when as Mariah Ortiz stole home for a 1-0 lead.
The two teams battled from that point until Alabama State’s Amira James advanced home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-all.
Alcorn State was able to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after the game stayed tied on an RBI double from Ashley Arnold.
Skyler Sullivan (4-9) suffered the loss after working 6.1 innings and allowing a pair of runs on four hits, while striking out three.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Alabama A&M 7, Mississippi Valley State 6
Alabama A&M 10, Mississippi Valley State 6
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M claimed both sides of a Friday doubleheader over Mississippi Valley State during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action at Lady Bulldog Field. The Lady Bulldogs (19-12, 9-2 SWAC) defeated the Devilettes (7-27, 2-8 SWAC) 7-6 and 10-6 in game one and two, respectively.
Sparked by a Tiana Sanders solo shot in the first, Alabama A&M raced out to a 5-0 advantage after four innings. The Lady Bulldogs collected a pair of runs in the second thanks in large part to errors by the Mississippi Valley defense, and Tamia-Lee Barbadillo hit a two-run double in the fourth.
Lauren Hayden carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning for Alabama A&M, but the Devilettes found success in the top of the fifth. Natalie Bishop broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single and later scored on a RBI single from Kailyn Dunn. Jodeci Afoa-Tuia followed with a three-run home run to draw within one.
Small ball aided Alabama A&M’s response, as Sanders and Madi Pozzi singled to start the frame. Though Sanders was thrown out during a double steal, Pozzi later moved to third on a Danielle Hansell single and swiped home plate. AAMU added another run in the sixth and despite a late rally by MVSU, Hayden managed to seal the complete game win and improve to 10-1 on the year.
Hayden allowed nine hits and five earned runs. Sanders was 3-for-3.
Alabama A&M appeared on its way to a one-sided win after tagging MVSU starter Chandler Ellis for seven runs in the second inning. Alexis Bates started the rally with a two-run double. Barbadillo added a RBI single, and after Lavarsha Walker scored via error, Kia Lang doubled to bring in Barbadillo. Sanders followed with a RBI single, and Ariel Smith capped matters with a double to plate Sanders.
However, the Devilettes made up some ground in the third as DeShonte Smith slapped a double to center field to score Afoa-Tuia. Mississippi Valley scrapped together two more runs before ending the inning down 7-3.
After another Lang RBI single, MVSU pulled to within two in the fifth as Afoa-Tuia scored on a gaffe in centerfield, and Smith and Jezabelle Quintana hit back-to-back RBI singles. Barbadillo would put matters away for AAMU with a two-run single.
Barbadillo was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Smith led MVSU with a 3-for-4 line at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI. Imani Largin picked up the win, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) in 5.0 innings.
Southern 11, Jackson State 1 (F/5)
Southern 8, Jackson State 0 (F/5)
BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern cruised to two victories over Jackson State in non-conference action Friday afternoon, with the Jaguars winning 11-1 in game one and 8-0 in game two.
After Tisha Lane scored via error to put Jackson State (8-23) up 1-0 early, Southern (12-17) used the long ball to power the game one win. Kiara Suttles blasted a two-run shot to open things up for the Jaguars, and Elizabeth Donaldson and Jamani Greer immediately followed with back-to-back solo homers.
After a single by Jazmine Dukes, Aubrion James smacked a RBI double and later scored during the play thanks to an error by Kaitlyne Elzie. Tiara Scott later scored during a fielder’s choice to make the game 7-1.
Southern added four more runs, highlighted by a two-run double from Dukes, for the final margin. Donaldson was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Scott, who also got the win from the circle with a complete game effort with three hits allowed, went 2-for-3.
James threw a four-hit shutout in the nightcap for the Jaguars, improving to 7-8 on the year.
Southern was able to capitalize on multiple miscues by the Lady Tigers, as Southern’s first four runs came via error.
In the fifth, Southern put matters away as James hit a RBI double to spark a four-run inning that resulted in a mercy rule win for the Jaguars. Alison Walton was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI double. Suttles was 2-for-4.