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Softball Recaps: April 14

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 04/14/2018
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Prairie View A&M 3, Grambling State 0
Prairie View A&M 9, Grambling State 1

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Prairie View A&M swept Grambling State in a Saturday double-header during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action. The Lady Panthers prevailed 3-0 and 9-1 in game one and two, respectively.

In the process, PVAMU coach Vernon Bland picked up his 100th career win with the Lady Panthers.

Prairie View A&M got on the board in the second inning, as -- following back-to-back singles by Kelsey Coronado and Laurisa Hernandez and a groundout by Kylar Ward-Flowers that advanced the runners -- Amanda Ford scored Coronado on a RBI groundout.

The Lady Panthers (9-16, 7-3) scrapped another run across in the third as Keona Hunter singled, stole second and third, and later scored on a wild pitch. A RBI double from Ford in the fourth was enough for the final margin.

Crystal Castillo hurled a three-hit shutout to earn the win, striking out six. Caitlin McDowell fell to 7-10 on the season for Grambling, allowing six hits and three runs. Morgan Adams was 1-for-3 with a double for GSU (10-24, 0-12).

Grambling State managed to strike first as an error allowed Kenyshae Beasley -- who led off the game with a single -- to score. Prairie View A&M responded with five runs over the next two innings to take control.

From there, the Lady Panthers pulled away with a three-run fourth inning and another in the fifth that forced the mercy rule win.

Vannessa Castro allowed just two hits in a complete game victory. Gabrielle Fonseca went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs and a pair of RBI. Alexis Freeman had two hits and scored three runs.

D'Maria Matthews was assessed the loss for Grambling, allowing 12 hits and eight earned runs while walking five.

Texas Southern 7, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3
Texas Southern 9, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0

HOUSTON – The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University pulled further away from Arkansas–Pine Bluff in the Southwestern Athletic Conference's West Division race by sweeping a Saturday doubleheader from the visiting Lady Lions.

Texas Southern (17-8-1, 8-0 SWAC) won the opening contest 7-3, and then needed only five innings to take a 9-0 victory in the second game.

Jasmin Fulmore picked up a complete-game victory for the Lady Tigers in the opener. She struck out five batters while scattering only five hits. Fulmore allowed just two earned runs as tossed a complete game for the third time in as many as conference games. She improved to 4-3 for the season.

TSU’s dominance in the pitcher's circle continued in game two as Lauren Rodriguez struck out nine batters and allowed just three hits en route to a five-inning shutout. Rodriguez improved to 9-0 for the season, with a 5-0 record in SWAC play.

Texas Southern’s Sierra Valdez scored a run in the opening game, while teammate Jocilynn Ellis went 3-for-5 on the afternoon, with two hits and an RBI in the second game.

A heads-up defensive play by Ellis and Valdez may have shifted the momentum early in the opening contest. In the first inning, the Lady Lions loaded the bases with one out, when Kayla Ross hit a line drive that was caught by Ellis. The second baseman then got the ball to Valdez to catch Alex Taylor returning to first for an inning-ending double play.

Madi Marek and Julia Bilbao each knocked three hits in Saturday's opener. Bilbao went 3-for-3 with a game-high two RBIs, which included an RBI triple in the third to score Marek with what turned out to be the game-winning run. Marek opened the scoring with an RBI double in the bottom of the first to score Terren Vinson.

In game two, the Lady Tigers seized momentum early as they scored five runs in the bottom of the first. Coren Davis' two-RBI double highlighted the inning. Danielle Sonnier's RBI single in the inning was one of two she would tally while going 3-for-3 in the second game.

Sonnier and Ellis each smacked ground-rule doubles for RBIs in the third inning.

Though Bilbao finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle in the opening contest, she got that home run in game two with a solo shot in the fourth inning.

With the pair of losses, Arkansas–Pine Bluff (12-22) fell to 8-5 in SWAC play, two and one-half games behind first-place TSU in the loss column in the conference's Western Division.

Courtesy: TSU Sports Information