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Softball Recaps: March 17

Release: 03/17/2017
Alabama State 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The top four hitters from Alabama State University combined for eight hits and six runs scored as the Lady Hornets opened conference play with an 8-3 victory over the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday night at the Barbara Williams Softball Complex.

Alabama State scored early in the first following a Laura Aguilar triple, as the senior would score on a Valerie Centeno RBI groundout to the game 1-1 heading to the second inning – an inning in which Alabama State exploded. Bunt singles by Kaylee Davis and Brittney Wilson plus a passed ball led to a 2-1 advantage. The scoring continued when Aguilar connected for her second consecutive triple to score Wilson for the 3-1 lead, and would score when Centeno single to right for a 4-1 lead. Centeno would come around to score on a passed ball, before Kendall Core drove in Perry Hindi for the final run of the inning and a 6-1 lead.

Centeno led the Lady Hornets at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored; while Aguilar finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Meanwhile, Core and Charlene Castro each finished 2-for-3; while Hindi scored a pair of runs.

Vanessa Bradford (6-6) picked up the win in her second complete game of the season, giving up just three runs (two earned) off of four hits. She walked three and struck out four in the win.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Alcorn State 6, Grambling State 3
Alcorn State 4, Grambling State 0

LORMAN, Miss. - Alcorn State downed Grambling State University 6-3 and 4-0 in a doubleheader Friday afternoon at the Alcorn Softball Complex, completing a three-game sweep to open league play.

Junior Madi Creed (2-4) tossed her fifth complete game of the season, did not allow an earned run and struck out four as Alcorn (6-17, 3-0 SWAC) toppled Grambling in the second game of the three-game series.

Five Lady Braves recorded hits including junior Jessica Crum, who finished with two.

A throwing error allowed the Lady Tigers to get on the board with two runs in the top of the second inning after a bases-loaded single followed by a walk. Grambling added another unearned run in the fourth as the leadoff batter, Kenyshae Beasley, singled to left and advanced to second on an error. Lady Tigers right fielder Hailey Haynes then drove home Beasley on a single down the left-field line to put GSU ahead 3-0.

Alcorn had runners on first and second with none out in the fourth but failed to move them over after back-to-back unsuccessful bunt attempts. Crum eventually scored after a fielding error to cut into the deficit at 3-1. The Lady Braves added three runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a two-RBI triple to right-center field from junior Robin Harrison. Sophomore Victoria Tyler then plated Harrison on a single through the left side to put Alcorn ahead 4-3.

Alcorn added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth as Creed retired 11 of the final 12 batters she faced en route to the win.

In game two, senior Jazmin Castillo and freshman Ambria Dorsey combined for the seven-inning shutout as the Lady Braves completed the sweep over GSU (8-19. 0-3 SWAC).

Junior outfielder Mariah Ortiz extended her hitting streak to nine and has recorded multiple hits in three of the last four games. Dorsey picked up her first save of her career, scattering just two hits in 2.2 innings of work. Ortiz commenced the bottom half of the first inning with a triple that flew over the centerfielder and pegged the fence after a few bounces. Junior first baseman Taylor Hughes then advanced Ortiz on a one-out single to left center, putting Alcorn ahead 1-0 early.

Castillo allowed just five hits in the contest. After a bunt single put runners on first and third with one out in the fifth, Dorsey was called to the circle and retired the next two Lady Tigers via flyout in just five pitches.  Hughes mashed a bases loaded two-out double to left-center that cleared the bases in the bottom of the sixth and gave Alcorn three more insurance runs.

GSU had a runner reach third with two outs in the seventh, but Dorsey retired Mercedes Williams to conserve the shutout.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Prairie View A&M 7, Jackson State 5

JACKSON, Miss. - Kelsey Coronado drove in four runs in aiding Prairie View A&M to a 7-5 win over Jackson State Friday afternoon.

PVAMU (4-16, 1-0 SWAC) led off the scoring with a solo shot by Kylar Ward-Flowers in the second inning. JSU (7-18, 0-1 SWAC) tied things via a RBI single by Gaylan Johnson that scored Cheyenne Aplon.

In the fourth, PVAMU exploded at the plate, as the Lady Panthers scored on a bases-loaded walk and Coronado delivered a bases-clearing double. Shelby Williams scored Coronado on a RBI triple. Coronado homered in the sixth to make it 7-1 PVAMU.

Jackson State came alive in the sixth with RBI base hits by Sierra Smith and Johnson, and Kaitlyn Elzie dropped a RBI bunt single. Denisha Knight added a RBI single, but the Lady Panthers halted the Lady Tiger bats from there.

Ashley Higgins went 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits in getting the win. Johnson was 3-for-4.
Alabama A&M 4, Texas Southern 3

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Alabama A&M defeated Texas Southern 4-3 at Lady Bulldog Field on Friday afternoon.

After Chanler Powell and Krystalani Yockman put TSU (7-7, 0-1 SWAC) ahead 2-0 with back-to-back RBI doubles, AAMU (8-16, 1-0 SWAC) struck back when Ariel Smith delivered a RBI single. Tiana Sanders tied the game after she scored on an Jocilynn Ellis fielding error.

Madilynn Marek reclaimed the lead for Texas Southern with a solo homer in the fifth, but AAMU regained the lead for good in the sixth thanks to a Viridiana Ramos RBI single and a RBI groundout by Smith.

Caitlyn Hayden prevailed in the battle of aces between herself and Lauren Rodriguez, as she scattered six hits and fanned two in a complete game win. Rodriguez allowed a season-high three earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.
Southern 6, Mississippi Valley 1

ITTA BENA, Miss. - Aubrion James threw a four-hit complete game in leading Southern (9-5, 1-0 SWAC) to a 6-1 win over Mississippi Valley State (4-19, 0-1 SWAC) Friday evening.

The Jaguars consistently made MVSU pay for fielding errors, as five of their six runs were unearned. An error by Anna Sanchez allowed Jazmine Dukes to score for Southern and for Shauna Knighten to reach safely. Jade Luke delivered a RBI single to score Knighten, and an off-target throw during a successful Luke steal attempt allowed Bailey Rankin to make the game 3-0 SUBR.

MVSU got one back thanks to a Jordan Brown RBI groundout, but Southern's Kiara Suttles put it away late with a RBI triple in the fifth and a RBI single in the sixth, which sandwiched a Dukes RBI groundout.

Rebekah Clinton got the loss, allowing seven hits and one earned run.