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Softball Recaps: February 9

Release: 02/09/2018

Missouri State 4, Mississippi Valley State 0
Mississippi State 10, Mississippi Valley State 0

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi Valley State (0-2) was held quiet offensively during day one of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic at Mississippi State Friday afternoon, as the Devilettes fell 4-0 to Missouri State and lost 10-0 to the host Lady Bulldogs.

During game one against Missouri State, the Devilettes were forced to escape an early jam after Hailee Viganeaux singled off of MVSU starter Andrea Elmore (6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 K) and later stole second. After Daphne Plummer collected a base hit and advanced to second on the throw -- sending Viganeaux to third -- Elmore fanned Darby Joerling to end the threat.

In the third inning, Mississippi Valley had a chance when Kailyn Dunn drew a walk and Lexany Terrones laid down a sac bunt that was mishandled at second, which allowed Dunn to move to third. Terrones stole second, but Sharia Cormier flied out and Dejanae Gage struck out, keeping the game at zeroes through 2.5 frames. Missouri State managed to get two runs off Elmore in its half of the third and tacked on a run in the fourth and fifth innings for insurance. With MVSU unable to figure out Lady Bears hurler Holly Kelley -- the Devilettes struck out 12 times -- the 4-0 hole was too much to overcome.

Cormier and Gage each had one hit in the game. Against the Lady Bulldogs, Mississippi Valley was held hitless as Mississippi State jumped ahead 6-0 after one and tacked on four more in the next inning, cruising from there.

Drury 4, Alabama A&M 1

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A forgettable fourth inning was the difference for Alabama A&M during a 4-1 setback to Drury during Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Ready Set Roar tournament Friday morning.

AAMU squandered a first-inning scoring chance, as it rebounded from early strikeouts by Cierra Berkemeyer and Alexis Bates thanks to singles by Tiana Sanders and Tamia-Lee Barbadillo. However, Danielle Hansell struck out against Drury starter Hailly Greenough to end the frame.

In the bottom of the fourth, Drury got to Berkemeyer as Madison Hecker led off with a double and later scored on a fielder's choice, and another run scored thanks to a hit batter while the bases were loaded. Kelley Conway later slapped a two-run single, forcing Alabama A&M into a 4-0 deficit.

AAMU got one back on its next turn as Madi Pozzi led off with a double and later moved to third on a fielding error that allowed Jamia Kirk to reach safely. Kirk stole second, and Pozzi scored thanks to a RBI groundout by Bates, but Sanders went down swinging to strand Bates and end AAMU's best scoring chance over the remainder of the game.

Berkemeyer took the loss, scattering eight hits and surrendering four earned runs during 5.0 innings. She struck out three.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8, Drury 4
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1, Alabama A&M 0

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-0) started the 2018 season off on the right foot, earning an 8-4 win over Drury and a 1-0 non-conference triumph over Alabama A&M (0-2) during day one of UAPB's Ready Set Roar tournament Friday.

Against Drury, UAPB wasted no time getting on the board after a quick first inning of work by Lady Lions started Angelique Ramos. Tonnay Hawkins (2-4, R) and Ta'Lyn Moody (2-4, 2 R) opened things up with back-to-back singles, and after Alexandria Taylor moved both runners on a groundout, Kayla Ross (2-4, 2 RBI, R) and Monique Nikolao picked up back-to-back RBI singles.

In the third inning, UAPB capitalized on two Drury errors to manufacture another run, compliments of a Kameron Graham RBI single. Drury picked up a couple in the next inning as Destiny Bolen took a Ramos offering out of the yard for a two-run shot. After Ramos escaped a jam in the fifth, UAPB added to its lead when Dominique Humphrey belted a three-run blast to center after Taylor reached on a single and Ross reached base on an error. In the sixth, Drury drew two more runs, but UAPB put it away with two more scores in the sixth inning.

Ramos earned the win, going six strong with five hits allowed, four earned runs and six strikeouts.

Against Alabama A&M, Juliana Dominguez and Karia Hall combined for a two-hit shutout of the Lady Bulldogs. The lone run was a RBI sac fly by Nicole Garcia that scored Nikolao. Dominguez got the win with 3.1 innings of work and three strikeouts with two walks. Lauren Hayden took the loss for AAMU in her first collegiate start, despite allowing just three hits and striking out five while walking four.

Madi Pozzi and Jessica Alferos each had a hit for the Lady Bulldogs.

Central Arkansas 10, Grambling State 0
Tennessee-Martin 10, Grambling State 2

MONROE, La. - Grambling State (0-4) dropped both sides of its Friday double-header during its final day at the ULM Mardi Gras Classic, falling 10-0 to Central Arkansas and stranding nine runners during a 10-2 loss to Tennessee-Martin in its final game of the ULM Mardi Gras Classic on Friday.

Against UT-Martin, the Lady Tigers fell behind early on when -- after Grambling collecting the second out of the first inning -- Allye Hartley committed an error that allowed UT-Martin's Paige Clark to cross home plate. Gracyn McBride later homered off Grambling starter D'Maria Matthews, and Alli Fulcher belted a RBI triple.

Grambling looked poised to get back into it when Kenyshae Beasely led off the frame with a single, but she was caught stealing while Mercedes Williams was at bat. Williams later rapped a single, but was forced out in a fielder's choice, and Tiffany Doss grounded out to end the inning. The Skyhawks then put things largely out of reach with a six-run second inning -- highlighted by a two-run single by Jodie Duncan and a three-run double by Aeron Smith -- that chased Matthews from the circle.

Monique Smith got Grambling on the board with a RBI single in the third that scored Hartley, but the Lady Tigers ultimately ended the inning with two on. The third inning saw the Lady Tigers' best chance for a rally as Williams singled and Morgan Adams reached on a fielder's choice which forced out Williams. Doss singled to move Adams into scoring position, and Hartley cashed in with a RBI double. After another force out, Versace Hicks-Butler loaded the bases with a single but Taylor Lenz-Selvera went down swinging to end the threat. Grambling was unable to mount significant offense from that point.

Matthews took the loss, allowing nine runs (six earned) on eight hits in 2.0 innings. Caitlin McDowell came on in relief to throw 4.0 innings, allowing three hits and one run. Tia Coleman was 2-for-3.

NOTE: Full game stats from the Grambling State/Central Arkansas contest are not available at this time, as host institution ULM had not reported them to the NCAA, Southwestern Athletic Conference, Grambling State or Central Arkansas at the time of publishing.

SIUE 14, Alabama State 5
Troy 7, Alabama State 0

TROY, Ala. - Alabama State dropped a pair of games to open the 2018 season at the Troy Softball Complex, falling to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (SIUE) and Troy Friday night.

In the opener, the Lady Hornets fell to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 14-5, in their season opener using three different pitchers.  Justine Jean (0-1) started the night for Alabama State, going four innings and allowing six runs (all earned) on five hits and struck out three batters. Skylar Sullivan made her collegiate debut and last 1.2 innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits, while Charlene Castro came out of the bullpen to record the last out.

SIUE scored first to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning, before Alabama State tied the game at 1-all in the bottom of the second inning on a double to right center by Amira James.

However, SIUE (2-0) scored eight runs in the next two innings combined, plating two in the top of the third and six in the fourth inning – using three hits and a pair of errors by the Lady Hornets.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Hornets cut into the lead with four runs of their own. Kristin Gunter got the inning started for Alabama State with a double, and came around to score on a Hailey Walker single after advancing to third on a wild pitch. After Kaitlyn Kilner was inserted for Walker, she scored on a Casey Durham single.

The Lady Hornets added two more runs in that inning on a Natalia Rivera triple to right to score Durham and James, but that is all the Lady Hornets could muster in the inning. SIUE scored five more runs over the next two innings for the final margin. In game two of the doubleheader, Alabama State (0-2) fell 7-0 as they used three pitchers once again and were held to just one hit.

Vanessa Bradford (0-1) started the game and pitched 4.2 innings - throwing 88 pitches – and allowed five runs off of seven hits. Sullivan made her second appearance on the day in the seventh inning to face one batter, while Castro finished the contest for the Lady Hornets.

Troy (2-0) scored a run in the first, another in the third and finished off the scoring with five runs combined in the fifth and sixth.

Castro got the lone hit of the game for the Lady Hornets against Troy, finishing the day with three hits.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications