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Softball Recaps: March 9-11

Release: 03/11/2018

Mississippi Valley State 2, Tennessee State 1 (March 11)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mississippi Valley State wrapped up the University of Memphis 2018 Tournament with a 2-1 victory over the Lady Tigers of Tennessee State University.

The contest started sluggish for both teams, as neither was able to score in the first four innings. In the fifth, the contest started to heat up and the bats began to sing. TSU was able to score in the top of the inning on a single to the shortstop position.

Mississippi Valley shut Tennessee State's offense down from that point. Elissa Salinas doubled down the left line to score Tabrielle Higgins and tie the game.

In the sixth inning, Dejanae Gage sent a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Miranda Sandoval, who ended up as the game-winning run.

Chandler Ellis got the win for MVSU.

Courtesy: MVSU Sports Information

East Tennessee State 9, Jackson State 1 (March 11)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Jackson State fell 9-1 to host East Tennessee State Sunday during the final day of ETSU's Buccaneer Classic.

JSU was held to five hits on the day. ETSU scored four runs in the first inning, and though Jackson State's Ashley Sain got one back for the Lady Tigers with a RBI groundout in the second, JSU was unable to muster enough offense to catch the Lady Buccaneers, who tacked on five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to force the mercy-rule win.

Kelsey Smith had two hits for the Lady Tigers. Kayla Owens had a double and a run scored for Jackson State, but also took the loss in the circle, allowing 10 hits and nine runs in 4.1 innings.

Hawai'i 5, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (March 11)

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Arkansas-Pine Bluff found itself on the wrong end of a one-hit shutout against Hawai'i, falling 5-0 during the final day of the Warriors' Spring Fling tournament.

Neither side got much going until the fifth inning, where Hawai'i broke through with two unearned runs. In the sixth, Hawai'i added three more runs to its lead thanks to a two-run shot from Callee Heen and a solo home run by Cheeks Ramos.

Tonnay Hawkins had UAPB's lone hit. Karia Hall was charged with the loss, allowing six hits and five runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings.

Alabama A&M 4, South Carolina State 0 (March 10)

ACWORTH, Ga. - Alabama A&M defeated South Carolina State, 4-0, Saturday afternoon at the SWAC-MEAC Tournament. The remaining games were canceled due to rain.

Both teams were held scoreless in the first inning before a Lauren Walker RBI sacrifice fly to left field and a wild pitch in the bottom of the second, gave the Lady Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage. AAMU third baseman Ariel Smith homered in the fourth inning, giving Alabama A&M a 3-0 lead. A wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth allowed Walker to score and make it a 4-0 game.

Alabama A&M's Smith went 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored, one homerun and one RBI. Lauren Hayden (3-1) finished with seven strikeouts and two hits in seven complete innings to claim her third win of the season.

Courtesy: AAMU Sports Information

Alabama State 8, Savannah State 4 (March 10)
Alabama State 13, Maryland-Eastern Shore 4 (March 10)
Alabama State 11, South Carolina State 1 (March 10)

ACWORTH, Ga. - Alabama State pounded out five home runs on the first day of the HBCU Classic hosted by Alabama A&M at Patriot Park, sweeping through the first three games of the weekend.

Alabama State (8-16) started off Saturday with an 8-3 victory over Savannah State, before running away from Maryland-Eastern Shore 13-4. The Lady Hornets ended the day with an 11-1 run-rule victory over South Carolina State.

In the opener, the Lady Hornets got started early with a three-run home run from Hailey Walker and second-inning two-run single by Charlene Castro to take a 5-0 lead. After Savannah State  scored three runs in the second inning, Walker hit her second home run of the day in the third to increase the Alabama State lead to 6-3, before Alabama State added three more in the sixth for the final margin.

Kristin Gunter scored the Lady Hornets first run in the win over UMES on a Castro single, before Taylor Rosser connected on her first home run of the season for a 2-0 lead. UMES scored four times in the third inning before Alabama State erupted for 11 runs over the next two innings to run away with the game.

Rosser connected on two more home runs, while Gunter and Castro each had RBI singles during the stretch. Amira James drove home a run with a sacrifice fly, while Walker scored on the throw.

In the day's finale, Alabama State jumped ahead early by scoring eight runs in the first two innings of the contest to take an 8-0 lead. James had a three-run double early in the contests, while Gunter and Castro each added RBI doubles in the win.

Skyler Sullivan saw action on the mound on the opening day of the Classic and went three innings and allowed three runs off of five hits. Justine Jean saw time on the mound and went eight innings on the day, allowing five runs off of six hits with five strikeouts; while Castro pitched five innings on the day and allowed just one run off of three this with six strikeouts.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Longwood 4, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 (March 10)
BYU 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 (March 10)

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped two games Saturday during the University of Hawai'i's Spring Fling tournament, falling 4-1 to Longwood and 3-1 to BYU.

Against BYU, Arkansas-Pine Bluff struggled to advance runners when they reached safely, stranding at least one runner in four of the first six innings. After the Cougars manufactured a 3-0 lead heading into the seventh, UAPB put together its best chance, as Shanice Akins collected a RBI single, but Tonnay Hawkins grounded out to end the game, stranding two runners.

Akins and Monique Nikolao had two hits each. Juliana Dominguez took the loss for UAPB, allowing three runs on five hits in just over six innings.

Versus Longwood, UAPB managed just three hits. After Longwood built a 3-0 advantage, a lack of execution with runners on base again plauged the Lady Lions. UAPB stranded two runners in the fifth, and though Nikolao drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth, the inning ended with three Lady Lions left on base.

Jordan Clark led Longwood with two home runs.

Austin Peay 12, Jackson State 2 (March 10)
Jackson State 10, Saint Peter's 3 (March 10)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Jackson State split during Saturday action at the East Tennessee State Buccaneer Classic, falling to Austin Peay 12-2 but rebounding for a 10-3 win over Saint Peter's.

Jackson State fell behind early in its first game of the day as Austin Peay did much of its damage in the first two innings. The Governors tacked on 10 runs over that span, as Danielle Liermann accounted for three RBI -- including a two-run home run in the second inning -- to put Jackson State in an ultimately insurmountable hole.

Alyssa Fisher and Nava Fisher each had a pair of hits for JSU, who got two runs as N. Fisher scored on a fielder's choice and Sierra Smith scored on a throwing error.

Against Saint Peter's, JSU pounded out 17 hits, and Kelsey Smith wasted no time getting the Lady Tigers going with a two-run double during a three-run first inning. SPU managed to scrap two runs in the second, but Jackson State put matters away with a five-spot in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Katlynn Harvey. 

Tisha Lane led Jackson State with a 5-for-5 line at the plate. Harvey had two doubles, and Alexis Hansard was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Symone Williams earned the win with a complete-game effort, scattering eight hits and fanning three.

Indiana State 9, Mississippi Valley State 1 (March 10)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Day two of the University of Memphis 2018 Tournament saw the Devilettes pitted against the Indiana State Sycamores. The contest ended 9-1, in favor of Indiana State.

In the top of the first, Mississippi Valley scored their only run of the contest. Ikeyia Alexander singled to left field to score Kennedy Lester.

The Sycamores scored once in the third, twice in the fifth and three times in the fifth and sixth.

The Devilettes completed the contest with one run on five hits and four errors.

Courtesy: MVSU Sports Information

North Carolina Central 3, Southern 0 (March 10)
Southern 10, Savannah State 7 (March 10)

ACWORTH, Ga. - Southern split a Saturday twinbill during the SWAC-MEAC HBCU Tournament as hosted by Alabama A&M. Southern fell 3-0 to North Carolina Central but downed Savannah State 10-7 to end the day.

Southern was held to just one hit against NCCU, compliments of Jamani Greer. Scarlett Brock held the Lady Eagles in check from the circle until allowing two runs in the fifth. N.C. Central added another run for insurance in the sixth.

NCCU pitcher Courtney Mirabella struck out 14 Jaguar hitters in the game.

Against Savannah State, the Jaguars' offense got going early. After Sydney Andrews drew a walk to start the bottom of the first, Kiara Suttles belted a two-run blast to put Southern ahead. Tiara Scott added to Southern's lead with a two-run shot of her own in the fourth. A two-run triple from Shelby Eccles gave Savannah State its first runs of the game in the fifth.

Southern responded in the next frame as Suttles smacked another pitch out of the yard to make it 5-2. From there, a wild sixth inning was the difference, as Savannah State scored five runs to take the lead in the top of the frame, only for the Jaguars to return fire in the same vein as errors by SSU led to three of Southern's five runs in the frame. Aubrion James (CG, W, 8 H, 6 ER, 5 K) retired the side to preserve the win for the Jaguars, adding three hits on the day as well.

Bowling Green 6, Mississippi Valley State 1 (March 9)
Memphis 12, Mississippi Valley State 1 (March 9) 

MEMPHIS, Tenn – Mississippi Valley dropped its first two games of tournament action at the University of Memphis on Friday, falling 6-1 to Bowling Green and 12-1 to host Memphis.

In the first contest of the day, Andrea Elmore took the loss for the Devilettes inside the pitcher's circle. Neither MVSU nor Bowling Green scored in the opening inning. Bowling Green scored once in the second and three runs in the third.

With the Devilettes unable to gain traction offensively, the fourth inning fell scoreless. In the top of the fifth, the Falcons scored an additional two runs.

In the bottom of the seventh, Mississippi Valley scored their only run of the contest. Ikeyia Alexander walked with the bases loaded, pushing Sharia Cormier across the plate. The Devilettes completed the contest with one run on two hits and two errors.

In game two, the Devilettes had a difficult first inning, conceding seven runs.

Down 9-0 after two, Mississippi Valley scored once in the fourth as Alexander singled to the shortstop to score Kennedy Lester.

Memphis wrapped scoring in the bottom of the inning with three runs. The contest ended in the fifth inning.

MVSU tallied one run on three hits and one error. Alyssa Montes took the loss for the Devilettes.

Courtesy: MVSU Sports Information

James Madison 5, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 (March 9)

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell to James Madison 5-1 to open the Spring Fling Tournament hosted by the University of Hawai'i on Friday.

After twice escaping jams -- James Madison stranded five runners over the first two innings -- UAPB took advantage of a misfired throw by Morgan Tolle to strike first, as Akins scored during the fracas. In the next inning, however, Tolle (4-for-4) atoned for her defensive gaffe with a grand slam that put JMU ahead for good.

Alexandria Taylor, Tonnay Hawkins and Monique Nikolao each collected a hit in the game for the Lady Lions. Karia Hall suffered the loss, allowing eight hits and four earned runs while walking three.

Saint Peter's 10, Jackson State 2 (March 9)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Jackson State dropped a 10-2 contest to Saint Peter's on Friday to open its play in the East Tennessee State Buccaneer Classic.

Jackson State was done in by a forgettable first inning during which Saint Peter's amassed five runs. Nava Fisher got Jackson State on the board with a solo blast in the second inning, but SPU responded with two runs in its next turn at the plate. Cheyenne Aplon scrapped another run for Jackosn State with a RBI groundout, but Saint Peter's stayed ahead, adding another pair of runs in the fourth, all but sealing matters.

Alexis Hansard had three hits and a double for Jackson State. Kayla Owens added two hits.