Softball Recaps: April 15
Prairie View A&M 7, Grambling State 1
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Prairie View A&M won its sixth-straight game after a 7-1 win over Grambling State Sunday afternoon during Southwestern Athletic Conference action at the PVAMU Softball Complex.
Alyssa Garcia struck first for Prairie View (10-16, 8-3 SWAC) after a double in the second inning. Garcia later scored on an error by Grambling third baseman Versace Hicks-Butler.
Garcia later added to the lead in the fourth, as she hit a two-run homer to make the game 3-0 Lady Panthers. After PVAMU added another run, Grambling (10-24, 0-13) got on the board with a RBI double from Morgan Adams. The Lady Panthers responded with three runs in the sixth inning to seal the win.
Garcia was 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Ashley Higgins (3-6) picked up the victory in seven innings of work. She gave up one run on five hits, with three strikeouts.
Caitlin McDowell (6-10) took the loss in pitching six innings. She gave up seven runs on 10 hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Tiffany Doss had a pair of hits for Grambling.
Grambling State Sports Information contributed to this report.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4, Texas Southern 0
HOUSTON - Juliana Dominguez threw a four-hit shutout as Arkansas-Pine Bluff handed Texas Southern its first loss in Southwestern Athletic Conference play this season by a score of 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park.
After both sides stranded two runners each in the second inning, the Lady Lions (13-22, 9-5) broke through at the expense of TSU starter Lauren Rodriguez. Toni Martinez and Tonnay Hawkins hit back-to-back doubles, with the latter scoring Martinez. After Hawkins advanced to third on a passed ball, Shanice Akins laid down a sac bunt that pushed Hawkins across home plate.
In what became a theme for the day, Texas Southern (17-9-1, 8-1) was unable to bring runners home despite getting them on base. Texas Southern stranded two runners in the third -- and though Jasmin Fulmore was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam in relief of Rodriguez -- the Lady Tigers squandered a fifth-inning chance where they had runners on second and third with no outs.
Martinez and Ta'Lyn Moody each picked up RBI singles in the sixth, and Dominguez retired the final six batters she faced for the complete-game win.
Hawkins, Martinez and Kayla Ross each had two hits for UAPB. Rodriguez was charged with the loss -- her first of the season -- after a 3.1 inning outing where she allowed four hits, two runs (one earned) and fanned three.
Jocilynn Ellis was 2-for-3 to lead TSU.