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Courtesy: Sidney Jackson / Alabama A&M

Softball Recaps: May 3

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 05/03/2017
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Mercer 7, Alabama State 2

MACON, Ga. – The Alabama State University softball team battled back from an early deficit, but came up short in their regular season finale, falling to Mercer University 7-2 at Sikes Field Wednesday afternoon.

Mercer (24-29) struck first in the bottom half of the second inning as they took advantage of pair of Lady Hornet miscues, taking a 1-0 lead on a two-out single down the left field line by Megan Lane that scored Shaila Warren from second.

The Bears extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning using back-to-back home runs by Quirisa Mauga (two-run) and Emma Andrew to build a 4-0 lead. Mercer would add another run in the inning on a single by Lane to extend the lead to 5-0.

Alabama State (16-31) battled back after the big inning by the Bears with a run in the fourth inning to trim the deficit to 5-1. Valerie Centeno collected her second hit of the day with a bunt down the third base line, followed by another bunt off the bat of Kendall Core. Centeno would come around to score when Diauna Nelson singled to right, driving Core to third but that was all the Lady Hornets could get in the frame.

The Lady Hornets would add another run in the fifth when Laura Aguilar led off the inning with a walk and later scored on a wild pitch. The Bears would add a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for the final margin of victory.

Centeno finished 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Nelson drove in one run for the Lady Hornets. Charlene Castro finished 1-for-3 with a double. Justine Jean (4-12) suffered the loss for Alabama State, working six innings and allowing seven runs off of 11 hits; while striking out one.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information
Incarnate Word 5, Texas Southern 1
Incarnate Word 8, Texas Southern 1

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas Southern (21-18) was limited at the plate during a double-header sweep at the hands of Incarnate Word. UIW won both games 5-1 (game one) and 8-1.

The Lady Tigers only amassed three hits in each game. Mikaela Flores sparked the scoring for UIW with a RBI double in the first. UIW added two more in the third. Meanwhile, TSU was held without a hit through the first three innings. The Lady Tigers threatened in the fourth when base hits by Madilynn Marek and Dominique Tello put them at third and second base, respectively, with one out. However, TSU came away empty handed.

The Lady Cardinals scored twice more, with TSU's lone run coming in the final inning via a RBI double by Marissa Padron.

In game two, TSU jumped ahead, manufacturing a run via a RBI sac fly by Sierra Valdez in the first inning. From there, it was all Incarnate Word as the Cardinals tied it in their half of the opening frame and posted a four-run second inning to go ahead for good. Monica Flores smacked a two-run shot for UIW in the fifth, and UIW added the final run in the sixth.

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