Softball Recaps: February 23
Tennessee-Martin 5, Alabama State 2
Southeast Missouri State 14, Alabama State 1 (F/5)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn – Alabama State (4-7) fell to Tennessee-Martin and Southeast Missouri State during the Frost Classic at Tennessee-Chattanooga. The Lady Hornets dropped a 5-2 decision to UT-Martin and lost 14-1 to Southeast Missouri State.
Alabama State fell behind early as a wild pitch from Skylar Sullivan allowed UT-Martin’s Savannah Dodson to touch home. The Skyhawks tacked on another run via a Dodson RBI double, but the Lady Hornets got on the board in the fifth with a RBI base hit from Jordan Amerson that scored Kaylee Davis. However, UT-Martin scored two runs in the bottom of the inning via RBI singles from Alli Fulcher and Gracyn McBride.
Alabama State was unable to make up ground from there outside of Marina Clark scoring on a wild pitch. Sullivan allowed five hits and two runs in 2.1 innings, taking the loss. Clark was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored.
Alabama State fell behind early as the Lady Redhawks opened the game with a six-run first inning at the expense of Lady Hornet starter Justine Jean. Jean was assessed the loss after allowing 14 runs (nine earned) on nine hits in 5.0 innings. She walked five hitters and struck out two.
Alabama State’s lone run came via a solo shot by Charlene Castro in the second inning. Clark also hit a triple. Eight different SEMO players accounted for a RBI, with Sarah Messex accounting for three RBI and two runs for the Redhawks, including a two-run home run.
Alabama A&M 4, Binghamton 0
Loyola-Chicago 8, Alabama A&M 0 (F/5)
BEAUMONT, Texas – Alabama A&M split a double-header during day one of the Lamar University Cardinal Classic, downing Binghamton 4-0 but falling to Loyola-Chicago 8-0.
Lauren Hayden threw a five-hit shutout, striking out six in earning her first collegiate victory. Alabama A&M jumped ahead when Tamia Lee-Barbadillo sent a flyball into centerfield that was mishandled, allowing Danielle Hansell and Jamia Kirk to score. In the sixth, Alabama A&M’s Alexis Bates hit a two-run single for insurance.
Alabama A&M was limited to three hits against Loyola-Chicago, committing four errors in the contest as well. After a scoreless first, LUC took control, scoring at least one run in each of the ensuing innings, with Ashley Parenti driving in two runs for the Ramblers along the way.
Jordyn Cordell and Katie Polaski each scored two runs. Tiana Sanders, Hansell and Ariel Smith each had one hit for AAMU. Rachel Sanders was charged with the loss, allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits in 3.2 innings of work.
UMass-Lowell 4, Alcorn State 3
Saint Louis 10, Alcorn State 2
RUSTON, La. – Alcorn State dropped two games to open the Louisiana Tech Lady Techster Invitational, falling 4-3 to UMass-Lowell and 10-2 against Saint Louis.
Alcorn State appeared on its way to victory, taking advantage of miscues and timely situational hitting to scrap together a 3-1 lead at the end of three, capped by a sac fly from Amari Ramsey that scored Taylor Hughes.
From there, UMass-Lowell went on the comeback trail thanks to Casey Harding, who hit a two-run home run in the sixth to tie the game, and later won with a walk-off RBI single. Winter Ridgeway took the loss for Alcorn, allowing four runs on five hits in 6.1 innings. Hughes was 2-for-3.
SLU (2-5) jumped on the Lady Braves early with a run in the first, two in the second and five in the third. It came on a total of 12 hits. Alcorn’s Victoria Tyler smacked a home run came in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 8-2, scoring Hughes, who tied the school record for career hits during the day.
The Billikens plated their final two runs in the sixth on one hit, two walks and a pair of wild pitches. Robin Harrison was tagged with the loss after throwing 2.1 innings. Sophomore Ambria Dorsey tossed 3.2 innings in relief and struck out three. Kallen Loveless tossed all six innings for SLU and earned the win. She struck out nine. Sadie Wise was 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI.
Alcorn State Sports Information contributed to this report.
Mississippi Valley State 9, Miles College 3
PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. – Mississippi Valley State picked up its first win of the season with a 9-3 victory over Miles College Friday afternoon.
MVSU jumped ahead quickly with a five-run first inning – highlighted by a two-run double from Ikeiya Alexander -- en route to a 7-0 lead after three. Miles managed to tack on three runs in the middle innings, but the Devilettes (1-8) added a run in the sixth and seventh to seal it.
Alexander, Lexany Terrones and Sharia Cormier each had two hits. Kailyn Dunn scored a run and drove in two runs. Deshonte Smith was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a solo home run. Jazzmyn Shelton was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored for Miles.
Utah State 7, Texas Southern 0
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas Southern (1-2) was held to three hits during a 7-0 loss to Utah State during Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Invitational Friday.
Neither side got much going until the fourth, where Utah State’s Allanah Alvarado turned a Jasmin Fulmore pitch into a RBI single after the Aggies loaded the bases.
Bailee Trapp followed with a three-run double. Utah State added three more runs in the sixth. Texas Southern committed four errors in the game. Fulmore was charged with the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in 5.0 innings while striking out four.