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Courtesy: Brian Tannehill

Softball Recaps: February 24

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/24/2018
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Western Illinois 3, Alabama State 0
Western Michigan 6, Alabama State 0

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Alabama State softball lost a pair of games on day two of the Frost Classic, falling 3-0 to Western Illinois and 6-0 to Western Michigan.

In game one, Alabama State (3-8) and Western Illinois (3-9) were scoreless through four innings. Western Illinois was able to get a run in each the fifth, sixth and seventh innings for the margin of victory. Western Illinois held Alabama State to a pair of hits in the Lady Hornets’ loss as Hatty Shope picked up a single in the sixth and Charlene Castro a double in the seventh.

Justine Jean was saddled with the loss, working three innings and allowing three runs off of five hits; while Vanessa Bradford finished with four innings of scoreless relief.

In game two, Western Michigan scored three runs in the third, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Hailey Walker picked up the Lady Hornets first hit of the game for Alabama State, who was held to three hits on the night. Meanwhile, Casey Durham finished with a pair of hits in the loss.

Bradford was hit with the loss, working six innings and allowing five runs off of seven hits, with four strikeouts. Skyler Sullivan worked one inning and allowed one run off of two hits.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications


South Dakota 10, Alcorn State 1 (F/6)
Missouri State 8, Alcorn State 0 (F/5)

RUSTON, La. - With three hits on the day, Taylor Hughes became the all-time hits leader at Alcorn State University, but the Lady Braves fell to South Dakota 10-1 and Missouri State 8-0 on Saturday in five inning games at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.

Hughes entered the match tied with Amber Steeves with 151 career hits for the school record. Hughes surpassed Steeves after going a combined three-for-five in two games Saturday. Steeves set the record in 2005-08, but Hughes is now up to 154 over her four years.

Additionally, Hughes raised her batting average to .444 and on-base percentage to .500 on the year.

The Lady Braves (1-9) mustered six hits in the first game against South Dakota (2-12). Their run came in the first inning when Hughes ripped an RBI single to right field to score Desirea Lindsey who reached on an infield single and stole second.

Other hits in the contest came from Victoria Tyler, Malea Dickerson and Ashley Arnold.

Lindsey Eldridge got the start in the circle and struck out four in 4.0 innings. Winter Ridgeway threw the final 2.0 frames in relief. Dustie Durham pitched a complete-game for the Coyotes. Emily Winckler was two-for-three at the plate with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI.

In the second game, Hughes notched the only hit for Alcorn. It came in the fourth inning on a ball through the left side. Tyler also reached base twice with a pair of walks.

Paige Taylor threw 3.2 innings and took the loss. Ridgeway made another appearance out of the bullpen and got the final out in the fourth. Holly Kelley threw a one-hitter for the Lady Bears (8-5). Madison Jones was two-for-two at the plate with three RBI.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information


Nebraska-Omaha 9, Texas Southern 8 (F/8)
Texas Southern 9, Utah State 8

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas Southern split day two action during the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Invitational on Saturday, falling 9-8 in extra innings to Nebraska-Omaha but rebounding in comeback fashion to defeat Utah State 9-8.

Against Omaha, Texas Southern took a 6-5 lead into the final inning before the Mavericks tied things up on a Faith Romero solo home run. In the top of the eighth, Texas Southern pushed ahead 8-6, but Omaha tacked on three runs in its half of the frame to steal the win.

Versus Utah State, Texas Southern went into the seventh down 8-3 to the Aggies. The Lady Tigers scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to win it, capped by a walk-off two-run double from Dominique Tello. Tyra Williams came on in relief of Lauren Rodriguez to earn the win, tossing 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on two hits. Terren Vinson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.


Creighton 5, Prairie View A&M 0
North Texas 7, Prairie View A&M 0

DENTON, Texas – Prairie View A&M was held quiet during day two of North Texas’ Schutt Classic, falling 5-0 to Creighton and 7-0 to the host Mean Green.

Against the Blue Jays, Prairie View threatened in the second inning, loading the bases with two outs. However, a strikeout ended the Lady Panthers’ chance.

Creighton tacked on a run in the bottom of the second, and the difference in the contest proved to be PVAMU’s inability to cash-in on scoring chances, while the Blue Jays managed to turn their opportunities into runs. Prairie View stranded eight runners over the final four innings.

Vanessa Castro allowed 12 hits and five runs (four earned), ultimately being charged with the loss for PVAMU.

Against North Texas, the Mean Green jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one, and Prairie View was unable to recover.


Creighton 10, Grambling State 0 (F/5)
North Texas 3, Grambling State 1

DENTON, Texas - The Grambling State University softball team opened play at the Schutt Invitational, hosted by University of North Texas, with a pair of losses, falling 10-0 to Creighton in five innings and 3-1 to North Texas on Saturday night.

In the opener against Creighton, the Blue Jays plated three runs in the first, five in the second and two more in the third before cruising to the 10-0 win.

Kenyshae Beasley and Tia Coleman each went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead Grambling State.

D’Maria Matthews (0-4) took the loss as she surrendered 10 runs on 11 hits, walked three and struck out one.

In the nightcap, North Texas (5-4) struck for one run in the fourth and two in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead into the seventh.

Grambling State (1-8) rallied with one run as Coleman homered to lead off the top of the seventh, but the Lady Tigers could not get any closer.

Coleman and Allye Hartley each had one hit to pace the Grambling State offense. Caitlin McDowell (1-3) took the loss in six innings of work. She gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, with one walk and one strikeout.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information


Loyola-Chicago 9, Alabama A&M 1 (F/6)
Lamar 10, Alabama A&M 9 (F/8)

BEAUMONT, Texas – Alabama A&M dropped two games during day two of the Lamar University Cardinal Classic. The Lady Bulldogs fell 9-1 to Loyola-Chicago in its first game before coming up just short in a 10-9 slugfest against host Lamar.

In game one, the Ramblers scored three runs in the first and two runs in the second to gain the early advantage. AAMU scored when Alexis Bates was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Tamia-Lee Barbadillo. However, that was all the Lady Bulldogs would get as Loyola scored four runs in the sixth, forcing an early end to the matter. Jessica Alferos was 2-for-3 with a double. Lauren Hayden surrendered nine runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings, taking the loss.

Against Lamar, Alabama A&M dominated early on, overcoming a 2-0 deficit with nine unanswered runs to take a seven-run advantage into the sixth. The Cardinals managed five runs in the sixth and added two more runs – the game-tying one being a result of an Alabama A&M fielding error – to tie the game. An airmailed throw from third during the eighth inning allowed Lamar to score the game-winner.

Danielle Hansell led AAMU with three RBI on 2-for-4 batting. Ariel Smith was 3-for-5 with a run scored, and Barbadillo was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

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