Softball Recaps: February 25
Creighton 11, Grambling State 0 (F/5)
North Texas 14, Grambling State 3
DENTON, Texas - The Grambling State University softball team wrapped up play at the Schutt Invitational, hosted by the University of North Texas, on Sunday afternoon with a pair of losses as the Lady Tigers were blanked, 11-0 by Creighton and fell 14-3 to North Texas.
In the opener against Creighton, the Bluejays scored five runs in the second inning and six in the third to cruise to the victory.
Hannah Martin (0-2) was one of three pitchers used against Creighton as she pitched two innings and surrendered eight runs (six earned) on six hits and walked four. D’Maria Matthews and Caitlin McDowell worked in relief.
In the second game against North Texas, the Mean Green plated two runs in the first and four in the second to grab a 6-0 advantage. Grambling State (1-10) responded with one run in the third as Cameron Ellis scored when Lisa Brooks singled down the left-field line to cut the margin to 6-1.
North Texas added a run in the bottom of the third to take a 7-1 lead, but the Lady Tigers answered with two in the top of the fourth.
Adams began the inning with a homer to right center. With two down, Versace Hicks-Butler walked and advanced to second when Tiffany Doss singled up the middle. Monique Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Kenyshae Beasley singled to plate Hicks-Butler from third.
The Mean Green put the game away with seven runs in the bottom of the seventh.
D’Maria Matthews (0-4) took the loss in 1.2 innings pitched. She gave up six runs on seven hits, with one strikeout. McDowell worked 2.1 innings in relief and surrendered eight runs (all unearned) on five hits, with two walks and one strikeout.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Eastern Illinois 11, Alabama State 0 (F/5)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Alabama State dropped their final game of the Frost Classic – hosted by Chattanooga – 11-0 to Eastern Illinois Sunday morning.
Eastern Illinois was able to jump on the scoreboard early with eight runs in the first inning before adding three more in the second inning. The Panthers finished scoring in the second inning as the run-rule concluded the game in the top of the fifth inning.
Skyler Sullivan suffered the loss after lasting just one-third of an inning, allowing five runs off of five hits. Charlene Castro came out the bullpen pitching 2.1 innings of shutout softball, not allowing a hit in the process.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Texas Southern 4, Nebraska-Omaha 3 (F/8)
Texas Southern 4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas Southern closed out its stint in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Invitational on a high note, defeating Nebraska-Omaha 4-3 in extra innings, and taking down the host Islanders also by a score of 4-3.
Against Omaha, Texas Southern jumped ahead early on, scoring the first run of the game on a passed ball and pushing ahead to a 2-0 lead after two thanks to a Marissa Padron solo blast. The Mavericks cut the deficit in half, scoring on an error in the third, but Padron smacked a RBI single in response during the fourth inning.
The Mavericks tied the game after picking up a RBI base hit from Kelly Pattison in the fifth and scoring via error during the sixth, but Padron won it for TSU with a RBI single in the eighth. Padron was 4-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base. Jocilynn Ellis had two hits. Jasmin Fulmore picked up the win, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits in a complete-game effort. She fanned seven hitters.
Versus the Islanders, Texas Southern took advantage of sloppy defensive play by the hosts during the fifth inning. Down 3-0, the Lady Tigers got on the board after Julia Bibao (2-for-3) scored during a fielder’s choice. Then a fielding miscue by Ashley Smith allowed Padron and Coren Davis to score, tying the game. The deciding blow was a RBI sac fly by Ebony Wiltz.
From there, Lauren Rodriguez and Tyra Williams locked up TAMU-CC in the final two innings. Rodriguez threw six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out four in a winning effort. Williams earned the save.
Central Arkansas 10, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2 (F/6)
ULM 17, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11
CONWAY, Ark. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped two games during the Central Arkansas Softball Invitational, falling 10-2 to the hosting Sugar Bears and coming up short in a wild 17-11 loss to Louisiana-Monroe.
Versus Central Arkansas, UAPB allowed two runs in the first inning and struggled to get anything substantial going offensively against UCA starter Ellie Reaves. In the fourth, UAPB broke through with a run scored, but Central Arkansas tacked on four runs in the fifth to extend its advantage and put together another four-spot in the sixth to force the mercy rule win.
Kayla Ross was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a double for UAPB, and Alexandria Taylor was 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Down 2-0 early to ULM, Arkansas-Pine Bluff put up three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control, highlighted by a two-run single by Kameron Graham. From there, UAPB and ULM traded scoreless innings until the Warhawks broke through with a four-run fourth inning and an eight-run fifth inning to take a 14-3 lead.
Facing the potential of a mercy-rule loss, the Lady Lions refused to go quietly, putting together a five-run rally to cut into its deficit. Ann Jones and Graham came through with RBI singles, and Toni Martinez followed with a two-run double. Shanice Akins brought Martinez home with a RBI groundout.
ULM added another run in the sixth, and Graham brought UAPB within five thanks to a two-run triple. However, the Warhawks scored twice in the seventh and despite a RBI single from Ross, UAPB was unable to get closer. Tonnay Hawkins was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Graham was 3-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored. Ross was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Creighton 9, Prairie View A&M 5
North Texas 3, Prairie View A&M 2
DENTON, Texas – Prairie View A&M fell 9-5 to Creighton and 3-2 to North Texas during the latter’s Schutt Invitational Sunday afternoon.
Against Creighton, both sides traded runs early, leaving the game tied at 3-3 after the second inning. After the Blue Jays added two runs to their tally, Prairie View A&M got within one thanks to a solo blast by Laurisa Hernandez.
Kelli Finan responded for Creighton with a two-run shot in the sixth as part of a three-run sixth inning. PVAMU responded with a RBI triple from Shelby Williams, but Creighton managed an insurance run in the seventh. Williams was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Ashley Higgins took the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings while walking six batters. She also struck out six.
Against North Texas, PVAMU trailed 2-0 entering the sixth, where Prairie View tacked on its first run of the game. The Lady Panthers tied it in the top of the seventh with a home run from Kelsey Coronado, but a walk-off RBI single by Nicki Ochotnicki won it for the Mean Green.