Softball Recap: February 27
Grambling State 11, Texas College 3 (F/5)
Grambling State 17, Texas College 3 (F/5)
GRAMBLING, La. - Grambling State pounded out a combined 28 runs on 17 hits during a Tuesday afternoon sweep of Texas College. The Lady Tigers prevailed in abbreviated affairs, winning game one 11-3 and taking game two 17-3.
Down 2-0 after one, Grambling State (3-6) took advantage of sloppy defensive play from Texas College to fuel a three-run second inning. During a frame where the visitors committed four errors, Morgan Adams sparked the rally with a leadoff single and later scored when Monique Smith reached on a field error. Two more runs came home when Hailey Haynes reached safely after a misfired throw from first, allowing Adams and Allye Hartley to score.
After a 1-2-3 inning for GSU starter Caitlin McDowell, Grambling quickly loaded the bags in the third and Smith delivered a RBI single to score Tia Coleman, who reached via error. Versace Hicks-Butler and Tiffany Doss followed with back-to-back RBI singles, and Hicks-Butler touched up home plate after an errant throw by the Texas College catcher. Kenyshae Beasley later dropped a RBI sac bunt to score Doss, leaving the game 8-2 in favor of Grambling.
Grambling cruised from there, eventually scoring twice in the fifth to force the mercy rule. Adams was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Doss and Haynes each went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Haynes drove in three runs. McDowell scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs, striking out four in the complete game win.
Grambling started quickly in game two, as Lisa Brooks drew a one-out walk and stole second. From there, Adams, Hartley and Kendaly Arceneaux delivered consecutive RBI doubles, each scoring the hitter preceding them. However, Texas College tied things up in the second inning.
The Lady Tigers blew the game open with a 14-run outburst in the third inning. During the fracas, Haynes smacked a three-run double, and Adams belted a solo shot to left center. Later in the inning, Haynes got another turn at the plate and turned it into a RBI double. Additionally, Grambling State manuafactured six additional runs via a wild pitch, passed ball or bases-loaded walks.
Haynes was 2-for-2 with four RBI and two runs scored. Adams was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Brooks was credited with two RBI and scored three runs, and Arceneaux drove in two runs.