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Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Softball Recaps: March 4

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/04/2018
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Alabama State 6, LaSalle 2

Vanessa Bradford and Hatty Shope each had multiple RBI’s as Alabama State defeated LaSalle 6-2 on the final day of the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational Sunday morning.

The Lady Hornets scored three runs in the first inning, starting with a leadoff single from Kaylee Davis before loading the bases with nobody out. Vanessa Bradford singled through the left side to drive in Shope and Davis for the early 2-0 lead. Skyler Sullivan then came up to drive in Kristin Gunter for a 3-0 lead.

Alabama State added another pair of runs in the second on an RBI single from Shope and double from Bradford. After LaSalle scored in the third, Alabama State answered back in the top of the fourth when Shope recorded another RBI single to push the lead to 5-1.

Bradford finished with three hits, while Shope added a pair of the Hornets 10 hits on the day. Sullivan started the game on the mound, going three innings and allowing a pair of runs on two hits; while Justine Jean went four innings and allowed just one hit with three strikeouts.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Mercer 9, Alcorn State 1
Lamar 8, Alcorn State 6

STARKVILLE, Miss. - To close out the Mississippi State Bulldog Slamboree, Alcorn State came on the short end of a 9-1 final to Mercer and 8-6 to Lamar on Sunday at Nusz Park.

The Lady Braves (1-14) got off to a slow start against Mercer (14-5). The Bears plated four in the first inning and two in the second to jump out to a quick 6-0 lead.

Alcorn scored in the top of the third. With two outs, Desirea Lindsey doubled to left field and scored on an RBI single by Ramsey. They were Alcorn's only two hits in the game as Mercer's Jill McElderry struck out seven in 5.0 frames.

Robin Harrison tossed 3.1 frames and struck out a pair. She gave up nine runs but only three were earned. Winter Ridgeway recorded the final two outs with a strikeout.

The bats came to life in game two as Alcorn notched nine hits and scored six runs. It got on the board in the third inning after Alicia Hill led-off with a walk and advanced to second on a single to left by Lindsey. The Lady Braves then tallied back-to-back RBI singles by Mariah Ortiz and Taylor Hughes to cut the deficit to 3-2.

After Lamar extended its advantage to 7-2, the Lady Braves didn't go away and plated two more in the fifth. With runners on second and third, Ortiz singled to left center for an RBI and Hughes followed with a sacrifice fly to score another.

Trailing 8-4 in the seventh, Alcorn made one last push in its final at-bat. The Lady Braves put runners on first and second with one out after Ramsey reached on an infield single and Ortiz walked. After a wild pitch, Ramsey came home on a passed ball. Victoria Tyler delivered an RBI single to right center to score the second run and make it an 8-6 game with one out. Though, with the go-ahead run at the plate, the game ended after a pair of flyouts.

Alcorn used three pitchers as Lindsey Eldridge started and pitched the first two innings, Paige Taylor the next 1.2 and Ridgeway the final 2.1.

Ramsey, Ortiz, Hughes and Tyler also knocked two hits in the match.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Stephen F. Austin 7, Southern 0
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10, Southern 2

Southern dropped two contests during Sunday action at the University of Houston’s Red and White Showcase. The Jaguars fell 7-0 to Stephen F. Austin, and dropped a 10-2 contest to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Against the Ladyjacks, Southern found itself on the wrong end of a four-hit shutout thanks to a combined effort from Stephen F. Austin’s Autumn Anderson and Jordan Llinas. The Ladyjacks duo combined to strike out nine hitters. Southern threatened in the first as Kiara Suttles singled and Jamani Greer drew a walk with two outs. However, Aubrion James grounded out to end the chance.

Taylor Fraccastro put SFA on the board with a two-run double in the first. Southern managed to draw three free passes in the third, but Shauna Knighten grounded out to end the inning. The Ladyjacks put the contest away with four runs over the third and four innings. James took the loss, allowing six runs on six hits in 3.1 innings.

The second contest versus the Islanders got away from Southern in the bottom of the third inning. After the Jaguars tied matters at 1-1, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi put up a five-spot in the frame to all but seal matters.

Southern got one run back in the fifth, but the Islanders added four runs in the fifth and sixth innings to force the mercy rule into effect. Elizabeth Donaldson picked up two hits for Southern in the game. Scarlett Brock (1-for-3) and Sydney Andrews each scored a run, and Suttles accounted for a RBI.

Tiara Scott was tagged with the loss, going 2.2 innings and allowing six runs on six hits.