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Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Softball Recaps: March 13

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/13/2018
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Jacksonville State 17, Alabama State 1

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State fell to Jacksonville State 17-1 in a midweek contest Tuesday evening at the Barbara Williams Softball Complex.

Alabama State (8-17) allowed 17 runs off of 15 hits, while Jacksonville State (9-12) got on the board first with three runs in the second inning followed by five more in the next two.

Casey Durham, who was a pinch runner, was able to score the single run for Alabama State in the fourth inning on an error by Jacksonville State before the Gamecocks put the game away with nine runs in the fifth inning.

Kaylee Davis led Alabama State with two of their five hits in the game.

Skyler Sullivan started the contest for Alabama State and suffered the loss, working two innings and allowing three runs – two earned – off of three hits. Justine Jean worked 2.1 innings, while Charlene Castro pitched the final 0.2 innings and allowed a pair of runs.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Central Arkansas 10, Alcorn State 4
Central Arkansas 13, Alcorn State 1

CONWAY, Ark. - A hot Central Arkansas squad grabbed a pair from the Alcorn State University softball program 10-4 and 13-1 Tuesday at Farris Field.

Alcorn (1-16) led 1-0 in the first inning of both games, but the Sugar Bears (12-9) answered with big innings offensively to catapult ahead.

UCA entered the game having swept 25th-ranked McNeese State over the weekend.

In game one, Amari Ramsey led it off with a double to right field in the first inning and scored on a hit up the middle by senior Taylor Hughes.

The Sugar Bears responded with nine runs on two hits and two errors to take a 9-1 advantage in the second frame.

The Lady Braves tallied a second run in the third. It came on a walk and two hits including an RBI single to center field by Victoria Tyler.

Alcorn further trimmed into the deficit 9-4 after two more runs in the fourth. It started with a lead-off walk by Alicia Hill, and Desirea Lindsey ripped an RBI triple down the right field line to plate the runner. Lindsey scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramsey. The Lady Braves tallied seven hits in the game including two from Hughes.

Ambria Dorsey got the start and recorded a strikeout in 1.1 innings. Robin Harrison entered in relief and didn't allow an earned run in 4.2 frames.

Rio Sanchez threw a complete-game and picked up the win for UCA.

In game two, Ramsey again started it off with a double. She advanced to third on a groundout and scored on an RBI groundout by Hughes.

Alcorn also recorded hits in the game from Lindsey, Kaylene Smith and Taja Landry. UCA's Libby Morris went three-for-three with six RBI and two runs scored in the contest.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Nicholls State 10, Mississippi Valley State 2
Nicholls State 7, Mississippi Valley State 1

THIBODAUX, La. - Mississippi Valley State dropped a pair of contest at Nicholls State Tuesday, falling 10-2 and 7-1 to the Lady Colonels.

MVSU struck first in the opening contest as Elissa Salinas delivered a two-out RBI single to score Ikeyia Alexander, who singled to open the second inning. However, Salinas was put out trying to stretch to second. Nicholls State took control with a three-run frame in the bottom of the inning, highligted by a two-run single from Yasmeen Williams.

After MVSU got one back in the third thanks to Sharia Cormier reaching on a fielder's choice that allowed Kennedy Lester to score, Williams delivered another two-run single in the next frame. The Lady Colonels ultimately tacked on seven unanswered runs to seal the win. Williams had five RBI.

Alexander had two hits. Alejandra Salazar took the loss, allowing six runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.

In game two, MVSU allowed seven unanswered runs and was held to four hits. Jodeci Afoa-Tuia accounted for Valley's lone RBI, a single to centerfield that scored Lexany Terrones in the sixth inning.

Texas Southern 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6
Texas Southern 9, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 9

HOUSTON - Texas Southern hosted Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in mid-week double-header action Tuesday, with the Lady Tigers prevailing 8-6 in game one before both teams tied 9-9 in game two, which ended due to time constraints.

Down 1-0 early on in game one thanks to a RBI single from the Islanders' Keagan Helson, Madilynn Marek tied the game for TSU with a solo blast. Destiney Diaz put TAMU-CC back ahead with a RBI base hit in the second, but Texas Southern took the lead with small ball, scrapping together two runs. The sides traded runs following a scoreless third inning.

Avery Ratcliff tied the game for the Islanders with a solo home run, but Terren Vinson put TSU back ahead in the fourth with a RBI single, and Danielle Sonnier singled home Ebony Wiltz. In the fifth inning, the Islanders took the lead as Kaylee Hoppens knotted the game 5-5 with a two-run double, and Kandace Johnson followed with a RBI single for a 6-5 Islander lead.

Vinson (3-for-4, 5 RBI, R) ensured that advantage was short-lived thanks to a three-run inside-the-park home run, which ended up as the decisive margin.

Sierra Valdez added four hits for TSU.

In game two, Texas Southern trailed 5-1 heading to the fifth inning before the Lady Tigers exploded for seven runs to take the lead. Marek sparked the rally with a RBI single that plated Vinson, and Valdez followed with a two-run double. After the tying run crossed home plate thanks to an error, Marissa Padron broke the tie with a two-run single. Marek later drew a bases-loaded walk to complete the scoring, but Texas Southern stranded three runners in the frame.

Helson managed to reach via error in the sixth inning to draw Texas A&M-Corpus Christi within two -- Whitney Wendel scored during the play in question --- and Katrina Jackson tied the game 8-8 and forced extra innings with a two-run single, though she was thrown out trying to advance to second.

Wendel scored on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth, but Valdez tied it in the bottom of the inning with a RBI double. The game was called after the eight inning.

Valdez was 3-for-4 with four RBI, and Vinson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Wendel was 3-for5 with four runs scored, and Hoppens had two hits and three RBI.

Grambling State 3, Jarvis Christian 1
Grambling State 9, Jarvis Christian 6

HAWKINS, Texas -  Grambling State returned to action after a seven-day layoff as the Lady Tigers swept a doubleheader over Jarvis Christian, 3-1 and 9-6, on Tuesday afternoon.

Grambling State (8-11) won the opener, 3-1, and rally in the second game to defeat Jarvis Christian, 9-6.

GAME 1 (3-1 win)

Grambling State plated two runs in the first inning to grab a quick 2-0 lead.

With two down in the frame, Tia Coleman was hit by a pitch and came around to score when Morgan Adams tripled to right. Allye Hartley followed with a base hit to left, scoring Adams from third to give the Lady Tigers a 2-0 advantage.

The Lady Bulldogs cut the deficit in half, 2-1, with a run in the fifth, but Grambling State answered with a run in the sixth when Monique Williams scored when Coleman singled to center.

GAME 2 (9-6 win)

In the nightcap, Grambling State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Mercedes Williams scored on a Hartley single and Coleman came in on a Tayler Lenz-Selvera sacrifice fly to center.

Jarvis Christian answered in the bottom of the frame with four runs on three hits to grab a 4-2 advantage. The Lady Tigers responded with two runs on two hits in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 4.

The Lady Bulldogs plated one run in the third to grab a 5-4 advantage, but Grambling State scored one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 7-5 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs added two more runs in the seventh as Monique Smith doubled to right and stole third. Tiffany Doss brought Smith in on a bunt and later scored when stealing third and coming across on an error.

Jarvis Christian tried to rally in the bottom of the frame with one run, but that wasn’t enough as Grambling State completed the doubleheader sweep.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information


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