Softball Recaps: April 6
Alcorn State 9, Jackson State 1
JACKSON, Miss. - Alcorn State jumped on Jackson State early to win a lopsided rubber match 9-1 in six innings Friday at the JSU Softball Complex.
The Lady Braves (7-23, 4-2 SWAC) posted a big six-run second inning and tacked on two more in the third to pull away. Alcorn outhit JSU (8-22, 2-10 SWAC) 9-4 and also took advantage of seven errors by the Lady Tigers.
Ambria Dorsey fired a complete-game and did not allow an earned run. She gave up just four hits and struck out three to earn the win.
At the plate, Ashley Arnold was three-for-three with two runs and a pair of RBI's. It was her second three-hit game of the year. Bri Smith also tallied a multi-hit game to go along with two RBI's and a run scored.
With a double in the second inning, freshman Amari Ramsey extended her hitting-streak to 18 games and her on-base streak to 20.
JSU got on the board first with a run in its first at-bat. The Lady Tigers had runners on second and third with no outs when Dorsey limited the damage to just one run on a groundout from Alexis Hansard.
The Lady Braves answered with six runs in the top of the second to take control. Mariah Ortiz led it off with a hit up the middle and moved to second after Malea Dickerson reached safely on an error on a sacrifice bunt. After a bunt single by Alicia Hill loaded the bases, Arnold plated a pair with a two-RBI hit to right. An RBI grounder to third by Smith and a double to center by Ramsey scored two more. Alcorn also scored a pair in the inning on defensive miscues.
Alcorn added two more in the third to go up 8-1. It came after singles by Arnold and Smith, sandwiched around three errors in the frame.
The Lady Braves etched an insurance run in the sixth which put the eight-run mercy rule into effect. With a runner on third and one out, Ortiz flied a sacrifice to center as Desirea Lindsey was safe on a play at the plate.
Symone Williams threw all six innings for JSU and took the loss. Nava Fisher went two-for-three at the plate.
Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 3, Southern 2
Prairie View A&M 8, Southern 7
BATON ROUGE, La. – Prairie View A&M edged Southern twice Friday afternoon to sweep a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader. The Lady Panthers took game one 3-2, and won 8-7 in the nightcap.
Prairie View (7-16, 5-3 SWAC) pushed ahead first as Shelby Williams led off the game with a single, stretching it to second on the throw, After S. Williams moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Keona Hunter, Destinee Williams managed to bring the leadoff hitter home with a RBI sac fly.
In the second, PVAMU added to the lead as Laurisa Hernandez singled but reached second on a fielding error. Small ball again came to the forefront for the Lady Panthers, as Amanda Ford moved Hernandez to third with a sac bunt. After Day’Zjah Pennywell drew a walk, Alexis Freeman smacked a double to left center to plate Hernandez.
Southern (11-14, 5-6 SWAC) tied matters in the sixth as Kiara Suttles and Elizabeth Donaldson each hit solo homers. The contest proceeded to extra innings, where PVAMU won it via a walk-off RBI single from Kelsey Coronado that brought in Gabriela Fonseca.
Crystal Castillo went 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs for PVAMU. Vannessa Castro (3-7) got the win with 2.2 relief innings of no-hit ball.
Aubrion James was assessed the loss for Southern, throwing a complete game and allowing six hits and three runs.
In game two, neither side got going until the third inning, where the Lady Panthers pounced on costly Jaguar errors to post a five-run frame. Two PVAMU runs were due to miscues in the field by Southern.
In the fourth, the Jaguars cut the deficit to one as Donaldson managed to drive one in during a fielder’s choice, and Jazmine Dukes and Aubrion James each hit RBI doubles, the former scoring two runs.
Suttles then gave Southern a 6-5 lead with a two-run blast in the fifth, and Dukes added a RBI single in the sixth.
Down 7-5 in the final inning, Hernandez hit a RBI single to bring Prairie View within one, and Alyssa Garcia won it during a RBI single where the ensuing throw-in was airmailed, allowing D. Williams to score the winning run.
Hernandez and Garcia each had three hits. Dukes was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Suttles was 2-for-4.