Softball Recaps: April 8
North Texas 9, Mississippi Valley State 0 (F/6)
North Texas 7 , Mississippi Valley State 4
ITTA BENA, Miss. - Mississippi Valley State suffered two setbacks during Sunday double-header action versus North Texas, falling 9-0 and 7-4 in game one and two, respectively.
The Devilettes were quieted offensively in game one, only managing two hits. However, Alyssa Montes (5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 ER) manged to keep the clamps on the Mean Green for the early goings, allowing just one run through three innings.
However, North Texas broke through down the strech, tacking on two runs to spark off a stretch of eight unanswered runs over the final three innings. With the Devilettes unable to solve Mean Green starter Maria Priest (CG, 2 H, 3 BB, W), the deficit was too much to overcome.
Kailyn Dunn and Taylor Baez each had a hit. Rhylie Makawe hit a two-run homer to aid North Texas, and Lindsay Gregory was 1-for-4 with three RBI.
During the nightcap, Mississippi Valley (7-25) struck first, taking advantage of North Texas miscues to get two runners on. Sharia Cormier delivered a RBI single, and Dejanae Gage laid down a bunt single to bring home Deshonte Smith and give the Devilettes a 2-0 lead.
The Mean Green responded with a solo home run, but MVSU returned fire as Lexany Terrones hit a RBI single, and Smith brought her home with a triple.
From that point, it was all North Texas, as the Mean Green scored twice in the fifth inning to get within one and took control for good with a four-run sixth inning.
Terrones was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7, Grambling State 3
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6, Grambling State 2
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11-19, 8-3 SWAC) swept Grambling State (8-22, 0-10 SWAC) during double-header Southwestern Athletic Conference Action Sunday afternoon at the Torri Hunter Softball Complex. UAPB won 7-3 in game one and 6-2 in the second contest.
Game one saw Arkansas-Pine Bluff build a 5-0 lead after two innings. Four of those runs came in the opening frame, as Shanice Akins (3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) started the scoring with a double that pushed Ta'Lyn Moody across the plate. Akins -- who advanced to third during the previous play -- scored via RBI groundout, and Monique Nikolao and Kameron Graham followed with RBI base hits.
Tayler Lenz-Selvera put Grambling on the board with a two-run blast in the fourth, but the Lady Lions tacked on a run in the fifth and sixth innings to distance themselves toward victory.
Karia Hall got the win with a complete-game effort, allowing three runs on three hits.
UAPB started quickly in game two, as Tonnay Hawkins (2-3, SB, R) scored on a passed ball, and the Lady Lions scrapped together two more runs with RBI groundouts. Grambling managed a run in the third, but UAPB responded in kind, and in the fourth inning Akins (2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) smacked a two-run single in the bottom of the frame.
Grambling stranded eight runs in the contest.