Softball Recaps: April 10
Alabama A&M 13, Tuskegee 0 (F/5)
Alabama A&M 19, Tuskegee 9 (F/6)
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – Power hitting was the difference for the Alabama A&M softball team as the Lady Bulldogs piled up a combined 32 runs on 41 hits in a double-header sweep of Tuskegee University Tuesday afternoon. Alabama A&M defeated Tuskegee 13-0 in game one and 19-9 in game two.
The Lady Bulldogs (17-12) did its offensive damage during the first three innings of the contest. After Tamia Lee-Barbadillo (3-for-4, 4 R) led things off with a single, Ariel Smith doubled to score Lee-Barbadillo. Madi Pozzi added to AAMU’s advantage with a two-run homer.
After Alabama A&M’s Lauren Hayden dealt a 1-2-3 first inning, the Lady Bulldogs tacked on four runs in the second inning, and Tiana Sanders (3-for-4, 5 RBI, 2 R) put one over the wall in the third to drive in two more runs.
Hayden carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, where Kyah Dumas broke things up with a single to left. However, Tuskegee was retired in order from there as Hayden improved to 9-1 on the season. She fanned five and walked two. Ashley Tyler was charged with the loss, falling to 3-10.
Similar to game one, Alabama A&M’s offense started quickly, as Sanders opened the scoring with a two-run double, and Pozzi homered to spark a 6-0 advantage over the first three innings.
Tuskegee got on the board after Sierra Smith (3-for-5, 5 RBI, 2 R) took a Rachel Sanders pitch out of the park for a two-run home run. In the fourth, Sanders (3-for-5, 5 RBI, 2 R) hit her second two-run blast in as many games, and Alabama A&M used that as a springboard to a five-run inning that pushed its lead to 11-2.
After scrapping together two runs via a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice, the Lady Golden Tigers got their bats going in the bottom of the frame as Jasmyne Lawrence singled home Jasmine Howard, Smith blasted her second round-tripper of the game – this one a three-run homer – and Cecelia Tennessee followed with a solo shot of her own.
After the seven-run surge, Alabama A&M led 11-9. The Lady Bulldogs regrouped to the tune of eight unanswered runs over the fifth and sixth innings – capped by a Jessica Alferos grand slam – to pull away late. Barbadillo was 5-for-5 with four RBI.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8, LSU-Alexandria 0 (F/5)
LSU-Alexandria 5, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff split a double-header with LSU-Alexandria Tuesday afternoon at the Torii Hunter Softball Complex. UAPB (12-20) shut out LSU-A 8-0 game one, but fell 5-2 in the nightcap.
Juliana Dominguez threw a two-hit gem to power Arkansas-Pine Bluff past LSU-Alexandria. The Lady Lions wasted no time jumping ahead, tacking on four runs in the first inning.
Tonnay Hawkins drew a walk, and Ta'Lyn Moody singled, during which Hawkins reached third via error. After Moody swiped second, Shanice Akins laid down a bunt single that Hawkins scored on, and Alexandria Taylor followed with a two-run double. Monique Nikolao later brought home Taylor on a RBI groundout.
UAPB added four runs over the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull away. Moody was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
LSU-Alexandria tacked on two runs to take the early advantage after one, but in the bottom of the frame, UAPB scrapped one run by thanks to a RBI sac fly from Kayla Ross.
UAPB struggled to find consistent offense in the game as LSU-Alexandria added two more runs -- one each in the fourth and fifth innings via small ball. Moody slapped a RBI single to cut the deficit in half, but LSU-A added one more for insurance.
Moody was 3-for-3 with a run scored, accounting for all hits by UAPB in the game.
Southern Miss 8, Southern 2
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern dropped an 8-2 contest at Southern Miss during non-conference action Tuesday evening.
Neither side did much offensively until the Lady Eagles posted a pair of runs in the third inning. Southern tied the contest at 2-2 when -- after Elizabeth Donaldson reached via a fielding error and Jamani Greer single -- Jazmine Dukes picked up a two-run single in the fourth.
From that point, Southern Miss pulled away, tacking on six unanswered runs while the Lady Eagle pitching duo of Jillian Johnson and Reagan Watkins stifiled the Jaguars' (11-16) offense down the stretch.
Ciarra Cherry was 3-for-4 for Southern Miss, and Destini Brown was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and three RBI.
#23 Mississippi State 11, Alcorn State 0 (F/5)
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Going up against a nationally ranked opponent for the first time this season, the Alcorn State University softball program fell to 23rd-ranked Mississippi State 11-0 on Tuesday at Nusz Park.
The Lady Braves (7-24, 4-2 SWAC) scattered three hits in the contest. In two plate appearances, Desirea Lindsey, the SWAC Hitter of the Week winner, singled to center and was hit by a pitch.
Alcorn also registered a single through the right side by Taylor Hughes in the first inning, and an infield single by Alicia Hill in the second.
Amari Ramsey saw her 18-game hitting-streak and 20-game on-base streak come to an end. Though, she's still knocked at least one hit in every conference game this year.
The Bulldogs (30-11, 4-8 SEC) grabbed an advantage early with four runs in the first and five in the second. Mia Davidson was 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk, home run, two RBI's and three runs scored.
Holly Ward tossed a complete-game shutout for MSU and struck out six.
Paige Taylor got the start and took the loss for the Lady Braves. Robin Harrison and Ambria Dorsey made appearances from the bullpen.
Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information