Softball Recaps: April 28
Missouri 10, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (F/6)
Missouri 2, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff (15-27) was limited to a combined five hits en route to dropping both sides of a non-conference double-header to Missouri by scores of 10-0 and 2-0.
Game one saw the Lady Lions held to one base knock, compliments of Dominique Humphrey. Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers quickly asserted themselves to the tune of five runs in the first inning, as sparked by a solo home run by Regan Nash. In the second inning, Kolby Romaine smacked a two-run homer to make it 7-0, and Missouri forced the run-rule win in the sixth with a three-run shot from Kara Decker.
Angelique Ramos took the loss, allowing eight hits and seven runs -- five earned -- in 2.0 innings.
In game two, Juliana Dominguez managed to hold the Lady Tigers to just four hits, though Trenity Edwards hit a two-run single for Missouri's lone offense of the game. However, UAPB was unable to get anything going at the plate, picking up four hits -- two from Ta'Lyn Moody -- but not pushing anyone across.
Prairie View A&M 9, Texas Southern 8
Texas Southern 4, Prairie View A&M 2
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - The Prairie View A&M University softball team split a double header versus Texas Southern Saturday afternoon on senior day for the Lady Panthers. PVAMU won game one in a 9-8 thriller and dropping game two 4-2.
Four senior players were honored today after the Lady Panthers regular season finale game. Keon Hunter, Kelsey Coronado, Kylar Ward-Flowers, and Amanda Ford were the seniors presented.
With the series win, PVAMU (14-20, 11-6 SWAC) remains in contention for the Western Division title, and Texas Southern (20-14-1, 11-4 SWAC) must win its season-ending series versus Alcorn State to clinch the division.
With a Tevanae Tate solo home run as the catalyst, Texas Southern opened the first two innings posting five runs, keeping PVAMU off the scoreboard through four innings.
The Lady Panthers offense came alive in the bottom of the fourth scoring three runs on four hits. Shelby Williams singled to open the inning, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Alexis Freeman. Gabrielle Fonseca tripled to left field, allowing S. Williams to score the first run for Prairie View A&M on the afternoon. Laurisa Hernandez homered, bringing both Freeman and Fonseca across home plate for the Lady Panthers, to get within two as the fourth inning concluded.
TSU added one run on one hit in the top of the sixth. PVAMU responded with four runs on four hits in their half of the inning. Fonseca opened the inning with a single to center field. Fonseca advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch in the subsequent at bat. Destinee Williams hit a two-run homer to empty the bases for the Lady Panthers. Ward-Flowers was hit by a pitch to begin the second half of the scoring frenzy for PV. In the following at-bat, Alyssa Garcia the second two-run homer of the frame to advance the score 7-6.
The Lady Tigers scored a pair of runs on one hit in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Panthers refused to go quietly scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh. D. Williams walked and Hernandez reached base on an error to put two runners in scoring position for the Purple and Gold. Ward-Flowers got to first base on a fielder's choice. Daneisha Hinton walked to load the bases, before Garcia singled and bringing around two runners to win the first game
Texas Southern led 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth when the Lady Panthers tried to mount a comeback, scoring two runs on four hits. Coronado singled to right field, before Ward-Flowers singled to center field and pinch runner Brianna Grays advanced to second. Two at bats later, Ford singled up the middle, allowing Grays to score. Hunter walked to load the bases, and S. Williams singled, which brought pinch runner Samantha Martinez home from third base.
The Lady Panthers had a chance to rally in the final inning for the second time in the day. Unfortunately. PVAMU went three up, three down in the bottom of the seventh, allowing TSU to earn the win.
Courtesy: PVAMU Athletics Communications
Mississippi Valley State 7, Alcorn State 1
Alcorn State 10, Mississippi Valley State 1 (F/6)
ITTA BENA, Miss. - After Saturday's results, the Alcorn State University softball program is deadlocked in a three-way tie atop the SWAC East Division standings after splitting a doubleheader 1-7 and 10-1 to Mississippi Valley State at the MVSU Softball Field.
Alcorn, Alabama State and Alabama A&M all sit at 9-5 in SWAC play. The Lady Braves are still attempting to reschedule their final game with the Lady Hornets after splitting the first two but the third was rained out. ASU and AAMU have yet to play each other. Alcorn swept the Bulldogs in a three-game series to hold the tiebreaker.
Saturday's action saw the Lady Braves get off to a slow start, but responded with a mercy-rule victory.
In the first game, Alcorn registered hits from freshman Amari Ramsey and senior Taylor Hughes. The Lady Braves scored in the third inning on an error as freshman Desirea Lindsey came around to touch home plate. MVSU managed to pull away after a forgettable second inning for the Lady Braves' defense, as the Devilettes scored six runs, three of them unearned.
Junior Paige Taylor got the start and threw 1.1 innings. Sophomore Ambria Dorsey turned in a strong performance in relief as she did not allow an earned run in 4.2 frames. Andrea Elmore threw a complete-game for MVSU to pick up the win.
Game two was a different story as Alcorn outhit the Delta Devils 11-2 and tallied a pair of four-run innings.
Junior Victoria Tyler, the reigning SWAC Hitter of the Week winner, went 3-for-4 with three RBI's and a run scored. Lindsey also submitted a three-hit outing including a double and two runs scored. Sophomore Alicia Hill went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
In the circle, freshman Lindsey Eldridge got the nod and earned the win after surrendering just one run on two hits in 3.0 innings. Dorsey made another bullpen appearance and fired 2.0 no-hit frames. Alyssa Montes took the loss for MVSU after giving up six earned runs in 4.0 innings.
The game was tied 0-0 in the third when Lindsey walked and Hughes singled to put two runners on. Tyler followed with an RBI single to score the first run. Freshman Malea Dickerson came through with a two-RBI knock, and Hill delivered an RBI hit to give Alcorn a 4-0 edge.
The Lady Braves kept it going in the fourth with two more runs to increase the advantage to 6-0. After a single by Ramsey and a double by Lindsey, Hughes grounded out for an RBI. Tyler then notched a single to left to score Lindsey.
Alcorn poured it on with four runs in the fifth to pull away. The Lady Braves were aided by four errors by the Devilettes. A hit by freshman Ashley Arnold and an RBI single by Tyler highlighted the frame.
Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information
Southern 8, Grambling State 6
Grambling State 5, Southern 4
GRAMBLING, La. - The Grambling State University softball team picked its first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Tigers split a doubleheader with rival Southern, falling in the opener, 8-6, but edging the Jaguars in the second game, 5-4, at the GSU Softball Complex.
In the opener, Grambling State (11-26 overall, 1-14 SWAC) picked up one run in the first, but Southern answered with two in the second to grab a 2-1 advantage.
The Jaguars (15-21, 7-9) extended the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third, only to watch the Lady Tigers answer with two in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 3.
Grambling State plated three runs on two hits and took advantage of a pair of errors to take a 6-3 lead in the fourth inning.
Tayler Lenz-Selvera opened the frame with a double and scored when Versace Hicks-Butler reached on an error. Kenyshae Beasley reached on a fielder’s choice and with one out, Mercedes Williams took first on an error to load the bases. Morgan Adams followed with a walk to score Hicks-Butler and Tia Coleman singled to plate Beasley.
However, Southern used a five-run sixth to grab an 8-6 lead as the Jaguars held on for the win.
Morgan Adams led the way offensively for Grambling by going 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Hailey Haynes went 2-for-4, with two runs scored and one RBI, while Tayler Lenz-Selvera was 2-for-4 with one run scored.
Southern’s Scarlett Brock went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and Shauna Knighten was 2-for-3, with one RBI and one run scored. Aubrion James (9-10) earned the win in 6.1 innings. She gave up six runs (two earned) on eight hits, with three walks and one strikeout.
The Lady Tigers trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the second, but plated two runs to grab a 2-1 lead.
Southern answered with three runs in the third and led 4-2 before Grambling State used a three-run fifth to hold on to a 5-4 victory.
In the fifth, Monique Smith led off the inning with a single to right and stole second. Lenz-Selvera reached on a fielding error, which allowed Smith to score from second. After a stolen base by Lenz-Selvera, Kendalyn Arceneaux walked and both runners moved up a base on Deshuna McDaniel sacrifice bunt. Hailey followed with a single up the middle to plate as Lenz-Selvera scored and Arceneaux was out at the plate. Haynes came in to score the go-ahead run and eventual winning run when Morgan Adams reached on an error with two outs.
Southern had an opportunity to tie the game in the seventh, but Grambling State got Elizabeth Donaldson to pop up with a runner on third to the shortstop to end the game.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Jackson State 9, Alabama State 5
Alabama State 8, Jackson State 7
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State claimed a series victory over Jackson State, splitting the doubleheader in their home finale Saturday afternoon and using a walk-off home run by Natalia Rivera in the nightcap to win 8-7.
Jackson State used a pair of runs early to take a lead over the Lady Hornets, until Alabama State came back with three runs in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. In that inning, Kaitlyn Kilner scored on an error by Jackson State, before Vanessa Bradford singled to right to drive in a pair of runs.
Jackson State was able to take back the lead at 4-3 with a pair of runs in the sixth, before adding five in the seventh for a 9-3 lead.
Alabama State (19-26, 9-5 SWAC) scored a pair of runs in the final stanza using a single by Kimberlee Owens and another by Hailey Walker for the final margin. Kaylee Davis and Walker each finished with a pair of hits in the loss for Alabama State.
Skyler Sullivan (5-9) suffered the loss, working seven innings and allowing 12 hits while striking out seven in the loss.
Alabama State trailed 7-5 with just two innings left to play and was in danger of dropping their series until Hatty Shope singled home Aimee Felices to draw them within one at 7-6, and setting the stage for the last inning.
After a one-out single by Marina Clark, Rivera stepped to the plate and drilled a 2-1 pitch over the center field fence to give the Lady Hornets the victory in front of alumni and friends as the Lady Hornets were celebrating their 20th year reunion.
The Lady Hornets led most of the way in the finale, grabbing a 5-0 lead through the first three innings, before Jackson State was able to comeback and take the lead with a five-run sixth inning.
Shope finished the second game 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of runs batted in, while Clark and Rivera each picked up a pair of hits. Justine Jean (9-9) pitched a complete game for the win, scattering 11 hits and striking out six.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications