Prairie View A&M's season ends versus Baylor
Baylor 9, Prairie View A&M 0 (F/5)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Prairie View A&M's season came to an end Saturday evening, as the Lady Panthers (20-22) dropped a 9-0 contest to Baylor during the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament in the College Station regional.
Baylor opened the contest with a pair of runs, using small ball and situational hitting to strike first. A wild pitch from Prairie View A&M's Ashley Higgins allowed the second score.
After allowing a run in each of the second and third innings, the Lady Panthers threatened as Amanda Ford singled and Day'Zjah Pennywell doubled, getting runners on the corners. However, Regan Green managed to retire the next three hitters, as PVAMU came up empty with the scoring chance.
From that point, the game got away from the Lady Panthers, as Baylor pushed five runs across -- highlighted by a two-run single from Hannah Thompson -- in the fourth inning. Prairie View mounted a chance in the fifth when Pennywell led off with a single and Alyssa Garcia followed with a base hit, but Gabrielle Fonseca grounded out, ending the game and the Panthers' historic season.
Despite the undesired end to the season, Prairie View A&M looks ahead to 2019, where it stands to return a lot of the core that led the team to its first Southwestern Athletic Conference softball championship in 20 years. Notable returnees include Destinee Williams, SWAC Softball Tournament MVP Laurisa Hernandez and outfielder Shelby Williams.
The Lady Panthers also project to return nearly every signifciant contributor from a pitching standpoint, including Higgins and All-SWAC first team hurler Crystal Castillo.