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Courtesy: David Campbell / Alabama State

Softball Recaps: February 10

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/10/2018
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Alabama State 5, Tennessee State 4

TROY, Ala. - Alabama State defeated Tennessee State 5-4 in extra innings Saturday afternoon in their only game of the day as the remainder of the day was cancelled due to rain.

After Tennessee State (0-4) went scoreless in the top of the eighth inning, the Lady Hornets had their chance with Kristin Gunter at second base to start due to the tiebreaker. Charlene Castro grounded out to first for the first out of the inning, advancing to Gunter to third. She eventually scored on an infield single by Amira James.

Tennessee State jumped on top of Alabama State (1-2) starter Justine Jean with two runs in the first three innings to take a 2-0 lead. The Lady Hornets answered in the fourth with three runs of their own when Gunter led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a Castro single. After a walk to James, Casey Durham drove in a pair to tie the score at 2-all, before James scored to end the inning.

Vanessa Bradford (1-1) entered the game in the sixth inning and got credit for the victory after going 2.2 innings and did not allow a baserunner.

Castro ended the day with a pair of hits, giving her five for the weekend, while Durham and James each picked up a pair of hits.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Virginia 14, Southern 2

LAKE CHARLES, La. - Southern was limited to one-hit during a 14-2 loss to Virginia during the McNeese State Cowgirl Classic. It was the only game played during the day as rain forced cancellation of the remainder of Saturday's slate of the tournament.

Sydney Andrews drew a walk and eventually moved to third thanks to back-to-back wild pitches. After Jamani Greer drew a free pass, Elizabeth Donaldson brought Andrews home as the Jaguars drew first blood. The Cavaliers (2-3) took the upper hand after Lacey Smith hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Southern looked poised to respond in the second as Shauna Knighten reached on an error and moved to second via wild pitch.

Southern (2-1) loaded the bases after Tiara Scott walked and Andrews was hit by a pitch, but Kiara Suttles flied out to center to put a halt to the chance. From there, Virginia put the contest out of reach during a second inning where the Jaguars allowed nine runs on four hits. Virginia added two more runs, but Southern managed another score in the fourth after Alison Walton scored on a passed ball. However, the Jaguars left the bags loaded in the inning.

Donaldson eventually broke up Virginia's no-hit bid with a double in the fifth. In all, Southern stranded nine runners.

Aubrion James was credited with the loss, dropping to 1-1 after being chased following 1.2 innings of work where she allowed six runs on five hits (five earned runs).