Softball Recap: February 15
Kentucky State 3, Alcorn State 2
Alcorn State 8, Kentucky State 4
VICKSBURG, Miss. - Alcorn State (1-3) split a Thursday doubleheader against Kentucky State, dropping game one 3-2 but rebounding to earn its first win of the season via an 8-4 win over the Thoroughbreds.
Paige Taylor received the hard-luck loss for the Lady Braves in game one, throwing a complete game and allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Taylor Hughes was 2-for-3, and Victoria Tyler and Bre Glenn each drove in a run. Mariah Ortiz and Alicia Hill both went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Alcorn struck first in the bottom of the third inning after Ortiz drew a walk and Hughes moved her into scoring position. Tyler then rapped a single to left field to bring Ortiz home. However, the inning ended with two Alcorn runners stranded. KSU then took the lead on a two-run base hit by Adrix Paradizo-Ramos, but the Thoroughbreds were limited there, as Taylor managed to work out of a bases-loaded jam to halt the damage.
After Glenn sent a double down the left field line to bring in Hill and tie the game, Kentucky State managed to turn two fifth-inning miscues by Alcorn into the eventual game-winning run, as Alcorn stranded two more runners to end the game.
In game two, Alcorn overcame a 5-3 sixth-inning deficit, erupting for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the victory. Bri Smith (2-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBI) drew a walk to start the rally, and Ortiz (3-for-4, RBI, R) dropped a bunt single to follow. After a sac bunt moved both runners over, Hughes (2-for-4, 2 RBI, R) delivered a two-run single to tie the contest.
Robin Harrison then drew a walk, and after a wild pitch moved Harrison and Hughes into scoring position, an error on KSU's infield allowed both runners to score. From there, Ambria Dorsey slammed the door on matters with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.