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Softball Recaps: February 16

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/16/2018
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Missouri State 4, Prairie View A&M 3
Kansas 2, Prairie View A&M 1 (F/8)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A one-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted Kansas past Prairie View A&M softball team 2-1 in the afternoon game at the UTSA Softball Classic.  The Lady Panthers dropped the opening game to Missouri St. 4-3 at the Roadrunner Field.

Missouri State scored the first run in the opening frame on a single up the middle.

The Lady Panthers grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning. Laurisa Hernandez singled, before Destinee Williams reached base on a walk, advancing Hernandez to second. On a wild pitch both ladies took a base advancing Hernandez to third and placing D. Williams on second. Amanda Ford’s single up the middle scored both Hernandez and D. Williams, before the frame was ended.

The Lady Panthers posted a third run in the top of third inning. Keona Hunter opened the third with a single to left field, before Shelby Williams reached base on a fielder’s choice and Hunter advancing to second. With one out and two runners on base, Alyssa Garcia reached base on a fielder’s choice, but this time Hunter was out at third. With two outs Kylar Ward-Flowers reached base on an era, scoring S. Williams and advancing Garcia to second giving the Lady Panthers a 3-1 advantage.

Missouri scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good.

In the second game, Vannessa Castro allowed just three hits, walking only two batters, while striking out for the Lady Panthers.

After four scoreless innings, the Lady Panthers got on the board first in the fifth frame. Garcia opened the inning with a homer to left field to give PVAMU a 1-0 advantage.

The Jayhawks scored in the bottom of the seventh to tie and extend the game to an eighth inning. The Lady Panthers had base runners on second and first, but couldn’t get anyone across the plate. Kansas scored in the bottom of the eighth on a single to take the win.

Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Memphis 11, Jackson State 0 (F/5)
Northwestern State 9, Jackson State 0 (F/5)

NATCHITOCHES, La. – Jackson State was held quiet offensively during its Friday action at the Northwestern State Lady Demon Classic, falling 11-0 to Memphis and 9-0 to Northwestern State.

Against Memphis, the Lady Tigers (0-2) were held without a hit. Jackson State kept Memphis under wraps early on, but allowed three runs in the third inning and lost a handle on things during the fourth inning, where Memphis tacked on eight runs. Kayla Owens, who suffered the loss, got the start for JSU and gave up nine of the Lady Tigers 11 runs allowed in 3.1 innings of work. Molly Smith picked up the win for Memphis (4-2). She pitched 4.1 innings and allowed no runs, no hits and had 11 strike outs.

Catcher Regan Hadley led Memphis with three hits, a run and two RBIs.

The Lady Tigers (0-2) played better in the second game, as they posted three hits but could not put any runs on the scoreboard against the Lady Demons. Kaitlynn Elzie, Cheyenne Aplon and Alexis Hansard each recorded their first hits of the year.

Symone Williams (0-1) suffered the loss for JSU. She pitched 4.1 innings and gave up nine runs on seven hits with one strikeout. E.C. Delafield (1-0) got the win for NSU. In four innings of work she allowed three hits. Kaitlyn Clair and Cayla Jones each posted a pair of hits for Memphis. Jones scored two runs.

Courtesy: Jackson State Sports Media

Alabama State 10, Appalachian State 4

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State used a four-run fourth inning to run past Appalachian State 10-4 in their home opener Friday night at the Barbara Williams Complex.

The bottom of the order provided six of the seven hits for the Lady Hornets with Hatty Shope, Aimee Felicies and Taylor Rosser each collecting a pair of hits in the victory. The trio also scored five of the 10 Alabama State runs. Whie Rosser finished the night with three runs batted in.

Alabama State (2-2) found themselves was down early against Appalachian State (1-5) in the first two innings of the game, as the visitors put four on the board in the second for a 4-0 lead. Taylor Rosser drove in the game’s first run on a groundout to short that scored Kaitlyn Kilner to trim the deficit to 4-1 through the first two innings.

Appalachian State was held scoreless the remainder of the game, as Alabama State pushed the lead 6-4 with a four-run fourth inning highlighted by an RBI triple from Rosser that scored Felicies.

Alabama State added two more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth for the final margin of victory, highlighted by an RBI double off the bat of Rosser.

Vanessa Bradford (2-1) came out of the bullpen to go six innings and allowed just one run off of five hits, while striking out six.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

#24 McNeese State 12, Mississippi Valley State 6

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State gave #24 McNeese State a run for its money but ultimately faded down the stretch, losing a 5-1 lead and falling 12-6 against the Cowgirls during the Southern Miss Invitational on Friday.

Down 1-0 early, the Devilettes pounced on sloppy play by the Cowgirls early on, as Sharia Cormier, Jodeci Afoa-Tuia and Dejanae Gage each picked up two-out singles to start a rally. During Gage’s base hit – which drove in Cormier – McNeese centerfielder Brenique Wright misfired a throw that allowed Afoa-Tuia (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B) to touch home plate as well. Gage later scored on a throwing error from Cowgirl first baseman Megan Holmes.

After MVSU starter Andrea Elmore worked out of a bases-loaded jam, the Devilettes ultimately chased McNeese starting pitcher Ashley Koncir in the bottom of the second, as Cormier and Kailyn Dunn each collected RBI base hits.

From there, the Cowgirl offense took control as Wright smacked a two-run home run to spark a four-run inning during the third which tied the game, and McNeese outscored MVSU 6-1 the rest of the way. Jezabelle Quintana took the loss for Mississippi Valley in relief, issuing 10 walks in four innings of work. She allowed two hits and seven runs (three earned).


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