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Softball Recaps: February 17

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/17/2018
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#10 Baylor 14, Mississippi Valley State 1 (F/5)
#9 Alabama 11, Mississippi Valley State 0 (F/5)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mississippi Valley State had a tough day against ranked opposition during the Saturday portion of the Southern Miss Invitational, falling 14-1 to #10 Baylor and taking an 11-0 loss to No. 9 Alabama in its second game of the day.

The Devilettes (0-7) were limited to three hits against the Lady Bears. After turning away a potential Baylor rally early -- MVSU starter Chandler Ellis (4.0 IP, 13 H, 9 R allowed) shook off two early singles to get out of the inning unscathed -- The Devilettes struck first with back-to-back doubles by Sharia Cormier and Jodeci Afo-Tuia, with the latter scoring Cormier.

From there however, the Devilettes couldn't corral Baylor's bats, particularly in the fourth and fifth innings where the Lady Bears put up a combined 12 runs.

In game two, MVSU's offense continued its struggles, cranking out just two hits. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide's offense got off to a quick start, taking on seven runs with just three hits. The Devilettes never managed enough of a threat at the plate to recover. 

Ikeyia Alexander and Alexandra Dobbins each had a hit for MVSU.

Houston Baptist 3, Texas Southern 2
Texas Southern 4, Houston Baptist 2

HOUSTON - Texas Southern (1-1) opened its season with a double-header split versus Houston Baptist Saturday afternoon. The Lady Tigers fell in game one 3-2, but rebounded for a 4-2 victory in the second contest.

Game one was a pitcher's duel between HBU's Jessica Patak and TSU's Jasmin Fulmore. The Lady Huskies managed first strike when Libby Brown got a hold of a Fulmore offering for a solo home run in the third inning. Outside of that, Fulmore and the Lady Tigers largely held HBU's offense in check. Texas Southern tied matters in the fifth when Jocilynn Ellis (2-for-3, R) slapped a double and Dominique Tello brought her home with a single. In the seventh, TSU took the lead when pinch-runner Ebony Wiltz scored on a throwing error, but Houston Baptist managed two runs off of TSU reliever Bailey Daniels to steal the win.

In game two, Lauren Rodriguez pitched five innings, allowing three hits and no runs in the victory. Texas Southern jumped ahead early with a four-run second inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Terren Vinson (2-for-3, R) and a RBI double from Tello.

That was all Rodriguez and Tyra Williams needed, as Williams locked up matters with a two-inning save. Ellis was 2-for-3 with a run scored in this game as well.

Northwestern State 9, Jackson State 0 (F/5)
Stephen F. Austin 8, Jackson State 4

NATCHITOCHES, La. - Jackson State (0-4) dropped two contests on Saturday during the Northwestern State Lady Demons Classic, falling 9-0 to the host Lady Demons and 8-4 to Stephen F. Austin.

Game one was a quiet outing for the JSU offense, as Alexis Hansard managed the lone hit for the Lady Tigers in the game. Meanwhile, three Lady Demons accounted for two RBI each. The Lady Demons did most of their damage in the initial frames, scoring seven runs in the first two innings.

In game two, Jackson State shook off a 2-0 deficit to take a 4-2 lead after a big second inning. Sierra Smith started the rally with a leadoff single, and Kayla Owens got JSU on the board with a RBI single. The Lady Tigers managed two more runs via a Ladyjacks error, and Nava Fisher tacked on a RBI single as well.

Jackson State's advantage was short-lived, however, as Stephen F. Austin posted four runs in the next inning. Jackson State was unable to return fire, stranding six runners over the next four innings.

Alabama State 9, Fort Wayne 4
Appalachian State 6, Alabama State 1

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State split on the second day of the Black & Gold Tournament at the Barbara Williams Softball Complex, winning the opener before falling in the nightcap.

After a five-run first inning, Alabama State was able to hold for a 9-4 victory over Fort Wayne to open the day before falling behind and losing to Appalachian State, 6-1 in the nightcap.

In game one, Alabama State (3-2) scored early and often in the first after Casey Durham scored the game’s first run on a Fort Wayne fielding error. Kristen Gunter scored on bases-loaded walk to Amira James to give Alabama State a 2-0 lead. The inning continued with Hailey Walker scoring on a fielding error, Marina Clark scoring on a passed ball and James on ground ball out for the 5-0 lead.

Fort Wayne was able to pick up a couple of runs in the third inning, before the Lady Hornets added four more in the sixth on a pair of hits.

Skyler Sullivan (1-0) came out the bullpen to pick up her first win of the season by going four innings and allowing two runs off of six hits. Gunter picked up three of the Lady Hornets’ hits in the opener.

In game two, Alabama State fell behind early and couldn’t recover as Appalachian State scored two runs in each the first, third and sixth innings.

The Lady Hornets got on the board in the sixth when Durham singled to third and brought Clark in for the lone run. Charlene Castro got the loss for Alabama State on the mound.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Lamar 9, Prairie View A&M 0 (F/5)
UTSA 9, Prairie View A&M 1 (F/6)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Prairie View A&M (0-4) dropped both sides of Saturday action at the Texas-San Antonio Invitational, falling 9-0 to Lamar and 9-1 to host UTSA.

A pitcher's duel early on, PVAMU's offense never got going against Lamar's Amie Cisneros, who only allowed one hit -- to PVAMU's Destinee Williams -- but Prairie View starter Crystal Castillo was similarly effective early on sans allowing a solo home run to Kelly Meeuwsen in the third inning. However, things fell apart for the Lady Panthers in the fifth inning, where the Cardinals reeled off eight runs while batting around, forcing the mercy rule win.

Prairie View was similarly bottled up against the Roadrunners, only coming up with four hits off of UTSA starter Lizzy Fox. Down 3-0 in the fourth, Prairie View put together a chance during which Alyssa Garcia ripped a single down the left field line to score Williams, but the Lady Panthers ultimately ended the inning with the bases loaded.

From there, UTSA put it away with six unanswered runs. Vanessa Castro received the loss for Prairie View, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing six hits and seven earned runs.