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Softball Recaps: February 18

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/18/2018
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UTSA 10, Prairie View 1 (F/5)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -  Prairie View A&M (0-5) concluded play in the Texas-San Antonio Classic on a undesirable note, falling to host UTSA 10-1 Sunday afternoon.

PVAMU’s lone run came in the opening frame, as Destinee Williams doubled down the right field line to get the Lady Panthers going. With two outs, Kylar Ward-Flowers was hit by a pitch advancing Williams to third, and Alyssa Garcia then singled up the middle, scoring Williams.

From there, the Roadrunners took control, scoring 10 unanswered runs. Celeste Loughman and Rylee Rodriguez each accounted for four RBIs in the game for UTSA.

Ashley Higgins took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) and five hits in 2.0 innings.

PVAMU Sports Information contributed to this report.

Alabama State 7, Akron 2
Holy Cross 4, Alabama State 2

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State University split a pair of home games Sunday on the final day of the Black and Gold Tournament, finishing the weekend with three wins.

Alabama State (4-4) opened the day with a 7-2 victory over Akron, using a five-run sixth inning to pull ahead and defeat the Zips.

The Lady Hornets got on the board early following a Casey Durham leadoff triple, before she scored on a Kristin Gunter sacrifice fly to give Alabama State a 1-0 in the first inning. The score stayed there until the third when Taylor Rosser scored on a Durham single to left, moments after stealing second, to give Alabama State a 2-0 lead.

Amira James started off the sixth inning with her first home run of the season, this one of the inside the park variety, as she laced a ball to right for the 3-0 lead. The inning continued when Rosser tripled home Aimee Felicies and Kaitlyn Kilner to push the lead to 5-0. They added two more runs on back-to-back doubles by Durham and Gunter for the seven-run lead.

Durham finished game one perfect at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of runs batted in. Rosser finished with a pair of hits and RBI in the win, while Justine Jean picked up the win. The sophomore went six innings and allowed one run off of four hits and three strikeouts.

In the finale, Holy Cross was able to push across a pair of runs in the eighth inning for a 4-2 victory over Alabama in extra innings.

Holy Cross scored a pair of runs in the first inning, and the score stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh. The Lady Hornets were down to their last strike when Marina Clark tripled to right to score James to trim the deficit to 2-1. Rosser came up in a pinch hit role and delivered as she beat out a ball that mishandled by the Holy Cross pitcher to tie the game at 2-all and send the game to extra innings.

Vanessa Bradford did not factor into the decision, as she went 6.1 innings and allowed two runs – both unearned – off of four hits. She also ended the day with seven strikeouts. Skylar Sullivan was the hard-luck loser, as she went 1.2 innings and allowed two runs off of one hit.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Southern Miss 9, Mississippi Valley State 2

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State dropped a 9-2 decision to Southern Miss during the Lady Eagles’ Invitational tournament Sunday afternoon.

The Devilettes were done in by a fast start from Southern Miss, as the hosts scored seven unanswered runs over the first three innings, chasing MVSU starter Andrea Elmore after just one inning pitched. Elmore was assessed the loss on her ledger after allowing five runs (all earned) on five hits.

Ikeiya Alexander provided the lone bit of offense for MVSU with a two-run single in the fourth, but the Devilettes were unable to make up enough ground from that point.

Alyssa Davis and Chase Nelson combined for six RBIs for Southern Miss.

Northwestern State 13, Jackson State 1 (F/5) 

NATCHITOCHES, La. – Jackson State lost 13-1 to Northwestern State Sunday afternoon during its final game of the NSU Lady Demon Classic.

Jackson State was unable to corral the Lady Demons’ offense, as JSU starter Ashley Sain allowed 12 runs (all earned) on 14 hits in 3.0 innings of work. Jackson State’s sole bit of offense came compliments of a Kelsey Smith RBI base hit that scored Jalicia Hughes.

Nine different Lady Demon hitters had at least one RBI in the game.