Softball Recaps: February 20
Nicholls State 6, Alcorn State 1
Nicholls State 8, Alcorn State 1
LORMAN, Miss. – Costly errors doomed Alcorn State (1-5) during a double-header sweep at the hands of Nicholls State Tuesday afternoon. Alcorn fell 6-1 in the opener and 8-1 in game two.
Defensive miscues derailed Alcorn State during its game one loss versus the Colonels. Nicholls struck first when Brooklyn Devine reached on an error by Victoria Tyler. Kaylene Smith mishandled a play that allowed Lady Colonel runners on the corners, and Devine later scored on a sac fly.
Tyler tied the game for the Lady Braves with a RBI single to score Mariah Ortiz (1-for-4), but Nicholls took advantage of two more Alcorn errors in the fifth which aided a four-run fifth inning. The Lady Colonels added another run for insurance in the top of the seventh thanks to a RBI groundout that plated Bailey Hughes.
Alcorn mounted a threat in the seventh, as starting pitcher Robin Harrison drew a walk and Malea Dickerson followed with a base hit. Bre Glenn drew a free pass to load the bags with one out, but Ortiz popped out, and Desirea Lindsey flied out to end the game.
Harrison was assessed the loss despite only one of Nicholls’ runs being earned. She scattered seven hits and struck out six. Dickerson was 2-for-3.
Alcorn picked up the early advantage after Ortiz (2-for-3, R) led off with a single and Taylor Hughes brought her home with a base hit. Paige Taylor then kept the Nicholls bats off the board until the fifth inning, where the Lady Colonels managed two runs thanks to consecutive RBI singles from Mallery Marino and Kasey Frederick.
Taylor’s afternoon ended after the fifth, at which point she had allowed two runs on seven hits. However, errors again reared their ugly heads for Alcorn, after Ambria Dorsey came on in the final two innings.
Dorsey and the Lady Braves held Nicholls scoreless in the sixth, but the Lady Colonels posted a six-spot in the top of the seventh, as three Alcorn fielding gaffes kept the inning alive for the visitors. Dorsey was ultimately charged with six runs (two earned) allowed on six hits in 2.0 innings. The Lady Braves failed to mount a threat in its final-at bat.
Centenary (La.) 10, Grambling State 1
GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State (1-6) was limited to just three hits during a 10-1 defeat versus Centenary Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. Caitlin McDowell (1-2) took the loss for the Lady Tigers, going 3.1 innings and allowing eight earned runs on five hits.
She allowed five walks and struck out two. The Lady Tigers struck first as Hailey Haynes laid down a sacrifice bunt that Kenyshae Beasley (1-for-3, R) turned into the first score of the game.
From there, however, Grambling was clamped up offensively, picking up just one more hit the rest of the day. Centenary took the lead in the bottom of the second inning with a three-run spurt, then sealed the contest with a seven-run fourth inning, highlighted by a Margeaux Smith three-run double.
Morgan Adams and Allye Hartley each had a hit for the Lady Tigers.
Grambling was initially slated to face LeTourneau as part of a triangular contest at 5 p.m., but the contest was postponed due to rain.