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Courtesy: Sidney Jackson / Alabama A&M

Softball Recap: February 28

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/28/2018
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Northwestern State 8, Prairie View 1
Prairie View 4, Northwestern State 2

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Prairie View A&M split a Tuesday double-header with Northwestern State, falling 8-1 in game one but rebounding for a 4-2 win in the second contest.

The Lady Panthers were done in by a fast start from the visiting Lady Demons. Northwestern State tacked on four runs thanks to a grand slam by Sidney Harris off of Prairie View starter Vannessa Castro. Castro settled down a bit over the next couple innings, but Prairie View struggled to get going offensively.

Prairie View A&M showed some life in the fourth when Laurisa Hernandez took an offering from NSU's Mikayla Brown out of the park, but the Lady Demons responded with two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh, cruising to the win from there.

Castro allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits in 4.2 innings of work, receiving the loss on her ledger. Daneisha Hinton and Kylar Ward-Flowers also had a hit for Prairie View.

Prairie View quickly jumped on the Lady Demons, as Brown started the second game and was quickly tagged with three Lady Panther runs. Hinton slapped a double to right center that scored Shelby Williams, and Hernandez blasted a two-run shot. The Lady Panthers carried their momentum to the next frame as Brianna Grays delivered a RBI single to plate Amanda Ford.

From there, Prairie View A&M starter Ashley Higgins put the clamps on the Lady Demon offense for much of the way until Northwestern State's Julie Rawls sparked the offense, hitting a solo homer in the fifth and picking up a RBI single in the sixth to cut into Prairie View's lead (4-2). Higgins managed to work out of a two-out jam with two on, getting a force out at second to end the frame.

That was all the Lady Demons would muster, as Higgins dealt a 1-2-3 seventh inning to earn the complete game win. She scattered eight runs over seven innings of work.

Williams was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double.