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Softball Recaps: March 2

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Release: 03/02/2018
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Villanova 5, Alabama State 3
Eastern Michigan 4, Alabama State 1

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – Alabama State pounded out three home runs Friday on the opening day of the EMU Florida Tournament, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Hornets fell to Villanova and Eastern Michigan.

Alabama State (4-12) fell 5-3 to Villanova in the first game of the day as they fell behind by three runs in the first inning. Villanova added two more runs in the fifth to go ahead 5-0 before Alabama State got going in the sixth inning.

Hailey Walker connected on her first home run of the season, a two-run shot to trim the deficit to 5-2 before Hatty Shope came up and hit her first of the season to trim the deficit to 5-3.

Justine Jean pitched all six innings for Alabama, giving up five runs off of five hits with three strikeouts.

In game two, Eastern Michigan jumped on top early with a first inning home run en route to a 4-1 victory. Alabama State trimmed the deficit to a pair on Shope’s second home run of the day.

Vanessa Bradford suffered the loss, going five innings and allowing four runs on six hits. She also struck out four. Skyler Sullivan came on in relief with a scoreless inning of work.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Grambling State 8, Langston 5
Grambling State 10, Texas College 2 (F/5)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Grambling State picked up two victories over Langston University and Texas College to open play at the HBCU Classic. The Lady Tigers won the first game of the day, 8-5, over Langston and defeated Texas College, 10-2 in five innings, to complete Friday’s action.

In the opener against Langston, Grambling State (5-10) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and added to the advantage with a four-run third inning.

With one down in the frame, Tia Coleman reached on an infield hit and scored on Allye Hartley’s two-out double to right center. Hailey Haynes followed with a double to center to plate Hartley. Versace Hicks-Butler drew a walk and Tiffany Doss singled through the left side to load the bases. After a pitching change, Monique Smith singled to right to plate Hicks-Butler and Haynes as the Lady Tigers built a 6-0 lead.

Langston cut the deficit to 6-1 with one run in the fourth and 6-5 with a four-run fifth. However, Grambling State plated two runs in the sixth as Coleman drove in Kenyshae Beasley and Smith to give the Lady Tigers an 8-5 lead. In the second game against Texas College, the Lady Tigers struck for two runs in the first and a run in the second to take a 3-1 lead into the fourth.

The Lady Steers cut the margin to 3-2 with one run in the top half of the fourth, but Grambling State put the game away with a six-run inning in the bottom of the frame. The Lady Tigers were patient in the frame with seven walks and took advantage of two errors to put six runs on the board.

Grambling State got the victory by scoring one run in the bottom of the fifth to defeat Texas College.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Jackson State 3, Huston-Tillotson 2
Langston 6, Jackson State 5

Jackson State split during day one of its action in the National HBCU Classic, downing Huston-Tillotson 3-2 but falling 6-5 to Langston.

The Lady Tigers jumped ahead early on against Huston-Tillotson, as Tisha Lane scored on a wild pitch in the third and JSU picked up RBI base hits from Kelsey Smith and Alexis Hansard during the top of the fourth. HTU got within one after tacking on two runs in its half of the fourth, but Symone Williams settled down from there, throwing no-hit ball the rest of the way.

Hansard had two hits. Williams struck out four, allowing two hits in earning the complete game win.

Against Langston, a late rally fell short for the Lady Tigers. Down 6-0 after four, Jackson State scored two runs on an error in the fifth and three more in the seventh, but during the fallout from a Smith RBI single that scored Kaitlynn Elzie to make the game 6-5, Arianna Cruz – who reached second on the play -- was thrown out for the deciding play while trying to stretch it to third.

Williams struck out eight, taking the loss.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5, Mississippi Valley State 2
Stephen F. Austin 8, Mississippi Valley State 0 (F/6)

HOUSTON – Mississippi Valley State dropped two contests during Friday action at the University of Houston’s Red and White Showcase. The Devilettes lost 5-2 to Texas A&M-Corpus Chrisit and 8-0 to Stephen F. Austin.

Against the Islanders in game one, MVSU fell behind thanks to a two-run homer from Keagan Helson in the first. Jezabella Quintana tied the game with a two-run single in the third, but TAMU-CC responded with three runs in its next offensive turn, highlighted by a two-run single from Kaylee Hoppens.

Quintana suffered the loss, allowing five hits and three runs in six innings.

MVSU was held to four hits in its loss to Stephen F. Austin, which did most of its damage during the second and third innings. The Ladyjacks scored seven runs over the two frames.

Talladega 1, Southern 0

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Despite 12 strikeouts by Elizabeth Donaldson, Southern fell 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel to Talladega during day one of the HBCU Classic.

Donaldson also went 3-for-4 at the plate. Tiara Scott added two hits for the Jaguars.

Southern’s best chance came in the top of the eighth. With Shauna Knighten placed on second, Scott moved her to third with a fly out, Donaldson singled to third base and Sydney Andrews drew a walk. However, Kiara Suttles flied out to end the threat.

Talladega won it on a walk-off double in the bottom of the inning.

Northwestern State 6, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0

NATCHITOCHES, La. – Arkansas-Pine Bluff mustered just three hits in a 6-0 road loss to Northwestern State on Friday.

The Lady Lions struggled to figure out NSU starter Micaela Bouvier, who struck out 10 UAPB batters.

Down 2-0 in in the sixth, UAPB put together a chance. Ta’Lyn Moody started the inning with a single but was caught stealing during the next at-bat. Alexandria Taylor walked and stole second, and Monique Nikolao and Karia Hall each were issued a base on balls to load the bags.

However, Kameron Graham went down swinging to end the threat, and NSU put it away with a four-run sixth inning.

Angelique Ramos took the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs in 6.0 innings. She walked four.

Sam Houston State 5, Alcorn State 2

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Alcorn State put a pair on the board in the final inning, but Sam Houston State held on for a 5-2 final Friday evening at Nusz Park during the Mississippi State Bulldog Showcase.

Alcorn (1-10) trailed SHSU (5-11) 5-0 in the seventh when Ashley Arnold singled up the middle and Mariah Ortiz was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Victoria Tyler doubled to center field to plate both runners and increase her hitting streak to three games. Though, the game ended in the next at-bat with a strikeout.

The Lady Braves had an opportunity at the plate in the fifth. After Ortiz walked and Taylor Hughes singled to left, the runners advanced to second and third with one out after a passed ball. However, SHSU's Annie Bailey was able to escape the threat after forcing back-to-back pop-ups.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information