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HBCU News: Texas Southern claims Western Division crown

Grambling State 4, Texas Southern 3
Texas Southern 11, Grambling State 3

HOUSTON – The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University claimed the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s West Division championship outright Saturday after splitting a doubleheader with Grambling.

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TSU won the series finale 11-3 in six innings after falling 4-3 in the opening game of the afternoon.

Madilynn Marek knocked in three runs, while Heaven Benavidez added two RBIs to help the Lady Tigers win the finale and earn a split of the doubleheader and the series victory. TSU (21-16) finishes conference play with a 12-6 league record.

Lauren Rodriguez pitched four and one-third innings and scattered only three hits to pick up the win in game two. She improved to 8-4 on the season. Only one of Rodriguez’ three runs given up was earned.

Though the Lady Tigers won their contest thanks to the mercy rule, it was not without a save opportunity. With TSU ahead 5-0 going into the fourth inning, Grambling pieced together a three-run rally, prompting a call to relief pitcher Jasmin Fulmore. Fulmore shut down the visitors’ rally, striking out two batters and allowing only one hit en route to her first save of the season.

Casares knocked a first-inning RBI for TSU in the opening game, while Yockman ignited a rally in the bottom of the seventh, knocking a two-run a home run to cut Grambling’s lead to one run. Paranich scored twice in the opener.

Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information

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