HBCU Round-Up: Softball Recaps: April 28

John Posey, Urban Sports News

Mississippi Valley 8, Alabama State 6 
ITTA BENA, Miss. – A walk-off home run by Jordan Brown lifted Mississippi Valley State to an 8-6 victory over Alabama State Friday evening.

Brown’s blast completed a Devilette comeback where MVSU (13-29, 8-8 SWAC) came back from a five-run deficit.

Mississippi Valley State scored seven of their eight runs in the final three innings to forge a tie for second in the East Division with the Lady Hornets (14-30, 8-8 SWAC). The Devilettes scored four runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning of Alabama State starter Justine Jean, off of just two hits and took advantage of a pair of Alabama State errors.

Mississippi Valley State would add another run in the sixth before Alabama State turned to Vanessa Bradford (9-12) in the bottom half of the inning with the game tied 6-all. The Devilettes would put the game away in the bottom half of the seventh inning when Lexany Terrones reached on a two-out walk, before Brown drove the pitch over the left centerfield fence to give Mississippi Valley State the victory.

Kendall Core drove in four runs for ASU in the loss. Bradford suffered the loss, pitching 1.2 innings in relief and allowing two runs off of one hit; while Jean started and logged five innings, allowing six runs off of six hits. If MVSU can take one of two from ASU tomorrow, MVSU will assure itself the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Division.

Texas Southern 11, Grambling State 1 (F/5)

HOUSTON – Texas Southern moved a step closer toward clinching the SWAC Western Division title with an 11-1 win over Grambling State Friday afternoon.

TSU took advantage of multiple errors by Grambling (12-31, 2-14 SWAC), as the Lady Tigers (20-15, 11-5 SWAC) only needed seven hits to score their runs. The difference was a big third inning by TSU, who scored seven runs on four hits to push its lead from 4-0 to 11-0.

During the frame, Gisella Paranich smacked a ground-rule two-run double and was one of four players to collect a RBI in the frame.

Grambling’s lone run came via a solo shot by Tia Coleman.

Jasmin Fulmore got the win, allowing four hits and fanning three.

Alabama A&M 5, Jackson State 3

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Caitlyn Hayden picked up her ninth win of the season in her seven innings to help lead the Alabama A&M University softball team to a 5-3 win over the Jackson State Tigers in game one of the SWAC series Friday afternoon at Lady Bulldog Field.

A&M (14-29, 7-8 SWAC) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Imani Largin advanced to third on a wild pitch and Madi Pozzi reached on an error by the catcher. Lavarsha Thigpen bunted to bring Largin home to give the Lady Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.

With two outs, Jackson State (12-34, 5-11 SWAC) capitalized on two hits and one error to score three runs in the fifth and take a 3-2 lead over A&M.

The Lady Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the fifth when Danielle Hansell doubled to left field to score Eriel Lawson followed by Tiana Sanders being walked. With a tied game and two outs, Ariel Smith delivered a two-run double to give A&M a 5-3 lead. The Lady Tigers added three hits in the last two innings, but The Lady Bulldogs would shut the door on JSU the rest of the way to secure the win.

Hayden picked up the win, allowing three runs, three earned, on ten hits and striking out eleven in seven innings.

Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4, Southern 3
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11, Southern 2

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas at Pine Bluff won its ninth straight with a doubleheader sweep of Southern with the Lady Lions pulling out a 4-3 win in game one and defeating the Jaguars, 11-2 in game tw Friday afternoon.

UAPB finished the first game with seven hits, while SU tallied six hits.

Karia Hall (9-13) picked up the win in game one. Hall gave up five hits, three earned runs and striking out six in six and one-third innings. She gave up one hit and struck out two in two-third innings of work.

Kayleigh Thomas (4-2) took the loss for the Jaguars. She gave up three hits, one earned run and struck out one in two and two-third innings of work.

UAPB plated three runs in the bottom of the third inning with both Tonnay Hawkins and Shanice Akins scoring on a Ta’Lyn Moody on a triple. Then Moody would then score on a Taylor single to give the Lady Lions, a 3-0 lead over the Jaguars. The Jaguars pushed across a run in the top of the fifth inning to cut UAPB’s lead to 3-1.

UAPB added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with a RBI single by Hawkins. The Jaguars pushed two runs in the top of the seventh inning for the 4-3 final.

In game two, UAPB punched out 12 hits, while SU finished with two. Moody recorded three hits in the contest to lead the Lady Lions from the plate, while both Kiara Suttles and Tiara Scott finished with one hit each to lead the Jaguars. Ramos (8-8) received the win for the Lady Lions.  She pitched five innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs in the 19 batters she faced.

Scarlett Brock (2-3) took the loss for SU.  She gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in the two and two-third innings of work.

UAPB took an 11-0 lead into the top of the fourth inning with the Lady Lions plating two runs in the bottom of the first and nine runs in the bottom of the third inning.

SU posted two runs in the top of the fourth inning for the 11-2 final.

Courtesy: UAPB Sports Information