HBCU Round-Up: Softball Recaps: March 14



Courtesy: ULM Athletics Media Relation


Southern Miss 7, Alabama State 1

MONTGOMERY, Ala. –  After battling blow-for-blow with Southern Miss, the Alabama State University softball team could not overcome three errors as they fell to the Golden Eagles 7-1 in non-conference action on a chilly Tuesdaynight at the Barbara Williams Softball Complex.

Southern Miss (13-10) scored first Caitlyn Aldous reached on a one-out single to third, before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt for the second out. After back-to-back batters reached, either on a hit-by-pitch or a walk, Chase Nelson singled through the left side for the 1-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles added another run in the third when Tori Dew doubled down the right field line and later scored on a Heather Hill single to left for the 2-0 lead. Alabama State (5-18) scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning when Alexia Boggess hit a lead off double to the wall and later scored when Laura Aguilar reached on a fielding error by Dew.

Southern Miss would add three runs in the sixth, and another two in the seventh. The two runs in the sixth were courtesy of a pair of Alabama State throwing errors, while the two in the seventh came courtesy of a Jillian Johnson single up the middle.

Vanessa Bradford (5-6) suffered the loss, giving up five runs (only one earned) in five innings of work; while Charlene Castro came in for the final two innings and allowed two runs off two hits.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Eastern Kentucky 8, Alcorn State 0 (F/6)
Eastern Kentucky 12, Alcorn State 4

LORMAN, Miss. – Alcorn State fell 8-0 and 12-4 in a twinbill against Eastern Kentucky University Tuesday afternoon at the Alcorn Softball Complex.


In game one, junior pitcher Robin Harrison (1-4) tossed her fifth complete game of the season, allowing nine hits and eight runs (four earned). She also struck out a career-high eight batters during the 101-pitch outing.

The Lady Braves (3-15) were only able to manage two hits, both of which were infield singles by senior Adrianna Gutierrez and junior Mariah Ortiz. The Colonels (9-14) scratched three runs in the first and fifth and two runs in the sixth to take the victory. EKU’s starter Alex Sallberg (3-6) got the win, scattering two hits while striking out nine.

In game two, junior Jessica Crum secured her seventh multiple-hit and sixth multiple-RBI game of the season as she went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo homer.

After EKU scratched a run in the top of the first on a planned first-and-third rundown, junior first baseman Taylor Hughes plated senior Sametria Collins on a single up the middle to tie the game in the bottom half. Sophomore third baseman Victoria Tyler then hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Gutierrez, giving the Lady Braves a 2-1 advantage.

Unfortunately the Colonels would tack on eight runs in the next four innings while holding Alcorn scoreless to make it 10-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Braves were down to their last out when Crum smashed a double to center during a 13 pitch at-bat that scored Hughes and extended the contest. EKU scored two more runs in the top of the seventh. Crum then hit the aforementioned home run on the first pitch of her at-bat to conclude the scoring.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information


Grambling State 6, Centenary 3 
Grambling State 13, Centenary 12 (F/8)

GRAMBLING, La. – Grambling State swept Centenary in Tuesday action, winning 6-3 and 13-12.

Grambling jumped ahead early in game one when Kenyshae Beasley scored on a wild pitch in the first. In the third, Hailey Haynes laid down a bunt and subsequently stole second, scoring Beasley in the process.

Centenary managed to tie the game in the fourth, but Grambling broke through with back-to-back RBI singles by McKenzie Johnson and Mercedes Williams, the latter of whom drove in two runs with her base hit. Williams later brought Johnson home in the sixth with a RBI groundout in the sixth.

Centenary managed another run but GSU wouldn’t allow any more after that. Caitlin McDowell allowed no earned runs in the win, allowing five hits and three runs overall while fanning five. Johnson had three hits.

In the second contest, the sides combined for 29 hits, with Grambling accounting for 18 of them. Up 3-2 entering the third, GSU fell behind after D’Maria Matthews surrenderd six runs to the visitors. Grambling got one back, and after Centenary scored again, Grambling drew within one during a four-run fourth inning where Haynes drove in two on a single — during which a throwing error allowed runners to advance. Allye Hartley delivered a RBI single to score Haynes during the fray as well.

Down 11-8 entering the final inning, the Lady Tigers tied it when Johnson smashed a solo homer, Williams followed with a RBI double and Tia Coleman picked up a RBI single. After Centenary scored in the top half of the extra frame, Grambling won it with a walk-off two-run double by Brea Aikens.

Beasley, Williams and Tiffany Doss had three hits each. Haynes and Williams had two RBI. McDowell earned the win in relief, throwing 3.2 innings and allowed three hits and two runs.

West Alabama 10, Mississippi Valley 6
West Alabama 11, Mississippi Valley 3 (F/6)

LIVINGSTON, Ala. – Mississippi Valley fell in double-header action to West Alabama Tuesday evening by scores of 10-6 and 11-3.

In game one, both sides traded home runs as MVSU’s Ikeyia Alexander responded to Audrey Diekmann’s opening salvo with one of her own in the second. However, Diekmann jumped on another pitch in the bottom of the inning, taking it out of the park for a three-run shot as part of a four-run inning.

Ashlend Rodriguez made it 7-1 UWA with a two-run triple, but MVSU responded with back-to-back two-run jacks by Deja Talton and Alexandra Dobbins. After the Deviletts got within one, UWA put it away with a three-run sixth inning.

Rebekah Clinton took the loss, allowing 10 runs on eight hits.

In game two, UWA scored a run in the second and third innings before Alexander (3-for-3) smashed her second home run of the day, a two-run shot to key a three-run inning that handed the Devilettes the lead. The advantage was short-lived as UWA tied it shortly after and gained distance with a four-run fifth inning. The Lady Tigers put it away in the sixth with a four-run sixth inning.

Chandler Ellis took the defeat in a 5.0 inning outing, allowing nine hits and seven runs (five earned).