HBCU Round-Up: SWAC Softball Recaps: March 3

Courtesy Sidney Jackson / Alabama A&M


Georgetown 7, Prairie View 6 (F/8)
Texas-San Antonio 11, Prairie View (F/5)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Prairie View A&M dropped two games Friday in the Texas A&M Invite Friday, losing 7-6 in the opening game to Georgetown before falling 11-0 to Texas San Antonio in game two.

After a scoreless three innings vs Georgetown, the Lady Panthers showed a spark in the fourth with a double by Destinee Williams (3-4, RBI) down center field to open the frame.  Both Kylar Ward-Flowers (1-3, RBI) and Daneisha Hinton (0-2) were hit by pitch in the next two at bats advancing D. Williams to third loading the bases.  With one out, Alyssa Garcia (2-4, 2 RU) singled to left field to score Williams to give PVAMU a 1-0 lead.

Prairie View scored again in the top of the fifth and sixth to take a 3-0 lead.  PVAMU would add to its lead in the seventh to extend it to 6-0.  With one out Williams hit a single to third base then stole base, before moving to third on a wild pitch. Ward-Flowers scored Williams on a single down the left field line.  Hinton reached base on a fielder’s choice and Ward-Flowers was put out at second.  Pinch hitter Kelsey Coronado then hit a two-run homer to left field, scoring Hinton.

Georgetown then rallied with six runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to win the game.

In the second contest of the day, senior Briana Knowles had the only hit for the Lady Panthers.

Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Texas Southern 3, Huston-Tillotson 0
Texas Southern 8, Jarvis Christian 0 (F/5)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Texas Southern picked up two shutout wins in the National HBCU Classic, downing Huston-Tillotson 3-0 and blanking Jarvis Christian 8-0.

TSU starter Lauren Rodriguez dominated Huston-Tillotson in game one, throwing a one-hitter and striking out seven. At the plate, TSU picked up runs in the fifth and sixth inning to supplement Rodriguez’s outing. Sierra Valdez had two hits and a RBI. Cecilia Abad and Madilynn Marek also had a RBI for the Lady Tigers’ cause.

In game two, Jasmin Fulmore allowed three hits and striking out five in the win. Valdez, Krystalani Yockman and Chanler Powell each had two hits, with Powell collecting three RBI and Valdez adding in two.

Grambling State 9, Langston 4
Lincoln (Mo.) 13, Grambling State 4 (F/5)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Grambling State split on day one of the National HBCU Classic, winning 9-4 over Langston but falling 13-4 to Lincoln.

Against Langston, GSU did much of its damage in the second and third innings. After falling behind 4-0 at the end of one, the Lady Tigers scored eight unanswered runs to take control, adding one more in the seventh for good measure. Caitlin McDowell had four RBI, and Tayler Lenz-Selvera had two RBI. Mercedes Williams had three hits, and Allye Hartley and Hailey Haynes added two hits apiece.

McKenzie Johnson threw a complete game with four strikeouts.

In game two, GSU was done in by an eight-run second inning that put Lincoln ahead 9-1 after two. Grambling surrendered four more runs over the next couple of innings, and was unable to do enough offensively to close the gap.

Southern 13, Langston 2 (F/5)
Southern 8, Talladega 2

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A big day by Kiara Suttles propelled Southern to wins over Langston (13-2) and Talladega College (8-2)  in the National HBCU Classic.

Suttles collected two hits and four RBI against Langston, and Shauna Knighten added three hits three RBI. The Jaguars put it away early when — after the sides traded two runs each in the first inning — they plated eight unanswered runs in the second and third innings. SU posted three more in the fifth, forcing the run rule win.

Jazmine Dukes put up two hits.

Suttles accounted for four hits and four more RBI against Talladega, as Southern blew open what was a 2-1 game in favor of Talladega College in the fifth inning. The Jaguars took control with a five-run burst in the frame. SU added two more runs in the final inning, as the Jaguars pounded out 14 hits on the day.

Sydney Andrews had three hits, and Bailey Rankin collected two hits.

#18 Louisiana 8, Alcorn State 0 (F/5)

LAFAYETTE, La. – Alcorn State fell 8-0 to #18 Louisiana during the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational.

The Ragin’ Cajuns managed to get to Alcorn starter Jazmin Castillo early on, scoring two runs in the first inning and six over the first three. Alcorn did make contact against ULL starter Macey Smith, but stranded five runners on the day.

Vanessa Sanders was 2-for-2 for the Lady Braves, and Sametria Collins was 1-for-3, extending her games-reached-safely streak. Castillo allowed five runs on five hits in two innings, taking the loss.

#23 Ole Miss 8, Mississippi Valley State 0 (F/5)

OXFORD, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State was held to one hit in a 8-0 loss to #23 Ole Miss during the Rebels’ Red and Blue Classic.

Ikeiya Alexander had the lone hit for the Devilettes, as Ole Miss jumped ahead early. After getting a RBI single from Alyssa Gonzalez and a bases-loaded hit batter, the Rebels put it away with a four-run second inning, highlighted by a Miranda Strother two-run triple.

Rebekah Clinton was chased after two innings, allowing eight hits and six runs.

Courtesy Sidney Jackson / Alabama A&M