HBCU Round-Up: SWAC Softball Recaps: Feb. 12

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Tennessee-Martin 8, Mississippi Valley 0 (F/6)

HAMMOND, La. – Mississippi Valley State was held hitless in a 8-0 loss to Tennessee-Martin during the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament.

MVSU and UTM were locked in a pitcher’s duel early, as Tennessee-Martin only mustered one hit by Mississippi Valley State’s Monica Rivera. However, the fourth inning saw the contest get away from the Devilettes as UTM scored three runs in the frame.

Tennessee-Martin added five more runs over the next two innings to win it. Rivera got the loss, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) in 3.2 innings.

Incarnate Word 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2

RUSTON, La. – Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped a 3-2 game to Incarnate Word during the La Tech Invitational Sunday.

Arkansas – Pine Bluff jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Paige Garcia singled to left field scoring Alexandria Taylor. UAPB managed to corral the Lady Cardinals’ offense for much of the game but started Karia Beth Hall lost her command in the sixth. After issuing two walks and hitting a batter with a pitch to load the bases, a three-run triple by Danielle Ramirez put UIW ahead 3-1. Garcia delivered another RBI single in the bottom of the sixth but the Lady Lions were shut down the rest of the way.

Hall allowed five hits and three runs, striking out four in a complete game.

Southeast Missouri State 13, Jackson State 2 (F/5)

JACKSON, Miss. – A rough third inning did in Jackson State during a 13-2 loss to Southeast Missouri State during its Lady Tigers invitational.

Down 2-0 entering the third inning, JSU’s Sybil Lozano allowed eight runs on seven hits, which put the Lady Tigers behind 10-0. JSU mounted a threat in the next inning, getting three-straight hits and loading the bases, but the Lady Tigers came up empty.

JSU added two runs in the fourth, but Southeast Missouri State scored two in the fifth to keep its advantage and ultimately end the game.

Jalicia Hughes was 2-for-3 with a RBI for Jackson State.

Alabama State 7, Central Arkansas 5

MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama State downed Central Arkansas 7-5 for its first win of the year during the Sand Dollar Classic.

The Lady Hornets jumped on the board quickly in the first as Charlene Castro reached on a fielding error, allowing Laura Aguilar to score from third for the 1-0 lead; a lead Alabama State would not relinquish throughout the game. They added another run in the second when Brittney Wilson stole home in the second inning for a two run lead, before the Lady Hornets exploded in the third inning.

Kendall Core smashed a three-run home run to push Alabama State ahead 5-1, and Perry Hindi cleared the fence for a two-run shot to ensure the win. Vanessa Bradford picked up her first collegiate victory, working four innings and allowing just three runs (one earned) off of six hits and striking out one. Castro earned the save.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

South Alabama 8, Alabama State 0

MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama State was held to two hits in a 8-0 loss to South Alabama in its final game of the Sand Dollar Classic.

The Lady Hornets’ Justine Jean held strong early, allowing just one run in the first three innings. South Alabama got to her in the fourth, scoring six runs. The outburst coupled with ASU’s offensive struggles were ultimately too much to overcome.

Jean suffered the loss, working four-plus innings and allowing eight runs to score off of 10 hits. Perry Hindi was named to the Sand Dollar All-Torunament Team.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Tennessee State 17, Jackson State 11

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State fell in a wild 17-11 contest to Tennessee State during the JSU Lady Tigers Invitational.

Jackson State allowed seven runs on just three hits in the first inning. TSU would add two more in the next inning. JSU got one back in the second inning thanks to a throwing error, but the Lady Tigers’ offense woke up in the third when Sierra Smith and Queen Briggs sparked a four-run inning.

TSU added five runs in the fourth to go ahead 14-5. Jackson State closed to within four when Smith collected another RBI and Gayan Johnson smacked a two-run single to start the rally. However, the early deficit was ultimately insurmountable, as JSU squandered a scoring chance in the seventh.

Johnson, Briggs, Denisha Knight and Victoria Nelson had two hits each. Smith and Ashley Sain had three hits, with Smith scoring two runs.