HBCU ROUND-UP: SWAC Softball Recaps: Feb. 15

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ed, February 15, 2017

Grambling State 9, Jarvis Christian 4 (Game 1)

Jarvis Christian 9, Grambling State 0 (F/5, Game 2)

HAWKINS, Texas – Grambling State split a double-header at Jarvis Christian, winning game one 9-4 but losing 9-0 in game two.

In game one, the Lady Tigers jumped on JCC early as Hailey Haynes smacked a two-run double in the first. JCC tied it, but two Lady Bulldogs errors in the third allowed three more Tiger runs, and Haynes delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning to make the game 7-2. Grambling added two runs late for insurance, and JCC’s comeback attempts were snuffed out late.

Kenyshae Beasley was 4-for-5 with two runs. Caitlin McDowell got the win, allowing 13 hits but just four runs with three strikeouts.

Game two didn’t go as favorable for GSU, as the Lady Tigers were held to two hits — both by Allye Hartley. Jarvis Christian put up nine runs in the first two innings, putting the game away early.

Beasley received the loss, allowing seven runs on five hits in 1.1 innings.

Nicholls State 13, Jackson State 0 (F/5, Game 1)

Nicholls State 8, Jackson State 0 (F/5, Game 2)

THIBODAUX, La. – Jackson State struggled offensively in double-header action against Nicholls State, falling 13-0 and 8-0 against the Lady Colonels.

The Tigers were held hitless in game one, as JSU pitcher Symone Williams allowed six runs on six hits in two innings in receiving the loss. JSU’s best threat for offense came in the third, as walks put two runners on base but Denisha Knight lined out to end the threat. NSU scored all of its runs over the second, third and fourth innings.

Game two was more of the same as JSU only mustered one hit in the nightcap, compliments of Alexis Hansard in the first inning. The hit put two Tigers on base but JSU came away empty. The Tigers also stranded two runners in the second. Nicholls did all of its scoring over the first three innings.

Miranda Jones got the loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits.

Central Arkansas 10, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2 (F/5)

CONWAY, Ark. – Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped a 10-2 decision to Central Arkansas Wednesday afternoon, in a game that was moved from UAPB to UCA due to weather.

Kameron Graham slapped a RBI double to put UAPB ahead early, but UCA tied it in the bottom half of the frame. From there, the Lady Lions were unable to slow UCA’s bats, as the Lady Bears scored at least two runs in each of the remaining innings. UAPB only mustered one more run along the way.

Karia Beth Hall surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits. Graham was 2-for-3.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi 1, Texas Southern 0

HOUSTON, Texas – Texas Southern came up on the short end of a pitcher’s duel, falling 1-0 in its season opener to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

TSU ace Lauren Rodriguez allowed just two hits — with TAMU-CC’s lone run coming via a RBI double in the opening frame — to go with four strikeouts, but the Lady Tigers’ offense couldn’t get anything going in terms of run support. TSU had a prime chance in the second inning, loading the bases with one out, but were unable to get runs on the board.

TSU threatened again in the final inning, getting two on with one out, but consecutive groundouts to the pitcher’s mound ended the chance.

Sierra Valdez went 2-for-3