HBCU SPORTS: Softball Recaps: April 11

Alabama State 7, South Carolina State 0
Alabama State 6, South Carolina State 3

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Justine Jean recorded a career-high in strikeouts to lead Alabama State to a sweep of South Carolina State on the road Wednesday afternoon.

Courtesy Brian Tannehill


Alabama State used a pair of three-run innings to take game one in a shutout. A pair of doubles from Jordan Amerson and Casey Durham plated the first three runs of the game as Amira James and Hatty Shope came around to score – as well as Amerson.

Kristin Gunter tripled in the contest, later scoring on a sacrifice, before Aimee Felicies and Amerson doubled to push home the final three runs of the game.


In game two, Alabama State pulled away in the final two innings after South Carolina State had tied the game at 3-all. Gunter scored on a wild pitch to give Alabama State a 4-3 lead, before Shope sealed the game with a home run.

Earlier in the contest, Vanessa Bradford doubled and Gunter came around to score on the hit and an errant throw; before Marina Clark tripled and scored on a passed ball. South Carolina State scored their three runs in two innings, using extra base hits to pull away.

Jean worked seven innings in the opener, recording a career-high 13 strikeouts while scattering four hits. Meanwhile, Skyler Sullivan went 4.2 innings in the nightcap, recording three strikeouts and scattering five hits.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

South Alabama 11, Southern 2 (F/6)

MOBILE, Ala. – Southern fell 11-2 in non-conference action at South Alabama Wednesday evening at USA Jaguar Field.

The visiting Jaguars (11-17) fell behind early as South Alabama capitalized on a fielder’s choice in the first inning to chalk up the game’s first run, but Southern took charge in the second. There, Alison Walton picked up a single, and Tiara Scott took an offering from South Alabama’s Alexis Reed out of the park for a two-run homer.

The advantage was short-lived as USA responded with two runs in its portion of the second to take a 3-2 lead. Katelyn Gruich later smacked a two-run home run off of Southern’s Aubrion James to extend the lead to 5-2 in the third. After Southern squandered a bases-loaded opportunity in the fifth, South Alabama pulled away with six unanswered runs, highlighted by a two-run double from Kaleigh Todd and another two-run jack from Gruich that enforced the mercy rule.

Sydney Andrews was 3-for-4 to lead Southern. Walton and Scott each had a pair of hits. Both Todd and Gruich had a trio of base knocks along with three runs scored each.

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