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

GAME 1

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.

GAME 2

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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