Savannah, GA – The Lady Tigers softball team hosted the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in a doubleheader on Sunday, March 13th. The Tigers would sweep them, 2-1 and 8-2.
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SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah State University softball team (10-13) swept the doubleheader against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent University of Maryland Eastern Shore 2-1 in game one and 8-2 in six innings in game two in a nonconference battle at the Lady Tiger Softball Field Sunday.
Senior first baseman Torrian Wright led the team with a perfect 1.000 batting average going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a solo home run in both games, while freshman third baseman Cortni Jones went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a home run and five RBIs. Wright recorded a 2.500 slugging percentage and a 1.000 on-base percentage, while Jones recorded a 1.667 slugging percentage and a .333 on-base percentage.
Sophomore center fielder Shelby Eccles went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a triple, while junior left fielder Chasney Jenkins and sophomore shortstop Brianna Harris each went 2-for-5. Jenkins added two runs scored and an RBI, while Harris added a run scored.
Savannah State 2, Maryland Eastern Shore 1
Wright went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, while Jones went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and junior pitcher Amanda Hallman (5-6) went the distance giving up an earned run on four hits with five strikeouts.
Both teams struggled to get hits most of the game as both teams combined to record three hits through the first six innings with UMES recording two hits and the Lady Tigers with one hit.
As the Lady Hawks went scoreless in the top of the sixth inning to keep the game scoreless, the Lady Tigers broke through in the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back home runs.
After a foul out and a lineout to begin the game, Jones homered to left field on a 3-2 count and was followed by Wright’s home run to left field also on a 3-2 count. A pop out end the inning as the Lady Tigers lead 2-0 after six innings.
The Lady Hawks responded in the top half of the inning with an RBI single up the middle to cut the lead to the final margin of a run.
UMES was led by Allison Anderson going 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Trenece Nash and Samantha Casarez each recorded a hit and Casarez scored the only run. Adrienne Guerra (2-5) went the distance giving up two earned runs on three hits and three walks.
Savannah State 8, Maryland Eastern Shore 2 (6)
Jenkins led the Lady Tigers going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Jones went 1-for-1 with one run scored and four RBIs. Freshman pitcher Kasie Johnson (3-1) picked up the win pitching the first 5.0 innings giving up two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts, while sophomore pitcher Ashley Eichenlaub finished up the game pitching the final inning, not allowing a hit with a strikeout.
The Lady Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning for a 3-0 lead after one inning. Jenkins started the inning with a single through the left side and after a groundout to the pitcher to advance Jenkins to second, Jones singled home Jenkins for a 1-0 lead and advanced to second on the throw to home.
After Wright walked to put runners on first and second with one out, Hallman reached on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher as the throw to third base was late to load the bases. Senior second baseman Antonette reached on a fielder’s choice that brought home Jones and put runners on the corners with two outs.
Freshman catcher Kelsey Cyrus singled home Wright for the final run of the game as a groundout to first base ended SSU’s threat.
The Lady Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 5-0 lead after two innings. Eccles started the inning with a triple to right field, followed by Jenkins’ RBI single to bring home Eccles for a 4-0 lead. Singleton sacrificed Jenkins to second for the first out of the inning and advanced to third with no one covering the bag. Jones hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Jenkins for the fifth run of the game.
UMES cut the Lady Tigers to 5-2 with two runs in the top of the fourth inning after a fielder’s choice to first base where the throw was late going home and an RBI single.
The Lady Tigers responded with a run scored in the bottom half of the inning as Jones hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Singleton, who started the inning with a double.
SSU added the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead by the final margin of six runs. Harris doubled down the right field line and stole third and advanced home after a catcher throwing error to third base for the first run of the game. Eccles singled to right field and Jenkins walked to put runners on first and second with no outs.
After a groundout to the shortstop to move Eccles and Jenkins to third and second, Jones hit her third sacrifice fly of the game to drive home Eccles for the second out of the inning. After Eichenlaub hit by a pitch, a pop up to second base ended the inning.
As the players entered the field for the bottom of the sixth inning, the rain started to come down hard and the game was called to persevere the six-run win for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Hawks were led by Vanessa Gomez, Anderson, Tesharra Hill, Nash, and Casarez who all recorded a hit, while Kaitlyn Hitch (2-4) picked up the loss pitching the first 2.2 innings giving up five earned runs on six hits, while Abria Tinsley pitched the final 2.1 innings giving up three earned runs on five hits.
The Lady Tigers host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Syracuse with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lady Tiger Softball Field.