JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State softball team split the final two games of the weekend against Alabama State at the JSU Softball Complex. The Lady Hornets won the first game of the series 11-2 on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, JSU took the first game 11-7 and lost the second contest 14-5. JSU celebrated its senior day prior to the double-header.
JSU finished the day with a 12-32 overall record and a 5-10 SWAC mark. Alabama State finished with a 13-28, 8-7 record.
The Lady Tigers took the first game of the day 11-7 behind the play of pitcher Symone Williams, Denisha Knight and Alexis Hansard. Williams pitched the complete game, allowing seven runs on seven hits over seven innings. She struck out a game high four batters en route to picking up her fourth win of the season. Knight finished with three runs, three hits and a RBI. Hansard ended the game with a grand slam in the seventh inning, making the final score 11-7.
JSU opened the game with a three run first inning. ASU cut the Lady Tigers lead down to one run in the second inning, took a three run lead by scoring four in the third and added a run in the sixth. JSU began to chip away at the Lady Hornets lead scoring a run in the fifth and sixth innings. JSU entered the seventh inning trailing 7-5. The Lady Tigers closed out the game by scoring six runs. Kaitlyn Elzie tripled to right center field and scored on an error. Cheyenne Aplon got a walk and scored on a Knight double to left center field. With the game tied at 7-7 and the bases loaded Hansard homered to end the game.
JSU finished with 11 hits, eight runs and eight RBI as a team. Charlene Castro suffered the loss for Alabama State.
The Lady Tigers dropped the final game of the series 14-5. Each team scored a pair of runs in the first inning, but the Lady Hornets took control of the game with a seven run second inning and never looked back. JSU made an attempt come back, but could not overcome the deficit. JSU scored three runs in the fourth inning, but would get no closer.
Kaitlyn Elzie and Victoria Nelson each finished with two hits and a run. Nelson also had two RBI. As a team JSU scored its five runs on eight hits. Alabama State scored its 14 runs on 10 hits. Kaylee Davis led the Lady Hornets with three runs on a pair of hits.
Vanessa Bradford pitched six innings and allowed eight hits and five runs to pick up the win, which is her seventh of the season. Ashley Sain (1-11) pitched 1.1 innings and suffered the loss.
Next Up: JSU returns to action Tuesday, April 25 when the Lady Tigers host the Arkansas Razorbacks at the JSU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
PHOTO GALLERY (Senior Day)