HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana softball team stole nine bases on the way to a 10-2 victory over Jackson State in non-conference softball action Tuesday evening at North Oak Park.
The Lady Lions (22-22) evened their record with their third consecutive run-rule victory. Jackson State fell to 11-32 overall with the loss.
Junior infielder Mahalia Gibson led SLU at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance and four RBI, while freshman infielder Ali McCoy added three RBI of her own. Much of the damage done on the base paths was done by junior outfielder Kalyn Watts, who led SLU with three steals in Tuesday’s win.
Sophomore shortstop Jaquelyn Ramon, who broke the school’s career stolen bases record in Monday’s 11-3 win over ULM, added two steals of her own. Junior outfielder Kinsey Nichols scored a team-high three runs, while Watts, Ramon and Gibson scored two runs each.
Freshman Tanner Wright (3-1) earned the win in the circle. The Lake Charles, Louisiana native scattered three hits and struck out two in four innings of work.
The Lady Lions jumped out to a big lead in the bottom of the first inning versus JSU starter Symone Williams. SLU stole seven bases in the opening frame, as Watts and Gibson each stole home. Gibson also plated a pair of runs with a two-run double over the head of left fielder Kaitlyn Elzie to give SLU a 4-0 lead.
As Wright was mowing through the Lady Tiger lineup, SLU added to its advantage in the bottom of the third inning. Nichols singled with one out and eventually scored on an RBI single by McCoy to push the SLU advantage to 5-0.
JSU got to Wright in the top of the fourth inning, as an RBI single by Alexis Hansard put Jackson State on the board. However, junior centerfielder Maddie Edmonston would not allow JSU to get any closer, as she gunned out Cheyenne Aplon trying to score for the inning’s final out.
Southeastern answered by sending 10 to the plate in a five-run fourth inning, taking advantage of four JSU errors in the frame. An RBI single by Ramon plated the first run, then Gibson and McCoy each added two-run singles to push the SLU lead to 10-1.
JSU lessened the margin by scratching across a run in the fifth inning against sophomore reliever Caitlyn VanHemelryck. Junior Lacey Hill came in to get the final two outs to end the game after five innings.
SLU will return to action this weekend, traveling to Central Arkansas for a three-game Southland Conference series at Central Arkansas. The series opens with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and concludes with a 12 p.m. single game on Saturday.
JSU – 000 11 – 2 4 4 (11-32)
SLU – 401 5x – 10 10 0 (22-22)
Symone Williams and Queen Briggs. Tanner Wright, Caitlyn VanHemelryck (5), Lacey Hill (5) and Whitney Sullivan, Brennan Bourgeois (5). W – Wright (3-1). L – Williams (4-12). 2B – SLU: Mahalia Gibson (9). T – 1:35. A – 225.