KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Southeastern Louisiana softball team’s continued play on Friday at the UT Volunteer Classic at Lee Stadium, splitting a pair of non-conference contests.
After falling to Jacksonville State in the opening game of the day, SLU (9-10) snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Delaware.
In the opener, SLU junior Lacey Hill (4-2) and Jacksonville starter Taylor West (5-1) engaged in a pitcher’s duel with JSU (10-4) outlasting the Lady Lions, 3-0. West allowed singles to junior infielder Mahalia Gibson and freshman infielder Ali McCoy in the complete-game shutout effort. Hill was the tough luck loser, allowing just one earned run in her seven innings of work.
Southeastern scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning on the way to a 9-1 victory over Delaware in Friday’s nightcap. Junior outfielder Kalyn Watts was 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run – the team’s first thus far in 2017. McCoy also had two hits for SLU, while senior third baseman Mychal Truxillo also drove in a pair of runs. Junior Rachel Hayes (3-4) scattered three hits to earn the complete-game win in the circle.
Southeastern will close out the tournament on Saturday with a 10:30 a.m. (Central) game versus Bradley. Live stats will be accessible via the softball schedule page on www.LionSports.net.
Game One – Jacksonville State 3, Southeastern Louisiana 0
Southeastern was the first to make a scoring threat in the bottom on the third inning. Junior outfielder Maddie Edmonston walked and junior outfielder Kinsey Nichols reached on catcher’s interference to give SLU a pair on with two outs. West recovered to retire Watts to keep the Lady Lions off the board.
A Lady Lion error led to two unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning to give the Gamecocks a 2-0 lead. An RBI single by Anna Chisolm padded the Jacksonville State lead in the top of the sixth inning.
West made the final margin hold up. McCoy managed a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning, but West retired sophomore Kameryn Fairchild and Truxillo to secure the shutout win.
JSU – 000 201 0 – 3 7 1 (10-4)
SLU – 000 000 0 – 0 2 2 (8-10)
Taylor West and Jamie McGuire. Lacey Hill and Brennan Bourgeois. W – West (5-1). L – Hill (4-2). 2B – JSU: Leila Chambers (3). T – 1:40. A – 87.
Game Two – Southeastern Louisiana 9, Delaware 1 (5 Innings)
The first seven batters in the Southeastern lineup reached in the bottom of the first inning against Delaware starter Jordan Cargile (2-5). The Lady Lions sent 11 to the plate in the six-run frame against Cargile and reliever Taylor Curran. Watts and McCoy each had RBI singles, while Ort also drove in a run.
Southeastern took advantage of three Blue Hen errors in a frame that was capped by a two-run double by Truxillo that gave SLU a commanding 6-0 advantage.
Delaware answered with a run in the top of the second inning. Devon Steiner walked and scored on an RBI single by Sarah Coyne to cut the lead to 6-1.
Southeastern got the run back in the bottom of the second inning. Watts led off the frame by launching a solo home run over the centerfield fence to get the lead back to six at 7-1.
The Lady Lions took advantage of two more Delaware errors to close out the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning. McCoy singled and later scored on an RBI groundout by junior second baseman Grace DeLee. Junior outfielder Peyton Sutton scored the game’s final run on a Delaware throwing error.
Hayes retired Delaware in order in the top of the fifth inning to enforce the mercy rule.
DEL – 010 00 – 1 3 5 (2-9)
SLU – 610 2x – 9 9 0 (9-10)
Jordan Cargile, Taylor Curran (1) and Anna Steinmetz. Rachel Hayes and Brennan Bourgeois, Whitney Sullivan (5). W – Hayes (3-4). L – Cargile (2-5). HR – SLU: Kalyn Watts (1). 2B – SLU: Kinsey Nichols (1), Mychal Truxillo (1). T – 1:15. A – 98.