Southern Miss Softball Drops Two on First Day of Tiger Classic
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Southern Miss Softball team dropped two in the first day of the Tiger Classic. The Golden Eagles fell 4-0 to both UMASS and #8 LSU.
Four freshman got their first collegiate starts in the afternoon game while Tata Davis notched her first two-hit game against LSU in the nightcap.
Samantha Robles got the nod in the first game, pitching six full innings before Jillian Johnson entered in relief for one. Kim Crowson started against LSU and pitched four complete innings before Johnson relieved her and finished the game.
Ciarra Cherry and Jade Lewis knocked singles in both games while Samantha Papp had a single in the matchup against UMass.
UMass 4, Southern Miss 0
In the first matchup between the Golden Eagles and the Minutewomen since 2002, the game remained scoreless until the third inning. UMass took advantage of a Golden Eagle error and put up four runs on six hits. Following that inning, Southern Miss held the Minutewomen to just one hit to finish out the game.
The Golden Eagles gained some momentum after a first pitch single by pinch hitter Cherry in the sixth, but after a sac bunt by Destini Brown, Cherry was called out, eliminating the scoring threat.
Robles was given the loss after pitching for 6.0 innings and moves to (0-1) on the season.
#8 LSU 4, Southern Miss 0
The Golden Eagles met the Tigers of LSU in the nightcap. LSU struck in the bottom of the second inning plating three runs on one hit and added to their lead in the third with a fourth run.
Cherry with a single in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Golden Eagles their third hit of the game when Davis came up to the plate. A no-out bunt by Davis put runners on first and second but a strikeout ended the scoring threat.
Johnson came in for Crowson in the bottom of the fifth inning and finished the game with no runs on no hits with back-to-back three and out innings.
The Tiger Classic continues tomorrow when the Golden Eagles take on the Mavericks of UT Arlington at Noon and Syracuse at 2:30 p.m.