Softball Splits on Final Day of Black and Gold Invitational
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss Softball team split on the final day of the Black and Gold Invitational. The Golden Eagles fell to No. 24 McNeese this morning, 5-2, and picked up the win over Mississippi Valley State in the night cap, 9-2.
Karley Nichols had quite the day putting up five hits between the two games. The freshman had three hits and an RBI in the Mississippi Valley State game while junior Chase Nelson had three hits and three RBIs, making that her first multi-hit game of the season. Along with Nelson, Tata Davis had a multi-RBI game against the Devilettes with three.
Jillian Johnson started against McNeese giving up three earned runs before Jade Lewis came in to pitch in top of the fifth inning. Lewis was charged the loss after giving up the tie breaking run in the top of the sixth.
Kim Crowson got the start and the win (2-1) in the game against Mississippi Valley, pitching four complete innings, giving up just two runs. Samantha Robles came in relief and finished the game with just one hit in three innings.
No. 24 McNeese 5, Southern Miss 2
The Cowgirls put up a run in both the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead early but the Golden Eagles responded in the bottom of the third with two runs off of Sarah Van Schaik, who doubled down the left field.
The teams exchanged scoreless innings until the top of the sixth when McNeese answered with two runs of their own. In the top of the seventh the Cowgirls sealed the win with a solo homerun over centerfield.
Southern Miss put up seven hits on the nationally-ranked team with Nichols having two.
Southern Miss 9, Mississippi Valley State 2
Southern Miss got off to a hot start putting up seven runs before the Devilettes scratched the board. The Golden Eagles with two runs in the bottom of the first, three in the second and two in the third put them ahead 7-0 early in the game.
Mississippi Valley State got two lone runs in the top of the fourth with a double to centerfield and a two RBI single up the middle but two groundouts ended the inning.
The Golden Eagles put up another run in the bottom of the sixth off of a bunt by Destini Brown that scored Reynolds and sealed the victory, 9-2.
Southern Miss continues the homestand this Wednesday, when they take on Alabama State at 6 p.m. at the Softball Complex.