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Early Runs Too Much To Overcome as Softball Falls to Southeastern Louisiana

March 6, 2018

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss softball team dropped a tough one to Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday evening, 9-3.

Sarah Van Schaik went 2-for-3 on the night, both hits being doubles. The junior now has three multi-hit games on the season. Chase Nelson had a leadoff triple in the fourth inning and was later scored on Schaik's first double. Samantha Papp also notched a double in the matchup, scoring Van Schaik in the fourth inning. Papp also tallied a sac fly in the sixth.

Reagan Watkins was given the starting nod in what became her collegiate debut. Jillian Johnson came in relief in the middle of the first after Watkins gave up four runs. The freshman was ultimately charged with the loss falling to 0-1 on the season.

Johnson pitched 2 1/3 innings with one strikeout and three runs before Samantha Robles entered the circle. Robles finished the game with one strikeout and no earned runs.

The Lady Lions came out hot putting up four runs in the top of the first inning, and added three more insurance runs in the top of the third to take an early 7-0 lead.

Southern Miss tried to rally putting up two runs in the bottom of the fourth but fell short after Southeastern Louisiana put two more runs on the board to extend the lead 9-2.

The Golden Eagles added a run in the bottom of the sixth off a sac fly from Papp but a strikeout ended the inning and the scoring the threat.

The Black and Gold move to 9-11 on the season and pick back up tomorrow as they take on the Jaguars of South Alabama at the Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and fans in attendance will receive free leis to help celebrate Hawaiian night.

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