April 24, 2012
LORMAN, Miss. - Beth Dietrich allowed just two hits and struck out four as Southern Miss defeated Alcorn State 10-2 in five innings at the Alcorn State Softball Complex on Tuesday.
"Beth pitched really well and hit all her locations and set her hitters up today," said co-head Kirsten Voak. "She learned a lot today about being a pitcher not a thrower. She had great tempo and got a lot of ground balls and used her defense magnificently."
The victory snapped a four-game slide for the Golden Eagles who exploded for double-digit runs for the fifth time this season.
Southern Miss scratched across a pair of runs in the top of the first as Leslie LeJune ripped a single to the right side and came across one batter later on Britney Dinelt's triple to left field. Caroline Walker added the second run on a sacrifice fly in the next at bat.
The Golden Eagles added four more runs in the third to build a 6-0 lead. Following three singles to load the bases, Chanell Thurman plated the first run of the inning, a ground out to the left side to bring across Dinelt.
Carissa Turang, with runners on second and third, then singled to shallow left field and took advantage of the confusion in the Lady Brave infield, stealing a pair of bases and bringing across two more. Mackenzie Sher then singled through the left side to bring in Turang and complete the scoring.
Thurman picked up her second RBI of the day in the fifth inning as she singled up the middle to bring in Walker, who led off with a double. Southern Miss added three more runs, aided by a pair of Alcorn errors, to extend their lead to 10-0 after five innings.
Alcorn got their first hits in the fifth inning and added two runs on a one-out double from Samantha Martinez to make it 10-2. The Lady Braves were unable to plate another run as the game was called after five innings.
Dietrich (6-11) pitched a no-hitter through the first four innings and surrendered just two hits and allowing two runs to earn the victory. Thurman went 1-for-3 at the plate and picked up a team-high two RBI for Southern Miss.
The Golden Eagles are back in action tomorrow with a 6 p.m. game at the Southern Miss Softball Complex against in-state foe Mississippi State. Fans are encouraged to wear black for the annual "BLACKOUT" game.
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