SELMA, Ala. – The Mississippi University for Women's softball team traveled to Selma, Ala. to take on Concordia College – Alabama in its first road games of the season. In a high scoring doubleheader, the Owls stunned the Hornets 19-3 and 10-2 to advance to 5-1 on the season and to improve to a four-game winning streak.
GAME ONE (W, 19-3)
In the first game of the doubleheader, junior pitcher Madison Scoggin started the game for her third appearance on the mound. Pitching 2.0 innings, Scoggin recorded two strikeouts and allowed one hit with no runs or walks.
Greenville, Miss. native Tiffany Phillips entered the game in relief for her second appearance this year. During her 3.0 innings in the pitcher's circle, she allowed three hits and three runs (one earned) while delivering six strikeouts.
In the first inning of the game, the Owls bats caught fire with the first three batters in the lineup collecting hits with two runs scored. Anna Lloyd, the first Owl to step to the plate, started her team off with a single to left field. She collected The W's first run off a double to left center from Heidi Matthews, who went on to score the Owls second run on a wild pitch.
Owls power hitter Kristen Martin was the third in the lineup and she ripped out a double to leftfield and advanced to third on an error by the first baseman. For the last hit of the first inning, Brianna Duquette singled to centerfield, pushing Martin home for the unearned run.
In the bottom of the first, the Owls defense made light work of the Hornets offense, facing three batters while allowing none to reach first base.
For the rest of the game, it was really much of the same. Coach Tat Matthews pulled most of the starters in the third but to give others a chance on the field. The Owls pushed through a couple of mistakes but were able to close the game in the fifth inning 19-3.
Lloyd and Matthews led the Owls offense at the plate and were major contributors to the scoring effort. Lloyd went 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs and one RBI and Matthews went 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs and three RBIs.
The W was able to defeat Concordia with 19 runs on 17 hits and three errors while holding the Hornets to three runs on four hits and five errors.
GAME TWO (W, 10-2)
Freshman pitcher Melinda Brown took the mound for the first time in her collegiate career in the win for the Owls. The Reform, Ala. native pitched the entire 5-inning game for nine strikeouts with four hits against, two runs scored (none earned), and no walks.
Entering the game in the third inning, Kristen Martin took the reins offensively and led her team out of a 1-0 deficit. The Hattiesburg, Miss. native saw two at-bats for three runs, two hits, and two RBIs. Her run in the top of the third, scored the Owls first run of the game to tie the game and start the scoring effort.
The Owls made it out of game two with 10 runs on 10 hits and three errors while allowing two runs on four hits and two errors.
COACH TAT MATTHEW'S THOUGHTS
"We did a great job at the plate today. We made adjustments and were able to string hits together. The pitchers did a great job staying ahead of batters by not giving up big hits"
In game two, "It was great to see a freshman take the mound and get her first collegiate start for a big win."
The Owls will go back on the road and make the 10 hour trek to Raleigh, N.C. There, they will participate in the Triangle Softball Classic where they will face off against William Peace University, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Roanoke College, Averett University, Randolph College, and Methodist University. The first game will be Friday, Feb. 23 at noon.
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