RALEIGH, N.C. – The Mississippi University for Women's softball team ended its time at the Grand Slam Triangle Classic on a high note. The Owls prevented the tournament shutout, defeating Randolph College 4-3 and Methodist University 10-3.
GAME ONE (W, 4-3)
Madison Scoggin, junior pitcher, improved her pitching record to 2-2 in the victory over Randolph. The Bay Springs, Miss. native pitched the entire 7-inning game for four hits, three unearned runs, and three strikeouts.
The Owls were able to score a run early in the first when junior catcher Brianna Duquette was hit by a pitched with bases loaded. The WildCat pitching mistake allowed Heidi Matthews to score the Owls first run of the game.
In the top of the third, Randolph put their first two runs on the board to jump ahead of The W 2-1.
The Owls did not allow the WildCat runs go unanswered and in the bottom of the inning The W regained the lead with three additional runs. Makayla Taylor singled and advanced to second on an error by the catcher to allow Brianna Duquette to score an unearned run. Bailey Johnston scored the second run on an error by the catcher and Kristen Martin walked with bases loaded to send Taylor home.
In the top of the fifth, Randolph scored the final run of the game to end the game at 4-3.
Several Owls took leading roles in The W victory. Lloyd went 1-for-2 at the plate for one RBI, Matthews went 1-for-2 with one run, and Taylor recorded one run, one hit, and one RBI.
GAME TWO (W, 10-3)
The Owls kept the winning momentum going in the second game of the day to defeat Methodist 10-3.
On the mound, Cara Hopper was credited with her second win this season, pitching the entire 7-inning game for seven hits against, three earned runs, and six strikeouts. She improves to 2-3 in the circle.
Heidi Matthews, junior infielder, was most effective at the plate for the Owls, going 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs and one RBI. Hattiesburg, Miss. native Kristen Martin led the team with three RBIs and Mathiston, Miss. native Kandler Flora led the team with three runs.
Bailey Johnson, junior designated player, recorded the Owls first homerun of the season and Brianna Duquette followed shortly after with a homerun of her own.
COACH TAT MATTHEW'S THOUGHTS
"The fight we had all weekend paid off today. This weekend we played a lot of great teams that have very successful programs."
"I'm proud of our pitchers. We didn't get all the calls we wanted but they used that for inspiration instead of letting it defeat them. Scoggin showed heart this weekend. She's been sick but didn't complain once and Cara stepped up and did what a coach wants her senior to do. She gave her all. It's a beautiful day when that happens."
"Everyone stepped up. Duquette was a workhorse this weekend, catching six games in three days! The bats came alive! The first homerun of the year came from Bailey Johnston. It's what we dream of. She hit her first career homerun in her home state in front of her entire family! It doesn't get much better than that."
The Owls will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 28 when they travel to Hattiesburg, Miss. to face William Carey University. The first pitch for the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.
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