COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls softball team took on Mississippi Valley State University, an NCAA Division I opponent, in doubleheader action on Tuesday at Don Usher Field. Strong offensive play continued to roll for the Owls in game one as they won 6-2, but errors crippled The W in game two for a 9-5 loss.
GAME ONE (W, 6-2)
In game one, the Owls played left-handed senior Madison Scoggin (7-2) against Valley's freshman lefty Mercedes Silva (0-1).
In the first inning, freshman Jade Arroyo hit her first home run as a Devilette to put MVSU ahead of The W 1-0.
The Owls answered in the bottom of the inning with senior left-fielder Kristen Martin hitting a triple to left field for an RBI. Getting her first start of the season, Anna Kate McDaniel singled to right field to bring Martin home to give the Owls a 2-1 lead.
Both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth inning until McDaniel collected a second RBI on a sacrifice bunt in the fifth.
Dejanae Gage doubled to left center to give Valley a second run to cut The W lead to 5-2.
The Owls also scored a run in the inning with Heidi Matthews collecting an RBI on a fielder's choice for a 6-2 final score.
Martin led the Owls at the plate with a 2-for-2 appearance. The Hattiesburg, Miss. native recorded two RBIs and scored two runs during the effort.
McDaniel also helped out offensively with a 1-for-2 appearance for 2 RBIs.
On the mound, Scoggin collected her seventh win of the season. The Bay Springs, Miss. native pitched the entire 7-inning game for three strikeouts, one walk, six hit-against, and two earned runs.
GAME TWO (L, 9-5)
The second game of the doubleheader pitted The W lefty Ciara Steward against senior pitcher Alejandra Salazar.
Steward prevented hits in the top of the first but Martin was able to record the first hit of the game off of Salazar in the bottom of the inning.
The second went similar to the first with the Devilletes unable to connect with the ball and Anna Lloyd hitting a single in the bottom to give the Owls a second hit.
The Owls broke the seal in the third inning when Martin scored on bases loaded wild pitch. Carolyn "Kendall" Wilkinson scored on a fielder's choice and Jana Kay Newell scored on an error by Valley's second baseman.
In the fourth, Valley made it to the board with runs scored on a single up the middle and a single to center field.
The Devilletes continued to score in the fifth inning with runs scored on a throwing error by the Owls pitcher, a fielders' choice, and a double to left center to take the lead 8-4.
The Owls attempted to get back in the game in the bottom of the inning as Flora singled to the shortstop to cut Valley's lead to 8-5.
In the sixth, Deshonte Smith doubled to left center for Valley's ninth run to claim a Devillette victory, 9-5.
Entering the game in the fifth inning, Amelia Stalter (2-3) was credited with the loss on the mound. The junior right-hander pitched 0.1 innings for five runs (four earned) and three hits against.
At the plate, Martin led the Owls again with a 2-for-3 outing with one run while Flora led her team in RBIs to bring in two runners on a 2-for-4 appearance.
The Owls will be back in action tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27 when they host Judson College. The first pitch for the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.