Game 1: Alabama A&M defeats MVSU 6-4
ITTA BENA, Mississippi -- In game one of the doubleheader, visiting Alabama A&M picked up a 6-4 extra-inning victory over Mississippi Valley State.
The Devilettes (11-17, 5-1) got on the scoreboard in the bogttom of the first inning. After a triple to left field by Diana Parada, Rashundra Brass hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Parada.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Devilettes pushed runs across on an RBI double by Rachelle Harris and an RBI single by Parada.
Spivey carried a no-hitter into the top of the fifth before three back-to-back singles with one out put base runners on the path. But timely MVSU defense kept Alabama A&M scoreless in the frame.
In the top of the sixth, with no outs and Jasmine Riley on first (walk drawn), Corrissa Deadwyler laced a triple down the right field line. In an attempt to pick-off Riley, MVSU catcher Nicole Burr committed a throwing error to score both players. Later in the inning, a throwing error by Spivey allowed another Bulldog run to score, tying the game at 3-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning.
After a scoreless top of the seventh, the Devilettes threatened in the bottom of the frame with runners on second and third, but would not cross the plate.
With no outs in the eighth inning, Alabama A&M opened up the scoring when Jasmine Riley took the 1-1 pitch and nailed it over the left-field fence, giving the Bulldogs a 4-3 advantage.
With a runner on third with two outs, Ashley Hobbs hit a slow roller down the third base line and beat the throw to first to score Nicole Burr from third. The run tied the game at 4-4.
In the top of the ninth, AAMU's Riley connected on a two-out bases-loaded single to score two runs.
MVSU's Spivey (6-10) finished going nine innings striking out ten. AAMU's Cassandra Brown (2-8) went nine innings walking five in the win.
For Alabama A&M (2-13, 2-4), Raven Grubbs, Jasmin Riley and LeQueesha Poe each had two hits in the game. For MVSU, Rachelle Harris and Diana Parada tallied two hits each.
Game 2: MVSU d. Alabama A&M 14-1 (five innings)
The Devilettes scored in bunches and often as they bounced back to down the visiting Bulldogs of Alabama A&M 14-1 in five innings in game two of the Friday doubleheader.
MVSU's Taylor Pleasant (4-3) worked four innings allowing two hits, one run and a walk while striking out four. Alabama A&M starter Nicole Norton was hit early, allowing eight runs and three walks in one inning on the mound.
For MVSU (12-17, 6-1), Rashundra Brass went 3-for-4 scoring three times and driving in two runs. Nicole Burr was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and three runs driven in while Alex Robertson was 1-for-2 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Shana Ladner went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two more driven in.
For Alabama A&M (2-14, 2-5), Raven Grubbs went 2-for-2 scoring the Bulldogs' lone run.
A five-run first and a four-run second inning set the tone for the game as the Devilettes used solid base running and timely contact hitting to build their lead.
Game 3: Devilettes take Bulldogs in five innings 10-2
ITTA BENA, Mississippi -- Behind a strong pitching performance by the reigning conference player and pitcher of the week, the Mississippi Valley State Devilette softball team (13-17, 7-1) gained a needed divisional win Saturday afternoon in Itta Bena.
SWAC Pitcher of the Week Kim Spivey worked five innings allowing six hits and striking out seven. Conference Player of the Week Alex Robertson went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five runs driven in. Robertson connected on a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning while blasting a solo shot in the fourth. Diana Parada went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Taylor Pleasant was 3-for-3 with three RBI.
Jasmin Riley went 3-for-3 for Alabama A&M (2-15, 2-6).