April 20, 2010

Courtesy of Mississipi College Athletics

CLINTON, Miss. -
The Mississippi College softball pulled off a vital doubleheader sweep of #2 East Texas Baptist University on Tuesday at the MC Softball Complex.  The #19 Lady Choctaws (27-9, 13-7) defeated the Lady Tigers (28-8, 15-7 ASC) in the first game, 3-0, before coming from behind to win the second game, 6-4.

With the wins, the Lady Choctaws tied the Lady Tigers in the loss column and now control their own destiny after winning two of three from ETBU.

The first game was a pitcher's duel between sophomore Kim Mason of the Lady Choctaws and Ayrika Henderson of the Lady Tigers.

Mason only allowed four hits and struck out two in the complete game shutout win.  Henderson (14-4) only allowed two hits and three unearned runs to pick up the tough-luck loss in a complete-game effort, as well.

The Lady Choctaws scored the only runs of the game on a two-out, bases clearing double by junior Morgan Gillenwater in the fourth inning.  The runs scored after an error by ETBU allowed the inning to continue.

In the second game, the Lady Tigers wasted no time scoring their first runs of the day with a three-run home run from starting pitcher, Alicia Wright.

ETBU would extend the lead in the fourth inning on an infield single by pinch-hitter Alyssa Edwards that scored Stacy Havner.

After being stymied through the first four frames, the Lady Choctaws would bust out in the fifth inning with six runs.  Freshman Sarah Finch doulbed in two runs to cap off the scoring and give MC the 6-4 lead.  Sophomore Kathleen Pulliam and senior Rachel Hurley each recorded two-RBI singles in the inning.

Mason (12-5) would collect her second win of the day in relief of freshman Lindsey Morris.  Mason gave up three hits and struck out one in 3.0 innings.

Wright (12-3) took the loss, giving up seven hits and six earned runs over 6.0 innings pitched.

The Lady Choctaws will travel to Longview, TX to face LeTourneau in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.  MC will close out the regular season on Saturday at Texas-Tyler at 1:00 p.m.