March 26, 2002
Union sweeps Winona in softball
The Union Lady Jackets swept Winona 9-0 and 17-3 in Division 4-1A girls' fast-pitch softball action at Union Monday.
In the opener, Union scored four runs in the first inning and steadily pulled away. The Lady Jackets had seven hits with LaSaundra Harrison getting two singles and Lindsay Walker a double.
Marley Smith (6-3) tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking two.
In the second game, Union padded a 3-0 lead with eight runs in the bottom of the second inning. Smith and Lydia Adkins both had a double as Union improved to 10-7 overall and 3-0 in 4-1A.
Walker (2-1) struck out four and walked six in a two-hitter to get the win.
Lady Rockets demolish West Point
The Lady Rockets of Neshoba Central showed their rocket power by taking an 18-1 win over West Point in prep softball action Monday.
The Lady Rockets were led on the mound by Katie Chandler. She also had two hits.
At the plate, Samantha Grambrome and Allison McDaniels each had three hits.
Meridian downs Southeast Lady Tigers
The Lady Wildcats of Meridian took a 16-6 win over Southeast Lauderdale in prep softball action Monday.
The Lady Cats were led by the strong arm of Erin Murphy. At the plate, Laura Bowles and Ebonee Ball each had three hits. Artisian Boyd also hit a double.
The Lady Wildcats improved their record to 5-6 while Southeast falls even at 3-3.
Meridian will hit the road today versus Wayne County.
Central Academy takes win
Central Academy took a 13-7 win over Emanual Christian Monday in prep baseball action.
Central improved to 6-4 on the year with the win. They were led at the plate by Von Gommel with two doubles, Craig Geisbrecht getting two hits, and Tyler Heurkamp and Brandon Heurkamp each hitting a double.
Central will travel to Kemper Academy today to battle it out.
DSU cruises past Ouachita Baptist
CLEVELAND Delta State University used a 10-run second inning to overtake Ouachita Baptist 17-3 here Sunday afternoon. The third ranked Statesmen improved to 24-3 overall and 9-1 in the Gulf South Conference. Ouachita Baptist fell to 8-14 overall and 2-5 in league play.
Brett Parker hit a solo home run in the top of the second to give OBU a 1-0 lead. In DSU's 10-run second, Edwin Maysonet, who was 9-for-14 with 14 RBI in the three game series, and Patrick Ferris each had a two-run double and a RBI single. Craig Newton drove in a pair of runs with a double and Steven Tomaszewski and Jud Thigpen had RBI singles.
The Statesmen tacked on seven more in the fourth to build a 17-1 lead. Tomaszewski delivered a bases loaded double and J.J. Joiner had a two-run single. Andy Dillard and Maysonet also had RBI singles in the inning.
Reeves Smith worked four innings to get the win and improve to 6-1. Smith had two strikeouts while allowing a run on three hits. Eric Pearce took the loss for OBU to fall to 2-1. Pearce gave up six runs, two earned, on four hits.
Delta State is off until next weekend when they host GSC West Division leader Southern Arkansas in a key conference series. Due to the Easter holidays the series will begin with a single game on Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.
Lady Bulldogs down Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. Mississippi State (21-15, 4-5 SEC) rallied for four runs with two outs in the fourth, then held back a strong surge by 21st-ranked Georgia (35-5, 7-5) in the later innings to post its second-straight upset of the SEC East leader and take the three-game series from the host Red and Black Sunday afternoon at the UGA Women's Athletic Complex.
Three different players recorded multiple-hit performances for Mississippi State, with Jennifer Waterman collecting a pair of RBIs on a 1-for-2 clip with a walk. Three different players also recorded multiple hits for Georgia.
State reliever Kasey Whitehead (11-8) came on in the second and scattered six hits and allowed one run to take the win for the Bulldogs. Kellie Wilkerson worked a hitless seventh inning to record her 25th career save, seventh of the season, and become the NCAA's new career saves leader.
Georgia reliever Lacey Gardner (15-3) blew a save and lost after allowing four earned runs on five hits in just three innings of work.
Mississippi State will return to action on Friday when the Bulldogs return home to host the Tennessee Lady Vols in a three-game series at the Mississippi State Softball Field. The two will open the series on Friday with a single game at 6 p.m. and will close out the set in a 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon doubleheader.
Ole Miss wraps up homestand
OXFORD Ole Miss wraps up a five-game softball homestand on Tuesday with in-state foe Jackson State coming to Oxford. The doubleheader begins at 3 p.m. CST at Ole Miss Softball Complex.
Riding their best start ever at 18-8, the Rebels are fresh off a three-game sweep of Kentucky last weekend in their first SEC home series of the year. The Wildcat taming pushed the UM winning streak to seven games, and with a pair of wins Tuesday against JSU, Ole Miss can equal the longest stretch of consecutive victories in school history.
The Rebels' series sweep of UK marked the first in SEC play since the 2000 season and its first three-game sweep since the league went to that format a year ago. It also evened Ole Miss conference record at 3-3, entering this weekend's Western Division clash at Auburn.
Freshman DeDe Justice batted 4-for-8 with two homers and accounted for nine Rebel runs in the series. Sophomore Andrea Brahs collected six RBI and notched her fourth round-tripper.
All three UM hurlers earned complete-game wins over the weekend including freshman Lindsey Whatley, who recorded her team-high third shutout in the finale.
Jackson State carries a 17-10 overall record into its first ever regular-season meeting with Ole Miss. The two teams did face each other in the Rebels 2001 fall tournament, with Ole Miss finishing on top, 4-0.
EMCC splits with Itawamba
East Mississippi split a pair of fast-pitch softball games with Itawamba on Monday in Fulton. The Lady Indians took game one by a final of 2-1. However, EMCC rallied back to win the second contest 13-10.
Jep Vaughn led the way for the Lady Lions in game two by going 4-for-4. Shannon Brown and Kristin McClelland both went 3-for-4, while Kayla Murphy and Denitta Quinn were 2-for-5.
EMCC will host a doubleheader against Meridian on Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. in Scooba.
Grand Slam Invitational coming soon
Sammie Davidson Softball Complex will have the Grand Slam Invitational on April, 13. The men's softball tournament will be four homers and out and the entry fee is $125. Call V. L. Mott for more information at 482-3639 or call Alvin Alexander at 986-8694.
Kosciusko Invitational fast approaching
The Kosciusko Invitational Softball Tournament will be held at Hugh Ellard Park in Kosciusko on April 6. The tournament is a men's class "C" and there will be a four home run limit. Your own ASA MSP 47 core softballs will be used. The entry fee is $125.
For more informational contact Alvin Alexander at 986-8594 or V.L. Mott at 482-3639.