|EMCC Lady Lions claim third seed in state softball tourney with sweep of Delta|
SCOOBA, Miss. – The EMCC Lady Lions clinched the third seed in this weekend's MACJC State Softball Tournament with a tripleheader home sweep of divisional foe Mississippi Delta Monday afternoon during ‘Sophomore Day’ festivities. After shutting out the Lady Trojans by scores of 3-0 and 15-0 to begin the afternoon, East Mississippi held on for a 6-5 triumph in Monday's nightcap.
With Monday’s tripleheader sweep, plus the acquisition of another victory due to an earlier intentional forfeiture by Delta against Itawamba, head coach Kate Neely’s Lady Lions improved to .500 overall on the year at 22-22 and 15-9 in North Division play. Seeded third in the North Division behind top-seeded Northwest Mississippi and Itawamba, EMCC will begin competition Friday at the MACJC State Tournament by playing second-seeded Mississippi Gulf Coast of the South Division at 6 p.m. The two-day, single-elimination tournament is being hosted by Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson.
After out-hitting Mississippi Delta a combined 23-8 during Monday’s 3-0 and 15-0 shutout victories, the Lady Lions made a two-homer outing by former West Lauderdale standout Josie Matthews and a three-run triple by West Point’s Alex Shelton stand up in clinging to a 6-5 nightcap victory despite a seventh-inning rally by the visitors. With EMCC leading, 6-3, after a five-run fourth inning courtesy of Matthews’ two-run blast and Shelton’s bases-loaded three-bagger, Delta pinch hitter Lindsey Serio blasted a one-out solo home run to left. After Lauren Lott reached base on a fielding error and advanced to third on a throwing error from the outfield, pinch hitter Anna Melton pulled the Lady Trojans to within a run with an RBI single to left. However, Melton was thrown out at second base trying to get into scoring position on the play. EMCC starter Brooke Lee, now 11-5 on the year, preserved her second complete-game victory of the afternoon by retiring Callie Gordon on a tap back to the mound.
A product of West Lauderdale High School, Lee scattered nine hits over seven innings, while striking out 11 and walking a pair, in the nightcap. In Monday’s middle contest, the sophomore right-hander gave up just three singles and didn’t walk a batter over five innings to go along with her three strikeouts.
Offensively, the Lady Lions banged out 17 hits in Monday’s second contest, including five straight two-out singles during a four-run third inning. The following frame, the first seven EMCC hitters all reached base and later scored to account for the 15-0 run-rule outcome.
East Webster product Summer Frost went 4-for-4 with three runs scored in Game 2, while former West Point standout Angel Little enjoyed a 3-for-3 outing with three runs scored and four runs batted in. Shelton, also of West Point, knocked in four runs as well in the middle game with a pair of two-run singles.
EMCC freshman right-hander Courtney Nunn, of Jonesboro, La., opened the afternoon with a five-hit shutout in the first contest. With the Lady Lions plating solo runs in the first, third and fourth innings of the opener, Nunn raised her record to 10-12 on the season by striking out seven and allowing but one walk.
In preparation for this weekend’s state tournament action, the Lady Lions will close out the regular season by playing a non-divisional doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Hinds.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 April 2009 )|
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