|EMCC Lady Lions grab division lead with softball sweep of Coahoma|
SCOOBA – The Lady Lions of East Mississippi grabbed sole possession of first place in the MACJC’s North Division softball standings by sweeping Coahoma, 8-0 and 22-5, in a pair of run-ruled home contests played Monday afternoon on the Scooba campus.
With Itawamba splitting at home with rival Northeast Mississippi to begin the week, head coach Kate Neely’s EMCC Lady Lions have moved one game ahead of the Lady Indians atop the divisional standings with a 14-2 league mark. East Mississippi and ICC will meet Saturday in a key doubleheader set to begin at 2 p.m. on the Fulton campus.
In Monday’s opener in Scooba, the Lady Lions got the most out of their eight hits – all singles - to produce an 8-0 victory. After manufacturing a run in the first, EMCC scored three more times in the second on four hits and two Coahoma miscues. The home team added two scores in the third and fourth innings, while keeping the Lady Tigers off the scoreboard, to seal the opening-game triumph.
Freshman DeShuni Sanders, a former New Hope standout, was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases in the contest. Fellow frosh Justine Jenkins, of Caledonia, added a pair of run-scoring singles for EMCC.
Sophomore right-hander Courtney Nunn notched her 13th win of the season by allowing just three singles, while striking out eight and walking a pair through five innings. Coahoma’s only serious threat came in the fourth when Taneshia Burgess and Racquel Burdette led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Nunn proceeded to strike out the side en route to earning her second shutout of the year.
In the nightcap, the Lady Lions had to rebound from an early 2-0 deficit, as EMCC starter Nashedra Barry struggled with some first-inning control problems by issuing three bases on balls and giving up both runs on wild pitches. The wildness theme continued into the home half of the first with the Lady Lions managing to plate six runs on only two infield hits. Aided by seven bases on balls, three hit batsmen and three wild pitches from Coahoma starter Jami Taylor, East Mississippi owned a 13-2 lead after just two innings.
EMCC’s seven-run second frame, which featured four walks, was highlighted by two-run singles by freshmen Celeste Fontenot and Whitney Sumrall. Earning the start at catcher in the second contest, Sumrall added another two-run single in the Lady Lions’ nine-run fourth inning to finish the game with five runs batted in and three runs scored.
In registering the complete-game victory, Barry scattered five hits and allowed five runs, while fanning six and also walking a half-dozen, in five innings of work.
Again with eight hits as a team in the nightcap, East Mississippi also had multiple-hit outings from Fontenot and Sanders, who both went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a pair of runs scored apiece. For the day, Sanders enjoyed a 5-for-7 afternoon with four runs scored and four stolen bases.
Prior to heading to Fulton to take on second-place Itawamba in Saturday’s pivotal MACJC North Division twin bill, the division-leading EMCC Lady Lions will first travel to Goodman to meet Holmes in a Wednesday doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 April 2010 )|
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