|Pair of shutout wins at Mississippi Delta gives EMCC Lady Lions first division softball victories|
MOORHEAD – The East Mississippi Community College Lady Lions picked up their first pair of division softball wins of the season Tuesday afternoon with 7-0 and 11-0 shutout victories at Mississippi Delta Community College.
Freshman pitcher Shelby Sheppard earned both complete-game, shutout wins for EMCC, allowing just seven singles to the Lady Trojans over the two games. The former Kemper Academy standout struck out a total of nine batters, including seven in game one. In allowing but two walks on the afternoon, Sheppard faced only 27 batters in the opener and just 21 in the run-ruled, five-inning nightcap.
In the opener, the Lady Lions scattered their 11 hits – all singles – throughout the game, scoring a pair of runs in the first, one in the third, three more in the sixth and a final tally in the seventh inning.
Individually, sophomore Stormy Lewis, of Quitman, was 4-for-4 at the plate in game one, while Allison Hauer, from Franklin County, went 3-for-4. Clarkdale product Logan Bozeman supplied the only runs EMCC would need in the opener with a two-run, two-out single in the first inning.
With Sheppard going the distance again in the circle for EMCC, the Lady Lions utilized a trio of multi-run innings to claim the nightcap and complete their second doubleheader sweep of the season. After a three-run second, EMCC plated five more runs in the fourth frame, highlighted by Amber Spann’s bases-clearing triple. The Lady Lions closed out the run-ruled contest with three additional runs in the fifth inning.
Spann, another former Clarkdale standout for the Lady Lions, led the way offensively in the second contest by reaching base all four trips to the plate. From her leadoff position in the lineup, she went 3-for-3 with a walk, drove in four runs and scored a pair of runs. Paige Sheppard, of Southeast Lauderdale, and New Hope’s Haley Tutor each added two singles to help lead the Lady Lions’ 10-hit attack in game two.
Coach Kate Neely’s 8-17 EMCC Lady Lions look to also improve upon their 2-6 MACJC North Division mark by traveling to Clarksdale to meet Coahoma Community College in a Saturday road doubleheader.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 March 2012 )|
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