South Alabama Sports – Weekend Update
The #15 ranked South Alabama Softball team lost two of three to conference leader Louisiana-Lafayette over the weekend to fall to 32-8 overall and 9-4 in Conference play.
On Saturday, the Jags split a double-header with #18 ranked ULL taking game one 6-2 but the Jags came back in the nightcap to even the series with an 8-4 win.
Stephanie Pilkington led the Jaguars at the plate on Saturday by going 4-for-8 with three RBI and a run scored. Blair Johnson, Taylor Rodgers and Alex Breeden all had three hits each and combined for three RBI and two runs scored.
Hannah Campbell got the win in game two after she struck out six with two walks and scattering four hits and allowed all four runs, but only two of them earned.
Farish Beard took the loss in game one after allowing six runs, all earned, on seven hits while striking out one with one walk.
On Sunday they fell 5-1 to give ULL the series. Though the Jags scored first in the top of the second inning, the Ragin’ Cajuns scored five unanswered runs over the next two innings to hand the Jaguars their second consecutive SBC series defeat.
Alex Breeden was the lone run for the Jaguars on Saturday with a one-out solo home run to put her team-leading number at seven on the season.
Campbell took the loss to fall to 13-4 on the season after allowing five runs, only one earned, on seven hits with only one strikeout and one walk. Holly McKinnon threw two innings of shutout relief with on strikeout and two walks and only allowing one hit.
South Alabama will have the week off until the Weekend series against Georgia State. They will play a double-header on Friday beginning at 4pm at Jaguar Field and will play the final game on Saturday beginning at noon ahead of Easter Sunday the next day.
Locke St. John and Ben Taylor combined for a four-hit shutout against Arkansas State on Friday to start the weekend off with a 5-0 win. But would drop the next two games to lose the series.
The Jags used a 3 run first inning to jump on the Red Wolves early, they would add another run in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead through two innings and cruised from there.
Arkansas State would take the Jags to the 14th inning before plating the game-winning run. With the bases loaded in the top of the 14th, consecutive singles by Eric Wilcoxson and Zach Maggio and an intentional walk to Austin Backer, Matt Burgess would hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score the eventual game-winner.
On Sunday, the Jags and Red Wolves were knotted at two runs apiece before Zach Maggio drove in the eventual game-winning run on a one-out double in the top of the ninth inning for the 3-2 loss.
The Jags put the tying and game-winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth, but after moving them into scoring position with a groundout, Justin Cullifer struck out for the final out to clinch the series for the Red Wolves.
The Jags fall to 16-19 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
USA will host Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday evening at Eddie Stanky Field before traveling to Western Kentucky for a three-game weekend series.