Jaguar Softball to Host Southern Miss Tonight

March 18, 2015 · By · Filed Under Softball 

newjagsmallThe South Alabama softball team will step out of conference play on Wednesday when they host Southern Miss at Jaguar Field.

USA and USM get underway at 6pm on Wednesday.

Over the previous weekend the Jaguars traveled to Louisana-Monroe, but the first game was cancelled due to weather and instead only played a double-header on Sunday, which the two teams split.

In the first game, the Jaguars suffered their first run-rule defeat since February 11, 2012. Kalen McGill started the game and ULM manufactured two runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Warhawks scored a third run in the fourth inning before Kaleigh Floore came in as for relief. A fourth run was allowed on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

The Jags were unable to get on the board but Amanda Herron when she hit a ball off the wall in center field. Just a few feet from a home run, but after her double, she would be stranded on base with a fly out to end the threat.

In the second game, Farish Beard tossed a one-hitter in her first appearance since February 7 due to injury. She retired nine of the first 11 batters she faced.

Kaitlyn Griffith two-out solo home run left center field put the Jags up 1-0 in the fourth inning. That was her team-leading fourth homer of the season and her second in the last three games. It was also her 18th career home run which ties her for fourth in Jaguar history.

The Jags turned away a threat in the bottom of the fourth inning but Chloe Rathburn threw her out trying to steal third base.

Stephanie Pilkington added another run to the Jaguars total with a leadoff home run to start the sixth inning. They also threatened to do more damage but ULM was able to work out of the situation. The Jags cruised to the 2-0 win from that point.

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