The Delta State University Lady Statesmen continued to stay hot against the Christian Brothers University Lady Buccaneers in a three-game Gulf South Conference softball series here at University Field this weekend.
The Lady Statesmen swept the Lady Buccaneers in the series. They won the first two games on Friday 9-1 and 13-5 with both games lasting five innings. Delta State closed out the series with a 13-5 win in six innings on Saturday.
DSU (21-16, 12-9 GSC) has won eight in a row. Christian Brothers fell to 7-28 with a 1-20 mark in the GSC. DSU is currently in seventh place in the GSC. The top eight go to the GSC tournament next month.
DSU’s offense roped 41 hits in the three game series.
“I thought we had a good week,” Delta State head softball coach Casey Charles said Saturday. “I thought we had some good momentum from Shorter and UAM. I think the girls approached this series with some confidence. It’s been nice to be at home for eight games in a row. We’ve had great support and great weather. Our girls did come to play. We have a lot of confidence in our hitters and they have a lot of confidence in themselves. This league is so tough and it’s hard to beat anybody three times. We’re glad we came a way with this.”
At the plate for DSU, Carlie Vice went 6-for-7 with a home run, two doubles, six RBIs and four runs scored, Kelly Byrd went 5-for-6 with a double, four RBIs and seven runs scored, Kailyn Lofton went 5-for-8 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and four runs scored, Olivia Dick went 5-for-8 with a RBI and three runs scored, Abi Gibson went 5-for-9 with a home run, a double, five RBIs and three runs scored, Kaitlyn Eaves went 4-for-7 with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored, Jordan Jones went 4-for-9 with a home run, two doubles, six RBIs and six runs scored, Mari Alex Sandridge went 3-for-6 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored, Colben Patin went 2-for-2 with a double and a RBI and Mallory Myers went just 2-for-9 but she scored three runs and stole two bases.
In the circle for DSU, Taylor Johnson (8-7) had a great series in the circle as she earned a win and gave up just one run on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in seven innings of work over two games, Nicole Fullilove (7-2) picked up a win and gave up five runs, three earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts and a walk in five innings of work in game two and Madison Bigner (4-0) picked up the win in relief in game three as she gave up a run on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 2 2/3 innings of work.
DSU will be back in action this weekend when the Lady Statesmen travel to Jackson, Tenn. to play Union University in a three-game GSC series. The series will start Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and end Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.