The Lady Statesmen were swept by the Lady Tigers in the Gulf South Conference softball doubleheader, losing the first game 4-2 and the nightcap 8-3. Delta State fell to 11-15 with a 5-7 mark in the conference, while West Alabama improved to 17-6 with an 8-4 mark in the GSC.
The Lady Statesmen had a difficult time taking advantage of scoring chances as they grounded into two double plays in the first game and stranded 13 runners on base in the second game.
“Our two through five in the line-up where we’re expecting to get a lot of production, we’re not getting that right now,” Delta State head softball coach Casey Charles said. “We are getting the base runners on but we haven’t been able to get them in and the other team seems to be beating us to that. I feel like we’re right there. It’s just a matter of when we can push through that and it’s going to be up to these girls on what they do in pressure situations.”
In the first game, the Lady Tigers tagged 11 hits, while the Lady Statesmen were held to just six hits. Brittany Gonzales took the loss in the circle as she gave up three runs on six hits with two walk in four innings of work. Memrie Corley gave up a run on three hits in one inning of relief, while Lauren Kendall gave up two hits in two shutout innings for the Lady Statesmen.
Freshman Kaitlin Moore led DSU at the plate by going 3-for-3, followed by Taylor Hughes and Mariah Alvarez with a hit and a run each.
In the second game, DSU’s Miller Maddox pitched a good game as she gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits in five innings of work but was tagged with the no-decision. Kendall (3-7) ended up getting the loss as she faced just two batters and gave up a double and a three-run homer. One of the runs on the three-run shot was charged to Maddox.
Taylor Holland led DSU at the plate with two hits and a RBI, followed by Kassidy Tally, Amber Adcock and Alvarez with two hits each.
DSU will return to the softball diamond on Wednesday with the team travels to Jackson, Tenn. to play Union University for a GSC doubleheader set for 2 p.m.