On Sunday, Southern University softball resumed their spring campaign by facing off against Southern Mississippi. Southern softball looked to capture their first win of the season after dropping their last three games. In their last game, they lost to Southern Miss. at home so they looked to have different luck at their opponent’s place. From a historical perspective, Southern has never defeated Southern Miss. in their nine-game history. However, Southern still sought to achieve victory over their strong opponents.
In the first inning, Southern Miss. built a towering six-run lead over the Jags. The theme of the first inning would carry on through the first game of the two-game series. Southern Miss. went on to score three more times while holding the Jags to zero runs through all 5 innings. Redshirt Junior Cameron Andrews and Grad student Kameri Mott registered the two hits by Southern in the first of the two games. The second game in comparison to the first was a much more hotly contested affair.
Both teams went without scoring through the first two innings. Southern Miss. then broke the tie with two scores in the third inning. The Jags then answered back in the third inning with a sacrifice hit coming from grad student Kameri Mott, which led to a score at the plate by grad student Mateighia Tanner. This would be the only score by the Jags however as they were held without a run for the rest of the game. Southern Miss. increased their lead by four total runs with two coming in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth. This time the Jags were able to register a run but they were held to a single hit. That hit was credited to Redshirt Junior Mariyah Sandoval.
The Jags played a tough series but in the end, just came up short. The defensive prowess that they showed in the first two innings of the second game should give the team hope going forward. Offensively, the team has had some rough outings recently but, will look to rebound in their next contest. Their next game will be Monday where they will take on Eastern Illinois University in another double-header.