Lady Choctaws Sweep Doubleheader From Delta State

The Mississippi College softball team clinched a series victory with a doubleheader sweep of rival Delta State on Friday night at the MC Softball Complex.

The Lady Choctaws (30-18, 21-10 GSC) opened the day with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the Lady Statesmen (21-24, 14-18 GSC) before winning the nightcap by a score of 3-1.

GAME ONE: Mississippi College 4, Delta State 2

HOW IT HAPPENED
– Delta State got on the board first in the opener, putting together three two-out singles in the third inning to grab a 2-0 advantage. Mari Alex Sandridge and Madison Zoeller each drove in runs in the frame.
– The Lady Choctaws wasted no time answering, as they scored three times in the third to take a 3-2 lead.
– After senior Haley Thompson singled, stole second base and moved up to third on a groundout by junior Katherine Lee, senior Tylan Buckley drove in MC’s first run with an infield single.
– Sophomore Kristen Qualls tied the game with a double to right-center field, scoring Buckley, while freshman Carly Crawford doubled home Qualls to give MC the lead for good.
– Buckley drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, giving the game its final score of 4-2.
– DSU got the go-ahead run to the plate with one out in the seventh, but a poor baserunning mistake resulted in a double play and the win for MC

KEY STATS
– Thompson, Crawford and senior Megan Everett each had two hits on the night for MC, while Buckley drove in a game-high two runs.
– Thompson also stole two bases in the game, giving her 44 for the season, which ties a single-season record with Shay Mickens (2014).
– Sophomore Adrianna Morgan (7-5) collected her third straight win for MC, pitching around five hits and five walks in the complete-game victory.
– Morgan gave up just two runs and struck out three in the win.
– Zoeller led the Lady Statesmen with two hits, while Jordan Jones and Sandridge each scored runs.
– Sandridge (5-8) took the loss for DSU, giving up 10 hits and four earned runs with two walks and five strikeouts.

GAME TWO: Mississippi College 3, Delta State 1

HOW IT HAPPENED
– The second game was a pitcher’s duel between junior Kristen Gardner and Bailie Springfield as neither team had a baserunner until the third inning.
– In the fourth, Qualls gave MC all the offense they would need with her 8th home run of the season and 20th of her career. The shot over centerfield was a two-run blast the made the score 2-0.
– Lee gave MC a 3-0 advantage in the fifth with a two-out RBI single that scored Everett.
– The Lady Statesmen scored a two-out run of their own in the sixth inning on a single by Colben Patin.
– An unbelievable defensive play by senior Lauren Mulligan up the middle kept the frame from getting worse, getting the second out on a diving stop.

KEY STATS
– Gardner (3-3) pitched a complete game for the Lady Choctaws, allowing just the one earned run on seven hits. She stranded seven runner on the night, as well.
– Qualls led the way with two RBI on the home run.
– Springfield (8-6) took the tough-luck loss for DSU, giving up just five hits and three earned runs over 6.0 innings.

NEXT UP
– The Lady Choctaws and Lady Statesmen will close out the series on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the MC Softball Complex.
– Prior to the contest, MC will recognize five seniors (Buckley, Molli Douglass, Everett, Mulligan and Thompson) that are playing their final home games.

Mississippi College is a private Christian university located in Clinton, Mississippi with an enrollment of over 5,000 students. MC is recently finished their transition process back to NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference and will be competing for conference and national championships in the 2016-17 academic year.

The athletic department sponsors 17 intercollegiate athletic programs: Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Football, Golf, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field and Volleyball.

For more information on Mississippi College athletics, please contact David Nichols at 601-925-3234 or nichols@mc.edu.

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