SB: LADY TIGERS SWEEP PRAIRIE VIEW
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Texas Southern aggressive base running was to much for Prairie View to handle, as the Lady Tigers crept closer to clinching the Western Division title, beating the Lady Panthers 11-2 in game 2, and 7-2 in game 3 of this weekend series at Memorial Park.
In game 1 the Lady Tigers jumped to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first before the fans can get settled in there seat.
The Lady Panther answered right back, with a three run inning of their own in the bottom of the second. Texas Southern lost focused which caused two consecutive errors, and PV made them pay with consecutive bloopers into left field. Scoring all three panthers that inning, which would be that last time PV would score.
Jessica Haynes was the starting pitcher for the Tigers, after a tense second inning she shut the panthers down. She pitched a complete game and recorded her fifth consecutive conference win. She allowed three runs on six hits, and no earn runs. Haynes had a career high seven strikeouts. She also had a good day at the plate going 1-for-2 scoring twice, and a RBI.
TSU was disciplined at the plate and took what the pitcher gave them and it paid off scoring 11 runs on nine hits, PV walked nine Lady Tigers.
Brittany Gardner started for the Lady Panthers, she only lasted 1.2 innings giving up nine runs, on five hits and nine base on balls.
TSU added four runs in the bottom of the second, one in the bottom of the fifth, and one in the bottom of the sixth to make it a run rule game.
In game 2, it was deja vu for the Lady Panthers, TSU jumped out to a six point lead by the second inning, and coasted all the way to the seventh, winning 7-2. TSU sweep PVAMU for the second consecutive season.
The top of the lineup got it started for the Tigers they combined to score four run on 6-for-10 hitting and recorded a RBI.
Joann Herrera pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on five hits and recording three strike outs.
TSU had an eye popping 22 stolen bases this weekend pushing their season total to 95 on the season.
TSU goes into next weekend series against Grambling St. needing to win just one to tie with Southern (if SU wins the rest of their conference games), and two wins to capture the western division title outright.
This is the third consecutive series win for the Tigers, as they inched towards another western division crown and the ever important number one seed in the 2011 SWAC tournament. Texas Southern improves there record to (20-22, 11-3 SWAC) and sits on top of the SWAC Western division.
Texas Southern will play a tune-up game against Our Lady of the Lakes, in San Antonio, TX on Tuesday and end their conference series at home against Grambling St. on Friday April 15th & 16th at Memorial Park.
On Saturday April 16th, the Lady Tigers will be celebrating senior day, as they celebrate the careers of Latrece Shello and Jackie Valderaz.
By Herman Shelton