BATON ROUGE, La. | Southern University fell short versus Praire View A&M, dropping doubleheader 3-2(8) and 8-7, Friday afternoon.
In game 1, the Lady Panthers pounced first scoring two runs in the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead.
Prairie View's starting pitcher Crystal Castillo pitched a gem, holding Southern to one hit till the bottom of the sixth inning when #20 Kiara Suttles crushed a home run to left field, and #22 Lizzie Donaldson got into the fun crushed the next pitch over the left field wall to tie the game 2 apiece.
Southern's #8 Aubry James got the nod in the circle for the Jaguars held the Lady Panthers in check holding PV to one hit after giving up the first two runs to start the game. A costly walk in the eighth inning was the dagger in the eighth inning when PV's Gabrielle Fonseca smoked a double to centerfield to score the go-ahead run.
James allowed three runs (two earned), six hits, and struck out three.
PV's Vanessa Castillo recorded the win, giving up no hits facing 10 batters in relief.
In game 2, Prairie View exploded for five runs in the top of the third inning.
The Jaguars bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth inning when Sydney Andrews led the inning off beating out the throw. Suttles lined a double to left field. Andrews scored on a Donaldson sacrifice bunt to cut the lead, 5-1. Jazmine Duke knocked a two-RBI double to left-center field. James joined the hit parade recording an RBI double to cut the lead, 5-4. James was thrown out at third trying to extend the play. Alison Walton flew out to end the inning.
Suttles tied the game with her second monster home run of the series to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning
Duke's added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
James came in the bottom of the third inning and held the Lady Panthers scoreless over the next four innings allowing two hits. The game got away in the top of the seventh allowing three runs on three hits.
Southern had a chance in the bottom of the seventh inning after Suttles was intentionally walked but could not capitalize falling to PVAMU 8-7.
Suttles went 3-for-5, recording three RBIs, three runs, walked three times one intentionally, two home runs, a solen base.
Dukes recorded four hits and three RBIs.
James pitched 12.1 innings recording a 2.92 era allowing six runs (4 earned), stricking out five and scattering eleven hits.
The rubber match will be played tomorrow, due to weather concerns the game time has been pushed back to 2 pm at Patriot Park in Baton Rouge.