CENTRAL, La. -- Southern University early deficits proved to much as the Jaguars late innings rallies fell short, dropping four games to the University of Evansville Purple Aces this weekend at the Central High School Softball field, in Central, Louisiana.
Evansville 3, Southern 1
The Southern University Jaguars could not sustain an early lead and fell to Evansville 3-1
Southern's Cayln Scott took advantage of an errant throw to give the Jags the lead, 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning.
Freshman Christy Kelly recorded her second career start in the circle for the Jaguars as she only allowed one hit through four innings striking out three Purple Aces.
In the top of the fifth inning, Evansville smashed a two-run homerun over the centerfield wall to take the lead, 3-1.
Southern had opportunities in the top of the sixth and seventh innings having runners in scoring position but could not capitalize, falling 3-2 in game one.
Kelly pitched 5.1 innings allowing three runs and six hits, recording four strikeouts.
Aubrion James and Celeste Williams each went 1-for-1, both recorded a sacrifice hit and walked.
Evansville 4, Southern 2
Southern's seventh-inning rally fell one run short, falling to Evansville 5-4.
Evansville's got on the board with a single run in the third. Alex Latoria reached on an error before Daggett notched a bunt single. With two outs, Eryn Gould and Bailee Bostic drew consecutive walks with Bostic's bringing home Olivia Cheatham, who pinch ran for Latoria.
The Purple Aces took advantage of Southern's fielding mistakes in the top of the fifth inning, scoring on an error, then adding three runs on a homerun to centerfield to cap off a four-run inning to extend the lead, 4-0.
Southern recorded their first run in the bottom of the sixth inning, taking advantage of several wild pitches to cut the lead, 4-1 and made it interesting when JUCO transfer Mott recorded her first homerun as a Jaguar to cut the lead, 4-3. That was as close as Southern would get as the Purple Aces escaped with the win.
Southern fell behind early as Evansville built a four-run lead in the first four innings when Tiara Scott hit a sacrafice fly to left field to bring Payton Mercado home to cut the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Southern tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring one run and hand the winning run at the plat but could not capitalize stranding two runners on second and third base.
Aubrion James got the nod in the circle for the Jaguars, lasting a third of an inning. James struggled to find her mark walking three of her first four batters she faced, Tiara Scott relieved James and pitched 6.2 innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits, fanning five batters.
Four Jaguars recorded two hits, Scott and Mercado recorded a RBI.
Evansville 4, Southern 0
Southern did not have an answer for Evansville's Emily Lockhart who dominated the Jaguars recording her first career no-hitter as the Purple Aces clinched a four-game series sweep defeating SU 8-0 in five innings of work.
Evansville got off to another fast start recording six runs in the first three stanzas, highlighted by a three-run home run in the top of the third inning. The Purple Aces added two runs in the fifth inning to close the game.
Scott got the start and pitched 1.2 innings, allowed five runs on five hits, struck out three, walking one. James came in relief, pitching 3.1 innings allowing six hits and three-runs striking out one.
Evansville's Lockhart pitched five innings, striking out seven Jaguars and walked two.
Southern will be back in action February 22-23 in a five game series versus Fairleigh Dickinson.