MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Jackson State fended off a late charge from Southern, winning 2-1 to advance in the 2019 SWAC Softball Tournament during Friday morning action.
Jackson State (13-35) struck in the opening frame as Kelsey Smith slapped a RBI single up the middle to score Sierra Smith. The Tigers added to their lead as an errant throw at first allowed K. Smith to touch home and ended up loading the bases with two outs, but Madelyn Prukop fouled out to end the inning.
The Tigers threatened to build upon their lead with two on in the sixth, but Aubrion James struck out Cheyenne Aplon and forced S. Smith to ground out and end the inning. From there, Kayla Owens put the clamps on Southern’s lineup for much of the contest until the Jaguars (9-25) mounted a final push with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Christy Kelly drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate, and a misplay in the field brought the winning run to the plate in James. James put one in play to center field and a fielding gaffe allowed a pinch-runner to score.
Owens fanned Mateighia Tanner for the second out of the inning, and forced Jaslyn Perrodin to ground out to end the game.
Jackson State faces the winner of the Texas Southern/Alabama State game -- which was postponed due to weather and is set to conclude Friday -- while Southern’s season comes to a close.