Statesmen down Harding
The fifth ranked Delta State University Statesmen scored six runs in the top of the sixth to defeat the Harding Bisons Tuesday night in Searcy, Ark.
The Statesmen improved to 29-6, while Harding fell to 20-19.
Zack Shannon continued his great work at the plate by drilling his 23rd home run of the season to go with a double. He finished with two RBIs and now has 70 in just 35 games. Shannon's 23rd home run is the second most in a season in DSU history and three home runs behind the single season mark of 26 set by Dee Haynes in 1999. He now has 42 bombs for a career, which puts him second on the school's all-time list. Shannon has been also named to mid-season watch list for the Golden Spikes Award.
Jason Popovich and Emil Ellis aided DSU as they each drilled two hits including a double with two RBIs, followed by Clay Casey and Justin Nussbaum with two hits, a RBI and a run scored each and Juwan Burney with two hits and a run scored.
Tyler Walton (6-0) earned the win in relief as he gave up an unearned run on three hits with a strikeout and no walks in two innings of work. Freshman pitcher and former Cleveland High School and Hernando High School standout Hunter Riggins threw two shutout innings, giving up two hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Riggins has only given up one run in his last six appearances (10.2 IP). On Tuesday, Riggins was named GSC Freshman of the Week, while Shannon was named Player of the Week.
DSU will be back in action this weekend when the Statesmen host Lee University in a three-game Gulf South Conference series. The series will start Saturday with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and will conclude Sunday with a single game at 2 p.m.
DSU wins series with Union
The Delta State University Lady Statesmen picked up a Gulf South Conference series win Monday by defeating Union 12-5 in eight inning in the rubber match of the series in Jackson, Tenn.
The Lady Statesmen scored seven runs in the top of the eighth to seal up the win.
DSU improved to 23-17 with a 14-10 mark in the GSC, while Union fell to 14-23 with a 6-17 mark in the GSC.
Marissa Landrum drilled three hits, drove in two runs and scored a run to lead the Lady Statesmen, followed by Mari Alex Sandridge with two hits including a home run with two RBIs, Carlie Vice with a home run and two RBIs, Olivia Dick with two hits, a RBI and two runs scored, Jordan Jones with a double and two runs scored and Abi Gibson with a double and a run scored.
Nicole Fullilove (8-3) picked up the win in relief as she pitched five innings and gave up, three runs, one earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
DSU will be back in action this weekend to host Lee in a three game GSC series. It will start with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. and will end Sunday with a single game at 12 p.m.