Another weekend, another Gulf South Conference series win in the books for the Delta State University Lady Statesmen here this weekend in fast pitch softball action at University Field.
After losing to Lee University Lady Flames 11-6 Saturday, the Lady Statesmen turned the tide Sunday and won two games in a row by winning 7-2 in game two and 4-3 in the third game to win their fourth straight GSC series.
The Lady Statesmen have won 12 of their last 14 games and improved to 25-18 with a 16-11 mark in the GSC. Lee fell to 22-26 with a 10-15 record in the GSC.
After committing three errors and giving up 13 hits in the first game, the Lady Statesmen committed two errors and gave up just four hits in game two and gave up eight hits but didn't commit any errors in game three.
In game three, the Lady Statesmen trailed 3-2 but Jordan Jones drilled a RBI-single and Kelly Byrd drilled a RBI-double to score the game-winning run to wrap up the series. In game two, DSU scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull away with the win.
In Sunday's action, Nicole Fullilove (9-3) earned the win in game two by giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits with eight strikeouts and eight walks in a seven-inning complete game effort, while Taylor Johnson (10-8) earned the win in the series finale as she gave up three runs on eight hits with a strikeout and no walks in a seven-inning complete game effort. Johnson's outing Sunday was much better than her outing Saturday as she was tagged with the loss by giving up seven runs, four earned, on 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout in three innings of work.
"We really did a good job responding to yesterday's loss," DSU head softball coach Casey Charles said Sunday. "We had good pitching all day. Nicole really controlled the game and limited them to four hits total two of which came in the last inning. Hitters did pretty well today. Johnson competed today after throwing yesterday and being knocked out in the early innings.
"We mad a couple of costly errors in game one and game two but cleaned it up in game three. Big series win for our team."
In the series this weekend, Jordan Jones went 7-for-9 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored, Byrd went 5-for-11 with three doubles, three RBIs and a run scored, former Bayou Academy standout Kailyn Lofton went 4-for-8 with three doubles and three runs scored and Abi Gibson went 3-for-10 with three RBIs and five runs scored to spearhead the offense.
DSU will be back in action this weekend when the Lady Statesmen travel to Florence, Ala. for key GSC series. The series will start with a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by a single game on Sunday at 1 pm.