Softball wins five games from east teams at SIAC Crossover
JASPER, Ala. – Paced by sophomore pitcher Latifah Kelly of Sylacauga, Ala., the Tuskegee Lady Golden Tigers won 5-of-6 softball games at the 2012 SIAC Crossover this past Thursday through Saturday. Kelly pitched six games and picked up five wins to move her overall record to 7-5 and her strikeout total to 87 for 2012.
On day one, Thursday, March 17, the Lady Golden Tigers blanked Benedict 5-0 in their first game. Kelly scattered five hits and struck out seven batters. Five Lady Golden Tigers contributed multiple hits toward the team’s 12-hit attack.
Later in the day, Kelly improved her record to 4-4, pitching her team to a 10-2 trouncing of Paine College. She tallied fourteen strikeouts and allowed only three hits. The Lady Golden Tigers registered fourteen hits, led by Trenisha Holmes’s three hits and three runs scored.
The Lady Golden Tigers pounded the Lady Panthers of Clark Atlanta 12-2 on Friday, giving Kelly three wins in the SIAC Crossover. Kelly allowed four hits and struck out 12 CAU batters. Aisha Spence, Ilicia Stewart and Trenisha Holmes each had three hits, including a three-run homer by Spence.
Pitching her fourth game in two days, Kelly and the Lady Golden Tigers came up short, losing 4-3 to Albany State. Kelly’s seven strikeouts of the Lady Golden Rams improved her strikeout total to 40 for the crossover.
With two days of softball action under their belt, the Lady Golden Tigers won back-to-back games on Saturday, 13-4 over Claflin and 4-0 over Fort Valley State. TU went on a 15-hit attack against Claflin and a 9-hit attack against Fort Valley State, nailing down their fourth and fifth victories in the crossover competition. Megan Moore scored three runs, had three RBIs and had four hits, including a two-run homer and two doubles in the Lady Golden Tigers’ victory over Claflin. Aisha Spence also added 4 hits and 4 RBIs.
In the Lady Golden Tigers’ win over Fort Valley State, Kelly struck out 15 batters, recording her second shutout in three days. She struck out 15 batters, bringing her three-day total to 61. She improved her 2012 SIAC Crossover record to 5-1 and her earned run average to 1.79. Tameria Brown paced the Lady Golden Tigers with two RBIs and three hits, including a solo homer.
The Lady Golden Tigers (8-8, 5-5 SIAC) will host the Lady Tigers of West Alabama on Tue., Mar. 20 at 2 p.m. The two teams split a doubleheader, played earlier at West Alabama in Livingston.