Tuskegee Softball wins seven in a row to end regular season
The Tuskegee University Softball team won seven games in a row at home to enter the start of the 2013 SIAC Softball Tournament today with an overall record of 17-20 overall and an SIAC record of 12-11. Tuskegee will square off against Benedict College in the first round of the tournament, set to begin today at Noon. All conference tournament games will be played at the Gerald Matthews Sports Complex in Hampton, GA.
The remarkable winning streak began two weeks ago, when Tuskegee became the only SIAC team in the 2013 season to give Miles College a loss. After the Lady Bears earned a pair of victories on April 6 by scores of 14-2 and 8-2, Tuskegee came back and won both games in the doubleheader played the following day by scores of 3-1 and 8-7. MarkeiaBillups not only earned the pitching win in the contest, but she also hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning as the first batter on deck to secure the Sunday sweep of the team with the best record in the SIAC.
Three days later, Tuskegee traveled to Fort Valley, GA for their final road games of the regular season, picking up a pair of victories against the Lady Wildcats with scores of 8-6 and 6-5. The pair of wins ensured that Tuskegee won the season series over Fort Valley three games to two, as they last earned a win against the Lady Cats in a season-opening 5-3 victory on Feb. 17th. TU would later split that doubleheader with FVSU, as they would pick up the second game by a score of 5-4.
In the 8-6 win played March 10th, MarkeiaBillups picked up the win, but Latifah Kelly looked great in relief while tossing six strikeouts in four innings played. She would also pick up a save in the second game, throwing for five more strikeouts in the 6-5 win, while Morgan Burrell would pick up the win.
Finally, Tuskegee played in a tripleheader against LeMoyne-Owen College this past weekend in an effort to avoid thunderstorms that moved into the area on Sunday. Tuskegee picked up major victories of 11-0, 20-2 and 17-2 (all in five-inning run-rule decisions). The Sunday game was canceled due to the rain. But, that did not stop Senior Day from being held in the home dugout.
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