By Greg Goings
Sports Information Director
PETERSBURG, Va. – The Bowie State University softball team picked up CIAA Northern Division victories at Virginia State University on March 28 by scores of 10-5 and 13-0.
Freshman Emily Lewis (Aberdeen, Md.) paced the Lady Bulldogs with four hits and five RBI over the two games. Bowie State (7-11, 5-3 CIAA, 2-0 North) pounded out 28 total hits in the twin bill.
Virginia State (4-15, 2-6 CIAA, 0-2 North) had six plays to recorded two hits each in the doubleheader. Jamilia Smith (Halifax, Va.) had the biggest hit, a three-run homer in game one for the Trojans.
Bowie State wasted no time, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game. Senior Cassandra Clayborne (Damascus, Md.) started the game with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Danielle Watt (St. Leonard, Md.). Freshman pitcher Nicoleen Ochoa (Madison, Ohio) reached on a Virginia State error followed by Caitlin O’Neill (Elkton, Md.) walk. Lewis stepped up and slapped a single, scoring Ochoa for a 3-0 advantage.
The Trojans took their first and only lead of game one in the bottom of the 3rd inning following a 3-run homer by Smith, giving Virginia State a 3-2 advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs pushed two more across the dish in the top of the 3rd inning to shift the advantage back over to the visitors at 4-3. However, Virginia State tied the game at 4-all in their half of the third.
Bowie State’s Ochoa hit her first collegiate homer of the season, a two-run blast in the top half of the 4th inning. With two outs, Lewis doubled followed by another double, this time by freshman Hannah Lewis (St. Leonard, Md.), scoring Lewis and created a small cushion at 7-4.
Virginia State added one to the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th inning via Janay Joseph (Eastern Shore, Va.) that scored Smith.
The Lady Bulldogs added three insurance runs in the top of the 6th inning to seal the 10-5 victory. Three Virginia State 6th inning errors assisted in Bowie State’s scoring opportunities.
Like the first game, the Lady Bulldogs struck first in the top of the 1st inning of game two. Clayborne led off with a double and scored on three straight wild pitches for the early 1-0 lead. Watt and Ochoa followed with back-to-back triples, forcing Virginia State pitcher Rebecca Elder out of the circle.
By this point, it was clear Bowie State was on a mission and ended their share of the 1st inning with a 4-0 lead.
O’Neill began the 3rd inning with a single followed by Lewis’ second homer of the afternoon and a 6-0 advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs blew game two wide open in the top of the 4th inning, scoring six runs on six hits and put the final nail in the Trojans coffin in the top of the 5th inning to claim the 13-0 win.
Bowie State rocked four different Virginia State pitchers, holding a 16-4 hit advantage in the final contest of the afternoon.
Clayborne and Lewis led Bowie State in game two with three hits each and five different Lady Bulldogs recorded a pair of hits each.