NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State softball team got a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts from freshman Sage Hoover Tuesday evening and cracked two home runs in a 6-2 win against visiting Louisiana Tech, completing a sweep of the season series.
The Lady Demons (21-12) never trailed. Hoover struck out the first three batters she faced and retired the first eight in a row before allowing a hit by the Techsters (20-14). Her only trouble came in the top of the fourth after she hit a batter and gave up Caroline Easom’s two-run home run with no outs. She fanned the next two and only allowed a pair of hits the rest of the way.
Easom’s blast countered a two-run shot off the bat of NSU’s Kat Marshall opening the scoring in the bottom of the second. It was her sixth homer of the season. The 2-2 tie didn’t last long as Northwestern posted two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Keely DuBois extended her on-base streak to 20 games with a solo home run to left to put the Lady Demons back on top 3-2 two batters into the frame. After a walk and throwing error put a potential run at second base, Alexis Perry drove the first pitch she saw right back up the middle to give NSU a 4-2 lead.
The Lady Demons added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on a passed ball and an RBI ground out by Maggie Black that made it a comfortable 6-2 lead.
MCNEESE 7, ULM 5: The visiting Warhawks pushed across four runs in the top of the seventh but couldn’t complete the comeback in Lake Charles. McNeese (17-14) took a 3-1 first-inning advantage and kept ULM (17-9) contained until the final frame.
LSU 15, ULM 4: Red-hot designated hitter Brayden Jobert launched two homers and drove in seven runs to lead No. 12 LSU to a 15-4 win over UL Monroe in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Jobert became the first LSU player to collect seven RBI in a game in five years. He has five homers in the Tigers’ last three games and nine dingers on the year. Leftfielder Gavin Dugas also homered and provided an RBI double for the Tigers to bolster the offense, which has scored 42 runs over the past three games. LSU improved to 18-7 with its third straight win, while ULM dropped to 8-14-1.
JACKSON STATE 9, GRAMBLING 5: At Jackson, Miss., the Tigers surrendered a pair of three-run innings in falling, 9-5, to Jackson State in a non-conference contest at Braddy Field. Grambling State (8-17) fell behind 3-0 after one inning but closed the gap to one run twice. However, Jackson State (13-12) blew the game open in the sixth with three runs and didn’t look back. Shermar Page paced the Grambling offense by going 2-for-5, with a double.
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