Friday, March 3, 2017

Bowie State Softball Drops Two on Opening Day of 2017 Season

CARY, N.C. – The Bowie State University softball team opened the season on Friday (3/3), dropping a pair of games at the Shaw Challenge.  The Bulldogs started the day with a 4-2 loss to Mansfield University and was defeated 6-3 versus Fairmont State in the nightcap.

Juniors Jacqueline Pickering (Bowie, Md.) and Nicoleen Ochoa (Madison, Ohio) garnered five and four hits respectively over the two games to lead Bowie State offensively. Fellow juniors Lindsey Fenner (Aberdeen, Md.) and Ja’Seph Smith (Bowie, Md.) added three hits each while juniors Emily Lewis (Abderdeen, Md.) and Inaya Jones (Baltimore, Md.) contributed one hits apiece in Friday’s action.

Ochoa led Bowie State with a pair of hits against Mansfield and pitched a complete game, allowing 11 hits. The Bulldogs foursome of Smith, Pickering, Jones and Fenner added one hit each on the season opening setback.

Laura Lawson led the Fairmont State Mountaineers (1-0) with four hits while Allison McGovern and Casey Pearce added two hits each in the win. Arianna Young picked up the victory for Mansfield, striking out three in seven innings in the circle and gave up six hits.

In the nightcap, Pickering led the Bulldogs with four hits while Ochoa, Smith and Fenner tallied two hits against Fairmont State’s Fighting Falcons. Junior Stefanie Ray (Damascus, Md.) took the loss on the bump, going 3.1 innings and allowed six hits, struck out four and walked two.

Beth Cook paced Fairmont State (2-4) with a team-high three hits and Abbi Fetty tacked on two hits. Rachel Bias earned the win in the circle, throwing a complete game and struck out seven along the way.

Rachel Hoffman threw a complete-game, one-run effort in the evening game against the Bulldogs, allowing just three hits while striking out three.  She allowed her lone run in the first inning of the game but shut down Bowie State for the remainder. 

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday (3/4) taking on Millersville at 11 a.m. followed by a 4 p.m. contest against the University of Charleston.

Mansfield vs Bowie State
Mar 3, 2017 at Cary, N.C. (Thomas Brooks Field)

Mansfield 4 (1-0)

Player  ab   r   h rbi  bb  so  po   a lob 
A. McGovern cf 
K. Wickwire c 
T. Chidester 2b 
R. Sterner 1b 12 
Kayla Hahn dh 
Laura Lawson lf 
L. McGovern ss 
   Devin Jones pr 
Casey Pearce 3b 
N. Watkins rf 
A. Young p 
Totals 31 11 21 15 

Bowie State 2 (0-1)

Player  ab   r   h rbi  bb  so  po   a lob 
SMITH,Ja'seph lf 
OCHOA,Nicoleen p 
PICKERING,Jacqueline ss 
JONES,Inaya cf 
VISELE,Megan 2b 
FENNER,Lindsey 1b 10 
LEWIS,Emily c 
RAY,Stefanie 3b 
   BEARNS,Tiffany ph 
BELT,Jaelyn rf 
Totals 25 21 13 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
Mansfield........... 200 101 0 -  4 11  1
Bowie State......... 002 000 0 -  2  6  2
E - A. Young; PICKERING,J.; RAY,S.. LOB - Mansfield 9; Bowie State 4. 2B - Laura Lawson 2. 3B - Laura Lawson. SH - K. Wickwire; N. Watkins; OCHOA,N.; PICKERING,J.. SF - K. Wickwire. SB - A. McGovern.
Mansfield  ip er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go 
A. Young W,1-0 7.0 25 27 15 
Bowie State  ip er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go 
OCHOA,Nicoleen L,0-1 7.0 11 31 34 14 
Win - A. Young (1-0). Loss - OCHOA,N. (0-1). Save - None.Umpires -
Start: 10:00 AM Time: 1:28 Attendance: 38
Weather: Clear, 50 degrees

Bowie State vs Fairmont State
Mar 3, 2017 at Cary, NC (Thomas Brooks Park)

Bowie State 3 (0-2)

Player  ab   r   h rbi  bb  so  po   a lob 
OCHOA,Nicoleen 1b/cf 
SMITH,Ja'seph lf 
PICKERING,Jacqueline ss 
JONES,Inaya cf/p 
VISELE,Megan 2b 
FENNER,Lindsey 3b/1b 
LEWIS,Emily c 
BEARNS,Tiffany dh 
BELT,Jaelyn rf 
RAY,Stefanie p/cf 
Totals 31 11 18 

Fairmont State 6 (2-4)

Player  ab   r   h rbi  bb  so  po   a lob 
Mongan cf 
Stubbs ss 
Fullen,A. lf 
Cook 3b 
Fetty dh 
Wells c 
Hormell 1b 
Bias 2b 
Dunn rf 
Bias,R. p 
Totals 27 21 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
Bowie State......... 001 200 0 -  3 11  2
Fairmont State...... 510 000 X -  6  7  0
E - VISELE,M.; FENNER,L.. LOB - Bulldogs 7; Falcons 6. 2B - Fetty; Hormell. 3B - PICKERING,J.; Cook. SB - OCHOA,N.; Mongan; Cook; Hormell; Bias.
Bowie State  ip er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go 
RAY,Stefanie L,0-1 3.1 18 20 
JONES,Inaya  2.2 10 
Fairmont State  ip er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go 
Bias,R. W 7.0 11 31 31 

Win - Bias,R.. Loss - RAY,S.. Save - None.Umpires -
Start: 3:20 pm Time: 1:40 Attendance: 20
Weather: Clear & cool

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