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Thursday, March 21, 2013


BOWIE, Md. – The Bowie State softball team snapped a four-game losing streak with two non-conference victories as the Lady Bulldogs pummeled the Washington Adventist Lady Shock 21-2 and 24-0.

Sophomore Cassandra Clayborne (Damascus, Md.) and senior Megan Alexander (Damascus, Md.) led the Lady Bulldogs with eight and seven hits respectively in the two-game sweep.  Clayborne recorded two inside the park homeruns over the two games and tied for team-high RBI honors with seven.

The Lady Bulldogs defense held the Lady Shock scoreless in the 1st inning of game one before erupting for a dozen runs on eight hits in the bottom half of the inning. Bowie State sent 16 batters to the plate in their share of the first.

Washington Adventist freshman Tasheika Russell began the second inning with a single through the left side of the Bowie State infield. Russell scored the first Lady Shock run after a single up the middle by Sophonie Ilera.

Bowie State (4-13) added four runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and matched that run total in the bottom of the 3rd inning to take a 20-1 advantage.

Lady Bulldogs’ sophomore Alexis Barnes (District Heights, Md.) started the BSU 4th inning with a single and was brought home on a triple to left center by sophomore pitcher Hayley Flint (Mesa, Ariz.).

Courtney Capers scored the only other Washington Adventist run in the top of the 5th inning via a BSU throwing error.

Flint earned her first pitching victory of the season, striking out seven over five innings.

Clayborne paced the Lady Bulldogs with five hits in the opening game and junior Aiyana McNair (Baltimore, Md.) racked up four hits.

Game two was a walk in the park for the Lady Bulldogs. Of Bowie State’s 17 batters to step to the plate in the bottom of the 1st inning, nine walked.  In total, BSU had 15 players reach via base on balls.

The Lady Bulldogs held a rather comfortable 10-0 lead at the end of the first frame on just two hits.

BSU added five runs on five hits in the 2nd inning and padded their lead to 22-0 after four innings.
Bowie State pushed two more runs across the dish in the bottom of the 4th inning to make the score 24-0 and end the game early via the NCAA eight-run mercy rule.

Alexander led the Lady Bulldogs in game two with four hits and five RBI, both game and personal season-highs.

Bowie State junior Mariela Hernandez (Del Rio, Texas) notched her third win of the season, allowed three hits, but struck out eight.

Freshman Taylor Noel took the loss for Washington Adventist (0-4) even though she lasted just a third of an inning.

Bowie State returns to action Thursday (March 21st) for makeup games versus Fayetteville State (10 am), St. Augustine’s (1 pm) and Shaw (4 pm), with all games being played in Fayetteville (N.C.).

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