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ASU wins twice, falls to Kentucky State

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

COLUMBUS -- Robert Skinner used the word tired, but he could have said exhausted or just plain worn out.

After winning twice to stay alive, Skinner's Albany State softball team saw its season end Friday night in a 10-1 loss to Kentucky State in the SIAC Tournament.

"We ran out of pitching. We had about a half of a pitcher left,'' Skinner said. "And we just ran out of hits. They played extremely hard, but they were tired. We started the first game at 8 a.m., and the game at 4 didn't start until 6.

"They put forth a great effort. They have nothing to be ashamed of,'' he said.

The Lady Rams (20-37) had to play without All-SIAC catcher Chaconna Marks, who was injured in a play at home Thursday against Clark Atlanta, which beat ASU to put the Lady Rams in the loser's bracket.

Still, ASU beat Benedict, 7-4, in the morning game to stay alive as Dominique Bryant went 3-for-4, homered, scored twice, and drove in three runs. Ashley Pugh and Macy Mager both went 2-for-4 and each scored and had an RBI.

The Lady Rams, who had won the last two SIAC titles, scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Lemoyne-Owen, 12-11.

Elena Litvina, who filled in for Chaconna Marks, hit a bases loaded triple, and raced home when she noticed there was no catcher covering the plate.

Mager won both games, pitching seven innings against Benedict and four in relief against Lemoyne-Owen.

She allowed just four runs on six hits in the opener and three runs on three hits against Lemoyne-Owen. Shay Marks started the final two games.

"Considering the odds against us, we did extremely well,'' Skinner said.