Albany State's softball, baseball teams end seasons

Lady Rams fall to Tuskegee in softball; baseball falls to Stillman

HAMPTON — Albany State’s women’s softball team fought back on Saturday after falling into the loser’s bracket. However, the Lady Rams lost in the SIAC tournament championship, falling to Tuskegee 11-7.

Albany State, the defending champion, rallied from a 6-0 deficit and tied the game at 7 with a six-run fifth inning. However, Tuskegee answered with a four-run sixth and ended the Lady Rams’ season at 23-26.

The setback spoiled an excellent pitching performance from ASU’s Chelsea Hicks, who allowed 12 hits and only five earned runs.

It also spoiled Chaconna Marks’ 3-for-4 performance from the plate. Marks accounted for three of the team’s eight hits. She also homered and finished with a pair of RBIs. Toni Coleman went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo homers.

The Lady Rams advanced to meet Tuskegee after disposing of Claflin, 14-4, in five innings earlier on Saturday. Alexa Lopez hurled the complete-game win, allowing four runs on three hits. Only one of her runs was earned.

Meanwhile, ASU’s offense erupted for 14 runs on 13 hits. Kayla Alexander led the way, going 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs. Marks went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers and four RBIs.

Malea Maye, Chelsea Hicks and Toni Coleman collected two hits each. Kandis Banks finished 1-for-3 with a solo homer.

ASU baseball falls to Stillman

OZARK, Ala. — After going unbeaten in conference play during the regular season, Albany State failed to make it out of the loser’s bracket in the SIAC baseball tournament Saturday afternoon.

The Rams, top-seeded in the SIAC East Division, lost 10-2 to Stillman, the No. 1 seed in the West Division. The end result is the end of the season for the Albany State baseball team.

Albany State (29-17) fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and could never catch up. Stillman increased their lead to 8-0 with a four-run third inning. The Rams pushed both of their runs across in their half of the fourth but could draw no closer. Albany State managed just seven hits.

Stillman pounded ASU starter Jared Arrington, who lasted just two-thirds of an inning after allowing four runs in the first inning.

Center fielder Reice McDaniel led the Rams’ offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Jacob Campbell finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Albany State also finished with three errors.