Southern Miss softball team sweeps doubleheader

Southern Miss softball team sweeps doubleheader

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Miss Softball team opened its home slate against Alabama State with two victories, winning game one, 5-1, and game two, 10-8.

In game one, all five runs were scored in the third inning.

"It's always fun to bat around," head coach Wendy Hogue said. "What was going through my mind before the inning started was we better adjust our timing on this pitcher and get something done."

With bases loaded and no outs, ASU walked Katie Cleary to tie the game at 1-1, and then Tori Dew hit a two-RBI single to give Southern Miss the advantage.

"I think it was really important to get the teams confidence up and everyone plays such a pivotal role on this team. Everyone gave 100 percent tonight and I think it will be really good setting us up for the rest of the season," Cleary said.

In the second half of the double header there were several lead changes, but the Golden Eagles remain undefeated at home this season.

"I mean this is a great momentum boost going in to the weekend really a tough weekend coming up and after this past weekend we played five games and I thought we played really well in 28 of the 32 innings," Hogue said. "To feel that good about how we played and still have a few losses, it felt really good to get back in that win column tonight."

The Lady Eagles and Lady Hornets have met on the softball diamond three times prior to Wednesday's games. The Golden Eagles swept a doubleheader with the Lady Hornets on March 4, 2004, winning game one, 16-5, and game two, 10-0. In the third meeting, Southern Miss posted a 10-1 victory on Feb. 22, 2009 in the Southern Miss Mizuno Classic. All five games against Alabama State have been played in Hattiesburg.