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GSU Lady Tigers dominate on the field and the mound, sweep Texas College with style


The Grambling State University softball team delivered a powerful performance in a doubleheader against Texas College, securing a 7-2 and 8-0 (5 innings) victory. The Ruston Sports Complex hosted the two games on Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers (3-3) put up a dominant show in the first game, thanks to a brilliant performance on the mound by starting pitcher Dacia Richard. Richard (1-1) set a new career record of 12 strikeouts while conceding only two runs on two hits over five innings of play.

Grambling State's batters were also in excellent form, piling up seven runs on 10 hits. Kaytlyn Moore, India Wells, and Jayda Williams all shone with multi-hit games, while Cadashia Collins contributed a significant drive with three runs in the game.

Collins showed her class by putting Grambling State ahead early in the first inning. With two runners on base, she ground out to shortstop, allowing Moore to score from third base. Ta'Mya Johnson followed this up with a single that brought Wells to make the score 2-0. Nyah Jones rounded off the early scoring with an RBI single to left field, giving GSU a three-run cushion.

Texas College managed to reduce the gap in the fifth inning, but it didn't last long as Jayda Williams hit an RBI single past the shortstop to make it 5-2. In the sixth, Wells added to the lead with an RBI triple, extending the advantage to 6-2. Collins continued to torment the opposition by scoring Wells on a single to complete the scoring.

In the second game, Grambling State got off to a slow start before quickly picking up momentum. Wells started the scoring in the bottom of the third inning with a single up the middle, stealing second base, advancing to third on a fly ball, and then using her speed to steal home.

GSU put the game out of reach with a six-run fourth inning, with Khahli Malone's pinch hit three-run homer sealing the victory. Jordan Hodge secured the mercy rule win with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Erin Gibbs (1-0) was impressive on the mound for GSU, pitching for four innings, giving up just two hits, and striking out three batters.

The Lady Tigers' next challenge is the Mardi Gras Classic, hosted by Southern in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 18. The team will be looking to maintain their momentum and deliver another impressive display.

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