RALEIGH, NC.  Marie Goodman (Willingboro, NJ) and Kiana Rogers (Fort Atkinson, WI) both hit a home run each for the Shaw University women's softball team to conclude the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Round-Up but the Lady Bears suffered a 16-8 and 11-10 setback to Northern Division opponents Bowie State and Virginia Union at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.


Shaw tallied 26 hits, 18 runs, 18 RBI's and two homeruns on the day.


Brittany Kline (Choctaw Beach, FL) was 6-of-9 in two games, including six three RBI and three runs scored, while Christine-Evette Ngeve (Greensboro, NC) was 4-of-9 at the plate with two runs and one RBI. Chakiryn Jackson (Goochland, VA) notched three hits, two runs and an RBI on the day.


In the opening contest against the Lady Bulldogs got things going early after Nicoleen Ochoa homered, following a single by Jacqueline Pickering that brought Jaelyn Belt home before Tiffany Bearns singled to score Pickering. BSU led 3-0 over Shaw in the first inning.


The Lady Bears responded in the top of the second inning when Frances Perry (Hamilton, NJ) singled to bring Rogers home and Goodman homered to earn two RBI's to even the score 3-3.


Tied at 4-4 in the top pf the fourth, BSU plated three runs in the bottom to the lead back at 7-4. The Lady Bears managed to score two runs but a turn of events happened in the fifth when BSU scored six runs off of Shaw's miscues.


Despite two more runs in the sixth by the Lady Bears, Shaw was never able to recover from its errors in the fifth inning, falling 16-8 to the Lady Bulldogs.


Against VUU, the Lady Bears earned three runs to open the contest led by Zahrea Lewis' (Savannah, GA) double to centerfield that brought home Kline. Ngeve followed up with a hit up the middle to advance Lewis and Jackson to home plate.


Shaw had a 5-1 lead over the course of two innings but VUU tallied six runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. The Lady Bears got within one-point with Rogers home run and would tie the contest at 8-8 when Kline and Chynna Gross (Orange Park, FL) scored on VUU's miscues.


In the extra innings, the Lady Panthers tacked on three more in the top of the eighth and held the Lady Bears in the bottom half of the frame as Shaw suffered the 11-10 loss after eight innings.


Shaw will return to action on Wednesday, March 30 to host Claflin in a non-conference matchup at Walnut Creek Complex. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.


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