SALEM, Va. – The Shaw University softball team scored four runs in first and fourth inning to defeat Virginia State University (17-16) 11-7 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship Monday night at Moyer Park.
The Lady Bears (11-19) will face Bowie State (14-18) Tuesday at 12 noon on Field 3 in a consolation contest. Live stats will be available on www.shawbears.com. Live tweets will also be on Twitter @ShawBears.
Shaw jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening on just one hit as the Trojans accounted for several errors. Over the next two innings neither team would score but in the bottom of the fourth, VSU drove in four runs of their own to tie the game at 4-4 led by a homer from Vanessa Ruby.
The Lady Bears pushed four more runs in the top of the fifth when senior Tori Hale (Moreno Valley, CA) reached base on a fielding error by VSU's shortstop that led to a senior Brittany Kline (Choctaw Beach, FL) scoring. A single from redshirt-sophomore Taija Bailey (Greensboro, NC) allowed senior Frances Perry to score, followed by two more errors from the Trojans that gave SU two runs to go ahead 8-4.
In the top of the sixth, a single from junior Christine Ngeve (Greensboro, NC) brought home senior Zahrea Lewis (Savannah, GA) and then junior Kiana Rogers tripled to right field as Ngeve scored, following a sacrifice fly from Kline to bring home Rogers that gave Shaw an 11-4 advantage.
VSU gathered three runs on two hits in the bottom of the seventh but in the end, the Lady Bears showed heart and were relentless on defense which would ultimately prevail them to the victory.
The Lady Bears tallied 12 total hits, led by Ngeve who recorded two RBI on a 3-5 performance. VSU accounted for eights and seven errors for the night. Perry earned the win to improve to 6-3 on the year in the circle. She allowed five earned runs, walking two and striking out two in the seven innings of work.
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