5/7/2021 | 12 p.m.
Junior pitcher Namoi Reyes struck out 16 while TSU used a three-run third inning to hold off Southern by a 4-1 margin in the opener of an important three-game series on Thursday afternoon at Memorial Park.
Thursday’s game felt like it was already postseason as both pitchers were hot early on. Southern had a chance to score in the third with a pair of runners in scoring position before Reyes came through with a big strikeout to end the threat.
With one out in the bottom of the third, TSU’s Ashling Shahan singled to left and moved over to second on Pamela Richardson’s sac bunt. Crimson Davis came through with a big two out single and moved over to second after a steal. Senior shortshop Paige Jackson opened the scoring with a huge two-RBI single followed by Tevanae Tate’s RBI triple to score Jackson for the 3-0 lead. TSU added to its lead in the fourth as Daryn Haslam led the inning off with a single and was pinch ran by Emma Ortiz. Ortiz moved over to second on a sac bunt from Mila Rodriguez, which paved the way for freshman third baseman Ja’Lynn Swiney’s RBI double to center for the 4-0 lead.
Southern crossed home a run in the fifth and threatened in the sixth with runners in scoring position with two outs. However, Reyes came through with a big inning-ending strikeout to keep SU at bay. In the top of the seventh, SU pinch hitter London Lau hit a leadoff bloop single which bounced off home plate. Cameron Andrews followed with a slow dribbler to short as SU had a pair of runners on with no outs. But once again, Reyes came through in the clutch with three straight strikeouts to end the game.
Tate led TSU with a 3-for-3 outing and an RBI while Shahan also batted 3-for-3 and scored a run. Crimson Davis finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Reyes struck out a career-best 16 batters for her eighth win of 2021.
The series concludes with a doubleheader at 12 p.m. tomorrow as the team will honor its seniors at the end of game two.