Lady Lions’ home opener spoiled

Home didn’t prove to be a good remedy for Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball Wednesday.

Central Baptist College of the NAIA swept a doubleheader in UAPB’s first home appearance of the season, 4-2 and 13-0. The Lady Lions (1-16) have dropped three in a row after earning their only win of the season, 6-3 over Indiana Tech on March 2 in Conway.

CBC (15-9), which is favored to win the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, got 10 hits off UAPB pitcher Heather Leigh in the second game and scored eight runs in the first inning, en route to a five-inning victory. Leigh struck out two, walked seven and hit two batters.

Christen Kirchner, the No. 2 batter on the Mustangs’ lineup, got the first inning going with a two-run home run. The other six runs were scored by way of a single, a double, a groundout an error at first base and walks. The Mustangs batted 12 times that inning.

CBC added two runs in the second on three hits, including a double by Sheridan alumna Jordon Jones, who went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Two more runs were scored in the third on a passed ball and a single, and another error at first base led to the final run in the fifth.

UAPB’s biggest scoring threat came in the third inning. A double by Leigh, single by Delya Jackson and hit batter (Tiressa Jacobs) loaded the bases, but Peyton Jenkins struck out Lacie Sutterfield to get out of the jam.

Jenkins struck out three and allowed four hits in four innings for the victory. Recent White Hall graduate Shanice Murry pitched a perfect fifth inning in relief for the Mustangs.

Leigh was UAPB’s only multiple hitter, going 2 for 3. For CBC, Kirchner was 2 for 3 with a walk, Jenkins was 2 for 3 (both doubles) and Jessica Tickle went 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

Statistics from the first game were unavailable.

Next for the Lady Lions is the SWAC Round-Up in Longview, Texas, where they will play five games, one against each team from the Eastern Division of the conference, Friday through Sunday. They will be back at home next Tuesday to host Langston in a doubleheader.