The Mississippi Valley State Devilettes captured the 2008 Southwestern Athletic Conference womenâ€™s softball tournament title as they defeated the Southern Lady Jaguars with a 6-3 victory in Game 11 of the tournament.
The Devilettes jumped out 4-0 in the third inning â€“ a rally capped off by a series of singles and two fielding errors. Southern would get on the scoreboard in the fourth inning guided by an Aruba Nichols RBI hit.
The Devilettes would play â€œsmall ballâ€ getting base hits, using effective base running and the sacrifice plays to score in both the fifth and sixth innings. Southern would get a run on a single by Jasmine Tillman, but could not overcome the deficit.
The win clinched the fifth consecutive title for the Devilettes.
Game 10: Southern d. Miss. Valley State 5-2
Southern got a grand slam from Lauren Dodd in the sixth inning to take the lead and force a decisive tournament final. The Lady Jaguars got on the board in the first inning as Courtney Chappell reached on a error and scored on a Victoria Stewart single. Mississippi Valley State got two runs in the fifth as Megan Hays and Ashley Lawrence both crossed the plate.
Down 2-1 in the sixth inning, the Lady Jaguars filled the bases with Nicholas, Stewart and Hymes before Dodd came the plate. Dodd took a 1-0 pitch and roped a laser over the left field fence that struck the scoreboard.
Napue Gouveia and Adrianne Harrington (Alcorn State); Rebecca Martinez (Prairie View A&M); Denean Woods and Jackie DeLeon (Grambling State); Debra Borcherding (Alabama A&M); Brittany Hymes and Victoria Stewart (Southern); Brittany Franklin and Erica Hardin (Mississippi Valley State).
Most Outstanding Player â€“ Brittany J. Franklin, Mississippi Valley State