Southern softball team drops into SWAC losers bracket _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern softball coach Tayl'r Hollis, left, chats with Alicia Barajas in the third inning of a game against Langston University last month. The Jaguars were eliminated from the SWAC tournament on Thursday.

DECATUR, Ala. — Southern’s softball season came to an end when the Jaguars were run ruled by Jackson State, losing 14-3 in 4½ innings in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament Thursday night.

After staving off elimination with a 12-7, eight-inning victory against Grambling earlier in the day, Southern grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Jackson State. But the Tigers scored seven in the bottom of the second and six in the third to seize control.

The Jaguars, appearing in the tournament for the first time in three seasons, finished 11-36. Jackson State (28-28) advanced to a semifinal game Friday against Mississippi Valley State, which beat the Tigers 8-7 in a winners’ bracket game Thursday afternoon.

Carla Arismendi and Danielle Jackson homered in a five-run eighth inning in Southern’s victory against Grambling.

Alicia Barajas led off the top of the eighth with a single and Arismendi followed with a two-run homer. Macy Maurer walked, Desiree Dawson singled and Jackson followed with a three-run homer.

Asimendi and Dawson each had three of the Jaguars’ 16 hits. Kayliegh Thomas (7-18) went the distance for Southern, allowing 10 hits and four walks, striking out five.