No. 1 Wallace State softball splits six games in JUCO Classic

No.1 Wallace State softball splits six games in JUCO Classic; WSCC baseball beatsAndrew (Ga.) College in Gulf Coast Classic

HANCEVILLE – WallaceState's top-ranked softball team opened the 2014 season over the weekend,splitting six games in the Creek Indian JUCO Classic held in Atmore.

The freshman-laden Lady Lions (3-3) beat Faulkner State,Mississippi Gulf Coast and Lamar State (Texas) College, while dropping games toWallace-Dothan, Chattanooga (Tenn.) State and Navarro (Texas) College.

Wallace State shortstop Madeline Lee had a fantastic startto her sophomore campaign, finishing 16 for 25 in a six-game span. Lee finishedwith a homer, six RBIs, three doubles, nine runs scored and three stolen bases.She had a three-hit performance in three different games.

Fellow sophomore Kori Benson, the 2013 NJCAA nationaltournament Most Outstanding Defensive player, collected eight hits, including ahomer, a double and six RBIs.

Freshman Brooke Kinsey and Amanda Medders each connected ontheir first collegiate homers in the 8-5 victory over Lamar State. Medders alsoearned the win on the mound. She went the distance, striking out three andallowing four earned runs.

Wallace State, the NJCAA defending national champ, openedthe tournament with a 1-0 victory over Faulkner State. Kelsey King and Medderscombined to blank the Lady Sun Chiefs, and Marcella Ossa, a New York native,drove in Ashleigh McClure in the bottom of the seventh to push across thegame-winning run. McClure finished with a pair of hits while Ossa went 2 for 3.

Paige Browning was the winning pitcher for Wallace State ina 10-8 win against Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Andrea McKenzie finished with six hits, including a double,during the tournament and Sabrina Russell added three hits, including a pair ofdoubles.

Wallace State travels to Texas on Friday to play in thethree-day San Jacinto College Tournament.

Wallace State baseball helps Randy Putman inch closer to900 wins during Gulf Coast College tournament

Wallace State's baseball team won its final game in the GulfCoast College Classic in Panama City, Fla., over the weekend.

Freshman pitcher Colton Campbell picked up the win in a 7-2victory over Andrew (Ga.) College. He went five innings, striking out four andallowing two runs on six hits.

Dalton Carriker went 2 for 4 with a double and two runsscored for the Lions (2-5), Nate Smith had a pair of singles and two RBIs,Jacob Hill finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored, Colt Buttram had two hits,including a double, and scored a run, Rubert Alcantara had a single and twoRBIs, Sam Ayers had a run-scoring hit and Oliver Francis added a single.

Garrett Suchey and Landon Hughes combined for four inningsof scoreless relief, helping Wallace State coach Randy Putman reach 892 careervictories with the program.

Wallace State dropped its first three games in thetournament, losing to Chattahoochee Valley, defending national champ CentralAlabama and St. John's River (Fla.) State College.

Buttram finished 2 for 2 with a solo homer in the loss toSt. John's.

In a wild 16-6 loss to Central Alabama, Buttram finishedwith a pair of hits, Luke Porter went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Carriker, Hilland Chris Blakey finished with an RBI apiece.

Wallace State hosts Motlow (Tenn.) State for a doubleheaderFriday at James C. Bailey Stadium. First pitch in the opener is set for 1p.m.

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