Vikings Split Doubleheader At Mardi Gras Mambo
YOUNGSVILLE, Louisiana – The Portland State softball team went 1-1 Friday on opening day of the Mardi Gras Mambo.
The Vikings started the afternoon with a 3-0 loss to Southeast Louisiana before bouncing back with a 4-1 win over Louisiana Tech.
Pitching was the script for the first game, because Olivia Gray was looking for his sixth straight win in the circle. The Vikings offense was unable to solve SLU’s Heather Zumo as the senior right-hander limited them to just three hits in the contest. Grey, now 5-1, limited the Lions to five hits and one earned run as she tied her career-high 11 strikeouts.
Both teams remained quiet until SLU got on the board in the bottom half of the fourth. The Vikings found themselves trailing by three after back-to-back errors led to a two-hit, three-run inning for the Lions. Portland State threatened but failed to convert in its last three at bats, stalling runners in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, giving Southeastern the shutout victory.
In Game 2, the Vikings wasted little time offensively as they charged with no outs in the top of the second. A pair of steps and a technical error gave PSU an early 3-0 lead.
Portland State Allicity Frost was solid in the circle, keeping the Techsters lady off the board in the first three rounds. Tech’s Lin Edwards pulled his team within two on a solo shot to start the bottom of the fourth, but Frost held on, striking out the next three batters to retain the lead. Neve Smith capitalized on another Tech error in the top of the sixth, driving through home plate to extend the Viking’s lead to three.
The Techsters put the pressure on in the final frame with back-to-back hits to bring the tying run to the plate. Gray came in with one out remaining to stop Tech’s Carol Easom at the plate for the win.
In his second win of the season, Frost allowed just seven hits in 6.2 innings while striking out five. The Vikings totaled five hits in the contest, including two from Grace Johnson.
Tomorrow, Portland State will return to action with a doubleheader against No. 20 Louisiana (1 p.m. PT) and Nicholls State (3 p.m. PT).