HAMPTON, Ga. – Tuskegee University won its third consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Softball Championship title, Saturday afternoon with a 10-8 win over Miles College at Lovejoy Regional Complex.
The Lady Golden Tigers (24-28 overall) took a 2-0 lead after the second inning as Karisa Foye, the 2016 SIAC Softball Tournament MVP kept the Golden Bears (20-26) hitless until the fourth inning.
Miles used five hits and took advantage of a pair of Tuskegee errors to take the 5-2 lead in the fourth inning. The Golden Bears' lead was temporary in the bottom of the fourth inning when Tuskegee responded with its own comeback that included hits from Cari Driver, Sharde Thomas, Kenyah Smith, Roneisha Rudolph, and Foye that allowed the Lady Golden Tigers to regain the lead, 8-5.
The Golden Bears wouldn't go away quietly and scored a run in the sixth to slice the score to 8-6. However, Tuskegee answered in the bottom the sixth with two runs. Miles scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning with hits from Jamellya Ducker and Kathryne Lambert but TU's defense remained solid to finish the game.
Foye (6-5) recorded the win and finished with a game-high five strikeouts. Beth Garner who pitched three innings notched her first save of the season for Tuskegee.
Kendruena McPherson (3-9) recorded the loss and finished with a pair of strikeouts.
Dating back to 2004, Tuskegee is the first team to win three consecutive SIAC championships.
Tuskegee will find out their opponent and site for the upcoming NCAA Division II Regional next week on Monday morning. The NCAA Selection Show is at 10 am (est) on NCAA.com.
2016 SIAC Softball All-Tournament Team
Edward Colvin, Tuskegee – Coach of the Tournament
Karisa Foye, Tuskegee - Tournament MVP
Kaylin Finch, Tuskegee
Sharde Thomas, Tuskegee
Beth Thomas, Tuskegee
Khandi White, Tolbert, Miles
Jamellya Ducker, Miles
Victoria McDaniel, Miles
LaKaylin Lee, Claflin
Ambrionna Atkism, Albany State