Softball off to best start since 2001 season

Junior pitcher D’Maria Matthews prepares to throw a pitch in GSU home opener earlier this season. The Lady Tigers have started the season with an 5-0 record, their best start since the 2001 season. GSU Athletics/Courtesy photo

The Lady Tigers softball team is off to a strong start after going undefeated in the HBCU Division II Tournament in Acworth, Ga. over the weekend.
GSU vs. Fort Valley State


The Lady Tigers opened the tournament with a 7-1 victory over Fort Valley State.

The Lady Tigers never trailed in the contest.

GSU tallied two runs in the first inning, one in the third, one in the fourth, two more in the fifth and one in the sixth to earn the win.

D’Maria Matthews had a strong outing in pitching a complete game.

Kenyshae Beasley went 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored and one RBI.

Tia Coleman went 3-for-3, with three RBIs and one run scored.


GSU vs. Tuskegee

The Lady Tigers earned a 5-3 victory over Tuskegee University in the second game of the tournament. GSU took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, but Tuskegee rallied to take a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the frame.

Tyra Triplett began the inning with a single to center and stole second and third. Morgan Adams walked and with Miller at the plate, Triplett scored on a passed ball to tie the game at three. On a 3-1 pitch, Miller hit a two-run homer over the center field wall to lead GSU to victory.


GSU vs. Clark Atlanta


The Lady Tigers coasted to the 10-2 win versus Clark Atlanta.

GSU plated three runs in the first, two in the second, three in the third and one in each the fourth and fifth innings.

Tyra Triplett opened the game with a walk and stole second base. Antiya Randle had an infield hit and with one down, Rikkelle Miller grounded out to third base as Triplett scored. With two out, Randle scored on a wild pitch and Tia Coleman, reaching on a walk, came in to score on Edwenia Foster’s single up the middle.

The Lady Tigers clinched the game in the second with two runs on two hits, as Miller’s single to center plated Morgan and Randle.

GSU vs. Lane College


After a scoreless first inning, GSU struck four runs in the second, three in third, four in the fourth and three in the fifth for the 14-1 victory.

The Lady Tigers capitalized on four Lane College errors during the contest. Tayler Lenz-Selvera notched a two-run home run in the third and Tyler Robinson chipped in a two-run homer in the fourth as Grambling State cruised to the victory.

The Lady Tigers (4-0) are off to the best start since 2001 when the program began that season at 6-0.

GSU will have its 2019 home opener Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the GSU Softball Complex. The Lady Tigers will host Texas College at 1 p.m.