Alcorn State softball sets up shop in Vicksburg this weekend

Published 6:45 pm Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In the midst of its busiest stretch of games this season, the Alcorn State softball program will bring the show to Vicksburg for a long weekend.

Alcorn will play eight games in four days at Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi, beginning with a doubleheader Thursday against Kentucky State beginning at noon.

Alcorn and Jackson State will then co-host the River City Classic tournament beginning Friday. The tournament includes the two Mississippi schools, Jarvis Christian, SIU-Edwardsville, Miles College and Southern University.

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Jackson State will begin by playing Kentucky State and Jarvis Christian Friday at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively.

Alcorn plays Jarvis Christian at 1 p.m. Friday and SIU-Edwardsville at 6, as well as two more doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday.

“We have a lot of opportunities over the next few days to get better. I think a lot is being made of the eight games, but scheduling is extremely challenging for us and that is how it had to work,” said Alcorn coach Josef Rankin. “But the focus really has to be more about having opportunities to get out there and play and compete. We lost a ton of days in January on the field (due to the weather). So, we are excited about getting on the field for consecutive days.”

Alcorn State has lost four games in a row since beating Tennessee State in its opener last weekend.

Junior outfielder Desirea Lindsey is hitting for a .364 average and .417 on-base percentage, both highs. She’s one of four Lady Braves to start in all five games this year along with center fielder Simone McKinney, shortstop Brittney Triplett and third baseman Amari Ramsey.

In the circle, senior Ambria Dorsey has pitched 11 innings and picked up the win against Tennessee State with a complete-game. She carries a 2.55 ERA.

In the Alcorn career record book, Dorsey sits at No. 6 in strikeouts (149), eighth in starts (40), eighth in innings pitched (250 1/3) and 10th in wins (10).

Hitting-wise, Ramsey is eighth in homers (9) and ninth in doubles (21).

“We are going to find ways to improve and keep progressing,” Rankin said.

Thursday’s doubleheader is the season-opener for Kentucky State, which finished 11-8 in the SIAC last year. The Thorobreds are looking to replace each of their three pitchers and top hitter from last season. Moana Pinner is the top returnee after hitting for a .361 average with six homers and 33 RBIs in 2019.

This is the third year in a row that Alcorn and Kentucky State have played in Vicksburg, and the 12th consecutive season that they’ve played each other. Alcorn leads the all-time series 18-3.

RIVER CITY CLASSIC
At Sports Force Parks
Thursday

Noon – Kentucky State vs. Alcorn State (DH)
Friday
1 p.m. – Jarvis Christian vs. Alcorn State
1 p.m. – Kentucky State vs. Jackson State
3 p.m. – Jarvis Christian vs. Jackson State
3:30 p.m. – SIU-Edwardsville vs. Southern U.
6 p.m. – SIU-Edwardsville vs. Alcorn State
6 p.m. – Southern U. vs. Kentucky State
Saturday
11 a.m. – SIU-Edwardsville vs. Southern U.
11 a.m. – Miles College vs. Jackson State
1:30 p.m. – Miles College vs. Alcorn State
1:30 p.m. – SIU-Edwardsville vs. Jackson St.
4 p.m. – Southern U. vs. Alcorn State
Sunday
9 a.m. – SIU-Edwardsville vs. Jackson State
11 a.m. – Miles College vs. Jackson State
11:30 a.m. – SIU-Edwardsville vs. Alcorn St.
2 p.m. – Miles College vs. Alcorn State