JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson State University softball team lost to the University of Arkansas, 7-4 in game one before defeating the Razorbacks in game two, 3-1 Tuesday evening at the JSU Softball Complex.
This was the first SEC victory at home and the second SEC victory in the the history of the program.
With the split, the Lady Tigers improve to 13-23 overall on the season.
Game 1: Jackson State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and was able to contain the Razorbacks throughout five innings of work.
Arkansas bats heated up in the top of the fifth inning, recording five runs in the frame and making it a 5-2 contest.
JSU rallied back in the sixth, scoring runs off a two-run blast to right center field off the bat of sophomore Chelsea Smith, making it 5-4.
UA answered back in the top of the seventh, scoring two more runs and capped a 7-4 ballgame.
Game 2: The Lady Tigers scored their first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the first inning on a one out single to center field.
Jackson State held the Razorbacks scoreless through two innings but in the top of the third, UA tied the game at 1-all. JSU's defense and pitching kept the Arkansas's offense scoreless throughout the rest of the game.
The Lady Tigers rallied to add two runs in the sixth off a heads up play at the plate from freshman Denisha Knight and a RBI single off the bat of sophomore Canessa Swanson.
Junior Kelsey Townsend picked up the victory going four innings. She is now 6-13 on the season.
Jackson State will travel to Montgomery, Ala. to face Alabama State University in a three-game series Friday, March 28 at the Barbara Williams Softball Complex. Game time is set 6 p.m.