Freshman Cassandra Clayborne leads BSU in split series vs. ECSU (Courtesy Photo/BSU, Lawrence Johnson)

Bowie State University (BSU) women’s softball team lost only its second Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) game of the year as they split wins and losses with the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Lady Vikings in two games on April 14 in Elizabeth City, N.C.

The Lady Bulldogs won game two with a 5-3 victory, but they lost the first game, 3-2, ultimately snapping a four-game winning streak for Bowie State.

Tied at 2-2 at the end of the sixth inning, the Lady Vikings claimed victory in game one by hitting their way through the top of the seventh inning. ECSU right fielder Christen Pelton hit a leadoff double and second baseman Raneka Thompson followed Pelton by hitting a single, which advanced Pelton to third base. When infielder Tynesha Jackson hit an infield single on the next at-bat, Pelton ran home to set up the win.

But the Lady Bulldogs bounced back in game two with their own stretch of hits in the late innings of the game. Tied at 3-3, BSU sophomore catcher Adria Lewis led off the top of the seventh inning with a double hit, and ran in for a scored run when pitcher Shelby Snyder hit a double on the following at-bat. Snyder then scored the final run of the game when freshman shortstop Raenelle Taylor hit a sacrifice fly ball on the next at-bat.

Bowie State’s (16-12 overall, 12-2 CIAA) final game of the season is scheduled against Washington Adventist on Monday April 16 in Bowie, Md.