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Bowie State softball sweeps doubleheader, Wilson an All-American

BOWIE – The Bowie State University softball squad had a six-day break last week, and the Lady Bulldogs were able to relax and get some time off thanks to their prior performances.

Bowie State swept Virginia Union in a doubleheader on April 2, topping the Panthers by scores of 9-7 and 5-2. The victories pushed the Bulldogs’ record to 10-12 overall and 7-1 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The ladies are also 2-0 in the CIAA Northern Division.

The Bulldogs used a big six-run fourth inning to spark the first victory. Bowie State was trailing 3-0 when Tiffany Bearns hit a grand slam to take the lead. Ja’seph Smith and Jacqueline Pickering both added RBI doubles in the inning to put the Bulldogs up 6-3.

Bowie State added three more runs in the fifth to stretch the lead to 9-3. Inaya Jones scored on a wild pitch, while Stefanie Ray’s double drove in two more for a six-run edge.

Even though Virginia State rallied with four late runs, Bowie State was able to hold on for the victory. Pitcher Nicoleen Ochoa got the win for the Bulldogs, as she went the distance.

In the second game, Bowie State did it in reverse, scoring all five runs early en route to completing the doubleheader sweep.

Bearns started the scoring with her second homer of the day, a two-run shot in the second. Ray made it 3-0 later in the inning with a sacrifice fly. Two unearned runs in the third made it 5-0, and that was all the scoring the Bulldogs would need.

Ray threw a complete game, striking out 10 and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. She did not walk a batter.

Wilson picks up another honor

Bowie State University junior guard Ahmaad Wilson had already won some awards since the men’s basketball season ended. He added another honor last week.

Wilson was named a second-team All-American on the BOXTOROW Division II men’s basketball team. Fifteen players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities were picked to either the first or second team.

The Bulldog was one of seven players selected to the second team. Before this, Wilson had been named to the All-CIAA Tournament Team and was picked as the Most Valuable Player in the conference tournament. All of this comes on top of an excellent season for the guard from Baltimore.

Wilson led the Bulldogs in points-per-game (17.1), total points (530), free throw percentage (.813), as well as several other categories. In the CIAA, he ranked sixth in scoring and ninth in three-point percentage.

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