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      ASU Softball Survives to Championship Sunday

      Albany State softball is still alive and kicking in the SIAC tournament. The Golden Rams won 22 regular season conference games and, in the last two days, have remembered how to win again.

      We were afraid of losing early (in the tournament). Now, we TMre playing to win, ASU head coach Robert Skinner said.

      Buried in the depths of the SIAC loser TMs bracket, the Lady Rams went to work winning three games in the minimum amount of innings on Saturday.

      ASU made it look easy. They opened the day with an 11-3 win over Kentucky State, followed with an 11-2 win against Clark Atlanta and closed on a high with a 10-0 win against Eastern foe, Claflin University.

      Skinner and his Lady Rams stuck to the plan: if they wanted a championship chance, they had to limit the burden on the pitching staff.

      We knew we had to limit the pitchers innings. We got it done with five inning games, Skinner said.

      The Lady Rams face Stillman College in the consolation championship Sunday at 10 AM. The winner advances to face Miles College in the SIAC Championship.

      Miles, the Western division TMs one-seed, defeated Stillman Saturday to clinch a championship game spot. ASU would have to defeat Miles College twice for the SIAC crown.