JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After losing the first three games of the North Florida Tournament, the JSU Softball team rallied to beat Virginia Tech 8-5 in the final game of the tournament on Sunday. The Gamecocks scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to really seal the deal.
Freshman Jordan Bullock and junior Ella Denes both went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, while senior Savannah Sloan drove in two runs on her 2-for-3 day for the Gamecocks (6-4).
The loss was the first of the year for the Hokies (9-1), and the eight runs matched the total amount they’d allowed in four previous games in the tournament.
It was a back and forth game with JSU scoring first on a RBI single from Sloan in the second inning. Virginia Tech’s Breanna Davenport tied it right back up at the bottom of the inning 1-1. Junior Cadi Oliver put JSU back on top in the fifth when her RBI double followed a walk to Sara Borders and made it a 2-1 game. Denes seemed to break it open with a two-run homer in the next at bat, but the Hokies had another answer.
They scored four runs on three hits and a JSU error in the bottom of the fifth, with the big blow being a two-run single by Elizabeth Birle that gave Virginia Tech a 5-4 lead.
It was JSU’s turn to answer in the top of the sixth, an inning that started with a Hokie error that put Stephanie Lewis on to lead things off. Sloan followed with a double that tied the game and scored with Emily Woodruff on Bullock’s go-ahead double that made it a 7-5 Gamecock advantage. Oliver’s two-out single scored Bullock and gave JSU its deciding 8-5 advantage.
Freshman Whitney Gillespie (2-1) secured the win for the Gamecocks, holding the Hokies to just two hits over 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. Sophomore Taylor West started and pitched the first inning before allowing a run in the second. Sophomore Logan Green gave up four runs on five hits in 3.1 innings.
The weekend started off slow, but the Gamecocks finished strong and are now 6-4 on the year.
After being scheduled to play in the Woo Pig Classic which was cancelled, the Gamecocks will travel to Orlando. The Gamecocks will now travel to play in an event with teams in similar situations due to this week’s winter weather across the U.S.
The site and a full schedule of this weekend’s games will be posted on http://www.jsugamecocksports.com when made available.