JSU Baseball slides past Auburn

The Gamecocks (6-3) won 10-9 in the final game of the their series against Auburn (9-3) in back-and-fourth game that ended the Tigers seven game win streak.

Taylor Hawthorne and Clayton Daniel both scored two runs and had a RBI in Saturday’s game. Paschal Petrongolo, Ryan Sebra and Ty Pierce each scored two RBI’s and one run apiece. Elliot McCummings would score both a run and a RBI, while Hayden White also scored a run.

Travis Stout would pick up his second save of the season for the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks had 11 hits, one error and stranded 15 men on base in the win over Auburn.

The Gamecocks allowed the Tigers to score three runs in the first inning when Blake Logan sacrificed to left field that allowed Anfernee Grier to score the games first run. Hunter Tackett then doubled to left center to allow both Jordan Ebert and Damon Haecker to cross the plate.

The Gamecocks answered in the second with a monstrous five-run inning. Hawthorne scored on a walk by Pierce before McCummings scored on a Daniel single. A single up the middle by Petrongolo scored both Pierce and White. Daniel scored off of a sacrifice fly by Sebra.

Auburn’s Kyler Deese batted in Alex Polston in the second before he batted in Cody Nulph in the third to tie the contest at five runs apiece.

A Sebra double to right center allowed Petrongolo to cross home, and regain a Gamecock lead in the top of the fourth.

Auburn once again took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a four-run inning. Grier doubled that allowed both Polston and Nulph to score before Grier was able to score on a wild pitch. Logan batted in Haecker with a single to left.

A Hawthorne single to left in the sixth allowed Daniel to chip away one run of Auburn’s three run lead.

The seventh inning was the first inning of the game that did not see the Gamecocks or Tigers score at least one run. The eighth saw Jacksonville State retake the lead. McCummings was able to reach base on an error that allowed Tyler Gamble to score. Both Pierce and Paul Angel were then walked and Sebra and Hawthorne were able to score.

Jake Walsh started out on the mound for the Gamecocks, going 2 2/3 innings that saw six hits and five runs. Walsh rose his ERA to 9.82 for the season. Graham Officer relieved Walsh. Officer allowed six hits and four runs before Joe McGuire was handed the ball. McGuire went 1 1/3 innings that saw two hits and a strike out. Grant Chandler would be the Gamecocks fourth pitcher for the contest. Chandler would allow one hit and a strike out before Travis Stout was sent out to pick up his second save of the season.

The ninth did not allow either a Gamecock or Tiger run as JSU would take home the victory.

Friday, the Tigers held the Gamecocks to a 6-4 loss. The teams then swapped up on Saturday. Instead of playing Auburn in the second game of their series, the Gamecocks pitted themselves against Western Illinois (0-4), while Auburn faced Oklahoma State (6-3).

Jacksonville State were too much for the Leathernecks, winning 11-3.

The Gamecocks will travel to Birmingham on Wednesday to take on Samford University in a mid-week game before Ohio Valley Conference rivals SIU Edwardsville come to Jacksonville on Friday for a three game weekend series.

Timothy Cash
Staff Writer

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