Softball splits the La Tech Classic

The JSU softball team won Saturday over Liberty and lost to host Louisiana Tech at the La Tech Classic. The Gamecocks headed into Saturday’s games after a win and a loss the day before.

Their 11-3 win Friday came in the opening game against Grambling State. They lost to Lamar 2-9 later that same day. The Gamecocks shutout the Liberty Flames Saturday afternoon for a 5-0 victory.

A few hours later, JSU played host La Tech and were shut out 0-4. The Gamecocks finished the tournament with a 7-7  overall record.

Casey Akenberger pitched a 5-hit shutout against Liberty. Five Gamecocks contributed to the 5-0 shutout over Liberty.  Although it was Akenberger that prevented the Flames from scoring. Liberty opened the game at the top of the first, but the Gamecocks quickly retired the batters. JSU took the bat at the bottom of the first.

Although Liberty walked both Ella Denes and Taylor Sloan, no Gamecocks scored and the inning ended at 0-0. The second inning was similar to the first since neither team scored.

Liberty again did not score in the top of the third. However,  JSU scored one run in the bottom of the third inning.

Sloan started things off with a single that sent Jordan Bullock to third base. Then, Emily Woodruff singled to send Bullock home for a score. The Gamecocks closed the inning with a 1-0 lead against the Flames.

Neither team scored in the fourth inning. However, JSU scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to bring the lead to 3-0. Emily Church’s double to right center field sent Woodruff to third base and scored Sloan and Anna Chisolm. Liberty was quiet in the top of the sixth inning. JSU scored their final two runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the lead to 5-0.

Leila Chambers scored with help from Hayley Sims, who doubled to left center field. A few moments later, Sims scored the Gamecocks’ fifth and final run of the day after a single from Bullock.

Liberty attempted to score a run before the close of the game, but could not. The Gamecocks took home a 5-0 victory.

However, La Tech shutout the Gamecocks in the final game of the tournament. The Gamecocks are done playing tournaments for now.

The Gamecocks will play their next tournament at the end of the season; they will play in the OVC Softball Tournament May 11-14.

For now, the Gamecocks return home to face Samford University for a double header Saturday March 5.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Reporter

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