Baseball falls to Samford 6-7

Jacksonville State (16-7) fell to the Samford Bulldogs (14-11) 7-6 at Rudy Abbott Field.

Samford managed to get on the board first Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs’ Heath Quinn was able to score thanks to a single by Austin Edens in the first inning.

JSU tied the game in the second inning. Joseph Jordan was able to cross over home plate due to Clayton Daniel’s single down the middle.

Jax State then took and extended their lead in the third. Josh Bobo hit a homer to left field. Jordan  then scored Peyton Williams on a single.

Samford showed JSU that they were still in the game in the sixth.

TJ Dixon tied the game on a single that allowed both Richard Greene and Danny Rodriguez to score.

An error by Jax State let Dixon find his way to scoring position, with his brother Troy Dixon landing on third. Hunter Swilling extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 5-3 after he sent the Dixon brothers home on a single to left field.

JSU used their half of their sixth to tie the Bulldogs at five. Elliot McCummings cut the two-run deficit in half when he sent Hayden White across home plate on a single. Bobo tied the game at five with a single that brought Tyler Gamble home.

In the seventh, the Bulldogs’ Alex Lee retook the lead for Samford after managing to score when Rob Perteet grounded out to second base.

They were then able to extend their score to seven in the ninth as Quinn scored the final run for the Bulldogs.

The Gamecocks tried to rally against Samford. Bobo hit his second homerun of the contest, but JSU was unable to do much after that.

The Gamecocks will travel to Carbondale, Ill. on Friday to play a series against Southern Illinois.

They will return home on Tuesday April 5, to face the Blazers of UAB at 6 p.m.

Timothy Cash
Sports Editor

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