JP Wood, Staff Sports Writer
Jacksonville State fell victim to Jacksonville University in a series sweep over the weekend, in a three game stretch in which the Gamecocks struggled to muster any offense.
Game one saw JSU take a 1-0 lead into the top of the ninth, but Christian Edwards would blow the save, as the Dolphins managed to walk it off 2-1. JSU’s Garrett Farmer dominated over seven innings, allowing just two hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Alex Webb accounted for all of JSU’s offense with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning. Webb went 3-for-4, while junior Nic Gaddis and sophomore Andrew Naismith provide the only other offense for the Gamecocks, each going 1-for-4. JSU struck out 14 times and left five men in scoring position.
Game two saw the Gamecocks continue to struggle offensively. JSU could muster only two hits in a game in which they were no-hit through six. Gaddis led off the 7th with a hit-by-pitch, followed by a walk from Isaac Alexander. Naismith would break up the no hitter and plated Gaddis, but was thrown out attempting to leg out a double. Cole Frederick plated Alexander with an RBI groundout, and Tre Kirklin would provide JSU with their last hit of the day with a two out single in the 7th, and the Gamecocks would go on to lose 5-2. Freshman pitcher Trey Fortner took the loss in just 3.1 innings of work.
Sunday’s rubber match featured an exciting Jax State rally late, as they attempted to fight back from a large deficit early. JU put up four runs in the first and another two in the second. Freshman Gamecock pitcher Isaiah Magwood took the loss after just one inning of work. JU extended their lead to 16-1 by the 8th before Jax State’s bats finally woke up. Nash Adams, Alex Strachan, and Tre Kirklin all recorded RBIs to cut the deficit to 16-4 going into the 9th. Taylor Craven, Brannon, and Carson Crowe all plated runs before the rally fell short and JSU lost 16-7. Gaddis extended his on-base streak to 7.
JSU returns to Jim Case Stadium this Friday for a three-game weekend series vs Florida International.