Thomas Ashworth, Interim Sports Editor
The Gamecock baseball team finished the month of March with a 5-4 loss to in-state rival Samford. This is the second, and final, game the Gamecocks have against Samford this season.
JSU lost to Samford in a 10-9 loss on Mar. 3 in Birmingham.
Bats came alive early, as the Gamecocks earned two runs in the first inning. Redshirt sophomore Nash Adams scored off a single rifled into center field from senior Tre Kirklin. Adams was able to advance two bases off of two wild pitches prior to the single. Senior Alex Webb ran in for the Gamecocks’ second run of the first inning after a single from Alex Strachan.
The run count didn’t change until the fifth inning, when the Bulldogs found a groove and scored three runs. Samford took advantage of four walks, including drawing a bases-loaded walk to put them ahead of the Gamecocks, finishing the inning 3-2.
The Gamecocks earned their lead back in the bottom of the seventh inning after a two-run double by senior Jaylyn Williams. Samford responded quickly, earning two runs of their own in the top of the eighth inning. The Bulldogs were able to hold off the Gamecocks until the end, as no more runs were earned and the Bulldogs walked away with a win.
Following the loss, the Gamecocks fell to 11-12 on the season, remaining 4-2 in OVC play.
The Gamecocks will play a 3-game series against SEMO in Cape Girardeau, Mo. on April 2 and April 3. All three games at SEMO will be available via live stats at JSUGamecockSports.com.