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JSU Softball drops final game of series to TTU

After a win by both JSU and Tennessee Tech on Saturday, the Gamecocks tried to win the last game of the series but came up short a run losing 7-6.

Tennessee Tech had been down by two runs since the end of the sixth inning. As the game headed into the seventh with the score still at 6-4, it seemed like it would end with a Gamecock victory. However, three runs from TTU including a final walk-off allowed them to edge away with a victory.

Sara Borders led the team in runs with two. Ella Denes, Cadi Oliver, Melanie Steer and Emily Woodruff all had one run each.

With the Gamecocks not scoring in the first inning, the Golden Eagles jumped out in the lead first on a Hannah Eldridge run. A scoreless second inning by both teams brought JSU into the third still down by only one. Again the Gamecocks went scoreless and TTU capitalized by scoring two more runs to bring the score to 3-0.

In the top of the fourth, Oliver stepped up to bat and finally homered to right field to give JSU their first score of the game. Steer then stepped up and followed suit bringing JSU to within one of the Golden Eagles after they failed to score in the fourth.

The Gamecocks got their third run from Borders in the fifth, while a homer from TTU’s Olivia Bennett put them up 4-3 as the game headed into the sixth.

After Oliver was hit by a pitch, it sent Woodruff to home plate with a score. The score sat tied at four. Stephanie Lewis singled allowing both Borders and Denes to score. JSU then had the lead at 6-4 as they headed into the final stretch of the game.

However, the Golden Eagles could not be stopped as they scored two in a row on a Baylie Cruse single. After that, it was Madison Taylor that hit the walk-off that sent Christian Gibbs home for the win.

The Gamecocks fall to 26-13 and 9-5 in conference play. They will play an out-of-conference match against Georgia Tech at home on April 15.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

JSU Softball reaches 25th win of season

Matt Reynolds/JSU Sportswire
Matt Reynolds/JSU Sportswire

The JSU softball team put their 25th win of the season in the record books as they defeated Alabama State 6-1 Tuesday afternoon.

Emily Woodruff led the way in runs with two. Jordan Bullock, Ella Denes, Caitlyn Sapp and Stephanie Lewis also contributed to the win with one run each.

It didn’t take JSU long to score their first runs of the game. At the bottom of the first, with help from Sara Borders and Bullock, Woodruff scored her first run of the game. Not long after, Bullock was behind her with her own run.

With no score from Alabama State as they moved into the bottom of the second, Lewis homered as soon as she stepped up to bat. It put the score 3-0 in JSU’s favor. 

Again with help from a Borders’ double, Woodruff scored her second run to put the Gamecocks up by four.

The third inning proved fruitless for both teams. Finally, as the fourth inning began, Alabama State scored on a Carly Evans homer. It was their only run of the game.

The Gamecocks wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the fifth when Sapp sent a home run up and scored. Right behind Sapp was Denes who bumped the score up to 6-1 in Jacksonville State’s favor. It would prove to be the final runs of the game as both Alabama State and JSU went scoreless in the sixth.

The Hornets went into the seventh hanging onto hope but it was quickly stifled. The Gamecocks would walk away with the victory.

JSU moves to 25-11 on the season and 8-3 in conference play. At the moment, they sit second in the OVC standings just behind SIUE. The Gamecocks head to Cookeville, Tenn. next to play Tennessee Tech in a three-game series starting April 11 at 1 p.m.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

JSU Softball ends weekend in Illinois with a victory

JSU Sportswire
JSU Sportswire

The Jacksonville State softball team spent the weekend in Illinois where they dropped two games to SIU Edwardsville and split a two game series with Eastern Illinois.

The Lady Gamecocks ended the weekend with a 24-11 overall record and an 8-3 record in conference play.

The Lady Gamecocks fell in back-to-back games to SIUE on Saturday with scores of 2-1 and 8-2.

Jacksonville State traveled to Eastern Illinois on Sunday where they lost the first game again, 2-1.

In the loss to the Panthers, the Lady Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. They held on to the 1-0 lead until the sixth inning when Eastern Illinois grabbed two runs to take the lead for good.

Jordan Bullock collected three hits while Cadi Oliver had two. Emily Woodruff, Sara Borders and Ella Denes each had one. Woodruff also added an RBI for the Lady Gamecocks.

In the second game, the Lady Gamecocks won 5-1.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The Lady Gamecocks earned three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth and seventh to claim a 5-1 win.

Woodruff collected three hits while Savannah Sloan had two. Oliver, Denes, Whitney Gillespie and Borders each had one. Woodruff had three RBI’s and Gillespie had one.

Next, JSU Softball will play Alabama State at home on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Chris Hubbard
Staff Writer

Gillespie led Gamecocks in sweep over Tigers

Matt Reynolds/JSU Sportswire
Matt Reynolds/JSU Sportswire

It was a marvelous weekend for the Jacksonville State softball team as they faced Ohio Valley Conference opponent Tennessee State and managed to win in all three games over the weekend for a sweep.

The Gamecocks had already pulled off a 10-0 victory in game one and then a 4-0 victory in their second game. The final game of the weekend series saw the Tigers finally manage to score a run against the Gamecocks before they scored six to take the final win of the series.

It was certainly a winning weekend for Whitney Gillespie who helped lift the Gamecocks to a victory with her homer in the fourth inning. She also struck out four of Tennessee State’s batters with her pitching. Ella Denes also contributed to the win with two runs of her own.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the second inning when points were put on the board by either team. The Gamecocks scored first on Denes’ first run of the game after a Cadi Oliver double. At the top of the third, Tennessee State would score it’s first and only run of the game which broke a scoreless streak by the Tigers that goes back to 2013.

The game stayed tied until the bottom of the fourth when the Gamecocks got down to business and scored four runs in the inning. It began with Gillespie’s homer at the beginning of the inning.

After that, it took a double from Taylor Sloan to get the ball rolling that would eventually send Denes to home plate with her second run, and Oliver right behind her with the Gamecock’s third run of the fourth inning.

The final run of the fourth came after a Stephanie Lewis hit that would get Taylor Sloan out but send Savannah Sloan home for the run.

The Gamecocks were up 5-1 as the top of the fifth inning began. No one would score again until JSU sent Jordan Bullock into home with the sixth and final run of the game at the bottom of the sixth inning.

TSU’s lone run was scored by Tayler Shimizu who stole home for her contributing point after her teammate Courtney Gearlds took second.

JSU moves to 23-8 while being undefeated in conference play. They prepare for a set of away games against SIU Edwardsville on April 3. The Gamecocks play Eastern Illinois the following day. They look to continue their undefeated streak in OVC play.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

Softball finish Citrus Classic with win

Gamecock freshman Peyton Barthel hit her first career home run and sophomore Logan Green propelled the Gamecocks to a 8-1 win over Campbell on Sunday.

Barthel’s pinch-hit, three-run homer in the fourth inning broke the game open, while Green cruised in the circle to cap a 3-2 weekend for the Gamecocks (9-6) at the Citrus Classic at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

The win was JSU’s second in two days over the Camels who entered the weekend with just two total losses.

Green, who is 4-1 on the season, scattered three hits and allowed just one un-earned run in her complete game win. She struck out five batters and did not issue a walk in a game where she retired the first 11 and 15-of-16 batters she faced.

Sophomore Stephanie Lewis drove in a pair of runs, while senior Savannah Sloan went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored twice. Sophomore Taylor Sloan and Freshman Jordan Bullock each went 2-for-3. The Gamecocks rattled off 11 hits on the Camel pitching.

Courtney Roberts suffered the loss for Campbell after surrendering six runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Julia Calicutt tossed the final two innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks.

JSU got on the board in the second with back-to-back RBI doubles from Sloan and Lewis, then a sac fly from Lewis in the fourth set up Barthel’s big blast. The freshman from Decatur, Ala., took Roberts over the wall in left to make it a 6-0 JSU advantage.

A bases loaded walk to junior Ella Denes and a pitch that hit pinch hitter Leila Chambers added the final two runs in the sixth, and Green closed the door with a perfect seventh inning.

The win came a day after JSU handed Campbell a 6-2 defeat behind freshman Whitney Gillespie’s complete game and a two-hit game from Emily Woodruff, Gillespie, Savannah and Taylor Sloan.

The Gamecocks won 3-of-5 with two wins against Campbell and a win over Virginia . The two losses were to Arkansas (0-4) and a loss to Elon in which Taylor West pitched a 14-strikeout complete game performance.

JSU was scheduled to host No. 3 Alabama to open the home schedule. Due to weather conditions for Wednesday, officials have decided to cancel the game. No makeup date has been issued at this time.

The Gamecocks return to action Mar. 4 when they travel to take on Samford University in Birmingham.

Dillon Floyd
Staff Writer