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Gamecocks defeat Georgia Tech with 9th-inning walk-off winner

30168112_10157299303612738_6056021694934845869_oAlexus Jimmerson (22) talks to Ryann Luna (26) after an at bat Tuesday against Georgia Tech. Luna hit the game-winning single in the ninth inning against the Yellow Jackets. (Katy Nowak/JSU)

Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor

The Jacksonville State Softball squad took a break from their OVC schedule to take on the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech Tuesday night at Choccolocco Park, and the result was a thriller of a 2-1 walk-off nine-inning win for the Gamecocks.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, JSU sophomore Ryann Luna got an infield single that would score Anna Chisolm and claim the game 2-1 for the Gamecocks. Luna went 2-3 at the plate on the evening and tallied one RBI—the game winner.

Luna finished the deal for JSU, but the contest was a pitcher’s duel, with the two teams allowing just two total hits until the fifth inning.

JSU’s Faith Sims would outduel Tech’s Emily Anderson for the win.

Sims, who gave up just one run to a team that came in to the contest with 46 home runs on the season, pitched a complete nine innings, allowing just five hits while striking out nine, earning the win, her sixteenth on the year.

Anderson held her own for Tech, allowing just seven hits in 8 and 2/3 innings.

JSU finally broke through with their first run, a Hayley Sims RBI double, in the bottom of the fifth, to make the score 1-0.

The Yellow Jackets answered right back in the sixth, as a single with the bases loaded scored one to knot the game back up.

The contest stayed deadlocked until Luna’s game-clincher.

The win marks the second straight for the Gamecocks over Georgia Tech and the their third in the last five matchups.

JSU will resume their conference schedule at their home away from home this weekend, as the Gamecocks host a pair of doubleheaders at Choccolocco Park in Oxford.

Morehead State will face the Gamecocks first for a pair of games beginning at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

Eastern Kentucky comes in for a two-game set on Sunday, also commencing at 1:00 p.m.

JSU softball falls to Southern Miss, can’t avoid sweep

Grant Benefield, Staff Reporter

On Sunday, the Gamecocks looked to avoid a sweep at the hands of Southern Miss, who took both games of their doubleheader on Saturday, 2-1 and 4-3.

However, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (9-6) claimed the 6-4 victory over the Gamecocks (9-4), and with it, the weekend sweep.

Gamecock Softball.
JSU fell to Southern Miss twice on Saturday (Matt Reynolds/JSU

Although the Gamecocks entered the series with only one loss (1-0 vs. South Alabama), and already having beaten Southern Miss 2-0 on Feb. 18, the Golden Eagles were not intimidated.

The Golden Eagles wasted no time Sunday afternoon, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after a walk with bases loaded by Gamecock starting pitcher Faith Sims would plate one run. Southern Miss’ Caitlyn Aldous would follow with a single that scored another run. Before recording a single out in the first inning, JSU would be forced to bring on Kirsten Titus in relief.

JSU would answer with a run in the bottom of the second when Hayley Sims singled to score Jamie McGuire.

Southern Miss struck for three more in the top of the third, with two runs scoring on a Rachel Johnson single. Another run would cross via a sacrifice fly by Lauren Holifield, making the score 5-1.

Two home runs by the Gamecocks in the bottom half of the inning cut the Golden Eagle lead to 1. Second baseman Anna Chisolm homered to center to lead off the inning, later followed by a 2 RBI blast by McGuire.

McGuire would finish her day going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Hayley Sims and Emily Woodruff would also collect two hits for the Gamecocks.

Following McGuire’s home run, Southern Miss would opt to the bullpen, bringing on Jade Lewis in relief.

Southern Miss would score their final run in the top of the sixth on a home run by catcher Bailey Stokes, making the score 6-4.

Lewis would pitch masterfully in relief, surrendering just two hits and no runs or walks in her 4 and two-thirds innings of work. She would also collect two strikeouts, and go on to earn the pitching win for the Golden Eagles.

Faith Sims would take the pitching loss for the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks now look to rebound in the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn., where they will open tournament play on March 3 against Southeastern Louisiana.