The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (18-15, 7-8 OVC) fell 9-4 to the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (15-19, 8-10 OVC) on Sunday at Rudy Abbott Field.
Hayden White scored two runs and two hits, while Gavin Golsan scored one run and two hits. Clayton Daniel had two hits and one RBI. Paschal Petrongolo scored one run, one hit and one RBI, and Ryan Sebra had one hit and one RBI. Tyler Gamble and Paul Angel also had one hit.
Jake Walsh started the game for Jacksonville State. He went 4.1 innings, gave up seven runs on eight hits, and walked one. Jesse Fry pitched 2.2 innings, allowed one hit and walked two. Michael McCreless and Justin Hoyt both pitched one inning, allowing one run, giving up one hit and walked one.
In the third inning, Daniel singled to right field, allowing White to score the first run for the Gamecocks. Later in the inning, Petrongolo sacrificed to left center giving Golsan a chance to cross home plate.
In the fifth, Daniel grounded into a 5-4-3 double play, but White was allowed to score unearned. Sebra then singled to left field, bringing Petrongolo home.
Jacksonville State lost the first of their three-game series with Tennessee Tech, falling 8-10 on Friday. On Saturday, they were able to get the win with a 8-7 victory in 13 innings.
On Tuesday, the Gamecocks will travel to Kennesaw, Ga., to face the Kennesaw State Owls (19-16), before returning to Rudy Abbott Field on Wednesday to take on the Alabama State Hornets (23-11).
On Friday, Jacksonville State will head to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to face the Southeast Missouri Redhawks (21-14, 13-5 OVC) in exciting Ohio Valley Conference action!
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (4-2) suffered the first two losses of the season in a weekend series against the Kennesaw State Owls (5-2), but was able to avoid the sweep in Saturday’s double-header.
After the mid-week series with UAB was postponed due to weather, the Gamecocks’ bats had cooled off since the sweep of Youngstown State.
The Owls managed to out-score the Gamecocks 14-8 in Friday’s game at Rudy Abbot Field, scoring at least one run in six of the nine innings. The Gamecocks tried to keep it close with a 4-3 score at the end of the third inning, but Kennesaw State’s bats were just too hot to handle. By the end of the sixth the Owls had taken a 12-5 lead.
However, the Owls were not perfect.A throwing error in the second allowed Tyler Gamble to score unearned. In the third, both Gamble and Taylor Hawthorne were walked with bases loaded that allowed both Gavin Golsan and Paul Angel to cross the plate.
Angel was again allowed to score in the sixth when Paschal Petrongolo singled to left. Later in the same inning, both Petrongolo and Gamble sored when Joe McGuire managed to single. The Gamecocks scored three more in the eighth thanks to a one-run double by Petrongolo and a two-run single by McGuire allowed Golsan, Petrongolo and Angel to come home.
Zachary Fowler suffered his first lost of the season in Friday’s game. He pitched 4 2/3 innings that allowed nine hits and seven runs. Grant Chandler, who pitched for 2 2/3 innings, allowed both five hits and runs in relieve for Fowler. Jesse Fry finished the game. He allowed four hits and two runs.
Saturday saw a double-header. In the first game, Jacksonville State once again fell to the Owls 4-2, but kept the score closer than they had in Friday’s game.
Ryan Sebra grounded out in the fourth, but this allowed Clayton Daniel to score. In the eights, Petrongolo reached base on a fielders choice which allowed Hawthorne to cross home.
Tony Urban suffered his first loss of the season in Saturday afternoon’s game. He pitched five innings, allowed eight hits, and gave up two runs in the loss. He was relived by McGuire who allowed both two hits and two runs. Michael McCreless took the mound in the ninth. He only allowed one hit.
The third game of the series, and the second of the double-header, saw the Gamecocks come out on top 11-4. Jacksonville State’s bats had finally warmed up, and they had an excellent second game at the plate. The Gamecocks accounted for 11 hits and no errors.
Gamble reached base on a single to right field, which allowed Daniel to score. A hit by McGuire brought Gamble home. Kennesaw State answered with two runs of their own in the second inning, but the Gamecocks responded with four in the third. An error allowed Petrongolo to score the first run in the third. A single by Hayden White allowed Gamble to cross. White and McGuire would also score in the inning.
Lone runs by the Owls in the fourth and fifth closed Jacksonville State’s lead to only two runs, however, the Gamecocks would score again in the bottom of the fifth, seventh and eighth to finish the game.
A single by Hawthorne in the fifth allowed White to score his second run of the game. A bases-loaded walk in the seventh allowed Hawthorne to score. In the eighth, a single by Daniel allowed Ty Pierce and White to score. A Gamble single to left brought Golsan home.
Sebra got his first win of the season during Saturday night’s game. He went 4 1/3 innings pitched, allowed four hits, and gave up four runs. Justin Hoyt, who pitched one inning and allowed just one hit, relieved Sebra. Graham Officer and Travis Stout closed out the series by not allowing any hit or runs.
The Gamecocks will travel to Auburn to take on the Tigers Friday in a three game series. The Tigers are 6-2 this season and 6-1 at home.
The Jacksonville Sate Gamecocks defeated the Youngstown State Penguins 13-1 in the season opener on Friday afternoon at Rudy Abbott Field.
Both Paschal Petrongolo and Tyler Gamble led the team’s scoring with three runs a piece. Gavin Golsan scored two runs, while Paul Angel, Ryan Sebra, Clayton Daniel, Chase Silvani, and Daniel Gaither each scored a run a piece. Zachary Fowler threw five scoreless innings that included four strikeouts.
The Gamecocks took an early lead on Friday afternoon, scoring six runs in the first inning thanks to four hits and a throwing error by Youngstown State.
The Penguins committed another error in the second inning when Kevin Yarabinec failed to pick off Petrongolo at second base, which allowed him to advance to third where he was later stranded.
Youngstown State finally made it onto the scoreboard in the top of the sixth when a balk by Ryan Sebra allowed catcher Jonny Miller to advance to home from third. This would be the Penguins only run scored during the contest.
Gamble and Petrongolo would both score in the fourth thanks to a two-out hit by Daniel.
In the bottom of the sixth, another two-out hit by Daniel allowed Gamble to cross home and score his third run of the game.
Another throwing error by Youngstown State allowed Silvani to start the scoring in the bottom of the seventh. A center field blast by Petrongolo lifted the Gamecocks to a 13-1 run lead.
Atop the mound, Fowler gave five very impressive innings that included four strikeouts and only two hits. Sebra took over at the top of the sixth. Sebra was replaced with one out left in the top of the eighth, and bases loaded by Justin Hoyt.
Jacksonville State scored 13 runs, got 15 hits, committed no errors, and stranded five men on base in their first game of the 2015 season. Youngstown State scored one run, got four hits, committed five errors, and stranded seven men on base in their first lost.
The Gamecocks and Penguins will meet again to finish their two-game series on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Rudy Abbott Field.