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Gamecocks go 3-2 in opening weekend at Mercer Invitational


Baylee Morris, Sports Editor

This past weekend the Jacksonville State Gamecock Softball team traveled to Macon, GA to compete in the Mercer Invitational. For the overall weekend the Gamecocks finished with three wins and two losses to start the opening weekend of softball off right.

On Friday, the Gamecocks had a huge day and discovered their diamond in the rough in Kirsten Titus.

Before this weekend, Titus only had two career hits as a Gamecock. By the end of this weekend she had four hits with three of those being home runs. Titus also did well in the pitching circle, where she only gave up three hits.

Another Gamecock pitcher that had a huge weekend is none other than Faith Sims. On Friday against Army, Sims pitched the first no hitter for the Gamecocks since 2016. On the whole weekend she struck out 16 batters and only allowed two hits. This weekend also served as Sims first outing since having elbow surgery in the off-season.

On Friday following the 6-0 win against Army, the Gamecocks showed up and showed out against Rutgers winning 11-0. However, on Saturday both Army and Rutgers got their revenge on the Gamecocks, beating them respectively 11-6 and 13-5.

On Saturday against Rutgers, the Gamecocks used pitchers Alexus Jimmerson and freshman Lexi Androlevich. Against Army even though the Gamecocks fell 13-5 center fielder Taylor Beshears had a big day with all four appearances at the plate ending with four hits. Of those four hits, three were homers and one was a single.

With the two losses ending the day Saturday, the Gamecocks had to regroup and come back Sunday for one game against the host team Mercer. Sunday, the Gamecocks placed Sims back in the circle to end the weekend. JSU topped Mercer 15-0 in 5 innings.

In those five innings, Sims looked as pretty as a picture, striking out seven batters and only allowing two hits and no errors. Her team around her helped cap off the win with their offensive and defensive dominance.

Overall the Gamecocks had a decent weekend and hope to have a better weekend this weekend when they head down to Montgomery to participate in the Alabama State Black and Gold Tournament.

800 and counting

~ Steve Lathan/JSU
~ Steve Lathan/JSU

It was a historic day for first- year head coach Terry Gamble last Thursday. His Gamecocks swept the series against opponent Alabama A&M and brought him his 800th career win.

The win came during the Troy Invitational held at Trojan Arena. The Gamecocks were set to play Alabama A&M, Mercer and finally the host Troy Trojans.

While A&M had 7 kills from Ashundria McNeal, their attack percentage was minimal at best. The Gamecocks held them to .080 while they boasted a .319 percentage on their way to the victories. Emily Rutherford led the Gamecocks with 15 kills, while Jennifer Hart had 31 assists and Samantha Bohne had 17 digs.

The final scores for the sweep were 25-19, 25-15 and 25-9.

After the sweet victory for Coach Gamble and his team, the Gamecocks rode their high straight into another sweep of the Mercer Bears. Despite the win, each set was closely matched for the Gamecocks with final scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-20.

The Bears were held to .069 attack percentage, while the Gamecocks were at .191. Nicole Merget led the team with her 13 kills and Allyson Zuhlke was right behind her in double digits with 10 kills. Jennifer Hart led the team with her 32 assists, while Emily Rutherford, Samantha Bohne and Charis Ludtke all had seven digs apiece on defense.

It seemed that the Gamecocks would continue on their winning streak but it came to a close on the final day of the tournament when host Troy defeated the Gamecocks. JSU played four sets against the Trojans and won only once. The finals for the match were 25-13, 25-17, 19-25 and 25-15 with set three being the lone win for JSU.

This time it was Troy who held the Gamecocks to a low attack percentage of .138 while the Trojans cruised to a .347 percentage. They had three players with kills in the double digits, 18 of which came from Blair Winston. The Gamecocks had their share of kills though. Zuhlke and Merget were back at the top of the kills list with 15 and 12 respectively. Hart added another 31 assists to her record and Hannah Kirk took care of defense with 14 digs.

The Gamecocks will head to Oxford, Miss., next for the Magnolia Invitational. Friday will bring matches against UAB and Ole Miss followed up on Saturday with a match against Mercer.

Rebekah Hawkins
Sports Writer