Tag: Ohio Valley Conference

Gamecock Baseball falls short in OVC series to Golden Eagles

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!

Timothy Cash
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

Gamecocks fall in weekend series vs Murray State

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (17-11, 6-6 OVC) fell 10-9 to the Murray State Racers (14-18, 9-6 OVC) in Murray, Ken., in a back-and-forth game that ended in the seventh inning.

Paschal Petrongolo scored three runs, and had two hits. Clayton Daniel scored two runs, and had two hits. Ryan Sebra scored one run, had two hits and scored three RBI’s. Paul Angel scored one run, had one hit and had two RBI’s. Gavin Golsan and Ty Pierce scored one run. Elliot McCummings had two hits and two RBI’s. Hayden White and Tyler Gamble both had one hit and one RBI.

Jake Walsh threw four innings for the Gamecocks, allowing six hits and five runs. Jack Pierce took over in the fifth inning. Pierce went one inning and allowed two hits. Michael McCreless was the Gamecocks third pitcher of the contest. He went one inning and allowed one hit. Travis Stout would replace McCreless on the mound.

Jacksonville State opened things up early in the contest when an Angel double allowed both Petrongolo and Daniel to score. Angel was then allowed to score when White hit a single through the left side gap. Sebra then scored off of a sacrifice to right field.

Murray State answered with five runs in the first inning. Brock Downey scored first for the Racers when Nick Moore singled to right field. Taylor Matthews tripled down the right field line clearing Derek Yoder, Tyler Lawrence and Moore. Matthew Johnson then brought Matthews home with a single to left field.

The Gamecocks were able to score two more runs in the second. Sebra sacrificed to center field bringing Daniel. Petrongolo scored off of a single by McCummings.

The third inning did not see much offensive action, but in the fourth, McCummings once again singled and brought Petrongolo home.

Murray State tied things up in the fifth. Anthony Bayus singled to right field, allowing Lawrence to score his second run of the contest. Johnson then singled to left, giving Bayus the opportunity to score.

The Gamecocks regained the lead in the sixth. Sebra singled to center, and brought Pierce and Golsan home.

Murray State’s Kipp Moore hit a three-run-home run in the seventh, scoring Pokey Harris and Matthews to finish the game.

Jacksonville State won Thursday’s matchup 4-1. On Friday, however, the game was rained out, and the teams didn’t get to play. The first game of the double-header on Saturday saw the Gamecocks fall in a close 7-8 defeat.

Tuesday, the Gamecocks travel to Montgomery to take on the Alabama State University Hornets (17-11), before heading to Birmingham’s Southside to face the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers (18-12). Ohio Valley Conference action picks back up on Friday, April 10, when the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (12-17, 6-8 OVC) will be in town for a three-game series.

Timothy Cash
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

Despite Hunter’s record-breaking performance, Gamecocks lose final game of season

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks fell for the second game in a row at Morehead State Saturday with an 87-55 loss to the Eagles. The loss dropped the Gamecocks to 12-19 overall and 5-11 in conference play. It was the regular season finale for the Jacksonville State men.

Jamal Hunter set a school-record with nine blocked shots in the game. He broke his previous record which was seven.

Avery Moore led all scorers for the Gamecocks with 19 points. Darion Rackley had 12, while D.J. Felder contributed 10. Rackley also added two blocks in his performance.

Moore started the day off with a three for the Gamecocks as they took an early 3-0 lead at the 19:43 mark of the first half. Morehead State got on the board with a layup with 18:48 left. Both teams continued to swap baskets until the Eagles took the lead for good with 11:23 left to play in the first half 15-14.

The lead went as high as 13 points for Morehead State. The half ended with a three point basket from Felder for the Gamecocks to make it a 41-31 lead for the Eagles heading in the locker room.

Moore started the second half just like he did the first half for the Gamecocks. With 18:49 remaining, he cut the lead down to 7 with a three making it 41-34. Both teams  then exchanged baskets.

The Eagles went on a 15 point run increasing their lead to 58-36 with 14:36 left in the game.

Jacksonville State finally got back on the board after a scoring drought with a layup by Rackley at the 13:22 mark making it 58-38. Both teams would continue to go back and forth with baskets.

The Gamecocks ended the day with two free throws from Randall Smith, however that was not enough as the Gamecocks lost 87-55.

The Gamecocks will not participate in the OVC tournament.

Chris Hubbard
Staff Writer