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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

JSU Softball sweeps Cleveland State in home opener

The Gamecocks came home to University Field for the first time this season and swept opponent Cleveland State by scores of 6-2 and 5-3.

In game one, Whitney Gillespie led the team in home runs with two. Behind Gillespie was Sara Borders with one. Pitcher Taylor West also had four strikeouts in the opening game against CSU.

Game two saw Cadi Oliver hit two home runs in front of leader Gillespie who also had one.

At the top of the first inning, CSU took the lead early when Cynthia Wood homered to center. The score went up 2-0 in the Vikings’ favor before the Gamecocks were given an opportunity to shine. It took no time for Borders to send a homer up to make the score 2-1 at the end of the first inning.

Cleveland State didn’t score any points in the second inning which led to the Gamecocks tying it up on another Gillespie home run in the bottom of the second. The Vikings were also scoreless in the third, so JSU moved ahead with runs by Stephanie Lewis and Jordan Bullock. They were helped along by Taylor Sloan and Borders who both singled to get their teammates to home. 

The score moved up to 5-2 at the end of the third and led into two scoreless innings for both teams. It was at the bottom of the sixth when the Gamecocks had their final home run of the game by Gillespie.

The final score was 6-2 after CSU failed to score again in the seventh.

The second game saw the Vikings fail to score until the top of the fourth inning. By that time, the Gamecocks were already ahead by five. The Vikings managed to score another run in the top of the sixth.  After JSU went scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, they did not score again. The game ended with the Gamecocks ahead 5-3. 

JSU moves to 15-7 and will travel to UAB to play the Blazers before they come home to play their OVC opener in a doubleheader against UT Martin.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

Gamecocks rally to beat Virginia Tech in final game of the North Florida Tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After losing the first three games of the North Florida Tournament, the JSU Softball team rallied to beat Virginia Tech 8-5 in the final game of the tournament on Sunday. The Gamecocks scored three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to really seal the deal.

Freshman Jordan Bullock and junior Ella Denes both went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, while senior Savannah Sloan drove in two runs on her 2-for-3 day for the Gamecocks (6-4).

The loss was the first of the year for the Hokies (9-1), and the eight runs matched the total amount they’d allowed in four previous games in the tournament.

It was a back and forth game with JSU scoring first on a RBI single from Sloan in the second inning. Virginia Tech’s Breanna Davenport tied it right back up at the bottom of the inning 1-1. Junior Cadi Oliver put JSU back on top in the fifth when her RBI double followed a walk to Sara Borders and made it a 2-1 game. Denes seemed to break it open with a two-run homer in the next at bat, but the Hokies had another answer.

They scored four runs on three hits and a JSU error in the bottom of the fifth, with the big blow being a two-run single by Elizabeth Birle that gave Virginia Tech a 5-4 lead.

It was JSU’s turn to answer in the top of the sixth, an inning that started with a Hokie error that put Stephanie Lewis on to lead things off. Sloan followed with a double that tied the game and scored with Emily Woodruff on Bullock’s go-ahead double that made it a 7-5 Gamecock advantage. Oliver’s two-out single scored Bullock and gave JSU its deciding 8-5 advantage.

Freshman Whitney Gillespie (2-1) secured the win for the Gamecocks, holding the Hokies to just two hits over 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. Sophomore Taylor West started and pitched the first inning before allowing a run in the second. Sophomore Logan Green gave up four runs on five hits in 3.1 innings.

The weekend started off slow, but the Gamecocks finished strong and are now 6-4 on the year.

After being scheduled to play in the Woo Pig Classic which was cancelled, the Gamecocks will travel to Orlando. The Gamecocks will now travel to play in an event with teams in similar situations due to this week’s winter weather across the U.S.

The site and a full schedule of this weekend’s games will be posted on www.jsugamecocksports.com when made available. 

Dillon Floyd
Staff Writer