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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

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

Softball finish Citrus Classic with win

Gamecock freshman Peyton Barthel hit her first career home run and sophomore Logan Green propelled the Gamecocks to a 8-1 win over Campbell on Sunday.

Barthel’s pinch-hit, three-run homer in the fourth inning broke the game open, while Green cruised in the circle to cap a 3-2 weekend for the Gamecocks (9-6) at the Citrus Classic at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

The win was JSU’s second in two days over the Camels who entered the weekend with just two total losses.

Green, who is 4-1 on the season, scattered three hits and allowed just one un-earned run in her complete game win. She struck out five batters and did not issue a walk in a game where she retired the first 11 and 15-of-16 batters she faced.

Sophomore Stephanie Lewis drove in a pair of runs, while senior Savannah Sloan went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored twice. Sophomore Taylor Sloan and Freshman Jordan Bullock each went 2-for-3. The Gamecocks rattled off 11 hits on the Camel pitching.

Courtney Roberts suffered the loss for Campbell after surrendering six runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Julia Calicutt tossed the final two innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks.

JSU got on the board in the second with back-to-back RBI doubles from Sloan and Lewis, then a sac fly from Lewis in the fourth set up Barthel’s big blast. The freshman from Decatur, Ala., took Roberts over the wall in left to make it a 6-0 JSU advantage.

A bases loaded walk to junior Ella Denes and a pitch that hit pinch hitter Leila Chambers added the final two runs in the sixth, and Green closed the door with a perfect seventh inning.

The win came a day after JSU handed Campbell a 6-2 defeat behind freshman Whitney Gillespie’s complete game and a two-hit game from Emily Woodruff, Gillespie, Savannah and Taylor Sloan.

The Gamecocks won 3-of-5 with two wins against Campbell and a win over Virginia . The two losses were to Arkansas (0-4) and a loss to Elon in which Taylor West pitched a 14-strikeout complete game performance.

JSU was scheduled to host No. 3 Alabama to open the home schedule. Due to weather conditions for Wednesday, officials have decided to cancel the game. No makeup date has been issued at this time.

The Gamecocks return to action Mar. 4 when they travel to take on Samford University in Birmingham.

Dillon Floyd
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 http://www.jsugamecocksports.com when made available. 

Dillon Floyd
Staff Writer