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 (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.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (9-7, 2-4 OVC) concluded their three-game series with Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay Governors (10-6, 2-4 OVC) on Monday, redeeming themselves with a 12-5 victory.
Ryan Sebra and Elliot McCummings both scored two runs and two RBIs, while Taylor Hawthorne scored two runs and a single RBI. Paschal Petrongolo scored a run and three RBIs, and Peyton Williams scored a run and a RBI. Gavin Golsan, Clayton Daniel, Tyler Gamble and Josh Bobo were all able to score a run.
The Gamecocks struck first Monday when Sebra homered down the right filed line in the second inning that also brought Gamble home.
In the third, Austin Peay’s Chase Hamilton scored off of a Cayce Bredlau sacrifice bringing the score to 2-1.
The fourth inning saw McCummings bat in Sebra, before he was able to score on a wild pitch.
The fifth inning was quiet, but the Gamecocks opened up the scoring in the sixth. McCummings homered before Hawthorne scored on a throwing error. Petrongolo also homered before the inning was over. Petrongolo was able to allow Daniel and Golsan to score, too.
The Governors’ Garrett Copeland was managed to cross home plate in the sixth to bring the score to 9-2.
In the seventh, Jacksonville State’s Hawthorne hit a homer down the right field line, while Austin Peay’s Hamilton also scored.
The Governors’ Logan Grey scored Austin Peay’s fourth run in the eighth.
Williams’ right field double was able to push Bobo across the plate. Then, White sacrificed himself so that Williams himself could score the Gamecocks last run of the matchup. Wesley Purcell was able to score Austin Peay’s fifth and final run.
The Gamecocks were too much for the Governors on Saturday, winning 8-2. However, Austin Peay won Sunday’s contest 10-8.
Jacksonville will travel to Montgomery on Wednesday to take on the Alabama State Hornets (10-6). Friday, the Eastern Illinois University Panthers (0-13, 0-3 OVC) come to town for a three-game weekend series.
The Gamecocks (6-3) won 10-9 in the final game of the their series against Auburn (9-3) in back-and-fourth game that ended the Tigers seven game win streak.
Taylor Hawthorne and Clayton Daniel both scored two runs and had a RBI in Saturday’s game. Paschal Petrongolo, Ryan Sebra and Ty Pierce each scored two RBI’s and one run apiece. Elliot McCummings would score both a run and a RBI, while Hayden White also scored a run.
Travis Stout would pick up his second save of the season for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks had 11 hits, one error and stranded 15 men on base in the win over Auburn.
The Gamecocks allowed the Tigers to score three runs in the first inning when Blake Logan sacrificed to left field that allowed Anfernee Grier to score the games first run. Hunter Tackett then doubled to left center to allow both Jordan Ebert and Damon Haecker to cross the plate.
The Gamecocks answered in the second with a monstrous five-run inning. Hawthorne scored on a walk by Pierce before McCummings scored on a Daniel single. A single up the middle by Petrongolo scored both Pierce and White. Daniel scored off of a sacrifice fly by Sebra.
Auburn’s Kyler Deese batted in Alex Polston in the second before he batted in Cody Nulph in the third to tie the contest at five runs apiece.
A Sebra double to right center allowed Petrongolo to cross home, and regain a Gamecock lead in the top of the fourth.
Auburn once again took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a four-run inning. Grier doubled that allowed both Polston and Nulph to score before Grier was able to score on a wild pitch. Logan batted in Haecker with a single to left.
A Hawthorne single to left in the sixth allowed Daniel to chip away one run of Auburn’s three run lead.
The seventh inning was the first inning of the game that did not see the Gamecocks or Tigers score at least one run. The eighth saw Jacksonville State retake the lead. McCummings was able to reach base on an error that allowed Tyler Gamble to score. Both Pierce and Paul Angel were then walked and Sebra and Hawthorne were able to score.
Jake Walsh started out on the mound for the Gamecocks, going 2 2/3 innings that saw six hits and five runs. Walsh rose his ERA to 9.82 for the season. Graham Officer relieved Walsh. Officer allowed six hits and four runs before Joe McGuire was handed the ball. McGuire went 1 1/3 innings that saw two hits and a strike out. Grant Chandler would be the Gamecocks fourth pitcher for the contest. Chandler would allow one hit and a strike out before Travis Stout was sent out to pick up his second save of the season.
The ninth did not allow either a Gamecock or Tiger run as JSU would take home the victory.
Friday, the Tigers held the Gamecocks to a 6-4 loss. The teams then swapped up on Saturday. Instead of playing Auburn in the second game of their series, the Gamecocks pitted themselves against Western Illinois (0-4), while Auburn faced Oklahoma State (6-3).
Jacksonville State were too much for the Leathernecks, winning 11-3.
The Gamecocks will travel to Birmingham on Wednesday to take on Samford University in a mid-week game before Ohio Valley Conference rivals SIU Edwardsville come to Jacksonville on Friday for a three game weekend series.
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.