Tag: Whitney Gillespie

Man, where’s the Sunkist?

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor

I’m not really one to complain — a lot — but I need my daily supply of Sunkist. There’s only one thing a guy wants after a long, eight-hour work day and that’s an iced-cold … orange soda.

(You thought I was going to say an adult beverage, didn’t you?)

But no, I have to settle to an expired Minute Maid Fruit Punch.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a great drink choice, too, but not if the expiration date reads “FEB2618.” But today’s date is “MAR1218” and there were things floating atop my drink after one gulp.

Maybe it was the “real fruit juice” that Coca-Cola says is in Minute Maid. Maybe it was something that started to grow inside the bottle because it was an expired drink. I don’t know, but I guess we’ll find out if my byline isn’t in The Chanticleer in two weeks

(Hello, Spring Break next week!)

Anyways, for those who don’t know, Sunkist is a Buffalo Rock product, which Jacksonville State had a 10-year relationship with prior to giving Coca-Cola vending rights in late 2017. So, since August 2017, there have been no Sunkist bottles in a vending machine around campus.

Speaking of which, my first memory as a JSU student resulted because of a bottle of Sunkist.

I was walking to Martin Hall for a freshman-level Biology class in the Spring of 2012. I was thirsty, because I had to walk a far distance — parking, right — and came across a vending machine with Sunkist. I thought, ‘Man, this is perfect. I hope JSU always has Sunkist. I’d enjoy this place so much.’

I inserted my dollar and change then waited. And waited. And waited. And waited.

No bottle rolled out. I wasn’t happy.

From then on, I only attempted to get Sunkist at the café following JSU’s weekly football conference on Mondays. However, that changed when I declared as a Communication major and came to Self Hall on a weekly basis. And a weekly basis I bought a Sunkist from the only reliable vending machine on campus.

Me and Sunkist went together like Eli Jenkins and Josh Barge scoring touchdowns on Burgess-Snow Field. Or Whitney Gillespie and strikeouts at University Field. Or Trent Simpson and smashing home runs out of Choccolocco Park.

So, you can understand the heartbreak the first time I went to the vending machine in Self Hall and there were only Coke products. You can feel the pain and agony as I write this and glance down at this red liquid to my right where a Sunkist should be.

Man, I hope my future bride is OK with having a Sunkist foundation at our wedding. That’ll be … delightful.

 

 

 

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

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

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