JSU Softball came up a little bit short in taking of the Mercer Invitational losing to Mercer 13-6.
The Gamecocks were 4-0 heading into the championship game on Sunday, with one of those wins (10-7) being over Mercer on Saturday.
The Gamecocks held a four-point deficit early to claim a 6-4 lead, but a seven-run fourth inning for the Bears gave the home team the lead for good.
Freshman Emily Woodruff delivered a three-run homer to cap the five-run second and gave the Gamecocks their first lead of the game. The center fielder from Albertville, Ala., drove the ball over the wall in left center for her first career homer.
JSU received an un-earned run in the third to stretch its lead to 6-4, but the top of the fourth did the Gamecocks in. Mercer scored seven runs on five hits, an error, a walk, and three hit batters to claim control of the game. The Bears would add insurance runs in the fifth and in the seventh to finish the scoring.
Junior Casey Akenberger (0-1) suffered the loss in the circle for JSU after allowing five runs on eight hits in three innings of work. She walked one and hit two batters.
Riley Carter (1-0) earned the win for Mercer after holding JSU scoreless on two hits over five innings of relief work. She struck out seven and walked three.
Jacksonville State’s Junior Cadi Oliver went 3-for-3 and reached base all four times to cap an impressive opening weekend. Oliver went 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI’s to garner All-Tournament honors.
Senior Sara Borders and freshman Whitney Gillespie were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Gamecocks beat IPFW and Valparaiso to start the weekend off on Friday, then beat Mercer and IPFW again on Saturday to reach the championship. Gillespie pitched her first win and recorded a save to begin her JSU career. Sophomores Logan Green (2-0) and Taylor West (1-0) also recorded wins on the hill for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks will head to Jacksonville, FL on Friday to play in the North Florida Tournament. JSU will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at 9 a.m and play Maine at 11:15 a.m.