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.