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

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