After a win by both JSU and Tennessee Tech on Saturday, the Gamecocks tried to win the last game of the series but came up short a run losing 7-6.

Tennessee Tech had been down by two runs since the end of the sixth inning. As the game headed into the seventh with the score still at 6-4, it seemed like it would end with a Gamecock victory. However, three runs from TTU including a final walk-off allowed them to edge away with a victory.

Sara Borders led the team in runs with two. Ella Denes, Cadi Oliver, Melanie Steer and Emily Woodruff all had one run each.

With the Gamecocks not scoring in the first inning, the Golden Eagles jumped out in the lead first on a Hannah Eldridge run. A scoreless second inning by both teams brought JSU into the third still down by only one. Again the Gamecocks went scoreless and TTU capitalized by scoring two more runs to bring the score to 3-0.

In the top of the fourth, Oliver stepped up to bat and finally homered to right field to give JSU their first score of the game. Steer then stepped up and followed suit bringing JSU to within one of the Golden Eagles after they failed to score in the fourth.

The Gamecocks got their third run from Borders in the fifth, while a homer from TTU’s Olivia Bennett put them up 4-3 as the game headed into the sixth.

After Oliver was hit by a pitch, it sent Woodruff to home plate with a score. The score sat tied at four. Stephanie Lewis singled allowing both Borders and Denes to score. JSU then had the lead at 6-4 as they headed into the final stretch of the game.

However, the Golden Eagles could not be stopped as they scored two in a row on a Baylie Cruse single. After that, it was Madison Taylor that hit the walk-off that sent Christian Gibbs home for the win.

The Gamecocks fall to 26-13 and 9-5 in conference play. They will play an out-of-conference match against Georgia Tech at home on April 15.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Writer

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