The JSU softball team continued their winning streak in the OVC with back-to-back wins against SIUE.

The Gamecocks started the day with their first win against SIUE 4-2, and defeated them again 6-3 that evening.

The wins stretched the Gamecocks’ winning streak in the OVC to 7-0.

JSU broke the scoreless first few innings of game one after Emily Church doubled to right center field.

Both Taylor Sloan and Ella Denes scored off the double, giving JSU the early 2-0 lead. Jamie McGuire homered moments later to left center field. Church scored with McGuire and put the Gamecocks up 4-0. JSU had their winning lead, but SIUE would not be denied.

SIUE managed an unearned run during the fourth inning. The fifth and sixth innings were scoreless for both teams. SIUE took advantage of the seventh inning, but only managed one more run.

Whitney Gillespie worked hard during game one. Gillespie only allowed two runs with five strikeouts and three walks.

During game two, SIUE jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over the Gamecocks through the first two innings.

However, in the bottom of the second, the Gamecocks started their run toward what would become a win. Jordan Bullock started things with  a triple up the middle. Gillispie, who sat on third, headed home for the Gamecocks’ first score in game two. Emily Woodruff doubled next and Bullock scored moments later.

JSU closed in on SIUE 3-2 at the end of the second inning. The third inning was quiet for both teams and the fourth was scoreless for SIUE. The Gamecocks exploded in the bottom of the fourth. Denes singled and sent Leila Chambers to home for the tying score 3-3.

Denes advanced to second on a wild pitch, and Bullock scored a run, putting the Gamecocks ahead by one.

Stephanie Lewis singled and headed to second base on a fielding error, allowing Denes to score unearned. Woodruff scored the sixth and final run behind her.

The last three innings were quiet for both teams, and JSU took their second consecutive win against SIUE.

Taylor West pitched her hardest in the second game. She allowed only three hits, had two strikeouts and no walks. Casey Akenberger allowed three runs on five hits when she came into the game. The Gamecocks move to 17-13 overall but remain undefeated in conference play.

They take on OVC opponent Tennessee State in a three-game series in Nashville, Tenn. beginning April 2.

The Gamecocks return home April 14 to play Alabama A&M.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Reporter

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