The Gamecocks opened the event with a 12-0 pasting of St. Bonavenutre, then lost to Charleston Southern 3-0.
In the opener, Casey Akenberger took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and wound up allowing only one before giving way to Brooke Carvey in the fifth.
The heart of JSU’s lineup — spots 3 through 6 — went 10 for 14 with 10 RBIs in the game. Sara Borders went 4-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBIs. Jamie McGuire drove in five runs. Kalee Tabor went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
All four homered, thanks to back-to-back blasts from McGuire and Cadi Oliver in the fourth and back-to-back blasts from Borders and Tabor in the fifth.
The Gamecocks (4-3) didn’t have such timely hitting in the second game. They stranded 12 runners and went only 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Charleston Southern wasted little time jumping on top, getting a two-run homer from Jessica Brock in the first.
Jennifer Giles held the Gamecocks off the scoreboard through the first four innings, despite giving up three hits and walking four.
CSU got a run off Tiffany Harbin in the fourth and handed her the loss. The senior, who opened the season with a no-hitter, allowed three runs on six hits in six innings or work. She struck out five and walked one.