JSU softball sweeps 2 in Charleston tournament
by Star staff
Feb 15, 2014 | 1422 views |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jacksonville State erupted for 16 runs in a pair of wins Saturday at the Charleston Southern Tournament, downing St. Bonaventure 7-2 before a 9-1 mercy-rule win over host CSU to close the day.

The Gamecocks (6-3) hit .385 and held the Bonnies and Buccaneers to a combined .182 average.

Five JSU players recorded three hits each.

Senior Hayden Crawford went 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs, while senior Kalee Tabor and junior Sara Borders each drove in four runs on three-hit days. Sophomore Ella Denes went 3-for-5, while freshman Taylor Sloan rode a 3-for-4 opener to a 3-for-6 day.

The Gamecocks’ duo of freshman Logan Green and senior Tiffany Harbin was dominant in the circle. In Green’s second-career start, she held St. Bonaventure to an unearned run on five hits in six innings, while Harbin overcame two first-inning hits to hold CSU hitless over the final 4 1/3 innings.

In the opening game of the day, freshman Logan Green held the Bonnies in check after being spotted a four-run lead in the first. Fellow freshman Taylor Sloan went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, while Tabor drove in three on her fourth homer of the season.

The Gamecocks wasted no time giving Green some run support in her second career start. They rattled off four straight hits to start the first, sparked by a pair of single from Denes and Sloan. An RBI single from Sara Borders set the stage for the big blast of the frame, a three-run homer by Kalee Tabor.

In the finale of the day, Tabor gave JSU an early 1-0 lead over the Buccaneers. Her RBI single plated Taylor Sloan, but CSU got a Hayes Holdsworth RBI double to tie it in the bottom of the inning.

Harbin and CSU’s Lauren Darden put zeroes on the board until the fourth, when Hayden Crawford broke the tie.

With the bases loaded and no outs, the senior ripped one back up the middle to plate Stephanie Lewis and Amanda Maldonado and give JSU a 3-1 lead. Two throwing errors later, JSU had jumped to a 5-1 lead in the top of the fourth.
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