ATHENS, Ga. — The Jacksonville State softball team took No. 14 Georgia deeper than they've been taken all year, but the Gamecocks fell to the Bulldogs and Radford on the second day of UGA's Bulldog Classic on Saturday.
The Gamecocks held the nation's top offense off the board until the bottom of the fifth inning, the longest it’s taken the Bulldogs to score all year, but they pulled away for a 6-0 win. The Gamecocks then turned around and fell to the Highlanders 5-2 in the finale of the day.
For four innings against Georgia (17-1), JSU junior Kirsten Titus stymied the Georgia offense for the first four innings. The Bulldogs entered the weekend ranked first in the nation in batting average, scoring, home runs and slugging percentage managed just three hits over that span before breaking through in the fifth.
Titus, who is from Evans, Ga., stranded three runners in the first and another in the second before facing the minimum in the third and fourth frames. The Bulldogs got on the board in the fifth on a Justice Milz two-run single that gave them a 2-0 lead.
They broke open the game in the sixth on another Milz swing — a two-run homer that capped a four-run inning.
Titus (1-4) suffered the loss after surrendering six runs, only two earned, on nine hits and three walks in six innings in the circle. She struck out three.
Mary Wilson Avant started the game for UGA and left after 4⅔ innings that saw her limit JSU to one hit. She struck out six and walked three before making way for Brittany Gray (9-0) who earned the win in relief after limiting JSU to one hit in her 2⅓ innings. She also struck out six batters.
The Gamecocks' two hits were both doubles, one from Caitlyn Sapp and the other from Hayley Sims.
In the final game of the day, a Hannah Medlam two-run single in the first inning gave the Highlanders (12-6) a lead they didn’t give up.
JSU cut the deficit to just one in the fourth on Amber Jones' RBI single. JSU then answered Radford's fourth-inning run with another in the fifth that scored on a Highlanders error.
Radford scored insurance runs in the fifth and sixth to pull away from the Gamecocks.
Abby Morrow (8-3) earned the win for the Highlanders after limiting JSU to two runs on five hits in seven frames, while Faith Sims (3-5) was tagged with the loss. She surrendered five runs, but only one was earned. She gave up just four hits and struck out seven in her six innings of work.
Jones led the Gamecocks at the plate with a 2-for-3 game that saw her drive in a run.
JSU (6-11) and Radford will meet again today at 9:30 a.m.