KENNESAW, Ga. — Jacksonville State split a pair of softball games at Kennesaw State on Saturday, winning the opener 15-5 and losing the second game 4-3 when a comeback fell short.
JSU (17-8) has won six of its last eight. Kennesaw State (22-7) had won six of its previous seven games against Ohio Valley Conference teams before this doubleheader. Kennesaw State also has wins this year over Illinois and Michigan State (twice) of the Big Ten.
The Gamecocks took control of the opener with three runs in the top of the first when Alexus Jimmerson singled home Anna Chisolm, Stephanie Lewis doubled home Jimmerson, and Taylor Sloan singled to score Lewis. JSU never trailed again. The game went only six innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.
Lewis went 3-for-3 with four runs, a walk and two RBIs. Sloan was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Emily Woodruff was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Jimmerson managed to go 2-for-2 while driving home two runs, and former White Plains High standout Anna Snider slammed her second homer of the year when her two-run shot in the sixth inning cleared the right field fence.
The 15 runs are a season high, topping the 12 that JSU scored in a season-opening win over Alabama State.
Whitney Gillespie (8-3) got the win after pitching all six innings and striking out nine. Kennesaw State got seven hits against her, however, and scored five runs.
In the second game, Kennesaw State redshirt freshman Alley Cutting (11-3) pitched a four-hitter and struck out nine. She allowed three runs in the sixth inning but no more after that.
Kennesaw State got all four of its runs in the second inning when Taylor West (7-3) was in the circle for JSU. Faith Sims relieved and worked four innings, not giving up a run. She allowed five hits and no walks while striking out two.
In the second through fifth innings, JSU managed to put one runner on base in every instance, but couldn’t push anybody across home plate until the sixth.
With two outs and pinch-runner Torre Roberts on second and Jimmerson on first, Lewis singled to drive home Roberts. Jimmerson went to third on the throw home, and Lewis scooted to second. Then Kennesaw State’s second baseman couldn’t handle a grounder by Sloan, and Jimmerson and Lewis scored to make it 4-3.
The Gamecocks didn’t put another runner on base.
On Wednesday, JSU will play at Alabama A&M. The Gamecocks will open OVC play with a home doubleheader Saturday against Tennessee-Martin and another home doubleheader Sunday against Southeast Missouri.