ATHENS, Ga. — Alexus Jimmerson had the last of four straight singles in the seventh inning and led the Jacksonville State softball team to a 6-5 win over Radford in the final game of the Georgia Bulldog Classic on Sunday.
After seeing the Highlanders (12-7) rally to tie the game in the top of the seventh, the Gamecocks (7-12) answered in the bottom half to grab the win. Caitlyn Sapp started with her single through the left side, and Anna Chisolm and Taylor Beshears followed with singles of their own to load the bases.
Jimmerson, a junior from Jackson, Tenn., drove Abby Morrow's 2-2 pitch back up the middle to drive home Sapp and end the game. It was Jimmerson's first hit of the day.
Senior Caitlyn Sapp homered, tripled, scored and drove in a run in the leadoff spot for the Gamecocks, who got a 4-for-4 day from junior Anna Chisolm in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Chisolm, a junior, doubled and stole two bases in the game, while Beshears went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Jimmerson also pitched most of the game for JSU. The sophomore went 6⅔ innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits. She walked five and struck out five. Faith Sims (4-5) recorded the final out and struck out and walked one before earning the win in relief.
Jessie Marvin started the game for Radford and was chased after recording just one out. She surrendered three first-inning runs on three hits and a walk. Morrow (8-4) suffered the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits in 5⅔ frames.
JSU scored three first-inning runs, starting with Chisolm's RBI single that plated Sapp. Amber Jones doubled in Chisolm and then a Hayley Sims sacrifice fly scored Jimmerson to put JSU up 3-0.
That score held until the fifth, when Radford tied the game on a Sofia Tapia three-run homer.
The Gamecocks reclaimed the lead in the home half of the fifth, starting with Sapp's first homer of the season and the second of her career. The solo shot cleared the wall in left center and put JSU back on top 4-3.
Chisolm followed with a single and then stole second, setting herself up to score on Beshears' double into the right center gap.
The Highlanders rallied in the top of the seventh, scoring one run on a throwing error from behind the plate. The tying run then scored on a Faith Sims wild pitch that set up JSU's walk-off rally.
The Gamecocks return to University Field for their first home game in four weeks Wednesday when they host Fort Wayne at 3 p.m.