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Softball splits opening tournament


Last weekend the Jacksonville State softball team opened their season at the Southeastern Louisiana hosted "Lion Classic".

The Gamecocks were scheduled to play five games, but only played four, as the final game on the third day against host school Southeastern Louisiana was rained out. JSU split the opening tournament, going 2-2.

On the first day, the Gamecocks opened their season against St. Louis. Junior Tiffany Harbin took the mound. Her 15 strikeouts were a personal best, and just one shy of the school record, but a four-run second inning did Harbin in, as the Gamecocks couldn't get the offense going. JSU left nine runners on base against the Bilikens in a 5-2 loss.

The nightcap of day one was much better for Jax State, as freshman Casey Akenberger made her collegiate pitching debut. Akenberger shut down the Louisiana Tech lineup and was aided by more offense than Harbin previously received.

JSU left only one on base in a five-inning mercy rule win over the Bulldogs, 11-1. Senior Kelci Johnston and junior Kalee Tabor each had five RBIs.

The second day started as the first ended, with the Gamecocks taking a blowout win, 7-0, over Southern.

Harbin bounced back from her outing the previous day, pitching a shutout.

The seven JSU runs came from six different players, with at least one RBI.

Day two ended not as brightly, as the Gamecocks may have cost themselves a win. JSU allowed two unearned runs to Nicholls State in a game Jacksonville State ultimately lost, 4-2.

Day three was rained out, and the Gamecocks headed home with an even record, looking ahead to this weekend, when they play in the Southern Miss Invitational.

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