The talent in the circle runs deep for Jacksonville State softball.
Casey Akenberger and Tiffany Harbin, the school’s strikeout record holder, have already both tossed no-hitters this season. However it was Logan Green who stifled the Big 10 Purdue Boilermakers last weekend with a gem of a pitching performance that led to a 2-1 Gamecock victory.
Green, a freshman from Hebron, MD., tossed the first complete game of her career last Saturday.
Jacksonville State was taking part in Auburn’s Tournament, where JSU also faced the Tigers and Mississippi Valley State.
Green avoided trouble early when Purdue had a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the first inning. A strikeout and pop-out ended the threat for JSU. In the second, Amanda Maldonado hit a solo home run to right to give put the Gamecocks on the board first, 1-0. For Maldonado, it was her third homer in the past five games.
Green’s cushion grew the following inning in the third when Ella Denes led off with a single and then advanced to second on an error.
In the next at bat, freshman Taylor Sloan doubled home Denes for the second run of the game.
In the bottom half of the inning, Purdue was able to get their only run of the game after a Paris Andrew leadoff-double. Andrew then stole third and later scored on a single before Green got out of the inning.
Entering the fourth JSU held a 2-1 advantage. That didn’t seem like enough at the time, but each inning as Purdue sat the Gamecocks down, Green responded by shutting down the Boilermaker bats.
In home half of the final frame, Purdue threaten with a pinch-hit double lead off the inning. Green next forced a foul out and then got a game-ending double play the unconventional way when a hit was shot right back to the circle.
On Green’s throw to first the runner took off.
After the put out at first, Maldonado fired across the infield to Kalee Tabor, who applied the final out at third after the runner slid past the bag.
Green (3-1) struck out three and allowed just four hits all game in her stellar performance which leads JSU to a current 11-5 record.
The win may have been a little extra special as a bounce-back game from having lost a heartbreaker to the host Tigers of Auburn the day before in extra innings. The Purdue win also came on the day Jacksonville State University celebrated its 131st birthday.
The Gamecocks next game comes against Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. in the Chanticleer Challenge tournament. JSU may have learned something for the game as Purdue played Coastal earlier in the season and won 11-5 and lost 3-0.