JSU baseball split conference games with SIUE on Saturday, winning 5-2 in the first game against the Cougars but losing 9-8 in the second game.
Michael Bishop helped lead the Gamecocks to victory in the first game as he had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs. Bishop put the Gamecocks up early with a 1-0 lead as he led the game with a home run to left field.
JSU extended the lead 4-0 as they scored three more times in the third inning. In the inning, Bishop was hit by a pitch but still managed to score on a Cougar throwing error while Gavin Golsan scored on Eddie Mora-Loera single to the outfield. Mora-Loera scored on Ryan Sebra’s infield grounder to make the score officially 4-0.
Jacksonville State scored their last run in the top of the ninth inning on a RBI single by Bishop to score Joe McGuire.
That made it 5-0, but it would end 5-2 as SIEU scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Travis Stout made the final three outs to help secure the win for JSU.
The second game which was the night cap game between the two teams was decided by one point.
After Nick Lombardo scored on Skyler Geissinger’s single to give the first runs and the 1-0 lead to SIUE, Jax State came back with three runs in the third inning to make it 3-1. The Gamecocks received those scores from Gavin Golsan, Stephen Bartlett and Eddie Moera-Loera.
However, the Cougars would answer with Lombardo scoring on a RBI double by Chase Green, which would lead to Green scoring on a wild pitch. This would make the score even at 3-3 going into the fourth inning.
The fourth inning is where SIUE would re-gain the lead and keep it for the rest of the game. SIEU’s Chase Green and Devin Caldwell each drove in a run to make the score 5-3.
Paschal Petrongolo of JSU hit his fifth triple of the season in the top of the sixth inning and scored on a Bishop’s fly out to cut the lead to 5-4. In return, the Cougars added three more runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to build a 8-4 lead.
Bartlett hit a home run for JSU in the seventh inning and when the eight came around, Petrongolo scored before SIEU’s Caldwell hit a home run to make the lead 9-6 going into the ninth.
Jacksonville State rallied for two more runs in the ninth inning after Ryan Sebra hit a two-run home run that involved Gordon scoring with two outs to pull JSU to within 9-8. However, SIEU held on and got the final out to seal the win.
After Saturday’s events the Gamecocks are 4-2 in the OVC.
JSU Baseball meets up at Troy on Tuesday and will return home at Rudy Abbott Field for three straight OVC games against Austin Peay. The first game of the trio starts Friday, March 21 at 6 p.m.