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Gamecocks sweep Tennessee Tech

03/19/2014

It was a record-setting weekend for the Gamecocks as they dismantled the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles during a three game series.

Saturday the series opened in impressive fashion with JSU winning on the mercy-rule for both games. In both games JSU had five runs in each first inning and eight different players had multiple hits.

Tiffany Harbin struck out five in the opening game of the series while Cadi Oliver hit a Grand Slam to give the Gamecocks an early 4-0 lead.

It was senior Amanda Maldonado that added the next home run lading to the five-run first inning.

Despite two strikeouts in the first game the Golden Eagles sacrificed five runs on four hits. This allowed the Gamecocks to stroll to their 9-0 victory in the opening game.

The second game didn’t see a home run for the Gamecocks but still saw plenty of scoring in a 17-4 victory. Tennessee Tech was able to score four runs but in the fourth inning JSU took their four run lead up to the 13-run lead that won the game. The triumphant inning saw three singles, five doubles and a triple and featured 14 JSU batters.

Seven JSU players had three or more hits during the day. Maldonado, Sara Borders and Taylor Sloan had four each. Maldonado and Oliver had five runs and Borders and Melanie Steer each had four runs throughout the two games.

The Gamecocks were 27-for-53 on the day that also brought head coach Jana McGinnis her 699th and 700th career victories.

Sunday was another recordsetting performance as senior pitcher Tiffany Harbin had her school-record 65th career win. She broke the previous record held by Jill Wilcoxson from 1998-2001. She struck out 10 and walked one while she only gave up three runs.

The day also brought the series to a close with a 5-3 victory that gave JSU the sweep.

Sunday’s win was much more difficult than the previous day’s. The Golden Eagles managed to score three runs on eight hits. They led most of the game and were ahead by two entering the bottom of the seventh, where JSU cut that lead to a run before Sara Borders smacked the only home run of the day for the walk-off win.

Borders and Lewis had two hits in the Sunday win. Sloan and Maldonado had a walk each.

Jacksonville State (17-6) is 3-0 in OVC play while Tennessee Tech fell to 8-21 overall. The Gamecocks take on Eastern Illinois this weekend, potentially facing their biggest threat for an OVC crown.

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