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Softball sweeps Morehead St.

04/16/2014

The Gamecocks continue to move forward as they took a pair of games from Ohio Valley Conference opponent Morehead State on Saturday.

It was a slow start for both teams as the first score of the game didn’t come until the fourth inning, when Kalee Tabor hit a single that allowed Savannah Sloan to make a run for home plate.

The fifth inning saw two JSU runs that came from RBI’s off Ella Denes and Sloan. It was Amanda Maldonado who brought JSU their fourth and final run of the first game after an error from the MSU pitcher.

The final score of the first game was 4-0 in JSU’s favor.

While the first game was all about the short singles, for game two it was all about the long ball.

It was another scoreless first few innings until the start of the fifth, when Hayden Crawford sent a ball flying for the first run of the game. Sara Borders came next in the sixth inning and issued another homer that was also her 10th of the season. After that there came two more home runs, this time from Cadi Oliver and Sloan.

JSU won the day with a 5-0 victory over Morehead State.

It was also a day for the pitchers of JSU, Tiffany Harbin and Logan Green, who struck out 19 Morehead State batters combined. Green struck out eight, which is a career-high for her, and Harbin took 11.

The Sunday series finale turned into a second consecutive shutout tossed by Harbin as the Gamecocks completed the series sweep with a 2-0 win. The series marked just the third time in program history the Gamecocks have shut out their opponent in every game of a three-game series.

The defending OVC Tournament champions are on their way to attempting to defend their title, sitting at 13-4 in conference play with four series remaining in the season.

Jax State makes the long trip out to Cape Girardeau, MO today for a double-header against Southeast Missouri State tomorrow and will face UT-Martin on Saturday befeore returning home.

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