Jacksonville State Defeats Florida State in NCAA Softball Regional
JSU's Allie Barker went 2-for-4 in the win
over Florida State. Jacksonville State Sports Information Photo
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - In its first trip to the NCAA
Tournament since 1996, the JacksonvilleState softball team picked up a historic
4-3 win over FloridaState at the
University of Alabama Softball
Complex in the first game of the Tuscaloosa
The third-seeded Gamecocks (39-14)
put just enough runs on the board to support a stellar performance from freshman
Ashley Eliasson to win the school’s first NCAA Tournament game and down the
Seminoles (37-27) for the first time in five tries.
Eliasson allowed three runs in the
first without allowing a ball out of the infield, but the Vallejo, Calif.,
native settled in and allowed just three hits the rest of the way to put the No.
2 seeded Seminoles in the loser’s bracket of the four-team regional. The
Gamecocks will play the winner of Thursday’s Alabama-Chattanooga Game at
on Friday to see who advances to
Saturday’s title game on ESPN2.
JSU scattered eight hits, two by
junior Allie Barker, and scored on two wild pitches to pull out the win, the
team’s 10th in a row. Junior Allie Barker was 2-for-4 at the plate, while junior
Kayla Collins and senior Whitney Elder each drove in a run. Collins, a
Niceville, Fla., native, transferred to JSU after
playing her first two seasons at FSU.
The Seminoles were led by Carly
Wynn, who went 2-for-4 at the top of the lineup.
Eliasson (15-3) won her
seventh-straight decision in the circle after allowing three runs on five hits
in seven innings of work. She struck out four and walked one. McDonald, sister
of former Gamecock Melinda McDonald, allowed two runs on six hits in six
innings, but Terese Gober (10-13) took the loss in relief. She surrendered two
runs on two hits in just one inning in the circle.
The Gamecocks got a run in the top
of the first after a couple of hits set up a McDonald wild pitch that allowed
senior Rachel Fleming to score from third. The Seminoles answered in the home
half of the first, plating three runs on two hits, two hit batters and a costly
The two wouldn’t mount any threats
until the fourth, when Collins took doubled into the gap in left center to score
junior Jackie Jarman from first. JSU would take the lead in the fifth on an RBI
single from Elder and a wild pitch from Gober that allowed senior pinch runner
Amy Brown to score from third.
Source: OVC - Softball News - Jacksonville State Sports Information Press Release
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