JSU Softball Sets Records in 21-0 Win In OVC Tourney
A record-breaking performance by the Jacksonville State offense lifted the No. 2 seed Gamecocks to a 21-0 rout of seventh-seeded Southeast Missouri on Wednesdayto open the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
The Gamecocks (37-15) scored nine in the first inning and seven in the second to spark the highest run total in the history of the OVC Tournament and the most JSU has scored against an OVC opponent in program history.
Their fourth mercy-rule win in their last six games propelled the Gamecocks into Thursday's winner's bracket against No. 3 seed Murray State at 12:30 p.m. The Redhawks (19-26) fall into the loser's bracket.
Three JSU players recorded four hits and three more had three hits in the rout. The Gamecocks' 21 runs were the most in a game since scoring 22 at Alabama State late in 2014.
Junior Ella Denes went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBI in the leadoff spot for the Gamecocks, tying her for the sixth-most RBI in a game in school history. She carried over from a hot OVC Tourney a year ago and is now 11 for her last 15 with four homers and 11 RBI in her last four OVC Tournament games.
Sophomore Taylor West (13-4) kept a dangerous SEMO lineup off the plate throught the game to earn her second shutout of the year. The Anniston, Ala., native limited SEMO to five hits while striking out four n walking three.
The Gamecocks got nine runs on eight hits in the first inning to set the tone for the game. Stephanie Lewis doubled in a pair and Denes belted a grand slam in her seond at bat of the inning to provide the big blows for the Gamecocks in the frame.
In the second inning, sophomore Jamie McGuire belted a pinch-hit three-run homer to left center and senior Sara Borders went opposite field for a grand slam to provide the fireworks in a seven-run frame that saw nine more JSU hits.
Emily Woodruff singled in one, Denes grounded out to score andother and Savannah Sloan singled up the middle to score the third run of the third inning that saw the Gamecocks carry a 19-0 lead into the fourth. They got two more in the fourth on Whitney Gillespie's RBI double and Denes' infield single to post the 21st run on the board.
Madeline Krumrey (13-11) retired just one batter before being pulled and allowing nine runs on seven hits. Aubrey Denno gave up six on eight hits in one inning, wile Kearia Schilling allowed the other six runs to score on 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
The Gamecocks' second round game against the Racers will be broadcast on the Gamecocks Sports Network with Mike Parriscalling the action. Fans can access the game on 91.9 FM in Jacksonville, online at www.jsugamecocksports.com or on their mobile device by searching for WLJS on the TuneIn app. Video is also available online at www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information)