Softball Splits Day Two with Jacksonville State
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss softball team split the doubleheader with Jacksonville State falling 6-3 in the afternoon game but took the win 9-6 in the nightcap. The Golden Eagles are now 6-8 on the year, 6-4 at the Softball Complex.
Freshman Destini Brown went 4-for-5 on the day putting up two hits in each game, giving her five multi-hit games this season. Chase Nelson also had a fantastic day going 3-for-3 in the second game with two runs and two RBIs. Eight different player registered hit on the day.
Jacksonville State 6, Southern Miss 3
The Gamecocks came out swinging, putting up five runs on four hits in the top of the second inning. Anna Chisolm launched a three-run homer over the left field wall to extend the lead 5-0.
Southern Miss tallied a run in the bottom of the third inning behind two hits and a Gamecock error for the first run of the day. A single RBI by Sarah Van Schaik scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and a double by Brown scored another in the sixth to cut the lead 6-3.
In the seventh inning, Samantha Papp knocked a single to left field and Van Schaik was hit by a pitch before Nelson drew a walk to load the bases. With the tying run at first a fielder’s choice ended the scoring threat and the Golden Eagles fell, 6-3.
Jillian Johnson pitched 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and only one run, unearned, in relief of Kim Crowson (3-2) who ultimately was charged the loss.
Southern Miss 9, Jacksonville State 6
In the nightcap, it was all Southern Miss bats. With nine runs on 11 hits the Golden Eagles found their offensive stride. Seven players all notched hits in the game with Nelson leading the pack with three, her second three-hit outing.
The Black and Gold scored in four of the six innings they were at bat. The squad jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the fifth inning.
In the fifth inning, the Gamecocks tried to rally putting up four runs on four hits with the help of a couple errors but Southern Miss held on and put up three more runs of their own to extend the lead, 9-4.
Jacksonville State chipped away at the lead, scoring a solo home run in the top of the seventh, but a fly ball to Brown ended the inning and secured the win for Southern Miss.
Samantha Robles (3-3) got the start in game two and pitched five complete innings. The senior gave up four runs, all unearned, and had two strikeouts before Johnson relieved her. Johnson pitched two innings and finished the game.
The Golden Eagles play the final game of an 11 game homestand on Wednesday against Nicholls State beginning at 6pm. For more updates make sure to follow the softball team on Twitter and Instagram @SouthernMissSB.