Southern Miss Softball Completes Sweep of Jacksonville State
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - The Southern Miss softball team completed the three-game series sweep over the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State, Sunday, with a 6-4 win.
Southern Miss used a duo of pitchers to complete the sweep of Jacksonville State. Peyton Carter got the nod for her first start as a Golden Eagle. Carter allowed four runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings of work with one strikeout. Jade Lewis entered in the middle of the third inning and allowed zero runs on two hits in 4 2/3 innings of work with two strikeouts. Lewis gets the win and moves to 1-0 on the season.
The Golden Eagles got things started early with two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. Lauren Holifield, Jade Lewis and Caitlyn Aldous recorded hits combined with a Chase Nelson walk and a Bailey Stokes walk all added to the initial momentum of the Golden Eagles.
Jacksonville State cut the score in half on a double by Jamie McGuire two base hits by Hayley Sims and Cadi Oliver. The Golden Eagles escaped the inning and turned around and scored three more runs in the top of the third.
An Aldous walk, Selena Estrada double and a Rachel Johnson single set Southern Miss up with bases loaded and only one out. A Gamecock fielding error moved the runners up, Aldous and Estrada came home to extend the lead to 4-1. Jacksonville State changed pitchers; Holifield hit a sac fly bringing Johnson home but a quick out ended the inning with Southern Miss on top 5-1.
The Gamecocks responded right away with a solo home run by Anna Chisolm and a two-run home run by Jamie McGuire. The Golden Eagles closed the inning out with two quick outs before Jacksonville State could take the lead but they did chip it down 5-4.
Top of the sixth inning Bailey Stokes crushed a solo home run to extend the lead, 6-4. Southern Miss captured the win after two strikeouts from Lewis.
Southern Miss returns to the Softball Complex in Hattiesburg on Tuesday, February 28 when they take on nationally ranked LSU.