JACKSONVILLE STATE SHUTOUT TIGERS FOR SERIES WIN
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Tennessee State dropped the final game of the Ohio Valley Conference series with Jacksonville State at Tiger Field on Sunday. The Gamecocks won the rubber match, 3-0, and improved to 25-17, 11-7 in the OVC as the Tigers fell to 28-18, 7-11. For the second consecutive game, JSU pitcher Melissa Dowling pitched a four-hit shutout. Dowling (9-6) struck out eight Tigers while walking four. Senior Candace Hildebrand got Gamecocks left fielder Rachel Fleming to fly out to left on the first pitch of the game, but ran into trouble as she walked the next three batters on 13 pitches. JSU's designated player Alana Hicks hit a deep fly ball off Amanda Vaught, who relieved Hidebrand, to senior center fielder Diana Clifford that allowed Chrissy O'Neal to score and give the Gamecocks a 1-0 lead. In the third, Hicks hit a sacrifice fly to sophomore Melanie Cruz in left field to once again allow O'Neal to score and up the lead to 2-0. O'Neal scored for the third time of the game in the fifth inning for the final margin. The Tigers were led offensively by Lauren Weber who was 2-for-3. Hildebrand finished 1-for-2 with a walk and Clifford was 1-for-3. Hildebrand took the loss and moved to 14-10, while Vaught scattered five hits and three walks. Vaught struck out five batters and surrendered two earned runs. TSU will take to the road for a non-conference double header against the University of Memphis on Wednesday, April 18.