NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State will continue Ohio Valley Conference play as they travel to Alabama for a three-game series with Jacksonville State. The two teams will play a double header, starting at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, Mar. 28, and conclude the series with a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
All games can be heard on tsutigers.com and live stats will be provided.
Tennessee State is coming off a week where they finished 1-5, 1-3 in the OVC. The Tigers dropped a pair of non-conference games against Lipscomb, before returning to OVC play against Austin Peay. TSU earned a split with the Governors at home, only to drop both ends of a double header at Murray State. The Tigers are 9-18 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
Courtney Gearlds led the way for the second consecutive week as she was 8-for-18 (.444), with two walks (.500 OBP), a double, two triples, a stolen base, three RBI and crossed home plate six times. The sophomore now has four triples on the season, tied for the top spot in the OVC.
Gearlds is now seventh on the triples career list at TSU and is six behind Antionette Armstrong (2001-02) and Keisha Fenton (1994-97) who are tied at the top of the list with 13. The Donelson, Tenn. product is tied for seventh on the career stolen base chart and three away from fifth.
Kate Morris finds herself on six if the career top ten’s and is just outside of another. Morris is tied for sixth in games played, 179, and games started, 167; sixth in at bats, 472, tied for sixth in doubles, 23, fourth in RBI, 67, eighth in walks, 41, and is 11th in put outs with 347.
Jacksonville State (20-8, 4-0)
2014 Record: 40-15
Conference: Ohio Valley
2014 Finish: 22-5
Series Record: 4-46
Last Time Played: 2014, Lost 0-6
Last Win: 2009, 3-2
Jacksonville State enters the weekend batting .298 as a team with 41 doubles and 30 home runs. Sara Borders (.357), Ella Denes (.350) and Savannah Sloan (.350) lead the offensive charge for the Gamecocks. Borders tops JSU with eight home runs, 26 RBI, 19 runs and 14 walks, while Denes adds 16 runs, six doubles, five home runs and 15 runs batted in. Sloan is dangerous on the base paths as she leads the team with seven steals in as many attempts. Sloan has also scored 18 times and has five doubles, a triple, a home run and has driven in 13 runners.
Logan Green, Taylor West and Whitney Gillespie have handled a majority of the pitching, tossing all but 9.1 innings of the teams 192. Green has appeared in 15 games, starting eight and is 7-2 with a 2.30 ERA. Green has totaled the largest amount of innings for JSU with 67.0 and has fanned 41 while walking 22. West has started all of the games she has appeared in, 14, and is 6-2 with a 2.40 earned run average. West has struck out 58 batters in 61.1 innings of work, and has issued 29 free passes. Gillespie is 7-3 with three saves, a 2.96 ERA, 40 strike outs, 24 walks and a 2.96 ERA. Gillespie has tossed 54.1 innings in 14 appearances, five starts, and is holding opponents to a .216 batting average.