JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Tennessee State battled with Ohio Valley Conference leading Jacksonville State early, but were not able to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers fell 6-1 in the final game of the three game series at University Field.
JSU moved its record to 23-8, 7-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play, as TSU fell to 9-21, 2-8 in conference.
Trailing 1-0, Tayler Shimizu picked up the first hit of the day for the Tigers to open the third inning. The senior left fielder made her way to third a batter later on a hit by Danica Gleason. Courtney Gearlds continued the hit attack with a single, but the Tigers lost a runner on the play as Gleason was called out due to runner interference.
The Tigers would even the score at 1-1 as Gearlds and Shimizu pulled off a double steal. Gearlds earned her 12th stolen base of the year as she swiped second ahead of the throw from JSU catcher, Savannah Sloan. Shimizu broke on the play and crossed home for her sixth steal of the season.
Amber Galyon had worked the first three innings of the game allowing one run on two hits. JSU opened the bottom of the fourth with a home run from pitcher Whitney Gillespie and was followed by a double by Ella Denes.
The two Gamecocks in the fourth were the last batters Galyon would face, as she made way for Jasmine Matchen. JSU found success against the junior hurler with three hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly as they scored four runs to take a 5-1 lead.
Jacksonville State added an insurance run in the sixth against Taylor Green to close out the game.
Galyon took the loss and is now 2-8 for her rookie campaign.
Gleason led the way with her second two hit game of the weekend and was joined in the hit column by Gearlds, Shimizu, and Kailey Richard.
Gillespie scattered five hits and a walk, while striking out four, to earn the victory and improve to 8-3.
The Tigers will travel to Bowling Green, Ky. for a nonconference double header with Western Kentucky. Game one will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, Apr. 1.