Gamecocks complete sweep of Golden Eagles

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. - The Tennessee Tech softball team evened its Ohio Valley Conference record on Sunday, losing to Jacksonville State 4-0.

The Golden Eagles (23-26, 9-9 OVC) have now lost five straight conference games, but remain in fourth place, one game ahead of Eastern Kentucky. Freshman pitcher Holly Thomas (12-13) was unable to strike out a single Gamecock batter, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks.

Tech's only two hits of the first five innings came in the third when sophomores Taylor Horseman and Lacie Coquerille got back-to-back singles with one out. JSU pitcher Karla Pittman (11-1), however, was able to strike out the next two batters, stranding both runners.

An error by sophomore Katie Betry to open the fourth allowed a Gamecock runner to reach and eventually score to put JSU ahead 1-0.

In the sixth, State (30-9,14-1 OVC) added three runs, getting just one hit in the inning, a double by Allison Svoboda..

Sophomore Kaleigh Gates and freshman Brooke Basten each had singles in the seventh, but were left on base as Thomas and Horseman struck out to end the game.

Pittman struck out six and walked one, giving up five hits in the contest.

Coquerille went 2-5 with a pair of singles as Tech left six runners on base.

The Golden Eagles will travel to Tennessee State on Thursday for a 4 p.m. game before heading to the west side of the state to face UT-Martin in a three-game series next weekend.