A pair of sixth inning homers aided a gem from Tiffany Harbin and lifted the Jacksonville State softball team to a 3-1 win over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, giving the Gamecocks the Ohio Valley Conference series win.
The Gamecocks (14-16, 9-2 OVC) used Harbin's sixth complete game in 10 starts to hold the Colonels (12-15, 5-3 OVC) bats at bay before finally pulling ahead in the fifth. Sophomore Hayden Crawford started the big inning by taking Leanna Pittsenbarger's first pitch well over the wall in left, and freshman Shelby Holley capped the frame with a two-out blast that cleared the scoreboard in left center.
Harbin (6-2), a native of Hazel Green, Ala., allowed one run on five hits in her seven innings in the circle. She struck out eight and retired the last 13 batters she faced after EKU recorded four of its five hits in the third inning. Three of the Colonels' hits were infield singles, while two ground balls found holes in the infield.
The Gamecocks scattered six hits, with senior Kristin Graham doubling twice to led the JSU offense. Senior Kaycee Crow doubled and scored on Graham's first two-bagger, a two-out line drive that hit the top of the fence in left and fell back into play.
The Colonels tied it in that third inning, when those infield hits led to a sacrifice fly from Carissa Reisinger that scored Lauren Mitchell from third.
The tie score held for two innings before Crawford and Holley's long homers, which would be plenty for Harbin against the reigning OVC batting champions. She needed just 98 pitches to dispose of the EKU offensive effort.
Pittsenbarger (6-7) took he second loss of the series after surrendering two runs on four hits in 4.1 innings. Shaylon Robb tossed the final 1.2 frames and allowed a run on two hits, the first of which was Holley's 13th homer of the season.
The Gamecocks will be at home in non-conference action on Tuesday, when they host Middle Tennessee in a 2 p.m.