Hazel Green native powers JSU softball to win

A pair of sophomores carried the Jacksonville State softball team to a 2-1 win at Southeast Missouri on Saturday, when Hayden Crawford went 2-for-3 and Tiffany Harbin tossed a complete game to claim the rubber match of the series.

Crawford had a single and an RBI triple in helping the Gamecocks (19-20, 14-6 Ohio Valley Conference) to their second-straight one-run win over the Redhawks (14-24, 7-12 OVC). Harbin came through with her 13th complete game in 17 starts this season.

Harbin (10-5), a native of Hazel, Green, Ala., held the SEMO offense to a run on six hits, while walking two and striking out six. She faced 24 batters, just three more than the minimum, and needed just 87 pitches, 62 of which were strikes to dispose of the Redhawks.

Sparkman, Ala., native Crawford had the bat in her hands for both of the Gamecocks' runs. She singled to left in the second, forcing an error by SEMO's Shelby Stein that allowed freshman Savannah Sloan to score after her leadoff single.

Crawford's second hit proved to be the biggest of the day for JSU, a fourth-inning, two-out triple that drove in Kelci Johnston, a pinch runner for freshman Shelby Holley, who led off the inning with a single.

The only blemish in Harbin's line was a leadoff homer in the fifth from Renee Kertz, who reached all three times she came to the plate, including a pair of walks.

SEMO's Alora Marble (9-11) tossed all seven innings in the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on six JSU hits. She struck out just one batter and didn't issue a walk.

JSU will wrap up its three-game season series with Tennessee State on Thursday, when the Gamecocks face the Tigers in a 2 p.m. single game in Nashville, Tenn. JSU swept a doubleheader from TSU in Jacksonville last week.