Pisgah alum hits 17th homer, but Gamecocks fall to APSU

Austin Peay used a first-inning grand slam to grab an early lead and held off the Jacksonville State softball team in a 5-3 win in the Ohio Valley Conference series finale on Sunday.

The Lady Govs (19-28, 10-17 OVC) used a Kayla Davidson slam in the bottom of the first to cap a big inning that gave them a 5-0 lead over the Gamecocks (23-25, 17-10 OVC). JSU scored one in each of the final three innings and got the g0-ahead run to the plate in the seventh but couldn't avoid their first three-game sweep since joining the OVC in 2004.

Junior Krystal Ruth went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI to wrap up a good weekend at the plate. The Wylie, Texas, native went 5-for-10 during the three-game series. Freshman Shelby Holley homered for the 17th time this season in the seventh, a solo shot that led off the frame.

After grabbing the early lead, Peay starter Morgan Brewer (10-13) held JSU scoreless through the first four innings and went on to grab the win by holding the Gamecocks to three runs, two earned, on eight hits in seven innings. Sophomore Tiffany Harbin (13-8) recorded just one out in the first before giving up the five runs on four hits. Senior Sam Snow tossed the final 5.2 innings and held the Lady Govs scoreless on five hits.

Ruth finally got JSU on the board in the fifth, when her two-out single drove in freshman Sara Borders after her double earlier in the inning. Borders put JSU's second run on the board in the sixth, thanks to her two-out double that scored senior Kristin Graham.

After Holley's leadoff homer in the seventh made it a 5-3 game, Ruth drew a walk before a two-out single from Graham put the tying run on base for junior Kelci Johnston. The second baseman got one in the air, but center fielder Katie Cozart corralled it to end the JSU threat.

The Gamecocks will travel to Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game at Alabama State. They will then close the regular season against UT Martin in a three-game series at University Field on Saturday and Sunday. The set starts with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and wraps up with a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday, which will also be Senior Day.