MONTGOMERY – The Jacksonville State softball team rattled off 22 hits and six players drove in at least one run in a 20-0 mercy rule rout of Alabama State in non conference action on Tuesday.
Junior Kelci Johnston and freshman Sara Borders each went 4-for-4 to lead a lineup that saw seven Gamecocks (24-25) notch multiple hits. Johnston drove in six runs, while senior Kaycee Crow added five RBI in the five-inning win over the Hornets (12-35).
JSU put seven runs on the board in the top of the first and six more in the second before touching the plate three times in the third and four more in the fourth inning. Sophomore Tiffany Harbin (14-8) held ASU's bats in check in her five innings in the circle. The Hazel Green, Ala., native struck out 11 Hornet batters, while limiting them to just two hits.
Crow, a native of Ringgold, Ga., belted a three-run homer in the third, one of just four extra base hits for the Gamecocks in clearly their most explosive offensive outing of the season. Freshman Shelby Holley doubled in her 3-for-4 game, while fellow freshman Savannah Sloan's double came in the third inning of her 4-for-5 evening. Sloan drove in three runs in the win. Johnston had the other double, a two-run gapper that plated the 19th and 20th runs of the game.
Borders, a native of Alexandria, Ala., drove in two and walked in her 4-for-4 effort.
Destyni Valencia (1-11) suffered the loss after surrendering nine runs, eight earned, on seven hits and three walks in the first inning.
JSU will wrap up the regular season this weekend with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference home series with first place UT Martin at University Field. The two will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday before a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.