Harbin tossed her second shutout in as many days and
the Gamecocks' third of the weekend on Sunday, when the Jacksonville State
softball team polished off a series sweep of Morehead State with a 2-0 win at
Harbin allowed just four hits and struck out nine to seal the sweep for her Gamecocks (29-11, 13-4 Ohio Valley Conference), who shut out the Eagles (7-28-1, 3-12 OVC) in all three games of the series. It marked just the third time in school history that JSU has held an opponent scoreless in each game of a three-game set, but it was the second this season after three shutouts at Tennessee State in late March.
A native of Hazel Green, Ala., Harbin (12-6) opened the series with a two-hitter on Saturday before freshman Logan Green's four-hit gem closed the doubleheader that opened the series. She allowed just six baserunners over the series and improved to 8-2 against OVC foes this season. In her 10 OVC starts, she has 10 complete games in 10 starts, including six shutouts, while OVC batters are hitting .167 against her.
Eagles starter Tanna Seuferer (3-13) held JSU in check for most of the game, forcing the Gamecocks to strand eight baserunners. She held them to five hits but allowed two runs in the third inning to take the loss.
That third inning started with sophomore Ella Denes reaching after being hit by a pitch to lead it off. Freshman Taylor Sloan then singled through the left side and senior Kalle Tabor singled to center to load the bases with one out. Sophomore Cadi Oliver took one on the ensuing at bat, Seuferer's second hit batter of the inning, to put JSU up 1-0.
Seuferer then threw one outside that popped out of catcher McKenna Batko's mitt, allowing Sloan to score from third on a play that looked to have the runner out at the plate. Batko got her glove to the plate but instead of tagging the runner, she laid it on the plate before watching Sloan slide around it for the second run of the game.
Harbin needed no more from her offense, allowing just two more baserunners over the final four innings, while recording six of her nine strikeouts after she got the lead.
Juniors Sara Borders and Melanie Steer doubled for the Gamecocks in the win, while Taylor Sloan, Savannah Sloan and Tabor had the team's other three hits. Borders went 3-for-6 on the series, while Savannah Sloan had four hits in nine at bats.
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