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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Second-seeded Jacksonville State (37-15) broke an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament record in runs scored during a 21-0 victory over seventh-seeded Southeast Missouri (19-26) Wednesday afternoon at Cougar Field.
JSU put the game out of reach early and never let up. The Gamecocks registered 25 hits with seven of their starters chipping in two or more. JSU also saw seven of its hits go for extra bases (four doubles, three home runs).
"I thought we gave them too many outs in the first inning," said Southeast head coach Mark Redburn. "We were choked up a bit and let their hitters dictate."
JSU sent 13 hitters to the plate in a nine-run first inning. Ella Denes and Savannah Sloan had back-to-back singles and Sara Borders was hit by a pitch as the Gamecocks quickly loaded the bases. Cadi Oliver flied out to right and Denes scored the first run of the game. Stephanie Lewis followed with a double and both Sloan and Borders scored.
After Whitney Gillespie walked, Taylor Sloan's hit went off first baseman Lindsey Patterson's glove and fell safely inside the right field line for an RBI-double. A bunt single by Jordan Bullock and single to center by Emily Woodruff came after that. Denes then stepped in and smacked a grand slam, giving JSU a comfortable 9-0 lead.
The Gamecocks continued to pour it on in the second inning, scoring seven more runs.
Lewis, Gillespie and T. Sloan each singled to load the bases before pinch-hitter Jamie McGuire hit a three-run homer to left center. Another grand slam, this time by Borders, ran JSU's lead to 16-0.
Woodruff, Denes and S. Sloan each plated a run in the bottom of the third inning, grabbing the Gamecocks a 19-0 lead.
JSU then tacked on another two runs to complete the scoring in the fourth.
Denes, S. Sloan and Lewis led JSU with four hits apiece. Denes went 4-for-5 with three runs and six RBI, while Sloan finished at 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI at the top of the Gamecocks order. Lewis went 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, as well.
Meanwhile, T. Sloan, Bullock and Woodruff each added three hits, and Gillespie contributed two.
Taylor West (13-4) struck out four, allowed five hits and walked three in her five-inning complete game shutout.
Madeline Krumrey (13-11) suffered the loss. Krumrey gave up nine runs on seven hits and walked one in just one-third of an inning.
Aubrey Denno relieved Krumrey in the first and allowed six runs on eight hits in an inning before Keaira Schilling pitched the rest of the way. Schilling scattered 10 hits and gave up six runs in 2.2 innings.
Nicole Deering went 2-for-2 to lead Southeast. Savannah Carpenter, Riley Hayes and Meaghan Touchette had the other hits.
All 19 of Southeast's players on this year's roster experienced the postseason for the first time today.
Southeast faces No. 6 Eastern Illinois in an elimination game at 10 a.m., CT, Thursday. The Redhawks won a three-game series against the Panthers earlier this season.
"We are going to forget today's game and get back to work tomorrow," said Redburn. "We get to come back with Krumrey and want to show that what happened today is not the team we really are."