JACKSONVILLE – Griff Gordon had three hits and drove in three runs to lead Jacksonville State to a 7-5 win over Tennessee Tech as the Gamecocks won their ninth straight Ohio Valley Conference game on Saturday.
Jax State improves to 22-16 overall and and is now tied for first place with a 14-3 mark in conference play after extending the season's longest winning streak to seven games. Tech drops to 27-12 and 15-5 in the conference as the Gamecocks have now claimed 11 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams.
Taylor Shields (6-2) had three strikeouts and scattered 10 hits to earn his sixth win of the season for JSU, while Travis Stout recorded the final three outs to pick up his 12th save. Ross Spurgeon (2-2) gave up four runs and lasted just two innings to suffer the loss for the Golden Eagles.
For the second straight day, Tech took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by Daniel Miles, but the Gamecocks tied the game in the home half of the inning.
Tech took a 2-1 lead in the second inning after Michael Morris led off with a triple and scored on a Gamecock throwing error, and TTU extended the lead to 3-1 in the third on a solo home run by Zach Stephens.
Jax State took the lead for good in the third inning as the Gamecocks scored four runs after sending nine batters to the plate.
Bishop and Adam Miller each walked to lead off the inning, before Gordon followed with a RBI single up the middle to score Bishop and cut the lead to 3-2 and chase TTU starter Spurgeon from the game.
Coty Blanchard singled to load the bases, before Eddie Mora-Loera drove in two runs with a single to right center to give JSU a 4-3 lead. Ty Pierce followed with a two-out single as the Gamecocks pushed the lead to 5-3.
The Golden Eagles scored their final run of the day on after Dylan Bosheers scored as the Gamecocks turned a double play to make the score 5-4, but the Gamecocks once again answered in the home half of the inning.
Jax State extended the lead to 6-4 after Gordon drove in his third straight run in his third straight at-bat with a single up the middle, and JSU added an insurance run in the sixth after Michael Bishop scored on a Tech throwing error for a 7-4 Gamecock lead.
Tennessee Tech scored its final run on a RBI single by Miles in the top of the seventh, but Michael Mason pitched out of a jam to strand two Golden Eagles for the final margin.
Pierce and Miller each had two hits, while Mora-Loera finished with a pair of RBI to lead the Gamecocks. Stephens, Miles and Morris each had three hits to lead Tech.
The Gamecocks will go for their fourth OVC series sweep of the season at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Sophomore left-hander Tony Urban (2-0, 5.74) will be on the mound for Jax State in his first career start against an OVC opponent.
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