Lady Bobcats now 12-2 after sweep of Faulkner State
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-02-24 23:22:15
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats continued their impressive start to the 2011 season with another sweep here Thursday afternoon at Community Bank Park.
The Lady Bobcats posted a pair of close victories over Faulkner State Community College (Ala.), winning 5-4 with a walk-off single in game one and 2-0 in game two.
JCJC, 12-2, has now won six straight games.
In the first game, Faulkner State trailed 4-1 entering the seventh, but scored three runs to tie the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Mallory Cowart reached on an error and was sacrificed to second by Haley Brooke Smith. Shannon Mosley then came through with the game-winning, RBI single.
Faulkner State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but JCJC scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. Jessmar Walters led off with a single and Jasmine Jefferson entered as a courtesy runner. Kayla McDaniel reached on an error and Stacia Whitaker drew a walk to load the bases.
Heidi Garcich’s sacrifice fly scored Jefferson and Cowart followed with a two-run double, scoring McDaniel and pinch-runner Brittany Daniel. Cowart would later score on a wild pitch.
Starting pitcher Ginger Lonergan went 6 2/3 innings, allowed four runs (none earned) and eight hits. She struck out four, walked two and hit three. Lauren Candies came on and got the final out in the top of the seventh and got credit for the win, improving to 6-2.
Cowart doubled and singled to lead JCJC at the plate, while Smith singled twice. Mosley, Walters and Garcich added singles.
In game two, Candies went the distance and tossed a three-hit shutout, upping her record to 7-2. She struck out one, walked one and faced only 24 batters.
The Lady Bobcats scored both of their runs in the fifth inning. Whitaker drew a one-out walk and Jefferson came in to run for her. Jade McLeod then doubled and Daniel came in as a pinch-runner for her. Garcich scored Jefferson with a single and Cowart followed with an RBI groundout to plate Daniel.
McLeod doubled and singled for JCJC, while Whitaker doubled. Garcich and Alex Faciane each singled.
The Lady Bobcats visit Holmes Community College for a doubleheader at noon on Saturday. JCJC opens South Division play at home at 3 p.m. on Wednesday against 12th-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Faulkner State, 2-9, plays in the Wallace State Community College (Ala.) Tournament Friday ad Saturday.
Jones County 5, Faulkner State 4
Faulkner State (2-8) 000 100 3 – 4 8 3
Jones County (11-2) 000 400 1 – 5 7 2
WP-Lauren Candies (6-2). LP-NA. Hitters: Faulkner State – NA. JCJC – Mallory Cowart 2B, 1B; Haley Brooke Smith 2 1B; Shannon Mosley 1B; Jessmar Walters 1B; Heidi Garcich 1B.
Jones County 2, Faulkner State 0
Faulkner State (2-9) 000 000 0 – 0 3 1
Jones County (12-2) 000 020 x – 2 5 1
WP-Lauren Candies (7-2). LP-NA. Hitters: Faulkner State – NA. JCJC – Jade McLeod 2B, 1B; Stacia Whitaker 2B; Alex Faciane 1B; Heidi Garcich 1B.