JSU softball: Freshman pitches five shutout innings of relief to pace Gamecocks' win
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Freshman Brooke Carvey retired the final 10 batters she faced. (Photo by Matt Reynolds/Jacksonville State University)
Freshman Brooke Carvey retired the final 10 batters she faced. (Photo by Matt Reynolds/Jacksonville State University)
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Freshman Brooke Carvey tossed five innings of one-hit softball in relief for the Jacksonville State softball team Sunday, guiding the Gamecocks to a 5-2 win over Charleston Southern.

The Gamecocks (7-3) got to Buccaneers ace Cheyenne Gandara in the first inning on a Kalee Tabor two-run homer and turned to Carvey to hang on for her first career win in the deciding game of the CSU Tounament.

The freshman entered the game with a one-run lead in the third and shut down the Bucs en route to handing them just their second loss of the season, both to JSU. She struck out two and walked one, while allowing one hit in five scoreless innings.

Gandara entered the game having allowed just two runs over her first 19 innings in the 2014 season, but the Gamecocks touched her for two in the first. Tabor's fifth home run of the season drove in her 12th and 13th RBI of the year and gave JSU an early 2-0 lead.

Gamecock starter Casey Akenberger had to work early, working around two baserunners in each of the first two innings but keeping the Buccaneers off of the scoreboard.

Two days after stranding 12 runners in a 3-0 loss to Gandara, the Gamecocks got an opportunity in the third inning. They loaded the bases with no outs after a Taylor Sloan single, Sara Borders double and a Tabor hit-by-pitch, but they were only able to plate one on a Cadi Oliver fielder's choice to the middle of the infield.

The Buccaneers cut their deficit to 3-2 quickly in the bottom of the third, when Marci Christian and Jessica Brock hit back-to-back home runs over the center field wall and chased Akenberger from the circle after giving up two runs on six hits in just over two innings of work.

Carvey entered the game in relief of Akenberger after the two homers and worked around an error to hold the lead at 3-2.

In the fourth inning, JSU got back-to-back RBI hits from Taylor Sloan and Borders to stretch the lead to 5-2.

Carvey retired the final 10 batters she faced and allowed just one base runner past the fourth inning to grab the win and help JSU cap a 4-1 record in the tournament.

JSU will return to action Tuesday, when the Gamecocks play a doubleheader at Alabama A&M in Huntsville.
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