The big news of the day is Tiffany Harbin’s no-hitter against Austin Peay today. It’s the first 9-inning no-hitter in JSU’s history. She picked a great day for it, as the normally loud bats went quiet. JSU picked up a run in the bottom of the ninth for the win. Harbin had 10 strikeouts on the day, and now has 191 in 144 innings.
Hilary Phillips pitched a great game Saturday, shutting out the Lady Govs 5-0. In her complete game, Phillips appeared to step firmly into the second starter role.
Only one number really matters…wins. The Gamecocks earned their 31st win this season, and have a double header at home against Tn Tech this Wednesday. Other statistical leaders include…
Batting Avg – Kristen Graham at .424
Home Runs – Amanda Crow at 13
Runs Batted In – Amanda Crow with 42
Walks – Kristin Graham with 25
Runs Scored – Kristin Graham with 36
It was hard to imagine what the team would be like this year after losing such great players as Chrissy O’Neal, Hillary Downs, and Nikki Prier. The way Harbin, Graham, and Abbey Stepp have contributed to the team this year is a huge complement to their ability and to Coach McGinnis and her staff for being able to bring in such great talent.
All of our conference games are important, but none look bigger than the series with Eastern Illinois at the end of April. Right now, they are 19-1 in conference play, while we are 16-3. The regular season championship could come down to the 3 game series in Charleston, IL in two weeks.