JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – The SIUE softball team collected 10 runs on 12 hits in Friday's nightcap at Jacksonville State, but the Cougars took a pair of road losses to open the Ohio Valley Conference season.
SIUE, which had been idle since March 15th, dropped to 8-13 overall and 0-2 in the OVC with an 11-10 loss in 10 innings in game two. The Cougars fell 4-0 in the opener.
"We hit well in game two and had several chances to win," said SIUE Interim Head Coach Jessica Jones. "We just didn't get it done."
The top of the SIUE order provided six hits and six RBIs in game two. Alana Cobb-Adams, Alyssa Heren and Zoe Schafer each had two hits. Heren finished with a team-leading three RBIs, including one off her 10th double of the season.
Jacksonville State, 21-8 overall and 5-1 in the OVC, needed five pitchers to push back the Cougars. Faith Sims recorded the wins in both games for the Gamecocks with a three-hitter in the opener and four innings of relief.
"Jacksonville State is a good team," added Jones, "and we were head to head with them."
Emily Ingles was credited with the loss in both games, going the distance in the opener and firing four 2/3 innings of relief before Jacksonville State hit the game winner in the bottom of the 10th inning.
SIUE now heads to Tennessee Tech for a pair of OVC games Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.