Freshman pitcher lifts JSU softball over Purdue
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AUBURN -- Logan Green didn’t let her team’s big first-game loss get in her head.

The Jacksonville State freshman threw the first complete game of her career to beat Purdue 2-1 and give the Gamecocks a split of the day and the tournament in the Auburn Wilson/DeMarini Classic on Saturday.

The Gamecocks were crushed by Auburn 13-3 in their first game of the day. They lost to the Tigers in extra innings the day before.

Green outdueled Purdue ace Lily Fecho for her third win. She threw 109 pitches, giving up four hits, striking out three, walking three and pitching out of a jam in the seventh.

Ella Denes went 4-for-6 on the day for the Gamecocks (11-5), collecting two singles in each game. Amanda Maldonado went 2-for-5, with a solo homer against Purdue (4-6-1).

Maldonado’s homer, her third in the last five games, gave Green a 1-0 lead on Purdue. Taylor Sloan’s RBI double made it 2-0.

Purdue cut it to 2-1 in the third. The Boilermakers hit a leadoff double in the seventh, but Green got out of the jam with a game-ending infield double play.

In the nightcap, Auburn (12-1-1) got four runs in the first off JSU ace Tiffany Harbin and coasted.

In the tournament, the Gamecocks beat Purdue and Mississippi Valley and lost to host Auburn twice.

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