05/08/06 — Jackson leads WCU on road

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Jackson leads WCU on road

Published in Sports on May 8, 2006 2:17 PM

STATESBORO, Ga. -- Western Carolina freshman Jenny Jackson belted a two-run home run and pitched a complete game in the night cap as Western Carolina split a Southern Conference doubleheader with Georgia Southern on Saturday -- winning game two 6-2 and dropping the opener 1-0 at Eagle Field.

In addition to blasting her 11th home run of the season as a part of a 2-for-3 day, Jackson was also a perfect 1-for-1 with two walks in game one to finish the day 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Catamounts.

In the circle in the second game, Jackson scattered eight hits and held the Eagles to two earned runs to secure win number 15 on the season on 107 pitches (15-4).

On Sunday, Georgia Southern sophomore Melissa Laliberte tossed a four-hit shutout, her second in as many days, to guide the Eagles to a 2-0 win.

Jackson took the loss for the Catamounts to drop her record to 15-5. She allowed 10 hits and two earned runs with no strikeouts and the one intentional walk.

The defeat handed Western its first Southern Conference series loss on the season. Western, which clinched the top seed in the SoCon Championships by winning the regular season title in its inaugural season, will play UNC Greensboro on Wednesday at Noon in the opening round in Chattanooga.

Western drops to 41-18 and 16-4 in the SoCon while the Eagles improve to 28-32, 12-9.