The Hornets got three runs in the second, two unearned, to build a 3-1 lead, but after the Gamecocks (23-17) added one in the second, Borders delivered the big blow and gave JSU the lead for good.
Freshman Casey Akenberger allowed three runs, only one earned, on six hits in five innings of work to earn the win, while juniors Savanna Hennings and Tiffany Harbin threw scoreless frames. Harbin allowed one hit in the seventh en route to her first save of the season.
Ella Denes set up Borders’ game winning blast with a single to lead off the fourth. After Krystal Ruth and Jessica Guy were retired, Borders went down in the zone and drove ASU starter Destyni Valencia’s pitch over the wall in right center for her team-leading ninth homer of the year.
Guy and Borders each went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Gamecocks, who take to the road for an eight-game swing, beginning with a three-game series at Morehead State this weekend.