JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State baseball team split two games on day two of the JSU tournament at Braddy Field on Saturday. The Tigers held on to beat a tough Texas Southern team 3-2 to complete the weekend sweep of TXSO. JSU could not remain undefeated on the day, as the Tigers fell 10-2 to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
JSU had a bit of a fight on its hands in the first game. With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, JSU (2-0), took the lead for good when Fred Hampton scored on a Stephen Curtis RBI single. The Tigers added an insurance run in the seventh when Charles Tillery (SWAC Preseason Player of the Year) scored on a Melvin Rodriguez RBI double.
Tillery led JSU’s offensive effort, going 2-3 with a run. Curtis went 2-4 with an RBI. Jamal Wilson pitched 8.1 effective innings, recording seven strikeouts. Desmond Russell picked up his second save of the season as he closed out the game in strong fashion.
In the second game of the day for JSU (2-1), the Tigers ran into a buzz saw in South Dakota State. The Jacks defeated the Tigers 10-2. Not much went right for JSU, as the Tigers finished with only two hits. The score was tied 1-1 through the first four innings. SDSU scored a run in the fifth and another two in the sixth inning to take a commanding 4-1 lead. The Jacks broke the game open in the seventh by putting up six runs.
Tillery and Knowles each scored a run for JSU. Alexander Juday (0-1) suffered the loss for JSU. In seven innings of work he recorded three strikeouts.
JSU and SDSU both return to action Sunday, Feb. 16 to square off in the final game of the JSU Tournament. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.