SWAC Tournament Central
JACKSON – The Jackson Sate softball team (26-27, 13-4) will open the Southwestern Athletic Conference Softball Tournament against the Grambling State Lady Tigers on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Wilson Morgan Park.
JSU comes into the championship as the No. 1 seed in the East and GSU is the No. 4 seed in the West. The JSU Lady Tigers won the SWAC Eastern Division title, the program’s first regular season crown, following a Mississippi Valley State loss to Alabama State.
Last Time Out
The JSU Lady Tigers completed a three game sweep of the Alabama State Lady Hornets (April 26-27) in Jackson, Miss. JSU won the first game 4-2, the second game 14-6 and the third game 16-9. Jasmine Warren finished the regular season in strong fashion as she recorded three wins from the circle. She finished with a 2.17 ERA. Canessa Swanson was named the SWAC Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness SWAC Player of the Week. The Houston, Texas native went 7-14 at the plate. She finished the series with a triple, and five RBI, as well as scoring five runs. On defense she had five assists and 17 putouts. Tayler Nave was also a standout for JSU. She finished with a .333 batting average, four runs, three hits, two doubles, a grand slam and six RBI.
Players to Watch
The Lady Tigers posted a 7-5 record over their last 12 games of the season. Senior Tayler Nave recorded a .457 batting average. She posted 12 runs on 16 hits (5 doubles, 3 triples), a home run and 13 RBI. She also went 8-9 in stolen bases. Amanda Vasquez recorded a .448 batting average over the 12-game span. She had 13 hits (3 doubles), nine runs, a home run and three RBI. Canessa Swanson batted .389 with 14 runs, 14 hits and seven RBI. Jasmine Warren was the ace of the Lady Tigers bullpen, going 5-1 in the circle. In 30 innings of action she allowed eight runs on 15 hits while striking out 13 batters. Breea Jamerson went 2-4 from the circle.
Scouting Grambling State
The Grambling State Lady Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-33 overall record and a 4-13 conference mark. GSU recorded a team batting average of .252, with 165 runs, 251 hits (51 doubles, 14 triples and 13 home runs). Ashanti Joe and Briana Carmouche both lead the team with .306 batting averages. Carmouche is second on the team with three home runs. She also had 22 RBI. Mikiesha Henson is second on the team in batting average (.304). She also leads the team with four home runs and has 22 RBI. Angela Perez is the ace of the GSU bullpen. She has an 8-15 record with a 4.85 ERA. Perez has pitched 147.1 innings and allowed 144 runs on 196 hits, to go along with 135 strikeouts.
JSU in the SWAC Tournament
The JSU Lady Tigers won their only conference championship in 2011 by beating Mississippi Valley State 6-2 in the title game. In 2012 JSU and Mississippi Valley State met once again in the title game, but fell 7-3 to the Devilettes. En route to the title game JSU opened the SWAC tournament with a 5-2 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff and followed that with an 8-0 victory over Texas Southern. The next day JSU and TSU me again and JSU won a 2-1 contest.
In 2010, under head coach Kenya Peters, JSU opened the SWAC Tournament with an 8-6 victory over Texas Southern, before falling 5-4 to Grambling State and 6-3 to Alcorn State.
In 2007, the Lady Tigers opened the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Arkansas Pine Bluff before falling 3-2 to Southern. JSU bounced back to defeat Alabama A&M 8-2, but again fell to Southern 4-1.
Neutral Site Games
The Lady Tigers posted a 5-9 record when playing at neutral sites in 2013.
JSU in the NCAA Tournament
Jackson State has made one appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament. The Lady Tigers opened the regional against the Alabama Crimson Tide, falling 8-0. JSU then faced Chattanooga, falling 8-1.
Jackson State in the SWAC
At the conclusion of the regular season, JSU finished as the top ranked team in the SWAC Eastern Division. JSU finished with a 26-27, 13-4 record. JSU finished third in the league in batting with a .293 team batting average and third in the SWAC in pitching with a team ERA of 4.03.
Lady Tigers in the SWAC
Breea Jamerson has the fifth lowest ERA in the SWAC (3.17) and is third in strikeouts (96). Jasmine Warren is third in the conference in hits (59) and tied for fourth in runs scored (39). Lauren Aikens is third in RBI (37). Amanda Vasquez, Warren and Tayler Nave all rank third and tied for fourth respectively in doubles and Nave leads the SWAC in triples (5).
Mississippi Schools in SWAC Tournament Play
A school from Mississippi has won 10 of the last conference tournaments. Mississippi Valley State took the crown in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. Alcorn State won its only title in 2010 and JSU claimed its first championship in 2011.