JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State baseball team fell 9-7 to the Alabama State Hornets Sunday afternoon at Braddy Field. With the loss the Tigers fall a full two games behind Alabama State in the SWAC Eastern Division standings and the Hornets are in sole possession of first place in the East. JSU’s record falls to 17-9, 5-4 and ASU improves to 21-8, 12-1.
The Hornets put four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and added another run in the second to take a 5-0 lead. JSU cut the lead to 5-2 by putting two runs up in the third. Stephen Curtis scored on a Bryce Taylor pop up and Dylan Parker scored on a throwing error by the ASU third baseman.
ASU added two more runs at the top of the fourth to make the score 7-2. In the bottom the fourth, JSU added two runs of its own. Charles Tillery doubled to right field to get on base and scored on a Nick Marigny single to center field. Marigny then scored on a passed ball. Tillery scored his second run of the game in the fifth inning when he single to right center field and scored on a Jose Cruz single, making the score 7-5.
Alabama State closed the game with a run in the eighth and ninth innings. JSU scored two more runs in the ninth when Tillery and Marigny each scored.
JSU returns to action Tuesday, Mar. 25 when the Tigers travel to Hammond, La. to face Southeastern Louisiana in non-conference action. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start time. The Tigers return to Braddy Field Wednesday, Mar. 26 to host Rust College in non-conference action. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.