Southeastern Louisiana (27-13) vs. Jackson State (24-19)
DATE: Tuesday (April 22) @ 6 PM
LOCATION: Braddy Field (Jackson, Miss.)
ABOUT JACKSON STATE:
The Jackson State baseball team returns to action Tuesday night for its final non-conference, mid-week home game of the season when the Tigers host Southeastern Louisiana at Braddy Field. JSU has a 2-8 record in its last 10 games. The Tigers are currently on an eight game losing streak.
The Tigers have a 19-8 record at Braddy Field and are 3-1 in the last four games played on the JSU campus.Tilur Smith leads the team with a .339 batting average. He has 39 hits, 28 runs and three home runs so far this season. Bryce Taylor leads the team in home runs with four. He also has a .271 batting average to go along with his 42 hits and 32 runs.
JSU’s 7-11 SWAC record has the Tigers trailing Alabama State (18-2 SWAC) and Alabama A&M (9-7 SWAC).
ABOUT THE OPPONENT:
Southeastern Louisiana has won five straight games for the third time this season. The Lions are coming off a three game sweep of the University of New Orleans. Jameson Fisher leads Southeastern in batting average (.356). As a team the Lions are hitting .281
Last Time Out
vs. Mississippi Valley State
The Tigers lost the weekend series to the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 2-1. After winning the first game 15-3, the Tigers dropped the next two 5-3 and 6-5.
JSU News & Notes
Tigers in the NCAA Rankings
Melvin Rodriguez is ranked second in the nation in RBI in a single game with nine.
Jackson State and Alabama State posted the longest win streaks in the SWAC this
season. JSU won nine straight from Mar. 8-22, picking up a two-game sweep over Louisiana-
Monroe. Alabama State won eight straight from Feb. 22-Mar. 2, sweeping Youngstown State during the streak.
- JSU has a .261 team batting average, while allowing opponents to hit .272.
- JSU is ranked second in the SWAC in ERA.
- JSU is second in the SWAC in on base% and runs scored.
- The Tigers lead the SWAC in doubles, walks and HBP.
- JSU is second in the league in stolen bases.
- The JSU bullpen is ranked second in the SWAC in most pitching categories:
ERA , innings pitched, batters struck out, wins and saves.
- JSU pitchers lead the league in batters struck out looking.
- 1B Tilur Smith’s batting avg. is sixth in the SWAC.
- 1B Tilur Smith is third in the SWAC in doubles.
- OF Bryce Taylor is ranked fourth in the SWAC in RBI.
- 3B Melvin Rodriguez leads the SWAC in walks and OF Bryce Taylor is tied for tops in the league in HBP.
- Despite missing time due to injury, UTL Desmond Russell is second in the SWAC in batters struck out .
2014 PRESEASON NOTES
· Charles Tillery was named the 2014 SWAC Preseason Player of the Year. Last season Tillery
was named the SWAC Newcomer of the Year. Tillery closed his first season at Jackson State
with a .353 batting average which ranked 3rd in the SWAC. He also led the league in on-base
percentage (.479). Tillery led JSU in runs scored (47), hits (61), walks (33), stolen bases (24) and at bats (185).
· JSU landed seven players on the 2014 Preseason All-SWAC Team - Aneko Knowles (1st Team), Charles Tillery (1st Team), Alexander Juday (1st Team), Andre Rodriguez (1st Team), Stephen Curtis (2nd Team), Bryce Taylor (2nd Team), Jose Cruz (2nd Team).
2013 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
· Last season JSU returned to its first NCAA Regional in 13 years, after winning its first SWAC
title under head coach Omar Johnson.
· JSU pitcher Alex Juday was named the 2013 SWAC Tournament MVP. He posted a 2-0 record
in the SWAC Tournament.
· JSU led the SWAC in the following statistical categories last season: batting avg. (.285), on base pct. (.393), runs scored (362), RBI (306), doubles (108), walks (238), sacrifice bunts (67), sacrifice flies (31) and stolen bases (125).
· The Tigers were ranked in the top 20 in the nation in the following statistical categories: 7th
(stolen bases per game, 2.3), 7th (hit by pitch, 99), 9th (stolen bases, 125), 17th (sac. Bunts, 67), 23rd (on base pct., .393), 26th (scoring, 6.7 rpg).
· JSU was also ranked 31st national in doubles per game (2.0) and sacrifice flies (31).
· Chris Wingard and Theo Hassan combined for JSU’s first no-hitter under head coach Omar
Johnson when the Tigers beat Rust College 19-0 on March 26.
· JSU opened the 2013 season with a 4-0 win over Texas Southern on Feb. 15.
· JSU’s longest winning streak last season was 7 games (from Mar. 7-10).
· Last season JSU recorded non-conference wins over Eastern Illinois, Loyola, Texas-Pan American, New Orleans and Florida A&M.
· Six Tigers were named 2013 All-SWAC members - 1st team (RHP - Andre Rodriguez, C - Jose Cruz, DH - Malcolm Tate); 2nd team (1B - Ethan Bright, 2B - Stephen Curtis, OF - Charles