JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson State baseball team improved to a 6-6 record by beating the Loyola Wolf Pack 6-3 in non-conference play Tuesday night at Braddy Field. With the loss Loyola falls to 6-17.
Vincent Anthonia (1-1) pitched a solid five innings to pick up the win for the Tigers. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six batters. Desmond Russell, the SWAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year, picked up the save. In one inning of work, he didn't allow a run or hit and recorded a strikeout, retiring all three batters he faced.
Cameron Retif suffered the loss for Loyola.
The Tigers put the first run on the scoreboard in the first inning when Charles Tillery scored on a Russell single. Loyola took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring two runs. JSU tied the game at 2-2 when Malcolm Tate scored on a Jose Cruz single at the bottom of the fourth.
The Tigers took control with a two run fifth inning to make the score 4-2. Aneko Knowles scored on a Fred Hampton single and Hampton scored on a Russell sacrifice fly. Both teams scored a run in the seventh inning and the Tigers got an insurance run in the eighth when Gary Thomas scored on a Knowles double.
The JSU Tigers finished the game with six runs on eight hits and six RBI. Loyola had seven hits, three runs and three RBI.
Tillery led JSU offensively as he recorded two hits and a run. Knowles had a hit, two runs and a RBI. Russell finished with a hit and three RBI. Garrett Lacour led Loyola with two hits and a run.
JSU returns to action Saturday, Mar. 9 when the Tigers host Mississippi Valley State for a Southwestern Athletic Conference double header. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.