JACKSON, Miss. – Bryce Taylor went 3-4 at the plate to help lead the Jackson State baseball team to a season opening 4-2 victory over the Texas Southern Tigers on the opening day of the 2014 JSU Baseball Tournament at Braddy Field.
Taylor (2014 preseason All-SWAC second team) also recorded a run and RBI. Charles Tillery (preseason SWAC Player of the Year) went 2-4 at the plate with two RBIs. For the game, JSU (1-0) scored its four runs on eight hits. Texas Southern scored its two runs on eight hits.
Zach Welz led Texas Southern, going 2-3 at the plate with a run scored.
Sergio Parra picked up the win for the Tigers. Desmond Russell earned his first save of the season. Darius McClelland suffered the loss for Texas Southern.
JSU scored the first run of the game in the first inning when Aneko Knowles scored on a Taylor double to right field. JSU maintained its one run lead until Texas Southern scored its first run of the game in the eighth inning. JSU reclaimed the lead at the bottom of the eighth.
Gary Thomas double to left field to get on base and scored on a wild pitch. Taylor and Melvin Rodriguez both scored on a Charles Tillery double to left field, giving JSU a 4-1 lead. Texas Southern scored the final run of game in the ninth inning.
The tournament resumes Saturday, Feb. 15. The first game of the day (Teas So. Vs. South Dakota State) is set for noon. JSU and Texas Southern will square off at 3 p.m. and JSU will face South Dakota State at 6 p.m. All games will be played at Braddy Field.