JACKSON, Miss. – On a night when Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, one of Jackson State’s greatest baseball players, tossed the first pitch, Jackson State pitchers Christopher Wingard and Andre Rodriguez combined to give up only four hits and two runs to Southern Tuesday night at Braddy Field.
Wingard (1-0) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up two hits and recorded two strikeouts and Rodriguez pitched 4.2 innings and gave up two hits, two runs and had seven strikeouts.
Offensively, JSU scored its six runs on 10 hits and posted four RBI. Bryce Taylor led JSU’s offensive efforts going 3-4 at the plate with two RBI. Aneko Knowles went 2-4 and scored three runs and Fred Hampton finished with two hits and a run.
JSU scored the first three runs of the game over the first two innings and scored the remaining three runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
The Tigers scored two runs in the first inning. Knowles when Charles Tillery walked to get on base. Desmond Russell scored when Jose Cruz grounded into a double play, giving JSU a 2-0 lead. In the second inning, Fred Hampton scored on a Gary Thomas bunt.
Knowles scored his second run in the fifth inning on a Taylor single to left field. Jose Cruz scored from third base on a wild pitch to give the Tigers a 5-0 advantage. Knowles scored the final run of the game for JSU in the seventh when a Taylor single to past third base sent him home.
Southern scored its two runs in the ninth inning.
JSU (4-1) returns to action Saturday, Feb. 22 when the Tigers travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida A&M.