JACKSON, Miss. — The Jackson State baseball team snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the University of South Alabama Jaguars 5-4 in non-conference action Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Braddy Field. With the win JSU improves to 7-5 and USA falls to 5-6.
The Tigers scored their five runs on six hits and had four RBIs. USA scored its four runs on six hits as well. Both teams made mistakes in the field, with each committing errors. JSU had four errors and USA had two.
The Jaguars put the first two runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. JSU got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Stephen Curtis, who reached base on a fielding error, scored on a Bryce Taylor RBI double. JSU took the lead with a two-run fourth inning. Jose Cruz scored on a passed ball and Tilur Smith scored on a Curtis RBI single.
USA scored a run in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3. The Tigers took the lead for good in the sixth when pinch runner Charles Tillery scored on a Gary Thomas sacrifice fly and Fred Hampton was brought home on a Desmond Russell ground out.
The win marks JSU’s first over the Jaguars. JSU is 1-11 against USA.
Alexander Juday (1-1) picked up the win for JSU. Brandon Gregory got the save (1). Six different Tigers recorded a hit in the game for Jackson State.
JSU returns to action to Saturday and Sunday, March 8- 9, to host Alabama A&M in SWAC action at Braddy Field. First pitch for Saturday's double-header is set for 1 p.m.