JACKSON, Mississippi – The Jackson State baseball team completed its fifth sweep of the season, by taking the final two games of a three-game weekend series against non-conference opponent Savannah State at Braddy Field Saturday evening.
With the wins the Tigers improve to a 23-12 overall record. JSU won the first game of the doubleheader 8-4 and the nightcap 6-2.
The Tigers scored their eight runs on 10 hits with Melvin Rodriguez leading the offensive with a 3-4 effort. He also scored a run for JSU. Fred Hampton also had an efficient outing, going 2-4 at the plate.
Brandon Gregory (2-1) pitched five innings to pick up the win. He gave up two runs on seven hits.
The game was tied 2-2 through the first four innings. JSU broke the game open in the fifth inning, scoring four runs to make the score 6-2. In the inning JSU recorded four hits. Aneko Knowles and Gary Thomas scored on a Tilur Smith double to left field. Smith then scored on a Rodriguez double to center field. The Tigers scored their final run of the inning when Rodriguez scored on a Bryce Taylor single to center field.
JSU added another two runs in the eighth inning to make the final score 8-4.
JSU rallied, scoring six runs in the eighth inning, to complete the sweep. Savannah State scored two runs in the second inning and maintained that lead for six innings. The Tigers had only one hit going into the eighth. Charles Tillery scored the first run for JSU on an Aneko Knowles double. Knowles scored on an error by the center fielder. Taylor singled to left center field, scoring Smith and Thomas. Taylor then scored on a Jose Cruz double to left field.
Cruz led the JSU offense, going 2-3 at the plate. Vincent Anthonia (2-0) pitched three innings in relief to get the win. He allowed only two hits and struck out four batters.
JSU returns to action Tuesday, April 8 when the Tigers host Grambling State in a mid-week game. The game will not count in SWAC standings. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.