JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State baseball team will take on conference rival Alabama State in a three-game weekend series.
The Tigers (9-4) enter the weekend contest on a five-game winning streak. JSU swept the series against Mississippi Valley to go undefeated in the conference. The Tigers then took a doubleheader against Concordia-Alabama on Wednesday putting them on a high note as the reenter conference play.
The Tigers have mounted a great offense this season with six athletes batting over .300. Lamar Briggs, junior utility player, leads the charge with a .429 batting average. Briggs has played and started in all 13 games with 49 at-bats, 11 runs, and 21 hits (three hits, two triples) for 9 RBIs, 28 total bases, a .571 slugging percentage, and a .509 on base percentage. Briggs currently ranks 43rd in the nation in hits and 19th in triples. In the conference, he ranks first in batting average, first in slugging percentage, first in on base percentage, third in runs scored, first in hits, third in RBIs, second in triples, first in total bases, sixth in total plate appearances, and seventh in at-bats.
The Tigers bullpen holds eight pitchers maintaining a 3.00 ERA or less. Senior right-hander Miguel Yrigoyen leads the pitching staff with a 1.29 ERA for a 2-1 record. Yrigoyen has played and started in three games with 21.0 innings pitched. He has allowed 17 hits and three earned runs with eight walks and 17 strikeouts. Batters who face Yrigoyen see a .218 batting average. The Valencia, Venezuela native ranks fourth in the conference in batters struck out, fourth batters struck out looking, and second wins.
Jonathan Aponte leads the Tigers in wins with a 3-0 record. Aponte has a 2.79 ERA on three games played and started for 19.1 innings pitched. He has recorded 13 hits against, six earned runs, seven walks, and 15 strikeouts. Batters see a .188 batting average against him. In the conference, he ranks first in wins.
On the field, Stephan Vidal leads the JSU defense. Vidal, junior catcher, has played in 11 games with 10 starts for 88 putouts, seven assists, and two errors for a .979 fielding percentage.
As a team, Jackson State holds a .307 batting average, 417 at-bats, 98 runs, and 128 hits (21 doubles, six triples, and one homerun) for 164 total bases, a .393 slugging percentage, and a .409 on base percentage. The Tigers rank first in the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs scored, hits, RBIs, doubles, triples, and total bases.
On the mound, the Tiger bullpen maintains a 3.46 ERA with 112.0 innings pitched, 98 hits against, 57 runs (43 earned), 49 walks, and 111 strikeouts. Batters see a .231 batting average against them. In the conference, JSU ranks first in earned run average, opposing batting average, batters struck out, wins, and saves.
The Tiger went 0-6 last season against the Alabama State hornets. JSU looking is looking to turn the tide and come on top during this weekend series.
Alabama State enters the series after a 10-7 loss to Samford University. The Hornets also concluded a three-game conference series last weekend to go 2-1 against Alabama A&M.
Eriq White leads the Hornets at the plate with a .3421 batting average. White has played and started in 12 games with 44 at-bats, seven runs, and 15 hits (two doubles) for 3 RBIs, 17 total bases, a .386 slugging percentage, and a .396 on base percentage.
On the mound, Burke Echelmeier leads ASU in wins with a 2-1 record. Echelemeier holds a 4.42 ERA with 18.1 innings pitched, 20 hits against, nine earned runs, six walks, and 16 strikeouts. Batters see a .294 batting average against him.
As a team, the Hornets maintain a .259 batting average, 436 at-bats, 68 runs, 113 hits (20 doubles, one triple, two home runs) for 57 RBIs, 141 total bases, a .323 slugging percentage, and a .351 on base percentage.
On the mound, the ASU bullpen sees a 5.27 ERA, 111.0 innings pitched, 132 hits against, 75 runs (65 earned), 47 walks, and 87 strikeouts. Batters see a .301 batting average when facing ASU.
The first game will be played on Friday, March 10 with a 6 p.m. start time. Come out and support JSU baseball.