JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State baseball team will host in-state conference foe Alcorn State University in a three-game series beginning Friday, March 17. The Tigers now 13-7 and 4-2 in conference will take on the Braves 6-10 and 2-1 in conference as they push toward the East Division title.
JSU enters the series as a conclusion to an already busy week. The Tigers week includes a doubleheader victory over Rust College, a 13-8 loss over Southern University, and a 2-0 shutout at ULM.
The Tigers, this season, have been working hard at the plate with nine players batting .300 or higher. Lamar Briggs, junior utility player, leads JSU with a .373 batting average. Briggs has played and started in all 20 games with 75 at-bats, 15 runs, and 28 hits (four doubles and two triples) for 15 runners batted in, 36 total bases, and a .480 slugging percentage.
Jesus Santana, junior infielder, has emerged as the JSU power hitter maintaining a .500 slugging percentage. Santana has played and started in 18 games with 68 at-bats, 15 runs, and 20 hits (three doubles, one triple, and three homeruns) for 22 runners batted in, and 34 total bases.
The Jackson State bullpen is filled with capable pitchers with seven pitchers holding an earned run average less than 4.00 and three pitchers with three wins each.
Miguel Yrigoyen leads the Tigers on the mound with a 0.90 ERA and a 3-1 record. Yrigoyen has appeared and started in four games for 30.0 innings pitched, 22 hits, three earned runs, and 25 strikeouts. Batters see a .198 batting average against him.
Alcorn has two players batting over .300. Kirt Cormier leads the Braves with 14 games played and started, 54 at-bats, 11 runs, and 18 hits (three doubles and two homeruns) for nine RBIs, 27 total bases, and a .500 slugging percentage.
The Braves bullpen includes five pitchers with a 4.00 ERA or less. Carlos Lopez leads Alcorn on the mound with a 1.69 ERA and a 2-1 record. Lopez has appeared in eight games for 16.0 innings pitched 16 hits against, three earned runs, and 18 strikeouts. Batters sea a .267 batting average against him.
The first game of the three-game series will be played at MGM Stadium in Biloxi, Miss. at 7:05 p.m. The last two games will be played at Robert “Bob” Braddy Field located on the campus of Jackson State University. Saturday’s game will be played at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s game will be played at 1 p.m. Come out and support Tiger baseball.