JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State baseball team continues to excel in week nine of the 2017 season. The Tigers (29-11 and 15-3) swept the no. 1 ranked team in the conference Alabama State in a weekend series to claim the no. 1 spot as their own. JSU currently holds the best overall record and conference record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Tiger have been doing so well this season that they have garnered national recognition. JSU currently ranks first in the nation in runs, sacrifice flies, and stolen bases. JSU also ranks fifth in batting average, eighth in hit by pitch, sixth in hits, second in on base percentage, second in sacrifice bunts, fifth in scoring, and third in stolen bases per game.
The Tigers are at the forefront of the conference to lead in base on balls, batting average, doubles, doubles per game, earned run average, hit by pitch, hits, on base percentage, runs, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies, scoring, shutouts, slugging percentage, stolen bases, stolen bases per game, strikeout-to-walk ratio, triples, triples per game, WHIP, and win/loss percentage. They are ranked top five in the conference in double plays, fielding percentage, home runs, and home runs per game.
Jackson State has 11 Tigers batting better than .300. Lamar Briggs, junior utility player, leads the team in batting average with a .395 average. The Charlotte, N.C. native has played and started in 39 games with 152 at-bats, 35 runs, 50 hits, 14 doubles, and three triples for 35 RBIs, 80 total bases, a .526 slugging percentage, and a .463 on base percentage. He is also 12-for-14 in stolen bases and ranks 35th in the nation in doubles, fourth in hits, and 32nd in hits per game. He leads the conference in batting average, doubles, hits, and hits per game.
Bryce Brown, junior outfielder, has the second-best batting average on the team. The Walker, La. native has maintained a .376 batting average on 34 games played with 33 games started. He has recorded 109 at-bats, 36 runs, 41 hits, five doubles, and one triple for 22 RBIs, 48 total basses, a .440 slugging percentage, and a .453 on base percentage. He is 19-for-21 in stolen bases and ranks 49th in the nation in base on balls, seventh in on base percentage, 45th in runs per game, 10th in stolen bases, and 10th in stolen bases per game. In the conference, he ranks second in base on balls, third in bases on balls per game, second in batting average, first in on base percentage, third in runs, first in runs per game, second in stolen bases, and second in stolen bases per game.
The Tiger bullpen contains nine pitchers with a 4.00 earned run average or less and three with six wins. Jonathan Aponte, Miguel Yrigoyen, and Jordan Bolden have each led their team to six wins each on the mound.
Aponte has a 6-1 record and a 2.74 ERA. He has nine starts with 10 appearances for three complete games. The Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico native has pitched 62.1 innings for 54 hits against, 26 runs (19 earned), 25 walks, and 38 strikeouts. Batters see a .226 batting average against him. Aponte is ranked sixth in the nation in complete games, 24th in games started, and 16th in victories. In the conference, he is ranked first in complete games, third in earned run average, third in games started, and first in victories.
Yrigoyen holds a 6-2 record with a 2.83 ERA. He has played and started in nine games for 63.2 innings pitched, 60 hits against, 23 runs (20 earned), 18 walks, and 45 strikeouts. Batters see a .242 batting average against him. The Valencia, Venezuela native ranks 24th in the nation in games started and 16th in victories. In the conference, he ranks fifth in complete games, third in games started, and first in victories.
Bolden holds a 3.29 ERA with a 6-2 record. He has appeared in 12 games with 11 starts with one complete game. The Madison, Miss. native has pitched 54.2 innings with 50 hits against, 33 runs (23 earned), 29 walks, and 48 strikeouts. He is ranked first in the nation in games started and 16th in victories. In the conference, Bolden ranks fifth in complete games, first in game started, and first in victories.
Other standout Tigers are Jesus Santana and Cornelius Copeland. Santana ranks eighth in the nation in RBIs and 14th in RBIs per game. He also ranks first in the conference in homeruns, first in RBIs, first in RBIs per game, second in sacrifice flies, and second in total bases.
Copeland ranks 49th in the nation in hit by pitch per game, 18th in hit by pitch, and 23rd in runs. In the conference, he ranked third in doubles, second in hit by pitch per game, second in hit by pitch, 10th in on base percentage, first in runs, second in runs per game, sixth in sacrifice bunts, 10th in stolen bases, and 11th in stolen bases per game.
The Tigers will be back in action on Friday, April 21 when they travel to Lorman, Miss. to face Alcorn State University in a three-game weekend series. JSU looks to clinch the SWAC East Division Title with just two conference series left in the season. Come out and support Tiger baseball and they work towards another SWAC Championship title.