JACKSON, Miss. – After 11 weeks of play in the 2017 season, the Jackson State baseball team has not lost its momentum and remains on the top of the national rankings.
Playing in 47 games so far this season, JSU holds a 32-14-1 overall record and a 17-4 record in conference play. The Tigers have maintained a .325 batting average while recording 1540 at-bats, 387 runs, 501 hits (91 doubles, 16 triples, and 20 home runs), 327 runners batted in, 684 total bases, a .444 slugging percentage, 226 base on ball, 74 hit by pitches, and a .429 on base percentage.
The Tiger bullpen holds a 3.52 earned run average with a 32-14 record. Together, the JSU pitchers have pitched a total of 396.0 innings for 386 hits against, 209 runs (155 earned), 168 walks, 336 strikeouts, and batters see a .251 batting average against them.
Jackson State ranks first in the nation in stolen bases and stolen bases per game, second in on base percentage and sacrifice bunts, fifth in batting average and runs, seventh in sacrifice bunts and sacrifice flies, ninth in hit by pitch and hits, 15th in base on balls and triples, 26th in doubles, and 27th in win/loss percentage.
In the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the Tigers rank first in batting average, doubles, hit by pitch, 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.
Bryce Brown, junior outfielder, leads JSU with a .375 batting average. He has played in 41 games with 40 starts for 136 at-bats, 43 runs, and 51 hits (five doubles and one triple) for 26 runners batted in, 58 total bases, and a .426 slugging percentage. He has also recorded 31 base on balls, nine hit by pitch, and 29 strike outs for a .511 on base percentage. He also leads the Tigers in stolen bases going 23-for-27.
Brown’s top 20 national rankings include sixth in on base percentage, 11th in stolen bases, and 11th in stolen bases per game. He also ranks second in the conference in base on balls, fourth in base on balls per game, fifth in hit by pitch, first in on base percentage, third in runs, second in stolen bases, and second in stolen bases per game.
Miguel Yrigoyen leads the Tiger bullpen in wins with an 8-2 record and leads JSU starting pitchers with a 3.23 earned run average. The senior right-hander has tallied 11 appearances and one complete game with pitched 78.0 innings for 75 hits against, 34 runs (28 earned), 22 walks, 56 stirke outs, and batters see a .246 batting average against him. He ranks 25th in the nation in game started and sixth in victories. In the SWAC, he ranks ninth in complete games, second in games started, and first in victories.
Up Next: The Tigers will travel to Gary, Ind. to face the Chicago State Cougars in the inaugural Steel Diamond Classic on Tuesday, May 2. Then, JSU will bring the game back home to take on Alabama A&M in the final conference series of the 2017 season beginning Friday, May 5.