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NEW ORLEANS – The Jackson State baseball team takes game one of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, defeating Southern University 4-2 Wednesday evening. The Tigers remain in the winners bracket and improve their record to 37-15-1 overall.
Jonathan Aponte, senior right hand pitcher, clinched his eighth win of the season for an 8-2 record. The Puerto Rico native pitched 8.0 innings to allow four hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Jose Tirado, junior relief pitcher, entered the game in the top of the ninth to close the game for JSU for his ninth save of the season. While on the mound, Tirado allowed no hits or runs and was credited with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Stephan Vidal went 2-for-3 to head up the Tiger offense. The junior catcher was credited with one run and one hit during the effort.
CJ Newsome, Jesus Santana, and Cornelius Copeland also recorded one RBI each and Newsome, Jarvis Warner, and Wesley Reyes scored a run a piece.
The Tigers started behind the eight ball, allowing Southern to score a run in the second and a run in the third for an early 2-0 lead. JSU bats came alive in the fifth and the Tigers were able to score four runs on four hits to take the lead.
In the rest of the game, the JSU defense worked over time, only allowing one hit in the final three innings.
The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday, May 18 when they take on Texas Southern in round two of the tournament. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.