NEW ORELANS – The Jackson State baseball team run to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game came to an early end on day three of the tournament. Despite making their way back on the winning side of the bracket with a 7-2 victory over Southern Friday morning, the JSU 2017 season ended Friday evening with a 11-2 loss to Texas Southern.
The Tigers defeated Southern in the second chance game 7-2 Friday morning
Mark Watson, junior right-hander, was credited with the win on the mound after entering the game in relieve. The Orlando, Fla. native pitched 2.1 innings to allow three hits and no runs with four strikeouts.
Cornelius Copeland, senior infielder, and Jesus Santana, junior infielder, led the Tiger scoring effort during the JSU victory. Copeland, a St. Petersburg, Fla. native, went 2-for-4 at the plate with one run and two RBIs. Santana, a native of Puerto Rico, went 1-for-3 at the plate with one home run for one run and two RBIs.
Jackson State’s baseball season came to an end in the semi-final round of the SWAC Championship tournament. The Tigers fell 11-2 to Texas Southern Friday evening, closing their bid to the championship title.
Freshman pitcher Kevin Perez was credited with the loss on the mound as the JSU starter, pitching 4.1 inning for seven hits, six earned runs, two walks, and two strikeouts.
CJ Newsome led the Jackson State offense with one run and one runner batted in on a 2-for-3 plate appearance.
The Tigers close their season 38-17-1 overall and an East Division title.