JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State baseball team finished the 2017 season as the Southwestern Athletic Conference East Division Champions with a .688 win/loss percentage and a 38-17-1 overall record. With 11 seasons at the helm of the JSU baseball program, the 2017 season marks one of the best seasons under the leadership of head coach Omar Johnson.
In JSU’s last week of regular season play, the Tigers ranked first nationally in sacrifice bunts, stolen bases, and stolen bases per game. They also ranked second in on base percentage, sixth in sacrifice flies, seventh in hit by pitch, 10th in runs, 12th in scoring, 12th in batting average, and 22nd in W/L percentage.
Among teams in the conferences, JSU led the SWAC in batting average, 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, triples, triples per game, WHIP, and W/L percentage.
For the first time in school history, Jackson State received National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division I top 30 baseball team poll votes four weeks in a row. In the final poll before the NCAA Regional Tournament, JSU was the only SWAC team to receive votes and only one of two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) mentioned among the nation’s top college baseball teams.
The Tigers and the JSU baseball coaching staff look to continue this year’s success as they prepare for the 2017-18 season.