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Tiger Baseball Seven Weeks In

Date: 4/3/17

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JACKSON, Miss. – The Jackson State baseball team is still going strong seven weeks into the season with a 22-11 overall record and a 9-3 record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. In the SWAC, the Tigers hold the best overall record and the second-best conference record. JSU is just one conference win shy of taking the first place position from defending conference champions Alabama State.

The Tigers, as a team, hold several top ten national rankings.  JSU is ranked first in stolen bases (71), third in hits (340), second in runs (258), second in sacrifice bunts (41), fourth in sacrifice flies (20), seventh in the nation in batting average (.322), sixth in on base percentage (.420), fifth in stolen bases per game (2.15), and tenth in triples (13).

JSU also leads the SWAC in several statistical categories. Jackson State ranks first in the conference in base on balls, batting average, doubles, doubles per game, earned run average, hit-by pitch, hits, one base percentage, runs, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies, scoring, shutouts, slugging percentage, stolen bases, stolen bases per game, strikeout-to-walk ratio, strikeouts per nine innings, triples, triples per game, WHIP, and win/loss percentage.

The JSU bullpen has also been making waves nationally and in the conference. Senior pitchers Jonathan Aponte, Jordan Bolden, and Miguel Yrigoyen are tied nationally and rank fourth in the conference in complete games with one complete game each. Bolden is ranked first nationally in games started with nine while Aponte and Yrigoyen are tied at 21 with seven. Bolden also ranks 12 in the nation in victories with five.

The Tiger offense is driven by several top hitters. Lamar Briggs, junior utility player, ranks third in the nation and first in conference in hits (48) and ranks 42nd in the nation and second in the SWAC in RBIs. Junior infielder Jesus Santana ranks ninth nationally in RBIs (36) and 40th in RBIs per game (1.16) and Bryce Brown ranks 34th in the nation in stolen bases and 22nd in one base percentage (.504).

Jackson State baseball will be back on the diamond on Wednesday, April 5. The Tigers will host Tougaloo College at 6 p.m. Come out and support Tiger baseball.