Tigers Split Mid-Week DH With Norfolk State, Johnson Wins 30th Game

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NORFOLK, Va. – The Jackson State baseball team split a mid-week non-conference doubleheader on Thursday. After losing the opener 8-0, JSU bounced back to take the nightcap 9-0. With the win JSU improves to a 30-22 record. The victory marks the eighth season that head coach Omar Johnson has led the Tigers to 30 or more wins in a season. Johnson is also close to another milestone at JSU. With one more win, Johnson will have 300 career wins in only nine seasons.

Game 1

The Tigers lost the first game 8-0. The result marks the first time JSU has been shutout since a 2-0 loss to South Alabama on April first. JSU finished with game with seven hits and three errors while Norfolk State scored its eight runs on 13 hits. Melvin Rodriguez, the No. 2 hitter in the nation, went 2-4 at the plate for JSU and Dylan Parker also finished with a pair of hits. Vincent Anthonia (4-3) suffered the loss. In 6.1 innings of work he gave up eight runs on 12 hits.

Game 2

JSU turned the tables by shutting out the Spartans 9-0. The Tigers scored their nine runs on 13 hits. Rodriguez led JSU’s offense, going 3-4 at the plate with a pair of runs. Gary Thomas had a pair of hits and scored a run. Jesus Santana recorded a hit and had two RBIs.

Jevon Jacobs (5-4) got the complete game shutout win. In nine innings of work he allowed only four hits and struck out five batters. Jacobs received solid run support as the Tigers scored a run in the second inning, two runs in the fifth and seventh innings respectively. JSU put the game out of reach with a three run ninth inning.

The two teams will play the final game of the series on Friday at noon.

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