BATON ROUGE, La. – The Jackson State baseball team fell 11-7 to the No. 1 seeded LSU Tigers in the opening game of the Baton Rouge NCAA Baseball Regional at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers made a late rally, scoring five runs over the last two innings, but ran out of time to fall to a 34-21 record. LSU improves to 53-9.
Fred Hampton and Aneko Knowles combined to record seven hits, three RBI and three runs for the JSU Tigers. Hampton went 3-4 at the plate with two runs and two RBI. He hit a two-run homer over the left field wall in the ninth inning. Knowles went 4-5 with a run and RBI. Charles Tillery also had a good day, going 2-4 with two RBI.
As a team JSU finished with 12 hits, seven runs and seven RBI. The Tigers also had seven walks.
Mark Katz led LSU’s offense as he went 2-2 at the plate with four RBI and three runs. LSU pitcher
JSU starter Alex Juday (7-5) went 3.2 innings and allowed seven runs on six hits. Brandon Gregory pitched the rest of the way in relief as he gave up four runs on six hits. Gregory recorded the only strikeout of the game for JSU.
Mid-way through the first inning a storm came by and caused a 25-minute delay.
JSU will play No. 2-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 (online only).
-Brandon Gregory records the first strikeout of the game for JSU in the 5th inning.
-Fred Hampton hit a two-run homer in the 9th inning.
-JSU’s 2-0 lead at the top of the 1st inning is the only time JSU has led during a NCAA Baseball Regional.