Preston Odam, Correspondent
The Jacksonville State University baseball team completed a big time sweep over conference opponent Tennessee Tech on Friday.
In the first two games, JSU’s offense got them to the victory column, but in the third, and final, game of the series, pitching and defense led the charge for the Gamecock win.
The Gamecocks powered their way to an 8-3 victory over OVC foe Tennessee Tech in the series opener at Jim Case Stadium.
JSU was led by big time offense including three home runs. Sophomore Carson Crowe got the bats going in the second inning with his solo bomb to extend the Gamecocks’ lead to 2-0. Junior Alex Strachan broke the game open from a 2-2 standstill with a grand slam in the seventh inning. The last Gamecock to hit a grand slam was Alex Webb in May of 2019. Junior Isaac Alexander’s first homer of the season was a shot to left field after Strachan’s grand slam.
On Saturday, JSU won two games against the Golden Eagles. The second win was largely due to a combined no-hitter for the Gamecocks.
JSU won game one 8-0 and succeeded in game two with a score of 5-0. The back-to-back shutouts are the first in Gamecock history since the 1995 season against Central Wesleyan. The first shutout of the day was also the first time the Golden Eagles were scoreless since March of 2017.
In game one on Saturday, JSU’s bats were alive as the team racked up a total of seventeen hits. JSU went on to win this game by dominated score of 8 runs to none. In game two, a trio of pitchers including junior Colin Casey, redshirt junior Jackson Tavel and senior Corley Woods combined for a no-hitter for the first time since JSU’s season in 2018. The impressive pitching and defensive effort by the Gamecocks led them to a 5-0 victory.
JSU’s offense was hitting on all cylinders all weekend as the Gamecocks hit a total of four home runs against the Tennessee Tech pitching staff.
Casey, a native of Jacksonville, turned in a career day pitching with eight innings pitched and new career high of seven strikeouts. Tavel added a couple of strikeouts himself before Woods finished off the no hitter. The trio combined for an impressive total of 12 strikeouts only allowing six members of TTU to reach base on six walks. The Golden Eagles did not have a single runner reach third base in the loss.
The Gamecocks will play a 3-game series against SEMO in Cape Girardeau, Mo. on April 2 and April 3. All three games at SEMO will be available via live stats at JSUGamecockSports.com.