Jackson State University came from behind (twice), then held on to beat Alabama State 9-8 in the championship game of the SWAC Baseball Tournament.
Sunday’s win records a back-to-back championship for the fourth time. The Tigers won consecutive titles from 1977-78, 1989-90, and 1993-95.
SWAC Newcomer of the Year, Tilur Smith and pitcher Desmond Russell power JSU. Smith leads the Tigers with a .342 batting average and is hitting .357 for the tournament. Russell (8-4) holds a 3.12 ERA and leads the SWAC with 80 strikeouts throwing the most in one game this year 14. He has thrown eight strikeouts and has not given up an earned run in the tournament. During the regular season, Russell handed JSU its only win over ASU with a 5-4 victory on April 26.
The Tigers’ win comes in light of a recent bus fire the team experienced on their way to a game. The entire bus was charred but no students were hurt. All equipment, however, was lost.
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