It may be the most joyed win of any regular season contest in any sport when the Gamecocks can come out on top against rival Troy.
With the help of a five-run first inning, JSU did just that when they dropped the Trojans 7-3 in baseball on Tuesday night.
Troy’s Jesse Nelson couldn’t get out of the first inning as the Gamecocks loaded the bases early. Jarrett Hood drew a walk that led to the first run. Freshman Josh Bobo then singled up the middle for a hit the plated two more runs. Finally, senior Stephen Bartlett ripped a single to left that allowed two more runs to score making it 5-0 fast.
The Trojans fought back with a run in the bottom of the first and two in the fourth to make it a 6-3 ballgame after Jax State had scored again in the second when Joe McGuire scooted home on a wild pitch after his two-out triple.
Troy (10-9) was shut out the rest of the way as Ryan Sebra pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the season.
The Gamecocks added an insurance run in the ninth that eventually gave way to the final score, 7-3.
Jacksonville State (12-8) has now beaten UAB and Troy the season and will host Samford next Tuesday at Rudy Abbott Field. JSU is 4-2 in the OVC and hosts Austin Peay this weekend for a three game series with the Governors.