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functional. New articles can not be added to the site, so the JSU Athletics
Department has set up a temporary site that will allow fans to access the latest
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the following link... JSUGamecockSports.com. The department issues the
following update on the latest news of the JSU Softball Team at the Tuscaloosa Regional.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Jacksonville State softball team worked out for a
little over an hour at the University of Alabama Softball Complex on Wednesday,
wrapping up the Gamecocks' preparations for their first NCAA Tournament
appearance since 1996, which will begin on Thursday, when they face Florida
State at 4 p.m.
The Gamecocks (38-14) advanced to play the Seminoles
(37-26) in the first game of the Tuscaloosa Regional on Thursday after claiming
their first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title last week in Jacksonville.
The NCAA Selection committee's decision to send JSU to the University of Alabama
puts the Gamecocks in the same spot it opened the 2008 season. They went 2-2 in
the Bama Bash to open the season.
"We are excited and honored to be a
part of this regional," JSU head coach Jana McGinnis said in Wednesday's
pre-tournament press day. "This is a familiar stadium for us because we have
played here before, and it is a good trip for us and our fans."
four-team regional features two schools the Gamecocks have already seen this
year. Host Alabama downed JSU on Feb. 9, 6-2, in the Bama Bash and No. 4 seed
Chattanooga was swept in a doubleheader at University Field on Feb. 20, the
Gamecocks' home opener.
JSU has used its bats to spark their success for
much of the year, and the OVC Tournament was no exception. The Gamecocks hit
eight home runs in their three tournament games to lift them into third
nationally in home runs per game with an average of 1.38. They are scoring 6.02
runs per game, good enough for 10th nationally.
The Gamecocks and
Seminoles will open the three-day, double-elimination event before the host
Crimson Tide faces the Mocs at 6:30 p.m. The winners and losers of each game
will face off on Friday to decide the two teams in Saturday's championship game,
which will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
All of the Gamecocks. games
will be broadcast live on the JSU Radio Network with Mike Parris calling the
action. They can be heard on the JSU web site. Live stats will be provided by
the University of Alabama on www.rolltide.com. The JSU Athletics website
is currently undergoing some technical difficulties and will be updated as soon
as those problems are corrected. The JSU Athletics Department apologizes for any
inconvenience this is causing.