JSU Ready to Black Out Samford
JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville State has a "Black Out" scheduled for today. The Gamecocks could
have a power surge, but that won't come until after the game starts.
With all fans encouraged to wear black — and free t-shirts to the first 300
fans — JSU will kick off the festivities for in-state rival Samford.
The Gamecocks also look to keep their 11-game Ohio Valley Conference winning
streak going, and if standings matter, it shouldn't be much of a problem.
Jacksonville State is in first place in the OVC at 23-9 overall and 12-1 in
league play. The Gamecocks are fresh off a three-game sweep of Eastern Kentucky.
Samford is on the other end of the spectrum. The Lady Bulldogs are next to
last in the OVC with a 5-9 league record.
The Gamecocks are off to their best start since 2004 and are gaining national
recognition in doing so.
JSU is ranked 40th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's latest
ratings percentage index (RPI), the highest ranking in the program's history.
The Gamecocks also rank among the nation's best in several categories. Their
six-runs-per-game average is ninth, while their 1.41-home-runs-per-game average
After the Samford game, JSU is off to Morehead State for a three-game series
starting on Saturday. The opening game of the series will be the 1,000th game in
JSU history. Coach Jana McGinnis could reach 500 career wins if JSU sweeps.
The Gamecocks continued to wear their rally caps as they overcame a 7-1
deficit to pull out an 8-7 win that was sparked by back-to-back home runs from
junior Allie Barker and senior Alana Hicks. Barker belted a grand slam in the
fifth to cut the Colonels' lead to one before Hicks — making her first start of
the year — hit a solo shot to tie it and set the stage for the Gamecocks' ninth
consecutive home win.
JSU is off to its best start since 2004 and is getting some national
recognition for it. The Gamecocks are ranked 40th in the NFCA's latest ratings
percentage index (RPI), the highest ranking in the program's history. They also
rank among the nation's best in several categories. Their six runs per game
average is ninth nationally, while their 1.41 home runs per game average ranks
fourth in the nation.
Admission is free for all fans and the Gamecocks are hosting a "Black Out"
event and ask that all fans wear black to the game. T-Shirts will be provided to
the first 300 fans.
Today: Samford at JSU
5:45 p.m., 91.9 FM, 1580 AM
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