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9 April 2008

JSU Gamecock Softball "Black Out" Tonight
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From Star Staff Reports
Star Sports Editor

Reprinted here in its entirety.

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 ranks fourth.

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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