First Pitch: Friday: 3 p.m., Saturday: 1 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m.
Series History: Jacksonville State leads, 33-15
Last Meeting: JSU 13, MSU 4 – March 31, 2018
Stadium: Reagan Field
Dimensions: 330 (LF), 400 (CF), 330 (RF)
Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
In-Game Twitter: @RacersBaseball
The Racers are looking to bounce back after dropping a pair of games to Missouri during the week. JSU did not play any midweek games this week and is coming off a 2-1 weekend versus Purdue.
Inside the Series
The Racers and Gamecocks have met 48 times on the diamond, with Jacksonville State holding a 33-15 advantage. At Reagan Field, JSU has won 11 of 18 contests.
No Runs for You
Against Austin Peay, the Racers allowed just five runs in the three-game series. It was the lowest amount of runs the Racers have allowed in a three-game OVC series since allowing five runs against UT Martin in 1996.
Battle of the Border
With two wins against Austin Peay, the Racers now hold a 28-11 lead in the Heritage Bank Battle of the Border. The first team to 34 points will clinch the title. Murray State has won the first two years of the battle.
Under a new coaching staff, the Racers have been showing their speed on the basepaths as they have stolen 35 bases. They are currently second in the OVC behind EKU, who has 56.
Anderson Plays Hero
Brock Anderson propelled the Racers to a 5-4 victory over Illinois State with a two-run walk-off double. It was the first walk-off for the Racers since Ramsey Scott had walk offs in two straight games against SIU Edwardsville on March 9th and 10th, 2018.
In the eighth inning against Miami (OH) in the final game of the series, the Racers pulled off one of the rarest plays in baseball, the triple play. A grounder right down the third-base line allowed MSU to go around the horn to get out of the jam. It was the third triple play in Racer history, previously done on March 8, 2006 at Ole Miss and March 16, 2016 vs. Kentucky State.
In addition to a new coaching staff, the Racers will add 13 new players to the 2019 team.
There will be significant changes to the Racer lineup as they will have to replace seven starters. Senior shortstop Jaron Robinson and junior outfielder/first baseman Ryan Perkins are the only returning starters.
Unlike the lineup, the Racers will return a majority of their pitching staff, including their top nine pitchers in innings pitched in 2018, led by junior Trevor McMurray
MSU is looking to make their third straight trip to the OVC Tournament this season. The Racers went 1-2 down at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Ala., defeating Eastern Illinois in the first round.’
Scouting Jacksonville State
The Gamecocks are coming off a 2-1 weekend against Purdue. They did not play any midweek games.
JSU was picked second in the Ohio Valley preseason poll and received six first-place votes.
Nic Gaddis, Cole Frederick, and Garrett Farmer were each named to the All-OVC Preseason team.
Gaddis leads the team with a .342 average and .570 slugging percentage. Taylor Craven is only hitting .186 but leads the team with six home runs.
The Gamecocks have three pitchers with more than 14 innings pitched that have a sub-two ERA led by Corley Woods with a 1.12 ERA.
Garrett Farmer (RHP) (2-0, 1.74 ERA) vs. Trevor McMurray (RHP) (0-4, 4.50 ERA)
Trey Fortner (RHP) (1-3, 4.56 ERA) vs. Shane Burns (LHP) (2-1, 3.38 ERA
Dylan Hathcock (LHP) (0-0, 2.95 ERA) vs. TBA