The Tigers come into the series with a 10-21 overall record and 3-9 in OVC play. JSU is 10-5 in conference play and 16-19 overall. The Gamecocks lost a series over the weekend at Morehead State. The two wins for the Eagles pulled them out of the cellar of the OVC standings, but did no damage to the Gamecocks position in the standings.
Jennifer Givens batted .444 over the week to become the Tigers top hitter for the season at .297. Givens reached base in all four games with four hits, two walks and was hit by pitch twice, posting a .615 on base percentage. The junior outfielder also swiped four bases to improve her OVC leading total to 26 on the season. Shea Morris fanned 13 batters this week to improve her OVC leading total to 121. Morris is 7-12 with a save and a 3.09 ERA in 115.2 innings in her freshman campaign.
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Jacksonville State (16-20, 10-5)
2011 Record: 40-21
Conference: Ohio Valley
2011 Finish: 21-9
Series Record: 4-37
Last Time Played: 2011, Lost 1-9
Last Win: 2009, 3-2
Jacksonville State features four batters with 30+ hits and batting averages over .300. Freshman Shelby Holly leads the attack at .336 and 14 home runs. She is followed by Kristin Graham at .324 and a team leading ten doubles. Sara Borders is hitting .310 and is tied for the team high in runs scored (23) with Kaycee Crow who is batting .300. Holly, Graham and Crow share the lead in RBI with 25 a piece.
Tiffany Harbin leads JSU with an 8-4 record and a 2.62 ERA in 88.0 innings this season. Harbin is holding opposing hitters to a .235 average and has fanned 87 batters. Sam Snow is second on the Gamecock's staff with 69 innings and a 5-5 record. Snow has a conference leading two saves and has struck out 22 opposed to 28 walks.
On the National Scene
Jennifer Givens moved up three spots to fifth in the country with a 0.84 steals per game average after swiping four bases last week. The junior has snatched 26 bases on 31 attempts this season. Givens is the current leader in the OVC and is third on the TSU Single Season list. The Kingston, Tenn., product is just one behind the 2000 mark of 27 set by Koralyn Graham with 24 games remaining to be played. Jennifer Culberson set the TSU Single Season best with 32 in 2009.
Get a Whiff of This
Pitcher Shea Morris continues to lead the Ohio Valley Conference with 121 strikeouts in 115.2 innings. The freshman ranks fourth on the TSU Single Season list behind Amanda Vaught's 261 (2007) and 177 (2008), as well as Caitlin Eaton's 130 in 2009. Morris is averaging 7.3 K's per seven innings, which is good for 68th in the nation and just behind Lauren Haeger of Florida. During the March 3rd contest between the Tigers and Gators, Haeger recorded four strikeouts, while Morris sat down six of the 6th ranked team in the country.
Making a Career of It
Tedra Alford has etched her name into the Tigers record books. Half way through her junior year, she is in the Top 10 in three separate categories. Alford's 40 walks are seventh and just three free passes away from tying Koralyn Graham (1997-2000) and Keisha Felton (1994-97) at 43 for fifth. The Griffin, Ga., native is also in the books for her defense as she is eighth all-time in assists with 162 and sits 27 behind Nicole Arnold's (1996-2000) total of 189. Alford's highest ranking is fourth in hit by pitches. The infielder has been plunked ten times and is ten bruises away from catching current student-assistant Brittany Webb (2008-11) who is third on the list with 20.