Jackson State Tournament | Jackson, Miss.
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Friday, Feb. 10
TSU vs. Jarvis Christian - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11
TSU vs. Southeast Missouri - 11:00 a.m.
TSU at Jackson State - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12
TSU at Jackson State - 9:00 a.m.
2017 Tigers: Softball coach Tom Opdenbrouw begins his third season at the helm of the Tigers after finishing 10-45 in 2016. This marks the first time in school history that TSU has played in the Jackson State Tournament. TSU returns 16 players, including three pitchers, from a yaer ago. Seniors Courtney Gearlds, Danica Gleason and Lauren Woodard leads the squad into the 2017 season. TSU boasts nine newcomers, which includes three pitchers.
Top Statistical Returners (2016 Team Standing):
Avg.: Courtney Gearlds (1) - .350
Runs: Courtney Gearlds (1) - 29
Hits: Courtney Gearlds (1) - 48
Doubles: Abi Stephens (1) - 8
Triples: Courtney Gearlds (1) - 4
Home Runs: Abi Stephens (1) - 5
RBI: Danica Gleason (2) - 17
Stolen Bases: Courtney Gearlds (1) - 13
Scouting Jarvis Christian (0-0)
2016 Record: 19-26 (NAIA)
A member of the NAIA Red River Athletic Conference, JCC is led by Alejandra Salazar both at the plate and in the circle. As a hitter, Salazar batted .458 with 35 runs, 16 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 34 RBI. In the circle, Salazar posted a 7-12 record with a 5.32 ERA in 100.0 innings pitched where she struck out 95. Crystal Fagnana provides support in the circle after finishing 2016 at 8-10 with a 5.20 ERA. Fagnana tossed 110.1 innings and finished with 64 strikeouts. Savannah Salazar and Rashall Cooper return to the lineup after completing successful seasons. Salazar hit .381 with 20 runs, five doubles, two triples, a dinger and 25 RBI. Cooper produced a .327 average, 23 runs, five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBI while stealing 17 bases.
Scouting Southeast Missouri (0-0)
2016 Record: 16-33
Claire Wernig led the Redhawks at the plate with a .320 average while scoring a team best 20 runs. Wernig also collected nine doubles, a home run and 13 stolen bases as she looks to pace an offense that lost over half of last season’s lineup. Riley Hayes will offer veteran support after finishing third on the team with a .289 average and five doubles in 90 at bats. The Redhawks enter the season with its pitching staff pretty much intact from a year ago. SEMO returns four of its five hurlers which threw 306 of the 313.2 total innings in 2016. Madeline Krumrey handled a majority of the innings (138.1) and finished 6-14 with a 3.64 ERA and two saves. Krumrey also led the staff with 86 strikeouts. Haley Thogmartin led SEMO at 9-10, but compiled a 4.20 ERA in 96.2 innings of work.
Scouting Jackson State (0-0)
2016 Record: 9-28
However, second-year skipper Darnell Walker is tasked with replacing the production of 2016 Player and Hitter of the Year Canessa Swanson, senior Lyndsey Colvin and the Lady Tigers’ top two pitchers from last season. JSU returns with Alexis Hansard who batted .311 with three doubles and eight RBI, while Victoria Nelson hit .289 with 21 RBI and seven stolen bases. In the circle, Sybil Lozano is the lone returning pitcher with experience, leading the team in complete games (7) and fanning 28 hitters.