JACKSON, Miss. – Perfection.

Jackson State defeated Mississippi Valley State 12-1 and finished SWAC play with a perfect 24-0 record. Based on record books from 1980, it’s the best conference finish since 1990, when the Tigers went 22-1 in conference play.

“Really proud of this group,” said JSU head coach Omar Johnson. “We’ve all gone through a lot this past year with the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve adjusted and made the necessary changes. The regular season is only part of the season and everyone is 0-0 when SWAC tournament play begins.”

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The Tigers are the first SWAC baseball program to finish undefeated in conference play since Alabama State in 2016.

The Tigers received a standout performance for junior Nikelle Galatas (9-2). The Los Angeles, California product tossed seven innings, scattered five hits, and allowed one run, and struck out 12 batters to tie a career-high.

Senior Wesley Reyes went out in style and delivered a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh and the game was called due to the seven-inning, 10-run mercy rule.

Reyes finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and walked once.

Jatavious Melton and Chandler Dillard each batted 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Omar Gomez finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

CJ Newsome, Ty Hill, Jaelen Williams, and Jefrey Rodriguez each collected a hit.

Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics


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