JSU's Jim Case Earns 400th Career Win 

Jacksonville State head baseball coach picked up his 400th career win on Friday as the Gamecocks claimed an 8-2 Ohio Valley Conference win at Eastern Illinois on Friday afternoon. Case has a 400-324 career record in his 13th season at Jacksonville State and is the winningest coach in the Ohio Valley Conference with an 181-90 record against conference opponents. "The 400 career wins means that we have had a lot of good players and coaches," Case said following the game. "I've been fortunate to have some really good people come through our program and from a program stand point, it's very special." Senior Adam Polk (1-0) scattered six hits and had three strikeouts to earn his first win of the season, while Bradley Raulston picked up his first save of the season after allowing one hit over the final three innings. Jake Johansmeier gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innnings to suffer the loss for the Panthers. Jax State (15-10, 7-3 OVC) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Tyler Gamble had a RBI double and Michael Bishop added another run with a RBI single to give JSU the early lead. The Gamecocks added a run in the fourth after Stephen Bartlettwalked and stole second before Andrew Bishop followed with a double to left center to give JSU a 3-0 lead. Jacksonville State scored three more runs in the fifth inning afterEddie Mora-Loera extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double, and later came in to score on an EIU error. Tyler Gamblethen drove in two more runs with a single to left field as JSU built a 6-0 lead. The Panthers scored a run in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI by Caleb Howell, but the Gamecocks got the run back in the sixth after Bishop scored on a wild pitch for a 7-1 lead. Bartlett led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to right field for an 8-1 lead, before EIU's Demetre Taylor hit a solo homer in the eighth inning for the final margin. "We were able to score early and kept adding runs," said Case. "Adam can throw three pitches for strikes and I thought he did a really good job of keeping the ball down. He was able to get out of trouble in the fifth inning after loading the bases and only giving up one run." Andrew Bishop, Bartlett, Mora-Loera and Gamble each had a pair of hits to lead the Gamecocks, while Gamble led the team with three RBI. EIU was led by Tyler Schweigert's two hits. The two teams will play the second game of the three game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. as Zachary Fowler (4-1, 1.85 ERA) will be looking for this fifth straight win for the Gamecocks, The game will be carried on the JSU Radio Network and live stats are also available at JSUGamecockSports.com. (Courtesy: JSU Sports Information)


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