Fourth-seeded Jacksonville State will begin its run for the program's fifth Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title on Wednesday against fifth-seeded Austin Peay in the opening round of the 2018 OVC Baseball Championship at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Alabama.
The first full day of the eight-team tournament gets started at 9 a.m. with JSU and APSU. Tickets are available at the Choccolocco Park gate. Tickets are $25 for all-session, $10 per day and $5 College Students with ID or Children 6-12.
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The Gamecocks enter the postseason with momentum having won four in a row and six of its last seven regular season games. JSU (30-23) reached the 30-win plateau for the 34th time in the program's history and the 15th time under the direction of Jim Case after completing a three-game sweep of SIU Edwardsville in the last weekend of the regular season. The Game cocks finished tied for third with Morehead State, but lost the tiebreaker with the Eagles after dropping the series in early May in Morehead, Kentucky. Jax State has finished in the top-three in the league standings in 13 of the 15 seasons in the league.
Jax State will be making its15th straight appearance in the OVC Tournament. Jax State has an all-time OVC Tournament record of 33-22 record, advancing to the OVC Championship Game nine of the last 14 years. JSU will be looking to avoid what happened last season at Choccolocco Park as it dropped the first two games in the 2017 edition. The No. 4 seed Gamecocks fell to Southeast Missouri in a 13-10 slugfest before being eliminated by Austin Peay, 8-7. JSU's last OVC title came after an improbable run through the elimination bracket in 2014.
JSU has an all-time record of 233-146 against teams in the 2018 OVC Tournament. JSU is 38-26 against top-seeded Tennessee Tech, while it is level at 30-30 against Southeast Missouri, the No. 2 seed in the event. Jax State has a 32-18 advantage over No. 3 seed Morehead State. The Gamecocks are 30-28 against No. 5 seed Austin Peay. Jax State leads the all time series with No. 6 seed Eastern Kentucky, 34-16. The Gamecocks are 35-12 against No. 7 seed Murray State and 34-16 all-time against Eastern Illinois, the No. 8 seed. JSU is 10-11 this season against the seven other teams in the field. The Gamecocks claimed series wins SEMO, Murray State and EIU. Jax State salvaged a game in every series except TTU.
The Gamecocks will be used to the surroundings at Choccolocco Park after playing the last two seasons at the state-of-the-art facility in Oxford. The City of Oxford has been a gracious host for the JSU baseball team as Rudy Abbott Field undergoes a renovation. JSU has played 48 games at Choccolocco Park and has an 27-21 overall mark and a 16-13 record in OVC play.
Jacksonville State landed three players on 2018 All-Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Teams, headlined by four-time All-OVC selection Clayton Daniel.
The league office revealed the All-OVC squads on the opening day of the 2018 OVC Baseball Tournament that will be played at Oxford's Choccolocco Park.
Senior Trent Simpson was named to the All-OVC First Team as a utility player. Redshirt sophomore Garrett Farmer joined Daniel on the All-OVC Second Team. JSU had a league-best three members on the 2018 OVC All-Freshman Team with Isaac Alexander, Cole Frederick and Christian Edwards being named to the conference's first-year squad.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information - www.jsugamecocksports.com)