From the JSU Athletics Department:
OXFORD, Miss. - Jacksonville State's season came to a close after Georgia Tech scored three runs in the top of the ninth to post a 4-2 win over the Gamecocks in an elimination contest in the 2014 NCAA Oxford Regional on Sunday afternoon.
Jax State ends the season at 37-26 that included an impressive run through the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament to claim the conference title a week ago to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament field. The Yellow Jackets (37-26) move on to face the loser of the winners bracket contest between Washington and host-Ole Miss later on Sunday.
Matt Gonzalez' belted a key two-out double to right center to break the tie and give Tech a 3-1 lead with two outs in the ninth inning. Thomas Smith followed Gonzalez with a RBI single to add an insurance run for the Jackets.
Jax State looked to rally in its final at-bat as Andrew Bishop and Tyler Gamble laced back-to-back singles off of Tech's Dusty Isaacs. After pinch hitter Joe McGuire drew a walk to load up the bases, Gavin Golson reached on an infield grounder to score Bishop. JSU had the tying runs on base when Isaacs induced a pair of fly balls to close out the game and secure his eighth win of the season.
The Gamecocks scored the first run of the day in the fourth inning after Ryan Sebra drove in Griff Gordon with a single through the left side. Gordon, who owns the school record for hits in a single season, became the first Jax State player to top the century mark with a pair of hits in the game.
The Yellow Jackets answered in the top of the fifth after Ryan Peurifoy led off the frame with a triple down the right field line and scored on Mitch Earnest's sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1.
JSU starter, Taylor Shields, turned in a quality start with 6.1 innings pitched and allowed just seven hits and one run, but did not get a decision. With Tech threatening in the seventh, the Gamecocks called on Michael Mason to get out of the inning with a pair of outs. Mason pitched 1 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and did not allow a hit.
Isaacs (8-5) picked up the win in relief after tossing the final 1 1/3 inning. Travis Stout (3-1) got stuck with the loss after giving up all three runs in the ninth inning.
Paschal Petrongolo, Andrew Bishop, Tyler Gamble and Gordon each had two hits to lead the Gamecocks, while Thomas Smith had three hits to lead Georgia Tech.
The Gamecocks finished with 11 hits in the game to finish with 662 hits on the season, a new school record.
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