JSU baseball teaser

Jacksonville State head coach Jim Case.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Jacksonville State scored five times in the 12th inning to beat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 8-3 in the first of a three-game series Thursday night.

SIUE tied it 3-3 with two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Christian Edwards, but JSU poured it on in the top of the 12th.

Nolan Greckel opened the inning with a walk. After Grant Atkins grounded out, Clayton Daniel singled home Greckel. After a Tyler Hawthorne walk, Nic Gaddis reached on an error that brought home Daniel and Hawthorne.

Hayden White singled, and Isaac Alexander’s groundout scored Gaddis. A passed ball on ball four to Andrew Naismith scored White.

Trent Simpson (1-3) got the win after pitching a scoreless 10th and 11th. Colton Pate worked a scoreless 12th.

Starting pitcher Garrett Farmer pitched six innings and struck out 11 as JSU hurlers set a Division I program record by setting down 22 batters on strikes.

Austin Brewster struck out three in two innings. Edwards set down one in one inning, and Simpson struck out five in two innings. Pate struck out two in a 1-2-3 12th inning.

White paced JSU at the plate by going 4-for-7. Hawthorne was 1-for-4 and walked three times. Gaddis was 3-for-7.

Clayton Daniel went 2-for-6 with a double. He now has 320 career hits, which is three behind former JSU star Bert Smith’s OVC record. JSU has two more regular-season games left and at least two contests in the league tournament.

In the conference standings, JSU (28-23, 16-12 OVC) is in fifth place alone. The Gamecocks trail Morehead State (17-11) and are ahead of Eastern Kentucky (15-13). They can finish no lower than sixth.

JSU and SIUE (15-35, 6-22), which is in last place, will play again today and Saturday.