JSU baseball: Jones' gem gets Gamecocks off to good start in ASUN tournament

May 24—Tanner Jones got Jacksonville State off to a great start in the ASUN Conference tournament on Wednesday.

The Gamecocks opened the tournament with a 6-1 win over Stetson, and the sophomore from Thorsby was a big reason why.

Jones pitched a career high 8 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk. He struck out six.

Jones was aided by an early outburst from JSU's bats. Derrick Jackson Jr. blasted a three-run homer in the first inning, and Carson Crowe followed it up with a two-run shot in the third. It was more than enough offense for Jones.

What to know

—Crowe was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

—Bear Madliak went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

—Javon Hernandez was 1-for-4 and scored one run.

—T.J. Reeves went 1-for-5 and scored one run.

—Mason Maners and Brennen Norton both finished 1-for-4.

—Will Baker recorded the final out of the game.

Next up

—JSU (26-28) finishes up pool play against Eastern Kentucky on Thursday and Austin Peay on Friday. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Assistant Sports Editor Jared Gravette: 256-235-3572. On Twitter: @Jared_Gravette.