JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville State baseball team will wind down the fall practice period with a pair of exhibition contests over the next two weeks on Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium.
Fans can get a glimpse of the 2022 edition of the Gamecock club on Thursday, Oct. 21 against Southern Union Community College, followed by a match up with Auburn University-Montgomery on Friday, Oct. 29. Both games will begin at 1 p.m. and admission is free. The Gamecocks are taking advantage of the NCAA allowing teams to play two fall exhibition games since the organization instituted it in 2018. Both games will be 14-inning games.
Jax State, who will make its venture into the ASUN Conference this season, returns majority of the squad from a season ago, highlighted by All-Ohio Valley Conference performer Alex Carignan. Carignan shared time at catcher with Webb as he caught 15 games and made the transition to first base for 16 starts. He also was JSU’s designated hitter in six games. The Murfreesboro, Tennessee multi-position player had 13 multiple hit OVC games and three games with multiple RBI. He ended the 2021 season with 10 consecutive OVC games with a hit and reached bases in 14 straight conference games. Also returning for another season on the diamond will be shortstop Isaac Alexander, outfielder Carson Crowe, second baseman Cole Frederick and first baseman Alex Strachan.
On the mound, JSU returns eight pitchers that will see action on the bump during the two exhibition outings, including Dylan Hathcock and Isaiah Magwood, who combined for 33 appearances last season. The Gamecocks’ pitching staff led the OVC in earned run average with a 4.30.
The pair of exhibitions will allow veteran head coach Jim Case and his staff to evaluate the new faces to the program. Case and his staff will have to fill voids left by Alex Webb, Corley Woods and Christian Edwards. Edwards was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the Major League Baseball Draft last June.