May 15, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks defeated Florida State 4-3 in the opening game of the NCAA Softball Championships Tuscaloosa Regional. It was the first NCAA Division I Regional win in JSU history.
After giving up three runs in the first inning, Jacksonville State blanked the Seminoles the rest of the way, picking up two runs in the top of the fifth inning to go ahead for good. The Gamecocks scattered eight hits.
"For a small school such as Jacksonville State, I don't think many people give us a chance," JSU head coach Jana McGinnis said. "The most important thing is our players believed we could win. We knew that if we played our game we would give ourselves a chance to win. I did not want our team to come in and give the ball game away. I just wanted them to come here and have a good time and play the way they have been."
The Gamecock's Ashley Eliasson picked up the win, going to 15-3 on the season while FSU's Terese Gober took the loss, falling to 10-13. Eliasson had control issues early, hitting two FSU batters in a row in the first inning, the first to load the bases and the next pushing across the Seminole's second run of the game. She came back strong to close out the game though.
"I would say it was a bit of the first inning jitters and the first game of regionals," Eliasson said. "Once I got past the first few batters I knew that if I could just hold them I wouldn't let them score again."
JSU returns to action Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of tonight's Alabama-Tennessee Chattanooga game. Florida State faces the loser of tonight's contest in an elimination game at 5:00 p.m.
--NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional--