JACKSON, Miss. – D1baseball.com, a highly-regarded intercollegiate baseball publication, has selected Jackson State as its pick to win the SWAC East Division and capture the conference championship and be the SWAC's automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
The Tigers finished 2019 with a 31-24 overall record and 15-9 mark in conference play.
JSU's Nikelle Galatas was also recognized as the SWAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year after finishing the 2019 campaign ranked seventh in the conference in earned run average (4.13 ERA), fifth in opposing batter average (.237), first in innings pitched (93.2), second in batters struck out (74), and fourth in total wins (6). The first team was represented well by Jackson State as Jaylyn Williams was selected as the first team all-conference third baseman, Wesley Reyes at shortstop, Equon Smith in the outfield and Chris Prentiss as the designated hitter.
Galatas and Mario Lopez were each named to the second-team with Galatas being named as a starting pitcher and Lopez as a reliever.