Bulldogs battle surprising Tigers tonight

Jackson State's Desmond Russell (4) celebrates after scoring his team's only run in the fourth inning of a 1-0 upset of No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Jackson State’s Desmond Russell (4) celebrates after scoring his team’s only run in the fourth inning of a 1-0 upset of No. 1 Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

LAFAYETTE, La. – Mississippi State will meet a familiar foe tonight in the winner’s bracket of the Lafayette Regional.

Fourth-seeded Jackson State pulled one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history, downing top-ranked and No.1 seed Louisiana-Lafayette 1-0 at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field on Friday night.

Vincent Anthonia and Alexander Juday combined on an eight-hit shutout for the Tigers. Desmond Russell doubled and Melvin Rodriguez, who had two of Jackson State’s four hits, drove him in with a single in the fourth.

For the Tigers, who advanced to the Lafayette Regional as the SWAC Tournament Champions, it was their first NCAA Tournament win in school history. JSU (32-23) had lost its previous 10 postseason outings, spanning five regional appearances.

The Tigers’ victory sets up a 6 p.m. matchup with MSU – the first time the state rivals have met in the postseason. The Bulldogs hold a 50-8 edge in the series overall.

Jackson State won the last meeting between the two programs 3-1 at Trustmark Park in Pearl during the 2010 season.

Louisiana-Lafayette plays San Diego State in an elimination game at 1 p.m.