Lady Bobcats one win away from NJCAA title

CLINTON, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Junior College entered the fourth inning with a 7-1 lead over Phoenix College 7-1. By the end of the frame, JCJC led 17-1.

The Lady Bobcats cruised to a 20-1 win over Phoenix on Friday at the NJCAA Division II National Championships, marking their 20th straight victory. Jones County began the afternoon with an 8-7 walk-off win over LSU-Eunice.

After LSU-Eunice beat the Lady Bobcats 8-7 in the 2017 NJCAA championship game, JCJC is a perfect 5-0 against the Bengals this season.

Sophomore shortstop Taylor Murray hit the two-out, walk-off single to lift Jones County past LSU-Eunice at Traceway Park in Clinton. Murray leads JCJC in batting average (.733), runs-batted-in (13), home runs (3) and runs scored (8) during NJCAA tournament play.

"We haven't taken anyone lightly," Murray said. "We come out here, ready to go to war and take care of business as best we can. We just really had to make it a point that when we got to the national championship that we were going to have to be beaten twice because we really want it this year and we're coming for it."

Jones County (53-3) meets the winner of DMACC and Phoenix on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the national championship game. The Lady Bobcats must be beaten twice but need just one win to secure the school's first NJCAA DII National Title.

"It's just another game," said JCJC head coach Chris Robinson. "The pitching rubber's still 43 feet from the plate. Home to first is still 60 feet, that's what we tell our kids. Is there a little more at stake tomorrow? Sure, there is, you're playing for a big gold ball. At the same time though, we've been in this situation especially the sophomore class last year. We've been in this situation three out of the four years. And like I told you earlier in the week, we've been bridesmaids three times so I'm ready to walk down with a bouquet."