Saturday, April 5, 2008

Closing in on history

Maybe she’s superstitious, or didn’t want to draw attention to it, but JSU softball coach Jana McGinnis a couple weeks ago really didn’t want to talk about the milestones she could achieve as early as next week.

Now, it’s too close to ignore.

McGinnis is within five victories of 500 for her coaching career and three games of coaching in the 1,000th game in the program’s history.

McGinnis can reach career No. 500 as early as the third game of next weekend’s series at Morehead State. Game No. 1,000 in JSU’s history would take place in the series opener.

The Gamecocks complete their series with Eastern Kentucky today, then play Samford in a single game before heading out to Morehead.

If it doesn’t happen this week, her next chance at history could be an April 15 home doubleheader against Middle Tennessee.

By the way, betcha didn’t know the Gamecocks are one of only three Division I programs in the country where the head coach and fulltime assistants – in this case McGinnis, Mark Wisener and Julie Boland -- are all alums of the school they’re coaching.

The other two are UCLA and South Florida.

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