Baseball Weekly Notes - May 17
Wednesday, May 18
Game 1 - Jackson State vs. Texas Southern 9 AM
Game 2 - Grambling State vs. Alcorn State 12 PM
Game 3 - Ark.-Pine Bluff vs. Alabama A&M 3 PM
Game 4 - Alabama State vs. Southern 6 PM
Thursday, May 19
Game 5 - Loser GM 1 vs. Loser GM 3 9 AM
Game 6 - Loser GM 2 vs. Loser GM 4 12 PM
Game 7 - Winner GM 1 vs. Winner GM 3 3 PM
Game 8 - Winner GM 2 vs. Winner GM 4 6 PM
Friday, May 20
Game 9 - Winner GM 5 vs. Loser GM 7 9 AM
Game 10 - Winner GM 6 vs. Loser GM 8 12 PM
Game 11 - Winner GM 7 vs. Winner GM 9 3 PM
Game 12 - Winner GM 8 vs. Winner GM 10 6 PM
Saturday, May 21
Game 11b - Loser GM 11 vs. Winner GM 11 12 PM
Game 12b - Loser GM 12 vs. Winner GM 12 3 PM
Sunday, May 22
Game 13 - Winner GM 11 vs. Winner GM 12 10:30 AM
Conference News & Notes
-Alabama State captured the SWAC East title for the third-straight season with a 10-0 win over MVSU on April 23... The West was captured by Arkansas-Pine Bluff after taking the first two games against Grambling on May 6-8
- Alabama State became the first program to capture a perfect 24-0 conference record since moving to the divisional format in 2006
-Texas Southern is second the nation with 154 total stolen bases and first with a 3.35 stolen bases per game average...Ryan Lazo is 3rd with 38 (in 38 attempts) stolen bases and 2nd with a 0.84 stolen bases per game average
-Alabama State’s Tyler Howe is third in the country with a 1.14 ERA while Joseph Camacho is sixth with a 1.38 ERA
-Jackson State has been awarded 100 bases via hit batters, the most in the nation ... Cornelius Copeland leads the Tigers with 23 ... Two other SWAC teams, Alabama State (2nd, 93) and Southern (3rd, 83) and also rank in the top-10 in hit by pitch nationally
- Jackson State leads the nation in runs (482), third in on-base percentage (.422) and runs (8.6 runs per game) as well as fifth in slugging (.500).
- The 2016 Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament takes place May 18-22 in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the third year at the MLB Urban Youth Academy’s Wesley Barrow Stadium... Fans can tune into SDN for radio broadcasts of each game by heading to swac.org
-The Championship contest is set for 10:30 am on Sunday, May 22 and will be aired on ESPNU.
Last time faced each other: In a three game series on Feb.20-21, 2015, Texas Southern took two of three in Houston, with 6-5 and 7-3 wins, while JSU’s victory was 9-7
Jackson State is led by All-SWAC First Team players Cornelius Copeland and CJ Newsome while Carlos Diaz, Jesus Santana, Bryce Brown and Miguel Yrigoyen were named to the second team. JSU leads nation in runs scored (482), third in on-base percentage (.422) and scoring (8.6 runs per game), 5th in hits (584) and 8th in batting average (.322). Santana leads the SWAC in walks (40), RBI (63), and home runs (17), while Copeland paces with a .419 batting average, doubles (17), hit by pitch (23), runs (60) and on-base percentage (.538) and is second in hits (73). Starting pitcher Miguel Yrigoyen (8-3) leads the SWAC in strike outs (91) and averages 10.92 strikeouts per nine innings.
Texas Southern had relief pitcher Robert Pearson named to the All-SWAC first team. TSU has drawn a league leading 244 walks, 154 stolen bases, which is the second-most in the NCAA to average 3.35 thefts per game. Ryan Lazo leads the league with 38 stolen bases in 38 attempts, the third most in NCAA Division I. Olajide Oloruntimilehin picked up 34 RBI on 34 hits, including seven doubles, six home runs and a triple for a .540 slugging percentage in his rookie year in the outfield. TSU hurler Larry Romero paces the squad with a 8-3 record, 3.03 ERA in 11 starts over 13 appearances this season. Romero collected 73 strikeouts in 89 innings pitched. Pearson posted a 4.12 ERA in 17 appearances with three starts, collected five saves, 38 strikeouts over 43.2 innings.
#2W - Grambling State vs. #3E - Alcorn State
Last time faced each other: The squads split a home and home this season. On March 2nd, Grambling State defeated Alcorn State 12-3 in Lorman, Miss., while the Braves picked up a 11-8 win on the Tigers home field on April 26.
Grambling State is led by SWAC Newcomer of the Year Daniel Barnett, who paces the league in hits (73), slugging percentage (.661) and total bases (117). He is second in batting average (.412), on-base percentage (.512) and RBI (59). Larry Barraza, Wesley Drain, Angel Peguero, Issac O’Bear, Creighton Hoover all joined Barnett as All-SWAC second team selections. Grambling State is third as a squad in scoring (7.8 runs per game), runs (336), on-base percentage (.395), home runs (45) and hits (474). Drain is second in the SWAC with 27 stolen bases, runs (59) and third in walks (35). O’Bear leads the pitching staff with a 7-2 record and 4.47 ERA over 82.2 IP in 12 starts for the Tigers. Fellow starter Tanner Raiburn is 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA in 11 starts over 13 appearances in 61 innings and has struck out a team-high 68 batters.
Alcorn State had designated hitter Cedric Bell named All-SWAC second team. Bell led the squad with a .341 batting average and was second on the team with 25 RBI. Wallace Rios and Collin Carroll picked up 28 RBI and three home for the Braves each this season. Alcorn State hurler George Helbig made 13 starts and five relief appearances, posting a 5.08 ERA and 3-8 record in 56.2 IP. Mainly appearing in relief, Conrado Skepple tallied a team-leading 47 strikeouts in 54.2 IP.
#1W - Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. #4E - Alabama A&M
Last time faced each other: The squads played a three game series for the first time since Alabama A&M joined the SWAC in 1999. Arkansas-Pine Bluff swept the series, outscoring the Bulldogs, 40-9 in those three games, two of which were run-ruled decisions.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff had Skyler Henson named SWAC Reliever of the Year. Henson posted a 2.92 ERA over 24.2 IP and 3-1 record in 22 appearances, collected four saves and struck out 25 batters. UAPB starter Humberto Medina (5-5) logged 65.1 IP, struck out 79 batters in 12 starts over 15 appearances. Jaqueese Moore paces the Golden Lions offense with a .337 average picking up 43 starts on the season, had 28 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Jordan Knox picked up team-leading 30 RBI, 10 doubles and 12 stolen bases.
Alabama A&M had three players named to the All-SWAC second team, including Ty Russell, Josh Burchell and Brandon Marsonek. Nolan Ramsey led the Bulldog offense with a .308 average and 15 doubles, while Russell posted a .293 average, seven home runs and was walked 24 times. Tanner Ivey collected 37 RBI, five doubles and home runs and four triples as JT O’Reel is the toughest player in the NCAA to strike out, taking 33 at bats between strikeouts. Burchell (4-8)posted a 4.78 ERA in 12 starts over 20 appearances and collected five complete games. He has thrown 90.1 innings and struck out 82 batters. Marsonek (4-11) has made 11 starts in 27 appearances, logging 96 innings, three complete games, and 88 strikeouts.
#1E - Alabama State vs. #4W - Southern
Last time faced each other: Southern knocked Alabama State out of the 2014 tournament in 10 innings, 13-12. Alabama State scored three in the bottom of the ninth to send it to extras, but Southern picked up three singles to push the winning run across in the 10th.
Alabama State, after going 24-0 in league play, picked up Hitter and Player of the Year honors for Carlos Ocasio, Freshman of the Year in Eriq White and had Joseph Camacho pick up his third-straight Starting Pitching of the Year accolades this season. Six other Hornets were selected to the All-SWAC First Team. Skipper Mervyl Melendez was named SWAC Coach of the Year as well. Ocasio owns a .333 average, with 11 doubles, 13 home runs, two triples, 58 RBI and 54 runs, as well as 18 stolen bases in 18 attempts. Along with Camacho, Tyler Howe has collected nine victories in 11 starts. Howe (9-2) owns a 1.14 ERA over 71.1 innings, striking out 71 opposing batters. Camacho (9-0) has fanned 79 in 78 innings this season with three complete games.
Southern had Dondrayas Harris named to the All-SWAC second team, as he led the Jaguars with a .361 average and 29 RBI. Jose DeLaTorre posted a .339 average, 28 RBI, five home runs 26 walks and 10 stolen bases. Robinson Mateo tallied 14 doubles and 19 stolen bases in 21 attempts. J’Markus George paced the pitching staff with a 4-5 record and 4.66 era in 11 starts this season. He tallied two complete games and 61 strikeouts in 65.1 innings.