Late Rally Pushes Texas Southern Past Hornets
BATON ROUGE, La. - Texas Southern rallied for 3 runs in the 8th inning to tie the game and 3 more in the 9th to defeat Alabama State 6-3 in an elimination game at the 2012 SWAC Baseball Tournament.
Alabama State had staked itself to a 3-0 lead on a pair of RBIs by Richard Gonzalez as the Hornets rallied for all 3 of their runs in the 5th inning. Starter T.J. Renda was seemingly on cruise control until the 8th.
Anthony Dilligard woke up the Tigers with the tournament's first home run to cut the lead to 3-1, and a couple batters later, the second blast of the tournament tied it. Lacy Jackson was responsible for that homer.
Texas Southern scratched out 3 more runs in the bottom of the 8th, and ASU went quietly in the 9th.
TSU advances to Friday's elimination game at 12:00 p.m. vs. the loser of Thursday night's Prairie View / Jackson State game. Alabama State is eliminated from the tournament.