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Courtesy: SWAC.org

Baseball Recaps - Opening Day

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/15/2014
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Southern 7, Grambling State 5
BATON ROUGE, La. - Southern University played error free to collect a 7-5 win over Grambling State at Lee-Hines Stadium to open the 2014 MLB Urban Invitational on Friday.

Santos Saldivar (1-0) notched the win for SU (1-0) with five strikouts allowing two hits.

D.J. Wallace went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs, two of which were scored by Tyler Kirksey. The Jaguars recorded 12 hits and left six stranded on base.

Trailing 7-3, GSU (0-1) try to rally in the ninth when Juan Bueno hit a double to center to score Edwin Drexler before tacking on a run from a Yariel Medina single to left field. With two outs, Brandon Kiser struck out swinging to close the game.

Bueno went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Johnathon Timeo added two RBI and a run scored hitting 2-of-5. Edvarda Matusevicius (0-1) was handed the loss with three strikeouts for the Tigers.

Jackson State 4, Texas Southern 2
JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson State University scraped a 4-2 win against Texas Southern on Friday at Braddy Field in the first day of the JSU Baseball Tournament.

With the score tied at one in the bottom of the eighth, JSU (1-0) took the lead with an unearned run from a wild pitch. Facing two outs with runneers on, SWAC Preseason Player of the Year, Charles Tillery, notched a two-RBI double to left field to push the lead, 4-2.

Tillery went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Bryce Taylor finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Sergio Gregory (1-0) was credited with the win and was one of four Tigers on the mound. Desmond Russell picked up the save in the final inning with one strikeout.

TSU (1-0) was led by Robert Gaza and Zach Wels. Both finished with two hits and a runs scored.

Darius McClelland (0-1) sufffered the loss relieving starter Felix Gomez. Gomez retired seven batters before sitting in the seventh.

Bradley 9, Alcron State 4 (10)
Lorman, Miss. - Alcorn State University dropped opening day to Bradley, 9-4, in 10 innings on Friday at McGowan Stadium.

In the fifth inning, Moses Charles stole two bases and scored on a routine groundout to give ALC (0-1) a 4-1 lead.

Both teams went scoreless in the next three innings until Bradley (1-0) tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the eighth by scoring three runs on three base hits.

Bradley exploded in the 10th inning scoring five runs to secure the game.

Scotty Peavey had five at bats and recorded two hits and a RBI. He also scored a run to lead the Braves. Moses Charles registered a hit with all three at bats while scoring a run.

Jonathan Willis (0-1) was tabbed with the loss throwing two strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched.

Tyler Leffler, Elliot Ashbeck, and Austin Jarvis recorded two hits apiece for Bradley. Leffler, Jarvis, Spencer Gaa and Evan Gruener each post two RBI.

Matt Dennis (1-0) picked up the win with two strikeouts giving up one hit.

Houston Baptist 6, Prairie View A&M 2
HOUSTON, Texas – Prairie View A&M gave up four unanswered runs falling 6-2 to Houston Baptist on Friday at Husky Field.

Jonathan Mata (0-1) took the loss for PVAMU (0-1), allowing four runs, one earned, on five hits, striking out five and walking four in six innings.

Cody Den Beste went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, and Robert Cossey went 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Panthers.

Ryan Lower (1-0) allowed five hits, two runs, only one earned and struck out three without a walk to pick up the victory for the HBU (1-0).

Curtis Jones went 2-for-4 with a walk, and drove in three runs, while Josh Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run. Austin Saenz singled and scored twice.

PVAMU tied it when Dan Beste led off the second with a homer to right. The Panthers took the lead in the third when Cossey led off with a single, and scored on a HBU error.

The Huskies answered in the bottom of the third when Saenz led off with single and later scored on a single to right by Jones. HBU struck for a pair in the bottom of the fourth, with a single that scored two runs.

HBU added two more in the eighth as Martinez doubled down the leftfield line, then Saenz drew a walk. Jones drove in both runs with another single to right. 

South Dakota State 11, Texas Southern 1
JACKSON, Miss. - Texas Southern University opened its 2014 slate with a 11-1 loss to South Dakota State on Friday at Braddey Field during the JSU Baseball Tournament.

Larry Romero (0-1) gave up five earned runs on six hits while finishing with five strikeouts for TSU (0-1).

Samuel Terry went 2-for-4 with a RBI driving in Robert Garza for the Tigers' only run of the game.

For SDSU (1-0), Adam Bray (1-0) collected six strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the bump giving up three hits and one run.

Eric Danforth tallied a pair of hits and drove in three runs to lead the Jackrabbits. Al Robbins scored three runs and Aaron Machbitz added two.

Eastern Kentucky 8, Alabama State 2
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State University suffered an 8-2 loss to Eastern Kentucky on Friday at Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.

ASU (0-1) stranded 13 on base in the third, fifth, and seventh innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the third.

T.J. Renda (0-1) was handed the loss after tossing seven strikeouts while giving up four earned runs on six hits.

After scoring a run in the first inning, EKU (1-0) broke the game open with a three-run fourth inning.

The Hornets got on the board in the eighth and ninth innings from errors. Waldyvan Estrada scored from second base in the eighth and Richard Amion scored in the last frame.

Brent Cobb (1-0) recorded the win for the Colonels giving up five hits with the strikeouts in six innings of work.

At the plate, Sean Hagan had a double and a home run with three RBI and two runs scored. Bryan Soloman as perfect at bat with two hits and two RBI. Cole Warrenfeltz chipped in two RBI on one hit.

Dallas Baptist 19, Mississippi Valley State 0
DALLAS, Texas - Mississippi Valley State fell victim to a 19-0 loss to Dallas Baptist on opening day on Friday at Horner Ballpark.

Terrance Steele led MVSU (0-1) with a pair of hits in four trips to the plate. Trent Kinney (0-1) started and worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs, all earned, on six hits.

Three other pitchers combined, with the top performance coming from Shawn Wiseman, who allowed a single run on one hit for the Delta Devils.

Eight different players registered hits for the DBU (1-0), led by four from Camden Duzenack. He tallied three RBI, scoring four runs.

KJ Alexander, Justin Wall, and Nash Knight each tallied three RBI. Knight recorded a home run and Wall posted a double.

Paul Voelker (1-0) earned the win for the Patriots on the mound, throwing five shutout innings, surrendering just two hits, while striking out seven.

The Patriots recorded runs in eight innings and opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, adding three apiece in the second and third. DBU followed with two in the fourth, one in the fifth, four in the sixth before notching five in the eighth.