Jackson State 8, Alabama State 3
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Stephan Vidal, junior catcher, led the Tigers in their 8-3 victory over Alabama State to complete the three-game series sweep. The Jackson State baseball team (29-11, 15-3) pull ahead of the Hornets in the race for the number one spot to be the highest ranked team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference East Division.
Vidal, a Willemstad, Curacao native, went 2-for-3 at the plate for two runners batted in and two scored runs. Sam Campbell, senior infielder, also had a great game, contributing one RBI and one run scored with two hits and three plate appearances.
Miguel Yrigoyen, senior right-hander, collected his six win on the mound to improve his record to 6-2. The Valencia, Venezuela native pitched 8.0 innings for six hits against, three earned runs, and one strike out. Joshua Santiago entered the game in the ninth inning to close for the Tigers. He allowed no hits, no runs, and recorded one strikeout.
Courtesy of Jackson State Sports Information
Arkansas Pine Bliff 9, Alabama A&M 5
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Bulldogs scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, but the rally fell short in a 9-5 loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
A&M sent seven batters to the plate and scored four runs before an out was recorded in the ninth.
The Bulldogs scored their first run without a hit. Carson McGregory led off the ninth with a walk, Darius Smith was hit by a pitch and Carlton Peppers walked to load the bases.
Joannes Diaz was the third walk of the inning which forced in McGregory with the run. Zeth Malcom followed with a single between short and third to score Smith.
With the bases still loaded, Pierre Brewton walked to bring home Peppers and make the score 9-3.
UAPB made a pitching change and Darius Smith responded with a big-hop single to deep second which drove home Diaz with the Bulldogs' fourth run.
Malcom then scored on Brandon Whitaker's sacrifice fly to right field and the Bulldogs trailed 9-5.
A groundout by Fernando Diaz Jr. moved Brewton to third and Meachem to second, but that was as far as they would get.
Peppers had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.
A&M returns to action Tuesday when Tennessee Tech visits Bulldogs Field for a 3 p.m. game.
Courtesy of Alabama A&M Sports Information
Texas Southern 8, Prairie View A&M 6
HOUSTON, Texas - The Tigers of Texas Southern University scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of in-state rival Prairie View A&M with an 8-6 win.
Gaudencio Lucca’s three-run home run to left-centerfield with two outs in the ninth also scored Kamren Dukes and Richard Alamo and gave the Tigers (13-23, 11-6 SWAC) their second comeback win over the Panthers in as many days.
The Tigers had trailed 6-3 going into the final inning, but cut the lead to one when Blake Hicks homered down the left-field line with one out and Jose Cabreja on base. All eight of TSU’s runs crossed the plate on home runs.
Michael Villanueva picked up the win in relief after pitching the final one and two-thirds innings for the Tigers. He improved his record to a team-best 6-1 for the season. Travis Smith struck out four batters – including the first three he faced – in two and one-thirds innings of relief.
PVAMU’s Nic Campos took the loss for the Panthers (13-26), who fell to 6-9 in Southwestern Athletic Conference divisional play. Campos came in to pitch after Hicks’ home run. He struck out the first batter he faced, but gave up back-to-back singles to Dukes and Alamo, who represented the tying and winning runs. Jordan Foster gave up the home run to Lucca.
The Tigers trailed 5-0 through six innings, managing just two hits off PVAMU starting pitcher Edgar Sanchez. He had retired 11 batters in a row before issuing a one-out walk to Lucca in the bottom of the seventh. Jose Camacho then knocked a single through the right side of the infield, giving the Tigers two runners on base for the first time in the game.
It was designated hitter Christian Sanchez who would finally put the Tigers on the board. Immediately following Camacho’s hit, Sanchez knocked a 2-2 pitch from Edgar Sanchez over the left center-field fence to cut PVAMU’s lead to 5-3. The hit also foreshadowed Lucca’s heroics, as the bookend home runs were hit to nearly identical locations.
Cabreja went 2-for-2 after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. Hicks also tallied two hits as a late-game replacement, going for 2-for-3. Alamo and Camacho also collected two hits for the Tigers.
Lucca’s home run was his sixth of the season and third in two days after he knocked two off the Panthers on Saturday. The home runs by Lucca and Hicks were also the first two ninth-inning round-trippers by the Tigers this season.
Prior to the game, the Tigers honored five seniors – pitcher Ryan Hawkins and players Andre Moore, Charles Guillory, Lance Simmons, and Jeremy Thomas. Thomas made his first home start this season, and seventh overall, while Guillory, one of the team’s defensive leaders, started behind the plate as he had for every game in the series.
Moore, who has primarily been used as a pinch-hitter and pinch runner, made his seventh start in the outfield this season. His third-inning single gave him base hits in two consecutive starts, after also starting and hitting safely in the Tigers’ win at Houston Baptist on April 4.
Darius Boykins started on the mound for the Tigers and pitched four and one-third innings.
Courtesy of Texas Southern Sports Information