Baseball Recaps: April 18
Alabama 18, Alcorn State 1
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alcorn State fell to Alabama, 18-1 Tuesday night in Tusclaooosa.
The Braves (9-23), would keep the game scorless untiil the third inning. Alabama would score six runs in that frame, to take the lead. The Braves would allow three more runs in the fourth to trail 9-0.
Alcorn would get on the board in the fourth, for its lone run of the contest, when Wallace Rios Jimenez would hit a RBI single. However, the Braves would allow six runs in the bottom half of the seventh, to end the game.
Jimenez would go 1 for 3 from the plate with one RBI in the loss.
Tennessee Tech 10, Alabama A&M 4
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Except for one inning, the Bulldogs held their own Tuesday with the nation's 26th-ranked baseball team.
Tennessee Tech scored five runs in the fifth inning - four coming on a grand slam - to post a 10-4 win over Alabama A&M.
The Bulldogs started off strong behind the pitching of Brandon Marsonek, who was making just his fourth start this season and nation's-leading 28th pitching appearance.
The senior lefthander went the first four innings, striking out four and allowing no earned runs - the sixth time in his last eight appearances that he has not allowed an earned run.
His four strikeouts give him 85 this season - the second most in the nation - and he has pitched in 72.1 innings, which is the most in the country.
The Bulldogs scored first - the benefit of a passed ball.
Fernando Diaz Jr. started things off for Alabama A&M with a leadoff single to center in the first inning. He stole second and, with one out, moved to third on a groundout. Diaz completed his circuit around the base path on the passed ball to the backstop.
However, it took the Bulldogs five more innings to score while the Golden Eagles put six more runs up for a 7-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs put together back-to-back, two-out doubles by Wilanier Betancourt and Carlton Peppers and cut the Tech lead to 7-2.
The Golden Eagles scored three more runs in the top of the ninth to run the score to 10-2.
The Bulldogs started off the ninth with Peppers and Brandon Whitakerdrawing back-to-back walks. Joannes Diaz reached first on a fielder's choice, which forced Whitaker out at second and Peppers moved to third.
Peppers scored on a balk with Carson McGregory at the plate and Diaz moved to second. McGregory then singled up the middle and Diaz scored what proved to be the final run of the game.
Betancourt, Peppers and Cornelious Woods each doubled for the Bulldogs, who host North Alabama at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Courtesy of Alabama A&M Sports Information
Northwestern State 16, Prairie View A&M 1
NATCHITOCHES, La. - Prairie View A&M totaled just seven hits in a 16-1 loss to Northwestern State on Tuesday.
The Panthers (13-27) got a 1-0 lead when Corbin Jamison would score on a Cody Den Beste ground out. The Panthers would not be able to keep pace from that piunt on. Northwestern State would score six runs in the bottom half of the first to make the score 6-1.
The Panthers would allow four runs in the next two innings to make the score 20-2, ultimitley losing by the final score of 16-1.
Jamison would go 1 for 3 in the loss for the Panthers.
Southern 2, Loyola New Orleans 1
BATON ROUGE, La. - A run in the fourth, and a run in the fifth was the difference as Southern defeated Loyola New Orleans, 2-1 on Tuesday.
Southern would trail 1-0 after the third inning. However, the Jaguars would respond in the fourth, making the score 1-0 after an RBI double from Ashanti Wheatley.
The Jags would score the go ahead and deciging run in the next inning. Bobby Johnson would score on a pickoff attempt, which would ultimitley give the Jaguars the win.
Alabma State 6, Jacksonville State 5
OXFORD, Ala. - Joseph Estrada belted his team-leading fifth homer of the season, a solo shot, in the eighth inning and the Alabama State University baseball overcame two errors in the ninth to hold on and defeat Jacksonville State, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Choccolocco Park.
The Hornets (18-19) raced out to a 4-1 lead through five innings before the Gamecocks rallied and tied the game at 5 with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
That set the stage for Estrada's game-winning home run as the junior centerfielder sent a Trent Simpson 3-2 pitch over the wall in right to give Alabama State the lead for good.
The Hornets, who entered the game on a four-game losing streak, were able to pounce on the Gamecocks with two runs in the top of the first.
Estrada led off the game and was hit by a pitch. He stole second and scored on Cage Cox's single to right. Ray Hernandez followed with a base hit to center as Cox advanced 90 feet to second. Gustavo Rios drew a walk to load the bases and with one down, Hunter Phillips walked to bring in Cox. With the bases loaded, Alabama State was looking for more runs, but Eriq White flied out and Hunter Allen struck out to end the inning.
The Hornets continued to give starter Terrell McCall run support as Alabama State took a 4-0 lead with two more runs in the top of the second.
Joshua Dunson started the frame and was hit by a pitch. Estrada walked as Dunston advanced to second. After a pitching change, Cox, who went 2-for-5, reached on a fielder's choice as Estrada was out at second as Dunson took third. Hernandez, who went 2-for-4 struck out and Rios singled to right center to plate Dunson as Cox went from first to third. Carlos Ocasio, who was 1-for-5 at the plate, singled to left, scoring Cox. The inning ended when Phillips grounded out to the pitcher to end the Alabama State scoring.
Jacksonville State (18-15) picked up one run in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 4-1, but Alabama State answered with a run in the sixth to extend the advantage.
Allen, who went 1-for-4, doubled to left center and scored on a Cox two-out single, giving the Hornets a 5-1 lead.
But the Gamecocks answered and knocked McCall out of the game in the bottom of the sixth with four runs on three hits, tying the game at 5.
McCall pitched 5.2 innings and didn't figure in the decision. He surrendered five runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Chase Laney worked 1.0 inning in relief and gave up three hits. Austin Bizzle (2-0) earned the victory in relief with 2.1 innings pitched. He scattered two hits and struck out two.
The Gamecocks used five pitchers as starter Michael McCreless went just 1.0 inning. He was tagged for four runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Nate Sylvester, Grant Chandler, Simpson and Corley Woods worked in relief. Simpson (1-3) was tagged with the loss in 2.0 innings.
Courtesy of Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications