Baseball Recpas: April 14
Texas Southern 7 Southern 5 (Game 1)
Texas Southern 4 Southern 0 (Game 2)
HOUSTON, Texas – The Tigers of Texas Southern University overtook first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference's West Division with Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the Southern Jaguars.
Aaron Solis struck out 13 batters and pitched a two-hit shutout in the night game to lead TSU to 4-0 victory. The Tigers opened the series with a 7-6 win over Southern.
After letting a lead over the Tigers slip away in game one, the Jaguars simply had no answer for Solis in game two, as he won for the fifth time in as many conference games. The junior from League City, Texas (Wharton County Junior College), took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
Though he was denied the second no-hitter by a TSU pitcher this season when Tyler LaPorte led off the seventh with a single, Solis still enjoyed his finest performance in a TSU uniform to date. His 13 strikeouts were six more than his previous TSU career best, and he issued only one walk in the contest.
Gaudencio Lucca accounted for three of the game's four RBIs in the second game, which included his eighth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning with Kamren Dukes on base. Lucca also singled home Dukes in the bottom of the fifth.
Olajide Oloruntimilehin gave the Tigers (15-20, 9-4 SWAC West) an insurance run in the eighth inning with an RBI single that scored Victor Cruz.
In the opener, Dukes and Camacho each knocked three RBIs as the Tigers had to come from behind Southern scored five times in the top of the fifth to erase a 3-0 TSU lead. Dukes knocked two doubles as part of a 3-for-5 showing at the plate, which preceded his two-hit showing in game two that stretched his hitting streak to 20 consecutive games.
Seth Oliver picked up the win in relief for Tigers to improve to 2-3 for the season. Oliver struck out three batters and allowed just one run in two and two-thirds innings. Chris Suarez struck out three batters while pitching two perfect innings to get his second save of the season.
Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information
Grambling State 9 Arkansas Pine Bluff 4
GRAMBLING, La. - Raul Baduel pitched a complete game, while Rafael Ramirez III and Nick Wheeler each hit home runs as the Grambling State University baseball team rolled to a 9-2 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series opener on Saturday at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.
Grambling State (17-17 overall, 10-6 SWAC) struck for three runs in the bottom of the first as Ace Felder reached on an error and advanced to second on the play. After a stolen base by Felder, Richard Ortiz walked to put runners on the corners with one out. With the count at 0-1, Rafael Ramirez III crushed the second pitch he saw over the right field fence to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (11-15, 8-7) trimmed the margin to 3-1 with a run in the top of the second, but Grambling State answered in the bottom of the frame with one run to take a 4-1 advantage.
The Golden Lions got a solo homer to deep center by JP Soriano to close the gap to 4-2 in the fourth.
The Tigers plated three runs on two hits to extend the lead in the fifth.
Ramirez walked and advanced all the way to third on Isaiah Torres' double to right. Drexler Macaay followed with a double to the gap in left center to plate Ramirez and Torres. Mccaay came into score on a sacrifice fly to center by Trevin Boldento push the advantage to 7-2.
Grambling State added an insurance run in the seventh when Ramirez singled and moved to third on a Torres base hit down the right field line. Macaay followed with an RBI single to right as Ramirez scored to give the Tigers an 8-2 advantage.
A solo blast to left by Wheeler extended the advantage to 9-2 in the eighth as Arkansas-Pine Bluff could not recover.
Inside The Numbers
* Grambling State registered nine runs on 10 hits and left six on base.
* Rafael Ramirez (three RBIs and three runs scored), Drexler Macaay (three RBIs and one run scored) and Nick Wheeler(two runs scored and one RBI) led the way offensively with two hits.
* Marshawn Taylor and Isaiah Torres also finished with two hits.
* Raul Baduel threw 118 pitches in nine innings to pick up his third victory of the season. He gave up two runs on nine hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.
* Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished with two runs on nine hits, with one error and left seven baserunners stranded.
* JP Soriano led the way offensively for the Golden Lions by going 3-for-3, with two runs scored and one RBI.
* Peyton Burks (1-4) started on the hill for the Golden Lions, lasting 4.1 innings. He surrendered seven runs on six hits, with four walks and one strikeout.
* Nathan Sawrie worked the final 3.2 innings in relief.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Alabama State 12 Alabama A&M 4
MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Yamil Pagan and Ray Hernandezeach homered, and Darrius Wright went eight innings as Alabama State claimed the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series victory over Alabama A&M with a 12-4 victory Saturday afternoon at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.
Wright (6-1) kept Alabama A&M off balance for most of the day until a rocky eighth inning, as he held the Bulldogs to four hits through the first seven innings. The junior finished the day with just a pair of walks, while striking out a career-high nine in the win. He allowed a single hit in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings before Alabama A&M (7-29, 4-13 SWAC) was able to get to him with four runs off of five hits in the eighth inning.
Channing Walker came on for the final inning of scoreless relief, as he allowed just one hit with one strikeout.
Alabama State (19-15, 13-4 SWAC) got started early when Joseph Estrada led off the game with a single, and later came around to score when Hernandez grounded into a fielder's choice which was followed by an errant throw to give Alabama State a 1-0 lead. The Hornets added to that lead in the sixth when Hernandez led off the inning with his eighth home run of the season, followed by three more hits in the inning by the Hornets – including a double from Oscar Prioleau.
The Hornets answered Alabama A&M in the bottom of the eighth inning after the Bulldogs cut the lead to 5-4, with seven runs of their own in the inning. The first four batters of the inning either reached on a walk or hit by pitch, before Pagan connected on the first grand slam of the season for the Hornets to push the lead to 10-4. The final two runs of the game came on an RBI singles by Cage Cox and Cristopher DeGuzman.
Pagan finished the day 4-for-5 with four runs batted in, finishing just a double shy of the cycle; while DeGuzman finished 2-for-4 with a pair runs batted in. Gustavo Rios, Cox and Hunter Allen each finished with a pair of hits in the inning.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Seattle 13 Alcorn State 6
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Seattle University handed the Alcorn State University baseball program another loss Saturday in a rainy 13-6 final at Bannerwood Park. The Braves fall to 8-26 overall, while the Redhawks are now 22-10.
Der'Vincent Hamilton batted 2-for-4 on the day with a double and a pair of RBIs. Jordan McGowan hit 2-for-3 with and an RBI and a run, and Wallace Rios Jimenez and Justin Barna each posted 2-for-5 efforts at the plate. Rios Jimenez and Kyle Jenkins had Alcorn's other two doubles in the game. McGowan and Christian Acklin stole a base while Devin Walden swiped a pair.
Starter Jahborus Smith (2-7) was handed the loss after getting tagged for nine runs (eight earned) on four hits and nine walks. The senior from Columbia, Miss. faced 27 batters and recorded three strikeouts in 4.0 innings. Tyler Smith pitched 1.0 inning of relief and Joe Smith threw the other 3.0 innings.
The hosts built a 6-0 advantage with two runs in the first and four more in the second before the Braves got going in the top of the third. Rios Jimenez singled to first with two outs and Barna followed with a hit up the middle. Hamilton then drove a 2-1 offering to right for a bases-clearing double.
Alcorn pulled to within 6-5 with three runs in the fifth. Walden bunted for a single to start off the inning and proceeded to steal second. An Acklin sacrifice bunt moved Walden to third and the senior from Atlanta, Ga. came home on a Rios Jimenez double down the right-field line. Back-to-back singles then ran the bases full. The Purple and Gold picked up another tally on a fielder's choice out at second and a McGowan single up the middle.
With the Braves now in striking distance, the Redhawks took back the momentum with six runs in the bottom half of the frame. The home team's lone hit in the inning hurt the most as Seattle homered with the bases juiced. Alcorn was unable to recover and the two teams traded a run in the eighth for the final score.
Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information