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Baseball Recaps: April 14

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Release: 04/15/2018
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Alabama State 15 Alabama A&M 5

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State pounded out a season-high in hits as they completed the sweep of Alabama A&M at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex with a 15-5 victory in eight innings Sunday afternoon.

Alabama State (20-15, 14-4 SWAC) pounded out 22 hits in the victory, including 10 extra base hits in the win. Over the weekend, the Hornets scored 39 runs in the three-game sweep. Prior to the contest, Alabama State recognized their six senior student-athletes playing their last home weekend game of the season in Ray Hernandez, Joseph Estrada, Ivanniel Vazquez, Chase Laney, Hunter Allen and Gustavo Rios.

And the senior class responded as the four hitters collected nine hits, scored six runs and knocked in six runs. Not to mention, Laney came out of the bullpen to work three innings and pick up another save for Alabama State this season as he allowed just two hits on the day.

Alabama State scored a pair of runs in the first, added four more in the third before ending the game with five in the sixth, and eight in eighth.

Estrada finished the day 4-for-6 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of runs batted in, while connecting for a pair of doubles – his fifth and sixth on the season. Rios finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of runs batted in, while hitting his third home run of the season – a shot over the left center fence that pushed the game to the brink of ending early.

Santiago Garcia came in for Hunter Allen as a pinch hitter and finished 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI and his fourth double of the season, while Noel Cheneau finished 3-for-5 with a pair for runs batted in and a run scored – while connecting on his second triple of the season. Hernandez finished with a pair of hits and runs batted in with his sixth double of the season, while Cristopher DeGuzman finished 2-for-2 with his second double – while narrowly missing his first home run of his career as the ball hit the top of the right field fence.

Yamil Pagan finished with a pair of hits including his fifth double, while Cage Cox finished with a pair of hits including his fourth double and third triple.

Gage Dollar (4-2) picked up the win, working 5.0 innings and allowing five runs off of nine hits.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Seattle 11 Alcorn State 1

BELLEVUE, Wash. – The Alcorn State University baseball program was in a low-scoring affair with Seattle University through five and a half, but the hosts had a big bottom of the sixth to hand the Braves (8-27) an 11-1 loss Sunday in the series finale at Bannerwood Park.

Kyle Jenkins brought in Alcorn's lone run as he batted 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Justin Barna went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base. Der'Vincent Hamilton and Jordan McGowan both hit 1-for-3 for the team's other hits.

Bukhari Brown (1-6) gave up five runs on six hits and as many walks to take the loss. The Byram, Miss. native struck out 3-of-28 batters he faced through 5.1 innings of work. Razedrick Winters and Zachary Perez also made appearances in relief.

After both teams put zeros on the board in the first three innings, the Redhawks (23-10) broke open the scoring with a run in the bottom of the fourth. The Red and White led off with a double down the right field line and the runner advanced on a passed ball. A pair of walks then loaded the bases before Brown got a couple Redhawks swinging. Seattle benefited from a wild pitch, though, before the Braves secured the third out.

Alcorn answered in the top of the sixth as Barna got a one-out double to the gap in right center. The senior then stole third before coming in on a Jenkins double down the right field line. Unfortunately, the home team's bats erupted for 10 runs on six hits in the bottom half of the frame. The Seahawks then retired the side in order to finish the game in the seventh.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Arkansas Pine Bluff 12 Grambling State 8 (Game 1)
Grambling State 10 Arkansas Pine Bluff 9 9Game 2)

GRAMBLING, La. - Cameron Shannon delivered a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Grambling State University baseball team capped a seven-run comeback to split Sunday's Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) doubleheader with Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.

The Tigers (18-18 overall, 11-7 SWAC) trailed 9-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, but plated seven runs on five hits and took advantage of a costly Golden Lions error in picking a 10-9 victory. Grambling State dropped the opening game of the day, 12-8.

Game 1 (12-8 Loss)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12-16, 9-7) opened the game with three runs in the first inning, but Grambling State (17-19, 10-8) answered with five runs in the second to grab a 5-3 advantage.

With one down in the inning, Isaiah Torres singled to right center and came in to score when Drexler Macaay doubled to right center. Garret Smith followed with a base hit to right to advance Macaay to third. Trevin Bolden singled through the left side to plate Macaay. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch and with two down, Ace Felder walked to load the bases. Smith scored on a wild pitch and Marshawn Taylor singled to right to plate Bolden and Felder to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead.

The Golden Lions tied the game at 5 with two runs in the third and took a 7-5 advantage with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. The Tigers came roaring back and tied the game at 7 with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff used a five-run sixth to cruise to a 12-8 win.

Game 2
In the nightcap, Arkansas-Pine Bluff jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning.

Grambling State answered in the third with three runs on four hits to grab a 3-2 advantage.

Bo Fletcher led off the frame with an infield hit advanced to second on a one-out base hit to right by Taylor. Both runners came in to score on a two-out double by Rafael Ramirez to tie the game at 2. Isaiah Torres singled to left as Ramirez came around to score, giving Grambling State a 3-2 lead.

However, the Golden Lions answered with four runs on three hits and took advantage of an error to take a 6-3 lead.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff plated three runs in the top of the seventh and appeared to cruise to the win, but Grambling State had other plans.

Shannon opened the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a Bo Fletcher. Ace Felder followed with a base hit to left to load the bases. After a pitching change, Taylor reached on a fielder's choice as Felder was out at second, but Shannon scored. Fletcher came in to score on a passed ball and with two outs, Ramirez reached on an error by the Golden Lions' right fielder as Taylor scored.

Still with two outs, Isaiah Torres singled through the right side as Ramirez stopped at third. Macaay was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the second time in the frame. Garrett Smith drew a walk to bring in Ramirez and that set the stage for Shannon. On the very first pitch he saw from Arkansas-Pine Bluff reliever Sergio Esparza, Shannon doubled down the right field line as Smith just beat the throw home to give the Tigers the walk-off victory.

Inside the Numbers
* In the opener, Grambling State finished with eight runs on 10 hits, committed four errors and left six on base.
* Drexler Macaay and Garrett Smith each went 2-for-3.
* Trevin Bolden went 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
* Marshawn Taylor, Richard Ortiz, Rafael Ramirez and Isaiah Torres each registered one hit a piece.
* Christian Marquez started on the mound, going four innings and giving seven runs (five earned) on seven hits, with four walks and four strikeouts.
* Ryan Evans and Kaelin Woodard pitched in relief.
* Ryan Evans (2-3) took the loss as he was tagged for five runs on four hits, with two strikeouts in two innings of relief.
* Arkansas-Pine Bluff plated 12 runs on 11 hits, with two errors and stranded eight baserunners.
* Tyrus Lopez (5-2) started on the hill for the Golden Lions and surrendered seven runs on nine hits, with one strikeout and four walks in 5.1 innings of work.
* Cody Widman pitched 1.2 innings of relief and gave up one run and one walk.
* In the second game, Grambling State recorded 10 runs on 11 hits, committed two errors and left five on base.
* Isaiah Torres, Bo Fletcher, Marshawn Taylor and Cameron Shannon (three RBIs and one run scored) each registered two hits.
* Ace Felder, Rafael Ramirez and Drexler Macaay finished with one hit apiece.
* Anthony Hernandez started on the hill and surrendered six runs (two earned) on five hits, walked three and fanned three in four innings of work.
* Daniel Beizer (5-1) picked up the victory in three innings of relief. He gave up three runs on four hits, fanned three and walked one.
* Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished with nine runs on nine hits and stranded four on base.
* Tim Reynolds worked six innings and did not figure into the decision as he surrendered six runs (two earned) on five hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.
* Sergio Esparza (1-1) took the loss in just 0.2 of an inning in relief. He was tagged for four unearned runs on two hits, with one walk.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Mississippi Valley State 11 Jackson State 7 (Game 1)

Mississippi Valley State 3 Jackson State 2 (Game 2)

ITTA BENA, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State took both games of the double header with Jackson State on Sunday, to take the series two games to one.

Game 1

Jackson State jumped out to the early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first to make the score 2-0.

MVSU answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs of its own to tie the score at 2-2.

The Delta Devils took the lead in the second, scoring one run and adding four more in the third to take a 7-3 advantage.

MVSU increased its lead in the fourth, adding three more runs to make the score 11-3. 

Jackson State attempted to mount a comeback, scoring four runs late, but the Tigers were unable to comeback, taking 11-7 in game one.

Game 2

Game two was scoreless until the fourth inning. Jackson State opened the scoring with one run in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead.

The Delta Devils answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs to make the score 3-1.

Jackson State added one run in the sixth, but the Tigers were not able to generate the offense required to state a comeback, falling short in the one-run defeat.