2018 SWAC Baseball Tournament: Day One
Jackson State 13 Arkansas Pine Bluff 3 (7 innings)
NEW ORLEANS. La. – The number two seed in the east, Jackson State started off the 2018 SWAC Baseball Tournament with a convincing 11-3 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff in the first game of the day.
Jackson State took the early lead. Raul Hernandez doubled to center field to put the Tigers up 1-0 in the first.
Arkansas Pine Bluff took the lead in the second. JP Soriano belted a two-run homer down the left field line to give the Golden Lions the 2-1 lead.
In the fourth, Kacy Higgins knocked in an RBI double to center field, to extend the Golden Lions lead to 3-1.
Jackson State broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth. The Tigers scored a run when Stephen Vidal walked with the bases loaded to make the contest a one-run game at 3-2.
Hernandez added a 2 RBI single to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Dezmond Chumley singled to left field for another run to score. Later in the inning, Jesus Santana knocked in an RBI single to right center, to give Jackson State a 7-3 lead.
The Tigers extended its lead over UAPB in the bottom of the sixth. Vidal hit a 2 RBI double to right field, to make the score 9-3.
Jackson State scored two more runs in the seventh, to win the contest via run rule by a final score of 11-3.
Four players on Jackson State (Vidal, Hernandez, Santana and Chumley) had three RBIs in the contest. Santana was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and one home run in the win for the Tigers.
JP Soriano was 1 for 2 with one RBI and one run scored in the loss for UAPB.
Grambling State 14 Mississippi Valley State 5
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Grambling State pulled away late in the second game of day one of the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.
Mississippi Valley State got the scoring started in the top of the first. Aaron Barkley singled up the middle to drive in the first run of the game.
Grambling State tied the score the bottom of the first. Marshawn Taylor scored on a wild pitch, to even the score at 1-1.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the second. Garrett Smith hit a solo homer to left field to drive in the go ahead run. Bo Fletcher added a double down the left field line to give Grambling a two-run lead.
The Delta Devils tied the score in the top of the third. Jeremiah Barr hit a two-run home run to make the score 3-3.
The Tigers regained the lead in the bottom of the third. Smith doubled down the left field line, to drive in a run and make the score 4-3.
GSU extended its lead in the sixth. Isaiah Torres singled through the right side. and three runs scored on two separate throwing errors by MVSU, to make the score 7-3.
Mississippi Valley cut into Grambling State’s lead in the seventh. Quavante McGregory hit a two-run home run to make the score 7-5.
Grambling State started to pull away in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor knocked in an RBI single to right center, which made the score 8-5.
The Tigers would win by a final score of 14-5, to advance in bracket b of the tournament.
Marshawn Taylor was 3 for 5 with one RBI and two runs scored to pace Grambling State in the victory.
Jeremiah Barr was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and one run scored in the loss for MVSU.
Texas Southern 10 Alcorn State 3
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Texas Southern cruised to a 10-3 victory over Alcorn State in the opening round of the 2018 SWAC Baseball Tournament.
Texas Southern opened the scoring in the bottom of the third. Gaudencia Lucca drove in the opening run of the contest on a bunt, which gave the Tigers the 1-0 lead.
Hayes Saltare tied the score for the Braves in the fourth after singling to right field and a throwing error by Texas Southern that allowed a run to score.
Devin Walden bunted to drive in another run, and give Alcorn the 2-1 lead. Justin Barna added an RBI single to give the Braves a 3-1 advantage after the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of the frame, Horance LeBlanc singled through the left side to put the Tigers within one. Ricky Urbano reached on a fielder’s choice, and Keanu Van Kuren scored on a throwing error to even the score at 3-3 after four.
The Tigers took the lead in the fifth. Jose Camacho doubled to right center to make the score 4-3.
Texas Southern extended its lead in the sixth. Christian Sanchez doubled to left field, to drive in two runs. The Tigers added two more runs for four in the inning, to take a 8-3 advantage.
The Tigers added two more runs in the contest for the 10-3 win.
In the win, Sanchez went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to pace the Tigers in the win.
Aaron Solis went six and one third innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out three in the win.
For the Braves, Nicholas Hayes-Saltare went 2 for 3 with one RBI and one run scored.
Alabama State 7 Prairie View A&M 2
NEW ORLEANS, La.- Alabama State defeated Prairie View A&M 7-2 in the two teams opening round of the 2018 SWAC Baseball Tournament.
Prairie View A&M got scoring started in the first. Avery Williams walked with the bases loaded to give the Panthers its first run of the contest and the early advantage.
Alabama State took the lead in the second. Hunter Phillips doubled to right center to score two runs and give the Hornets a 2-1 lead. Christopher DeGuzman knocked in a single to center field in the Hornets next at bat, making to score 3-1.
Alabama State extended its lead in the fourth. Noel Chaneau knocked in a double down the left field line, to extend the Hornets lead to 4-1.
The Panthers cut the lead to two in the fifth. Williams hit a sacrifice fly that allowed a run to score to make the score 4-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ray Hernandez knocked in an RBI double to right center, which extended the Hornets lead to 5-2.
Alabama State added a run in the bottom of the seventh. When Gustavo Rios singled to left field and extending the Hornets lead to 6-2.
Phillips went one for three with two RBis and one run scored to pace Alabama State in the win.
Ivanniel Vazques pitched three innings, allowing no runs and no hits in relief striking out five and picking up the save for the Hornets.
Williams finished the contest with two RBIs for Prairie View A&M in the loss.