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Courtesy: SWAC.org

Alabama State Wins Eastern Division Title

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 04/20/2014
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Alabama State 11, Alabama A&M 8
Alabama State 6 Alabama A&M 2
MONTGOMERY, ALa. - Alabama State University won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division title with a doubleheader sweep over Alabama A&M Saturday at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.

ASU won the first game, 11-1 in seven innings, and game two, 6-2, to win the division title for the first time since 1994. The Hornets claim the number one divisional seed in the SWAC Baseball Tournament beginning May 14 in Fort Worth, Texas at LaGrave Field.

AAMU had two runners on with one out in the top of the first, but T.J. Renda pitched out of the jam without allowing a run for the Hornets.

In the bottom of the inning, the first eight Hornets reached base en route to a seven-run inning that set the tone for the day.

Cesar Rivera and Richard Gonzalez walked to start the inning. Waldyvan Estrada doubled down the left field line to score Rivera. Emmanuel Marrero then doubled to right center to score Gonzalez for a 2-0 Hornet lead. Branden Castro then hit an infield single, scoring Estrada.

Dexter Price followed with a single through the right side, scoring Marrero to extend to a 4-0 lead. Marcus Swint singled to shortstop to load the bases, and Raul Perez' fielder's choice grounder scored Castro. Einar Muniz' sacrifice fly scored Price, and Rivera's sacrifice fly scored Swint for a 7-0 Alabama State lead.

Leading 8-1, the Hornets ended the game with a three-run seventh. Muniz, Rivera, Gonzalez and Estrada walked to lead off the inning, scoring Muniz. Marrero then singled to shortstop, scoring Rivera. Castro's single to left field scored Gonzalez for the final margin.

Patr Dodson scored AAMU’s only run in game one. He went 1-for-3 on the day at the plate. Austin Husley was the only Bulldog to earn multiple hits going 2-of-3. Julio Nunez and Dust Dhanani each picked up one hit a piece. Pitcher Benja Ryder fell to 0-3 on the season for AAMU.

Renda (5-3) threw his fourth complete game of the season, allowing only five singles and one run, with two walks and four strikeouts, throwing 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes. Every Hornet starter had a hit, RBI or run scored, led by Swint's career-high three-hit game. Marrero, Castro, and Price each had two hits, scored one run, and combined to drive in five runs.

Game two featured Camacho improving to 8-1 on the season, winning his sixth straight decision for the Hornets. Estrada and Marrero each drove in two runs as the Hornets improved to 10-0 in the second game of doubleheaders this season.

Camacho went eight innings, allowed seven hits, two runs, walked four and struck out five. He would also force three double plays in the game.

Julio Nunez earned two hits the second game for the Bulldogs with five at bats. Jord Friend finished 2-of-4 at the plate. Four more would also earn at least one hit for AAMU who charted more hits than ASU with a total of eight.

Ryan Ahrens played four innings allowing six runs off of four hits and strking out two for AAMU. The loss dropped him to 3-4 overall.

The Hornets took advantage of first-inning walks to score in the first inning. Rivera and Gonzalez walked, and Estrada singled to center field to load the bases. Marrero's sacrifice fly to right, scored Rivera. With two outs, Swint walked to force home Gonzalez for a 2-0 Alabama State lead.

Leading 2-1 in the fourth, the Hornets scored four times on a two-out rally. Perez singled down the left field line, Muniz was hit by a pitch, and Rivera walked to load the bases. Gonzalez walked to force home Perez. Estrada then singled through the left side, scoring Muniz and Rivera, advancing Gonzalez to second. Marrero then singled to right field, scoring Gonzalez for a 6-1 Alabama State lead.