Jackson State Clinches Share of Eastern Division
It took a couple days longer than expected, but Jackson State has clinched at least a share of the SWAC Eastern Division baseball title with a sweep over Alabama State.
The Tigers had to wait until Wednesday to confirm the 2-1 victory over the Hornets in the series finale. The game was halted in the eighth inning on Sunday after a near altercation between the two teams. JSU won the opening games of the series on Saturday, 5-1 and 10-6.
In other Eastern Division play, Alcorn State took two off of Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena, and the Braves remain tied in the loss column with Alabama State even though Alcorn trails the Hornets by a game and a half for second place.
MVSU is two full games back of Alabama State, and Alabama A&M is still mathematically in the race, but four games shy of the Delta Devils for fourth place.
Southern continued its hot play in the SWAC Western Division as the Jaguars took over sole possession of second place with a sweep at rival Grambling. The Jags have won five straight SWAC games to climb back into the division race.
Prairie View won its rivalry series with Texas Southern taking the opener and the finale in the three-game set. The Panthers remain four games clear of Southern in the loss column atop the division.
Grambling has dropped seven of its last eight league games after starting 8-2. The Tigers are alone in third place at 9-9.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff remains two games ahead of Texas Southern in the loss column in the battle for the fourth and final tourament berth from the Western Division.