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Baseball Recaps: February 23

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/24/2018
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Alabama State 14, Southern 0

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Darren Kelly set a new school record for strikeouts in a single game and he combined with Channing Walker on a one-hit shutout of Southern, as the Hornets claimed a 14-0 victory Friday night at the Wheeler-Watkins Complex.
Kelly (1-0) went seven hitless innings and struck out 16 batters en route to picking up his first win. The total sets a new school record set by TJ Renda of 15 against Chicago State back on February 15, 2013.
Walker came on in the eighth and finished the game, working two innings and allowing one-hit – a lead off single in the top of the ninth inning – while striking out five.
Meanwhile, the Hornets offense exploded for 14 runs – nearly matching their total from the first five games combined. Alabama State started quickly as they got five runs in the first two innings combined, beginning with a pair in the bottom of the first highlighted by a Hunter Allen RBI single to push the lead to 2-0. In the second, Alabama State used a two-run triple from Joseph Estrada – his third of the season – to push the lead to 4-0, and then a sacrifice fly from Yamil Pagan to push it to 5-0.
But they weren't done there as they added two more in the fourth to push it to 7-0 on an RBI single from Estrada and an RBI double from Pagan. The Hornets added one more run in the fifth before exploding for six in the seventh.
The inning started with a two-run homerun by Ray Hernandez – his second of the season – that pushed the lead to 10-0, before Estrada picked up another RBI with a sacrifice fly. Pagan picked up another RBI with a single to short to push the lead to 12-0, followed by a two-run single from Cage Cox.
Noel Chenau went 4-for-4 in his collegiate debut for the Hornets, scoring three runs. Hernandez finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs scored and a pair of runs batted, while Estrada finished with a pair of hits and four runs batted in. Pagan added a pair of hits and three runs batted in, while Cox and Allen each finished with a pair of hits.
Alabama State and Southern meet in a doubleheader Saturday at the Wheeler-Watkins Complex, with first pitch scheduled for 1 pm.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

FIU 3, Grambling Staate 0

MIAMI, Fla. - The Grambling State University baseball team had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth and could not plate any runs as Florida International (FIU) opened the three-game non-conference series with a 3-0 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at FIU Baseball Stadium. 
Grambling State (3-3) fell behind 1-0 in the first inning when Austin Shenton doubled and advanced to third on the throw. After a fly out by Diandre Amion, Shenton scored on a wild pitch to break the 0-0 tie and give FIU the early lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the third when the Panthers got a lead-off base hit by Shenton and after a fly out by Amion, Christian Khawam singled to pushed Shenton to third. Adan Fernandez walked to load the bases and Lorenzo Hampton singled to bring Shelton in to score.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the top half of the eighth, but came away empty handed.
Chris Campbell opened the frame with a walk and with one down, Marshawn Taylor singled. With runners on the corners, D'Quan Matthews drew a base on balls to load the bases. Richard Ortiz and Trevin Bolden struck out to end the Grambling State threat.
FIU (2-2) capitalized in the bottom of the inning as the Panthers scored an unearned run to take a 3-0 advantage into the ninth.
Grambling State put two runs on base in the top of the ninth when Ace Felder singled and Campbell was hit by a pitch with two outs. With two on and the tying run at the plate, Drexler Macaay pinch hit for Rafael Ramirez III and he ended the game by striking out.
Inside the Numbers
· Grambling State finished with three hits and stranded nine base runners.
· Marshawn TaylorIsaiah Torres and Ace Felder each recorded one hit.
· Raul Baduel (0-1) pitched six solid innings and took the loss for the Tigers. He surrendered two runs on eight hits, fanned five and walked three.
· Andy Escano worked two innings in relief and gave up one hit, with one strikeout.
· FIU registered nine hits and left eight on base.
· Austin Shenton, Adan Fernandez and Lorenzo Hampton each had a pair of hits.
· Christian Khawam and Javier Valdes and Eddie Silva each recorded one hit.
· The Panthers used five pitchers as Tyler Myrick (1-0) started and worked five innings. He fanned seven and walked two.
· Christian Santana, Everett Hurst, Gio Soto and William Saxton pitched in relief.
News & Notes
· The Tigers dropped its first road game of the season (Andre Dawson Classic was a neutral series).
· The loss snapped a two-game Grambling State winning streak.
· Grambling State and FIU met for the first time in series history.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alcorn State 8, Florida A&M 5

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Alcorn State University baseball program jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, courtesy of a five-run second inning, and took game one of a four-game series at Florida A&M 8-5 Friday at Moore-Kittles Field.
The game marked Alcorn head coach Bretton Richardson's return to his alma mater and first game against the Rattlers (2-4) since coming to Lorman, Miss.
Hunter Wilson had a big game for the Braves, who improve to 3-2. The junior out of Star, Miss. went 2-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly to lead the team with five RBIs. Senior Wallace Rios Jimenez hit 1-for-4 with a pair of walks, two RBIs, and a run. Redshirt-sophomore Kyle Jenkins brought in the other run and finished 1-for-5. The Jacksonville, Fla. native led the team defensively with 13 putouts and an assist.
Carlos Lopez (1-0) earned the win after allowing three earned runs on six hits and four walks through 5.0 innings. He recorded 10 strikeouts in his second start this season. Zachary Perez came in for 3.0 innings of relief, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk with two punch outs. Razedrick Winters tossed the final inning, giving up one hit and striking out a batter to pick up the save, his second in as many outings.
Rios Jimenez drew a walk to start the game and moved to second on an A.J. Makarewicz single through the left side. Der'Vincent Hamilton then laid down a sac bunt to advance the pair. Wilson skied one out to left and it was deep enough for Rios Jimenez to tag up.
Alcorn broke open the game with another five runs in the second. With one out, Justin Barna singled up the middle and proceeded to steal second. Nicholas Hayes-Saltare had an infield hit to third and beat out the throw as the Braves put runners on the corners. Brendly Martina then walked to load the bases and Rios Jimenez brought in a pair with a single up the middle. The Bayamon, Puerto Rico product was caught trying to steal second, but Alcorn loaded the bases for the second time in the inning as Makarewicz got a base on balls and Hamilton was hit by a pitch. Wilson then cleared the bases with a double to left.
FAMU cut the lead in half with three runs on three hits, a double, and a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Alcorn would respond with another two in the sixth. After the hosts made a pitching change, Makarewicz and Hamilton walked to lead off. Wilson then singled to right, forcing the Rattlers to go to their bullpen again. Jenkins welcomed the new pitcher with a single to center, making it an 8-3 advantage. FAMU would match the effort in the bottom half of the frame, but both defenses settled down over the final three innings.
The teams return for doubleheader action tomorrow. Game two in the series will start at noon, with game three to follow.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Morehead State 5, Alabama A&M 0

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Alabama A&M baseball was blanked by Morehead State, 5-0, in the series-opener Friday afternoon at Bulldog Field. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 3-2 and improved the Eagles to 3-3.

Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the seventh inning when Morehead State hit a RBI double to left center for the, 1-0, lead.

The Eagles then plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning and never looked back as MSU's David Calderon went seven innings in the win, surrendering two hits with one walk and eight strikeouts versus Alabama A&M batters.

Blaine Milam (0-2) was saddled with the loss in seven innings with seven hits, three walks and three strike outs against the Eagles lineup.
The Eagles outhit the Bulldogs 12-4. Wilanier BetancourtJustin LottCarlton Peppers and Brandon Moore each collected a hit for AAMU.

Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information

New Mexico State 39, Mississippi Valley State 0

LA CRUCES, N.M. - Mississippi Valle State dropped its openeing game to New Mexicio State on Friday.

The Delta Devils were limited to five hits in the contest. 

Aaron Barkley had a single and four other Delta Devils contributed hits in the loss.



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