Baseball Recaps: March 2
Alabama State 5, Alcorn State 0
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Darren Kelly recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second consecutive contest, helping lead Alabama State to a 5-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opening victory over Alcorn State at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Friday night.
Kelly (2-0, 1.35 ERA) recorded the longest outing of his career, going eight innings in his third start of the season. The senior gave up just a pair of hits and recorded 14 strikeouts in the win, pushing his strikeout total to 30 in the last 15 innings of work with just two hits allowed.
Alabama State (6-4, 1-0 SWAC), winners of three consecutive conference openers, got on the board in the first courtesy of an infield error by Alcorn State. With two outs in the inning, Gustavo Rios skied a ball between the mound and the plate that was misplayed and pushed Cage Cox to third. Cox would eventually score as Hunter Allen, the next batter, lined a ball up the middle – the first of two RBI on the day – for the 1-0 lead.
Then Kelly took over the game, striking out seven consecutive batters until a walk to Wallace Rios Jimenez to lead off the fourth inning. He would finish the night with 105 pitches, leaving the game for reliever Dalton Wilder in the ninth inning.
Alabama State scored a pair of runs in each the fifth and sixth innings, using an RBI single from Allen and a bases loaded walk to Hunter Phillips in the fifth inning to push the lead to 3-0. They would use a Joseph Estrada RBI double and a Rios RBI single in the sixth for the final margin.
Allen and Cristopher DeGuzman each finished with a pair of hits for the Hornets as Lopez (1-1) and Zachary Perez scattered seven hits. Lopez finished the night with 10 strikeouts in five innings for Alcorn State (4-6, 0-1 SWAC).
The two teams meet again Saturday at the Wheeler-Watkins Complex, with first pitch scheduled for 6 pm. Alabama State will send junior righthander Darrius Wright (2-0, 0.75 ERA) to the mound to try and clinch the conference-opening series.
Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information
Grambling State 10, Prairie View A&M 4
GRAMBLING, La. - The Grambling State University baseball team used a five-run second inning to propel the Tigers to a 10-4 victory over Prairie View A&M in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) opener on Friday night at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.
Grambling State (5-5 overall, 1-0 SWAC) trailed 1-0 after one inning and 3-0 in the middle of the second before exploding for five runs to grab a 5-3 advantage.
Isaiah Torres led off the big inning with a double to left center and scored by Rafael Ramirez doubled down the right field line. Trevin Bolden followed with a walk and both runners advanced a base on a passed ball. Cameron Shannon brought Bolden in to score on a sacrifice fly to center to cut the Panthers’ lead to 3-2.
Chris Perez walked to put runners on the corners with one down and Chris Campbell delivered a double down the right field line to plate Bolden as Perez stopped at third. Perez scored on a passed ball as Campbell advanced to third. D’Quan Matthews picked up a sacrifice fly to left to plate Campbell, giving the Tigers a 5-3 advantage,
Grambling State added a run in the third on a solo homer by Ramirez, but Prairie View A&M (1-5, 0-1) cut the margin to 6-4 with a run in the top half of the fourth.
The score remained 6-4 until the seventh when Grambling State struck for three runs on three hits and took advantage of a Panthers error.
Campbell drew a walk to begin the frame and advanced to second on a ground out by Matthews. Marshawn Taylor reached on an infield hit and stole second to put two runners into scoring position. Richard Ortiz singled through the left side to plate Campbell and Taylor as Ortiz advanced to second on the play. Ortiz came in to score the third and final run of the inning on a two-out base hit by Ramirez, giving Grambling State a 9-4 lead.
The Tigers picked up an insurance run in the eighth in capturing their first SWAC win.
Inside the Numbers
- Grambling State finished with nine hits and left seven on base.
- Rafael Ramirez went 3-for-4, with three RBIs and two runs scored.
- Marshawn Taylor and Chris Campbell each registered two hits, with Campbell scoring twice.
- Richard Ortiz and Isaiah Torres recorded one hit apiece.
- Raul Baduel pitched (1-1) 6.1 innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits, with four walks and three strikeouts to pick up the win.
- Ryan Evans and Daniel Wilson combined to pitch 2.2 innings in relief, with both picking up one strikeout.
- Prairie View A&M finished with five hits and stranded five base runners.
- Jayln Baker led the Panthers at the plate by going 2-for-4, with a pair of runs scored.
- Darrien Williams (1-1) took the loss as he was tagged for six runs on five hits, with six strikeouts and four walks in six innings of work.
- Tracy Warren, Kaelon Woods, Xavier Yarbrough and Jerson Hardit pitched in relief.
News & Notes
- The Tigers remained perfect in home games this season (3-0).
- Grambling State went 4-3 last season against Prairie View A&M, including an 8-6 loss in the SWAC Tournament that eliminated the Tigers.
- Grambling State went 1-2 at home last season against Prairie View A&M, but picked up a series sweep of the Panthers.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
Kansas 7 Texas Southern 5
LAWERANCE, Kan. – Texas Southern was narrowly edged by Kansas, 7-5 in its opening game of a three game series this weekend.
Texas Southern took an early lead, leading 2-0 after one, and 3-0 after the second. Kamren Dukes scored on a ground out while on third to make the score 1-0. Jose Camacho grounded out with a runner on third to make the score 2-0.
In the second, Dukes hit an RBI single to drive in the third run and give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Kansas answered in the fourth, scoring four runs to take a 4-3 lead heading to the fifth.
The Jayhawks scored two more runs in the fifth and added another in the sixth to make the score 7-3.
Texas Southern would get a couple of runs late, but it would not be enough as it fell short in the two-run loss.
Kamren Dukes went two-for-four with one RBI and one scored to pace the Tigers in the loss.
Abilene Christian 8, Mississippi Valley State 7 (10 innings)
ABILENE, Texas – Mississippi Valley State fell to Abilene Christian, 8-7 in a wild affair that required extra innings on Friday.
The Delta Devils took the early lead, going ahead 2-0 after the first inning. Aaron Barkley scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0.
MVSU added another run in the third, to make the score 3-2 at that point in the contest when Wendall Rieves hit a RBI single to make give the Delta Devils the lead back.
ACU scored three runs to lead 5-3 going into the sixth. MVSU scored two runs in the sixth and two in the fifth, to take the lead back, and make the score 7-5.
ACU forced extra innings with two runs in the ninth inning and make the score 7-7.
MVSU would give up the game winning run in the tenth, to fall by the 8-7 final score.
Jackson State 8 Alabama A&M 0
HUNTSVILLE Ala. – Jackson State shutout Alabama A&M 8-0 as each team began SWAC play on Friday night.
The Tigers took the lead in the second inning, when Wesley Reyes reached base on a fielder’s choice to drive in a run and make the score 1-0.
The Tigers scored two runs in the fourth, and added another in the fifth, making the score 4-0 midway through the contest.
JKST added four runs late for the 8-0 final score.
Alabama A&M did not have an answer for Jackson State on this night, totaling just five hits in the loss.
Raul Hernandez paced Jackson State going 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs in the win.
Carson McGregory went 2 for 4 for AAMU in the loss.