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Baseball Recaps: March 13

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 03/13/2018
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Grambling State 12 Alcorn State 5

GRAMBLING, La. - The Grambling State University baseball team used an eight-run first inning and sent 12 batters to the plate as the Tigers began a five-game homestand with a 12-5 victory over Alcorn State on Tuesday night at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.


The Tigers (9-8) plated eight runs on seven hits in the bottom of the first inning to take an 8-0 advantage.


 D’Quan Matthews and Garret Smith walked to start the frame. Marshawn Taylor singled up the middle to load the bases. Richard Ortiz followed with a double to left center to plate Matthews and Smith, while Taylor advanced to third. Taylor came across to score on a wild pitch as the Tigers led 3-0 off Alcorn State starting pitcher Tyler Smith.


With no outs and still in the first inning, Isaiah Torres singled up the middle as Ortiz scored. With one down, Torres stole second and came across to score when Drexler Macaay singled to left center. Trevin Bolden singled to left as Bolden stopped at second. Kristian Franklin walked to load the bases for the second time in the frame.


After a pitching change, Matthews, batting for the second time in the inning, singled up the middle to plate Macaay, Smith followed with a two-RBI single to left as Franklin and Bolden scored. However, the inning ended when Taylor struck out, but the damage had been done with eight runs.


Grambling State added one run in the third, but Alcorn State (5-9) tacked on five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the deficit to 10-5.


The Tigers added some insurance runs with one run in the sixth and one in the seventh for the 12-5 victory.


Inside The Numbers

* Grambling State scored 12 runs on 15 hits, with three errors and left nine on base.

* Garrett Smith led the Tigers at the plate with three hits.

* D’Quan Matthews, Drexler Macaay and Trevin Bolden recorded two hits apiece.

* Ace Felder, Marshawn Taylor, Richard Ortiz, Isaiah Torres, Rafael Ramirez III and Kristian Franklin each recorded one hit.

* Christian Marquez (3-0) gave up five runs on six hits and fanned two in seven innings to pick up the win.

* Daniel Wilson and Kaelin Woodward pitched in relief.

* The Braves finished with five runs on seven hits and stranded eight base runners.

* Justin Barna finished with two hits for Alcorn State.

* Tyler Smith (1-1) took the loss in 0.1 innings pitched. He gave up eight runs on five hits and walked four.


News and Notes

* Grambling State has now registered three games of scoring double-digit runs.

* Alcorn State completed a triple play in the bottom of the fifth inning.

* The Tigers have won back-to-back games for the first time in the month of March.


Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Florida A&M 13 Alabama State 10 (10 Innings)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State battled from behind early to take a late lead, before Florida A&M came back with two big innings to come away with a 13-10 non-conference victory over the Hornets at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Tuesday night.


Alabama State (9-7), who has dropped their last three games, fell behind early only to take a 10-8 lead into the ninth inning. However, Florida A&M was able to get to Chase Laney and Terrell McCall out of the bullpen when they opened the inning with Octavian Moyer reaching second on a two base throwing error by Cristopher DeGuzman, followed by a bunt by Brett Maxwell to put runners at the corners with no outs. The next batter, Ty Russ was able to get the squeeze down to trim the deficit to 10-9. They were able to take the lead with Jordan Curtis singling home Maxwell to tie the game.


Curtis was stranded at third to end the inning as McCall induced a ground ball out, then struck Daniel Oliver out to end the inning.


After Alabama State went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, Florida A&M was able to add three more to the board to push the lead to 13-10 with three hits and a two-base throwing error by Joshua Dunson that allowed a pair of runners to score.


The Hornets had their chance in the bottom of the frame when Santiago Garcia drew a leadoff walk. After Gustavo Rios popped out, Chris Lewis drew a walk to put runners at first and second with one out. Following a strikeout, Dunson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs; however, Josh Barr was able to strike out Ricky Perez for the final out and his first save of the season.


Hunter Phillips and Garcia led the Hornets with three hits each, with Phillips finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of walks; while Garcia finished 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. Yamil Pagan finished with a pair of singles.


Alabama State fell behind early in the game, 5-0, as Florida A&M scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning off starter Channing Walker (0-1) in his first collegiate start. Walker lasted 3.2 innings, allowing five runs off of four hits and recorded three strikeouts.


The Hornets answered in the bottom half of the fourth with six runs of their own as they sent 10 batters to the plate and collected three hits, using a pair of Florida A&M (9-12) errors. In that inning, Alabama State got RBIs from Garcia and Dunson to take the lead. They would add three more in the sixth on a pair of hits and another Florida A&M error.


McCall (0-1) suffered the loss out of the bullpen, working two innings and allowing three runs – two earned – on four hits and recorded two strikeouts; while Laney went two innings out of the bullpen and allowed two runs (none earned) on two hits.


Alabama State will send Ivanniel Vazquez (0-2, 3.14 ERA) to the mound against Samford tomorrow night at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm, and the game can be heard on the Hornet Sports Network.


Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information



Alabama 15 Alabama A&M 0 (7 innings)


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama A&M fell 15-0 by run-rule to Alabama on Tuesday evening in Tuscaloosa. 


Two big innings were the difference in the ballgame.  The Crimson Tide (14-3) got out to a fast start, scoring eight runs on Alabama A&M (5-11) in the first, to take the big lead early.


The Bulldogs had no answer for Alabama on this night.  Alabama A&M allowed six runs in the fifth inning, to make the score 14-0.


The Bulldogs would fall via run-rule in the seventh.


Alabama A&M struggled from the plate, totaling just four hits in the loss.


JT O’Reel went two-for-three in the defeat for AAMU.


New Orleans 6 Southern 2


NEW ORLEANS, La. – Southern fell to New Orleans. 6-2 on Tuesday, in a contest where one inning was the difference.


The very first inning of the game was the deciding inning.  New Orleans (8-9) scored five runs in the first frame, to take a 5-0 lead early on.  New Orleans also added a run in the fourth, to make the score 6-0.


Southern (5-10) did not answer until the eighth inning, when Bobby Johnson knocked in an RBI single, to make the score 6-1. 


Courtland Simmons added a bases loaded walk to make the score 6-0.


The Jaguars comeback effort would stop there however, as the deficit proved too much, resulting in the 6-2 final.


Johnson went one-for-two from the plate, with the lone RBI in the defeat,

Stephen F. Austin 13 Prairie View A&M 6


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Prairie View A&M baseball team lost at Stephen F. Austin 13-6 Tuesday night.   Jalyn Baker and Daniel Lingua each had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI.  Steven Williams, Andrew Garcia, Kaylor Lewis, and Tyler Gordon each had hits for Prairie View A&M.  

Trailing 1-0 after one, the Panthers got on the board in the second inning. Williams reached on a throwing error, stole second, and advanced to third on a groundout. Corbin Jamison's sacrifice fly scored Williams to tie the score at 1-1.  

PVAMU fell behind 8-1 after four before rallying for four runs in the fifth. Lewis led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a walk to Gordon. With one out, Baker singled through the left side, scoring Lewis.

Lingua followed with a double down the right field line, scoring Gordon and moving Baker to third. Baker later scored on a passed ball, advancing Lingua to third.

Lingua then scored on a wild pitch to make the deficit 8-5.   Prairie View A&M added a run in the sixth. Jamison led off with a walk, advanced to second on a groundout, and moved to third on a wild pitch. Gordon's single up the middle scored Jamison to cut the deficit to 8-6.  

However, the Lumberjacks scored five runs in the sixth to break the game open.   The Panthers return to action in a three-game SWAC series beginning Friday at Texas Southern at 6 p.m.


Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information



Eastern Illinois 6 Mississippi Valley State 0


ITTA BENA, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State was shutout by Eastern Illinois, 6-0 in its home opened on Tuesday afternoon in Itta Bena. 


The Delta Devils fell behind in the fourth inning.  ESU scored one run in the fourth, and added another in the fifth to take a 2-0 lead.


Eastern Michigan scored four additional runs in the sixth, for the final score of 6-0.


Mississippi Valley State was not able to generate offense for a comeback effort, totaling just five hits in the loss.


Five different Delta Devils recorded a hit in the loss.


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